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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT PROMOTED AND APPOINTED TOP AIR FORCE PHYSICIAN.  We are extremely proud to report that Foundation Achievement Award recipient Lt. Gen. Tom Travis, M.D. (72) has been awarded a third star and appointed as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States Air Force.

The official Air Force bio of Tom's extraordinarily distinguished career can be found at:

Congratulations to Tom on this very singular achievement!

[Ed. notes:  The Foundation believes that Tom now is the highest-ranking military officer in the School's over century-long history.  The photos and bios of Tom and the Foundation's other Achievement Award recipients – a number of whom have had very distinguished military careers -- can be found on the Foundation's web site at  And photos of these recipients are featured along the Foundation's Legacy Hall beyond the main office at School.] 

2.  ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT FEATURED ON ABC NEW YEAR'S MORNING.  We just learned that Foundation Achievement Award recipient Ann Weaver Pelle (71), and her Villages Twirlers group, will be featured at 11 a.m., on New Year's Day, on ABC.  They'll be performing in the Citrus Bowl Parade.  Congratulations to Ann and her perpetually young teammates on this nice national exposure!

3.  2012 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN  A HUGE SUCCESS.  Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the many donors listed below, the Foundation's 2012 annual campaign was its most successful to date.  A heartfelt thanks all of you for your support of the mission of the Foundation!

4.  FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN FIRST ANNUAL CAREERS ASSEMBLY.  On December 14, the Foundation was invited to send a representative as a speaker at the School's first annual Careers Assembly (and your editor had that distinct privilege).  The assembly featured a number of alumni and other speakers, and focused on the exciting paths ahead for this year's seniors.  It was an honor for the Foundation to participate in this great event at the School.

5.  FOUNDATION TO INSTALL FALLEN HEROES PLAQUE IN LEGACY HALL.  Last year, the Foundation installed the new Legacy Hall at the School (in the main hallway leading away from the office).  Currently, the Hall features photos of all of the Foundation's Scholarship and Achievement Award recipients, and a number of historical framed objects concerning the School (including the earliest known photo of "The Surrattsville School").  Thanks to the efforts of Bob Jeter (64), the Foundation is preparing a Fallen Heroes plaque to hang in the Legacy Hall that will contain the names and Class years of Hornets who died while serving the country (or later from service-related injuries).  Please contact Bob at if you know of any names that should be honored in this way.

[Ed note:  Photos of the Legacy Wall can be found on the Foundation's web site at]

6.  CLASS OF 64 50 YEAR REUNION.   We received this announcement about the Class of 64's upcoming golden event:  "The Class of 1964 is planning a 50th reunion in Ocean City for late September 2014.  It might seem a long way off, but we all know how fast time goes by.  We need to firm up a place, reserve a block of rooms to set aside, and determine how much space we will need.   Please email Ginger Trapanotto, or Phil Foster, if you (alone or with a guest) are interested in attending.   Also, if you know the whereabouts of any former classmate, please ask him/her to email one of us or you can forward the information to us.  We appreciate any help you can provide and the "committee" is looking forward to re-visiting the 60s with everyone."

7.  "CLASS OF 71 TURNS 60" EVENT.  The Class of 71 is planning a "Class of 71 Turns 60" gathering for July 25-July 29, 2013.  If you are a Class of 71 member and would like to be placed on the list for information about this gathering, please send me an email at  (If you believe you are on the list, and have not received each of the first three updates, please send me an email so we can check on any transmission problems.)

8.  FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and now has over 1420 members.  This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch.  Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1973" and the like -- continue to grow.  These Facebook Groups are becoming an increasingly active way for folks to share memories and news updates of interest to the Surrattsville community.  Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group.


Here's hoping your 2013 gets off to a great start!  Henry Smith (71)


  • Patricia Becker Oles (71)
  • Steve Profilet (71)



  • Patricia Becker Oles (71)
  • Steve Profilet (71)
  • Nancy Miller (67)
  • Bob Marr (71)
  • Debbie Cox Marr (72)
  • Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May (78), In memory of loving parents Ray and Dorothy Gleisberg
  • Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
  • Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
  • Henry Smith (71), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
  • Tom Shultz (71), In memory of Earl and Charlotte Shultz
  • Duke Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England (53)
  • Kurt Aktug (88)
  • Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
  • Coach Lew Jenkins (former faculty)
  • Lawrence Romjue, In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "Rubber ball," "bouncy-bouncy, "bouncy-bouncy," "Bobby Vee"
  • Tom and Sally Travis (72)
  • Valerie Mercier (73)
  • Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
  • Vera Twigg
  • Melissa Gilcrest (69)
  • Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
  • Judy Gordon (65), On the occasion of the 65 Hornets turning 65!
  • Judy Gordon (65), In memory of Linda Soper Mayes (65), Tom Saylor (65), Bill Talbert (65) and Vern Kennedy (64)
  • Stu Young (77), In honor of his son Patrick on his graduation from Calvert High School
  • J. Paul Rickett (69)
  • Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
  • Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), In memory of Myra Rigor Selvadurai (54)
  • Philip Holmes (65)
  • Richard Grace (81), In memory of Dr. Rony Rafael C. Lee
  • Lois Barrett Hessberg (70)
  • Lee Hessberg (68)
  • Valerie Parker Allard (73)
  • Anne Noyes (former faculty)
  • Russ Barkley (67), In memory of Bill Gann (66)
  • Pat Gann Barkley (67), In memory of Bill Gann (66)
  • Dan Bayne (71)
  • Leslie St. Clair (70), In honor of my grandson Kameron Smith's graduation from Huntingtown High School, Class of 2012
  • Lynn Powers Yates (65), In memory of George Harrison
  • David Kraus (65)
  • Rick Torrecarion (74), In loving memory of Patsy Torrecarion (76)
  • Lynn Harris Eggleston (64), In loving memory of Paul Cleveland Schwesig (64)
  • David Coffield (65), In honor of the Class of 65 turning 65
  • Ellen Talbert-Miller (61), former faculty and administrator, In loving memory of my brother, Bill Talbert (65)
  • Jay Nichols (67)
  • Marie O'Clair, In memory of Marie Grouby
  • Joyce Dennis Owens (74)
  • Nancy Oursler Schillings (65), In memory of Kristen Evald (66)
  • Joe Capone (79)