The Term

FALL 2017

In This Issue:

  • Though they don't spend their days on the field or the court, Erin Vagley '95, Mike Carney '01, and Zach Leonsis '07 are making their mark in professional sports.
  • Griffin Vanze '03 blends a passion for style with a commitment to sustainability at eco-friendly clothing company Aeon Row.
  • Professional organizer Wendy Arundel '77 helps people transform their lives, one orderly step at a time.
  • At Impact Without Borders, Kaison Tanabe '09 helps socially-focused startups grow their impact and their bottom line.
  • Reunion 2017 brought a record number of alumni back to campus to celebrate the Potomac spirit!

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  • thoughts on the business of sports from past Potomac parent Phil de Piccotto, founder and president of sports and entertainment agency Octagon
  • additional photos from Reunion 2017


In This Issue:

  • Actor and playwright Ellen McLaughlin ’73 has created a vibrant life in the theatre, using her talents to examine complex questions and illuminate timeless truths.
  • In his new book, journalist Derek Thompson ’04 explores how human psychology and the economics of cultural marketplaces shape what’s hot and what’s not.
  • Will Ackerly ’99 is a man with a mission: ensuring that Internet users have the power to protect their personal information and sensitive data from intrusion.
  • WeWork aims to “create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.” Two Potomac alumni, Ebbie Wisecarver '97 and Sam Lee '03, share their insights about the company’s innovative business model and their enthusiasm for building a worldwide WeWork community.
  • The Potomac School honors longtime and well-loved teacher Jerry Rich with its first Generosity of Spirit Award.

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FALL 2016

In This Issue:

  • Under the leadership of John Lettow '91, Vorbeck Materials Corp. is changing the way humans interact with electronics.
  • Social media maven Charlie Tansill '04 expands circles of influence from DC to Dubai and beyond.
  • Reflections on Bill Cook's life and legacy paint an indelible portrait of a beloved educator, mentor, and friend.
  • Whether in the business world or on a movie set, Vincent Harris '94 pursues his passions and makes a mark.
  • Congressman John Lewis visits campus and inspires the Potomac community; IS students befriend kids in need.
  • Potomac wins the ISL Sportsmanship Banner; baseball and boys lacrosse are MAC tournament champions for the second consecutive year.
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In This Issue:

  • New York magazine restaurant critic Adam Platt '73 dishes on the perks and predicaments inherent in a career focused on food.
  • Meet Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Marjorie Brennan, a charismatic leader who is passionate about Potomac's success.
  • Ross Condon '03 exhibits intensity, drive, and commitment as he moves up the competitive world of Division I coaching.
  • Performer, choreographer, writer, and lover of the arts Amanda Kreglow '63 shares her passion with the world.
  • Students honored for independent science research; speech and debate team persuades its way to the top.
  • Kyle Sanok '16 wins cross country state championship; girls soccer captures conference title.
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FALL 2015

In This Issue:

  • Meet Jocelyn Kelly ’98, who fights fearlessly to create sustainable change in the war-torn region of central Africa.
  • Learn how alumni Ann Bellinger ’10 and Evan May ’14 found themselves rejuvenated before embarking on the college experience by taking a gap year.
  • Read how Stephen Hill ’76, the president for programming for Black Entertainment Television (BET), channeled his childhood passion for music into a dream career.
  • Hear from alumni John Backus ’12, Caryn Cramer ’97, Eric Huang ’09, and Chris Seline ’93 about what it takes to flourish in the art of entrepreneurship.
  • Discover how three-sport athlete Clare Kehoe ’15 specializes in being well-rounded.

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In This Issue:

  • Sing along with sisters Nerissa ’82 and Katryna Nields ’84, and understand how music has been the key to a lifetime of joy and community-building.
  • Meet the School’s newest trustees, including three alums who are happy to be giving back.
  • Rock out with three alumni, in two different bands, who are focused on one goal: Truman '03 and Willie Morrison '06 and Will Runge '05 are focused on making it in music.
  • Learn how Jennifer Maddox Sergent ’84 and Charlotte Martin Smith ’93 have carved out their own distinct niches in the world of design blogging.
  • Discover how Lower and Middle School students and staff have teamed up to make the daily bus ride a high point for everyone.

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FALL 2014

In This Issue:

  • Dive with Grace Young ’11 and explore the ocean's wonders with Jacques Cousteau’s grandson.
  • Learn about Aleem Ahmed's ’03 new superfood made from an Ethiopian grain.
  • Experience the history and horror of 9/11 with conservator John Childs ’78 in an overview of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
  • See how three friends from the Class of ’09 are making their mark and chasing big dreams in New York City.
  • Enjoy the festivities and photos that captured the excitement of Reunion 2014.
  • Read about how a sibling rivalry pushed squash All-American Kira Keating ’14 to the top.

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In This Issue:

  • Matt Stinchcomb '93 fell into a job with an online startup and now he's testing the power of business to do good.
  • Christina Fennell ’12 and Olivia Pavco-Giaccia ’12 are creating new kids’ ventures born of their days at Potomac.
  • How Potomac’s unofficial mascot came to live with John Chester ’73.
  • Students are finding inspiration working with children in one of the world’s biggest slums.
  • How Potomac’s camps have been changing lives—and the School itself—for a half-century.
  • Potomac teachers pick their favorite books for summertime reading.
  • Intermediate School gets a new home

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FALL 2013

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In This Issue:

  • New Head of School John Kowalik talks about his family and the ingredients of good leadership
  • Lina Gomez ’01 is a globetrotting expert at turning ideas into reality
  • Kids take to the treetops to learn life lessons with David Ritter ’93
  • Upper School students decide that leadership is not just for the elite
  • Paris Review editor Lorin Stein ’91 and the challenge of leading creative intellectuals
  • How Lauren Banks Amos ’94 gets the best out of Potomac runners
  • Sophomores explore DC careers—and their passions

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In This Issue:

  • A fond farewell to Head of School Geoff Jones.
  • A look at Holly Green Gordon's ('86) work promoting education for girls around the world.
  • A reflection on "The Art of Transition" by retiring administrator and faculty Sheila O'Marah.
  • A profile of Clay Whitehead '98, whose business provides online speech-language therapy for children in 22 states.
  • An essay by Potomac Parent Emily Hoechst.
  • Advice from Trustee Emerita Betsy Duff on planned giving.
  • A new back-of-the-book feature called "Terminology," with thoughts from IS Science Teacher Elijah Goodwin on migratory restlessness.

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FALL 2012


In This Issue:

  • A look inside Obama's in-box, with former Staff Secretary Lisa Brown '75
  • Former Senator Evan Bayh '71 on America's imperfect pursuit of the highest ideals
  • Behind the scenes of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with A Q&A with Mark Shriver '79, author of A Good Man
  • Cameron Kilberg's ('98) thoughts on the intersection of technology and politics
  • An excerpt from Rohit Bhargava's ('93) Likeonomics
  • Five-term Mayor of Raleigh Charles Meeker's ('65)secret to getting things done.
  • Radio journalist Jonathan Wilson's '98 take on the meaning of smaller government in a government town

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In This Issue:

  • A sneak peek at writer/director Zal Batmanglij's '98 first feature film, Sound of My Voice
  • An interview with Whitney Tymas '76, director of the Vera Institute's Prosecution and Racial Justice Program
  • A look at Jody Goehring's '99 work with premium menswear label Alton Lane, by Leah Faye Cooper '02
  • A Q&A with New Yorker music critic Alex Ross '83
  • An excerpt from Louisa Thomas '00 book Conscience
  • A profile of champion rock climber Sasha DiGiulian '11, by Kyle Massey '11

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Fall 2011


In This Issue:

Profiles of Lewis Butler '72 , Jason Samenow '94 , Michael Emory '01 , Dorothy Phoenix '02 and Claire Donegan '08 .

An in-depth feature on Potomac's Science Department.

"Sports Myths Debunked by Science," by Reed Kuhn '95

A recap of last spring's reunion.

Notes from past faculty.

The 2010-2011 Annual Report.

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In This Issue:

  • A dialogue between a junior and a Chinese exchange student.
  • An in-depth look at the new MS Spanish program.
  • An essay on the evolution of the foreign language classroom.
  • Reflections on El Camino de Santiago.
  • Profiles of Andrew Hebeler '85, Burke Brownfeld '00, Laura Smith '01 and Kevin Mayer '04.

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