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.
2022 Distinguished Alumna - Dr. Jennifer Stern '94
Dr. Jennifer Stern '94 lives by the Holton motto: I will find a way or make one. At Holton, Jen enjoyed her Art and Humanities classes above all others. Today as a NASA Planetary Scientist, Jen uses the critical thinking and writing skills she learned at Holton to perform research to expand our knowledge about the potential for life in other parts of our solar system.
Jen’s passion for the natural world has been strong ever since she entered Holton in 4th Grade and won a science fair prize for her giant model of the geology of the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah. After Holton, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Geology-Biology at Brown University, where she discovered she loved being part of a research team. This work took her to Florida State University, where she received her PhD in Geology.
In Jen’s final year of graduate school, she discovered the field of Astrobiology, a multidisciplinary science to explore the potential for life on other planets. While she had never studied any other planet than Earth, true to the Holton motto, Jen found her way to a Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center in California, eventually returning to the DC area for a permanent Planetary Scientist position at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
NASA’s mission of exploration fits Jen’s personality well. This work requires creativity to dream big, and problem-solving skills to find a way to make it happen. Teamwork is a crucial part of all of Jen’s work at NASA. Jen is a member of the Mars Rover Curiosity Science Team, studying the chemical composition of Mars. In 2016, Jen published the detection of the right kind of nitrogen for life on Mars, for which she won the Presidential Early Career Achievement in Science and Technology award. Jen is also involved in the upcoming Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s moon Titan. She directs a geochemistry laboratory and participates in field expeditions to places on Earth that are analogs for Mars. As a mid-career scientist, Jen enjoys mentoring a new generation of scientists.
At Holton, Jen was active in the arts, and participated in 12 seasons of team sports in Upper School. Jen’s Holton experience has shaped the rest of her life, from her choice of a career in which teamwork is a crucial element, to her continued participation in competitive sports at age 45 as a member of the DC Dragon Boat Club Women’s Team. Jen continues to seek out involvement in the arts and currently studies intaglio etching at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.
In 2018, Jen began exploration of the brand-new (to her) world of motherhood, welcoming her daughter Violet Mae to the world. Mom, Violet, and Dad Robert Shortley currently reside in Alexandria, VA.
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 and will be announced at Reunion Weekend.
2022 "Rosie" Award Recipient - Lorrie Lipscomb Roberts '61
In the fall of 1958, Lorrie Lipscomb arrived on S Street hailing from Boston Cliffs, Easton, Maryland. She became a member of Honor Council in 10 and 11 grades, a member of Social Service from 10 through 12 grades. A gifted athlete, she not only played varsity hockey, varsity basketball, and varsity softball, but served as captain. She was inducted into the Holton Athletic Association in the 11th grade and served as Boarding Captain during her senior year. A 1961 classmate comments, “Holton-Arms was more than a school to Lorrie, it was her second home.”
A fellow boarder shared, “I first met Lorrie in 1960 on a hot September afternoon, curbside, at 2125 S Street on the day the new boarders arrived. I stepped out of the car after a long drive from Ohio and Lorrie and her dear friend, Harriet King, greeted me with such welcoming warmth that any hesitancy I might have had about being a “new girl” dissolved. I was struck by this cheerful, authentic, and grace-filled girl who quietly assured me as we toted my belonging up four flights of stairs, ‘You’re going to like Holton.’ Lorrie was correct.”
Lorrie’s love for and engagement with Holton continued beyond graduation. She returned in the fall of 1962 to serve as a house mother. The next year she became the advisor to Boosters. Recognizing the need to honor students for their spirit and service to the School, she established the Lorrie Lipscomb Booster Award.
When life moved her away from Holton, she continued as a class representative. She was diligent about reaching out to her class of 1961, writing class notes, spiced with humor on her part. In Connecticut, Lorrie took it upon herself to introduce fellow Holton alumnae to others in the area.
In Pittsburgh, you can find Lorrie rink-side in blue and white cheering on the Holton Panthers, then opening her home to Holton’s hockey team, hosting dinner parties for players, coaches, and parents.
Lorrie was inducted into Holton’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 and has since served on the selection committee.
Her generosity of spirit is matched by her philanthropic support of the School. A 44-year donor, member of the Lamp of Learning Society, she established a Fund to permanently endow the Lorrie Lipscomb Booster Award and to honor and celebrate Holton’s faculty providing for study, travel or research that enhances that person’s academic or teaching proficiency.
Lorrie’s classmates and friends shared the following: “Lorrie is an original who always gives more than she gets. Though she never keeps score.” “Her dedication and generosity to Holton both as a student and alumna are hallmarks of who Lorrie is as a woman.” “I have often thought Lorrie’s talisman might just be ‘Team sports is the name of life’s game.’ because that is how Lorrie has lived her life for decades.” “Lorrie is a blessing Holton bestowed upon both her classmates and team mates during her time at Holton.” “Her cheerfulness, authenticity, generosity and humility, all served with grace, were always present then and prevail to this day.”
Thank you, Lorrie, for over 60 years of dedication to Holton-Arms. We cannot imagine a more fitting recipient.
Athletic Hall of Fame
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. The 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be inducted as part of our next round of Athletic Hall of Fame inductions in Spring 2023.
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.”
Reunion is an occasion to reflect on the difference Holton-Arms has made in your life and to give back in support of the School. Each alumna who is celebrating a Reunion is asked to honor the milestone by making a special gift to Holton-Arms. Please consider a five-year commitment. Multi-year commitments allow Holton to look beyond the present and plan for a vibrant future for our students. Commitments made over five years allow gifts to add up quickly, and the entire amount will count toward your class' Presidents' Cup standing.
The Champagne Cup is awarded to the Reunion Class achieving the highest participation in the 2022-2023 Holton Fund by Reunion Weekend. The Presidents’ Cup celebrates the class achieving the highest level of philanthropic leadership during a Reunion Year. All gifts contribute to your class standings in the Presidents’ Cup. Competitions will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 3.
Both awards provide friendly competition between Reunion Classes with the reward of exclusive champagne service throughout Reunion Weekend.
Nothing says celebration like a bottle of bubbly!
The Holton Fund is the primary fundraising effort at Holton-Arms. The School depends on ongoing annual contributions to sustain daily activities, to support excellent faculty, and to look toward the future. From lab equipment to computers, financial aid to sports activities, art classes to school plays, the Holton Fund supports the people and programs that make up the Holton experience for every girl, every day. Since tuition alone does not cover the cost of a Holton education, gifts to the Holton Fund provide funding for the School’s most immediate needs:
- Compensation and benefits for our talented and dedicated teachers;
- Equipment and supplies for academic, arts, and athletics programs;
- Professional development for faculty and staff;
- Innovations to our rich curricular offerings;
- Experiential learning opportunities locally, nationally, and globally;
- Upgrades to instructional technology;
- Maintenance of our campus and facilities.
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