Rebecca K. McKee 2010
Rebecca writes "I was flattered recently to be a guest on the WFAE/NPR station program called Charlotte Talks. I will admit I was very nervous, but I am sure the senior demo, chapel talk, and oral presentations at AS gave me the best foundation possible for opportunities like this that I could never have imagined in high school. Here is the link if you're curious."
Anna had an exciting first semester participating with 14 other incoming freshman in Elon's Gap semester program which focuses on leadership, service learning, and international study. It included a 26-day NOLS backpack trip followed by service learning experience in several locations across the United States. She built bunk beds for children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, helped harvest an organic urban farm in St. Louis, and staffed a food bank in Washington DC while assisting the homeless and providing for their basic needs. The last stop in the program was her stay in Costa Rica where she lived with a host family in San Jose, studying Spanish and History. On the weekends she traveled around Costa Rica enjoying the sights. She found the program was a great experience to start her college career.
Tad Deberry '81 was in Puerto Rico earlier this month and caught up with Joey Vendrell ’80.
John is featured in an Upworthy article entitled "10 Pictures You May Need To Show Your Kids. But I Really Hope You Don't Have To." He is the last student pictured. His quote is: “To my unborn son, the world and everything in it is yours. You gotta go get it REGARDLESS." From Upworthy: The students of Yale University's Black Men's Union struggled to find the words to say to the parents of Mike Brown, the 18-year-old who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, by Officer Darren Wilson (who was not indicted). Instead, they chose to ask themselves what they would say to their unborn sons about living in a world — and a country — that kills black men with impunity. Here are their touching, somber, and somehow still hopeful answers.
Douglas recently founded his own production company, Fun Train Media, in Los Angeles, CA. Visit his website at www.funtrainmedia.com.
Patrick writes: I moved from LA where I lived for almost 5 years to NYC this summer. Did an off-broadway show, South Pacific, and am now the lead singer entertainment on Holland America Cruise Lines Ms. Westerdam ship. Loving getting to sing, perform, and travel the world. I'll be on the ship until May when I'll move back to NYC.
Robert I. Blum 1981
We have learned that Robert, who is President and CEO of Cytokinetics Incorporated (CYTK), received the 2014 Lou Gehrig Iron Horse Award from ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS.net) at the Fourth Annual A White Coat Affair Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The award is the organization's top honor.
Andrew Scott 1994
Andrew was elected mayor of Kentucky's fastest growing city, Coal Run Village. Follow him on Twitter at @CommissionerKY.
Charles writes: I loved my year at Asheville School, but it was all boys in 1969 and I decided to finish high school at the co-ed Charlotte Country Day School. I received a BA in Psychology and Religion from Rhodes College in Memphis and afterwards followed my life-long dream of travelling the world.
Thomas C. Watson Jr. 1959
Tom was awarded the Regional Chamber's Spirit of the Carolinas Award Oct 16th at the 12th annual Salute to Business and Manufacturing banquet held at the Schiele Museum's Matthews Belk Cannon Environmental Studies Center in Gaston NC. Tom succeeded his father in the business in 1965 and has seen many changes over his 50-year career with the company. Under Tom's guidance the insurance firm his father began in the 1930's now has 70 employees. Ann Hoscheit, the chair-woman-elect of the chamber's board of directors said it is Tom's ability to create personal relationships with his customers, his commitment to employees, and his desire to give back that has allowed him to thrive over the past five decades. Of the award, Tom said it was a "special, humbling honor".