Led by Valedictorian Patia Fann of Purcellville, Salutatorian Charlotte Scharfenberg of Middleburg, and Senior Class speaker Alexa “Lexie” Williams of Lovettsville, 18 area residents were among the 47 students who were awarded diplomas on Friday, May 27, at Foxcroft School’s 102nd Commencement in Miss Charlotte’s Garden.
Williams, who will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, also received the coveted Charlotte Haxall Noland Award and University of Virginia-bound Scharfenberg collected the Ida Applegate Award. Lilly Savin, a part-time Middleburg resident who is also headed to VirginiaTech, received a special Head’s Prize from Foxcroft’s second-year Head, Catherine S. McGehee, adding to the area’s accumulation of top honors.
The program, too, was something of a local affair: Stephen L. Matthews, longtime head librarian and teacher at Foxcroft ..and husband of Middleburg Library’s Sheila Whetzel … was the featured speaker and Mathematics Department Chair Susan S. Erba, who has lived in Middleburg for 27 years, delivered the invocation.
Additional area students who graduated included Meghann Harmon, Malan Jackson, Madeleine Jahnke, and Olivia Mascatello of Middleburg; Alexandra Grace of Purcellville; Berenice Arellano and Ann Mickum of The Plains; and Serena Holz of Delaplane.
Bluemont residents Laurel Carpenter and Marias Blundell; Philippa (Pipsy) Steyn and Abigail Tostenson of Leesburg; Virginia Matsumoto of Potomac Falls; and Waterford’s Jessica Herman also received diplomas from Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns ’87, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.
The newest Foxcroft alumnae are an accomplished group: They were offered 190 acceptances and more than $3.2 million in merit scholarships from 125 colleges and universities, including Boston University, Lehigh, New York University, Purdue, Smith, UCLA, Vanderbilt, California-Berkeley and the Rhode island School of Design.
At the annual Awards Assembly held May 26, Harmon received Miss Charlotte’s Trophy, as the best rider in the School’s equestrian program. A leader of Foxcroft’s Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team, Harmon placed third in Varsity Open Flat at the Regional Finals to qualify for the Zone Finals, where she placed seventh. Meghann, who will attend Southern Methodist University in the fall, is the daughter of Therese and Timothy Harmon.
Auburn University-bound Jackson starred in lacrosse, helping Foxcroft to state championships in 2014 and 2015 and earning All-Delaney Athletic Conference honors as a junior. The daughter of Anna and Richard Jackson, Malan received the CAP Award for her outstanding performance as a tour guide for the Admissions Office.
Jahnke, who transferred to Foxcroft at the start of her junior year, was an outstanding student and will attend George Washington University in the fall. She served as an intern for Director of College Counseling Barbara Conner. Madeleine is the daughter of Nicholas and Carol Anne Jahnke.
The daughter of Beth Ann and John Mascatello, Olivia is a standout figure skater who participated in Foxcroft’s Exceptional Proficiency Program to pursue the sport. As a member of Team Delaware’s junior team, she competed in the 2016 U.S. National Sychronized Skating Championships after winning the Eastern Sectional title. Olivia also competed in ice dance and other disciplines, and received a platinum U.S. Figure Skating’s Graduating Seniors Award. She plans to attend High Point University.
For the past two years, Savin served as president of her class and Head of the Activities Committee. She won the Mildred Greble Davis Award as the outstanding junior in 2015 and lettered in three sports. An outstanding volleyball player, Lilly achieved All-Conference mention and captained the team in her junior and senior years. She is the daughter of Emily Savin of Middleburg and John Savin of Lake Worth, FL.
Scharfenberg, who collected both the English and Spanish prizes at the Awards Assembly, served as Head of the Athletic Association, a member of Judicial Council, and captain of the Foxes, one of the School’s revered intramural teams. Charlotte also was class president during her freshman year, when she received the Elebash Award as ninth grader who has done the most to foster spirit and community within the class. She is the daughter of Laura Scharfenberg and John Scharfenberg, both of Middleburg.
In addition to being named valedictorian, Fann was a National Merit Commended Student and received Foxcroft’s Hilary Somers Deely Drama Award, Peer Tutor Award, Haythe Science Award, and Library Prize. She was Head of the Math Club, Next Chapter Book Club, and Current Events and Debate, as well as co-captain of the cross country team for two years. The daughter of Karen Strayer of Purcellville and George Fann of Oak Ridge, TN, Patia will attend Vanderbilt University this fall.
Grace, who will attend the University of Virginia on a lacrosse scholarship, was an outstanding scholar as well as one of the top athletes in the history of the School. At Awards, she was inducted into the Foxcroft Chapter of Cum Laude for academic excellence, joining junior-year inductees Fann and Scharfenburg. An All-State performer in lacrosse, field hockey and cross country, Grace was VISAA Division II Player of the Year in lacrosse twice, Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) Player of the Year in basketball once, and set eight school records in four sports during her career. The daughter of Jim and Jennifer Grace of Purcellville, Alex won Foxcroft’s prestigious Teresa E. Shook Award, for athletic skill and sportsmanship.
Another outstanding athlete, Mickum was named Tennis Player of the Year in the DAC twice and in the state tournament once. The four-time All-State player also won the Peabody Tennis Trophy two times. She sang with the a cappella group Afternoon Delights (ADs) and had a lead role William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night this spring. The daughter of Helen MacMahon and Mark Mickum of The Plains, Ann also collected the L. Richard Weinbach History Prize, the DAR Award for good citizenship, and the Middleburg Library Scholarship this year. She will go to Fordham University this fall.
Arellano, who plans to attend Virginia Wesleyan, lettered in volleyball as a freshman and played varsity soccer for three years. Berenice is the daughter of Francisco and Anna Arellano of The Plains.
An AP Scholar, Holz will attend William & Mary in the fall. The daughter of Cynthia and Jack Holz Jr., Serena is a three-sport athlete who earned All-Conference honors in field hockey and lacrosse. She helped Foxcroft win two VISAA Division II lacrosse championships and twice achieved All-State honors in the sport. She, too, was a member of the ADs a cappella ensemble.
Blundell received the Eleanor Schley Todd Government Prize from the History Department. She served as a leader of the Athletic Association and a Dean’s Whip and Prefect in Currier Library, and was a goalkeeper on the two-time state champion lacrosse team. She is the daughter of Charlene and James (Stuart) Blundell of Helena, MT, and Bluemont, VA, and plans to attend Hampshire College next year.
Carpenter, who will attend Texas Christian University, was a member of the IEA riding team and a standout soccer player. A defender, Laurel earned Second Team All-DAC honors and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior. She served as an intern in the Office of Student Life and is the daughter of Daniel and Leslie Carpenter of Bluemont.
Head of the Athletic Association, captain of the Hounds and one of Foxcroft’s leading athletes, Steyn achieved All-State status three times in lacrosse and twice in field hockey. In addition, she was the Most Valuable Player on the varsity basketball team as a junior and received All-DAC mention three times. The daughter of Collin and Corinne Steyn of Leesburg, Pipsy was named the “best older girl” athlete at the Awards Assembly and plans to go to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Tostenson, who lettered in volleyball and lacrosse, will attend Lynchburg College in the fall. She also served as manager of the varsity basketball team and was a member of several clubs. Abby is the daughter of Gina and Raymond Tostenson of Leesburg.
Matsumoto served as a dorm leader and participated in Foxcroft’s renown riding program. The daughter of Takashi (Steve) and Cynthia Masumoto of Potomac Falls, Abby will attend Radford University in the fall.
The daughter of Melanie Herman and Scott Herman of Waterford, Jessie is a talented dancer and actor who also sings with ADs and has performed in numerous productions on and off campus. She sat on the Board of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, served as a Dean’s Prefect in Currier Library, and played goalie for the field hockey team that reached the final of the VISAA Division II state final last fall. She will continue her studies at The New School in New York.
Williams served as Student Head of School and Head of Student Council in her senior year, and was a member of Judicial Council for two years. She was Editor of the online literary magazine Chimera, Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Volunteers, and Current Events and Debate, and a two-time All-Conference pick in cross country. Williams is the daughter of Michael Williams of Lovettsville and Dawn Williams of Alexandria. In taking home the Charlotte Haxall Noland Award, Lexie was recognized as the girl in the senior class who best combines the qualities that the School’s. founder particularly valued – high purpose, leadership, integrity, accomplishment, and understanding.