2019

  • December

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Delights Audience

  • Caritas Winner Announced

  • Interdisciplinary MS Project Has Students Presenting on Charities in Line with GA Mission

  • Saving the Best for Last

  • November

    How Did Trade Influence Exposure to New Ideas?

  • Tobit Ministry

  • Six Sign NCAA National Letters of Intent at First Signing Ceremony of Year

  • Fall Academic Awards

  • Gilmour Receives Official Steinway Select Designation at Lancer Nation Tour Stop in NYC

  • October

    WSTEM Uses Community Block for Inside Look at Field of Bioengineering

    Rylyn Anderson ’23
  • Summer 2019 Catalyst Symposium

  • Freshman Retreat

  • Gilmour’s Own Fashion Week 2019 A Big Hit

  • Impacting the Future of Healthcare as High Schoolers

  • Ms. Reidy Selected to National 10-Member Committee

  • Cum Laude Society Inducts 11 Newest Members

  • Students Unwind After PSATs With Afternoon of Exploring

  • Teens Using Their Voices to Advocate for Change at Legislative Summit

  • Grandparents' Day!

    This morning, the Lower School students were very excited to welcome the 200 grandparents and special friends who came to campus to celebrate Grandparents' Day. The morning began with a musical performance in the Dominican Dining Room, including a fantastic piano performance by Neil Turner '27. Listen to him play on one of the Lower School Steinway Baby Grand pianos.

    From there, students brought their guests back to their classrooms, where each grade enjoyed different activities. 
     
    The grandparents and special friends had so much fun seeing the children in their school environment and the students loved the chance to show off their school and learn more about their grandparents/friends as they completed the activities together. 
  • September

    Students Hear from Oscar Award-Winner Geena Davis on Gender Equality in the Media

    Clare Valenza '23
  • Chinese Students Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

  • Founders’ Week Reminds Us of Our Roots

  • National Merit Scholars Recognized

  • Human Trafficking Activist Demonstrates What it Means to Have the Courage to Act

     
  • August

    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.
  • July

    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.
     
  • June

    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 ligasm@gilmour.org or Eileen Pryatel at pryatele@gilmour.org.
     
    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.
  • May

    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.
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

    This past weekend, we celebrated the 131 members of the Class of 2019 during a Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday night and our Commencement exercises on Sunday morning. Their Commencement speaker was Christopher Helfrich H'19, a former student whose family moved to Connecticut after his sophomore year, but who has remained in touch with many of his teachers at Gilmour and credits Gilmour’s mission-focused curriculum and the school’s culture of service with helping him trailblaze in his field. Today he serves as the CEO of Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation. He encouraged each graduate to embrace the notion that no matter what profession they ultimately choose, they should feel called to be leaders who know what to do with the knowledge they acquire. He stressed the importance of being people “who understand that the measure of a life well-lived is less what you accumulate, and more what you contribute.”

    The Class of 2019 was a remarkable class. In addition to logging more than 10,270 service hours (and those are just the ones they recorded), they were standout students, athletes, musicians, actors and researchers. They will now take their talents to 71 colleges and universities in 27 states and 2 foreign countries. As a class, they earned nearly $11 million in scholarships and 27 have committed to compete in their sport at the next level. Visit the Class of 2019 webpage to see photos from Commencement and the full list of colleges to which they are headed.
  • Juniors Complete Four-Month Social Justice Deep Dive through Annual Religion 11 Praxis Project

    Each year the entire junior class engages in the “The Competence to See and the Courage to Act Praxis Project” during the second semester of Religion 11. The goal of this four-month project is to enable our students to dive deep into their understanding of a social injustice through research and interviews. Once they have the competence to see the situation, students engage in a service project to respond to the injustice, in hopes of creating a more humane and just society. They conclude their experience by presenting a video to their teachers and peers and answering follow-up questions.

    The 2019 Praxis Film Festival was held last Friday and Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The information was impressive and the experience was powerful as students addressed 21 different issues including racial inequality, developmental disabilities, US prisons, treatment of veterans, food deserts, immigration and much more. Enjoy the top-scoring video exploring the topic of developmental disabilities and possible ways to help. It was created by team members Chas Higgins ’20, Jorja Hlifka ’20, Anthony Iacobell ’20, Jeff Li ’20 and Ian Miller ’20.
  • Rite of Passage

    Congratulations to Grade 8, who celebrated their transition to the Upper School at the annual Rite of Passage! Best wishes to all!
  • Setting The Stage For Success

    One cannot recall a Middle School musical in recent years without Bonnie O’Leary right at the center. In her time at the helm of the Middle School theater program, she directed productions that created indelible memories for students at a time in their lives when they were discovering their talents and their passions. Some of the productions she led included “Music Man,” “Honk,” “Aladdin,” “The Wiz,” “Make A Joyful Noise,” “Free To Be You and Me,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Peter Pan,” “Shrek,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “School House Rock.” Many of the students went on to pursue the arts throughout their years in the Upper School and even beyond as a result of Ms. O’Leary’s influence, including world-class violinists Jinjoo Cho ’06 and Caroline Goulding ’10.
     
    Asked about her favorite memory, Ms. O’Leary fondly recalled the Middle School’s production of “The Wiz” in 2004. She described it as “magical” and said the kids and the parents were so proud of the production, as was she. At that moment, she just knew “this was where she should be.”
     
    Ms. O’Leary joined Gilmour’s staff in 1999 after about 30 years at Shaw High School. After a semester-long substitute position, she was asked to take on the role of Middle School English teacher. Ms. O’Leary was equally impactful in her English classroom as in the theater and taught hundreds of students an appreciation for literature.
     
    Ms. O’Leary also served as an assistant coach for the speech and debate team, serving as Ms. Janis’ right-hand woman. Her focus was critiquing the students competing in individual events, where she could be counted on to consistently “tell it like it is.” She also assisted Ms. Janis during the last week before Upper School plays, helping to keep everything in order.
     
    Ms. O’Leary describes her favorite thing about Gilmour as the “feeling of community.” She has felt it most recently through the outpouring of well wishes after being sidelined with a broken foot. She has heard from colleagues from all corners of the campus and is appreciative of that feeling of belonging.
     
    She looks forward to retirement, however, when she plans to continue to help Ms. Janis with speech and debate and drama, while fitting in plenty of relaxing and reading now that she won’t have papers to grade! She says the advice she would give to a brand new teacher is, "Embrace your special gifts and talents and use them to build a strong connection with staff, parents and students. And... HAVE FUN!"
     
    We are all thrilled to know that Ms. O’Leary will continue to help our drama and speech and debate students hone their craft in the coming years, so it’s not goodbye, but, rather, stay tuned for the next act!
  • Teaching Faith By Example

    Bob Beach began teaching religion classes at Gilmour in 1991 after teaching at Cleveland Central Catholic. He has taught every level of religion from Middle School to Grade 12 and served as a basketball coach, campus minister, retreat leader, the leader of mission identity and a member of the senior leadership team.
     
    No matter which age group he was working with, always knew that his students would be best served if he authentically and genuinely conveyed to them why his faith was important to him. He worked to help them understand why he continues his faith journey every day and why it makes sense to him. Mr. Beach knows that just reading and memorizing facts about the Church won’t have the same sort of impact. No matter a student’s faith background, he wanted them to understand that for each person, faith is ultimately what it is that you, individually, are concerned about.
     
    And those lessons didn't go unnoticed. Throughout his career here, Mr. Beach has exposed thousands of students to the importance of faith. He even had a student who moved after her sophomore year and found him more than a decade later when her mom passed away and she wanted help planning a memorial service for her. These are the sorts of relationships he built here. Reflecting on his favorite thing about his time at Gilmour, Mr. Beach said, “Talk about belonging to a community and making an impact. I see our students here and they truly feel like they belong. We’re doing good stuff here.”
     
    Asked about his advice for a brand new religion teacher, Mr. Beach said, “Teach to your strengths and don’t be afraid to try something new.”  He continued, “Remember that you’re teaching kids and the 15-year-old is not where you are on your faith journey. Know that you’re doing good work whether you see the results this minute or not.”
     
    Mr. Beach is looking forward to the flexibility of retirement and being able to spend more time with his wife, Nora, who is also retiring this year; their two daughters, Hannah ’98 and Miriam ’99; their sons-in-law, Daniel and Ryan; and their five grandchildren. Mr. Beach looks forward to a Mediterranean cruise he and Nora have planned for next year. In the meantime, they have pledged to do “something special” once a month. They’ll kick that off by babyproofing their house in anticipation of a monthlong visit from Miriam and Ryan, and their three children, who are looking to escape the summer heat of Phoenix, where they live.
     
    Asked whether his retirement was bittersweet, he said, “It’s really just sweet. It would only be bitter if I felt there was something I hadn’t yet done.” Mr. Beach, you have certainly left no stone unturned. Thank you for the incredible impact you have had on the faith lives of so many Gilmour students.
     
    Earlier this year, on the eve of the feast of Holy Cross founder Basil Moreau, Mr. Beach was asked to share his thoughts on what it means to be a Holy Cross educator. His speech perfectly encapsulated what it means to be a part of the Gilmour Family, rooted in Holy Cross traditions. You can read his speech here. Enjoy!
  • Creating Memories To Last A Lifetime

    Nickie Emerson is finishing her 38th year of service at Gilmour. She started in 1981 as an English and history teacher at Glen Oak before the school merged with Gilmour in 1982. From that point on, she served as a social studies teacher, teaching everything from Modern European History to American Government to World History (and even forayed back into the English department for a year of British Literature). From 1981-1993, she worked on the school’s yearbook as well. In the ensuing years, she was tapped to help out with the yearbook at various times and always jumped in willingly to lend a hand.
     
    In 2006, Mrs. Emerson decided to retire, but she was lured back to campus by that August! This time, she came back as a substitute teacher and volunteered to take over the yearbook project. Lucky for Gilmour, she has been hard at work on the yearbook each year since, producing professional-caliber books for Gilmour students to remember their time at Gilmour. She had the thankless job of tracking down every last dance photo, every last senior portrait, every last sports writeup and all the other details in between. Her work will truly last a lifetime as students’ yearbooks become more treasured with each year that passes after graduation.
     
    Mrs. Emerson has loved her years at Gilmour and said, “The colleagues I work with are remarkable when it comes to their care and attention to each other and to their students.” Asked for words of wisdom for a brand new teacher, she said, “Pace yourself and enjoy the atmosphere around you at Gilmour because it is special.” She continued, “Working at Gilmour is not a job, it is a vocation. The people you work with are not just colleagues. They really are part of your family.”
     
    Mrs. Emerson looks forward to having more time to spend with her husband of more than 50 years, Rupert; her daughter, Joy Rose '93 and son-in-law, Dennis Iannicca; and her two grandchildren, Matthew and Katie. She’s also excited to take gambling trips to New York, Pennsylvania and Canada!
     
    We are grateful to Mrs. Emerson for her 38 years of service to Gilmour and need only pull out one of her many yearbooks to be reminded of the dedication she brought to her work.
  • Cedar Road To Close

    Attention Gilmour Families! A summer construction project that Cuyahoga County is undertaking will impact the way some of you enter/exit campus. From Monday, June 3 – early October, Cedar Road will be closed (local access only) for widening and repairs. Prior to the start of school in August, the traffic pattern will be re-assessed.
     
    As a result, all access to Gilmour Academy over the summer months (starting Monday, June 3) will be via our SOM Center Road entrance (2045 SOM Center Road). Our Cedar Road entrances (Lower School entrance and Tudor House entrance) will be closed for the duration of the project. We are pleased to announce that, next week, our IntraCampus Loop (the back road, in red on the map below) will be finished and can be utilized to access the Lower School. Drivers will enter campus from SOM and head back toward the baseball field to reach this new roadway. 
     
     
    Please inform any guests coming to campus to enter through the SOM Center Road entrance. For GPS purposes, they should use the 2045 SOM Center Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 address. All summer camp patrons will utilize this SOM Center Road entrance as well.
     
    With the change in traffic patterns on campus, please remember to drive slowly and to watch for children and construction vehicles. When parking on campus, please use the Athletic Center parking lot.
  • Junior named winner of Rick Bruns writing contest

    Congratulations to Meredith Mallon-Jeffrey ’20! English department chair Mr. Wanders announced at Convo today that he won the annual Rick Bruns writing contest with her poem titled, "Eden".
  • Upper School Awards Ceremony

    Congratulations to all our award winners at yesterday's annual Upper School Awards ceremony. If you weren’t able to attend, you can replay the livestream at gilmour.org/live.
     
    Departmental Awards
     
    Speech
    Level of Honor: Caitrina Barton ‘21, Clara Morgan ‘22, Arianna DiMenna ’22, Kaylee Oliveto ’22, Cayla See ’21, Samantha Sargi ’20, Kat Rankin ’20, Andrew Mayer ’22, Brinn MacLellan ’21, John Lewis ’20, Joe Rottinghaus ’21, Lauren Kastelic ’22, Clinton Zupanc ’21 and Yujia Wu ’22
     
    Level of Excellence: Taniya Dsouza ’20
     
    Degree of Distinction: Lena DiPuccio ’20, Mollie Edmondson ’21, Gwen Mascha ’21 and Jackson Sturtevant ’21
     
    State Tournament Alternate: Giovanna Piedimonte ’22
     
    Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament Qualifiers: Gwen Mascha ’21, Caitrina Barton ’21, John Lewis ’20, Brinn MacLellan ’21, Teeba Marlowe ’21, Andrew Mayer ’22, Joe Rottinghaus ’21, Samantha Sargi ’20, Jackson Sturtevant ’21, Faith Smolik ’22, Clara Morgan ’22, Eric Brandt ’21, Cayla See ’21 and Mollie Edmondson ’21
     
    National Tournament Qualifiers: Gwen Mascha ’21 and Mollie Edmondson ’21 
     
    North Coast Sons of the American Revolution Oratorical Contest 2nd Place – Riley Barrett ’20
     
    Rotary Club Speech Competition District Champion– Lena DiPuccio ’20 
     
    Robert Santo Award for Excellence in Individual Events– Lena DiPuccio ’20 
     
    Forensics
     
    Moot Court State Runners-Up: Gwen Mascha ’21 and Jackson Sturtevant ’21 
    Moot Court State Tournament Best Written Brief Award: Gwen Mascha ’21 and Jackson Sturtevant ’21 
     
    Moot Court State Tournament Best Attorney Award for the Defense: Gwen Mascha ’21  
     
    Foreign Language
     
    Spanish I: Desiree Smith ’22 and Sammi Fedeli ’22
     
    Spanish II: Clinton Zupanc ’21, Emily Klika ’21, Teeba Marlowe ’21, Elizabeth Horwitz ’21, Nathan Flaherty ’22, Eric Brandt ’21 and Cayla See ’21
     
    Spanish III: Mollie Edmondson ’21, Brinn MacLellan ’21, Maya Moufawad ’21, Laya Saleh ’21 and Lena DiPuccio ’20 
     
    Spanish IV: Braden Birko ’20 
     
    Latin I: Vija Tessman ’22, Arianna DiMenna ’22 and Alexander Beedles ‘22
     
    Latin II: Matt Vargo ’21 and Erin O’Toole ’21 
     
    Latin III: Brian Davis ’20 and Emma Lesko ’20 
     
    French I: Meghan Bhanoo ’22, Sarah Voss ’22, Nina Padanilam ’22 and Sophia Hammond ’22  
     
    Language Arts
     
    John Gale Award (a gift for language)
    Grade 9:  Giovanna Piedimonte ’22 and Meghan Bhanoo ’22 
    Grade 10:  Brinn MacLellan ’21 and Liam Ryan ’21 
    Grade 11: Lena DiPuccio ’20 and Kat Rankin ’20 
     
    Holy Cross Literature Award (demonstrates capacity to act as agent of change): Kendra Barlow ’20 and Zhangyang (Charlie) Xie ’20
     
    Yearbook Award: Ricky Roberts ’20 
     
    Mathematics
     
    Rensselaer Medal (rising senior who has distinguished himself/herself in math and science): Bryce Hofstrom ’20 
     
    Mathematics Award
    Grade 9: Nicholas Barone ’22, Meghan Bhanoo ’22, Victoria Dulzer ’22, Michael Overman ’22, Nina Padanilam ’22 and Anna Maria Solomon ’22 
    Grade 10: Eric Brandt ’21 and Julie Pangonis ’21 
    Grade 11: Christian Fowlkes ’20 and Matthew Vanone ’20 
     
     
    Science
     
    Biology: Daniel Botek ’21, Mollie Edmondson ’21, Josh Miavitz ’20, Ian Miller ’20 and Bryce Hofstrom ’20 
    Chemistry: Brinn MacLellan ’21 and Julia Pangonis ’21 
    AP Chemistry: Matt Vanone ’20 
    Physics: Vija Tessman ’22 and Nicholas Hayek ’22
    AP Physics: Michael Overman ’22 
     
     
    Social Studies
     
    World History: Grace Gainar ’22 and Giovanna Piedimonte ’22 
    AP World History: Jackson Sturtevant ’21, Liam Ryan ’21 and Gwen Mascha ’21 
    US Studies: Emma Lesko ’20   
    AP US History: Zhangyang “Charlie” Xie ’20 and Richard Jones ’20 
    Modern World History: John Lewis ’20 
    History Through Gaming honor: Joe Pahoresky ’21 
     
    Special Scholarships/Awards
     
    Coakley Scholarship (for potential in journalism): Lejun (Angela) Liu ’20
     
    Glen Oak Scholarship (for young women in Grade 11 who best represent the spirit of Glen Oak): Lejun (Angela) Liu ’20 
     
    NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award: Isabella Lasecki ’22
     
    Book Awards
    Oberlin College Book Award for Achievement in Social Justice (commitment to activism and bettering the community): Grace Belden ’20 

    Smith College Book Award (academic achievement, leadership, concern for others): Catherine O’Haimhirgin ’20 

    University of Notre Dame Book Award (loves learning, desires to use intellectual talents for betterment of world and Church, leader in and out of classroom, gives of himself/herself in service to others, takes faith life seriously, shows promise in pursuit of higher education and lifelong learning): Matt Vanone ’20 

    Yale Book Award (outstanding personal character and intellectual promise): Lejun (Angela) Liu ’20 

    Villanova Book Award (demonstrates academic excellence in a challenging curriculum, committed to serving those less fortunate in greater community, embodies sense of school and community spirit as an example to others): Garrett Olsen ’20 

    University Medal & Leadership Awards
    University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Science Award (outstanding science student completing junior year): Matt Vanone ’20 
     
    University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation (outstanding achievement in pursuit of innovative approaches and enthusiasm and appreciation for possibilities of technology): Anthony Gillespie, Jr. ’20 
     
    Rochester Institute of Technology Creativity and Innovation Award (junior who has distinguished himself/herself academically, in school and community, and demonstrates achievement in innovation, creativity or entrepreneurship): Christina Moore ’20 
     
    Brother Richard Keller Award
    Presented to student leaders who have demonstrated reaching out to the community with zeal, hospitality and inclusiveness in a sincere effort to serve those with limited resources: Samantha Sargi ’20 and Richard Jones ’20 
     
    Chaplain Awards
    Grade 9: Lily Elseser ’22, Isabella Lasecki ’22, Mary Lombardo ’22, Andrew Mayer ’22, Ava Moe ’22, Eve Pahoresky ’22 and John Popovich ’22 
    Grade 10:  Matt Beck ’21, Maggie Grunden ’21, Ania Lewis ’21, James McCrone ’21, Caroline Rarick ’21 and Bridgit Terry ’21 
    Grade 11: Caitlyn Compres ’20, Christian Fowlkes ’20, Stephanie Leonor ’20, Josh Miavitz ’20, Loghan Slabe ’20 and Shannon Traynor ’20 
     
    Blessed Brother Basil Moreau Awards
    Recognizes students who live as Holy Cross people by exhibiting a genuine desire to learn and embodying the core values of Holy Cross
     
    Grade 9: Yujia Wu ’22 and Andrew Mayer ’22 
    Grade 10: Sofia Dardir ’21 and Liam Ryan ’21 
    Grade 11: Taniya Dsouza ’20 and Richard Jones ’20 
     
  • Measles Initiative at Gilmour Recognized

    On May 21 at Convocation, American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region CEO Mike Parks was on hand to accept a donation from The Measles Initiative and to present club representatives with a plaque recognizing the work the group has done since 2004 to support global health initiatives of the Red Cross. Through two fundraisers a year - the Halloween dress-up contest and the Used Uniform Sale, the club has raised thousands of dollars, which they donate to the Red Cross to provide measles and rubella vaccinations for children in developing countries.  

    Although measles is highly contagious and has serious complications, including death, it can be prevented through this inexpensive vaccine. The Measles Initiative’s vaccines have helped save the lives of thousands of children.  

    Going forward, the club hopes to partner with the Red Cross in other service areas as well since the new Community Block will give them opportunities to become more involved.   
  • Freshmen Work To Fight Human Trafficking

    Freshmen in the Ancient History classes did a hands-on service project related to their study of the Roman Empire, where 1 out of every 3 members of the population was enslaved. In light of those sad statistics, the students worked to assist local efforts to combat human trafficking in our area. The SOAP Project seeks to label hotel soap with contact numbers for volunteers working to intervene on behalf of the exploited. When their work is complete, the students will have labeled 1,000 bars of soap in an effort to provide those being trafficked with resources for help.
  • On the Steps of the Palace!

    Congratulations to the following students who worked so tirelessly to put together a spectacular show! Audiences raved about this performance. View photos from the show.

    Cast Members:
    James Berner ’19, Robin Cao ’19, Arianna DiMenna ’22, Leann Dulzer ’22, Lily Elseser ’22, Gabe Gainar ’19, Grace Gainar ’22, Pantelis Goudas ’20, Karah Henderson ’22, Quinn L’Esperance ’19, Clara Morgan ’22, Kaylee Oliveto ’22, Michael Overman ’22, Eve Pahoresky ’22, Giovanna Piedimonte ’22, Desiree Smith ’22, Faith Smolik ’22, Jackson Sturtevant ’21, Vija Tessman ’22, Cody Tippen ’20, Sam Zou ’19 and Clinton Zupanc ’21.

    Crew Members:
    Robin Cao ’19, Corrina Chen ’19, Allie Mikolanis ’19, Michelle Wang ’19 and Matilda Washington ’19.

    Congratulations, too, to student directors Sophia DiPuccio '19 and Sam Zou '19, who not only performed, but also learned the ins and outs of directing a play alongside Mrs. Janis as part of their senior projects.
  • We Met Our Phase I Goal!

    We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully completed Phase I of our Join The Team! fundraising initiative for the Weber Stadium renovation project! The official announcement was delivered by Head of School Kathy Kenny on May 3 at a party at the home of Jonathan and Suzanne Dick, parents of Maggie ’13.
     
    Through the generous support of the Gilmour community, we surpassed our Phase I goal of $1.5 million. Construction will begin after the end of the spring sports season and our student-athletes will compete on this new surface at the end of August, 2019. Over the summer the turf and track will be completely resurfaced, the “D-zones” that are currently grass will be replaced with a combination of synthetic turf and asphalt, a second long jump pit will be added, and a new fence will be installed around the track. In addition, the stadium will be outfitted with a new scoreboard, a new sound system, lacrosse netting for the end zones and a new flagpole.
     
    We are grateful to the many donors who generously answered the call to Join The Team! and commit to this critical project. This support came from all factions of the Gilmour community -  alumni, parents, past parents, faculty and staff, coaches and friends, as well as many donations in memory of Vern Weber.
     
    We also extend our gratitude to Jon and Suzanne for their incredible hospitality in hosting this celebration of Gilmour athletics and the many people who support it. Those present to celebrate this exciting news included many of our donors to Phase I, Trustees, Gilmour staff and coaches, and parents of current students and alumni who played in one of the “stadium sports” - track & field, football, soccer and lacrosse. Enjoy these photos from the evening.
     
    The support for this project has been fantastic. Together, we achieved the goal set forth for Phase I of this important project. Please take a moment to view this video about the Weber Stadium renovation project to understand its true impact.
     
    As the construction for Phase I begins, we now turn our attention to finalizing the plans for Phases II and III, which will include a full renovation of the Weber Stadium complex, including new grandstands, press box, entryway, sidewalks with pedestrian lighting, field lighting and locker rooms as well as an athletic building with concessions, ticketing, restrooms and storage. To learn more about the Weber Stadium renovation project or to Join The Team! with a contribution, visit gilmour.org/WeberStadiumRenovation.
  • Don’t Miss Your Chance to See “Into the Woods” This Weekend

    You have two more chances to see “Into the Woods” this weekend! Join us Thursday and Friday, May 9-10 at 8 p.m. or Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the Gates Mills Community House to see all the hard work of the cast and crew.

    Congratulations to the following students who have been working so diligently to prepare for this weekend!

    Cast Members:
    James Berner ’19, Robin Cao ’19, Arianna DiMenna ’22, Leann Dulzer ’22, Lily Elseser ’22, Gabe Gainar ’19, Grace Gainar ’22, Pantelis Goudas ’20, Karah Henderson ’22, Quinn L’Esperance ’19, Clara Morgan ’22, Kaylee Oliveto ’22, Michael Overman ’22, Eve Pahoresky ’22, Giovanna Piedimonte ’22, Desiree Smith ’22, Faith Smolik ’22, Jackson Sturtevant ’21, Vija Tessman ’22, Cody Tippen ’20, Sam Zou ’19 and Clinton Zupanc ’21.

    Crew Members:
    Robin Cao ’19, Corrina Chen ’19, Allie Mikolanis ’19, Michelle Wang ’19 and Matilda Washington ’19.

    Tickets can be purchased at the door. 
  • Junior Finishes Yearlong Look Up to Cleveland Program

    This year, Olivia Caruso ’20 participated in the Look Up to Cleveland program. The program, which ran from October-April and consisted of seven full-day sessions and an overnight retreat, provides high school students with leadership development, gives them a heightened awareness and appreciation of Cleveland, and shows them how they can contribute to their community. She wrote this recap of her experience.
  • Senior Earns Trip To Nationals for Sons of the American Revolution Oratorical Contest

    On May 4, Gabe Gainar ’19 was unanimously chosen by a three-judge panel as the Ohio winner of the Sons of the American Revolution Oratorical Contest. He and one of his parents will now be flown to Orange County, California to compete in the national tournament against the winners from the other 49 states!

    Prior to the state competition, Gabe won the North Coast district competition earlier this spring. Getting to nationals has been a goal of Gabe’s for the past three years as he got closer and closer each year. His speech examined the qualities an American citizen should possess as set forth by the founding fathers.

    Gabe hopes to join the ranks of other Lancers who competed in this contest at the national level - Brittany Jannis ’03 (finished third), Yvonne Chasser ’05 (finished second) and, most recently, Sophia Zupanc ’15 (national champion).

    Congratulations, Gabe, and best of luck!
  • Young Alum Learned Early About Desire to Help Community

    After graduating from Gilmour, Anne Venzor ’10 attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she majored in political science. During her junior year, she interned in Washington, D.C. fundraising for three members of Congress. Her supervisor offered her a position for after graduation, so she made the move to D.C. and has been there ever since. After working for a couple political organizations in the area, she took a job in the arts community at The Kennedy Center. She serves as the Assistant Manager, NSO Corporate and Foundation Relations and is responsible for working with foundations and corporations to secure funding for the National Symphony Orchestra. Anne’s favorite part of her job is the access to performances at The Kennedy Center. She commented, “This job has quickly reminded me of how much joy live performances and music can bring to a community, and I feel lucky to work for an organization that strives to do just that.”

    Reflecting on her time at Gilmour, Anne says that she was inspired to pursue a career that involved working for or with communities, even if just in a small way, after participating in a service trip to Austin her senior year. She said, “Seeing the positive impact we had on that community firsthand was a rewarding and incredible experience that I still value today!” Anne said that her favorite part about Gilmour was and is the people, noting that she is grateful to have attended a high school with such a tight-knit community of students and teachers and an active alumni network.
     
    Anne also talked about Mr. McCamley’s impact on her, saying that he taught her to see the significance of having her voice and opinion heard, whether through his Socratic seminars or in an academic paper. She has carried that with her throughout college and her professional career.
     
    Next up for Anne? She’d love to continue to work in the arts world and hopes to go back to school for a master’s degree in arts management.
  • A Special Send-Off for a Special Class

    Today was the Class of 2019’s last day on campus and we celebrated their legacy all day. The morning kicked off with a Convocation dedicated to the seniors. After processing into their last Convo, Katie Engle '19 and Olivia Robida '19 announced that the class would like to make two donations. They presented a check to Mrs. Kenny for the Weber Stadium renovation project and a check to Ms. Ligas to be used toward the construction of the Tiho Teisl Recreation Center at Nuevo Paraiso in Honduras. Abby Bartlett ’19 then shared a video she created highlighting the class’ senior year - starting with the first day of school.

    After Convocation, the seniors enjoyed breakfast together and heard special send-off messages from various faculty members. The group then attended Mass together before heading to the ice arena to skate (see pictures here). After lunch in the Athletic Center, it was time for some kickball in the fieldhouse.

    The seniors then cleaned out their lockers before an early release.

    Next? The class begins their senior projects on Monday and will complete their projects over the next two weeks before presenting their Senior Exhibitions recapping their experiences. We wish this special class the best of luck during their senior projects and in the future. Check out the current list of schools (as reported to the College Office as of May 2) they’ll be attending this fall!  
  • Boat Float

    This year's Eighth Grade Boat Float was spectacular! This semester-long integrated art/science project tasked students with designing scale models of their boats in art class and then building full-size boats in science class. During the boat race across the pool, the students saw firsthand the impact of experimental design, density and buoyancy.

    The students’ boat designs were so successful that we had to have two championship heats instead of only one! After weeks of intense design, engineering and building, the winners of the 2019 Boat Float are Lacie Frech ’23, Mikayla Fannin ’23 and Grace MacKinlay ’23. We are so proud of all of the eighth graders and applaud their efforts on this fun project.
  • Freshman Headed to Nationals for National History Day

    National History Day is a project-based learning experience for students in Grades 6-12 that was founded right here in Cleveland in 1974. Its goal is to make the historical past relevant to the present for students by having them research a topic of their choosing that correlates with the competition’s yearly theme. Students learn critical thinking skills through finding and evaluating primary and secondary sources, conduct research, and present their findings in one of the five formats - apaper, exhibit, documentary, website or performance.
     
    This past Saturday at the NHD state competition, Annie Solomon ’22 presented her exhibit, Henrietta Lacks – An Ethical Tragedy Resulting in a Medical Triumph. Annie placed second out of a field of more than 50 in the senior division individual exhibit category. She will now compete at the national competition held at the University of Maryland the week of June 9-13. Good luck at nationals, Annie!
  • April

    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.
  • SENIOR ONE OF ONLY TWO STUDENTS IN CLEVELAND AREA NAMED NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP

    Each year, the National Association of Secondary School Principals reads thousands of applications from students across the country applying for the National Honor Society Scholarship. To receive this award, students must demonstrate excellence in the pillars of service, leadership, scholarship and character.

    We were recently notified that National Honor Society Co-Treasurer Abby Bartlett ’19  is a national semifinalist. She was presented with her award at Convocation and will receive $3,200 toward the college of her choice. Congratulations, Abby!
  • 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.
  • 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 '19. To view these videos, enter the password "gilmour."
  • Colonial Life Up Close

    The fifth graders recently returned from an action-packed trip to the Williamsburg, Va. area. The group arrived on Wednesday, April 10 in time to attend an evening program titled “Colonial Dance” at the Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg. They then enjoyed the chance to walk through the village.
     
    The next day began with a 2 ½-hour guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg followed by tours of Jamestown Island and the Archareum, the award-winning archaeology museum in Historic Jamestowne. After a self-guided exploration of Jamestown Settlement, the group headed back for two evening programs in Colonial Williamsburg – “In Defense of Our Liberty” and “Papa Said, Mama Said.”
     
    Day three began early as the group boarded the bus to head to Monticello to visit the home of Thomas Jefferson. While there, the students were able to tour the house as well as the grounds and watch a short film on Thomas Jefferson. The day culminated with lunch at the famed Michie Tavern, where servers in period attire served 18th century Southern midday fare, before boarding the bus to head home.
     
    The trip was a wonderful way for our fifth graders to extend their classroom studies and see first-hand what life was like during colonial times.  
  • Senior Awards Ceremony

    On April 24, we recognized the accomplishments of our seniors at the annual Senior Awards ceremony.
     
    Pictured are the winners of the highest honor - the Gilmour Trophies - Katie Engle ’19 and Anthony Patrick ’19The Gilmour Trophies are presented each year to the graduating male and female who "best exemplify all those qualities that Gilmour hopes to nurture in all students." View photos of all the award winners.
     
    Speech Awards
    Level of Excellence: Sam Zou, Gabe Gainar and Anthony Patrick
    Degree of Distinction: Sophia DiPuccio, Emma Kaplan and Madison Wagner
    Degree of Outstanding Distinction: Allie Mikolanis
    Ohio High School Speech League State Qualifiers: Sophia DiPuccio, Emma Kaplan, Madison Wagner and Allie Mikolanis
    National Speech and Debate National Tournament: Sophia DiPuccio, Allie Mikolanis
    Moot Court Ohio Center for Law-Related Education 2018 State Finalists: Sophia DiPuccio and Allie Mikolanis
     
    Drama Awards
    English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition District Winner: Gabe Gainar
    English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition regional competitor: Anthony Patrick
    Sons of the American Revolution Oratorical Contest Northern Ohio Winner: Gabe Gainar (advances to state competition)
     
    Distinguished Musician Award
    Luke Shepherd
     
    Outstanding Artist Awards
    Gabriella Mulchin
    Sophia Minello
     
    Foreign Language Award (for achievements in Spanish, French or Latin)
    Allie Mikolanis
     
    Lance Award (most significant contributions to student newspaper)
    Marissa Ulchaker
    Grace Bujoll
     
    Yearbook Award (for major contribution to yearbook program)
    Abigail Bartlett
     
    John Gale Distinguished Scholar (top language arts students)
    Allie Mikolanis and Olivia Robida
     
    Holy Cross Literature Awards (act as agents of change and raise bar for those around them)
    Madison Wagner and Gabe Gainar
     
    The William G. Moore II English Award (most outstanding literature student)
    James Berner
     
    Mathematics
    Jack Michael Solomon
     
    Oliver Seikel Award for Excellence in Science
    (academic excellence, unquenchable thirst for knowledge demonstrated through research, sets and achieves lofty goals)
    Tim Diemer
     
    Paul Primeau Science Award
    (best exemplifies competence, scholarship and commitment to study of science)
    Dominic Joseph
     
    AP Biology Award
    Olivia Robida
     
    Biology Award
    Sam Zou
     
    James Madison Award (top Government students)
    Megan Brzozowski, Cole Kruschke, Anthony Patrick and Marissa Ulchaker
     
    James Madison Award (top AP Government students)
    Gabe Gainar, Rachel Karam, Jack Kosar and Jack Michael Solomon
     
    National Merit Finalists
    Annamarie Martin
     
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Jack Michael Solomon
     
    Thomas P. Mulligan Award
    (healthy intellectual curiosity, and an honest appreciation for the individual talents and capabilities of his/her peers and associates)
    Sophia DiPuccio and Allie Mikolanis
     
    The Dennis Hoynes Award (Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athlete)
    Tim Diemer and Katie Engle
     
    Charles A. Mooney (Outstanding Male and Female Athletes)
    CJ Charleston and Megan Brzozowski
     
    Robert B. Tomaro Honor Award
    (Gilmour senior with keen mind, sense of justice, passion for doing what is right, and who most closely mirrors Mr. Tomaro’s commitment to the growth and success of the Academy)
    Nick Christopher
     
    Murlan J. Murphy Leadership Award
    (senior who has demonstrated leadership qualities within Gilmour community that exemplify Holy Cross values)
    Sam Zou
     
    Brother David Baltrinic Award (scholarship, compassion and service)
    Madison Wagner
     
    Brother Robert A. Kelly, C.S.C. Outstanding Student Service Award
    Olivia Robida
     
    Saint Brother Andre Award (transformational impact of service)
    Rachel Karam and Sophia DiPierro 

    Charles Murray Student Humanitarian Award (student who personifies the Gilmour mission)
    Matilda Washington
     
    Chaplain’s Awards
    Reegan Clark, Michael Holleran, Jack Kosar, Angeline Monitello, MacKenzie O’Connor, Rebecca Pahoresky, Marissa Ulchaker and Giana Vitale
     
    Brother James O’Donnell Campus Residency Award
    (senior or post-grad residence hall students who have demonstrated strong performance in the classroom, in extracurriculars and in involvement in residence hall community)
    Morgan Miller and Sam Zou
     
    Director of the Upper School Award
    Grace Bujoll, Michael Cerer, Tyler Clark, Connor Gerspacher, Annie Greene, Emma Kaplan, Patrick Kelley, Cole Kruschke, Kaitlyn Littlejohn and Lillian Mascha
     
    Brother Theophane Schmitt Trophies (most outstanding school spirit)
    Michael Sullivan and Abigail Bartlett
     
    Gilmour Trophies (seniors who best exemplify all those qualities that Gilmour hopes to nurture in all students)
    Katie Engle and Anthony Patrick
  • Senior One of Only Two Students in Cleveland Area Named National Semifinalist for Prestigious Scholarship

    Each year, the National Association of Secondary School Principals reads thousands of applications from students across the country applying for the National Honor Society Scholarship. To receive this award, students must demonstrate excellence in the pillars of service, leadership, scholarship and character.

    We were recently notified that National Honor Society Co-Treasurer Abby Bartlett ’19  is a national semifinalist. She was presented with her award at Convocation and will receive $3,200 toward the college of her choice. Congratulations, Abby!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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! 
     
     
  • Weber Stadium Update

    We are 1/3 of the way to our Phase I goal for the Weber Stadium Renovation project! Thank you to all of the individuals who have made a gift or a pledge to get us to $500,000! As soon as we reach our goal of $1.5 million, we can move forward on the replacement of the turf and the track so that we can be ready for the fall athletic season. 
     
    Please Join the Team! and help us reach our goal with your gift today. You can review the outline for this three-phase project, giving levels and naming opportunities online. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement Ray Murphy at (440) 473-8089 or murphyr@gilmour.org.
  • Another Exciting Program Launching This Fall!

  • Weber Stadium

    Fundraising continues for Phase I of the renovation of Weber Stadium, which includes the replacement of the artificial turf field and a resurfacing of the track. This project is a critical upgrade to our facilities so that we can maintain a safe, playable site for current and future Lancers. Contractors have been selected to perform the work but in order to move forward we need to reach our goal of $1.5 million by April. 
     
    You can review the outline for this three-phase project, giving levels and naming opportunities online. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement Ray Murphy at (440) 473-8089 or murphyr@gilmour.org.
  • 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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