For Myron Ripley ’86, thinking back on his years at St. Anne’s-Belfield School brings up many favorite memories. Taking part in Magnus Pepo (Great Pumpkin) productions for Latin Club at Halloween, the excitement of Madame Day, and all of the athletic teams he played on are just a few of them. Ripley also remembers how his daily experiences prepared him for his future.
“The School provided me the skill sets to communicate with people in a variety of ways,” he said. “The small class size made it important to be able to communicate verbally and at the same time become a strong listener. Also, there were numerous opportunities to write and that has played a huge role here at State Farm. At my business, we communicate with a multitude of constituents and without those skills developed at a young age, I wouldn’t have been prepared for my career.”
After graduating in 1986, Ripley went on to earn a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia. He began a career with State Farm Insurance after that and has never lost touch with the School.
“I am fortunate in that I have been able to serve the School in a number of capacities since graduating,” he said. “I have coached at the School continuously since 1987 in both Boys’ Soccer and Boys’ Lacrosse. Also, I served on the Alumni Council from 1990 to 2008 and the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2016. Those experiences were some of the most enjoyable and enriching times in my life.”
Looking back, Ripley remembers several notable educators as having an influence on him. Mrs. Ann Holland, Ms. Pam Malone, the Reverend George Conway, Mr. Mike Waylett, and Mr. Doug Tarring jump to mind.
“Not only were they great teachers, they taught me lessons that would serve me for the rest of my life. They treated me as an adult at an early age and made me raise the bar of my own expectations,” he remembered. “Sometimes when I was a student, I didn’t get what the point was, but now all these years later I totally get all the words of wisdom.”