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Alumnae Awards

The Holton-Arms Alumnae Association celebrates recipients of The Distinguished Alumna and "The Rosie" Awards once a year during the Alumnae Association Celebration and Induction Brunch on the Saturday of Reunion Weekend.

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Questions? Contact:

Amanda Novak Hewitt '04
Director of Alumnae
301.365.6005
amanda.hewitt@holton-arms.edu

Please click the award title below for more information and past recipients:

The Distinguished Alumna Award

The Distinguished Alumna Award

The Distinguished Alumna Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association in 1973 to recognize the career, professional, or volunteer service accomplishments of an outstanding alumna of the Holton-Arms School.

This award is presented each year during Reunion Weekend.


2016 Mary Lou Buchheister Cobb ’61 & Kate Putnam Baxter ’61

Recipients of the Holton-Arms Distinguished Alumna Award include:

1974 Lois Sprigg Hazell '14

1975 Ann Schein Carlyss '57

1976 The Hon. Brereton Sturtevant '38

1977 Adelaide Poore Bolté '18

1978 Sidney deShazo Callahan '51

1979 Brenda Welch Belfield '56

1980 Sallie Evans Lurton '23

1981 Sonia Picado Sotela deOreamuno '54

1982 Mary Hall Pirtle '42

1983 Helen-Louise Simpson Hunter '52

1984 Shreve Simpson '67

1985 Dr. Abigail Thornton Givens '60

1986 Damara Bolté '49

1987 Stephanie Kenyon Beehler '72

1988 Beverley Haynes Johnson '60

1989 Margaret Garrard Warner '67

1990 Elizabeth Glaize Helm '49

1991 Eleanor McConihe Cain '56

1992 Dr. Yasmin Tyler-Hill '76

1993 Elizabeth Schmidt Morrison '53

1994 Julia Louis-Dreyfus '79

1995 Sylvia K. Kraemer '61

1996 Sally Colclough Alexander '51

1997 Joan Ferguson Marsh '42

1998 Kristie Miller '62

1999 Yolanda Alfaro Maddux '39

2000 Edith Stenhouse Bingham '51

2001 Centennial Celebration for All Distinguished Alumnae

2002 Pauline M. King '42

2003 Julia Norrell '53

2004 Valerie Elbrick Hanlon '59

2005 Julie Jacobs Menin '85

2006 R. Barbara Gitenstein '66

2007 Shelley Moore Capito '71

2008 Kim Leverton Cavendish '63

2009 Frida Frazer Burling '34

2010 Anne E. Kornblut '90

2011 Dede Buchanan Wilsey '61

2012 Lynn Holman Nicholas '57

2013 Alice (Wendy) True Gasch '68

2014 Eugenia (Genie) Siegler '74

2015 Aleta Margolis '85

2016 Mary Lou Buchheister Cobb ’61 & Kate Putnam Baxter ’61

2017 Dr. Rebecca Levine '97

The Rosemary Wire Anderson ("The Rosie") Award

The Rosemary Wire Anderson ("The Rosie") Award

Created by the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association on September 17, 1990, The Rosemary Wire Anderson ("The Rosie") Award recognizes an alumna's extraordinary service to Holton-Arms. It was presented for the first time at Reunion Weekend in 1991 to Rosemary Wire Anderson '58. The award recognizes extraordinary service to Holton faculty, volunteers, employees, and members of the Board of Trustees as well as the Alumnae Board.


2016 Sally Colclough Alexander '51

Recipients of the "Rosie Award" include:

1991 Rosemary Wire Anderson '58

1992 Mary Lib MacArthur Symington '31

1993 Bret Sturtevant '38

1994 Trudy Breckinridge Peyton '39 '40C

1995 Fran Mathews Selden '31

1996 Cary Hawfield Foley '51

1997 Suzanne Frazier Martin '57

1998 Jane Costello Maisch '37

1999 Ellen Wills Martin '56C

2000 Gail McGregor Fearing '62

2001 Archives Ladies and Gentleman

2002 Chris Miller Leahy '67

2003 Martha Lyn Dippell '68

2004 Connie Corby Tompkins '69

2005 Deborah Camalier Walker '70

2006 Sara Fogarty Hayes '66

2007 Peggy Ann Eacho Fechnay '67 and Susanne Cole Wean '67

2008 Melanie Dorsey and Kimberly Hoffman Samperton '73

2009 Mary Catherine Jones Thompson '79

2010 Nancy Skilling Littlehales '45

2011 Amy DeLouise '81

2012 Katherine Kline '97

2013 Abigail Sheridan Betts '98

2014 Virginia Olds Goshdigian '59

2015 Kay Kaufholz Jewel '57

2016 Sally Colclough Alexander '51

The Holton-Arms Athletic Hall of Fame

The next Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted on April 21, 2017 during Reunion Weekend!

Established in 2000-2001, the Holton-Arms Athletic Hall of Fame honors and perpetuates the memory of those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Holton-Arms athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, and excellence to the school and its athletic program throughout its history.

In 2000-2001, the Centennial Year, the idea for an Athletic Hall of Fame arose to honor student athletes, individual teams, and outstanding coaches throughout the history of Holton-Arms School.

Members of the Athletic Hall of Fame should serve as a standard of excellence and inspire current students and teams to achieve their own level of excellence.

Inducted April 2014:

Courtney Brereton Stevenson '62 Courtney was a superior athlete and teammate. She excelled in three seasons on the Holton field hockey, basketball, and softball teams. Several of her teammates fondly remember her walking to and from the field hockey field, stick in hand, and her cleats clicking on the pavement. Courtney’s enthusiasm was contagious, and she led by quiet and modest example for which she earned the respect and admiration of her teammates. She served as captain of the softball team, and her senior year, the field hockey team had an undefeated season.

Courtney’s leadership stretched far beyond the athletic fields and court. She was a member of the Holton Athletic Association (HAA) 10 – 12 grade and was HAA President her senior year. She served as Captain of Student Government grades 9 and 10, Class President her junior year, and she was on the Executive Board her junior and senior years.

Courtney’s warmth was felt by many students during her time at Holton. She often invited boarders to her home for the weekend so they could get uninterrupted study time or to help those with homesickness. Both older and younger Holton girls admired Courtney for her maturity and composure. She epitomized sportsmanship in athletics and was a steadfast and unfailing friend both on and off the field.



Letty Peery McNulty '71 Letty’s love of athletics and the lessons she learned as an athlete at Holton-Arms led her to dedicate her life and pursue a career in physical education. Letty’s mentor as a student at Holton, Chair of the Athletic Department and coach the late Betty Nevitt, instilled a love of athletics and good sportsmanship in Letty. During Letty’s freshman year at Holton, athletes in the Independent School League were permitted to play two sports per season. Letty participated in field hockey, basketball, volleyball, and track her freshman year, but beginning her sophomore year, the rules changed and two sports were no longer permitted. Encouraged by her mentor Ms. Nevitt, Letty chose basketball for her winter sport and continued for the remainder of high school as a three sport athlete in field hockey, basketball, and track. She was a member of the Holton Athletic Association and earned All-Metropolitan honors for basketball her senior year.

Letty attended Connecticut College for two years where she played field hockey and basketball and was the high scorer in field hockey both seasons. She transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park and continued with field hockey where she again was the high scorer her senior season. She continued her connection with basketball and served as the women’s basketball manager.

After graduating college, Letty followed her passion for athletics and taught physical education and coached volleyball, track, cheerleading, and tennis for 13 years at St. Stephens & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. An opportunity to work closer to her home led her to her current position as an elementary physical education teacher in Calvert County Public Schools.

Among her many accomplishments as a physical educator, Letty started the Calvert Girls Lacrosse League, coached her daughter’s gymnastics team, established the physical education program at Windy Hill Elementary School in 1996, established an After School Sports Club for kids in her community, and began a “Family Miles” running program at her school where families are encouraged to walk/run together every fall. Needless to say, Letty has fulfilled her dream of following in the footsteps of Betty Nevitt. Her path in sports and a healthy lifestyle, which began at Holton, continues to unfold as she passes on the values that she learned at Holton to her students.


Katherine Kline '97 Katherine is an accomplished all-around athlete. As a student at Holton, Katherine played four years of varsity volleyball and softball and one year of varsity basketball. She loved team sports and the camaraderie and friendships that she gained from them. Competing in athletics was her outlet and while she was often reserved and quiet in the classroom, Katherine’s personality shined on the court and field. Her senior year, Katherine was a co-recipient of the Betty Woods Nevitt Athletic Award for her sportsmanship, yet her accolades didn’t stop there. She was twice awarded the Coach’s Award for softball and once for volleyball, and was voted the MVP award for both volleyball and softball her senior year. Katherine was inducted into the Holton Athletic Association fall of her junior year, and she served as captain of the volleyball and softball teams her senior year. She achieved honorable mention honors for All-Montgomery County, All-League ISL, and All-Metropolitan in the Washington Post as a setter her junior year, when the volleyball team finished the season ranked eighth in the Washington Post. Her senior year, Katherine was awarded First Team All-ISL and First Team All-Montgomery County honors for volleyball.

Katherine went on to play volleyball for four years at Washington & Lee University. While there, the Generals were Old Dominion Athletic Conference champions three consecutive seasons from 1997-1999. Katherine was the starting setter her junior year when the team achieved its first ever bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1999.

When former Director of Physical Education & Athletics Kim Hutcherson called Katherine post-college to offer her a position coaching volleyball, she jumped on the opportunity. Katherine returned to Holton as a member of the faculty and staff in the fall of 2002. She worked as the main receptionist and coached Middle School and junior varsity volleyball, and Middle School basketball and softball. The very next year, she moved to work in the Advancement Center and focused primarily on Upper School sports as head coach of the junior varsity volleyball team and the assistant coach of the varsity softball team. Katherine started her service on the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee in 2004 and when recommended strongly for induction, she was asked by the committee to resign so that she can most deservingly be inducted.

Altogether, Katherine coached Holton junior varsity volleyball for six years and Holton softball for eight years. Today, although she has retired from coaching, Katherine continues to work in Holton’s Advancement Center as the Advancement & Alumnae Services Manager and, and when she is able, enjoys watching a game from the sidelines.


Susan Hayes Taliaferro '97 Susan is a talented athlete. A four year varsity player on the Holton field hockey and lacrosse teams, Susan was team captain her senior year in both sports. In field hockey, she was a three-time All ISL League honoree and a two-time Washington Post All-Metropolitan honoree. Susan received All-League, All-Metropolitan Honorable Mention, and All-American Honorable Mention honors for lacrosse. She was a member of the Holton Athletic Association and by a vote of the members of HAA, she received the Cassie Johnson Athletic Award her senior year. Outside of Holton, Susan played club field hockey for three years.

Susan went on to play field hockey four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels were ACC Champions and National Champions in 1997. Susan’s accolades continued at UNC. She received the All-Academic Scholar Award in 2001. She was a strong presence and leader on her team and was voted the Unsung Hero Award in 2000 and 2001, and voted as the Leadership Award recipient in 2001. She was team captain her senior year, and voted as Wachovia Woman of the Week in the school newspaper. She also was recognized as a member of the All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament Team in 2001.

Since graduating from UNC, Susan has remained involved in athletics. Currently she serves as head coach of the junior varsity field hockey team and the varsity lacrosse teams at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA.


Inducted April 2011:

Patricia “Pat” Werber Bryant '52
Lorraine “Lorrie” Lipscomb Roberts '61
Courtney Rodgers Fletcher '97
Regan Gosnell Davis '99
Kim Hutcherson, Holton Director of Physical Education & Athletics 1987-2005

Inducted April 2008:

Anne B. Keiser '66
Leigh Ernst Friestedt '89
Carolyn M. Keber '92

Inducted April 2005:

Eleanor Flood Schoelkopf '35
Judy Conger Shaffer '58
Dana Johnson '88
Sallie Lurton Taylor '91

Inducted April 2003:

Susan “Dougie” Gray McGreivy '57
Courtenay Jones Culp '65
Leland Ingham Keyser '84
Caryn Coppedge McNeill '84

Inducted April 2001:

Frances "Funny" Carter Sturtevant '29
Mary Jane Sears Parks '57, '59C
Jean C. Noah '67
Suzanne LeClere Bailey '87
Julie Thorp Kerr '90
Betty Nevitt, Physical Education Department 1952-1987

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