Alumni Reunion 2015

Photos from Alumni Reunion for Class of ’85, ’95, & ’05

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Wyvern wins an Emmy!

Congratulations to alumnus Devin Emke G’84 ’88 on winning an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series’ for the “SNL” 40th Anniversary Special!

Devin Emke G'84, '88 wins an Emmy

Goal by Napo ’13 for UK!

Napo Matsoso’s 90th minute goal gave UK a win in the first game of the season! Article and video here.


The gift of learning without fear.

After speaking on the steps of the US Supreme Court yesterday in support of marriage equality alum Kinsey Morrison ’14 had this to say, “One final thought after an unforgettable day: I realized tonight that if my sisters and I went to any other schools, we might be really afraid to go back tomorrow. St. Francis and Stanford have both given me the gift of learning without fear, one I too often take for granted when I forget how long I lived without it and how many people still do.” Thank you Kinsey and very well done!

Wyverns in the U.S. Supreme Court!

From left: Kinsey Morrison, Jillian Morrison and Teagan Morrison.

From left: Kinsey Morrison, Jillian Morrison and Teagan Morrison.

Kinsey Morrison ’14, Jillian Morrison G’13, ’17, and Teagan Morrison G’17, ’21, are participating in an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief that has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the pending case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The brief, which lists the Family Equality Council, COLAGE, and Kinsey Morrison as named amici, argues that children of same-sex couples who are denied marriage equality can themselves suffer from marriage-ban discrimination. They are asking the Supreme Court to rule that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Here is a link to the brief itself.

Hazel Levine ’09

Describe your path after leaving St. Francis.         Hazel Levine

After graduating in May of 2009, I moved to Evanston, Illinois where I studied Environmental Science, Chemistry, and Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. I especially enjoyed my research grant work at the Chicago Botanic Garden, racing for the Club Cycling team, and making incredible friends. I graduated in March of 2013 and moved home to work and sort out some health issues before law school. The “health issues” turned out to be Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was diagnosed in August of 2013. I lost all of my hair, most of my high school field hockey leg muscles, and for the first time, I questioned everything. I am so lucky to be contributing–cancer free–to this Wyvern Report just one year after my diagnosis! In my chemotherapy downtime I applied to law schools, and I will be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall of 2015. Until then I am living in Aspen, Colorado: working, hiking, cycling, cooking, adventuring, star gazing, and breathing a lot of mountain air! Hope to see a few Wyverns on the slopes this winter!
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Archie Douglass G’71

Briefly describe your career after leaving St. Francis

I attended preschool and kindergarten at St. Francis before it added grades. Having been part of the inaugural 3rd grade in the fall of 1965, I left SFS in the spring of 1971, after 8th grade. I went on to four years of boarding school at St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), then to Yale University, from which I graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in History. After brief stints in wilderness conservation and banking in California, I returned to New England and began work back at St. Paul’s in 1985, staying for 11 years as history teacher, coach, dorm master and director of college counseling. I earned an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1991. Then…
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Imagine! — supporting artists and the St. Francis Scholarship Fund for 19 years

Imagine! — supporting artists and the St. Francis Scholarship Fund for 19 years

By Alexandra Thurstone G’80, ’84, Head of School

As most of you know, we had our second of two major fundraising galas, the Imagine Art Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser, on January 30th.  Next year will be a truly momentous year, as we will celebrate the 20th year of the event.  We are already working on how to make the 20th Imagine particularly special.  However, before we move on, I want to make sure the SFS community knows why Imagine is so special, because many of you may not realize how it works.

First of all, there are two important purposes of Imagine.  The first is the one with which you are all familiar:  to raise awareness about and funds for our Scholarship Fund. At St. Francis, we believe that any student who deserves a St. Francis education should be able to have one regardless of their family’s financial means. Throughout our history, we have had an unusual commitment to financial aid.  Today, nearly half of our student body receives some form of scholarship support, and these funds represent nearly a third of our operating budget — both of these figures are significantly higher than both the national and local average for Independent Schools.  We do this because we truly believe that an SFS education would not be nearly as powerful if we were not able to create this wonderful and diverse student body with the help of our Scholarship Fund, and we simply could not do it without the support of the Imagine Art Auction. Imagine15-038

The second major purpose of Imagine is to help promote and cultivate a vibrant art community in Louisville.  Since the inception of the auction, it was meant to support the artists as well as the school, and not just by exposing their work to the 400 or so guests at the event, and generating new buyers for their work.  What I realized that many people still do not know is that Imagine supports the artists financially, too — artists do not donate their work; they set the minimum bids, and they get half of the selling price garnered at Imagine.  Therefore, when guests purchase art, they are supporting artists in Louisville and the region, as well as the St. Francis Scholarship Fund.

I also want to mention that we had a Special Honoree at Imagine this year: Gaela Erwin, who has been our Artist-in-Residence at the High School for the last 10 years, and in that time, Gaela has been involved with Imagine – nearly half of its entire existence. After 10 years service at SFS, Gaela made the decision to retire this December.  We have been so lucky to have one of Kentucky’s best artists (and one of the best in the nation) at St. Francis for a decade, and we are very sorry to see her go.  However, Gaela hand-picked her successor in Julie Leidner, who started with us in January, so we know we are in good hands.

All in all, Imagine was a great success, meeting its fundraising goals and netting over $70,000 for the Scholarship Fund.  Just as importantly, though, the varied and eclectic crowd all learned something about St. Francis and supported the School as well as the Louisville art community.  If you haven’t been to Imagine yet, please make plans to join us next year for our exciting 20th Anniversary.



March Madness

Coming up in March…

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Get ready to Make Your Shot for St. Francis School as we kick off our March Madness Annual Fund Campaign.  If you haven’t yet given to the 2014-15 Annual Fund now is the time.  More information to follow each week during the month of March!

Norm Jones

Norm Jones G'88, '92

Norm Jones G’88, 92

Norm holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development and an M.A in public administration from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in English and linguistics from Morehouse College in Atlanta.  He is currently the Associate Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Director at Harvard.
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