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From A One-Room School To The Athletic Field / U.Va. Alumna Watches Granddaughter Make Strides

May 7, 2003 -- After graduating from U.Va.’s education school in 1933, Nancy Apperson (now Liady) began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse near Batesville with 54 children ranging from first- to seventh-graders.

Attending this year’s Final Exercises, she’ll watch granddaughter Stephanie Lynch walk down the Lawn to receive a Curry School degree. But Lynch, who concentrated on athletic training and is graduating in three years, is not exactly following in her grandmother’s footsteps.

“I’m just glad I’ll be able to watch her graduate,” 90-year-old Liady said of Lynch, who is one of her six grandchildren.

Despite their different paths in life, Lynch says her grandmother influenced her by example. So did her mother, Anne Liady Lynch, who attended Mary Washington College because U.Va. wasn’t fully coeducational when she entered college. From her mother and grandmother, Stephanie said, she learned to believe in herself and that she could do whatever she set out to do.

That confidence has served her well in a field dominated by men. Stephanie will be a graduate student and teaching assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall in exercise and sports science. She recently was awarded the Max Crowder ACC Scholarship, given to an outstanding student athletic trainer.

Liady grew up in Yancey Mills, west of Charlottesville, and first went to the College of William and Mary. When her younger sister decided to go to U.Va., Liady transferred so the two could commute together.

Not only the Curry School’s reputation but also fond memories of visiting her grandmother in the Charlottesville area brought Stephanie Lynch across the country from Arizona, where she grew up. Compared with Phoenix in July, Central Virginia was delightful, she recalled.

“They’re some of my favorite childhood memories, catching fireflies in a jar, and all that,” she said.

Lynch’s interest in athletic training began when she was in high school in Phoenix. With the school having only one certified athletic trainer for all the sports teams, Lynch was often on her own, aiding track and field athletes or the soccer team.

As a part-time job and as part of her major in sports medicine in the Curry School’s kinesiology program, Lynch has worked with lacrosse players and swimmers, and even the football team. She doesn’t know yet which athletic teams she’ll be assigned to at UNC, where she will also teach physical education classes to undergraduates.

Stephanie’s mother said, in her unbiased view, she thinks her daughter will be “an excellent teacher, just like her grandmother.”

Contact: Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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