Roycemore Alum Spotlight - Agnes Kolbeck '08

Roycemore Alum Agnes KolbeckAgnes Kolbeck (née Robin Mahung) is currently living in Lexington, Kentucky, and is Program Director for the Lexington chapter of Youth Advocate Programs - a non-profit agency that works with high risk youth and families around the U.S. and abroad. After leaving Roycemore, she attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and studied Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Social Work. Immediately upon graduation, she began her Masters program in Children's Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, completing her thesis on Restorative Justice in 2014. Outside of her work at Youth Advocate Programs, Agnes consults on restorative justice initiatives in both Kentucky and Illinois.

"Thinking back on my time at Roycemore, I most value how my teachers were collaborators in my education. They didn't tell me what to do or how to do it - they sought out my strengths and used them to help me excel. My experience in expecting and advocating for teamwork from those in leadership roles has served me far beyond my years at Roycemore and presented me with opportunities that my peers have missed out on - both academically and professionally. I think more impersonal school settings can sometimes discourage students from asking 'why' and digging deeper in ways that Roycemore definitely encouraged me to do. Every day, I came to school knowing my teachers wanted to hear MY voice and cared about my experience. To this day, I use this model on how to inspire my staff and the youth we serve to participate in and take ownership of their work."

Did you know?

Roycemore first opened its doors on October 6, 1915. Our founding Head of School, Julia Henry, named the school after her beloved grandfather, Andrew Royce. Roycemore’s mascot, the Griffin, has represented the school since day one, and its motto Fortis et Prudens Simul loosely translates “strength and wisdom come from careful judgement,” and also came from the Royce family.

Our Palio tradition reaches back to 1920 when students first demonstrated their physical education, athletic and dance skills. Each class will proudly present its banner, which they carry throughout their time at Roycemore, and in 12th grade, pass it on to the students of Kindergarten.

Do you remember your class banner? Save the date for this year’s Palio on March 16, 2018!

Milestone Reunions

Planning a reunion? Would you like to include a tour of the new school or see what the old building holds today? We can help and we would love to see you. Contact Sara Keely McGuire at 847-866-6055 or

In the academic year 2017–2018, many milestone reunions are possible, including:

50 years – 1967 or 1968
40 years – 1977 or 1978
25 years – 1992 or 1993
20 years – 1997 or 1998

Even if you are not celebrating a milestone, Roycemore is always glad to hear from Griffins! We would love to help you find ways to stay connected to your classmates and Roycemore.