List of 10 news stories.

  • Lower School Teacher One of 16 Selected for Fulbright-Hayes Program in Uruguay

    Ms. McQuiston landed at Hopkins International Airport on Sunday, August 11 after three-plus weeks in Uruguay. She was in Our Lady Chapel Chapel by 8 a.m. the next morning ready to share her adventure with her colleagues at the first day of faculty meetings. She brings that same enthusiasm to her Spanish classroom, where, throughout the year, her students will learn more about the Uruguayan culture. Her fifth-grade students will even have a chance to participate in an interdisciplinary unit on the Charrúa Indians, who were mostly exterminated by the first Uruguayan president; learn about a different aspect of Uruguayan culture each month; and participate in a communication exchange with a fifth-grade class in Uruguay.

    This incredible trip was made possible through the Fulbright-Hays program. Senator J. William Fulbright created the scholarship fund for international exchange between the United States and the nations of the world at the end of World War II.  His aim was "To bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship."

    Ms. McQuiston was one of only 16 teachers selected from a national pool for the opportunity to travel to Uruguay for three weeks as a Fulbright representative. During her stay, she had the opportunity to observe a number of Uruguayan teachers and meet with the country’s Secretary of Education to learn more about their education system, through which all schooling, including university-level, is free. She also learned more about the country’s sustainability initiatives, visiting a sustainable farm and one of the country’s dams. She was impressed to discover that Uruguay is powered by 98 percent sustainable energy, utilizing solar, wind and dam power. She had the unique opportunity to meet with some of the few descendants of the Charrúan tribe. Finally, Ms. McQuiston enjoyed experiencing the culture of Uruguay firsthand.

    Asked to describe her adventure, Ms. Quiston said, “The most amazing part of my experience was the opportunity to connect with the Uruguayan people - college professors, taxi drivers, primary and secondary teachers, store clerks, and students - and hear their stories and perspectives.”

    And now she’s excited to bring that experience into the classroom. She said, “My goal is to broaden students' understanding of the complexity and diversity of Latin America.  By learning about life, culture and language in other countries such as Uruguay, I hope that students will develop a desire to continue learning about and exploring other countries on their own.” She added, “We will explore surface culture, such as food, candombe drums, clothes, school calendar as well as deep culture examples, such as the concept of time and gestures.” She aims to bring all that saw, tasted and heard in this Latin American country to life for her students this year.
  • Another Catalyst Alum Becomes Published Author

    We were recently notified that another one of our Catalyst participants can now add “published author” to her resume. After sharing that Ava Thomas ’18 was published in a March issue of JCI, Catalyst director Dr. Goel now reports that Olivia Robida ’19 was published in the July issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

    Olivia worked alongside Dr. Horst von Recum in the department of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University for her Catalyst project. They explored naturally occurring Cyclodextrins as drug delivery vehicles since administering drugs locally rather than systemically is a common way to decrease side effects and drug toxicity while maximizing a treatment’s impact.

    At the end of the article, Dr. von Recum even gave Gilmour a special nod and thanked the school for allowing Olivia to participate in the research through the Catalyst program. She made her mark on the study and is now poised to make her mark at the University of Arizona, where she will begin her college career this fall.
  • Our Own Cleveland Hockey Legend

    We received some fantastic news this summer. Longtime Gilmour hockey coach John Malloy will be inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame! Throughout his storied coaching career, Coach Malloy has amassed an overall record of 798-421-50 for all levels and an overall Ohio high school record of 606-337-40. That’s a lot of games coached. But, he looks at the record and, instead of wins and losses, remembers the players. Coach Malloy is one of those people who leaves a lasting impression on his players, keeping in touch with many of them years after they played for him.

    Coach Malloy’s hockey story began in Cincinnati, where he grew up as the eighth of nine children. His father spent 12 years as a pro baseball player and was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds for five of those years. Malloy’s mom was a former field hockey player and worked at the Cincinnati Gardens, the city’s indoor ice arena. As such, the Malloy kids grew up skating. Malloy spent 11 years figure skating before making the switch to hockey at 15 and fell in love with the sport. Because there wasn’t much hockey in Cincinnati, he had to play on his brother’s team in an adult hockey league, which included several retired members of the Cincinnati Mohawks, the farm team for the Montreal Canadiens. They taught Malloy a great deal and, after high school, he attended the University of Cincinnati for two years while continuing to work on his game. The following year, he transferred to Miami University, where they were building a rink and launching a varsity program. He played there for four years, captaining the team from his freshman year on. The first two years, the team was still considered a club team, but Malloy’s junior and senior seasons, the team was a varsity team. He was consistently among the top five point earners throughout his tenure at Miami and still holds Miami records for single-season assists (52), points in a period (5), assists in a period (5) and assists in a game (6). 

    Coach Malloy transitioned from player to coach the following year, when he took on a graduate assistant role at Miami, taught classes and served as coach of the club team for the 1980-1981 season. He fell in love with coaching that year and, after graduating with his master’s in education, was offered a coaching and teaching position at Cleveland Heights High School. He taught PE and health and did eight years of high school drug and alcohol counseling. He coached the Cleveland Heights team from 1982-1996, amassing a 292-88-5 record that included a state runner-up finish in 1986 and a state championship in 1987.

    Next stop was Rocky River High School, where Malloy taught PE and coached from 1996-1998. His teams were 36-24-2 and won a Baron Cup 2 Championship.

    In 1998, Malloy arrived at Gilmour. He has overseen the ice arena, taught, 
    served as hockey director (including youth hockey), coached the prep team and, since 2004, has coached the Varsity A team. Today he has admission and advancement responsibilities as well.

    In 2011, Malloy was named News-Herald Hockey Coach of the Year. He had just led the team to its second Frozen Four appearance and had won the state championship in 2008. He was named Ohio Hockey Sportsman of the Year by the OHSAA. The prep hockey league named one of their divisions after him in recognition of his involvement in forming the first Midwest Prep Hockey league. He helped start Team Ohio, a senior all-star program, and was instrumental in changing the structure of the Cleveland high school hockey league into the divisions they use today. The intent was to create leagues based on ability, not region so that competition would be more equitable. This helped to grow hockey in the area as schools were willing to start teams because they could initially compete at a beginner level. 

    When Malloy arrived in Cleveland, there were 19 high schools with hockey programs. Today, that number is more than 40. Malloy also pushed for the creation of a separate league for the elite teams, resulting in the Great Lakes Hockey League, which includes almost all the top high school teams in the area.
    Today, Malloy stands just four wins away from becoming Ohio’s all-time winningest high school hockey coach. He is a proud member of both the Gilmour Academy Athletic Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Heights High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
    Coach Malloy has been married to his wife, Erin, since 1982. They have two children, J.T. ’04 and Jayne.
    While the wins and the accolades Malloy has compiled through the years are great, it’s the people with whom he has done it that he most remembers. He said, “It’s all the great relationships I have made with players, parents, fellow coaches and the many teachers and administrators and other staff over the years. It has and always will be about the people.” He continued, “I remember one of my early mentors telling me, ‘Someone is going to win and someone is going lose, but you can always treat each other with respect.’ I hope I have coached with that always in the forefront of my mind and actions.”
    Congratulations, Coach Malloy, on this well-deserved recognition! The induction will take place during the 2019 Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame ceremony on September 18 at Landerhaven.
    You can read more about Coach Malloy’s accomplishments in an article by Chris Lillstrung that appeared in The News-Herald.
  • Phase I Has Begun!

    Phase I of the Weber Stadium Renovation is officially underway! On June 6, the removal of the old turf began and, by the end of the day, it was completely stripped.

    When completed, this phase of the project will include:
    • New state-of-the-art turf and infill
    • New track pavement and all-weather surface
    • New long jump and pole vault areas with second long jump runway and pit
    • New goalposts
    • Lacrosse safety netting for the end zones
    • New flagpole
    • New sound system
    • New scoreboard
    • New fencing around the track
    • New team benches
    • Upgraded underground utilities for current and future use
    • Surfacing of the D-zones (currently natural grass) with artificial turf and pavement

    Construction will continue all summer with a projected completion date in time for the first home soccer and football games. Follow our progress live!

    We are grateful to the many donors who generously supported this project to make it possible for our teams to use the stadium this fall. Stay tuned for details on Phases II and III.
  • Reunion 2019 a Huge Hit!

    It was a wonderful weekend of friends, families and memories here on campus for Reunion Weekend 2019 on May 31-June 1! More than 275 alumni attended various events including the Family Fun Fest in Pender Circle, the Golden Lancer Breakfast for the Class of 1969, alumni games, campus tours and the Alumni Reunion Mass led by Fr. John Blazek ’58, C.S.C. The weekend’s festivities culminated on Saturday evening with all Reunion classes celebrating at the Head of School cocktail reception and roving dinner party featuring chef tasting stations. The new format brought a lot of buzz and excitement to campus and we hope that everyone had an amazing experience.

    Enjoy the 2019 Reunion Weekend pictures!
  • 2019 Summer Honduras Trip

    As Mr. Teisl once said, "Jesus, ¿como te puedo servir más?"

    We are excited to announce the 2019 Summer Honduras Trip from August 13-20. The remaining spots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your spot, please submit the $100 deposit to Mrs. Linda Wheeler in the Main Office, or mail to Gilmour Academy, ATTN: Martha Ligas/Eileen Pryatel, 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040.  
    WHEN: August 13 - 20, 2019
    COST: $1700
    PAYMENT: $100 deposit due with application, $800 due June 15, $800 due July 1. Please make all checks payable to HCRF. 
    AIRLINE: Delta thru Atlanta (If you would like to pay for your flight with points/miles, you may book your own ticket. Delta/United arrive 20 minutes apart on 8/13.)
    If you have any questions, please reach out to Martha Ligas at or Eileen Pryatel at
    This trip is so important to the Gilmour Academy family as it was Mr. Teisl's dream to open the Tiho Teisl Recreation Center. Two Honduras alums, Michael Ciuni '08 and Tom Newcomb (father of Corey '06 and Hannah '11 and father-in-law of Adam Lesko '05) created this video to share how special this place is. If you are unable to join us in Honduras this summer, please consider donating to the children of Nuevo Paraiso who, are particularly in need of children's clothes, shoes and vitamins. Any and all donations are appreciated! Please contact Martha Ligas or Eileen Pryatel to arrange a drop-off/pick-up. If you would like to donate monetarily please visit the Honduras Children's Rescue Fund website
  • Alum Provides Inside Look at “Other Side of the Rainbow” as Keynote Speaker for Rainbow Babies

    Kerry Doyle Christy '04 decided while at Gilmour that she would like to pursue a career in nursing. After a senior project shadowing doctors and nurse practitioners at University Hospitals, she headed to Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in 2008. She then moved back to Cleveland and started working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. After working for four years in the ICU, she decided to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Akron while continuing to work in the ICU.

    At the time, the University of Akron offered one of only seven dual certification programs in the country. Kerry graduated with her master’s in the science of nursing in both primary and acute care pediatrics and began working as a nurse practitioner with Rainbow’s pediatric surgery team, where she has been for the last seven years.

    Kerry and her husband, Tom Christy, welcomed their first child, Claire, in April 2015. It was in August 2017 that Kerry’s roles of mom and healthcare provider collided. Kerry was pregnant with her second child and was scheduled for a routine OB checkup.

    During the visit, the doctor became concerned with the baby’s heart rate and ordered more testing. Within an hour of arriving for her appointment, Kerry was whisked into an emergency c-section because the baby was in danger. There was no time to wait for her husband to arrive and, as she was being wheeled into the operating room, one of surgeons on her team arrived to accompany her into surgery. She awoke hours later to discover that she and Tom had a son and he was in the NICU, born six weeks early. 

    The next four weeks were a roller coaster of emotion as their son, whom they named Patrick, initially made progress, but then developed a serious complication. Throughout their stay, Kerry and Tom were overwhelmed by the care their family received and credit Patrick’s eventual recovery to the staff’s remarkable professionalism, attentiveness and personalized approach. She is quick to point out that that level of care was not because she works there, but rather, is the way every patient and family is treated.

    Today, Patrick is a healthy, BUSY almost 2-year-old. In her speech, Kerry said that her experience “on the other side of the Rainbow” as the mom of a patient changed her, ultimately making her a better nurse practitioner.
  • Don’t Miss Your Chance to See World-Class Musicians Right on Campus This Summer

    Once again, Gilmour will be home to the Encore Chamber Music Festival this summer. The festival, founded by world-renowned violinist Jinjoo Cho ‘06, brings the world’s most exceptional musicians to Cleveland to inspire, educate and innovate the art of engagement in music. You are invited to attend the summer concerts, which will take place from June 3-July 15 at Tudor House. You can purchase your tickets and see the concert schedule here.
  • 60 Years of Service to the Congregation of Holy Cross

    Last week at Convocation, we celebrated the 60th jubilees of Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. (left) and Br. Ken Kane, C.S.C. (right). They were also recognized at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Nelson Perez on April 27 honoring all the members of religious orders in the Diocese of Cleveland who were marking milestone anniversaries with their congregations. Congratulations to Br. Ken and Br. Robert for their extraordinary commitment to their vocations as Brothers and to the Congregation of Holy Cross!
  • Celebrating Lancer Legends

    As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, we pause to celebrate three incredible members of our faculty who are retiring after long and impactful careers at Gilmour. Congratulations to social studies instructor and yearbook editor Nickie Emerson, who began at Glen Oak in 1981 before moving to Gilmour after the merger in 1982; religion instructor Bob Beach, who arrived in 1991; and Middle School English teacher and former Middle School theater director Bonnie O’Leary, who started in 1999. We thank them for their dedicated service to Gilmour and wish them all the best in their next chapters!
    We also want to recognize the following faculty members who hit milestone anniversaries in their careers at Gilmour:
    5 Years of Service: Lindsay Chiellino, Mike Chiellino, Allison Hayes, Laura Kingsbury, James Niederst, Laura Novotney, Christian Palumbo, and Rhonda Rickelman
    10 Years of Service: Kristy Angelo, Diana Braun, Irene Gajewski, Adam Ludwig, Shandra O'Dell Lynne Sojda and Edward Turk
    15 Years of Service: Lynn Hammond, Dale Lozar, Mike McNeill and John Overman
    20 Years of Service: Bonnie O"Leary and Randi Russell
    25 Years of Service: Mary Merkel
    30 Years of Service: Nina Prusock
    40 Years of Service: Fr. John Blazek ’58, C.S.C.

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