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Three Takeaways from a Distinguished Alumnus

Posted by Billy Faires on April 12, 2016

In March, Michael Lebovitz '82 graciously accepted the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from McCallie School. The award is the highest honor the school can bestow upon one of its alumni, and only one award per year is given. After thanking the school, his family and friends, he offered the following thoughts.

I want to talk about three things as it relates to my experiences at McCallie: relationships and experiences, ego, and giving.

Relationships & Experiences

I believe most things in life revolve around relationships and experiences, and I know I learned the importance of relationships and experiences from my time at McCallie. The relationships that each of us established with our classmates and teachers endure to this day, and some of the experiences we will never forget (and some shouldn't be repeated).

First day at McCallie, September, 1976. I was a 13-year-old "pygmy" — what we inappropriately called seventh-graders back then — and in first period I had Coach Day. Can you imagine Coach Day’s teaching today? Wow, that would be interesting. Sort of like some of our Presidential candidates today – say everything you can that is NOT politically correct!

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Topics: alumni, Alumni News, wisdom, experience, friendship, generosity, gratitude, relationships, Posts from the Ridge, trustees

Working Hard, Playing Hard

Posted by Billy Faires on July 09, 2015

At McCallie, athletics is an important tool in a comprehensive educational program

From the Summer 2015 issue of McCallie Magazine

Wesley Brown takes the ball and drives across the left side of the soccer field in the Blue Tornado’s TSSAA state playoff game against Saint Benedict Academy.

The fourth-generation McCallie student moves quickly down the field as his teammates surge forward, and an SBA defender scrambles to keep pace. Brown looks toward the goal, gets past a defender and sends the ball toward the center of the field in front of the net.

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Topics: achievement, alumni, boys, Campus Life, college prep, excellence, Featured, high school athletics, mccallie, princeton, Posts from the Ridge, soccer, spotlight, TSSAA, Upper School Life, valedictorian

A Spot on Main Street

Posted by Alumni Contributor on September 26, 2011

By MARK WIEDMER '76

Thank you. Just thought you’d like to know that this is the same McCallie necktie I wore in 1976. Now if I could only say the same about my blue blazer.

A few weeks ago I received an email from the Alumni office’s Mitzi Smith, asking me to contact her. Being a sports writer, I assumed she wanted to know the latest on Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s shaky job security, since she’s a UGA grad and huge Bulldog fan. (By the way, Mitzi, your Dawgs are leading Ole Miss 24-7 near the end of the first half.)

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Topics: alumni, Alumni News, boys, education, First Person, Posts from the Ridge