The Holton-Arms Alumnae Association celebrates recipients of The Distinguished Alumna and "The Rosie" Awards once a year during Reunion Weekend.
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.
2023 - Celine Jimenez Crowson
In her Senior yearbook, Celine Jimenez Crowson ’83 quoted, “if you can imagine it, you can become it. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” This has certainly proven true for Celine, as she is now an incredibly accomplished attorney and partner at Hogan Lovells, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, with more than 2,400 attorneys.
A leading woman in technology, Celine is at the forefront of patent litigation, protection, and commercialization for the world’s most valuable technology companies. She represents both science and law, using her technical background in electrical engineering and her deep experience in intellectual property law to represent some of the best-known computer, telecom, and automotive companies. Celine currently leads the Americas Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology practice at Hogan Lovells, where she is one of twelve partners to sit on the governing Board and also serves on the firm’s U.S. National Diversity Committee.
Celine credits her early interest in STEM to Holton-Arms, with fond memories of studying physics and calculus with the inspiring and endearing Mr. Puckett. Holton-Arms and Mr. Puckett earnestly encouraged and supported Celine’s choice to apply to engineering school during her senior year, and that support was part of the reason Celine won the Valiant Award at graduation from then Head of School Jim Lewis. After graduating from Holton in 1983, Celine attended Duke University where she received her B.S. in electrical engineering cum laude in 1987. She then attended Georgetown Law School where she received her J.D. in 1990. Celine has lectured at Georgetown Law School’s Class in Entrepreneurship.
"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. The "Rosie" Award is a surprise to the recipient.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Due to COVID, the 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted in-person during Reunion Weekend in May 2023.
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.
2023 - Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Candace Green Banks '98
Candace Green Banks began Holton in the eighth grade and attended the School for five years. While at Holton, Candace played Varsity Basketball for two years and was the starting center. She also ran Varsity Track for four years serving as the Team Captain in her Senior year and was the ISL 1st place finisher and Holton-Arms record holder in discus in 1996 – 1998. Candace particularly excelled in the sport of volleyball, playing Varsity Volleyball for three years and serving as the Team Captain. In 1997, Candace was featured in the Washington Post Player Spotlight, and in 1998 she made the Washington Post All-Met Second Team and was the Player of the Year. In post seasons, Candace played with the D.C. Juniors and Peak Performance Travel Club Teams.
During her time at Holton, Candace demonstrated a passion for volunteerism and bettering the Holton community. After deciding to pursue volleyball seriously and train in the off season rather than play Varsity Basketball, Candace remained a part of the team by serving as the Team Manager and score keeper. Candace was also an active member of the Holton Booster Club and accumulated an impressive number of community service hours in the Brown House Child Development Center.
After graduating from Holton, Candace attended Yale University and played Varsity Volleyball from 1998 – 2002 and in 1999 received the honor of Yale University Most Improved Player. She continued her passion for volunteerism by participating as a Yale Athletics Youth Day Volunteer during her four years at the University. She was an active member of the Yale chapter of Athletes in Action, and in 2000 she traveled with the group internationally to volunteer and share her passion for volleyball in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. In 2002, Candace was awarded National Strength and Conditioning All-American and picked up basketball again, playing for her College’s Club Team.
Candace remained active in sports post-college. She played in the D.C. Pro-Women’s Volleyball League in 2003 and began competing in figure competitions in 2006. During that year she also became certified as a NASM Personal Trainer and started a personal training business. Candace currently lives in Fort Washington, Maryland with her two children, Dasher and Greenlee. She continues to volunteer as a team mom and coach for their sports and works as the Design Director at PROVEN Management LLC.
Tyler Leachman '02
Tyler Leachman ’02 began Holton in third grade and attended the School for ten years. While at Holton, Tyler excelled in many sports including field hockey, basketball, and most notably lacrosse. She is one of the most decorated athletes in Holton’s history with recognition as MVP and All League, All County, and All Met across all three sports. She also received the Coaches Award for Varsity Basketball in 2001 and the Suzanne Bailey Award in 2002.
After graduating from Holton, Tyler attended the University of Virginia where she played Varsity Lacrosse and was a three-year starter. During that time, in 2004 and 2006, the team was the ACC Champion and in 2006 Tyler won MVP of the ACC Tournament, tying the ACC Tournament Record with 11 goals. She was All State (Virginia) in 2004, 2005, 2006 and First Team All American in 2005 and 2006. Tyler is also the 3rd all-time leading scorer and 4th in points at UVA.
Tyler graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology followed by a Masters degree in Elementary Education and Teaching. She taught First Grade for ten years at the St. Stephens & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, and remained dedicated to lacrosse by serving as the Head Coach of Junior Varsity Lacrosse in 2013 and 2014, and Offensive Coordinator of Varsity Lacrosse in 2015 and 2016. Tyler is currently an Academic Success Coach with FEV Tutor and works with districts in the area to develop customized tutoring plans to promote academic growth.
Bailey Johnson Scheurer '74
Bailey Johnson Scheurer '74 attended Holton for twelve years, beginning in first grade as a member of the last Class to attend First Grade at Holton-Arms on S Street.
During her time at Holton, Bailey played Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Softball as a Freshman through her Senior year. She also played Varsity Track during her Junior and Senior years. Bailey was also an ISL Badminton Champion and part of the team that won two consecutive ISL Badminton Championships. Notably, Bailey was inducted into the Holton-Arms Athletic Association as a Sophomore. In 1972, she received the H.A.S Athletic Prize and in 1973 she was the recipient of the Holton-Arms School Special Athletic Award which recognized the best athlete in the School. For Bailey’s senior year project, she worked with Lower School students and taught them how to pitch and play softball.
Bailey has remained active in the Holton community as the parent of alumnae Annie Scheurer Casertano ’03 and Allison Scheurer Oakford ’06. Bailey has helped the School in many capacities including as a phonathon volunteer, a contributor to the Holton Fund and the Holton Centennial Campaign, and also assisted her husband in managing the Holton-Arms School Ice Hockey Team.
Bailey is still active in the sports world.as an avid and accomplished golfer who demonstrates her expertise and passion on and off the course. Bailey is the Founder and Co-Tournament Chair of the Annual Bermuda Ladies Pro-Am Golf Classic which will soon celebrate its 24th year. Bailey has been a club champion 15 times and recently celebrated her 9th Hole-in-One. To further enjoy and promote the sport, she installed a state of the art putting green at her home in Rehoboth Beach, which has been a huge hit amongst her neighbors, friends, and families of all ages.
Bailey’s biggest claim to fame are her 4 grandchildren, Mac and Bailey Casertano and Millie and Maddie Oakford. Bailey currently spends her time in Bonita Springs, Florida, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Chevy Chase, Maryland. with her husband, John M. Scheurer. Bailey built a successful financial advisory firm offering a wide array of investment services and opportunities. She is semi-retired but is still the President & CEO of Capital Financial Advisors, Inc.
2020 - Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Ylva Bostrom Ihrig ’87
Ylva Bostrom Ihrig ’87 started at Holton as a ninth grader, when swimming was not a School sport and swimmers practiced with their outside teams only. Ylva was still required to take P.E., even though she spent three hours in the pool each day. With the support of then-P.E. teacher Peggy Whilden and two 10th-grade swimmers, Niki Neviaser ’86 and Theresa Adams ’86, Holton started its first-ever swim team. Having an official team provided swimmers with the opportunity to compete in “Metros,” the D.C.-area championship meet at the end of each season, where Ylva earned an All-Met Honorable Mention. By her senior year, the Holton swim team made it into the yearbook, signaling to many that it was officially a Holton sport!
Ylva swam for four years on the varsity swim team at Princeton University, with a focus on butterfly and middle-to-long-distance freestyle. She received the Friends of Princeton Swimming Award during her senior year. Ylva spent a year between college and veterinary school working at veterinary clinics and coaching swimming, which included some practices at Holton’s then-new pool. Ylva was thrilled that the Holton swim team had not only continued; now, it finally had a place for students to practice together.
Ylva attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1996 and continuing her training at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Mass. She returned to Northern Virginia in 1997 and has been a practicing veterinarian in the area since then. She is the owner of the Animal Clinic of Clifton, in Clifton, Va., where she cares for cats and dogs.
Ylva started swimming competitively again about 10 years ago and now trains and competes with a group of “Master swimmers” at L4 Swimming. She is back to swimming long-distance freestyle and looks forward to open-water swims in the area this summer. Ylva lives in Fairfax Station, Va,. with her husband, Robert (also a veterinarian), and their cat, Dumbledore.
Heather Geddes Healy ’74
Heather Geddes Healy ’74 was a rare 16-season varsity athlete who competed in basketball, field hockey, softball, and track and field. She joined Holton in the ninth grade and describes sports as both an entry into her new community and an anchor within it. During her freshman year, Heather became the second freshman to start on the varsity basketball team. Her love of sports and pure athleticism contributed to her induction into HAA her sophomore year. Heather served as HAA president her junior and senior years.
In addition to her seasonal sports at Holton, Heather was a co-rep for Holton’s badminton team and brought home ISL championships two years in a row. She also received the Outstanding Basketball Player Award in 1972 and the Holton-Arms School Special Athletic Award in 1973. During her time at Holton, Heather developed and executed the first-ever field day for new Lower and Middle School students before school started. Heather recalls, “This was especially important to me, as I understood what being a new student among a group of established friends meant. Sports were a way for me to join and I wanted other girls to have access to that gateway.”
After Holton, Heather received her B.A. from Mount Vernon College and holds a Master’s of Social Work from University of Maryland. For the past 30 years, Heather has incorporated sports and physical activity into her treatment sessions and plans with adolescent and adult clients to advance their mental health and well-being. Currently, Heather serves as the Director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which provides behavioral health services for 50,000 flight attendants from 20 airlines and their families. Heather has been designing and directing workplace trauma response and behavioral health prevention and early intervention programs across federal, state, and non-governmental organizations for nearly four decades. Heather lives in Rockville, Md., with her husband, Brendan. They have four children, Brittany, Brendan Jr., Samantha, and Courtney.
Arlyn Katzen Landow ’95
Arlyn Katzen Landow ’95 grew up playing baseball with boys. In fact, she was the first girl to play in the Rockville Baseball Association (previously known as the Rockville Boys Baseball Association). Arlyn was a three-season athlete at Holton. As a freshman, she made the varsity teams in soccer, basketball, and softball. In softball, she truly excelled—so much so that her Holton coach suggested she try out for club teams and look into playing at the college level. At Holton, Arlyn was varsity softball’s MVP all four years, and her junior and senior years, she served as team captain and was voted First Team All-League, First Team All-County, First Team All-Montgomery Squad, and All-Met. She was also selected as the Washington Post Athlete of the Week during the spring of her junior year.
Arlyn was recruited by several colleges and ultimately decided to continue her softball career at the University of Pennsylvania. She was voted Honorable Mention All-Ivy League her freshman year and First Team All-Ivy League her sophomore year. After a knee injury ended her career, she immediately jumped into coaching, even while finishing her studies at Penn and throughout law school. Arlyn coached several local teams and, as her daughters became softball players, began coaching at the club level. She has also coached for the past four years at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Penn. Arlyn currently coaches with the Pennsylvania Chaos organization, widely considered the best softball club on the East Coast, and travels around the country all summer for the club team. Additionally, Arlyn owned an indoor batting facility dedicated solely to softball development for young girls.
Arlyn currently resides in Villanova with her husband of 20 years, Robert, and three daughters, Blake (16), Brynn (14), and Charly (12). Blake and Charly are both club softball players, with Blake now beginning her own college recruiting process. Arlyn is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Softball Board of Directors.
Jane Kinnamon '67
Jane Kinnamon ’67 began playing team sports as a fifth grader at the Country School in Easton, Md., when she had her first opportunity to play. Jane had a talent for sports in any season and in her sophomore year—after only one year on Holton’s field hockey, basketball, softball, and track teams—she was inducted into HAA. She was captain of both the field hockey and basketball teams in her senior year. Jane’s classmate writes, “Jane had the body and the mentality of a true athlete. While others could run, she could glide down a hockey field or a basketball court. As a halfback, I always looked for Jane to be open for an outlet pass on the hockey field, and as an exceptional wing, she could move that ball down the field with speed and control. On the basketball court, she could head fake and go in for the easy layup. Her accuracy on the free-throw line was exceptional. Jane was gifted at birth with the body of an athlete, but her heart, soul, hard work, and spirit…made her a true champion in my mind.”
In addition to her talent in sports, Jane was invited to join the Social Service Society during her junior year. This school group shopped for and sold food to boarders, and proceeds went to an orphanage.
After Holton, Jane graduated from the University of Iowa and then Mercy Hospital’s Medical Technology School in Baltimore. She worked in medical labs throughout the Baltimore area until her retirement in 2016. Jane continued to enjoy sports as an adult in Baltimore. She played on an AAA women’s fast-pitch softball team and coached a women’s softball team. Jane also enjoyed more informal basketball and racquetball games, and spent much time sailing—a pastime she continues to this day.
A friend of Jane’s wrote, “You would want a Jane Kinnamon on your child’s team, but not just because she was such a gifted athlete. More importantly, you would want a young player who set such a fine example in sportsmanship. Jane always saw herself as a member of a team.”
Nominations for the 2023 Alumnae Awards are due November 1, 2022.
Nominations for the 2023 Athletic Hall of fame are due September 1, 2022.
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME NOMINATION FORM
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