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Vol. 16: Meet Jenna Byers and more!

Welcome Jenna Byers!

Hey, Dutch! I am thrilled to be back home as Holland Hall’s new Director of Alumni Engagement. After graduating from Holland Hall in 2016, I went to Texas A&M University where I played soccer for four years and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Commerce and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. I began my new role here at Holland Hall in September — just in time for Reunion Weekend — which was a huge success thanks to our volunteers and everyone who came to campus! It’s been so fun being back and seeing so many of the teachers and coaches I had and loved during my time as a student. I look forward to connecting — and reconnecting — with many of you! Please reach out if you’d like to be involved in the Alumni Association, jbyers@hollandhall.org. Your participation makes the Dutch community stronger.

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Dutch Divine

Dutch Divine 2021 was the best one yet! We are grateful to our sponsors and attendees for making the night a success and helping raise funds for financial aid for the children of alumni and the grandchildren of our retired faculty.

Attendees enjoyed a five-course meal prepared by Justin Thompson ‘98, Myles McClanahan ‘98 and current parent Kate Atkinson that was inspired by our old Refectory days. And, yes, Betty Dougal was there, as were the lunch cards. Be on the lookout for the next date!

Special thanks to our....

Sponsors
TomM and Jennifer Sharpe Kelly and Rick Wilkerson Sanford Roberds ‘93 Phil ‘73 and Julie Tate ‘74 Allen Susan ‘85 and Bo Rainey ‘83 and Yellow Dog Design Kara Beair Butler ‘02 and Beair Medical GroupJimmy Jones and Triad Bank Robby ‘99 and Taylor MerickKrisiti and Bryan Norman Megan and Don Zetik Darin Alred ‘84

Chef and wine sponsors
Justin Thompson ‘98 and Justin Thompson Restaurant GroupMyles McClanahan ‘98 Kate Atkinson Mia Mascarin Oven ‘81 and 32 Winds Winery Terry Bump Gilbert and Darms Lane Winery Betsy Hendershot and Downward Dog Winery

Emcee
Ken Busby ‘85

Band
Nicholas Foster ‘10 and band Snobug

Dutch Divine Committee
Susan Rainey ‘85 • Christy Utter ‘92 • Ashley Parrish ‘93 • Kara Beair Butler ‘02 • Amanda Josserand ‘98 • Nan Winton ‘91 Sanford Roberds ‘93

Get your Charlie Brown bobblehead or book

For 56 years, Charlie Brown has impacted the lives of so many of us — first as a chemistry teacher and football coach, then as an athletic director and the director of stewardship. He’s also been a fierce advocate for financial aid — attracting talented artists, scholars and athletes to Holland Hall.

His long legacy will now include the Charlie Brown Endowment for Financial Aid to help ensure that incoming or current students who have the potential to make significant contributions to academics, arts, and athletics have the opportunity to do so. You can make a gift to the endowment today, and with a $1,000 donation or more, you will receive an iconic Charlie Brown Bobblehead! You can also order your copy of The Lucky One, Charlie Brown's autobiography, here. The books are signed and would make great gifts.

Go Dutch! Take State!

The Dutch football team won its first round playoff game Nov. 12, and will take on Perkins-Tryon Friday, Nov. 19, at Holland Hall’s Hardesty Field.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. and tickets are available online at https://gofan.co/app/events/459819?schoolId=OSSAA, or at the gate for $10 cash. Stream it online at gotohh.org/stream.

Come out and support the team and its alumni coaches: Tag Gross ‘87; Justin Butler ‘04; Andrew Armstrong ‘04; and Will Wright ‘12.

Upcoming events — Save the date!

Young Alumni Happy Hour - December 17, 2021 — 5:30 p.m., location TBD — Reconnect with other graduates from 2007 and later.  

Alumni Soccer and Basketball Games - December 18, 2021 — 9:45 a.m.

Trivia Night - January 29, 2022 — Get your team together for an in-person trivia night. There will be plenty of food and drinks, and more than a few good-natured rivalries.

Gezellig - April 9, 2022 — The school is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate its 100th birthday with a big Dutch-inspired celebration.

The Clog Blog is the Holland Hall alumni, alumni parent, and retired faculty source for all things Dutch. Keep up with campus news, learn what fellow alumni and faculty are doing, and hear about ways to stay involved with the Holland Hall community.

Questions? Have an idea for a story? Please contact jbyers@hollandhall.org

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