News from Alumni

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• Congratulations to Harbert Alexander (’90), and his wife Tausha on the birth of their triplets. Mary Harbert Rice, Dorothy Lucille Cline, and Elizabeth James Happel were born on August 26, 2016.

• Congratulations to Jamey Tankersley (’90), and his wife Jennifer, on the birth of James McGill Tankersley. James was born on October 22, 2016 weighing 8 lbs. 5 oz.

• Congratulations to Meridith Vanderford Raspberry (’99), and her husband Shane on the birth of Stella Kate on August 2, 2016. Big brothers Weston, age 6, and Graham, age 4, are proudly pictured here with Stella Kate.

• Congratulations to Jennifer Dudney Davidson (’01), and Dow Davidson (’96), on the birth of Beckett August Davidson. Beckett arrived on December 18, 2016, weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and 20 inches long.

• Etta Jane Platt, daughter of Jessica Ramer Platt (’01), faculty member, and Robert Platt, faculty, was born on July 21, 2016, measuring 22 inches long and weighing 8 lbs. 9 oz. Proud big brother, Noah Milone, is in Jr.K at USJ. Etta Jane is the granddaughter of Jane Ramer, faculty, and the niece of Justin Ramer (’99), and Katie Ramer, faculty.

• Congratulations to Rebecca Bailey Twyman (’02), and her husband Dustin on the birth of Tucker Mark. He was born on October 22, 2016, measuring 19.5 inches long and weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. Proud big sister Caroline is 4 years old.

• Liz Shearin Davis (’03), and her husband Ben on the birth of Collins Elizabeth Davis. Collins was born on July 28, 2016 and weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz.

• We are excited to announce the birth of Emily Ruth Collins, who was born on September 15, 2016. Emily is the daughter of Katy Fisher Collins (’06), and her husband Jake.

• Congratulations to Todd Bateman (’09), and his wife Sarah, on the birth of Cooper Todd Bateman, who was born on May 26, 2016. Cooper weighed 9 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 21 inches long.

• Congratulations to Destini Kramer Pierce (’12), and Will Pierce (’11), on the birth of their second daughter Emerson Kathryn, who was born on December 20, 2016, at 7 lbs. 7 oz.

• Katie Brush Nickey (’05), celebrated the opening of her Pure Barre studio in Jackson, TN with a ribbon cutting on August 1. Congratulations, Katie!

• Ryan Ross (’05), is working as a seasonal intern for the Denver Broncos. Ryan earned his undergraduate and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

• Constance Jones (’08), U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Constance J. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

• Keely McMahon (’08), recently moved to Washington D.C. where she is now a recruiter at Bloomfield & Company. Keely previously worked for Reprizent, Inc. in New York City.

• Courtney Byrd (’10), and former Miss Mississippi USA, is currently cheering professionally for the Tennessee Titans. She was recently featured in country music star Drew Baldridge’s video “Curious Girl.” Courtney has also been busy modeling with The Block Agency and was recently seen in a Brantley Gilbert music video and the new Scott Brothers video “My House.”

• Joey Moore (’11), is pursuing a master’s of music degree in trumpet performance at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Joey recently graduated from Union University with a bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in communication arts. Currently he is studying with world-renowned trumpet soloist and teacher Richard Stoelzel. Joey is also 4th/utility trumpet with the McGill Symphony Orchestra.

• Lee Mayhall (’12), was recognized at the 2016 UNA Homecoming Banquet with the Promising Future Alumni Award and was recently selected by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) as a member of the 2016 Hampshire Honor Society. He was also featured on this season’s 2016 UNA Football advertising billboard.

• Congratulations to Ashley Nkadi (’12), who was named Miss Black Ohio having received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati. She is now pursuing a double master’s degree in sociology and business administration.

• Last summer, Anna Garrett (’13), had the opportunity to travel with Academic Programs International (API) to study at the Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy. Her class, the Science of Nutrition, held cooking classes inside the Central Market. During her time abroad, she traveled to Tuscany, Rome, Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi Coast.

• Will Cobb (’14), is helping Pokémon trainers worldwide “catch’ em all” with the development of his Go Radar App. Will is currently attending Rhodes College as a Computer Science major.

• Haley Hall (’14), participated in an engineering study abroad program in Pamplona, Spain for the month of June. Three local engineers taught her about energy efficiency in passive houses.

• Sam Darnall (’15), was chosen as a Wright & Ferguson Athlete of the Week at Mississippi College. Sam posted his collegiate-best 8K mark with a time of 26:44.3 at the Watson Ford Invitational. He finished ninth among the field of 93 non-Division I runners.

• Best wishes to Ashley Schneider (’00), and Scott Sherrill of Panhandle, Texas, who were married in a garden ceremony in Nashville on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The bride’s sister, Nicole Schneider Jenkins (’03), served as the maid of honor.

• Best wishes to Margaret Morrison (’01), and Tim Maddux who were married in a private family ceremony on Friday, October 28, 2016. The couple currently resides in Nashville.

• Best wishes to Meg Gore (’04), who married J.D. Cressman at Covenant Presbyterian in Nashville on August 13, 2016. A reception was held at Brentwood Country Club.

• Best wishes to Lindsey Hopper (’04), and Ryan Whitmer who were married on October 22, 2016. The couple and their twins Josie and Piper live in Franklin, Tennessee.

• Best wishes to Sara Kirkland (’05), and Andrew DiCostanzo who were married in Nashville on October 22, 2016. The couple lives in New York City where she is a Senior Principal Consultant for ACA Compliance Group and he is Vice President, Treasury & Liquidity Planning at Credit Suisse.

• Congratulations to Russ Duck (’06), and Laura Crittendon who were married on October 22, 2016.

• Best wishes to Laurel Meriwether (’06), and Jake Bateman who were married in Jackson, Tennessee, on September 17, 2016. The couple resides in Kingsport, Tennessee, where they both practice dentistry.

• Congratulations to William Teague (’06), and Sarah Cox who were married in Jackson, Tennessee on August 27, 2016.

• Congratulations to Thomas Baudo (’07), and Jordan Cagle who were married on August 20, 2016, at Twin Oaks in Humboldt, Tennessee.

• Best wishes to Camilla Bratton (’08), and Ryan Stringfellow who were married on July 23, 2016 at Bagsby Ranch in Gallatin, Tennessee.

• Congratulations to Ryan Russell (’08), and Danielle Richter who were married on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Northside Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee.

• Best wishes to Katie Mansfield (’09), who married Patrick O’Neal at Dara’s Garden in Knoxville on October 21, 2016.

• Congratulations to Russell Hollman (’11), and Holly Hayes who were married on May 28, 2016 in Gates, Tennessee. The couple recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where Russell accepted a position with Atlantic Engineering Services.

• Best wishes and congratulations to Clare Williams (’12), and Gray Magee (’12), who were married on December 18, 2016, at Fellowship Bible Church in Jackson, TN. They are both currently attending the University of Kentucky. Gray is in medical school, and Clare is pursuing her master’s in diplomacy at the Patterson School at UK.

• Best wishes to Anna Caroline Lax (’14), and Matthew Elias Gatti who were married at Twin Oaks in Humboldt, Tennessee on November 13, 2016.

• We are saddened by the loss of Paula Blankenship Masoud, OHA Class of 1979, who died on August 25, 2016. Paula was born in Jackson, Tennessee. She graduated from Old Hickory Academy in 1979 and the University of Tennessee in 1983 with a B.S. in communications. Paula moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1984 where she was employed by Presbyterian Publishing and later Store Value Solutions from 2005-2011 as Senior Manager. In 2011, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked as Sr. Director at InComm until the time of her death. Paula will be missed by the entire OHA and USJ community.

• Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Will Magee (’06), who passed away in his sleep on October 1, 2016. Classmates remember him as a kind and wonderful young man. Will began preparing for a career in tennis from the age of 12 continuing throughout his high school and college years. He realized his dream in Boca Raton, where he was a tennis instructor. Will was also a gifted musician and played guitar in the praise band at First United Methodist in Jackson while in college at Lambuth University. He will be greatly missed by all of us at USJ.

• We extend our sympathy to the family of former EDS Board Chairman Robert Alderson, who passed away on November 22, 2016. Robert served as chairman, 1985-86, and was a member of the original board of trustees for USJ. He also served on the Joint Consolidation Task Force in 1987 that worked on the consolidation of Episcopal Day School and Old Hickory Academy. He and his wife Jane have two children who graduated from USJ, Amy Otto (’93) and Allison DeMarcus (’95). Robert was a purposeful leader and friend to USJ who will truly be missed by all.

Anthony Spates, Class of 2012, graduated with honors from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.

Ben Coffman, Class of 2014, is a junior at the University of Alabama at Huntsville where he studies Mechanical Engineering. This summer, he worked as a research assistant with Boeing. In his role, he supported the 767 Tanker program, working on engineering production changes.

Meredith Maroney, Class of 2014, competed and placed second in the 2016 Miss Tennessee pageant. We also wish to congratulate her on her preliminary talent win. Meredith’s performances were outstanding all week as she represented her alma mater with grace.

• Best wishes to Kelli McDaniel, Class of 1997, and Matt Swank, who were married May 6, 2016 in Seaside, Florida.

• Congratulations to Tracy Dougan, Class of 2000, and Frank Lawrence Lombardo, III, who were married on April 30, 2016. The couple resides in Memphis where Tracy is a realtor with Marx-Bensdorf, Realtors and Larry is a partner at W Advisors, a wealth management firm.

• Congratulations and best wishes to alumni Melissa Morrison, Class of 2006, and Brad Hayes, Class of 1994, who were married in a small family ceremony on June 25, 2016. A reception for friends and family was held immediately following at the home of his parents. The couple will live in Jackson where Melissa is a nurse at TransSouth Healthcare and Brad is President of Hoyt Hayes Construction, Inc.

• Best wishes and congratulations to Jessica Powell, Class of 2008, and Jordan Zarshenas, who were married on April 2, 2016. The couple lives in Memphis, TN where Jessica is a NICU nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

• Congratulations to Bill Hardegree, Class of 2008, who married Morgan Spellings on March 19, 2016 in Dyer, TN.

• Best wishes to Mallory Yancey, Class of 2009, who married Lisle Whitman, II in Jackson, TN on November 7, 2015.

• Congratulations and best wishes to Brittney Teel, Class of 2010, and Brandon Churchill, who were married on June 25, 2016. The couple lives in Springfield, IL where Brittney is a registered nurse at Memorial Medical Center and Brandon is a medical student at Southern Illinois University.

• Best wishes to Kaleigh Davis, Class of 2011, and Weston Swims, who were married on June 25, 2016 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Jackson, TN.

• Congratulations on the engagement of Anna Caroline Lax, Class of 2014, to Matthew Elias Gatti. They will marry at Twin Oaks in Humboldt, TN on November 13, 2016.

Adam Warren, Class of 2003, and his wife, Theresa, welcomed their second child on April 21, 2016. Walter, or Walt, as his family calls him, weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 18 ½ inches long. He has a big brother named Parker.

• Congratulations to Carmen Timbes Carroll, Class of 2004, and her husband Chris on the addition of Molly Gordon to their family!

• Congratulations to alumni Maddie Koester Slack, Class of 2014, and Will Slack, Class of 2011, who recently announced the April 6, 2016 birth of Charlotte Louise. Charlotte weighed 7 ½ pounds and measured 21 inches long.

Rebecca Rogers, Class of 2012, graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in May. She plans to attend graduate school at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she will study Vocal Performance.

• John Ross Glover, Class of 2012, saw his NCAA, Division 1 collegiate basketball career come to a conclusion with recognition as Lehigh University’s Scholar Athlete for 2016. He excelled academically at Lehigh, where he was named to the All Patriot League Academic team for three years. He received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court Award in 2015 and 2016 for academic excellence. He was the recipient of Lehigh University’s Scholar Athlete Award for 2016 in April. John Ross is once again a ‘Bruin’ as he has entered Belmont University School of Law. John Ross received the prestigious Bruin Scholarship for his law school tuition.

• We are saddened by the loss of 1975 Old Hickory Academy graduate Nancy Happel Dancy, who passed away on March 25, 2016, at her home in Humboldt, Tennessee. She was born on May 1, 1957, to the late Alexander Brown Dancy and Catherine Royster Bond of Jackson, Tennessee. After graduating from Old Hickory, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College in Virginia and was an accomplished photographer. She will be missed by the entire OHA and USJ community.