2019

  • April

    Arizona Trip Filled with Service, Sunshine and Smiles

    During Spring Break, Gilmour students and faculty went on three service trips - to Arizona, to West Virginia and to Honduras. This week, we’re highlighting the Arizona trip.

    The group worked with students at St. John Vianney School in Goodyear, Ariz., a fellow Holy Cross school. They also volunteered at the parish’s food bank. After working a solid six-seven hours each day with school and parish initiatives, the group also enjoyed hiking, a Phoenix Suns game and a visit to the Indians training facility for a game. Enjoy these two videos put together by trip participants Anthony Savelieff '19 and Kaitlyn Littlejohn '19To view these videos, enter the password "gilmour."
  • Cum Laude Society Spring Induction

    On Tuesday, 15 seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society during a special ceremony in Convocation. To be considered for induction as a senior, students had to be in the top fifth of their class and have an honorable overall record. Congratulations to the following inductees: Abigail Bartlett '19, James Berner '19, Megan Brzozowski '19, Qiran Chen '19, Gabriel Gainar '19, Yuke Gan '19, Anne Greene '19, Dominic Joseph '19, Emma Kaplan '19, Rachel Karam '19, Patrick Kelley '19, Sophia Minello '19, Anthony Patrick '19, Luke Shepherd '19 and Ziming Zhao '19.
  • Gilmour Recognized with Service Award for Work with COAR Peace Mission, Inc.

    Over Spring Break, Gilmour was awarded the St. Romero Solidarity Award by COAR (Community of Oscar A. Romero) Peace Mission, Inc. for the language department’s remarkable commitment to supporting the COAR Children’s Village in El Salvador. The Children’s Village is home to 50-100 orphans in El Salvador and, in addition to shelter, provides food, education, healthcare and counseling. The organization’s goal is to provide these young people the support to lift them out of poverty and into a position where they can be future leaders in their families, their parishes and their communities. This is only possible through the support of sponsors and, each fall and spring since 2005, Gilmour Spanish students have translated letters written by the orphans living at the Children’s Village to their American sponsors. This critical work allowed US sponsors to hear the voice of the child that they are sponsoring.  

    The award was presented on March 23 at the organization’s annual benefit held at the Center for Pastoral Leadership.
  • Gilmour Takes Top Prizes at SAR Competition

    At the Sons of the American Revolution competition held on Wednesday, Gilmour had quite a showing. Despite a solid challenge from University School, Gilmour took the top three spots! Congratulations to the following winners:

    -Gabe Gainar '19 - 1st place
    -Riley Barrett '20 - 2nd place
    -Tim Diemer '19 - 3rd place
    -Zach Mangel '21 - Honorable Mention

    The Gilmour team also received recognition for its 35-year history with the competition and its stellar record, with multiple state and national winners.  

    Pictured left to right: Ms. Janis, Zach Mangel '21, Gabe Gainar '19, Tim Diemer '19 and Riley Barrett '20. 
  • Potenziani Symposium in Constitutional Law Brings Esteemed Judge to Campus

    Yesterday, students in the AP Government and Constitutional Law classes attended the eighth annual  Potenziani Symposium in Constitutional Law, which is provided through support from the M&T Trust. The symposium featured Judge Dominic Coletta, who spoke to the students about criminal justice and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  • The Advice Rang True the Second Time Around!

    You Get to Carnegie Hall through Practice, Practice, Practice…

    Carnegie Hall is just as impressive as they say it is and getting to play there a second time was as exhilarating as the first for Richard Jones '20.
     
    Having earned the chance to play again in the winner’s recital by American Protégé International competitions, the Carnegie Hall performance of “Valse” by Chopin capped off his 2019 Spring Break in grand style.
     
    Richard is grateful to all the people who helped him on his journey toward this goal. The support he received from the faculty, Chapel staff and students who listened to him practice countless times was invaluable. This includes the chance to practice on the Gilmour Academy Steinways. When he got to New York City, he had the pleasure of practicing in the experiential room at the Steinway store. He believes his access to the Steinways at Gilmour for practice helped him with his mastery of his music selection, which ultimately carried him to the stage at Carnegie Hall.

    The end result of all this practice, practice, practice? A chance to play on one of the most notable pianos of all, a Steinway, on one of the world’s most notable stages.
     
    Richard and his family shared their particular gratitude to Matthew P. Figgie '84, who had the vision for the Steinway program at Gilmour and provided the Steinways now housed around campus.
  • We are in the final sprint …

    at the two-minute warning … approaching the buzzer … In other words, time is running out to meet our April deadline to raise the necessary funds for our critical turf and track improvements to Weber Stadium. The good news is that we are getting closer to our goal. Thanks to the generosity of many loyal Lancers, we have raised over $1.3 million of the $1.5 million needed to fund Phase I!
     
    That is why we need your support more than ever. We need you to Join the Team! TODAY so that we can reach our goal and complete Phase I this summer.
     
    EVERY SINGLE GIFT MATTERS! Please support this effort in any way you can so that we can break the tape, cross the goal line, bury the ball in the back of the net … You get the idea. Let’s get the W! Make your gift today!
  • Hockey Alumni Gather in Vegas

    Seventeen GA alumni, family and friends gathered in Las Vegas this past weekend for the second hockey alumni road game. Friday saw the players in a very competitive best-of-seven Stanley Cup match. However, with each game going to four goals, it soon turned into a best-of-five match with the white team coming out on top in game five. 

    The alumni came to Las Vegas from Ohio, California, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan and Washington from classes ranging from 1962-2014. They all returned to see old friends and to share stories of their Gilmour Academy days.

    Friday night, the group met at one of Las Vegas' many restaurants where more stories were told and new friendships created. By the time the group headed back to the hotels for the evening, it was clear the weekend was going to be special.

    On Saturday, some members of the group stayed by the pool or shopped while others golfed. Dylan Tanous '04 made sure all were safe around the pool while Katelyn Seliskar '07 patrolled Las Vegas Boulevard. Head of School Kathy Kenny met up with a number of local alumni and Carl Fontana '62 spent time with his wife and his son, who had driven up from LA. Meanwhile, at the golf course Trevor Landgraf '10 showed off his golf skills, beating everyone with a score of 81 on a very tough course. Mike Mallak '14 and James Keller '99 played solid, but found themselves in the same lake on a critical hole. Meanwhile Coach Malloy was enjoying everyone’s stories, especially those of Pete Yonan '02 and Shahzad Khan '02.

    However, none of the old-time stories could top the best story of the weekend as Mike Wagner '06 got a call from his wife back in CO that their baby had decided to arrive five weeks early. He was able to be there virtually thanks to Facetime technology. With no flights available late Friday night, new dad Mike headed home Saturday morning to meet his new daughter, Maria Elizabeth! Mom and daughter are doing great.

    Saturday night, the group met at Gilley’s for a night of great food and conversations. Before the night was over, Trevor Landgraf announced that his family was going to host the next alumni road game in Denver, adding skiing to the mix of activities for the weekend!

  • Wellesley Senior Sophia Zupanc '15 Receives Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

    We recently received word that one of our young alumni – Sophia Zupanc '15 – has been selected by The Watson Foundation as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. The 41 college seniors selected hail from six countries and 18 states. Watson Foundation Executive Director Chris Kasabach said, “A record number of students initiated this year’s application process. The new class is remarkable. They reflect the diversity, imagination and cross-disciplinary nature of our next-generation leaders.” The fellowship will provide Sophia with $30,000 to sustain her travel and research project for one full calendar year outside of the US.

    Sophia’s project, titled “Dispatches From Death: Exploring How We Die” explores how the notions of death and dying are shaped by the culture, institutions and norms under which an individual lives. She will conduct her research by observing, interviewing and volunteering with people in communities whose death and dying rituals differ from those traditionally found in the US. Sophia will be working in Greece, India, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

    Sophia will graduate from Wellesley this May with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics. She says she always saw herself pursuing a Ph.D. in health policy (or something related) and becoming a professor, but now suspects her fellowship experience might lead her to something more clinically oriented rather than research-based.  

    Sophia credits her time at Gilmour and at Wellesley with leading her to this point. She’s particularly enjoyed her time at Wellesley due to the meaningful bonds she’s made with professors that have allowed her to pursue a curriculum specifically tailored to her interests. For example, she is currently writing a thesis in the economics department looking at how patient-clinician communication impacts ICU resource utilization in end-of-life scenarios while also completing an independent study in the sociology department on the phenomenology of illness.

    Reflecting on her time at Gilmour, Sophia said she is indebted to three faculty members, in particular. She credits Mrs. Janis with helping her find her voice and cultivating the confidence within her to use it. She is grateful to Mrs. Stockard for her “unwavering support of each and every one of my wonky ideas from my sophomore year of high school until now.“ Finally, she thanks Ms. Merkel for reminding her to always think critically of the world around me. Sophia also noted that “beyond the faculty, the Gilmour mission, ‘To develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society,’ has been a touchstone for me.”

    Safe travels, Sophia and we can’t wait to hear about your year abroad upon your return!
  • French Students Spend First Week in Cleveland

    The Gilmour community has loved welcoming our 24 French students and five teachers to campus this week. One particular highlight was the students’ presentation at Convocation on Wednesday about the differences between life in France and life in the U.S. Our guests will be here through April 13. Many thanks to the following Gilmour students and their families who have welcomed our French visitors into their homes: Dylan Wharton ’19, Victoria Dulzer ’22, Reese Fedele ’21, Nathan Nootbaar ’22, Nick Barone ’22, Taylor Markowski ’22, Cintia Kirjak ’20, Tyler Clark ’19, Connor Underwood ’22, Hadley Hairston ’21, Meghan Bhanoo ’22, Sophia Minello ’19, Jonathan Berkovich ’22, Robert Sullivan ’22, Hadley Hairston ’21, Lauren Hondlik ’22, Liam Ottaway ’21, Faith Smolik ’22, Sam Parmentier ’21, Sam Sullivan ’19 and Nate Griffith ’27. Thanks, too, to the additional students who are serving as daytime hosts for French students (since some families are hosting more than one student): Sophia Hammond ’22, Francesca Cappello ’20, Michael Tippen ’22, Jac Lymn ’20 and Harry Rogers ’22.
  • Mr. Overman Shares Experience with The Lance at Conference at Columbia

    Recognizing the success of The Lance in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) competition (the publication received a gold medal and journalist Zack Komoroski '19 earned an individual honorable mention in the Nonfiction Interview category), John Overman, moderator for The Lance, was invited to present at the CSPA’s conference over spring break. He spoke about the incredible benefits for students who publish online.

    He explained that young journalists can build an online portfolio for themselves that can showcase their skills and abilities. Here's an example of Kathy Jung's '18 portfolio she built during her time writing for The Lance. Any college board and future employer can easily access student work published online. He also talked about how online writing allows for hyperlinks that can be used to connect readers to related materials, including expert sources. He shared that students can reach the world through their communities when they publish online. Inviting his audience into The Lance, he used three articles as examples - one about Pinecrest written by Gracie Bujoll '19, one by Charlie Xie '20 about why everyone should participate in Model UN and one by Angela Liu '20 about the solutions that exist for climate change and global warming. Finally, he talked about how instructors can combine print and broadcast instruction by flipping the classroom, something he calls “Write by Night, Film by Day,” which allows his students to make daily use of our studio for news broadcasting. For articles, the planning, interviewing, drafting and finalizing for online print publication can happen outside of class. Mr. Overman explained to his audience that his ultimate hope is for all this to help our students tell the Gilmour story through student journalism.
  • Evans Scholar Awarded To Senior

    Congratulations to Michael Sullivan '19, who was awarded the Western Golf Association’s 2019 Chick Evans Scholarship for caddies – a four-year, full-tuition and housing scholarship - to Miami University-Oxford. The Evans Scholars Foundation is a very selective program and this is a tremendous accomplishment!
  • Incoming Freshman Already Living the Gilmour Mission

    Last week, incoming freshman Leah Callitsis, sister of Hallie Callitsis ’20, participated in the Youth Impact Forum at the Model UN in New York City with 18 high school students from around the world. During the experience, they learned skills in “social” entrepreneurship. Leah and a partner are developing a project in which they will partner with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to provide backpacks full of educational and hygiene supplies for refugee children entering the country in Cleveland. At the Forum, they were paired with a mentor, a legal industry specialist in London wtih experience in non-profit event planning and migrant integration, who will help them carry out this project. Although Leah and her partner were the youngest students at the Forum, they impressed the organizers with their preparation and how well they presented themselves.

    Leah is already living our Gilmour mission and we can’t wait til she arrives on campus this fall! Congratulations, Leah!
  • Join us for Br. Richard Keller Memorial Fish Fry

    Friday, April 5, 5-8 p.m., Commons

    Our Lady Chapel will host the return of Gilmour’s Lenten Fish Fry! Menu includes: gluten-free baked lemon/herbed cod (Brother Richard’s famous recipe!), breaded fried perch, GA homemade mac-n-cheese, jo-jo potatoes, side vegetable, New England clam chowder, cookies, soft-serve ice cream and beverages.

    Cost is just $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-12 (children 5 and under are free).  
    Take-out available until 7:30 p.m..   

    If you have any questions, please contact Patty Szaniszlo in the Chapel Office at (440) 473-3560 in the Chapel office. Join us for the best fish fry in town!
  • March

    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.”
  • Michigan Freshman Making Quite a Name for Herself

    What a year for former Lancer standout Naz Hillmon '18Her name has become quite familiar for Wolverine women’s basketball fans and, this week, she took home top honors when the Big Ten Conference women’s basketball honors were announced.

    Naz was voted First Team, All-Freshman Team and Sixth Player of the Year by Big Ten coaches and First Team and Freshman of the Year by the media.

    She was a six-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week and had stellar stats for the 2018-19 season.

    She has played in every game this season, helping Michigan to a 20-10 overall record. She recorded 208 rebounds, 8 blocks, 29 steals and 393 points in 680 minutes this season.

    We can't wait to see what Naz does in the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA Tournament in a few weeks!
  • Proud Showing at State Tournament

    This past weekend was the state competition for speech and debate and the Gilmour team members fared well! Congratulations to:
     
    Teeba Marlowe '21– 6th (Original Oratory)
    Sophia DiPuccio '19– 7th (Dramatic Interpretation)
    Emma Kaplan '19– 7th (Informative Speaking)
    Mollie Edmondson '21- 8th (Informative Speaking)
    Allie Mikolanis '19-  8th in semifinal chamber (Student Congress)   
    Gwen Mascha '21- 9th in semifinal chamber (Student Congress)
    Cayla See '21– quarterfinalist (Student Congress)
    Madison Wagner '19– quarterfinalist (Original Oratory)
     
     
    Additionally, Teeba Marlowe '21 won a special award for being the student who received the most “1s” in Original Oratory at the state tournament! 
     
     
  • Merit Award Winners Welcomed to Campus

    We recently welcomed 23 Excel and Inspire Merit Award winners for a special reception at Tudor House. To qualify for the Excel Award, students entering seventh or ninth grade must score a 93 or above on the ISEE. For the Inspire Award, they must score a 65 or higher on the test. 

    The 23 superstars honored hail from 16 grade schools. Six of the 23 winners are from our own Lower and Middle Schools! Congratulations to Excel winner Carter Richmond '25 and Inspire winners Chiara Bilant '23 (lifer), Deaglan Bryant '23, Rocco Hice '23 (lifer), Davis Levengood '25 and Jack Overman '25 (lifer).

    In addition to being exceptional students, the group included Student Council presidents; thespians; piano, cello, saxophone, percussion and guitar players; basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, football and lacrosse players; track and cross country runners; swimmers; a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo; computer coders; an inventor; singers; dancers and accomplished writers. It was incredible to have all that talent under one roof as we presented them with their awards!
  • Opportunity to Hear Renowned 14-Year-Old Pianist

    Today Gilmour Academy welcomed Eva Gevorgyan, a 14-year-old from Moscow, Russia, who played concerts at the Upper and Lower Schools. She has won prizes at more than 40 international competitions for piano and composition in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Malta, Kazakhstan, Poland, Czech Republic, Georgia, Russia, and Serbia. Last year she won first prize in the Junior Division at the 2018 Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists and was recently announced as the winner of the 2018 Discovery Award winner for the International Classic Music Awards.

    Eva and Xiaoxuan Li will be playing at Cleveland Institute of Music on March 2, and CIPC is offering the Gilmour community a special discount for the concert. Gilmour students, parents and staff can purchase tickets for just $5 each. They can be purchased online, by phone at (216) 707-5397 or by e-mailing the Box Office Manager Crystal Carlson at  crystal.carlson@clevelandpiano.org. Use the coupon code GILMOUR for the discount.
  • Senior is Semifinalist in Shakespeare Contest

    Congratulations to Anthony Patrick '19, who was a semifinalist in last weekend’s English Speaking Union Shakespeare Contest! In this picture, Anthony is pointing to former winner and Gilmour alum Richie Nagy '16, who is featured on the competition’s signage.
  • February

    Students Enjoy Live Q&A with One of the “Little Rock Nine”

    Honoring Black History Month, the junior class and seniors from certain social studies classes had the incredible opportunity this afternoon to participate in a live Q&A webinar with Dr. Melba Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, and an award-winning author, professor emerita at Dominican University and lecturer. Dr. Beals, and the other eight African-American students who first attended Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, encountered extreme opposition. They faced angry mobs and vindictive students in order to earn a better education. Dr. Beals was kicked, beaten and even had acid thrown in her face. She went on to write “Warriors Don't Cry” and “March On, Girl” about segregation in the 40s and 50s. In her talk, she stressed to students that they must assess their own values and acquire the skills to demand voice, choice and participation in their own lives now and in the future.

    Students will be discussing what they learned during the webinar in religion, history and English classes. What an incredible opportunity to interact with someone who changed history by finding the competence to see and the courage to act!
  • Winners Announced at Film Festival

    Film Festival photo of origami creation
    Gilmour’s film festival, organized by Sophia Minello '19 as part of her VECTOR capstone project, was held Wednesday, February 20. There were more than 20 films submitted for the festival and the entries were judged by a panel of three judges. One of the judges was from the Cleveland International Film Festival and two work in the film industry. After reviewing each of the submissions, they awarded the following prizes, which were announced at the festival.
     
    Best In Show: “Origami” by Angeline Monitello '19
    Best Young Filmmaker: Dominic Schiciano '22
    Best Trailer: Kyle Jackson '21
    Best Non-Fiction: “Light Pollusion” by Emma Kaplan '19
    Best Fiction: “What Could Go Wrong?” by Marissa Ulchaker '19 and Bella Lasecki '22

  • Two More Qualify for Nationals

    The good news keeps coming for our speech and debate team! This past weekend, we had an additional two students qualify for nationals! Congratulations to Mollie Edmondson’21, who qualified in Informative Speech, and Sophia DiPuccio ’19, who qualified in Dramatic Interpretation! Below is the updated list of the 20 state qualifiers and the four national qualifiers (along with alternates):
     
    State Qualifiers
    Caitrina Barton ’21 and Brinn MacLellen ’21– Duo Interpretation
    Sophia DiPuccio ’19– Dramatic Interpretation
    Faith Smolik ’22- Dramatic Interpretation     
    Sami Sargi ’20- Humorous Interpretation
    Emma Kaplan ’19– Informative Speaking
    Mollie Edmondson ’21– Informative Speaking
    Andrew Mayer ’22- Informative Speaking
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21–Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    Lena DiPuccio ’20– Original Oratory
    Clara Morgan ’22– Original Oratory
    Madison Wagner ’19– Original Oratory
    Teeba Marolowe ’21– Original Oratory
    Joe Rottinghaus ’21 and John Lewis ’20– Public Forum Debate
    Eric Brandt ’21 - Student Congress
    Gwen Mascha ’21– Student Congress
    Cayla See ’21– Student Congress
    Allie Mikolanis ’19– United States Extemporaneous and Student Congress
    Giovanna Piedimonte ’22– Prose Poetry Interpretation (alternate)
     
    National Qualifiers
    Mollie Edmondson ’21– Informative Speaking
    Sophia DiPuccio ’19– Dramatic Interpretation
    Allie Mikolanis ’19– Student Congress
    Gwen Mascha ’21– Student Congress
     
    Alternates for Nationals
    Emma Kaplan ’19– Informative Speaking (1st alternate)
    Teeba Marolowe ’21– Original Oratory (1st alternate)
    Cayla See ’21– Big Question Debate (2nd alternate)
    Madison Wagner ’19– Original Oratory (3rd alternate)
  • Speech and Debate Sends 20 To States and 4 To Nationals

    Congratulations to the 20 students who have qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s state tournament. One student qualified in two categories. An additional student qualified as an alternate.
     
    Caitrina Barton ’21 and Brinn MacLellen ’21– Duo Interpretation
    Sophia DiPuccio ’19– Dramatic Interpretation
    Faith Smolik ’22- Dramatic Interpretation     
    Sami Sargi ’20- Humorous Interpretation
    Emma Kaplan ’19– Informative Speaking
    Mollie Edmondson ’21– Informative Speaking
    Andrew Mayer ’22- Informative Speaking
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21–Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    Lena DiPuccio ’20– Original Oratory
    Clara Morgan ’22– Original Oratory
    Madison Wagner ’19– Original Oratory
    Teeba Marolowe ’21– Original Oratory
    Joe Rottinghaus ’21 and John Lewis ’20– Public Forum Debate
    Eric Brandt ’21 - Student Congress
    Gwen Mascha ’21– Student Congress
    Cayla See ’21– Student Congress
    Allie Mikolanis ’19– United States Extemporaneous and Student Congress
    Giovanna Piedimonte ’22– Prose Poetry Interpretation (alternate)
     
     
    Four of these students have also qualified for the national tournament, which will be held in Dallas from June 16-21. Congratulations to the following students:
     
    Mollie Edmondson ’21– Informative Speaking
    Sophia DiPuccio ’19– Dramatic Interpretation
    Allie Mikolanis ’19– Student Congress
    Gwen Mascha ’21– Student Congress
     
    Additionally, the following students have qualified as alternates for the national tournament:
     
    Emma Kaplan ’19– Informative Speaking (1st alternate)
    Teeba Marolowe ’21– Original Oratory (1st alternate)
    Cayla See ’21– Big Question Debate (2nd alternate)
    Madison Wagner ’19– Original Oratory (3rd alternate)
     
     
  • What an Incredible Time at the Academy!

    Aerial photo of campus
    A Letter To The Community From Head of School Kathleen C. Kenny
     
    Dear Gilmour Community,
     
    I am very excited to update you on campus renovations that are underway and will proceed through spring break and beyond. We are so grateful to be able to make these campus improvements and most have been (or will be) done with little interruption to our students' daily lives. If you are visiting campus, please, pardon our dust!
     
    Renovations to the robotics classroomwere completed over Christmas break and the students are at home in a space fitting of their incredible work. I am so grateful to Meredith Seikel and her late husband Oliver ’55 and to Robert Skoda ’07 for providing the funding and leadership for our robotics program and this classroom.
     
    The repairs to the roof on the Commons, Chapel Hallway and Lennon Boardroom are currently in full swing. The weather has conspired against us and delays have been inevitable. However, exterior improvements to the roof should be completed by the end of February and the interior renovation is scheduled to be completed by the end of spring break. At the culmination of the project, an antique treatment will be applied to the green kiosk portion of the roof to match the gutters and metal treatments on Tudor House. Interior renovations will include flooring, lighting and painting. I am so grateful to the Kiebler and Baird families for their support of this important project.
     
    Renovations to the music classrooms at the Lower and Middle Schools will take place over spring break, providing additional sound proofing and greater sight lines to supervise student practice spaces during class and private lessons. This project is part of our unique designation as a Steinway Select School made possible through the generous commitment of the Figgie Foundation in 2016.
     
    The ongoing construction of The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts in the center of campus is exciting as we watch this transformative facility come to life brick by brick. The expected substantial completion in November of 2019 can't come soon enough!
     
    Engineers and contractors are on campus finalizing plans for our outdoor classroom, amphitheater and greenhouse, which will be the center of Gilmour's environmental science and nature-based learning programs. This space will be between the Upper and Lower campus, near St. Mary's Lake, and will also house a 2,500-square-foot garden with spaces designated for research collaborations and curricular projects; a giving garden for donating produce to local hunger centers; a pollinator garden and beehives; and a chicken coop. We are so grateful to Brian and Gretchen Colleran and The Colleran Family Foundation for their support of this PreK-Grade 12 initiative.
     
    The final enhancements to the Lower School playground, also funded by The Colleran Family Foundation, will take place in early spring. Landscaping, stanchions and a tether ball area will provide the finishing touches. In addition, sunscreen stations, a gift from the Woodhouse family, will be installed at the playground as well as near the Upper School athletic fields.
     
    We have received funding from a family foundation, which wishes to remain anonymous, to redesign the front entrance of the Lower School to create a more secure and supervised welcome area. This construction will have a temporary impact on the location of the school office during Lower School summer camp. More details will be forthcoming.
     
    Our athletic fields will also be undergoing enhancement. Phase II of Figgie Baseball Field will commence shortly after spring break with the addition of bleachers, a scoreboard and concession area. Fundraising is underway for the renovation of Weber Stadium. Phase I of this project will include a new turfed athletic field for soccer, lacrosse and football and a new track. Phase II will include locker rooms and storage and Phase III will include lights.
     
    To say it is an exhilarating time at Gilmour is an understatement. I am so grateful to so many for such generous support and confidence.
     
    May God bless you and all you love,
     
    Kathleen C. Kenny
  • Gilmour Film Festival at Atlas Theater

    Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m.

    Come out and support the 20 Lancer cinematographers whose work will premiere on the big screen for a panel of judges! Tickets are free, but you do need to pick them up from either event chair Sophia Minello ‘19 or Mr. Kilkenney. 


  • International Club Hosts Chinese New Year for GA Community

    On Friday, February 8, the International Club celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, with the entire Gilmour community. According to Chinese tradition, 2019 is the Year of the Pig, which signifies prosperity, peace and progress.

    During the celebration, the International Club prepared traditional Chinese New Year dishes, snacks and desserts and shared traditional Chinese activities such as calligraphy and lantern-making. This celebration helped the International Club to spread the joy and good fortune of the new year with the entire community and helped the Gilmour students and faculty become more familiar with the Chinese culture.

    The International Club thanks all the people who participated in the celebration and looks forward to next year's Chinese New Year celebration!

    Take a look at the pictures here. 
  • More Great News from the Speech and Debate Team!

    This past weekend, Eric Brandt ‘21 qualified for the state tournament in Student Congress, bringing our total number of state qualifiers to 20! Additionally, Allie Mikolanis ‘19, who qualified for states in both Student Congress and U.S. Extemporaneous, qualified for nationals in U.S. Extemporaneous and Gwen Mascha ‘21 qualified for nationals in Student Congress. Nationals will be held in Dallas from June 16-21!

    Student Congress state qualifiers pictured L to R: Allie Mikolanis ‘19, Gwen Mascha ‘21, Eric Brandt ‘21 and Cayla See ‘21
  • Charleston Makes It Official

    On Wednesday afternoon, Gilmour hosted a NCAA Signing ceremony to honor CJ Charleston '19, who signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play football at Division I Youngstown State University.

    CJ is four-year football and basketball letterman and, by the time he graduates, will be a two-year track and field letterman. He has earned countless honors throughout his Lancer career. Read a press release on his many accomplishments. Check out this video clip from Fox 8.
  • Senior Recognized by Columbia with Individual Journalism Honor

    The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) recently released their Gold Circle Awards, which honors individual submissions. Gilmour’s online school newspaper, The Lance, already received a gold medalist distinction earlier this year. Now, one of its journalists, Zack Komoroski '19, received a certificate of merit from the organization for his piece titled "From Cleveland to LA: Quinn L’Esperance’s Long Road to the Big Screen."

    Zack is the first Gilmour student journalist to earn honorable mention as part of CSPA’s Gold Circle Awards. Congratulations, Zack!
  • Speech and Debate Students Heading To States

    Congratulations to the following 19 students who qualified for the state speech and debate tournament.
     
    Caitrina Barton ’21 and Brinn MacLellen ’21– Duo Interpretation
    Sophia DiPuccio ’19– Dramatic Interpretation
    Faith Smolik ’22- Dramatic Interpretation     
    Sami Sargi ’20- Humorous Interpretation
    Emma Kaplan ’19– Informative Speaking
    Mollie Edmondson ’21– Informative Speaking
    Andrew Mayer ’22- Informative Speaking
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21–Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    Lena DiPuccio ’20– Original Oratory
    Clara Morgan ’22– Original Oratory
    Madison Wagner ’19– Original Oratory
    Teeba Marolowe ’21– Original Oratory
    Joe Rottinghaus ’21 and John Lewis ’20– Public Forum Debate
    Gwen Mascha ’21– Student Congress
    Cayla See ’21– Student Congress
    Allie Mikolanis ’19– United States Extemporaneous
    Giovanna Piedimonte ’22– Prose Oratorical Interpretation

    Pictured L to R: (Front row) Lena DiPuccio ’19, Faith Smolik ’22, Teeba Marlowe ’21, Sophia DiPuccio ’19, Andrew Mayer ’22, Giovanna Piedimonte ’22, Clara Morgan ’22 (Middle row) Gwen Mascha ’21, Emma Kaplan ’19, Cayla See ’21, Mollie Edmondson ’21, Sami Sargi ’20, Allie Mikolanis ’19, Caitrina Barton ’21 (Back row) Joe Rottinhaus ’21 and John Lewis ’20. Not pictured: Brinn MacLellan ’21, Jackson Sturtevant ’21 and Madison Wagner ’19
  • First-Year Team Member Earns Highest Honor at Districts

    Congratulations are in order for Lena DiPuccio '20, who was awarded the G. Robert Santo Speaker Excellence Award at the district speech and debate tournament. This award is presented annually to the top competitor in the Cleveland district, across all events. There are nine different events in which hundreds of students compete and Lena was selected from all of them. This is the first time a Gilmour student has been selected for this honor. Even more noteworthy is the fact that this is Lena’s novice year!

    District Chairperson of the North Coast District Carrie Coffer stated that no other competitor in the district was even close to Lena’s record this year. Lena competes in the Original Oratory category and her speech examined why America should get rid of the death penalty.  
  • Catalyst Winter Symposium

    Congratulations to Danny Laurita '19, Elizabeth Espenschied '19, Yifan (Michelle) Wang '19, Angeline Monitello '19, Ziming (Aaron) Zhao '19 and Gabe Gainar '19, who completed semester-long science research projects at Case Western Reserve University, Swagelok and Cleveland State University.
     
    Modification of UPF1 Protein in Nonsense-Mediated mRNA Decay by Elizabeth Espenschied
    Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) is a surveillance mechanism that degrades mRNA containing premature termination codons to eliminate potentially harmful shortened proteins produced by such mRNAs. NMD underlies the severity of many genetic diseases such as beta- thalassemia and muscular dystrophy. Aberrant mRNA can be translated into partially functional protein if not degraded by NMD pathway, which in some cases might be better than to have no protein at all. UPF1, UPF2, and UPF3 are key proteins involved in NMD pathway. Elizabeth worked with Dr. Kristian Baker’s team at Case Western Reserve University to study how UPF1 modification triggers NMD in yeast cells.
     
    Development of an Ion Selective Electrode-Based Method for Chloride Ion Concentration in Copper Acid Plating Solution by Angeline Monitello
    The concentration of hydrochloric acid used in the copper plating process needs to be continually monitored for optimal ionic strength. This testing process is time-consuming and hazardous with currently available methods. Ion Selective Electrodes (ISE) provide an accurate, rapid and cost-effective method for analysis of a specific ion in a solution. Angeline worked with Todd Johns at Swagelok to develop a Chloride-ISE method as a way to determine the hydrochloric acid concentration in copper plating solutions.
     
    A Synonymous Mutation in ADAMTS13 Gene Leads to Enhanced Protein Expression by Gabe Gainar
    Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is a rare blood disorder that leads to the formation of harmful blood clots in small blood vessels throughout the body. Proteins coded by ADAMTS13 gene is required to break down von Willebrand factor that associates with platelets to form blood clots. Mutations in ADAMTS13 gene have been identified in patients with a congenital form of TTP. Gabe worked with Dr. Anton Komar’s team at Cleveland State University to study the impact of a synonymous mutation on ADAMTS13 gene product.

    Mutations in Gene Coding for Hair Cell Bundle Protein Causes Hearing Loss by Yifan (Michelle) Wang
    Hearing impairment affects about 1 in 1,000 children at birth. A key step in the hearing process involves transduction of mechanical stimuli into an electrical signal by hair cells, the sensory receptors of the inner ear. Mutations in the gene encoding for hair cell bundle protein (HBP) of hair cells have been linked to the hereditary form of hearing loss. Yifan worked with Dr. Suhasini Gopal at Case Western Reserve University, to investigate the role of HBP in a gene knock out mouse model and its localization in the zebrafish larvae.
     
    Designing aClosed Loop Control System with a PID Controller by Ziming (Aaron) Zhao
    A closed loop control system with a PID controller is a set of mechanical or electronic devices that regulate other devices or systems by way of control loops. The advantage of this kind of control system is that it automatically adjusts to reduce errors and keep actual output from a process as close to the setpoint output as possible. These systems are widely used in industrial control applications. Ziming worked with Dr. Richter and his team at Cleveland State University to create a closed loop control system with a PID controller to control motor velocity.
     
    3D cell cultures in drug testing by Danny Laurita
    Today, 3D cell cultures are emerging, not only as a new tool in early drug discovery but also as potential therapeutics to treat diseases. However, the current methods of constructing 3D cell cultures are very complex and contain time consuming and expensive steps. Danny worked with Dr. Moo Yeal Lee’s team at Cleveland State University to optimize a method of growing 3D organoids for high throughput drug screening.
  • January

    Senior Presented with National Service Award

    On February 1, during a special ceremony in Our Lady Chapel, Madison Wagner '19 was presented with the National Catholic Educational Association’s Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award. Representatives from NCEA and Cross Catholic Outreach flew in for the event. Madison was one of only 10 students chosen nationally and was selected for her leadership and commitment to service.

    Read the press release about Madison's work with the club she founded 

    For more information about M.A.D. Club, visit makeadifferenceclub.org
  • An Open Letter To Br. Basil Moreau

    After celebrating The Feast of Basil Moreau, I have been asked to share my thoughts on being a Holy Cross educator and the influence of Basil Moreau.
     
    I will stay away from historical and biographical information regarding the man, but I do need to make some preliminary remarks for framing or foundational purposes.
     
    First, Basil is French and I have French DNA.

    Second, Basil is from Le Mans, France and this appears to be in a region where my own French roots reside.

    Third, Holy Cross, the name of the Congregation that began this school in 1946 is actually a neighborhood in Le Mans. It provides a sense of place.

    Finally, the word Congregation means “a gathering of people.”
     
    In the time I have spent here I have come to develop a deep appreciation for the work and tradition of The Congregation of Holy Cross, and here are a few reasons why:
     
    Let’s start with the men of Holy Cross, that is the Brothers and Priests, who gathered as a congregation, to educate, to serve, to pray.
    Their dedication to education is seen in places like Notre Dame in South Bend, St. Edward’s in Austin, Archbishop Hoban in Akron, St. Edward’s in Lakewood, and Gilmour here in Gates Mills.
     
    Like the neighborhood of Holy Cross in France we too have a place to gather called Gilmour where as a congregation we walk with those Holy Cross men and women who came before us. We gather daily to be educated, to do and be of service. And when we gather in convocation we congregate together to pray.
     
    One of the first things I noticed when I started teaching here was the use of the phrase The Gilmour Family. It can seem trite, but here is what I know:
     
    When Basil Moreau gathered a group of priests, brothers, and sisters as the congregation of Holy Cross, he made it clear that it would look to the image of the Holy Family as a model. Now it might be hard for us to imagine what it is to be the parents of God’s son, but in reality, all births and life are joyous occasions. But I am also pretty sure like Joseph and Mary, we all struggle now and then with doubt, frustration, and not knowing what the future holds. And that is what family is all about.
     
    In a sense, I joined the Gilmour family because of family. Family by blood and family by choice. I received a call from a good friend who suggested that I come and interview for a job here at Gilmour.
     
    Nora’s family had a longtime family by choice member Jonas Moran. Whenever Br. Jonas came to town he would visit and join us for dinner, sharing stories, jokes, and just catching up on family events. So, when I came to interview at Gilmour I ran into Br. Jonas. He had just come in to town and he was hanging out in Tudor house. I don’t know this for certain, but sometimes I wonder if it was a good word for or about me that Jonas shared with Br. Robert that sealed the deal for me to join Gilmour. Whatever it was that caught Robert’s attention escapes me, but here I am.
     
    In my 28 years here, it has been my good fortune to have gained good, loyal friends and with them I have celebrated accomplishments and successes, celebrated marriages and births. I have shared the sorrow of loss when a colleague, friend, or student has been touched by tragedy or has passed.
     
    I have also shared victories. We have seen state championships, and extraordinary performances. But we have also shared defeats; if you were in Twinsburg for the football playoffs, you probably felt some sadness that we lost, you probably were a bit chilled by the weather, you probably felt bad for your classmates who came so close to victory only to fall short. But how could you not be impressed by the effort that your team, your classmates, your friends, that you put forth. And if you didn’t notice, there were Gilmour alums from the 90’s and 80’s, 70’s and 60’s who showed up, in the cold, to cheer, to support, to represent for Gilmour, because that is what families do.
     
    A friend of mine once asked me, why do I do what I do? Why do I teach religion? Why do I remain Catholic?
     
    One of the reasons is that it provides me with a language and framework with which I can talk about and make sense of my existence.
     
    In the same way, Gilmour and Holy Cross give me a language, Gilmour gives me a sense of place.
     
    When you walk on campus as a student you are birthed into the Family of Gilmour, the tradition of Holy Cross. There is no unique, specific spirituality for Holy Cross people. It’s not like the Jesuits, Franciscans, or Benedictines. Holy Cross, Gilmour is graced with particular Charisms the notion of zeal, option for the poor, hope, hospitality, divine providence, these and others, at different times, during different years, manifest themselves, cause me to ponder, reflect and act.
     
    In closing let me share with you some of the names of men and women who I have had the good fortune to cross paths with here and are part of my Gilmour Family. I will leave my current colleagues off this list of recognition knowing that their efforts in the classroom speak for their dedication to the mission of this school. Like the founders and members of the Congregation of Holy Cross the names you hear shaped me as man and teacher and helped lay the foundation for who we are today as Gilmour Academy.
     
    Br. Jonas Moran
    Br. Adrian
    Br. Vinny
    Br. Dan Kane
    Br. Ken Kane
    Br. James
    Br. Richard
    Br. Robert Kelley
    Br. Robert Lavelle
    Br. Charles
    Rich Grejtak
    Wayne Lobue
    Tiho Teisl
    Joy Gray
    Pat Brockway
    Frank McCamley
    Bonnie DiCillo
    Nickie Emerson
    John Reardon
    Tom and Kris Saporito
    Dorothy Coerdt
    Marge Baldwin
    Vern Weber
     
    -Robert Beach, Instructor in Religious Studies, US
  • Passing of a Gilmour Legend

    We are saddened to share the news of the death of a true Lancer Legend – Vern Weber – who passed away Monday, January 21. “Mr. Gilmour,” as he was called by many, began his tenure at the Academy in 1958, and in the ensuing decades, impacted generations of families in his roles as teacher, athletic director, coach, friend and, perhaps, Gilmour’s greatest ambassador. He retired in 1997, his 39th year at the Academy, and remained involved with the school he loved until the end. Just before Christmas, members of his three undefeated football teams (1963, 1964 and 1968) gathered at Tudor House to celebrate and reminisce with their beloved coach.
     
    Vern is survived by his five children – Larry ’73 (Dawn), Terry ’76 (Barb Mastrey), Tracey Stoffer G.O. ’78 (Kevin ’76), Tony ’80 (Amy) and Heidi Herten ’84 (James) – and his grandchildren, including Gilmour grads Hope ’13 and James ’15 Herten.
     
    The funeral was held at Our Lady Chapel on Saturday, January 26. The family has asked that all donations be directed to the Weber Stadium renovation project at Gilmour or the Vern Weber Scholarship at Gilmour. To support either initiative, you can donate online at gilmour.org/giving, mail your gift to 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040 (ATT: Advancement Office) or call the Advancement Office at (440) 473-8000 x1204.

    To view the obituary you may click here. 

  • Celebrating the Legacy of Holy Cross Founder

    Today, the GA community celebrated the Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Emphasizing education of the mind and heart, having the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society, and empowering students to move from information to transformation, Moreau laid the framework for the educational experience of our students.
  • CJ Charleston '19 Called "Ultimate Ambassador"

    In a recent News-Herald article, writer Nate Barnes called CJ Charleston '19 the "Ultimate Ambassador" of Gilmour Academy. Read about his academic and athletic career as a Lancer and what's next for this young man.
  • Men's Club Presented Student-Athlete Panel

  • Three Kings’ Day Tradition Explored in Spanish Classes

  • Public Speaking at Gilmour Leads To Career in Strategic Communications

  • Seventh Steinway & Sons Piano Arrives On Campus

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