For Maddie Ayles ’11 and Allee Ayles ’12, playing field hockey is a way of life that began for both of them at DCD! After being exposed to field hockey in fourth grade, when given a choice of sports to play in sixth grade, Maddie chose to play field hockey, while Allee didn’t pick up a stick again until the beginning of eighth grade. Both girls continued their field hockey careers at Nobles, and both were recruited to play for Brown University.
DCD was the first place Adam Rochelle ’09 performed music for a live audience. Starting with music parties and progressing to all-school assemblies and band concerts, he became the accompanist for “Across the Wide Missouri,” which is sung by the chorus and alumni every year at DCD’s Thanksgiving assembly. Adam began piano lessons at the age of seven and is primarily a jazz pianist, although he can pick up and play just about any instrument, including the saxophone, bass, and guitar. His interest in jazz was sparked in middle school when he began studying jazz after school at the Rivers Conservatory and playing in the DCD middle school band.
Lela Meadow-Conner is executive director of the Tallgrass Film Association, a nonprofit cinematic arts organization in Wichita, Kansas. “Film Art, Wichita…. ” is an understandably startled first response. Lela, in fact, confesses to having had the same response herself. But today she is part of a core of artists and educators transforming Wichita in what many are calling a major cultural renaissance.