"Roots to Grow. Wings to Fly." – Barnesville School motto established by Jaralyn (Jeri) Hough, Head of School 1984-2006
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Sarah (Bienkowski) Maderia '01 graduated from St. James School in 2005 and St. Francis University in 2009. Sarah and her husband have a 20 month old girl, Jolene.
Samantha Roos '01 graduated from Frederick High School in 2005 and Mt. St. Mary’s University in 2009. Sam is currently teaching at the Friends Meeting School in Ijamsville and is also coaching a U16 girls’ soccer team in Frederick and a U11 girls’ soccer team in Bethesda. Sam’s U16 team just won their second straight state championship in May.
Hillary (Arlington) Eisenberg '03 graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in 2007 and Syracuse University in 2001. Hilary then went onto Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law where she received her JD in May, 2014. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar as a licensed attorney this past December, after passing the July 2014 bar exam. Hilary has chosen a slightly nontraditional path (for a lawyer) and has taken an associate position with the consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal in their Washington, D.C. tax practice group. Hilary has been working there for about a year and finds it to be exciting and challenging work. Outside of work, Hilary enjoys living in Arlington, VA, and still keeps in touch with several of her Barnesville classmates.
Allie Alexander '06 graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School in 2010, Brandeis University in 2014, and is now pursuing a career in Stage Management. She’s been a Production Assistant at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, an intern for the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center, Stage Manager for the Theater Alliance, and Company Manager at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Allie also worked at Disney World immediately following college graduation.
James DiSciullo '06 graduated from Urbana High School in 2010 and this past May from Salisbury University. James, now living in Canton, Baltimore, is working as a credit analyst at Euler Hermes in Owings Mills, MD and enjoying getting to see friends and his young adulthood.
Matthew Hoppler '06 graduated from Providence College in 2012 and is currently living in Alexandria, VA.
Rikki Kontner ’06 is majoring in marketing and finance at the University of Maryland–College Park. This summer she is interning for WUSA9.
Alex Lee '06 is living in a little house in historic downtown Leesburg with her boyfriend, cats, and turtles. She is currently working as a manager at a Jimmy John's while she looks for other jobs. She is planning on taking classes from an online university to get a degree in business and entrepreneurship, and is working toward her dream of owning a small farm one day. She still has her horse, Big Ben, is still best friends with fellow Barnesvillian, Matt Diegelmann, and still does theatre. She just finished a run of "Alice", a brand new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, with the Capital Fringe Festival in DC. She was the stage manager and the lighting designer for the show.
Penny Manousoff '06 graduated from Tuscarora High School in 2010. A student at Shepherd University, Penny participated in the Alba Musical Festival in Alba, Italy with the music department at Shepherd University this past May. Penny was a featured soloist in Shepherd University’s winter production of Messiah in 2014 and was recently hired at Music and Arts South Frederick as a piano and voice instructor. She is on track to student-teach in the fall of this year and graduate at the end of the year.
Alex Collins '09 is still involved in scouting, now as an adult leader at Boy Scout Camp and serving on the District Commissioner’s staff. In August, he will attend the Police Citizen’s Academy, aspiring to become a mounted police officer after college. His equestrian training also continues this summer.
Jonathan Kordell '09 graduated from Urbana High School in 2013 and is now a student in the BS/MS program at the University of Maryland – College Park. Johnathan will graduate in the spring of 2016, having completed his mechanical engineering undergraduate studies in just three years, and will immediately be enrolled into UMD’s graduate school where he’ll pursue a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Jonathan will be conducting reliability research at the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE).
Alexander Lee ’09 graduated from Georgetown Prep this year and will be attending Princeton University in the fall. In June, Alexander returned to Barnesville to give the Graduation Address: “As one of my favorite quotes goes, ‘to whom much is given, much is expected,’ and we, as Barnesville alumni, have certainly been given a lot in the opportunity to have this great education. I know you will use it well to do great things.”
Elena London '09 graduated from Poolesville High School in 2013 and is now a student at St. Mary's College of Maryland. This summer she worked as a research intern at Children's National Medical Center in the Pediatric Neuropsychology Department. Elena is spending the fall semester studying abroad at University College Dublin.
Anna O. Richestein '09 attended high school at Lundsbergs Skola, Sweden, and is now attending Sciences Politiques in Reims, France where she’ll graduate in 2017.
James Huber '11 is looking forward to attending the University of Maryland this fall, where he’ll be a part of the College Park Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary academic residential community for invited freshman and sophomores. His selected program is Environment, Technology, and Economy. James is a new graduate of Poolesville High School’s Global Ecology magnet program. During his four years at PHS, James was a member of the Math Honors Society, and he achieved honor roll all four years of high school. He was also a goalie for both the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams, and he received the Falcon Award in lacrosse his senior year.
Nevada Tyler '11 was recently on campus to deliver this year’s Graduation Address. Nevada is a 2015 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel’s International Baccalaureate program, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the National Student Leadership Conference at UC Berkley, and volunteered for Food for the Poor, building homes for needy families in Jamaica. Nevada will be attending the University of San Diego this fall.
Bridgette Kontner '13 is a student at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and will graduate in 2017. Bridgette has enjoyed running cross country, singing in the A capella club, playing in the jazz band and symphonic rock orchestra, playing on the varsity lacrosse team, and making high honor roll. While Bridgette has made many new friends at St. Andrew’s she still loves getting together with her Barnesville friends often!
Will Landis '13 is a student at Northwest High School and will graduate in 2017.
Analiese Pappas '13, a student at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, spent two weeks this summer on a service trip to New Orleans, where she assisted with ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Her group helped paint and install insulation in houses in the Ninth Ward, the area in New Orleans hit the hardest during Katrina. Sadly, since Katrina hit, New Orleans continues to lose a football-field size amount of land each hour.
Christopher Semancik '15, an incoming freshman at Georgetown Preparatory School, has been awarded two summer internships with the Army-sponsored summer STEM enrichment program known as Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS). Chris’s first week as an intern was spent at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, where he participated in an intermediate level Biomedical program. Chris’s second week of internship will be spent with the intermediate GEMS program at Fort Detrick. Chris’s second week of internship will be spent with the intermediate GEMS program at Fort Detrick. This year’s program at USAMRMC Fort Detrick is a joint effort between many different research, development and operational organizations, including the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, and various operational organizations at Fort Detrick.