Alumni Accomplishments Summer 2019


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Andy Kay ’98

Andy Kay ’98 was inducted into the Missouri chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in February.

Kay, an English teacher and varsity boys lacrosse coach at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, coached his team to its fifth consecutive state title in 2018. He has also earned accolades from U.S. Lacrosse including Missouri’s State Coach of the Year and Missouri’s “Man of the Year.”


Becca North ’94

In December, Dr. Becca North ’94 published her book, Your Hidden Superpowers: How the Whole Truth of Failure Can Change Our Lives.

North is a researcher and teacher in the field of psychology and is now a visiting assistant professor in psychology at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Her research is in the area of happiness and well-being. A big question in her research: How can negative experiences foster positive psychological change?

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Teresa Bejan ’02

A video of “Is Civility a Sham?” a TED Talk delivered by Dr. Teresa Bejan ’02 in October, has racked up more than 1.4 million views. In the 14-minute talk, Bejan explains how civility has been used as the foundation of tolerant societies, but also as a way for political partisans to silence opposition.

Bejan — who is an associate professor of political theory at the University of Oxford — suggests that a better way is aiming for “mere civility” — disagreeing fundamentally, but doing so “without denying or destroying the possibility of a common life tomorrow with the people we think are standing in our way today.”

View Bejan’s talk (warning: some mature language).


Molly Dektar ’08

Molly Dektar ’08 celebrated the release of her debut novel, The Ash Family, on April 9. The novel, published by Simon & Schuster, is set near Asheville with some characters from Durham. The 19-year-old woman at the center of book joins an off-the-grid farm community that turns out to be a cult.

In an interview with The News & Observer, Dektar, who now lives in New York, says that while the story is a thriller about a cult, it’s also about nature, so outdoor enthusiasts will also find something to appreciate within its pages.

“There’s a lot of climate science in the book, because the cult leader likes to gather everyone around and tell them cult stories, and they’re all true,” she told the newspaper. “I loved writing about snowball earth and passenger pigeons and the way North Carolina used to be before settlers arrived from Europe.”

Read more in The News & Observer.

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