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Andy Johns - HIES Alum Class of ’04. Andy played Varsity Soccer when it was a Fall sport. He played Varsity Soccer (9th-12th) & Lacrosse (9th-12th), Co-Captain for both Varsity Soccer & Varsity Lacrosse (11th-12th), for Soccer honored Mark of Excellence Award (11th) and MVP (12th), for Lacrosse earned Sportsmanship Award (11th) and Top Gun Scorer Award (12th). His all-around stats & offensive stats supported these Awards in each sport. He led Soccer team to two State Championship games and winning one. During US years at HIES he was on Student Council all 4 years including VP his Senior year, plus National Honor Society (11th-12th), graduated from Vanderbilt University 2008 with BS Business Admin degree & Georgia State University with an MBA in 2016. Currently employed as a Senior Financial Analyst with Cushman & Wakefield, a Commercial Real Estate firm in Atlanta. He lives in Grant Park area with his wife of 6 years, Hayley. They had their first child, a son, in March 2017.
O’Neal Wanliss (Class of 2011 – Track) - O’Neal was a four-time state champion in track – three times in the 400-meter and once in the 800. His 800 time remains the fastest time in state history. In 2011, he was named the Georgia Gatorade High School Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the Atlanta Track Club All-Metro Track Man of the Year and the Bill Shesky Award for the Most Outstanding High School Runner. He was also the recipient of the HIES Bishop Award and was named In Town Magazines 20-under-20 list. At UNC, he was an NCAA All-American, a two-time ACC champ, a 1st Team Academic All-ACC member, a UNC record holder in the distance medley relay, a freshman indoor 800-meter record holder and was the track & field captain. During this, he collected and distributed over 100 track spikes to schools across three parishes in Jamaica and the West Indies. After graduating in 2016 in Global Studies, he now works as an International Business analyst for UPS Corporate, is on our Advisory Board and volunteers locally with different charities.
Greer Gafford (Class of 2010 - Cross-Country and Track) - Greer was a four-year veteran in both cross-country and track. In cross-country, she advanced to state every season whether as a team or as an individual. She was captain her junior and senior seasons and placed 11th in the state in 2009. On the track, she was the 2009 state champion in the 3,200-meter run and was third in the same event two years earlier. As a senior, she finished second in Georgia in the 1,600. Track captain her last two years, she was also a member of the 5th-place 4 X 400-relay team. Academically, she was in the National Honor Society her junior and senior years and also played in the orchestra. Moving on to run four years at Georgia, she won the War Eagle Invitational with a personal record time of 17:45, and was on the SEC honor roll all four years. She is currently finishing her last year of vet school at Georgia after attending St. Georgia’s three years prior. She lives in Athens and plans to graduate in 2019.
Travis Stout (Class of 2011 – Baseball) - Travis (2011) starred as a pitcher both at HIES and later at Jacksonville State University. He remains an ambassador for Golden Bear baseball, often giving lessons as well as recently arranging the 10-year reunion of the 2007 state championship. At HI, he compiled impressive ERAs of 2.52, 3.16 and 1.83 in his three years here, while batting .344 and .425, respectively. As a senior, he scored 31 runs, drove in 33, hit three homers and had a .492 on-base percentage. In college, he was named 2015 Preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Second Team All-American, while helping his team win the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Championships, where he was named MVP in the process. He still holds season records in ERA, is 1st, 4th and 5th in saves, is the career record saves holder, is 5thall-time in career saves in NCAA Division 1, and was named to the NECBL All-Star team. He later pitched for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He currently lives in Atlanta.
Peter Allen - Class of 2010 (Football) Throughout his career at Holy Innocents’, Peter Allen was known for his physical play on both sides of the football. He was a 3-year starter at safety, but was also frequently used as a running back where he made an impact. He was 1st team All-Region both his junior and senior years. As a senior, Mr. Allen was also named 1st team All-State. His play in 2009 was a major factor in HI winning the region championship and making it to the state playoff quarterfinals. He is currently the career leader in tackles and interceptions. He played one year of college football at Hampton-Sydney College. U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class, Peter Allen, is a crew chief on F-16s. He is stationed at Shaw Air Force Base and is awaiting his deployment to Afghanistan in 2018.
Lee Davis - Class of 2012 (Wrestling) Lee is one of the top wrestlers in Holy Innocents’ history – he was a four-year veteran with a career record of 138 wins and 22 losses, good for second all time. A three-year team captain, he won one state title and placed in state his other three years. He was also a football star at HI – he is currently 8th in career rushing, 10th in career tackles and was named All-State and All-Region in 2011. After graduation, he played football for a year at Mercer before transferring to North Carolina State, where he wrestled for four years. He earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and Most Outstanding Wrestler his senior year. He lives in Raleigh, NC and works at Johnston County Emergency Medical Services and with Wrestling Mindset. He continues to wrestle and train at the Olympic Regional Training Center, aspiring to make a senior level World and Olympic team.
Whitney Pfohl - Class of 2012 (Cheerleading) Whitney was in our cheer program from 2008- 20012 and was one of the captains for the JV football squad in 2009. She was named All American in the summer of 2011 at UCA cheer camp, while also qualifying for regionals as well. As a competitive cheerleader in high school, she cheered level 5 for the Stingrays Smoke Competition squad in 2011. She also earned gymnastics success at level 8, 9 and 10, consistently earning bids in postseason. After graduation, Whitney cheered at Georgia, where she was a main base for one year and transformed into a co-ed flier for the remaining two years after a series of wrist surgeries. For all three years, she cheered for football, both basketball teams, gymnastics and volleyball. During her time at UGA, Whitney also managed to work part time at Georgia Elite Gymnastic Center as an instructor. Whitney is now at Georgia State University pursuing her masters’ degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is interning at Hirsch Academy as a counselor for autistic children. She continues to teach both cheer and gymnastics at The Peach Pit as a part time instructor.
Anne Yanda - Class of 2012 (Volleyball) Anne played volleyball all four years and was captain her last three. She was MVP in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and was on the all state and all area teams in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She remains on the all-time stat board in assists and kills. Off the court, Anne was involved in peer counseling, the judicial board, student ambassador, girl talk, FCA, the yearbook staff, Green Team and French Club. She was on the Dean’s list all 4 years of HS; and was on Homecoming court her senior year as well as being voted most likely to “Be in the Olympics” in a senior superlative. She went on to play volleyball at Iowa before transferring to Vanderbilt, where she graduated in 2016 with a nursing degree. She currently resides in Nashville, where she is in her second year earning her nurse practioner degree – specializing in adult acute care - to be completed in August of 2018.
Dylan Deal – Dylan graduated from HI in ‘97, where he played on the varsity baseball team all four years and was captain his last three. He remains among the top of the stat leaders as far as homers, RBI and average. After graduation, he continued his baseball career at Davidson College in North Carolina, where he saw plenty of action on the diamond. After graduation, he returned to HIES as Faculty member where he coached JV baseball & then took over the Varsity team. As head varsity baseball coach from ’06-’12, he coached team to the school’s first and only state championship in the spring ’07. He is currently the winningest coach in HIES history (153-61). He was also the head softball coach for a season. While on the faculty at HI, Dylan also spent time as the Senior Dean and taught in the religion department. Currently, he is the Upper School Director at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA.
Daniel Blaustein – Class of 2008 (baseball) Daniel was a three-year starting second baseman and relief pitcher for the varsity baseball program, where he helped lead HI to the Final Four as a sophomore, Class AA State Champions as a junior and quarterfinals his last year. As a senior captain, he was awarded the Matt Molen award and named AJC First Team All-State. He still ranks #6 on the all-time list for RBI’s in a career and top 10 for career batting average. In the classroom, Daniel was inducted into the National Honor Society and awarded the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, Certificate of Honorable Merit – Magna Cum Laude, for National Latin Examination, College Board AP Scholar Award, Mu Alpha Theta and Scholar Athlete Award He went on to play at Georgia State University, where he was named a two-time academic all-district student/athlete, held a position on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and earned honors for community service and mentorship programs. On the field, he started in 34 of his 110 games, had 46 hits, scored 31 runs, drove in 27 and had two homers.
Jamie Fleming - Class of 1996 (Swimming) Jamie started at HIES in 7thgrade and was the Valedictorian of the second graduating class in 1996. She received the Academic Award for having the highest GPA in almost every class, and also earned awards for leadership, scholastics, sportsmanship and was on Honor Roll all four years. In swimming, she was a part of the 200-meter relay team that finished fourth-in-state in 1996. She also helped HI take first in Class A, and eleventh in a field of 122 schools at state in 1998 against powerhouses such as Westminster, Chattahoochee, Parkview, Lovett, and Pace. She was the school’s first Academic All American. Jamie later attended Duke University, graduating cum laude in 2000 and earning four varsity letters in swimming. From 1998 to 2000, she was a member of a four, women record-setting medley relay teams, was a member of the ACC Honor Roll all four years of college, and captain of the Women’s Swim Team her senior year. She won the Coaches Award in 1997, and the MVP Award in 2000. Jamie continued her studies in Veterinary Medicine at Georgia, specializing in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She is now a veterinarian in Milwaukee; she married Tyler Klose - also a veterinarian.
Morgan Fleming - Class of 1998 (Swimming) Morgan attended HI from 6th through 12th grade, graduating in 1998. She excelled academically, making honor roll all-four years in high school while also being a member of the National Honor Society, and a Peer Leader. She was on the Swim Team from 1994-1998, where she was chosen MVP in 1995, 1996, and 1998. Her top finishes at state meets include a fourth in the 200-meter relay and fourth in the 100-breast. Morgan also was an Academic All American all four years of high school. After high school, she continued her swimming at the University of Georgia where she helped the Dawgs win an unprecedented three National Swimming Championships. Morgan was team captain her senior, was on the SEC Scholar Athlete Roll all four years, and competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials at Indianapolis. She graduated from UGA in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned a Master’s in Early Child Education in 2006. Morgan resides in Milwaukee, WI, and is a English Language Learners Specialist at Messmer Catholic Schools. She married David Klaus of Milwaukee.
Ron Green – Track and Field Coach (2003-2008) Coach Green started at Holy Innocents’ in 2003 and his effect on track and field program was immediate. During his tenure with the program, he coached seventeen state champs in events such as the long jump, 100, 200, 800, 1600 and 3200 meters. In 2004, he guided the team to HIES’s first and only State Track and Field Championship - the title came in Double AA (which is a stronger division for Track & Field) and the Bears also won the Region Championship this same year. This has only been done twice in school history. In both 2006 and 2007 the Girls Track program placed 3rd in the state. This past May, he was inducted in the Gwinnett County Track & Field Hall of Fame. In Gwinnett he coached a future NCAA champ and had another who participated in two Olympic games. Besides his legendary track accomplishments, Coach Green also spent many years as an assistant coach in the football program; he was on staff in the beginning years of the HIES program where he helped get the Bears off to winning ways early.
Lucie Bornholm – (Coach) Lucie was at HI for 35 years – in this time she coached 7th/8th grade girls’ basketball, Middle School track & field, 7th/8thgrade cheerleading, she co-started the cross country program and helped guide the Bears to region titles from 1994 through 1997. She also co-started JV track and field. She continued to coach cross country and track until she took a hiatus in 2000-2005 to raise her girls. Lucie later returned to be an assistant coach for Middle School cross country and continued until the fall of 2015. In the nine years since her return, the Middle School cross country team has won plenty of meets along with six straight state titles! If this isn’t enough, Lucie has had the privilege of coaching 25 of the 33 current HIES Wall of Fame members, not to mention the best runners in school history and several state champions. Lucie walked the athletic fields and the classrooms as one of the most legendary and loved faculty member/coaches in the history of Holy Innocents’. We all love Lucie!
Wills Aitkens – Class of 2010 (Baseball and Football): Wills was a four-year starter at running back for Coach Ryan Livezey and remains the all-time leader in rushing yards. Still second in career receiving yards, Wills was the first Golden Bear to gain 1000 yards in a season. He was team MVP in 2009, Region Player-of-the-Year and 1st Team All-State while being captain his senior season. While at HIES, Wills also was a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team where he helped lead Coach Dylan Deal’s squads to many postseason appearances as an outfielder. He was the leading base stealer and one of the leaders in hitting during his tenure. Wills attended the University of Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta where he is a mortgage broker for CBC National Bank.
Darius Bowling - Class of 2010 (Lacrosse): Darius was a four-year varsity veteran in lacrosse for Coach Mike Thornton while at HIES, where he was a two-time First-Team All-State defenseman as well as two-time High School All-American. He holds the school record for single game and career ground balls. After graduation, he was the only player selected from Georgia to compete in the National High School All-Star tournament in Orlando, FL; his selection was unanimous. Darius went on to compete for four years of Division 1 lacrosse at Ohio State, where he played long-stick midfield and earned substantial playing time. He often matched up against some of the best offensive players from the strongest lacrosse programs in the country while a Buckeye. Darius is employed as a buyer for Kloeckner Metals in Roswell, Ga.
Jack Farrell - Class of 2009 (Football): Jack started all four years as a tight end, where he still holds the all-time HIES record in receiving yards. He helped the team to a Sweet 16 finish in both 2008 and 2009. He was named 1st team All-Region in 2008 and was voted captain his senior year. Jack also served as member of Mu Alpha Theta and the Upper School band. He played collegiate football at Duke for three years until an injury ended his playing career. Upon graduation from Duke, Jack recently completed a two-year fellowship with the highly selective Venture for America program and is now back in Atlanta working for Pro Football focus.
Bentley Heyman - Class of 2008 (Baseball): Bentley was a four-year letterman and two-year captain for the HI baseball teams; he was captain of the 2007 state championship squad. Some of his many awards and records include best offensive and defensive player in 2007, two-time All-State and three-time All-Region. He still holds school records for highest career batting average and most hits. Off the field, he was involved in the men’s choir and was the lead actor in several plays. After receiving many scholarship offers, he went on to graduate from Wake Forest where he earned a BA in economics. He co-founded Siftit Inc., where he oversaw the building of revolutionary new technology products that serve restaurants. He has written three screenplays and has been a finalist in several competitions. Currently, he is preparing to produce and direct his first film beginning next month. He is also pursuing a Masters degree in fine arts in filmmaking at the State University of New York, where he has been admitted to the prestigious NYU Film School.
Kelly Moore - Class of 2009 (Soccer): Kelly was a four-year varsity performer on the HIES soccer team, earning many awards in the process. As a freshman, she was named All-Area First Team and Player of the Year and, as a junior, earned Most Valuable Defensive player for the Bears. She was team captain and MVP as a senior. In 2006, she helped lead the Lady Bears to a state championship where she still holds the single-season shutout record. She recorded 462 saves and also holds the mark for most saves in a season. As a member of the Tophat ’09 Gold club team out of Atlanta, she helped her squad to back-to-back state titles and a runner-up finish in 2008. Collegiately, Kelly logged valuable minutes as a backup keeper her freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Kelly is in graduate school at Mercer University - Atlanta pursuing a M.S. in clinical mental health counseling and is extremely excited to follow her passion in helping people.
Meg Yanda - Class of 2009 (Volleyball): Meg practically rewrote the volleyball record books during her tenure at HI. She was named to the All-State team (2008), the Senior All-Star team (2008), the All-Area Team (2006, 2007, 2008), and was team MVP twice. In Georgia, she is #6 all-time for individual season attack and #2 all-time for individual career attack. Some of her HIES records include #1 in single-match attack percentage; #3 in all-time total blocks; #2 for all time kills in a season; #1, #2, and #3 in a season for record attack percentage and #1 in a season for kills per game. Meg was also a great captain and student – she was a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, Student Council and Student Ambassadors. After high school, she went on to play volleyball at UNC for three years, ultimately having to stop due to a knee injury She majored in journalism and currently lives in Raleigh, NC where she works for Red Hat.
Sean Aiken – Class of 2008 (Baseball): While at HI, Sean played 4 years of varsity baseball. He had a career batting average of .356 and batted .452 during playoffs in 2007 when HI won the state championship. Sean was named All-Area as a catcher in 2008 and helped lead the team to a Region Championship and Final 4 in 2006, State Championship in 2007 and Elite 8 in 2008. Sean was a member of NHS, Class President for two years, Executive Board Vice President for one year, Leadership Board President for one year, Judicial Board Member for one year and a Student Guide for four years. Sean continued his baseball career at William and Mary where he was named a captain for 2 years. He was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council Member and was awarded the Tribe Griffin Award - Awarded to the athlete who best embodies the true W&M student athlete. Sean is currently a baseball community coach for HI and will enter Dental School at the University of Louisville in the fall of 2014.
Greg Hubbard – Class of 2001 (Golf): Greg was a scratch golfer during his career and a team captain his senior year. He led the team to their first ever Region Championship and 5th place in state finish, highest finish to date. Greg was well known for his hard work. He went on to play college golf as well and is now the director of regional and national tournaments for US Kids Golf.
Erin Johnson – Class of 2000 (Girls Tennis): Erin had an extensive career at #1 singles plus serving as captain her senior year when the team finished in the Elite 8. Erin was also a member of the Cross Country team her senior year. Erin was and Honor Roll student her last three years at HI. Erin attended HI from 1997-2000. She then went on to play 4 years at Western Carolina University.
Davis Lukens – Class of 2008 (Boys Lacrosse): While at HI, Davis played four seasons of varsity lacrosse. Unofficially (because there are only two year's scorebooks to verify statistics), Davis scored a total of 223 goals and added 82 assists for a total of 305 points. As a senior, he scored 65 goals, a single season record, and had 29 assists for a season record 94 points. He was team captain his senior year and was named first team All-State as well as All-American in both his junior and senior seasons. Davis was HI's first All American lacrosse player. After graduation, Davis played four seasons of varsity lacrosse at Denison University. He was a starting midfielder for the Big Red and was named top newcomer in the conference as a freshman. Davis led Denison into the DIII playoffs as a senior and was named an All American that season. As a senior, he was named first team All North Coast Athletic Conference midfielder. That same year, he won the NCAC sportsmanship award. During his career at Denison, Davis scored 66 goals and 36 assists for a total of 102 points.
Travis Canby – Class of 2000 (Boys Basketball). As a three-year letter winner at Holy Innocents’ he led the Bears to a Class A State Final Four finish both as a junior and as a senior. Travis established himself as a strong inside player for the Bears at both ends of the court and his contributions were instrumental in the team’s successes. Travis led the Bears in rebounding and blocked shots. He also finished second on the team in scoring and steals. During his Senior HI season, Travis earned Honorable Mention All-Fulton County and selection to the North Fulton Second-Team. After HI, Travis continued to play for 4 years at Kansas State. Travis currently works in the medical field as a medical device representative and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Ben Cornwell – Class of 2007 (Baseball). Ben was a starting pitcher for the 2007 State Champions team and is currently number one in career statistics for innings pitched at 226 innings, strike outs at 302 and strike out average per game at 9.35. In addition Ben pitched a perfect game in the Final 4 game of 2007 and ended his career with a 26-10 record. According to his coaches, Ben was absolutely instrumental in the team going to the Final 4 in 2006 and winning the state championship in 2007. Ben earned 2007 AA Player of the Year honors from the Georgia Dugout Club. Following his career at HI, Ben continued to play for Virginia Tech, the University of Georgia and in the Minor League for the Seattle Mariners. Ben currently works as Assistant VP Commercial Banking with BB&T and resides in Dallas, Tx.
Haley Kolff – Class of 2007 (Cross Country and Track and Field). Haley finished her career amassing a total of 9 State Championships over her four years. In 2003-2004, Haley was the state cross country champion and both the 1600m and 3200m state champion. In 2005, she won both the 1600m and 3200m state championships and in both 2006 and 2007, she was the state champion in both the 800m and 1600m. Haley currently holds more state championships than any other athlete at HI. Haley was also a member of the 2006 State Championship Soccer team. After HI, Haley continued running at Vanderbilt University. She currently works in marketing for the Atlanta Braves and resides here in Atlanta.
Jack Templeton – Class of 2007 (Wrestling). As a senior and wrestling in the 130 lb weight class, Jack became the first ever HI wrestler to win a state championship. Jack was a 4-year varsity starter, 4-year state qualifier and 3-time area champion. Jack finished his career with at 159-22 record, with 14 of those losses in the 9th grade. His record as a senior was 54-1. Jack was an Academic All-American his junior year, 2006 Academic Wrestler of the Year for the North Fulton Prep Club and 2007 AJC North Fulton Wrestler of the Year. Jack graduated from Davidson College in 2011, resides in Atlanta and works as a Customer Service and Logistics Agent for Panalpina.
Michael Griffin – Class of 2000 (Boys Basketball) Michael averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He led the team to back-to-back Final Four appearances and the team won 20 or more games all four years of his HI career. He was named to the All-Fulton Team as a junior and senior. Michael was a Peer Counselor, a member of the HI Orchestra, Spanish Club, Math Club, a member of the Cross-County Team, and a frequent Atlanta Food Bank Volunteer. He was an Alpha-Omega attending HI from 1986-2000. Michael went on to play at the University of Missouri for 2 years.
Stacy Maxwell – Class of 2004 (Girls Soccer) Stacy held the record for single season assists and was second for single season goals. She was all-time leader in goals, assists and over all scoring. I’m sure Caroline Simpson passed her, but no one passed her in effort and heart. Truly the hardest working, most dedicated player (male or female) that I have every coached in 18 years. Give me one Stacy Maxwell and any other 10 players and I will take on any team you throw at me. She was that good and made her teammates better. She made me a better coach every day.
Marshall Tyler - Class of 1995 (Boys Soccer) Marshall was a four-year starter and goalkeeper. At one time was the all-time shutout leader, led the team to its first ever State Championship, went on to play at Davidson College. Marshall was also a standout on the baseball team.
Joey Vitale – Class of 2006 (Baseball) Joey was a career .402 hitter, 1st all-time in hits, 2nd all-time in HR, 2nd all-time for runs, 1st all-time for 3Bs, 2nd all-time in SBs, and 5th all-time for RBI. Led the Bears to their first ever Final Four appearance his senior year. Went on to play at College of Charleston. Was a tireless worker and gracious teammate. He was a 5-tool player: hit for average, hit for power, had speed, a great glove, and a canon for an arm.
Christy Brown – Class of 2005 (Basketball & Track) Christy is one of the most decorated athletes in HI history. Her Basketball career is highlighted by earning a 4 year varsity letter, First Team All-State selection her senior year, Second Team All-State selection her junior year, North/South Player of the Year junior year, AAU 16 and under All-American, McDonalds and WBCA High School All American Nominee, scored over 1500 points in her career, and Region Player of the Year senior. Her former coach Liz Kennedy states “She grew into a true leader earning the respect of not only her teammates, but all the younger players as well. As a 5 time state champion in track, she was a one woman show on the court. She was unguardable. By the time she was a junior she was scoring 24 pts per game in the post season. “ Her Track career is equally impressive. She was State Champion in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump during her junior year and repeated again in her senior year, as well as setting a new state record in the Long Jump. Christy was a member of FCA, Spirit Club, Service Club, and was the Margret Kaminer Scholarship Award winner her Sophomore year. Christy attended HI from 2001-2005. She then went on to play 5 years (red shirted) of basketball at Clemson University.
Katie Downs – Class of 2005 (Volleyball) Katie was a 4-year starter and led the teams to a combined 116-55 record, qualifying for the state tournament all four years. In 2003 the team advanced to the Elite 8 and 2004 they advanced to the Final Four. Katie was a 3-time MVP, named to the All-Area Team in her junior and senior year. She was the HI first player to be named to the All-State team and well as the Senior All-Star Team. She is currently #1 all-time leader in Aces in a Career and Aces Per Game in a Career; #1 all-time leader in Aces and Aces Per Game in a Season, #2 all-time leader in Total Digs in a Career, #3 all-time leader in Total Kills in a Career and Kills Per Game in a Career, #6 all-time leader in Attack Percentage in a Career, and many other single match and season records. Katie was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council President her senior year, Executive board Secretary her senior year, Student Council Secretary her sophomore year, member of the Math Club, Spirit Club, Latin Club, and student tour guide. She attended HI from 1999-2005. After HI, Katie went on to play volleyball at Emory University for 2 years. In addition, she often returned to HI to coach summer camp and club volleyball.
Javier Roman – Class of 1995 (Soccer) Javier was a 4-year team captain and led the team in scoring for 3 years.. He led the team to the first ever State Championship and is 3rd in the all-time scoring records at HI. Javier was also on the Baseball team his freshman and junior year, a member of the Standards Committee and Chapel Committee, and a member of the Service Club for 3 years. He attended HI from 1991-1995. Javier went on to play at Presbyterian College. Javier returned to HI as a community coach for several seasons after graduating college.
Stacy Vazhenin – Class of 2002 (Swimming) Stacy was a 2001 State Champion and record holder in the 100 yard backstroke and second in the 200 IM. Stacy was a member of the US Junior National Team in 2000, finishing 6th in the 200m back and was on the winning 400m medley relay. She was on honor roll her freshman, sophomore and senior years ... She was 15th in the 200m back at the 2001 Summer Nationals ... She competed for the Russian National team in 2002 at the Short Course World Championships (held in Moscow) and with the Russian junior team in 2000. At the 2002 Short Course Worlds, she was 14th in the 200m back (2:12.68). She was a member of the Cross Country team her junior year, a member of the Spanish Club and Outdoor Club, as well as being an Honor Roll student 3 of 4 years. Stacy attended HI from 1994-2002. Stacy went on to swim at the University of Southern California for 4 years.
Patrick Butkus - Class of 2004 (Lacrosse) Patrick led the team in ground balls, assists and total points in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He was named captain his junior and senior year. He made 2nd team All-State as a freshman and 1st team All State in his 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. Patrick represented Georgia in the US Lacrosse Senior Showcase All-Star game in St. Louis in 2004.
Jenna Downey - Class of 2004 (Cross Country and Track) Jenna was the first state champion in school history for Cross Country in 2001. In 2002, she came in 2nd in the state in the 3200 meter run and 4th in state in the 1600 meter run. During her junior year, Jenna finished 2nd in the state for Cross Country and 2nd in the 3200 meter run. For her senior year, Jenna ended her career with a 2nd place finish in the 3200 meter run and 3rd in state in the 1600 meter run. Jenna was the first true cross country and track athlete at HIES. She went on to star at the University of Richmond.
Gordon Silvera - Class of 2004 (Soccer) Gordon holds the school record for most goals (77) and most assists (44) in school history. He led the team that won the Fall State Championship is 2001. He started every game for 4 years. Former Head Coach Craig Savage said of Gordon, “He was the most talented and hardest working player the program had ever seen. Gordon was a team captain, an honor student and one of the most respected kids in the school by his peers and faculty. He’s a one in a million kid.” Gordon went on the play soccer his freshman year at Dartmouth College before switching to Rugby for the last three years of college.
Wynter Whitley - Class of 2001(Basketball) Wynter is probably one of the most decorated athletes to ever come out of Holy Innocents’. She finished her high school career with 2600+ points, 1000+ rebounds and 500+ assists. She reached the 1000 point mark in the middle of her sophomore year. She lead the team to a State Championship in 1999 as a sophomore. Wynter was named the #5 player in the Country by Sporting News her senior year and by USA Today as the #3 player in the Country both her junior and senior years. She was the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year and a Parade All-American in 2001. Wynter went on to star at Duke University where she was named to the All-ACC Freshman team and a member of two Final Four and three consecutive ACC Tournament Champion teams. After college, Wynter played professionally in both Europe and South America.
J. Bart Miller - (Board of Trustees from 1999-2006) Bart was Chair of the Co-Curricular Committee that helped establish specific guidelines for Athletics in 1999. In addition he was the Board Chair who served on the Football Feasibility Study in 2002 and was instrumental in leading the way for the addition of football here at Holy Innocents’. Bart also worked with the neighborhood associations to insure approvals for the South Campus and Gym expansion in addition to the new school master plan. Bart was a member of the Holy Innocents’ Football Founders Club. He has been active in the George West Mental Health Foundation as a Board of Trustees member as well as an active parish member at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Bart has been nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Baylor School in Tennessee.
Willow Russell– Class of 1996 (Basketball) Willow scored over 1000 points in her career at HIES from her center position. She was an All-State performer and starter on the first-ever region champion team under Coach Buster Brown and a star and starter on the first Final Four team in school history. Willow led the Bears throughout her high school career (92-96) in scoring and rebounding all four years She attended Western Carolina with a full-ride scholarship. She went on to score over 1,000 points in college; often finished in the top-10 in her conference in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Jill Neumann Edwards - Class of 1996 (Basketball) Jill was a four-year starter at guard for Coach Buster Brown. She scored over 1,000 points for the Bears, was an All-State performer and starter on the first region championship team and first Final-Four squad. Neumann broke all HIES record with most 3 pointers and best 3- point field goal percentage. She signed a full-ride scholarship to Presbyterian College, where she was captain of the team. She holds the record for most 3’s for the SAC Tournament and was the MVP in several collegiate tournaments. She was freshman of the year in 1997 and was All-Conference in 2000.
Emanuel Mathis – Class of 1998 (Basketball) Emanuel averaged more than 27 points per game as a senior and scored 1,601 career points. Totaling more than 600 rebounds, he was named 1st-team All-State, was the 1998 6A Player of the Year, the runner-up State player of the year and was on the Atlanta Tip-off Club Metro Team of the year. He signed with FSU after graduation where he played for two years before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University. In Virginia, he averaged 11 points and four rebounds per contest and was the team captain for two, 20-win seasons. He was also named to the 1st team All-Academic team as a senior
Chad Carlson – Class of 1997 (Tennis) Chad was the captain of the 1996 HIES state-champion tennis team – the only state title squad in school history. Playing the top-singles position, he was also ranked #1 as a junior in the entire state. He was ranked in the top-10 and as high as No. 2 as a USA junior for three straight years, and was also the leading scorer for the 1996 Golden Bear soccer team. Carlson went on to star at the University of Georgia. He was a member of the 1999 NCAA national champion squad, was named All-SEC in singles and doubles, was a member of the USTA College national team and captain of the 2001 NCAA champion men’s team. Carlson’s win was the decisive match to clinch the title. Carlson played on the pro tour and was on the USTA professional rookie team and won two pro tournaments.
Lauren Schwarz – Class of 1996 (Softball) Lauren is as one of the best softball players in school history. She was a three-time MVP, captain, the AJC Player of the Week, was named First-Team All-State and once stole six bases in one game. She played in the North/South All-Star game in Valdosta, GA. Besides softball; she also earned the Coach’s Award in swimming as a sophomore and was named Best Offensive Player on her JV hoops squad in ’92. Schwarz went on to star at Georgia Tech in softball. She played in every game and started all but one. She was the 1998 stolen base leader in the ACC, started in center field, was named the ACC Player of the Week, and was named the GT student athlete of the week. She earned the Tech Scholar Award for having the highest GPA and earned various conference Honor Roll awards.
Buster Brown – (Varsity Basketball Coach) Buster earned his 300th win while at HIES and led the Golden Bears to its only state title in 1999. In 32 years as coach, his record is 482-256, has 12, 20-plus win seasons and one 30-win campaign. He had 16 teams qualify for the state tournament – including 6 and counting at his current school – Lakeview. He has seven region titles, 10 sub region championships, four Final Fours and a state-finalist year to go with his title. He has earned Coach of the Year honors 10 times.
Robert “Red” Smith – (Cross Country and Track Coach, 1996- 2006) Red guided HIES to a girls state track championship and a runner-up slot in cross-country during his tenure. Some of his stars included state champions Haley Kolff and Jenna Downey. Also founder of the Red Runners, Smith coached more than 3,000 runners, more than 600 country champions, 300 state champions and 50 national champions. He also had 10 national cross-country champions. Smith attended Georgia Tech where he was a member of both the cross-country and track teams after earning all-state honors in both at the Atlanta Boys’ High School. In 2004, the Atlanta Track Club presented him with its Coach of the Year award for his tireless work. Smith passed away Feb. 24th, 2008 after a long bout with Parkinson’s disease.