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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  FOUNDATION FUNDS NEW SCHOLARSHIP.  The Foundation is proud to announce that it this year it will funds a fourth scholarship fund for graduating seniors.  The new Cadet Colonel Tekau Rasayon Memorial Scholarship will be co-sponsored by the Foundation and the JROTC, and will be awarded to an outstanding graduate from the JROTC program.  The scholarship will be presented by Foundation Board member Donald Knight (92) at the JROTC's lovely annual awards banquet on May 4.

The Foundation is delighted to add this new scholarship to its current General Fund, Charlie Waddell Memorial, and Jennie A. Denison Bayne Memorial Scholarships.

[Ed note: Photos and bios of Scholarship recipients to date can be found at the web site at, and photos of the recipients proudly hang in the Foundation's Legacy Hall at the School.]

2.  FOUNDATION FUNDS NEW TUTORING PROGRAM.  This month, the Foundation begins funding a new tutoring program at the School.  The program, known at "Project 412," is a tutorial program designed to help those students who scored 400-411 on Maryland's Algebra /Data Analysis high school assessment test meet the passing score of 412.  Participants receive tutoring two days a week for two hours per day.  They receive intensive instruction on using the TI-83 graphing calculator, probability, solving word problems, and reading graphs.  Under the direction of a math teacher from the School, the students also practice taking the test on a computer, which is mandated by the County.  (Although the program is targeted to students whose scores range from 400-411, it is open to all students.)

Best of luck to these very hard working students (and their tutors)!

3.  FOUNDATION FUNDS FIELD TRIP FOR AP PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTSThis month, the Foundation will proudly provide the funding for a field trip to be taken by the School's Advanced Placement Psychology students.  Thanks to the efforts of Foundation Board member Donald Knight, PhD (92), those hard-working students will enjoy a tour of the national headquarters of, and an introduction to the work of, the American Psychological Association in Washington.  A highlight will be a meeting between the students and the CEO of the APA.  Donald and the students and their teacher will be joined at the APA by Foundation Board member Dave Cranford, PhD (90), who also works in the field.  Here's hoping this experience motivates one or more of these young scholars to pursue a career in this outstanding profession.

[Ed note:  The Foundation encourages alumni and other members of the Surrattsville community to connect with the School to share their career experiences at events like the APA field trip and the School’s Career Days.]

  On April 19, two Foundation Board members (yours truly and the aforementioned Donald Knight, PhD (92)), and numerous other alumni, participated in the outstanding, half-day Career Day at the School.  Students from all grades were invited to approach career-specific tables of their choice staffed by alumni and members of the greater Surrattsville community who were standing-by to share career planning advice with the students.

Congratulations to faculty member Eddie Tyson on a great Career Day event!

  On April 20 (and at other broadcast times), some of our readers saw the very nice piece on the award-winning MPT "Outdoors Maryland" show featuring the beautiful paintings, and insightful artistic commentary, of Achievement Award recipient Kevin Fitzgerald (71).  In the segment entitled "Color and Light," (Outdoors Maryland Episode #2303), the program discussed how "Maryland artist Kevin Fitzgerald roams the countryside in search of landscapes, color and light to fill his canvas."  Congratulations to Kevin on this very nice recognition by one of MPT's most distinguished programs.

[Ed note:  A photo and bio of Kevin, and all of the other extraordinary Achievement Award recipients to date, can be found on the web site at  The recipient's photos also proudly hang in the Foundation's Legacy Hall at the School.]

  We received this status update from Achievement Award recipient Rix Mills (62):  "Thanks to the Foundation for keeping us all connected!

I have returned to Afghanistan as a Counter Narcotics Advisor in the Ministry of Interior in Kabul, based upon an offer that I could not refuse as the saying goes.  I will be here for 12 months and then expect to return to my happy home in Puerto Montt, Chile having done my part and appropriately turned out the lights on this last of my fun-filled foreign conflict adventures.  My address here is:  Rix M. Mills, NTM-A/CSTC-A, DCOM-P, APO AE 09356.  Best to all, Rix"

[Ed. note:  Details of Rix's extraordinarily interesting overseas career can be found on the Achievement Awards page of the Foundation's web site at]

Speaking of Achievement Award recipients, we received this memory from John Previti (72), who was honored with an Achievement Award in 2011:  "I recall author Michael Quigley coming to Surrattsville to give a talk in the multi-purpose room on his book 'April is the Cruelest Month."

We’re wondering if other readers might remember any details of that special literary visit to Surrattsville.

8.  B. K. MILLER'S TURNS 100!  Perhaps Clinton's most storied institution (at least after Surrattsville, the Surratt House, and Goatman!), B. K. Miller's store, turns 100 in 2013.  Details are being discussed on Facebook at the link below (which contains a fascinating photo of the store and old-time Branch Avenue).  Congratulations to the Miller family, and its ancestors, on this very special achievement!

9.  FOUNDATION CONTINUING WORK ON FALLEN HEROES PLAQUE FOR LEGACY HALL.  As reported previously, 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 Hornets who should be honored in this way.

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

10.  INFO ON ANNUAL BLUE CRABS EVENT.  Evan Vutsinas (76), who kindly organizes the annual All Classes/Faculty/Staff "Surrattsville Night" at Blue Crabs stadium, has posted this update about the 2013 event:

"Saturday, June 22, 2013 is the date for the 4th Annual Surrattsville High School All-Classes/Faculty/Staff event at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball park in Waldorf.  Tickets are $25 and include a game ticket, a two-hour all you can eat buffet (including Ribs!), a kids' park wristband for all in attendance, on-the-field access for a celebration before the game, and fireworks after the game.  Gates open at 5:30, the buffet starts at 6:00, and the game starts at 6:35.

The link to purchase tickets is  Enter the case sensitive code "SHS" when prompted, click "Buy" and choose your seats in the Picnic Pavilion, complete your order and print your tickets, and come out and meet your schoolmates at Regency Furniture Stadium.  If you have any questions or comments, contact Evan at "

Many thanks to Evan for coordinating this great annual event!

11.  LOCAL BLUES FESTIVAL BENEFITS CHARITIESWe received this information from Jackie Kaiser MacBryde (71) about an annual music festival for charity.  "The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival is happy to announce our headliners for 2013 - Bonnie Raitt and Eric Burdon and The Animals.  This year's charity recipients will remain the same as last year.

Other good news is that we will be remaining at Sandy Point State Park.  This promises to be one of our best events yet. Finally, thank you very much for your continued support of this great event and more importantly of the charities that we support.  See you in May!

About the festival:  Chesapeake Bay Events (CBE) held its first festival in 1998.  It has quickly gained national notoriety as one of the premier Blues Festivals in the world.  Outside of providing top caliber entertainment, the festival also gives ALL net proceeds to charity. To date the CBE has raised $1,000,000 for charities.

The recipient charities for 2012 were:  John Hopkins Cleft and Cranial Facial Children’s CAMP FACE, We Care and Friends, which is an organization providing a wide variety of services to the needy of Annapolis, Camp Fantastic, a camp for children with cancer which is operated by Special Love, Inc. and End Hunger Calvert, an organization whose mission is to feed the hungry as well as providing a path toward self-sufficiency.

Chesapeake Bay Events, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will join an increasing number of large music events in the nation to become zero-waste.  This means that in addition to recycling paper, plastic and aluminum, we will now turn all food scraps into compost.  We have partnered with Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Waste Management Services for recycling and Veteran Compost to compost all of our “table scraps”.

For the past several years we have been recycling all paper, aluminum and plastic.  We have also participated in the Shell Recycling Alliance and the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Thanks to festival attendees and our vendors, we have been very successful in our recycling efforts. “We have decided to move forward with the next phase of resource responsibility for the event,” states Event Coordinator Sarah Petska.  “Although it will increase expenses and require additional manpower, we feel this is one more thing that we can do to help preserve our environment and keep areas like Sandy Point State Park and the Chesapeake Bay beautiful for generations to come,” adds Petska.

At the Blues Festival, the process will begin with Zero-Waste Stations containing three separate bins: recycle, compost and everything else (foam, diapers, etc.).  These bins are emptied into three different dumpsters, which are transported to three different locations.  For the attendee, it will mean scraping your food and paper napkins into the compost bin, recycling all other paper, plastic and aluminum, and throwing anything remaining into trash (foam, diapers, etc.).   We will continue to encourage all Vendors to use only recyclable materials.

Saturday, May 18th








Sunday, May 19th








12.  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."

13.  FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and now exceeds 1470 members (after a large leap forward in numbers last month).  This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch (or, perhaps, find a lost class ring left on your Camaro's turn signal arm in 1968!).  Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1979" 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 you're all enjoying a wonderful Spring!

All the best, Henry Smith (71)



  • Patricia Becker Oles (71)
  • Steve Profilet (71)
  • Vicki Forsht Williams (65 and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan and Richard      Mortimer
  • Nancy Miller (67)
  • Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), In memory of Richard C. Mortimer (57, former faculty)
  • Bob Marr (71)
  • Debbie Cox Marr (72)
  • Mark Scoville (74), In memory of Mike Helfrich (74) and Nancy Maddox (74)
  • Rick Torrecarion (74), In loving memory of Patsy Torrecarion (76)
  • Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
  • Nancy Lapin LoBianco (65), In memory of Tony Marchetti (65)
  • Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
  • Duke Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England (53)
  • Lois Barrett Hessberg (70)
  • Lee Hessberg (68)

  • Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70), In memory of Cliff Hersey

  • Henry Smith (71), In memory of Cliff Hersey