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Alumni Community

Welcome to the Alumni section of the website. We hope you will stay in touch with the Academy and join us in our support of the quality education of today's young people that you once received. The Alumni Courtyard was dedicated on the 40th Anniversary of Chesapeake Academy. The bricks of the courtyard are being engraved with the names and graduation years of alumni. If you are interested in learning more about how your name can be added, please contact Debbie Cook 804-438-5575 or dcook@chesapeakeacademy.org. Please pass the word to other alumni.

Katie Horsley Dew, '94 is the Alumni representative on the Board of Trustees. She is interested in planning alumni events and encourages you to contact her at 804-436-6256 or horsleyre@yahoo.com.


Alumni in the News


Whitney Lamberth Edwards

WhitneyThe marriage of Whitney Lamberth Edwards,Chesapeake Academy, Class of 2002, to Brandon Michael Massie, was held on June 21, 2014. Whitney is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Edwards of White Stone, Virginia. The ceremony took place on the beach at the bride's family home in White Stone.Following a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Chesapeake. Whitney was surrounded by Chesapeake Academy Ospreys! Hunter Edwards '04, Janie Williams '02, Chelle Chiles '02, Brooke Edwards '02, and Alexandra Alex Newman '02!




Connor Ahlborn

Connor Ahlborn has a 4.0 in her graduate studies in the science of teaching chemistry at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL and has qualified for her second NCAA Championships in Track & Field (this time DII outdoor in hammer throw). She is the first Panther woman to qualify for nationals in program history (see link below)! Connor will teach chemistry and coach at National Cathedral School beginning this Fall. Ahlborn was recognized as an All American at NCAA DIII Indoor Nationals while at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She was recognized many times as a Liberty League Scholar-Athlete while at RPI. She began to compete in Field events during her high school years at Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. She also won the throwing event while in middle school at Chesapeake Academy in Irvington, VA at the annual league track meet held at ChristChurch School in ChristChurch, VA.




Tyler Lewis - Following a Dream

Tyler LewisChesapeake Academy alumni, Tyler Lewis ‘09, has always had a passion for volunteer work and traveling. Tyler wanted his first leg of his first year to be ‘out-of-the-box’ and animal related. Following his heart, he started his first journey to Limpopo Province in Northeastern South Africa at the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary for 8 weeks. It was a 2-day trip getting there, flying to Johannesburg then traveling by bus to Tzaneen. Tyler is loving this opportunity and meeting wonderful people. Tyler told his family, "I love the people. A new volunteer is Belgian, sorta sounds like a Viking. And I got groomed by a monkey today. Not as enjoyable as you'd think. Kinda just pulls bits of your hair out."

After he returns home for the holidays, Tyler will travel to Wellington, New Zealand for 3 months to work as an intern with their theater Fringe Festival then on to the Australian Bush. His final two months will be in Los Angeles, studying film, writing and directing, creating his own short film.



Ashley Trotter and Bailey Horsley

The HorsleysMr. and Mrs. I. Edward (Nick) Trotter, III of Irvington, VA are delighted to announce the wedding of their daughter Ashley Marie Trotter to Nelson Bailey Horsley III. The ceremony took place on September 7, 2013 at the waterfront home of Mr. Nelson Bailey Horsley, Jr. followed by a reception at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club. Ashley and Bailey are both Chesapeake Academy Alumni.

Ashley is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. Edward Trotter, Jr. of Lancaster, VA, Mrs. Conceição de Maria Diniz Kemp and the late Mr. Peter Beaumont Kemp of Suffolk, England. She is a graduate of Chesapeake Academy and Christchurch School and attended James Madison University.

Bailey is the son of Mr. Nelson Bailey Horsley Jr. of Kilmarnock, VA and Mrs. Amanda Sikorski of, Blackstone, VA. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Bailey Horsley, Sr. of Hartfield, VA. He is a graduate of Chesapeake Academy and Christchurch School and an alumnus of Ferrum University.

The bride’s attendants were Chelsea Trotter Werner (Maid of Honour), Katie Horsley Dew, Ceri Ward, Lauren Bennett and Molley Hardin. The grooms attendants were Kyle Kilduff (Best Man), James Justin Burke, Thomas Propst, Sean Fernando and Robert Pittman.



Sadler Myers, Class of ‘98

Salder WeddingThe marriage of Miss Margaret Kemmerer Hill and Dr. Kenneth Sadler Meyers took place Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Grace Baptist Church, Richmond. The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth P. Mills officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wesley Hill, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Daniel O. (Myrtle Kemmerer) Harris, all of Richmond; the late Mr. Daniel O. Harris; and the late Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hill Sr.

The groom is the son of Ms. Cheryl-Sadler Pugh and Mr. Thomas R. Pugh III of Irvington and Mr. George W. Meyers Jr. of Salem. He is the grandson of Mrs. Kenneth H. (Camille Troiani) Sadler of Minneapolis and Auburn, N.Y.; the late Mr. Kenneth H. Sadler; and the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Meyers Sr.

The bride is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The groom is a graduate of Chesapeake Academy and Woodberry Forest School. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from VCU and his Master of Health Administration and Doctor of Medicine degrees from VCU's Medical College of Virginia in 2012. He is a surgical resident at Christiana Health Systems in Newark, Del., where the couple will reside.




Taylor Nelson to receive Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership

Taylor NelsonTaylor Nelson, a 2005 graduate of Chesapeake Academy and is scheduled to graduate from William and Mary in 2013, was 3 years old when her mom became the founding executive director of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic near her hometown of Weems, Va. She spent many hours in the clinic and learned how to count by calling out prescription numbers. She even made the clinic’s first donation box, covering it in pink hearts “to give it more pizazz.”

“The clinic really became my family and home, and it still is today,” said Nelson. “My mom taught me so much. Her passion just to give back and her fundamental caring for others, especially our community, was so infectious that I just sort of took it everywhere I went.”

On Charter Day, Nelson will be honored for the work she’s done as a result of that inherited passion for helping others. The William & Mary senior will be the recipient of the 2013 James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership.

“The breadth of her activity alone is sufficient to garner the highest accolade,” said Drew Stelljes, assistant vice president for student engagement and leadership. “It is her commitment to understanding why such problems persist that is particularly admirable.”

The prize is presented annually to a student “who has demonstrated sustained leadership of an unusual quality, leadership combined with initiative, character and an unfailing commitment to leveraging the assets of the College community to address the needs of our society.”

“It’s absolutely such an honor,” said Nelson. “It was very overwhelming in a very good way to be recognized in this way. I am just so thankful for William & Mary and the campus, and especially for my mom, who really empowered me to do everything I do today. It was everyone else who helped me become who I am and who helped to empower me to do the things that I’ve done.”

Nelson, a sociology major and community studies minor, was active in service throughout high school, continuing to volunteer with her mother’s Northern Neck Free Health Clinic. However, at William & Mary, the long-time community service veteran discovered something new.

“It wasn’t until I got to William & Mary that I realized that community service, community engagement does not have to be separate from academics,” she said. “William & Mary has taught me how I can intertwine this engagement with my academic studies to enhance my understanding of how I can make this difference. This became really apparent through the community studies program and the Sharpe Community Scholars … it was just an inspiration.”

Building on her experience growing up, Nelson began working for Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown, Va. During her time there, she has helped with the clinic’s day-to-day operations, met with local employers to let them know what services the clinic can provide and wrote four grant proposals to benefit diabetic patients. She also conducted research on the impact of healthcare reform on free clinics, creating an options comparison chart that was eventually distributed to all of the members of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics.

But Nelson has not limited her service work to the clinic. Combining her passion for healthcare, education and cooking with the need to address childhood obesity and diabetes, she created her own community-based research project on the effects of cooking-based nutritional education on reducing childhood obesity. Partnering with the School Health Initiative Project (SHIP) and Assistant Professor of Psychology Catherine Forestell, the director of the Center for Eating Behavior and Child Development, Nelson conducted a study within nine Williamsburg James City County elementary schools in 2011.

Nelson has also been very active in Branch Out Alternative Spring Breaks, helping Teach for America teachers and students in North Carolina, leading a group of students to work with the Health Wagon free health clinic in Clinchco, Va., and finally serving on the executive board for the Branch Out program. In that role, she coordinated with five community partners and trained 18 site leaders for nine spring break trips.

Nelson also served as an intern with Global Playground, a D.C.-based non-profit started by William & Mary alumni Edward Branagan ’03 and Douglas Bunch ’02. She also interned with Ashoka in Dublin, helping to coordinate the Change Nation summit at the 32nd Annual MacGill Summer School, which focused on the role of social entrepreneurship in Ireland’s economic recovery.

“[Social entrepreneurship] looks at giving back and community engagement in ways I hadn’t thought of before, such as looking into social innovation and the challenges of measuring social impact,” she said.

As she prepares to graduate in a few short months, Nelson is considering pursuing a degree in social entrepreneurship. For students who have a few more years to get involved in community engagement at William & Mary, Nelson urges them to not be afraid to “put themselves out there.”

“In community service and community engagement, there are lots of ups and downs, but you never really know what could happen if you never put yourself out there,” she said. “Taking a risk and putting your whole heart into it can be scary at times, but most of the time it is worth every minute of it.”



Liz Rogers, CA Class of 2008

Liz Rogers


Beau Hubbard, Class of 1996

Graduate Student Enlists for White Stone Study

Gradute student Beau Hubbard is seeking a Master's degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and is focusing his graduate project on development in White Stone. Town Manager, Patrick Frere, told the White Stone Town Council that his project will be used in the town's comprehensive plan.

Beau's project will focus on property east of Rappahannock Drive and north of Chesapeake Drive. He will evaluate the existing usage and possible future land use of an undeveloped tract with the project scheduled to be completed by May.




Will Hubbard




Alec Faulkner, CA Class of 2007

Alec Faulkner




Lee Allen, CA Class of 1997Lee Allen



Luke Saunders, CA Class of 2004

Luke Saunders




Ansel Sanders, CA Class of 1996

Ansel Sanders




Jenny O'Shaughnessy, CA Class of 2006




Connor Ahlborn, CA Class of 2003

TERRA HAUTE, Ind. –Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) sophomore Connor Ahlborn earned National All-American after finishing fifth in the women’s 20lb. weight throw with a toss of 53'11.4" (16.44 meters) at the NCAA Championship Meet at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday.

Ahlborn, a native of Falls Church, Va., was just three centimeters off the school record mark, set by Felicia Tsai ’07 at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

One of 15 competitors in the weight throw, Ahlborn led the field through the preliminary round before slipping back into the fifth position in the finals. She and St. Lawrence University junior Alyssa Pirinelli were the only two Liberty League representatives in the women’s weight throw at this year’s National Meet. Pirinelli, who is the reigning Liberty League champion in the event, produced a throw of 53'3.75" (16.25 meters) good for seventh overall at Nationals.

This was the first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships for Ahlborn, who earned her spot at the national meet after posting a then-season’s best throw of 16.31 meters at the ECAC Championships.

The Peddie School graduate posted numerous top-ten finishes during the indoor season, including a victory at the season-opening Tufts Invitational and the Smith Tartan Classic. Ahlborn finished no lower than seventh in the eight meets she was entered and was runner-up at the Liberty League Championships.


Herbert "Bert" Stover, CA Class of 1990


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