Keith and his son, Paul, recently hiked to the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell in California. Keith continues to enjoy hiking and trail running. He is looking forward to attending the 45th Reunion of the Class of '75 next year.
Gelsey Beavers-Damron met the author of two of her demo books – Bret Easton Ellis – at a meet and greet in Dublin, Ireland. He even signed one of her demo books, Less Than Zero!
Zeke Jordan, Kevin Seo and Andrew Stuckey 2006 recently met up in New York City.
In catching up over the spring, 2006 classmates Maddy Gale, Austin Bell and Brian Cox realized they were all going to be in Paris at the same time at the end of May, so they conspired to meet up one evening.
Brian was there doing a big family vacation with his wife and two kids that included Paris Disneyland, Austin was taking french immersion classes in the south before road tripping around the country, and Maddy was attending a period costume ball at Versailles (no really).
The only thing missing was Kayti Curtis '06 to fully reprise their third form year Achievement cover.
Parkin writes: "I am still working full time practicing law and am enjoying being part of the SC Attorney General team suing the Trump Administration to prevent seismic testing and offshore drilling."
Hannah Bonner was recently published in an anthology on horror films. Her essay, "Technology, Social Media and (Self) Surveillance in Horror Films" appears as the sixth chapter in "Gender and Contemporary Horror in Film" edited by Samantha Holland, Robert Shail and Steven Gerrard. Read about the book here.
You can also read a recent essay by Bonner on Bright Wall/Dark Room: "The Image is an Accident is a World: The Fragmentary Resilience of Kristen Johnson's Cameraperson." Click here to see her essay.
Hannah Bonner is in the PhD program in Film Studies at the University of Iowa.
Michael Waddell '88 was named the Chief Operating Officer of the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games on May 6, 2019. The games will take place in Orlando, June 5-11, 2022 and will be based at ESPN'S Wide World of Sports. A 30-year veteran of professional and college sports, Waddell joins the Special Olympics USA Games team after serving as the Team President of the Orlando Apollos in the Alliance of American Football.
Congratulations to David Weigel 2006 Susannah Steel, who were married on April 28 in Greenville, South Carolina. The couple was recently featured in the wedding section of The New York Times. Read the Times article, "Everyone Assumed They Were a Couple, Except Them," here.
Dr. Joseph Lindner 1947, who passed away July 22, 2018, was honored on April 1 at a memorial service for those who donated their bodies to medical science. The ceremony took place at St. Luke's chapel on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Attendees included his widow, Doris; a daughter, Laura; and former Asheville School Assistant Head for External Affairs Ray Cruitt.
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!
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.
"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."
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."
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.
Conor Fenn is still wrestling at Davidson College, and always wears blue knee pads to support the Blues. After two seasons, the "Blues" knee pads became so tattered that Conor's very understanding coach replaced them with new blue ones - despite Davidson's red and black singlets!
Longtime faculty member Irvin "Irv" Ornduff passed away on February 17, 2019, at the age of 83. Ornduff served Asheville School and its students from 1963 to 2000 as English Teacher, Director of Studies, Director of College Counseling, friend and mentor.
Over the past year, Wei Tchou has launched her career as a freelance journalist. Her work has taken her across the country and provided a wealth of new experiences. She's also managed to rack up an impressive list of bylines in high-profile publications.
Hannah Bonner was a 2019 Graduate Institute Fellow for the Obermann Center at the University of Iowa. The Obermann Center offers the following bio on Hannah:
Hannah Bonner is a second year Ph.D. Film Studies student in the Department of Cinematic Arts. In 2017, she earned her MA in Film Studies from the University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from UNC-Chapel Hill and taught 9th grade literature for four years at Asheville School in Asheville, NC. Her writing has been published in VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, Bustle, The Little Patuxent Review, among others.
You can read more about the Graduate Institute here.
Parce Ainsworth 1983 and her husband, Tony, took Burt Gordon 1986 out on the town to show off just a hint of the culinary adventure that is to be had in New York City!
Peter Yoon 2009 is enjoying life out of law school! He is working for a law firm in New York City, moving into a new apartment soon, getting married in December, and he still had time to meet up with Director of Alumni Relations Burt Gordon 1986 for breakfast. Peter is looking forward to returning to campus in April for his 10th reunion, and he is planning to beat James Pharr 1997 in a doubles tennis challenge!