Class Notes & Profiles

Evan reports that he is still living in New Mexico; he is looking forward to June when he is going to Colorado to hike some "fourteeners." He says his time in mountaineering at Asheville School inspired a lifelong love of climbing, and that he is grateful for all he learned from 'Pop' Hollandsworth, Chase Ambler and 'Doc' Embler.

Evan plays the piano and is part of a songwriters' collective, and he has also recently expanded his repertoire by playing a Duruflé 'Prelude' on the pipe organ for a local congregation.

Evan says that he enjoys hearing from fellow Asheville School alumni from his time: feel free to reach out!

Read more about Evan Rommel 1980
Simi Bal 2015

Simi Bal is starring in the premiere of Herland, a play by Grace McLeod, that will open on Saturday, March 16, at the Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, IL. Herland will play from March 16 to April 14. Read more about the production here.

Read more about Simi Bal 2015
Kate Fitzsimmons 2012

Kate writes:

"Since graduating from College of Charleston with a double major in Hospitality and Tourism/Business Administration, I held a variety of hospitality based jobs, which eventually lead to me helping open AR Workshop in Waxhaw, NC, just outside of Charlotte. Founded in 2016, AR Workshop is a DIY boutique studio where you can create custom home decor from raw materials. We offer a wide range of classes for every level of crafter, including kids! Our Grand Opening on 2/1 brought 400+ visitors to tour our space and make mini DIY projects! We have seen great success over the last several weeks and I am so proud to be a part of a successful, female founded business."

Read more about Kate Fitzsimmons 2012
Joe Charlet 2005

Congratulations to Joe, who recently began his career as an attorney! He writes:

"Jessica Luna '06 helped swear me into the DC Bar on January 2nd, 2019! We drove down to NC from DC the night before so that I could have Judge Cole, the judge who oversaw my emancipation proceedings as a teenager, administer my oath. It was a really nice way to begin the new year and officially begin my career as an attorney."

Read more about Joe Charlet 2005
Grace Raynor 2011

Asheville School alumna Grace Raynor has accepted a position as a staff writer for The Athletic covering Clemson Tigers football. Until recently, Raynor covered sports for The Charleston Post and Courier, where she also worked on the Clemson beat.

Raynor has been named South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year for two consecutive years for her work with The Charleston Post and Courier. She has also won national Associated Press Sports Editors and South Carolina Press Association awards.

Check out her introduction on The Athletic, "Grace Raynor: From wildlife to a wild ride with Clemson" and read more about her first South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year award from Asheville School's Alumni Profile series.

Read more about Grace Raynor 2011