Class of 2001

Jeremy Senterfitt

2000-2001, witness

Davidson College, B.A. in History


When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

Carl Gebo


What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

The most memorable moment was easily at the state competition.  One of my best friends was on the Paideia team and he cross-examined me.  Our fathers are also friends and both of them are lawyers so it was quite a fun moment to have two lawyer dads watching their sons do mock trial.

Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

Mock Trial was one of many experiences that helped me become a confident public speaker capable of thinking on my feet and reacting to different things as they happen.  I am now a teacher myself so those skills are extremely valuable.

Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? The classes, classmates and teacher, the other extra-curriculars and non-academic activities? 

I absolutely loved GHS.  Some of my best friends to this day are people I went to high school with.  I learned so much about myself and how to relate to other people.  There was so much unity in my class and in a world where we continue to struggle with issues of racism, I felt like our class was really an example of positive race relations.  To be perfectly honest, the classes don't really stick out that much but I loved doing GNN and have some great memories of Riki Bolster and Thad Roberts.  I also loved Larry McCurdy, Boon Boonyapat, Neil Block, Phil Mosier, Dianne Simmons, there were lots of great teachers.  I played soccer and while we weren't the most successful team, we had some great times on the field.  But the friendships I made were definitely the highlight and the thing I carry with me to this day.

What did you do after graduating from Grady? College, travel, work, etc.

After college I worked a few different jobs including catering, non-profit fundraising, and youth ministry.  I then decided to take a TEFL course and teach English overseas.  I left the US in 2009 and have spent the past 6 years teaching English around the globe.  I've lived in Sudan, Ethiopia, Peru, Cambodia, and now I am in Bangkok, Thailand.  

If you went to college or graduate school- please tell us where you went, the degrees you earned, and what you were looking for from your college experience and what you actually took from it? 

Davidson College - BA in History.  I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I thought a liberal arts education would be interesting and beneficial.  I loved Davidson and my studies sparked an interest in history.  I learned a lot about hard work as academically it was much more challenging than Grady.  I made lots of great friends and had a lot of fun.  I also studied abroad in Greece my junior and that definitely got me interested in living and working abroad.

If you have finished with your formal education, please let us know what you've done since? Career? Family? Social or Political or Community or Religious Involvement?

I think I answered this in a previous question.  I'm still single so no kids of my own.  I love teaching English and plan on continuing this as a career.  As of right now I plan to return to Ethiopia next year and perhaps try to start my own language school, but we'll see what happens.

What are some experiences that have helped you get where you are today?

There are so many!  Grady opened my eyes to living and interacting with people from different backgrounds.  Church mission trips exposed me to different countries and the importance of service and helping others.  My travels have opened my eyes to the world and I love learning about different cultures and the history of different countries.  The world is a huge place and I want to see as much of it as I can before I die.


Any advice or words of wisdom that you have for current  Grady Mock Trial Team Members or more recent alumni?

Find something that you love and pursue it.  It doesn't matter what it is, everybody needs passion in their life.  As for a job, try to figure out where your skills and interests intersect and make a career out of it.  Earning money is important, but it's not the most important thing.  It's super cliche, but I firmly believe it: work to live, don't live to work.

Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Yes, I'm always happy to speak with people.  I suppose my area of expertise would be living abroad, studying abroad and working abroad.  I can definitely help out anybody interesting in teaching English overseas.

To contact Jeremy please email him at jeremysenterfitt@gmail.com.



Emily Breite

2001-1999, attorney 

Harvard University and Middleburg College B.A. in History and Literature


When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

champions!


What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

Competing at the national competition in South Carolina.


What did you do after graduating from Grady? College, travel, work, etc.

Studied History and Literature at Harvard University, English Literature at Middleburg College. 

Worked at a tech start-up in Washington, DC.

Now am a leader in an independent school.


Worked at a tech start-up in Washington, DC.

Now am a leader in an independent school.


If you went to college or graduate school- please tell us where you went, the degrees you earned, and what you were looking for from your college experience and what you actually took from it? 

Studied History and Literature at Harvard University, English Literature at Middleburg College. 

Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Yes

To Contact Emily please email her at ebreite@mountvernonschool.org