I think back to that younger version of myself and at 37 to come in as a Head of School, I had my work cut out for me because I had never been a Head of School before. And so I went in with a lot of enthusiasm and hope for the future, and it’s hard to believe that over a decade has gone by already.
Betsy Paine McClendon ’65, outgoing President of the Walnut Hill Board of Trustees, has been a critical part of the School’s transformation since joining the Board over 25 years ago. During her tenure, Walnut Hill School for the Arts has grown into one of the preeminent independent arts high schools in the world.
I came to Walnut Hill by way of the Summer Theater Program. A few weeks before my junior year was supposed to start, my parents allowed me to make the switch from the prep school I was attending to board at Walnut Hill. I can’t say enough about this decision. Not only did it alter the course of my life, but it also was a lifesaver at the time. Suddenly, all that teen angst had a productive focus!
Heidi, who spent a year at Walnut Hill as part of the Class of 2019, plays Haley Gulick in the new movie Candyman.
Nick is currently playing Aaron Burr in the Los Angeles production of Hamilton.
This past spring, 10 students at Ringling College of Art + Deisgn, including our own Kippy Sage, had the opportunity to work with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to create comics for the Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists series. Kippy illustrated a comic about Maria Oakey Dewing titled "A Garden-Thirsty Soul." We caught up with Kippy to chat about this exciting project, in addition to her college experience and her artistic life.
Dr. Lovingood was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. She has served as a musicology lecturer at Bryn Mawr College since 2007.
Several alumni are participating in the Bard Music Festival's celebration of composer and conducter Nadia Boulanger: Samantha Hankey '11, Anna Williams '04, Tony Rymer '07, and Kee-Hyun Kim '01.
The Parker Quarter, of which Kee is a member, performed at the BANFF Centre in June, presenting the world premiere of Jaehyuck's composition, With Winds II.
Bianca is the new PA announcer for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a Double-A baseball franchise.
Daniel recently started a new job as the Major Gifts Officer for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Susanna was chosen as the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Western Regional Teacher of the Year and is one of 9 teachers of the year for the state of North Carolina. This follows her selection as 2020 district teacher of the year for Asheville City Schools. She has taught in the district for 5 years. Her daughter Isabel is finishing up kindergarten at the same school this year!