David Thoms ’70

David was selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America. His expertise in law pertaining to trusts, estates, charities, and taxes was cited. Best Lawyers also named him “Lawyer of the Year” (2014-15) for the Detroit area in the practice of charities law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is so honored. David majored in history at K and studied abroad in Caen, France.

Paul Mighion ’79, D.D.S.

Paul received the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Mastership Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place this past June in San Francisco. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Paul completed more than 1,100 hours of dental continuing education. As a Mastership Award recipient, Paul joins more than 2,200 active AGD Masters who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. The AGD has more than 39,000 members.

Kaylah Simmons ’17

Kaylah has been named to the White House Internship Program for Fall 2015. The program seeks “to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.” Interns work in one of several White House departments. Their responsibilities and tasks vary by department, but all interns are united through weekly events, including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings that explore different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service, and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Kaylah is a junior at K majoring in theatre arts. She also is earning a minor in business and working on a concentration in media studies.

Bill Dawson ’78

Bill was inducted into the Lake County (Ill.) Sports Hall of Fame for his career coaching cross country and track. Over his tenure he has worked with seven state champions, three state record setters and three high school All-Americans. Six of his athletes have gone on to earn All-American honors in college, including one national champion. Another athlete was overall national champion and an Olympian. Bill continues to teach math and coach at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.

Amber (Terry) Hupp ’03

Amber (Terry) Hupp ’03Amber was recently promoted to the rank of associate professor of chemistry, with tenure, at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.). At K Amber earned her B.A. in chemistry and studied abroad in Bonn Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University. Her research mainly focuses  on analyzing biodiesel fuels and biodiesel-diesel blended fuels using gas chromatography and chemometrics. Her work has been published in a variety of places, including the Journal of Chemometrics, the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society, and Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. She has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2009. The College of the Holy Cross is a liberal arts undergraduate college with 2,900 students.

Aaron Coleman ’09

Aaron won Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ5 Poetry Contest with his poem “St. Inside & Not,” About the winning poem contest judge Amaud Jamaul Johnson wrote: “I read the list of finalists aloud, alone, standing in my office. While there were many fine, well-polished poems, the music of Aaron Coleman’s ‘St. Inside & Not’ followed me out of the room. The use of anaphora, heavy alliteration and assonance, the quirkiness of the syntax, the image system, all kept me off balance. I was under the spell of this poem. A poem should possess its own logic; establish a unique authority over the reader. From the first line, the poem takes you by the throat and turns. Reading ‘Being midnight ripped / off the face of constellation,’ I thought of Dickinson’s ‘If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off …’ Of course, I’ve never been able to divorce this sentiment from my lingering fear of racial violence. But I know Coleman’s lyric shatters us into song. I know this is poetry!” Congratulations, Aaron! Aaron earned his B.A. at K in psychology, and he studied abroad in Caceres, Spain.

Judy Hehs ’85

Judy was inducted into the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. She works at the Academy of Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) where she serves as associate head of school, upper school director, and women’s varsity tennis coach. When Judy was a high school player, team trips to Stowe Stadium may have influenced her decision to attend K. As a Hornet she played field hockey and basketball and sort of “fell into tennis. I played for Tish Loveless,” Judy said. “She was the field hockey coach, so showing up for tennis try-outs wasn’t intimidating. A former high school teammate came to get me from my dorm room the afternoon of try-outs and said that clearly I should play tennis. She was right. It was a great decision.” By the time that the Hornets reached the MIAA Tournament that spring, Judy was playing one-doubles with the one-singles player. “I was really inspired to continue playing after that experience,” she added. “I played all four years at K.” Since becoming varsity tennis coach at Sacred Heart, the Gazelles have won nine regional championships and finished second six times. They have recorded 11 top-ten finishes in state competition, including two state titles (2012 and 2013). Judy has been regional coach of the year on four occasions and was state coach of the year in 2001. She is a member of the Catholic High School League Hall of Fame.

Jon Grier ’75

Jon was recently cited with two awards: an Artist Fellowship in Music Composition (bestowed by the South Carolina Arts Commission) and the Carl Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education (given by the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council). Jon has been teaching music theory and history at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, a magnet high school of the arts, since 1988. And he sends a hearty shout out to the class of ’75!