LHS Alumni Spotlight

 May 2019

Q: What is your name?

A: Richard W. Aadahl

Q: What’s your current job title?

A: Technology Education Teacher

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1976

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: VICA– the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America through the building trades program, now known as Skillsusa.

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: None-worked after school

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Building Trades because I could apply the skills to earn a wage after school each day and to this day I still use and pass on the skills to my students. Coach Mel Jones, who influenced me to attend college, more specifically, Norfolk State College (University).

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: Classes where teachers engaged me with more than books. Science with Mr. Ellis and Mr. Williams, English with Ms. Watson and Ms. Fuchs, Industrial Arts with Mr. Davenport, American Civilization with Ms. Emanuel.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: Family summer vacation, attended and graduated from Norfolk State University and returned to Lafayette to start teaching in December of 1980.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: To go from someone at LHS that never planned or prepared to attend college to someone who has never stopped learning and sharing. I try to practice what I teach.

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

Find something to do that you like to do, get someone to pay you to do it. Never give up on yourself.

April 2019

Q: What is your name?

A: Liz Bahl-Moore

Q: What’s your current job title?

A: Art Teacher–Art Foundation, Photography, and Painting

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1998

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: Ecology Club, DECA, Art Club, STAR, National Honor Society, MU Alpha Theta, Peer Partners, and Peer Mediation

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Photography with Mr. Rasky; English 10 and 12 with Mrs. Young; U. S. and World Affairs with Mr. Ambler

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: During senior year, I went to Italy over spring break with two of my art teachers. It was awesome to see many of Michaelagelo’s sculpture up close and Florence is an amazing city. Also, I was in the first group of students who were able to register and take AP studio art class here at LHS.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I went to Longwood University from 1998-2002 and received a BFA in art eduation and photography. When I left Longwood, I taught at Culpeper Middle School for 4 year. When WHS opened up, I came back to this area to teach and taught at three different school in the county. I received a MIS_IAR (master degree) focusing on painting and printmaking in 2015 from VCU.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: My son

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

I would tell every LHS student that you have to be willing to make mistakes, learn from your mistakes, and try again. No one is perfect but you can’t be afraid to try.

 

March 2019

Archie Jefferson photo

Q: What is your name?

A: Archie Lee Jefferson III

Q: What’s your current job title?

A: Student Advancement Coach

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1990

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: DECA

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: Football & Track

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: English, Mrs. Miller

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: Senior Prom

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I went to Thomas Nelson, Virginia State, Alabama, & Alabama A&M.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Being a father!

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Pursue your dreams while your young, live like your dying, laugh often, love as much as you can, travel, and don’t forget to call Mom.

February 2019

 

Q: What is your name?

A: James Haynes

Q: What is your current job title?

A: I.T. Tech II

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 2006

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: Technology club

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: Shorin-Ryu Karate

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Hydraulic Engineering and ceramics.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: Favorite memory would have to be when Mr. Truman bought Johnny Knoxville and the wild boys to LHS for a presentation.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I worked for various companies while completing college. I graduated from Thomas Nelson with an associates in Social Science and I graduated with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from ECPI.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: My beautiful family

 Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Never stop networking. Get to know as many people as possible to open up future opportunities.

 January 2019

 

Q: What is your name?

A: Molly Peet

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 2003

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: National Art Honor Society, Art Club, Ecology Club

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: JV Field Hockey

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Field Biology and Art

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: I loved being in Portfolio Art with my friend Maggie.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I graduated in January and drove across country in my 93 Toyota Tercel with my boyfriend. We camped along the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana, Big Bend Park in Texas, Truth and Consequences, New Mexico, Needles, California, and a bunch of other places. We spent a week in San Francisco with my Aunt and Uncle and then drove home. I worked at Ben and Jerry’s and Capital Pancake House all summer and began attending VCU Arts in the fall.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Marching to the beat of my own drum.

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Be open to experiences, and explore your interests. I regret all the things that I didn’t do in high school because I was nervous, or it was too much work, or I didn’t know anyone who was doing it. As a teacher, I see how many adults are in this building that really care about helping students make the most out of their time here. Lafayette is a really safe place to explore your interests, start to find out about what you care about, and who you are.

December 2018

Q: What is your name?

A: Christopher Schroeder

Q: What is your current job title?

A: Spanish Teacher at Lafayette High School; ESL Adult Education Teacher

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1988

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: Anchor club, Latin Club, Science Club, Honors Roll

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: None

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Charles Dubay (AP Biology)

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: Going to Italy one year and then Germany Austria and Switzerland with teacher Mary Anderson (RIP) and the Latin Club.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: Studied Animal Science at Va Tech, Managed a Pork Production Unit in North Carolina, became a Catholic Missionary in Peru and then became an English teacher and now I am a Spanish teacher.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: My education and travels: I have two Masters degrees, and was a Missionary in South America

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Success is a decision so make up your mind what you want to do in life and plan for those goals. It will happen if you set your mind to it. Also make a difference in the world to make it a better place. A positive attittude and resiliency is the key to greatness.

NOVEMBER 2018

 

Q: What is your name?

A: Valerie C. Matthews

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1978

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: Pep Club

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: Indoor and Outdoor Track

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Health / Gym — Mrs. Wilson

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: When the girls track team went to the State Championship and our team placed 2nd in 440 and 880 relay!! Those were the good old days!!

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I got married moved to Maryland, raised a family of 4 and supported my children’s education.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: I begin to Pastor my first church “Zion Baptist Church Lightfoot’- 6 1/2 years ago, I received my Masters of Divinity in May of 2017 and my Masters of Christian of Education this year May,

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Believe you can and you will, YOU control your destiny!!!! Don’t just get out the box Crush the box!!

OCTOBER 2018

Mary Lyons-Hanks photo

 

Q: What is your name?

A: Mary-Lyons (Walk) Hanks

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1992

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: International Thespian Society (12), Honor Society (11-12), Latin Club (9-12), Peer Partners (11th), Musicals (9-12), Senior Class Play (12)

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: JV Cheerleading (9), Field Hockey (10-12), Softball (10), Swimming (10-12)

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Calculus with Mrs. Powell

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: During my senior year, our field hockey team made it to the state tournament for the first time.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I went to Virginia Tech, majored in math, and when I graduated from VT, I became a math teacher.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Winning the WJCC High School Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Always work hard and never give up.

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Q: What is your name?

A: Jennifer Cummings

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1994

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: German Club, Latin Club, National Honor Society, Lit Mag

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: German with Frau Sherman

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: Earned my BS in Biology from VA Tech, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of South Carolina

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: My son. He’s one of the coolest people I know!

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff. All those things that seem like a big deal now aren’t going to matter in 20 years. No one is going to remember that you tripped in the cafeteria or forgot the words to a speech you were supposed to memorize.

June 2018

Q: WhMelody Hundleyat is your name?

A: Melody Hundley

Q: What’s your current job title?

A: Security Officer

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1986

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: DECA and FBLA

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, (we didn’t “play” it was our job and Coach Jones was the boss. lol) He would call us at home the night before a track meet, pay guys to take us home if we attended the school dances and would scratch our names off the sign up sheets for games to be played during pep rallies like flag football. lol

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Mr. White, who was my Government teacher. He was also a Assistant Football Coach and if you mentioned the last game we had or anything about football . He would spend the remainder of the class period talking about what the team should have done better and what changes they will be making. We would take turns on who would say something about football and at what time during the class we would do it. We had a blast….it worked every time

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: Receiving the MVP award for outdoor track and field as a freshman, becoming a All-American and receiving a Scholarship to Norfolk State University along with eight other athletes all receiving scholarships to NSU. It was in the news paper because so many athletes were going to the same college!

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: Graduated from Norfolk State University, married my soulmate and had two daughters, Amy and Amber.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Getting married to John and having my two beautiful daughters and traveling to Paris, Switzerland and Spain with my eldest daughter Amy.  I was All district All Region and All State all four years in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field and was named as All American my Senior year.  My name is in the Who’s Who’s book for Track and Field. I currently hold  the School’s record in the long jump, 400 meter  high hurdles and the 4×4 shuttle hurdle relay.

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

Life is all about choices – Friends are about quality, not quantity – Spend more time with family – Don’t be afraid to try something new –

May 2018

Q: WhDaniel Turner photoat is your name?

A: Daniel Turner

Q: What’s your current job title?

A: IT Specialist II

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 2010

Q: What, if any, clubs were you in?

A: Yearbook and Newspaper

 

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: Lane-Hamilton, English

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: Working on the yearbook.

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: Working in technology/IT

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Being able to help the people who helped me.

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

Never stop learning.

April 2018

Q: What is your name?

A: John Hundley

Q: What’s your current job title?

A: Driver Education Teacher and Health & PE Teacher

Q: What year did you graduate?

A: 1979

Q: What, if any, sports did you play?

A: Football & Basketball

Q: What/who was your favorite class/teacher?

A: My favorite class was physical education.  Coach Barry Beers and Coach Mel Jones were my favorite teachers.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at LHS?

A: My favorite memory from my time at Lafayette High School was my senior year in Football. That year we were one dropped touchdown pass away from an undefeated season (we finished 9-1 but didn’t make the playoffs).

Q: What did you do after graduating from LHS?

A: I attended Virginia State University where I played football.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Being the first in my family to graduate college.

Q: Do you have any advice for current Lafayette students?

Work hard and reach for the stars. The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary (Coach Mel Jones).