Sarah Bandy (Class of 2001) is the executive director of the Nashville organization, Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, Inc. (or YEAH!). Through that position, she operates the Nashville chapter of Southern Girls Rock Camp. A local publication, NATIVE, recently featured Sarah in an article.
Says the author, "Armed with a vast knowledge of community organizing, Bandy is unexpectedly bubbly when she could play the too-cool-for-school card that so many Nashville tastemakers lean toward. But maybe when you run a school that teaches kids leadership, activism, and rock ‘n’ roll, you don’t have to be too cool for anything—because that’s about as cool as it gets." Read the article here.
Congratulations to our alumni who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Brennan Kosut, Helena Upshaw, Elena Wilson, Max von Asten, and Grace Gehlken now attend Academic Magnet High School. The President of the chapter is fellow Mason Prep alum William Tonks.
Congratulations to MaTia Hughes (Class of 2009), who has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball First Team! MaTia will graduate from West Virginia University in the spring (2017) and is planning to go to law school. Read articles about MaTia and her accomplishments through the links below. (photo courtesy WVU)
Profile of MaTia
Senior Day Honors
Knights stick together...even in college! Elise Gruber spent her Fall Break from the University of Richmond visiting Max Landsman at the University of Vermont (both are Class of 2009).
Sarah Bandy (Mason Prep alum and Ms. Bandy's daughter) received her B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston in 2008 and then went on to co-found Girls Rock Charleston before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2013. She started at YEAH! as Program Director in 2013 and has served as Executive Director since late 2015. She’s been organizing and volunteering at Girls Rock Camps around the country for the past seven years. Bandy is passionate about arming all youth with the tools to make the media that represents their experience. She believes that it’s important to educate teenagers about their power to eradicate systemic oppression through creative, collaborative expression. Go Sarah! https://yeahrocks.org/
News from Daniel Crooks (Class of 1998), "I have accepted a job with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as an attorney for their Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC), in Grand Prairie, Texas."
Be sure to check out the November 2015 issue of Southern Living to read an article written by Mason Prep alum Betsy Cribb (Class of 2007)! The story is about celebrating Thanksgiving at Betsy’s grandparents’ farm and features a beautiful photo shoot.
Samantha Celek is attending Bournemouth University in the U.K. Her mother, Martha, says, "I have just returned after spending a week in England with Samantha sightseeing and helping her settle in at Bournemouth University where she will be earning her master's degree and also playing volleyball. Mason Prep was key in many ways to this wonderful opportunity. The academic, social and community fundamentals taught by example by the faculty and staff and the importance placed on teamwork (particularly through volleyball in Sam's case - thank you Coach Stemple!) are ALL priceless. Once a Knight, always a Knight (even her luggage tags are from Mason Prep) - GO MPS!"
(Pictured are Samantha and her new teammate.)
Former Knight Bubba Atkinson (pictured right) was featured in the City Paper. Congrats on the success of ijreview.com!
Eric Bethany, Class of 2006 and a Mason Prep Knight of the Round Table award recipient, has recently graduated from Tulane University's 5-year Masters in Architecture program. Eric received the coveted Tulane 34 Award which is presented to 34 graduates who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate life. Students are recognized for their exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence. Congratulations, Eric!
Congratulations to Crawford Smith, Ben Brams, and Betsy Cribb (Class of 2007), who graduated from Washington and Lee University. Now they are Knights and Generals!
Rachael Savage, Mason Prep class of 2009, serves as President of the Clemson University Debate Team. Rachael, a double major in Spanish language and Women's Leadership, was recently awarded the Calhoun Forensics Scholarship for achievement in debate from the Clemson University Communications Department. Rachael won the Tiger SpeakOut speech competition in 2014. She has traveled extensively to both domestic and international debate tournaments in such places as: Colorado, Vermont, New York, Alaska, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, France, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Canada. Rachael plans to continue her education following her graduation from Clemson University in 2017. She credits Dr. Carol Maynard for instilling in her a love of learning and all languages.
Walker Heffron has been named to the CoSIDA 2014-2015 Academic All-District At-Large men's tennis team for District IV. A senior at Wofford, Heffron marks the first Academic All-District selection for the Terriers' men's tennis program. Congratulations! Read more about Walker's accomplishments here.
Ben Taylor (Class of 2013) has been selected to the National Honor Society as a sophomore at the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science. Congratulations Ben!
Mary Siebert, Class of 2011 and current senior at James Island Charter High School, has accepted a volleyball scholarship to Newberry College. Mary began playing volleyball with Mary Jo Stemple at Mason Prep. She has played on the varsity volleyball team all of her four years at JICHS, and has received much recognition for all of her hard work and dedication including AAU All American Team 2014, 3AAA Player of the Year 2013, and All-Region Player and MVP in each of her four years at JICHS.
In addition to indoor volleyball, Mary plays sand volleyball, winning numerous tournaments in both the junior division and the women's A and AA divisions. Congratulations, Mary!
John Henry Murdy (Class of 2010) is part of a team of Clemson students who have developed an incubator blanket to help save infant lives in developing countries. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for more prototypes and testing. To find out more and how you can support their effort, click here.