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Two Teachers Awarded Faculty Discovery Grants in 2016

For the first time in the 12 years that the Board of Trustees has been awarding annual grants to faculty, there are not one but two Discovery Award winners for 2016: Margie Vaughan Snead ’85 and Wesley Hedgepeth.
For the first time in the 12 years that the Board of Trustees has been awarding annual grants to faculty, there are not one but two Discovery Award winners for 2016: Margie Vaughan Snead ’85 and Wesley Hedgepeth.
 
Snead was able to use her grant to travel internationally to support her daughter, Annie Snead ’16, as she trained and competed with the US Junior National Field Hockey Team. This May, the team trained for several days in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, and she and Annie then traveled to Frankfurt, Mainz and Heidelberg.
 
She described feeling very blessed to experience this moment, both as coach and as a mother. “As a coach I truly enjoyed watching the game played at an international level,” said Snead. “And as a mother, I was not ready for how much I would be affected by seeing my daughter stand on the pitch, wearing the red, white and blue, with the National Anthem playing over the speakers. It was truly amazing.”
 
Hedgepeth travels to South Africa this summer to explore history, visit extended family in Cape Town, and explore the possibility of beginning an exchange program with Hout Bay International School, an IB World School located in Cape Town.
 
“Teaching history is my profession because learning history is my greatest passion,” he said. “I've always wanted to go on a safari, to learn more about Nelson Mandela, to experience an African culture -- now I get that opportunity thanks to Trinity. On the safari I will get to see the Big Five: the African lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard, and the White/Black rhinoceros. I also plan on visiting the Robben Island prison cell where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years.”
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