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A full field enjoys Duck Day Golf Tournament 2017

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 14, 2017

For the ninth year, the Duck Day Golf Tournament was a huge success both in terms of participation and funds raised.

Andrew Forrester '01, Brandon Waters '00, Derek Steele and Mark Harrell were the top foursome of the 30 teams participating in the 2017 Duck Day Golf Tournament on May 9 at Council Fire Golf Club.

With a full field of 120 golfers on a beautiful day at Council Fire Golf Club on May 9, the 2017 event was the largest ever, and more than $26,000 was raised to benefit the Duck Day Scholarship Fund to help a talented Chattanooga boy attend McCallie. Since the beginning of this event, almost $150,000 has been raised.

For the second year in a row, the team of Andrew Forrester '01, Brandon Waters '00, Derek Steele and Mark Harrell were the top foursome of the 30 teams participating. Will Haisten '96, Nick Wilkinson '96, Michael Garvich '96 and Ryan Coulter '96 finished second in the tournament.

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Topics: development, duck day, Alumni News

Ben Neely '99 studying dolphins to help humans

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on March 20, 2017

Humans and dolphins may look quite different, but both are mammals and share many genetic similarities. Understanding these similarities can lead to improved health for both species.

McCallie alumnus Ben Neely '99, a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Marine Biochemical Sciences Group, and colleagues recently completed an index of all proteins found in the bottlenose dolphin genome. 

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Topics: Alumni News, class of 1999, science

Prince & the Paisley Park Pancake Pajama Party

Posted by Billy Faires on April 28, 2016

By Neal Morris '90

This is the first in what might or might not ever be a series of "Alumni Brushes with Greatness" essays that might nor might not always include brushes with greatness. If you are a McCallie alumnus with a story to tell, contact info@mccallie.org.

Probably the best time I ever had at Prince’s compound eating pancakes and listening to him jam at 4:00 a.m. was the one time back in 2013 where I went out to Paisley Park, ate pancakes, and listened to him jam. It was also the only time I went out to Prince’s, ate pancakes, and listened to him jam. Also, we were wearing pajamas. Here’s how it went down.
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Topics: 1999, Alumni News, brushes with greatness, concert, little red corvette, mccallie alumni, paisley park, pancake breakfast, prince, purple rain, tafkap, the artist formerly known as prince

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, experience, friendship, generosity, gratitude, relationships, Posts from the Ridge, trustees, wisdom

Mac Caldwell Thrives at U.S. Air Force Academy

Posted by Jim Tanner on December 07, 2015

As the approximately 4,000 United States Air Force Academy cadets stood at their tables awaiting permission to sit and begin their noon meal in late August at the Academy’s campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., McCallie alumnus Mac Caldwell ’12 stepped to the podium with somber news for his classmates.

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Topics: air force academy, Alumni News, character, college, duty, honor code, leadership, military service, responsibility, service academies

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