Virtual Events Keep Tigers Engaged
Football coach Scott Braswell organized off-season workouts for the team and hosted weeklyZoom meetings that attracted more than fiftyplayers and featured guest speakers, includingcurrent college and NFL players. Denver Broncosassistant Mike Hiestand was also on the roster.
A Woodberry Idol contest accepted videosubmissions from students and teachers whodisplayed an array of talents. Some demonstratedmusical virtuosity. The winner, Tom Khoa ’ 21,accompanied himself on the piano while singing“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” Others offeredcomic relief, such as history teacher NatalieRodriguez-Nelson did when she created a video ofher dog, Layla, failing to catch a variety of thrownobjects. Still others showed off uncommon talents,as when Latin teacher Donald Brewster performeda Pink Floyd standard on the singing glasses.Watch all twenty performances and enjoy judgecommentary on our You Tube channel at youtube.com/woodberry TV.
Coach Chris Holmes set up a mock draft
competition and Zoom watch party on the night
of the NFL draft. The virtual social event saw boys
comparing brackets and sharing some trash talk.
The Gay–Straight Alliance observed the annualDay of Silence with a video compilation of memberreflections.
The Rev. Tyler Montgomery, Woodberry’s
chaplain, and several students led daily online
prayers and weekly chapel services. “However you
worship, you should do it exactly the same, whether
there’s one or one million people there,” the chaplain
said. “It’s not about the people, it’s about God.”
Mountain biking coaches Nolan LaVoie and Jesse
Woody used the fitness app Strava and Zoom to
keep their team connected as boys got out and rode
English teacher Ted Blain, who typically invitesseniors to his home each spring for some practicallife lessons, starred in a video teaching boys toproperly pack a cooler and cook meat on a grill.
Two virtual trivia nights challenged a few dozento show off their knowledge of sports, Woodberryhistory, and other random facts.
Teachers, coaches, andadministrators came up withseveral virtual events to keepstudents connected outside thevirtual classroom as the weeksof remote learning progressed.
Running the (Social) Distance
It all began with a challenge from English teacher Kristyn Wilson andDirector of Strategic Communications Jacob Geiger ’05, two avid runners,who conceived of the idea of a virtual race they called the Tiger 10K. “We may not be able to enjoy springat the Forest together this year,” Kristyn wrote in an email, “but we can still throw on our Moubraywear and get outside.” Competitors — who included students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friendsof the school — had two weeks to log their times. All 160 participants earned a customized magnet,and recognition went out to several, including winner Kevin Bennert ’ 11, who clocked a 33: 18, and LeeRobinson, the oldest finisher. “The turnout was truly inspiring,” Kristyn said. “It was a wonderful displayof the energy of the Woodberry community, even at a distance.”
Tom Khoa ’ 21 Scott BraswellJames Moyler ’ 11
Austin Olive ’03
and son, Mac
Mike ’88 and