2019

  • February

    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
  • Gilmour Has a Disney Dreamer

    Gilmour’s own Bryson Simpson '20 is one of the 100 “exceptional young people” selected for the Disney Dreamers Academy! Students were chosen for demonstrating intellectual curiosity, compassion, courage, a positive outlook and generous spirit, and optimism about the future.

    The Academy is a four-day experience designed in partnership with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine to reward young dreamers who demonstrate potential. During their stay at Disney, they will enjoy interactive career workshops in everything from animation, journalism and entrepreneurship to culinary arts and zoology; motivational talks; and networking and interviewing opportunities. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the Disney campus behind-the-scenes and enjoy the theme parks during their March 21-24 stay.  

    Enjoy this clip from Bryson’s recent appearance on WKYC.
  • 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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