Culver Academies has a new tradition in the making, reimagining its Ringing Ceremony when 11th graders are presented their class rings. The ceremony this year will be held outdoors on the lawn in front of Eppley Auditorium on Friday night, instead of being held indoors at the Steinbrenner Recreational Center at the end of Final Ball on Saturday night, as it has been in recent years.
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Culver Girls Academy student Kseniia Shyp ’23 is the embodiment of the resolve and hope of the people of Ukraine. The 18-year-old senior hasn’t seen her family in nearly two years because of the Russian invasion and doesn’t know when she will be able to return to her hometown of Uzhgorod in western Ukraine, which borders Slovakia. Yet she remains upbeat, hopeful and she’s pursuing her dreams.
Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Jay ’04 has taken over as sergeant of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Jay took over as the 41st sergeant of the guard on May 30, overseeing daily operations of the unit that has stood watch over the hallowed grounds 24 hours a day since 1937.
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Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Lathrop ’98 told a standing-room-only crowd at the Gold Star Ceremony that the meaning of Memorial Day changed for him after a Culver Military Academy classmate died while serving in Iraq in 2004.
Culver Girls Academy alumna Sofia Dolan ’22 SG’19 was awarded $10,000 in the McCloskey New Venture Competition for envisioning a self-defense kit for bicyclists. Dolan, a freshman at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, won the EquiCorp Award for the “Best Undergraduate Venture.”
Culver Academies students recommended that a local pizzeria use GPS software that would allow customers to track their orders through a mobile app so they would know precisely when their food will arrive. The suggestion came from students in two Corporate Challenge classes taught by Ed Kelley, a master instructor in The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur.
A friend congratulated Caren Standfast when she was selected to be the next dean of Culver Girls Academy, telling her: “You will have an opportunity to leave your legacy at CGA and I think that is one of the most unique opportunities one can be gifted.”
Standfast said she is grateful for the legacy Mary Frances England, who served as dean of the school from its founding in 1971 until 1984, and M. Lynn Rasch ’76, who started working at Culver in 1980 and has served as dean since 2014, have left as a strong foundation for CGA to build on.
“Dean England built the ship. Dean Rasch has since filled it with a great crew that has built a wonderful program. It's a big legacy to be built, and Dean Rasch has given me pointers on how to steer the ship,” she said.
Standfast succeeds Rasch as dean on June 5.
Culver Military Academy roommates who proposed creating a business that would reward homeowners for keeping their houses well-maintained by lowering insurance costs won the Miclot Family Business Plan Competition.
John Afari-Aikins ’24 (Carmel, Indiana) and Britton Crockett ’25 (Johnson City, Tennessee), creators of Healthy Homes, won the $5,000 first prize provided through an endowment by Andy and Sharlene Miclot, who had two children graduate from Culver Academies. The competition is part of The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur.
Eighteen individuals or teams entered the contest, which is open to all Culver Academies students. Each entry was required to provide an executive summary of a business idea. Faculty in The Ron Rubin School narrowed the entries to five who presented their ideas.
Eleven Culver Academies students presented the colors before more than 100,000 people and national TV audiences at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby horse races, continuing the legacy of the Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes riding in premier events.