Sarah 'Sally' Colhoun Engram was a two-sport athlete at Salem Academy during the early years of organized sports at the school. In the mid-1970s, soon after Title IX and before girls’ schools were in a conference, Salem Academy competed against other independent schools on the weekends and in invitational tournaments. Engram lettered three years in varsity tennis and two years in varsity basketball, playing most of the sports that were offered at that time. She was a member of the Salem Academy Athletic Council and the Quill Pen staff, was elected vice president of the senior class and served as a Commencement Marshal during her junior year- a significant honor based on grades and senior class recognition.
After graduation from Salem Academy in 1975, Engram attended Sweet Briar College where she played varsity tennis both her freshman and sophomore years. She was named tennis team captain during her sophomore year at Sweet Briar. In 1977, she transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she competed on the JV tennis team and later received a BA degree in political science. Engram has devoted herself to giving back to the community through volunteering with various organizations, including work with ALTA tennis in Atlanta and the USTA in Winston-Salem by serving as a coach and player.
Engram also has served in other various volunteering capacities including the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, Winston-Salem Tennis Inc./ Young Folks Tennis, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Backpack Program volunteer through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Food Bank, Summer Enrichment Board, two term Vestry member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, serving as both Junior Warden of the Vestry and Senior Warden of the Vestry and an Augustine Tutor (now READWS).
Engram came full circle in 2005 when she returned to her alma mater Salem Academy to coach the junior varsity tennis team. She also teaches a spring tennis clinic for the Salem Academy students, teaches tennis at Salem Sports Camp for Kids and has taught the Salem Community Course as a tennis instructor. She is married to Jonathan Engram, and they have two married sons, Hewitt (Caroline) and Hamilton (Kate), and three grandchildren.