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Greetings from Newman Road An Electronic Newsletter for Alumni Of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri Volume 4 Number 3 10 June 2008 In this issue - - Message from Bill Carter, Head of School Class of 2008 Class Notes With Former Faculty Request for Information Message from Bill Carter, Head of School Every year I am amazed at what the teachers and students at TJ accomplish. The 2007 ­ 2008 school year was no different. Among the many achievements this year: Middle and Upper School students received national ranking on the National French, Spanish, and Latin examinations. Thanks to Lower School French teacher Kim Tate, one 3rd grade student came in 9th in the nation on the Level 1 exam. Two Middle School students under the tutelage of TJ Art teacher Sherri Wilkins won national recognition from the World War II Museum in New Orleans for their posters on the theme of "Teamwork." In MSHSAA District IX art competition, TJ was the overall winner. As a result, the winning art work was on public display at an art gallery in Carthage. Carrying on the tradition, the TJ Academic Bowl team, under the leadership of biology teacher Holly Lacey, won the state championship for the fourth straight year. This was TJ's sixth championship in the last seven years. After the victory, Holly was voted Coach of the Year by the Academic Bowl coaches association. For the second year in a row, an Upper School tennis doubles team (Will Humphreys and Joe Newman) won the state championship. The TJ team finished second in the Class 1 team tournament. And for the 7th year in a row, we have had state qualifiers at the golf and track competitions. Upper School and Middle School students won regional awards at National History Day and the National Mock Trial competition. Eighth grader Justin Brown is attending the TIP program at Duke University this summer.

TJ students won many first place awards at both MSSU Foreign Language Field Day and English Language Field Day. Graduating Senior Haley Daus won state-level recognition for her Science Fair project in microbiology. She also received a scholarship award for her project. Sixth grader, Sanjay Jenkins, won the Joplin Globe Spelling Bee. All of these achievements are the result of the hard work and dedication of the faculty, and the talent and diligence of our students. We will start our 16th year in August. Please stop by and see us if you are home this summer. --Bill Carter

Class of 2008 There were 22 members of the Class of 2008. Collectively, they received $1.3 million in merit-based scholarship offers. Baccalaureate and Commencement took place on Sunday, 25 May 2008. The Baccalaureate speaker was Reverend Wes Davis, Senior Pastor of the Riverton (KS) Friends Church. The Commencement speaker was nationally known writer and humorist P. J. O'Rourke. Members of the Class of 2008 and the college or university where they will be attending are below.


Jonathan Alburty Amanda Almich Will Blanchard Daniel Bulgarelli Collin Crossland Haley Daus Summer Davidson Martha Falls Will Flanigan Allison Fraum Will Humphreys Laura Kemp Kristina Kory Carly Luebber James Michael Madden Caitlin Miller Joe Newman Sara Norton Shinya Okiyama Elaina Reinsvold Ethan Smith Stephanie Smith


Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) William Woods University New York University Pittsburg State University Stetson University St. Louis University Southern Methodist University Rhodes College Missouri Southern State University Northwestern University Emory University Brigham Young University William Jewell College Truman State University University of Missouri - Columbia University of Missouri - Columbia University of Missouri - Columbia University of Arkansas Lindenwood University Davidson College Undecided Grinnell College

Class Notes The members of the Hassan Family have been busy! Hassan (Class of 1997) has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Election to AOA is based on integrity, leadership, compassion, fairness, and scholastic excellence. Zainab (Class of 2000) will begin studying in Phoenix, Arizona, in a program for Physicians Assistants. Hussain (Class of 2007) is attending Washington University in St Louis.

Jean Kelly (Class of 1997) is an attorney with a small litigation boutique in Austin, Texas. Katie Riggs Helton (Class of 1999) married Matthew Helton in the summer of 2007. They live in Atlanta where Katie is a poverty law attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in Marietta, Georgia. Lauren Cotner Francis (Class of 2000) and husband Scott Francis are living in Southern California where Lauren is fundraising for Children's Hospital of Orange County and will be teaching an art appreciation course at a junior college this summer. Mike Neil (Class of 2001x) works at Webb Corps. He was recently by the school to enroll his son Keaton. Lauren Standlee (Class of 2001) graduated from the University of Missouri ­ Columbia School of Law. She is clerking for an appeals court judge in St Louis. Kate Walkenhorst (Class of 2001x) is Director of Presidential Messages in the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the White House. Dylan Meek (Class of 2002x) is based in Dallas working with Lush cosmetics. He is a makeup artist with clients in the United States and Europe. Amanda Neil Dillard (Class of 2002x) recently married Heath Dillard. She is working at St John's Urgent Care. Emily Riggs (Class of 2002) is living in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jamie Swank Odem (Class of 2002) is finishing her third year of med school at the University of Missouri ­ Columbia. Andrew Whiteside (Class of 2003) finished his second year of law school at OU. He is an intern in the Legal Department at TAMKO this summer. Matt Alms (Class of 2004) is in his second year at BYU Idaho. Tyler Fraum (Class of 2004) graduated from the University of Chicago and will be attending Duke University School of Medicine where he is leaning toward a career in neurology or neurosurgery. Taylor Grimes (Class of 2004) graduated from the University of Missouri -- Columbia with a Bachelors degree in Magazine Journalism. Laura Reinsvold (Class of 2004) and Leon Kassab (Class of 2004) will be married in January 2009. This Spring Laura graduated from Rice and Leon graduated from the University of Arkansas. Katie Alms (Class of 2005) placed sixth in an international competition in show jumping. She will be moving to Germany for a year to train with a former Olympic gold medalist. Her goal is to be a member of the US Equestrian team for the Olympics. Callie Cox (Class of 2005) is in her last year at the University of Missouri ­ Columbia where she is majoring in Strategic Communications. Matt Crossland (Class of 2005) attended Johnson County Community College and was a member of their golf team. He will be attending KU in the autumn and will major in civil engineering. Eric Fleischaker (Class of 2005) is an intern with the Anti-Defamation League in St Louis. He will be in his last year at Washington University in St Louis. Alex Arevalos (Class of 2006) has a summer internship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He will return to Rice University in the autumn.

Josh Kohler (Class of 2006) completed basic and advanced training in the Air Force. He is an Airman First Class stationed at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. Duncan Neely (Class of 2006) is attending SMU in Dallas. Will Rhoads (Class of 2007) is interning this summer in the R & D department at Leggett and Platt. Mark Silva (Class of 2007) will be attending Ryerson University in Toronto. He will major in aeronautical engineering. Matt Taylor is attending Central Missouri State in Warensburg. He sent along this picture to prove his fishing talents. He caught fish near his home in Tecumseh, Missouri.

Future Cavaliers -- Class of 2026 Brianne Kemp Heiner (Class of 2004) and Daniel Heiner are the proud parents of Lana Heiner, born 2 May 2008.

Lana, Brianne and Daniel Heiner

Sam Skaggs (Class of 1997) and Meg Scearce Skaggs (Class of 1997x) are the proud parents of Robinson William Skaggs, born 23 April 2008.

Sam Skaggs and son Rob TJ Spanish teacher Gelmis Cole and husband Mark Cole are the proud parents of twins Nathan and Sarah Cole born 21 March 2008.

With Former Faculty Former TJ Middle and Upper School English teacher Leann Stausing retired from teaching at the end of this school year. She and her husband Michael are considering moving to Arkansas. Homecoming Plans Watch for news of Homecoming in October 2008. Request for Information We are missing email addresses for the following alums. We would appreciate your help in helping us maintain contact with everyone in the TJ family. If you know of someone who is not receiving this newsletter or someone who would like to receive it, please let me know at [email protected] Class of 1997 Joe Bogotko, Tucker Poling Class of 1998 Mindy Schaffer Schmidt, Class of 1999 Meagan Wilkinson Class of 2002 Emily Riggs Class of 2003 Julia Malcor Roark Class of 2004 Aleksei Tarasov Class of 2005 Matt Crossland, Felicia Owen, Class of 2006 Maurice Cramer, Robin Fish, Duncan Neely Class of 2007 Emily Frankoski *********************************** Check out the TJ website. All of us still on Newman Road wish all of you the best. Please keep in touch and let us know what you are doing. Look for the next newsletter in late October 2008. Cheers Carpe diem/ m ************************************

Greetings From Newman Road is a publication of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801. Copyright © June 2008. The picture of the school was by Alyssa Bayless, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at TJ. Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally according or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial assistance and other school-administered programs.


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