From the Alumni OfficeMonday, January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Year! I would like to thank you for all that you, our Key alumni community, have done to make the first half our school year such a success.
This fall, we have already welcomed back more than 100 alumni for various events, including our Upper School Career Day, Turkey Bowl, Zag Bowl, our annual Alumni Happy Hour, and more. We're looking forward to the Dave Wilkerson Memorial Basketball Game, Senior Class & Alumni Dinner, and various class reunions over the course of the spring to add to this number.
This fall, we have received philanthropic gifts from 100 alumni in support of the Annual Fund, Fusco Athletic Park, a variety of Named Endowed Funds, including the David N. Wilkerson Athlete/Scholar Financial Aid Fund, Jonathan Byrd '85 Fund for Libraries, Whitall Clevenger First Grade Scholar Fund, Caitlin Dunleavy Bloom '96 Memorial Fund for Financial Aid, Donna Marie Delattre '87 Memorial Fund, Jayne Karsten Endowment for the Humanities, Mary Jane Milner Environmental Stewardship Fund, Marcella Yedid Endowment, and many more. Thank you to all of you who have supported Key in this way - each gift Key receives is incredibly meaningful.
This fall, we have received life updates from more than 250 alumni, letting us know about new contact information, new jobs, new families, and other exciting news that is happening in your lives. Please continue to share this news with us by emailing me at email@example.com!
This fall, a number of you have assisted as part of the communiKEY networking program, partnering with Upper School students or young alumni in providing information, advice, and help as our newest generation of Obezag alumni begin to navigate the world outside of Key.
The alumni community at Key is strong and we as a school cannot begin to say thank you enough to your role in building that strength. The spring is already shaping up to built on the success of the past six months and we look forward to continuing to partner with you in making your continued relationship with Key something valuable to you.
Best wishes for a great start to 2017!
All the best,
Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations
KeyNotes from Matthew
This morning, Key's campus was once again filled with the sounds of school. Laughter, learning and footsteps across campus bring school back to life. While I know the children love Holiday Break, we are more than ready to start the next leg of the academic year.
Over break, at my family's Christmas gathering, a dear childhood friend and his mother joined us. Jonathan and I have not seen each other for five years, but in about fifteen minutes we were the bosom buddies who spent hours together on athletic teams, in classrooms, and outside of school "hanging out."
As the evening wore on, we began to talk about Key. Actually, I did most of the talking and Jonathan did most of the listening. The meaningful relationships between students, families and faculty, kind and approachable administrators, rigorous academics that exist without compromising the notion that school should be fun, and a community that advances its Mission with a seriousness of purpose are the defining characteristics I shared.
Jonathan's response: "If I have children, I am moving to Annapolis."
It is easy to take for granted how truly excellent Key School is. And while there are always opportunities for growth, it is always validating to hear from those outside of the circle of Key how truly special our community is.
FROM THE ALUMNI OFFICE
Congratulations to Taylor Beall '09 (pictured) who was awarded the Rudolf Kapustin Scholarship of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators in October 2016. She received the scholarship for her work on a paper entitled "The Challenges for Air Safety Investigators: New Materials, New Challenges." Taylor just completed an internship with Airbus in Germany and is now completing her Masters thesis at TUDelft in Delft, Netherlands on "real-time aircraft piezoelectric stress and strain analysis of modern materials."
Elle Wells '14 recently competed in the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, a leg of the Women's International Match Race series, in the United States Virgin Islands. Elle was the only collegiate sailor on Team Graced by Grit, a team of four women from the United States. Elle is a junior at Old Dominion University and member of the ODU sailing team.
We look forward to celebrating the life and memory of Dave Wilkerson, long time Facilities Department member and basketball coach, at the annual Dave Wilkerson Memorial Basketball Game, taking place on Friday, January 6 at The Key School.
The games will begin at 4:00 p.m. with faculty v. faculty with the alumni/current varsity players game tipping off at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the roster. If you don't want to play, please consider coming to cheer on both teams!
Donations received during the course of the evening will go to support the David N. Wilkerson Athlete/Scholar Financial Aid Fund. For those who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation in support of the Fund, you can give online at www.keyschool.org/gift.
Members of the Class of 2016 - don't forget to email the Alumni Office with the mailing address you will be using in February (school address, home address, etc.). It is tradition that we send our most recent graduates a Valentine's Day Care Package and we want you to receive yours! Packages will be sent during the first week of February so to receive yours in a timely manner, email your mailing address to Steve today!
NEW AT KEY
Authors making national news will be appearing at this year’s festival, including Rabia Chaudry (Adnan’s Story) and Pamela Haag (The Gunning of America) whose books have made the Washington Post Non-Fiction Notable Books of 2016 list. Check out the list of authors who are already onboard for this year’s event!
Be sure not to miss this signature Key School community event. Remember, the Annapolis Book Festival is free and open to the public, so...bring your friends!
Key Theater Director Nick Olson and the entire cast and crew of Twelfth Night wowed audiences with a phenomenal performance in December. Congratulations to all on a superb production. Click to view photos.
In what has become a Key School tradition, Middle Schoolers joined forces with Linda’s Legacy Giving Back organization in support of its annual “Holiday Help for the Homeless Project” by funding and filling backpacks for local homeless men, women and children.
This year, in addition to raising funds in support of the backpacks—it takes approximately $25 to support a fully “stocked” backpack—Key’s students made homemade scarves and personalized cards to include in the packs.
During the last week of school in December, students worked with volunteers to fill the backpacks with items such as warm clothing and toiletries; the packs were then hand-delivered to the homeless on the streets of Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC, on December 24.
Middle and Upper School Technology Integrator Kim Reddy, who oversaw this year’s student project work, said, “the outpouring of love and support from our students was overwhelming. They really learned something and took pride in the work that they were doing. I was so proud to lead this effort and look forward to continuing, and increasing, our participation next year.” Many thanks to all who took the time to support this worthwhile community service project. Click here to view photos compiled by Kim Reddy.
This month's Trivia Question: Aside from Maryland, what state is currently home to the most Key alumni?
Think you know the answer or would like to make a guess? Email email@example.com with your answer and win a Key Alumni t-shirt!