List of 4 news stories.

  • Ava Thomas Named Finalist in Pitch Competition for all Clevelanders

    Ava Thomas ’18, of Chesterland, competed on Wednesday, February 22 at the Accelerate 2017: Citizens Make Change pitch competition. The competition was open to all Clevelanders, not just students. Thomas pitched her idea for a Memory Mat, a personalized do-it-yourself placemat with pictures and phrases that act as memory cues for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia. The product also serves as a conversation starter for these patients’ visitors and caregivers.

    Thomas was one of five contestants chosen to compete in the Quality of Life category and, after presenting her pitch for the Memory Mat, was selected as the finalist from the category. She was the youngest applicant in the contest’s history to enter as well as the youngest finalist ever named.

    As a finalist, Thomas presented her product to an audience of 500 people and earned a check for $2,000 to use to make her vision a reality. The seed money will allow her to buy a portable laminator and all the supplies she will need to produce her Memory Mats. She was interviewed on Ideastream’s “The Sound of Ideas” the next morning about her product and the competition.

    Thomas came up with the idea for her product after visiting her grandfather in an assisted living facility after he was recovering from surgery. She noticed that the caregivers struggled to come up with conversation starters. The Memory Mat will allow users to customize their mats with information about their family members, their careers, things they like to talk about and their hobbies.

    As a student in Gilmour’s management and entrepreneurship class, Thomas was tasked with writing a business plan and decided to design one around the Memory Mat. Her teacher, Steve Marcus, said of Thomas’ work,
    “Ava is a very motivated self-starter with a strong entrepreneurial mindset. Before Memory Mat, she started her own business selling jewelry charms with the Gilmour logo.” He continued, “She risked her own money to fund the startup. Within a few months, and a lot of hard work, she recouped her investment and was making a profit. She has put the same dedication and effort into Memory Mat. I am quite proud of her.”

    Thomas is also a part of Gilmour’s VECTOR program, which is a concentrated set of experiences and coursework organized around one of five themes. Thomas participates in VECTOR’s science and medicine strand (and is also involved in the civic engagement strand). She works closely with program director Ryan Ryzner to build coursework and experiential opportunities around these focus areas. Ryzner was the one who alerted her to the Accelerate competition.

    Ryzner said of Thomas, “
    Ava has a dynamic skill set - a scientific curiosity, an entrepreneur's vision and creativity, the public speaking poise that allows her to articulate an effective pitch, and an innate desire to help those around her. When you sprinkle in her intrinsic motivation and competitive nature, it's easy to see that she is developing into someone who is going to make a significant impact in whatever field she chooses in the future.” He added, “The most exciting part is that she is only scratching the surface of her potential.

    With seed money in hand, Thomas plans to approach facilitators at area nursing homes, senior centers and schools that work with disabled students to start distributing her Memory Mats. If organizations and/or individuals are interested in receiving Memory Mats, they can contact Thomas at thomasa@gilmour.org.
    Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school.  It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori program beginning at 18-months-old and a Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. For more information about Gilmour Academy, visit www.gilmour.org and follow Gilmour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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  • Gilmour Academy Names Varsity Golf Coach

    Gilmour Academy announces that Bob Lewis will be the school’s varsity golf coach, effective immediately. Lewis brings extensive golf experience on the pro and amateur circuits to Gilmour’s storied program, which has seen five team state championships and seven individual state championships.

    Lewis played on the PGA Tour from 1969-1974. The USGA reinstated his amateur status in 1978 and, between 1978 and 2013, when he retired from competitive golf, Lewis amassed countless honors. He was a runner-up (1980), a semifinalist (1981 and 1986) and a medalist (1984) in the US Amateur. He was a runner-up (1981 and 1984) and a medalist (1984) at the US Mid-Amateur. He played as an amateur in seven Masters tournaments, finishing as Low Amateur (1987 and 2nd Low Amateur (1981 and 1984). He played on four straight U.S. Walker Cup Teams (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987) and captained the team twice (2003, 2005). He was a member of the U.S. World Amateur Team (1982, 1986) and qualified for three U.S. Opens (1978, 1983, 1986). He has an equally impressive senior record, most recently winning the Ohio Senior Amateur Hall of Fame Classic (2010).

    Lewis served as president and CEO of Welded Tubes, Inc. from 1984-2016, when the company was sold. He served on the board of Second National Bank and Boys Hope Girls Hope.

    Lewis said of his new role, “The opportunity to become the golf coach at Gilmour Academy was an offer I just couldn’t refuse. Gilmour is a wonderful school with a reputation for excellence. My ultimate goal will be to mold the minds and hearts of young men to become the best that they can be, both as a golfer, but more importantly, as a person.” He continued, “I look forward to the challenge of continuing the strong tradition of excellence associated with the golf program at Gilmour set by the legacy of many fine coaches.”

    Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school.  It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori program beginning at 18-months-old and a Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. For more information about Gilmour Academy, visit www.gilmour.org and follow Gilmour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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  • Alum Hampus Gustafsson Named NCAA Player of the Week

    Congratulations to Hampus Gustafsson '12, who was named Player of the Week after leading Division I Merrimack to a 6-3 victory over No. 7 Boston College. The Ljungby, Sweden native scored five points on three goals and two assists, including an assist on the game-winner, while also finishing a +4. It was the first hat trick by a Merrimack player in more than six years. Read more here. (Photo courtesy of Merrimack Athletics)
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  • Jim Scully Named Varsity Lacrosse Coach

    We are thrilled to announce that Jim Scully will be our varsity lacrosse coach, effective immediately. Jim began playing lacrosse while attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. After college, his first coaching jobs were at three Massachusetts high schools- St. John’s Prep in Danvers, The Landmark School in Beverly, and Lawrence Academy in Groton as he began his teaching and coaching career. Coaching in the midst of New England’s strong lacrosse tradition exposed him to a number of great players and coaches and solidified his love affair with the game. 
     
    Jim and his wife came to Cleveland in 1994 when he took a job teaching history at Hawken. With very few Ohio schools playing lacrosse at the time, he helped start Hawken’s first middle school lacrosse team in 2000. In 2009, he was offered the varsity head coaching position at Hawken and, during his seven seasons as head coach, his teams went 85-41 and made two trips to the state final four. In 2015, he was named Coach of the Year by the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association, Northeast Region.
     
    Jim has also coached for the Burning River Lacrosse club of Cleveland and led teams as they competed in lacrosse hotbeds like New York, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania against some of the best programs in the country. 
     
    We are thrilled to have Jim at the helm of our boys lacrosse program!
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