List of 4 news stories.

  • Rotary Club Winners

    First thing Wednesday morning, three speech students headed to compete at the Hillcrest Rotary Club Four-Way Speech Contest. Lena DiPuccio ’20 took home the top prize for her speech arguing that the death penalty should be eliminated. Clara Morgan ’22 placed second with her speech on how people need to be careful not to fall into groupthink. Mollie Edmondson ’21 delivered a speech on how unfounded fears can lead to bigotry, which landed her a third-place prize.

    Each of the students had to apply the four-way rotary test, a method one can employ when making an ethical decision, in their speeches. Lena will be advancing to the next level of competition, which will be held over spring break.
  • Freshman Takes Home Honors at Model UN Conference

    Six students traveled to CWRU to represent Gilmour at the spring Model United Nations conference sponsored by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Nate Nootbaar '22 won Honorable Mention for representing South Africa on the Economic and Social Council. Other students participating included Jackson Sturtevant '21, Yujia Wu '22, Ian Anderson '22, Clara Morgan '22 and Zhangyang Xie '20.
  • Constitutional Law Students Get Up-Close Look at Government During Trip to D.C.

    Last week, 12 students from Mr. Lindley’s Constitutional Law class headed to Washington, D.C. to see government in action.

    On Monday, the group visited the office of the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer '66. The students were able to meet with senior officials who oversee our trade negotiations with China, Europe and the rest of the world. After that, they were off for a walking tour of the monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial.

    On Tuesday, they visited the Supreme Court, where the students were able to see oral arguments in person as the justices grappled with a question about criminal sentencing. After visiting the Court, the group walked across the street to the Capitol to meet Senator Rob Portman, where they were joined by a surprise guest - Vice President Mike Pence, who chatted with the students and posed for pictures. After that, they toured the US Capitol and watched the US House of Representatives debate the resolution regarding the president's emergency declaration. Tuesday evening's activities included a trip to see the Washington Capitols defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-2 in NHL action.

    On Wednesday, the group toured the White House and saw some of its beautiful spaces, including the East Room, the State Dining Room and the Blue Room. After, they walked over to the Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest Smithsonian museum.

    It was a fantastic trip for the 12 lucky seniors in attendance! The trip was made possible through the generosity of the the M and T Trust and Mr. Frank Potenziani.
  • Freshman at Yale Has Catalyst Research Published

    Ava Thomas '18 hit the ground running – literally – when she arrived at Yale this fall. She is a member of Yale’s Division I track team and intends to double major in economics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Ava says that her favorite parts of Yale are the opportunity to speak and work with professors who are leaders in their field or have received Nobel Prizes for their research; the rich history and tradition of the school, including the Beinecke Rare Books Library and the Yale University Art Gallery; practicing with top athletes from around the world on the track team; and the inspiration she feels from the conversations she has with her peers.
    Continuing what she started at Gilmour in the VECTOR program, where she completed both the Science & Medicine and the Business & Entrepreneurship strands, Ava is exploring potential career paths in medicine and business. Her current aspiration is in investment banking, specifically mergers and acquisitions, where her knowledge of both economics and biology would be beneficial for diversification in the field.
    While at Gilmour, Ava also participated in the Catalyst program, completing cancer research alongside Dr. Narla at CWRU. At the end of February, Ava was notified that the article she and the research team at CWRU wrote had been published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight.
    Ava said her work in Catalyst was one of the most academically rewarding experiences she had at Gilmour. She explained, “The Catalyst exposure to experimental methods and the ability to think critically and analyze data primed me for biology at Yale. I am a firm believer in the Catalyst program and would encourage those interested in STEM to be a part of the experience.”
    With a semester-and-a-half of college under her belt, Ava reflected on how Gilmour prepared her for this next step. “Catalyst, science and math courses, Spanish courses, Speech & Debate and Socratic seminars have all prepared me academically at Yale University. More broadly, Gilmour enabled me to develop the skills as an analytical thinker, innovative and resilient problem solver, and an empathetically engaged global citizen.”

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