School News

List of 84 news stories.

  • Lent Began with Ash Wednesday Mass

    As we began our Lenten journey, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Chapel for Ash Wednesday Mass. Middle and Upper School students attended Mass in the morning and Lower School students went in the afternoon.

    Fr. John Blazek '58, C.S.C., celebrated both Masses and helped students understand the meaning of Lent and how to connect it to their daily lives.
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  • Br. Ken instructs two students in the set up for their fox hunt.

    Such a Ham...for Radio!

    Gilmour’s Amateur Radio Club, properly identified by its call sign ND8GA, is an FCC-licensed organization. All amateur radio, known as “ham,” is regulated by the FCC and must also follow numerous international agreements. Currently moderated by Br. Kenneth Kane (KG8DN), Gilmour’s ham club’s mission is to:
    1. Promote awareness of amateur (ham) radio as a useful and enjoyable hobby;
    2. Provide students and adults with the use of school equipment in advancing the hobby;
    3. Enhance communication skills and technical knowledge among its members;
    4. Support students and adults as they choose to study for appropriate FCC licenses;
    5. Develop a cadre of students and adults competent to provide communications in the event of public emergencies;
    6. Facilitate communications within Gilmour Academy and in the Greater Cleveland area.
    As a member of the ham club, students have the unique opportunity to combine broadcast journalism and STEM skills. Their activities are wide-ranging - from helping scouts with their annual jamboree to offering support for events such as marathons and even the Senior Games!
    Ham club members not only have the fortune of working with the public, their endeavors allow them to reach across the world as well.
    To hone their skills, students use a technique known as “fox hunting.” The fox is a small, hidden transmitter and the hunter is the machine that helps find the fox. As the hunter gets closer to the fox, the signal on the hunter becomes stronger. Prior to beginning the hunt, students identify the frequency of each transmitter and are given a radius in which the transmitters can be located.
    This year, Gilmour’s ham was visited by Bob Leskovec (K8DTS), who provided a fascinating talk about how he built a working transceiver (combination transmitter and receiver) from China at a cost of about $4.
    There is no question of the benefit and impact of Gilmour’s ham club and two current students, Olivia Caruso '20 and Mark Hansen '21, have already been licensed. Take a look at photos from some of the club’s adventures.
    Members of the 2017-2018 Gilmour Amateur Radio Club are as follows:
    Asya Akkus '21
    Amber Chen '18
    Beryl Chen '18
    Hannah Dong '18
    Coco Gan '19
    Mark J. Hansen, KE8BMF '21
    Meimei Cao '18
    Michelle Wang '19
    Mr. Chris Grau (Director of Technology)
    Olivia Caruso, KE8HLJ '20
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  • First Semester Catalyst Participants Share Their Findings

    This past semester, Quiyao Liang '18 and Clayton Tomasek '18 participated in the Catalyst program and worked alongside researchers at Case Western Reserve University. They recently presented summaries of their projects to faculty/staff, their mentors, parents and guests. Their projects are detailed below and photos of their presentations can be viewed here.
    Manipulation of Magnetic Vortex and Study of its Dynamics Under Magnetic Stress by Qiyao Liang '18
    Because magnetic vortex can be used to swiftly control electron spins, it has the potential application for quantum info technology and as sensitive magnetic sensors at room temperature. Qiyao worked in the department of physics at CWRU with Dr. Jesse Berezovsky’s team to study dynamics of magnetic vortex and its core reversal.
    Optimizing Touch Sensors On Worm Robots by Clayton Tomasek '18
    Worm-like robots are gaining popularity due to their usefulness in exploring tunnels and in medical application. Sensory input from surroundings allows these robots to navigate their environment. Clayton worked with Dr. Roger Quinn and his team in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CWRU to optimize design for a touch sensor on a soft body robot.
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  • Speech and Debate Qualifies 17 to States

    The speech and debate team is having quite a season. This past weekend, 17 students qualified for the state tournament. Last year was a great year with 12 qualifiers, so we’re excited to see what this group can do!
    Matt Mangel '18 -  qualified in Declamation earning straight ones at the District Qualifiers
    Sophia Dipuccio '19 and Sabrina Bauman '18 - qualified in Dramatic Interpretation
    Zach Holtz '18 - qualified in Humorous Interpretation
    Emma Kaplan '19 - qualified in Informative Speaking
    Taniya Dsouza '20 - alternate in International Extemporaneous Speech
    Ryan Kastelic '18 - qualified in Lincoln Douglas Debate
    Sebastian Williams '18 - qualified in Lincoln Douglas Debate
    Jacob Bartell '18 - qualified in Lincoln Douglas Debate
    Mollie Edmonson '21 - qualified in Original Oratory (top speaker in her event)
    Madison Wagner '19 - qualified in Original Oratory
    Arianna Mack '18 - qualified in Prose Oratorical Interpretation
    John Kunzo '18 - qualified in Prose Oratorical Interpretation
    Allie Mikolanis '19 - qualified in US Extemporaneous Speech (but is going to States in Student Congress)
    Asya Akkus '21 - qualified in Student Congress
    Gwen Mascha '21 - qualified in Student Congress
    Rajeel Zafar '18 - qualified in Student Congress
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  • Two Student-Athletes Sign NCAA Letters of Intent

    Gilmour hosted a NCAA Signing and Commitment Ceremony today to honor two student-athletes signing NCAA National Letters of Intent.

    February 7 is the first day of the signing period for soccer and Isabel Greene '18, of Lyndhurst, signed to play soccer at Division I University of Dayton. Greene has already earned 12 varsity letters as a Lancer – four in soccer, four in cross country, three in track and one in swimming. Her athletic accomplishments – in cross country, swimming and track, in addition to soccer – are too numerous to list. Her soccer honors began freshman year when she earned 2014 GCSSCA All-Cleveland Honorable Mention. She has amassed award after award since then. Some of the highlights include earning 2015 News-Herald and Cleveland Plain Dealer Soccer Player of the Week, 2015 and 2016 GCSSCA All-Cleveland Division III First Team, 2016 News-Herald Soccer Player of the Year, 2016 OSSCA All-Ohio First Team, 2016 NSCAA Fall Girls High School All-Central Region Team, 2017 GSSCA Division II Player of the Year, 2017 OSSCA All-Ohio First Team, 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region Team and, most recently, 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-American Team.

    Greene is also Student Council President, National Honor Society Vice President, a member of the Blue & Gray Student Ambassador Club and the Baking Club.

    At the University of Dayton, Greene plans to major in business. She said of her decision, I chose Dayton because the community made me feel like I was at home. Everyone that I met at UD was so happy! The soccer coaches and players were extremely welcoming and made me want to be a part of the program.”

    Tyler Leroux '18, of Mentor, also participated in the ceremony to celebrate the commitment he made on the first day of the football early signing period in December. Leroux signed to play football for the University at Buffalo, but since Gilmour was on Christmas break at that point, a formal ceremony was not held.

    Leroux is a four-year member of the football team and ran rack for one year. During his career at Gilmour, he earned First Team All-District in 2015, 2016 and 2017; was named to the News-Herald Third Team in 2015 and 2016; earned All-Ohio Special Mention in 2015 and 2016; was named to the News-Herald Second Team and All-Ohio Second Team in 2017; and received the Art Teynor, Lancer and Coaches’ Awards. He is ranked the 99th best tackle nationally and is the fifth-ranked offensive tackle in the state according to

    Leroux plans to study computer science at the University at Buffalo and says he chose the school for itscoaching staff, location and the education.”
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  • Recycling Rules!

    Last semester, the third graders led a charge to ramp up our paper recycling at the Lower School. They held a schoolwide contest to see which class would recycle the most paper. The third graders kept a bar graph tracking each homeroom’s weekly progress and the fourth graders won!

    Because of the contest, the amount of recyclables in the green bin in the parking lot increased as well and the Lower School ended up winning the northeast Ohio recycling contest, earning a $500 prize! The students are excited to use this money for environmental initiatives at the Lower School.

    Gilmour families, you can help them win again next year by bringing your recycled paper (including magazines, newspaper and cardboard) and placing it in the green recycling bin in the Lower School parking lot.
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  • Outstanding Early Results for Seniors

    Our seniors were busy this fall meeting with members of the College Counseling team, working on essays, visiting colleges and completing applications. Some applied to schools early and the results have been outstanding! We just had to share as we are so excited! Our students have been accepted into some of the top universities. Among these extremely selective schools that have accepted at least one of our seniors (Duke accepted three!) are Columbia, Yale, Georgetown and Duke. Click here for a full list of schools at which our seniors have been accepted so far.
    Additionally, one of our seniors – Lauriel Powell '18 – received notice that she has been awarded a Questbridge Scholarship. The application and selection process for this scholarship is rigorous, with very high academic requirements, and only 5,759 finalists were chosen from an applicant pool of 15,606. Lauriel’s Questbridge Scholarship will cover full tuition, room and board at Oberlin College!
    We are so proud of all of our seniors and can’t wait to hear more college application results and student decisions in the coming months!
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  • Hillmon Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer

    During the break, varsity girls basketball player Naz Hillmon '18 achieved an amazing accomplishment. She became the new all-time scoring leader for the Gilmour girls basketball program. The post player reached the historic mark on December 23 in a win against Jackson High School in which she scored 23 points, taking her total to 1,659 points. The previous career scoring record was set a year earlier by Emily Kelley '18 who amassed 1,658 points. Kelley was on hand to present Hillmon with the game ball. Watch video of the event.
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  • Gilmour Names Alumni Man and Woman of the Year

    Two loyal Gilmour alumni were feted at the annual Christmas at the Academy holiday party. During a special presentation, Neal Lavelle '53 and Mary Kate Farrar Vega '93 were awarded the 2017 Alumni Man and Woman of the Year Awards.

    Head of School Kathy Kenny spoke about the impact that both of these devoted alumni have had on Gilmour.

    She described Neal as a steadfast supporter of Gilmour, noting that he was one of the founding members of the Blue & Gray Society and has been a loyal supporter since its inception.

    Lavelle’s son, David Lavelle '89, accepted the award for his father and said that “Gilmour significantly impacted his intellect as well as his life and empowered him to develop his writing.” He explained that his father is passionate about supporting the schools that impacted him as he believes it is important to “give back a little of what he received.” He closed by thanking Gilmour for recognizing this “extraordinary, gentle and unassuming man” and shared that he hopes to instill his father’s lessons about generosity, loyalty, hard work and love of family in his own children.

    In describing Mary Kate’s tenure at Gilmour, Kenny discussed the deep ties of the Farrar family. Mary Kate's father, Jim Farrar '59, and her three siblings - JP '91, Dan '94 and Amy '96 - all graduated from Gilmour, and Jim served as director of development before passing the torch to Mary Kate.

    During her nine years at Gilmour, from 2007-2016, Mary Kate served as the Director of Annual Fund and Constituent Relations and then as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement. Under her leadership, the department grew the Annual Fund from $500,000 annually to $850,000 during her last year at the helm. They increased membership in the Blue & Gray Society, built a new Athletic Center, hosted large school fundraising events, and worked to create a strong parent and alumni presence.
    In accepting her award, Mary Kate thanked her parents for the many sacrifices they made to send her siblings and her to Gilmour and shared the impact of the classes, clubs and organizations in which she was involved during her school years at Gilmour. She explained that it was her love for the school that made her want to return there to work, which required a commute from Rocky River each day. She said she loved the “classy, dedicated, wonderful people” with whom she got to work each day at Gilmour. She concluded by thanking her husband and her two young daughters for supporting her passion for Gilmour during her nine years there.
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  • Gone But Never Forgotten

    This has been a difficult week at Gilmour as we mourn the loss of a true Lancer Legend - Tiho Teisl. In his 45 years as a member of this community, he touched countless lives. Tiho’s was the definition of a life well-lived and his passing has left our community heartbroken.

    Tiho is survived by his sons Jim '93, Mike '95 and Steve '00; daughters-in-law Kelly, Jenny and Valerie; and his cherished grandchildren Nicholas, Sophia, Daniel, Elina, Emily and Orli. He was preceded in death by his wife Roe and son Christopher. To read his obituary, click here.

    In our grief, we remember all that Tiho did for his family, his students, his fellow teachers, alumni and his many friends in Honduras and we thank God for the gift that he was during his 45 years as a Lancer.

    We will celebrate Tiho and his legacy this weekend. His funeral arrangements are as follows.

    Wake: Friday at Our Lady Chapel from 3-8 p.m.
    Funeral: Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 10 a.m.
    Reception: After the funeral at the Lower School

    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Honduran Children's Rescue Fund.
    We have been flooded with alumni, parents and friends who have shared such beautiful memories of our friend, Tiho. We have set up a special page on our website for those who would like to share their favorite Tiho stories or pictures or to view those that others have submitted.

    We were so blessed to have Tiho Teisl as a member of the Gilmour Family for the past 45 years and his legacy - both at Gilmour and in Honduras - will last for generations.
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  • Seniors Work with Refugees from All Over the World Who Have Resettled in Cleveland

    The Immigration Literature students visited Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, where they were able to work with refugees from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine, who have resettled in Cleveland. The following seniors helped our new neighbors practice their basic and intermediate English-speaking skills - Elaine Beck '18, Dylan Henry '18, Chase Filicko '18, Matt Mangel '18, Joey Saracena '18, Katelyn Schlotter '18, Cory Boucheck '18, Tyler Leroux '18, Henry-Claude Madiba '18, Dom Scimone '18, Ava Thomas '18, Ray Zafar '18 and Frank Zhang '18. They talked about their families, cultures, weather, foods and travel.

    Bella Caruso '18, Cole Hudson '18, Taylor Isaac '18, Lucky Jaffe '18, Erin O'Connell '18 and Aegeas Wiertel '18 worked in a pre-literate classroom, meaning their partners didn't read or write in their own language and were learning English, reading and writing for the first time. They practiced birthdays, spelling names, and "Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes."

    After, these students decided to collect school supplies for these English language classrooms and the clients that they serve. Students can place school supplies in the bins located outside the Chapel, outside  the US Office, inside the MS Office and outside CB11.
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  • Catalyst Program Providing Students with Graduate-Level Experiences

    Catalyst is a science research internship administered as a one-semester science elective. The program is designed to engage students in hands-on work as they enhance their subject mastery, research skills and professional network. Participants spend four hours each week working with distinguished mentor scientists on ongoing projects at prominent institutions. Meaningful goals with real-world significance engage students, often leading them to perform beyond expectations. The dedicated focus on reflection through journal writing, group meetings and other assignments helps students achieve the course outcomes of critical thinking, effective communication and independent learning.
    Upon completion of the externship, students will be able to:
    • Clearly convey scientific information orally and in writing to multiple audiences
    • Analyze scientific processes and data, finding patterns, making connections and identifying inconsistencies or contradictions
    • Identify and evaluate assumptions
    • Evaluate the reliability of evidence
    • Find and synthesize information from a variety of sources (experimental and textual) to propose explanations and draw conclusions
    • Provide compelling evidence to support all conclusions and generalizations
    • Evaluate own understanding, articulate areas of confusion, and take initiative to acquire needed information
    This year’s participants conducted and presented the following research:
    Mechanism of Nonsense Mediated mRNA Decay by Matt Mangel '18
    Our cells have quality control mechanisms that recognize and degrade abnormal messages (mRNAs) to avoid accumulation of nonfunctional proteins. Matt worked with Dr. Baker at CWRU to study one such quality control system called nonsense mediated mRNA decay in yeast cells. Matt share what he learned about the mechanism behind such a control system.
    Activation of PP2A by Small Molecule Activators of PP2A (SMAP) in Lung Cancer by Ava A. Thomas '18
    In lung cancer cells, a tumor suppressor protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) has been known to be dysregulated and deactivated. Activation of this protein is a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of lung cancer. Ava worked with Dr. Narla and his team at the Case Western Reserve University to study if activation of this protein by SMAP could induce apoptosis in lung cancer cells.
    New Treatment Option for Infected Orthopedic Implants by Ben Grandstaff  '18
    Today, replacement of infected orthopedic implants is costing the health industry billions of dollars. With an aging population and ever-growing need for implants, scientists are constantly searching for new treatment options. Dr. von Recum and his team at Case Western Reserve University have been working to develop a way to include antibiotic-loaded polymer in the bone cement that is used to secure and stabilize implants. Ben shared how this treatment option could potentially reduce cases of implant-related bacterial infections.
    Codon Optimality and mRNA Decay by Ryan Zarrinmakan '18
    In eukaryotic cells, messenger RNA gets degraded once the required copies of the protein have been made. Dr. Coller’s lab at CWRU has demonstrated that mRNA with optimal codons have longer shelf life compared to that of the mRNA with non-optimal codons. Ryan worked with Dr. Coller to understand how codon optimality affects mRNA degradation for a wild type and mutated HIS3 gene.

    3D Printing Technology for Infrastructure Construction by Jake Robida '18
    3D Printing Technology for Infrastructure Construction is the method of building infrastructure by layering concrete from a printer. Using current 3D printing technologies, this new method of construction can reduce labor cost, materials and over time of completion. Jake Robida, working with Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu at Case Western Reserve University, developed a prototype 3D mortar printer based on jet printing principles, with hope that tradition construction will be replace with this method.
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  • Thanks to the Generosity of the GA Community!

    The Thanksgiving Food Drive was a huge success! After gathering food in all divisions in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, dozens of volunteers delivered more than 350 baskets, complete with entire Thanksgiving dinners, to local families in need via home deliveries and the St. Pat’s Hunger Center in Cleveland.
    A group of Upper School students, faculty and alumni volunteers packed up their cars at 8 a.m. and headed out to Cleveland neighborhoods with their baskets. Another group of Middle and Upper School students, faculty members, alums and friends headed to St. Pat’s to unload two buses full of baskets and food (which had been packed up by the basketball teams before the sun even came up). Click here to see a slideshow from the Food Drive events.
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  • Gilmour Academy Community to Deliver More than 350 Thanksgiving Meals to Local Families in Need

    On the first morning of Thanksgiving break, Gilmour’s campus will be buzzing by 8 a.m. as students, faculty, alumni and friends gather to distribute more than 350 Thanksgiving meals to local families as part of the Brother Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive. The drive is named in honor of longtime Gilmour staff member and Food Drive volunteer Brother Richard Keller, C.S.C.
    Students and faculty members at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools have been collecting food for the drive for the past few weeks and the donations are being used to fill the more than 350 baskets with complete Thanksgiving dinners.
    On Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., those baskets will be loaded into cars for home delivery by juniors, seniors, faculty/staff and alumni. The remaining baskets will be loaded on a bus with additional Gilmour volunteers, who will distribute them at the Hunger Center at St. Patrick’s Church in Cleveland.
    There were several educational events that accompanied this community initiative. To kick off the Food Drive, students heard from two staff members at the St. Augustine’s Hunger Center about the need that exists in the local community. Throughout last week, students were presented with simple meal options during lunch and were provided a variety of service opportunities. Students went to the Cleveland Foodbank, served at two different food pantries and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for distribution to the homeless. The Food Drive preparations culminated with a prayer service and a blessing of the baskets on Tuesday.
    Gilmour’s Director of Pastoral Life and Religious Studies Department Chair Whitney Daly chaired this year’s drive. She said, “The Br. Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive makes our Mission Statement ‘to develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society’ come alive. Montessori – Grade 12 students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and friends work together to create and deliver more than 350 baskets to people in need during the holiday season.” She continued, “An endeavor this large can only be successful when everyone is invested. Aware of the great need within the Cleveland area, the Gilmour community has once again responded with hope and zeal.”
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  • “Prevent a Tragedy, Save a Life” - November 15, 2017

    “Prevent a Tragedy, Save a Life”
    Ohio is ground-zero for the opioid crisis, and the stakes are high for our kids, family, and local community.  Many of us have been impacted in some way, and the statistics are alarming: 75% of heroin users started out on painkillers, 2016 opioid deaths exceeded 53,000, and Ohio is ranked second among states for opioid deaths.
    We have assembled a panel of experts with diverse backgrounds - including drug abuse counseling, law enforcement, pharmaceuticals, and education – who can provide valuable information to prevent addiction and answer your questions such as:
    • What are opioids and how do they impact our community?
    • Why are opioids so deadly?
    • What questions should I be asking my physicians? 
    • How do I know if a family member, friend, or even I have a problem?
    • What immediate risks do our kids face?
    Agenda for the Evening
    Gilmour Academy Tudor House
    6:00-6:45 p.m. – Appetizers and Refreshments
    6:45-7:15 p.m. – Presentation by Sgt. Anthony Mele
    7:15-8:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
    Meet the Panel:
    Dr. Silvana Balliu – Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic
    Dr. Balliu has been working as a pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic since 2004. Initially, in her role as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist, she worked directly with physicians, nurses, patients and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contributed to the best possible outcomes. Pain management and opioid use have been one of her areas of interest. In collaboration with other members of the health care team, she has applied her clinical expertise to minimize the use of opioids and risks associated with them.
    Currently, Dr. Balliu is part of the Medication Safety team at Cleveland Clinic. She works closely with different healthcare providers to improve efficiency and quality of care based on data and other tools offered by health information technology. 
    She received her doctoral degree in pharmacy from the Midwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Balliu completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mid-Michigan Medical Center to expand her knowledge of medication therapy and clinical expertise. She completed her internship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
    Douglas E. Rohde – Lake County Crime Laboratory Supervisor of Chemistry and Toxicology
    Douglas E. Rohde has been employed by the Lake County Crime Laboratory since January 2000 and serves as the supervisor of chemistry and toxicology. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Gannon University and a master of science degree in chemistry (clinical) from Cleveland State University. His duties include the analysis of solid dose substances and body fluids for the presence of drugs and poisons. Prior to his current position, he was employed in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 12 years and has performed forensic toxicology testing since 1983. Mr. Rohde has provided expert testimony/opinion reports in the areas of alcohol/drug analysis and impairment in several counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow (Toxicology Section) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and holds board certification from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). He serves on the National Safety Council (NSC) Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division and the AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB) Toxicology Consensus Body.
    Dr. Martina Moore – Coordinator of Substance Abuse Disorder, John Carroll University; Substance Use Disorder and Marriage and Family Counseling
    Martina completed her Ph.D. at Walden University in counseling education and supervision with a specialization in consultation. She holds a master’s degree from John Carroll University in community counseling and human services. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor- Clinical Supervisor. She is the president and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc., (MCMS). This organization has seven outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers in Northeast, Ohio. Her agency is the provider for five City of Cleveland specialized dockets, including drug court, mental health court, veterans court, community court and human trafficking court.
    Dr. Moore is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization where she works on philanthropic activities to provide services such as building dispensaries, schools and libraries in under-developed countries. In 2015, Dr. Moore traveled to Tanzania, Africa where she worked to assist with completing a dispensary for medical and mental health services. In 2017, Dr. Moore traveled to Vietnam where she taught substance disorder treatment methods.
    In 2015, Dr. Moore received an award from Smart Business Magazine as a 2015 Progressive Female Entrepreneur. In 2016, she received the Community Service Pillar award from Medical Mutual. In 2017, she and her husband were awarded Business Persons of the Year by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce.
    In her spare time, Martina is an avid traveler, and she enjoys spending time sitting by the ocean.
    Sgt. Tony Mele – Mayfield Heights Police Department
    Sgt. Mele has served 20 years as a police officer, including five years on the S.P.A.N. Drug Enforcement Unit, eight years as MHPD K9 handler, and serves as a MHPD juvenile officer.
    And Gilmour’s own…
    Mrs. Patricia Brubaker – Counselor and Director of Student Development, Gilmour Academy
    Mr. David Pfundstein '93 – Dean of Student Life and Leadership, Gilmour Academy
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  • Gilmour Celebrates Seven Who Commit to Playing After High School

    Yesterday a special ceremony was held to honor the commitments made by seven student-athletes who will continue their playing careers after graduating from Gilmour. Congratulations to the following student-athletes:
    Sarah Bohn '18 -  basketball at Division I Army West Point
    Katie Forsythe '18 - volleyball at Division I Loyola University Maryland
    Ella Grbac '18 - volleyball at Division I Northwestern University
    Emma Gurley '18 - basketball and softball at Division II Lake Erie College
    Naz Hillmon '18 - basketball at Division I University of Michigan
    Cole Hudson '18 - Junior A hockey for Brookings Blizzard
    Lauren Longo '18 - tennis at Division I Cleveland State University

    Enjoy these photos from the ceremony.
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  • Freshman Publishes Single-Author Paper in Research Journal

    Only a freshman, Asya Akkus ’21 just published her first single-author paper! Her work appeared in October in the International Journal of Current Research, an open access, peer-reviewed online journal. Her paper examines the ways in which dentistry can be efficiently integrated with the general health care system to improve quality of care and save costs. She has always been interested in the financial aspects of healthcare and medicine and, after sampling several finance and economics courses via Coursera and Case Western Reserve University, she came up with this topic idea.
    Akkus spent the entire summer and the first part of this semester working on the manuscript and getting it published. She used CWRU’s library to access the scientific databases. The paper was blind peer reviewed by three reviewers and will be referenced in the PubMed database, a free search engine accessing references and abstracts on life sciences and medical topics.
    Akkus has been involved in two other papers as part of a research team, but this is her first (and we’re sure not her last!) single-author paper.
    She said that Mr. Klein’s physics course “brought home the scientific method and the analytical tools used in scientific inquiry.” Additionally, she cited Dr. Goel’s dedication and organization as inspiring her to persevere after her article was initially rejected.
    Asked what having this article published means to her, Akkus said, “It shows that even an intern can make a difference in the scientific/managerial community, however small.”
    Akkus hopes to one day be the CEO of a hospital after obtaining her MD and MBA.
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  • Gilmour Concert Series Presents Piano Duets Concert

    Gilmour Concert Series Presents Piano Duets Concert on Two New Steinway Grand Pianos

    Join us for a special piano duets concert featuring Pierre and Sophié van der Westhuizen- the Westhuizen Duo - on Tuesday, November 14 at the Lower School. The pair will be playing a combined duet (one piano) and duo (two pianos) program called  "Our Favorite Things: A Beautiful and Joyful Collection of Works for Piano Duets.” The concert will include Gabriel Faure's "Dolly Suite," Bach’s “Concerto in D Minor” and “Shostakovich Concertino,” among others.

    There will be a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. followed by the concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All members of the Gilmour community and the greater Cleveland community are invited to attend. To RSVP, contact Jacqui Lundi at (440) 473-8000 x1204 or

    This concert is graciously underwritten by Matthew P. Figgie '84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation.
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  • Four Inducted into Hall of Fame

    On Saturday, October 7, as part of the Homecoming festivities, we inducted four members of the Athletics Hall of Fame – Dave Bielak, Taylor Jackson '07, Bob Spicer and Eric Tupta '05 - during a special reception in the Athletic Center. The four were also recognized on the field at halftime of the football game that afternoon. Take a look at photos from the ceremony.

    Dave Bielak
    Dave Bielak was a teacher and coach at Gilmour from 1985-1995. He taught religious studies, physical education and health at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and coached basketball, baseball and volleyball during his career at Gilmour.

    He coached the varsity boys basketball team from 1990-1995 and averaged 17 wins per year. His overall record at Gilmour was 87-33. He led his team to the state championship game in the 1991-1992 season where they finished as state runner-up.

    Bielak amassed many honors during his coaching tenure at Gilmour, including Division IV Ohio Coach of the Year in 1992, Lake County News-Herald Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1994 and Independent Schools Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993.

    Dave and his wife of 30 years, Cindy, live in North Royalton and have four children.

    Taylor Jackson '07
    Taylor Jackson was a standout on both the track and cross country teams at Gilmour. She ran varsity track and cross country all four years and racked up a slew of honors in the process, including 12 track and field state medals. She holds the school record in the 100m, 200m and 400m and helped lead her team to track and field state championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    Taylor’s favorite memory from those years was during her first trip to the state meet her freshman year. Before the 100m prelims, she cried because she was so nervous. After a pep talk from teammate Hannah LaBerteaux '05, Taylor ran the fastest qualifying time.

    After graduating from Gilmour, Taylor ran track at Vanderbilt University, where she was a three-year team captain and named to the SEC honor roll. She earned a spot on Vanderbilt’s All-Time Top Performer List in the 100m, 200m, the 4x100m, 4x200m and the 4x400m events.

    Today, Taylor is a banking and regulations attorney in Atlanta.

    Bob Spicer
    During Bob Spicer’s seven years at Gilmour from 2002-2008, his teams qualified for six Division V postseason appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008). He also led the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2003 and 2004 on his way to amassing a 63-17 record. He was selected by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association as the Head Coach of the Year in 2004. Bob is the second winningest Gilmour football coach behind Coach Vern Weber and has the highest winning percentage of any Gilmour football coach. He retired with 23 years of coaching experience under his belt, having spent time at JCU, Hawken, St. Ignatius, Chanel and a high school in Tampa as well as Gilmour.

    Bob and his wife of 51 years, Pamela, live in Lakewood and have four children and 16 grandchildren.

    Eric Tupta '05
    Eric Tupta ran track and played varsity football at Gilmour. And he certainly made his mark on both programs. He played on the 2003 and 2004 football teams, which both went 10-0 in the regular season, and his 4x100m relay team placed fifth in the state his junior year and seventh in the state his senior year. Eric earned First Team All-State Linebacker twice and First Team All-State for Track and Field twice. He was named the Mac-8 MVP for football and the Division V Ohio Defensive MVP. He also made The Plain Dealer’s Super 30 team and the News-Herald’s All-Decade team.

    His favorite memory of his days on the field at Gilmour was beating Warren JFK at home in the 2004 Division V playoffs.

    After leaving GA, Eric played four years of football at Colgate followed by one season in Europe after college.
    Today, he works at Bellwether Enterprise, a national commercial real estate finance firm headquartered in Cleveland. He and his fiancée, Laura Smykowski, will be getting married this October in Ellicottville, N.Y.
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  • Future Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts Receives $500,000 Challenge

    We are excited to announce that an anonymous donor has made a $500,000 challenge to the Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts. This means that every dollar of the next $500,000 raised by March 31 will be matched 100%! Currently at 91% of our $11 million goal, when met with $500,000 in new donations, this challenge will complete our fundraising for this important project and allow us to move towards construction.
    How will the Center for Performing Arts transform students’ academic experience at Gilmour?
    Theater is a critical part of educating both the minds and the hearts of our students.
    There are certain life skills that are not easily measured by standardized tests. Creative thinking, confidence, collaborative problem solving, resilience, public speaking, empathy and leadership are just a few of the many life skills that involvement in theater fosters.
    The benefits of theater can start as early as preschool, when young students learn about writing as they experience a story’s beginning, middle and end through a play, and continue all the way through Lower, Middle and Upper School, as students’ opportunities expand and they can delve into acting, theater tech, costume design, lighting, stage management, writing and directing. These are impactful and critically important opportunities for our students.
    Help us reach our goal and make this dream a reality. We must meet this challenge by March 31. Your gift, along with the 1:1 match, could be the one that puts us over the top and allows us to raise the curtain for opening night at the brand new Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts. To make your gift today, please contact Laurie Bilger, J.D., Senior Advancement Officer, at or (440) 473-8056.
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  • Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Figgie Field at Sharnsky Stadium

    On Monday, we hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the brand new Figgie Field at Sharnsky Stadium. Matthew P. Figgie '84 and his guests, alums, members of the baseball program and Trustees gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion with the Gilmour community.

    Matthew Figgie was joined by President and Treasurer of The Figgie Foundation Rick Solon, Secretary of The Figgie Foundation Brent Ballard, his representative Darrell Young, his publicist Sandra Stafford, Head of School Kathy Kenny, Director of Institutional Advancement Ray Murphy, Director of Athletics Sean O’Toole, Gilmour baseball head coach Jay Fowler '00 and Brian Sharnsky '09, son of legendary Gilmour baseball coach Ray Sharnsky, for a shovel ceremony. The group then heard remarks from Kathy Kenny,Sean O’Toole, Jay Fowler, Ray Murphy, Brian Sharnsky and Matthew Figgie.

    The construction is expected to take about eight weeks and the field will be ready to go for Lancer baseball season this spring!

    We are so grateful to Matthew Figgie, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation for making this new field possible. 

    Enjoy these photos from the festivities and take a look at the Lancer Lowdown for exciting footage !
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  • Developing Leaders, One Kairos Retreat at a Time

    Educating the mind and empowering the heart extends far beyond the classroom. As juniors and seniors at Gilmour, students have the opportunity to grow spiritually and as leaders during Kairos retreats. A unique program at Gilmour Academy, Kairos offers a time to disconnect from daily schedules and spend time in reflection, prayer and conversation, examining what makes them unique, their relationships with one another and, ultimately, their relationship with God.

    Kairos, which means a propitious moment for decision or action, or "God's time," is a time of transformation during which students move to a deeper level of faith and determine ways to apply their faith in real-life situations.

    The first Kairos retreat of the 2017-2018 school year was held at the Loyola Retreat House in Clinton, Ohio and led by Zack Holtz '18, Pyper McDowell '18, Lauriel Powell '18, Peyton Rudman '18 and Lily Switka '19, alongside a host of faculty and staff.
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  • Tiho Teisl Receives Award for Mission Work in Honduras

    On September 15, at the annual Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund benefit, Tiho Teisl was awarded the “Guardian Angel of the Children of Honduras” Award for the tireless work he has done for the children of Nuevo Paraiso in Honduras. Tiho is currently battling cancer and was unable to attend the benefit, but his son, Stephen, and daughter-in-law, Valerie, accepted the award on his behalf.

    Tiho made his first trip to Sociedad Amigos de los Niños in 2001 to work with the children at the village in Nuevo Paraiso and, in the years since, has organized more than 30 mission trips to Nuevo with Gilmour students, parents and alumni. He has impacted the lives of countless Honduran children as well as all the volunteers with whom he has served.
    Additionally, Tiho is a founding member of The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund, which raises funds to provide materials for Hondurans. This group has funded the building of many of the homes for children in the village and has been instrumental in founding the medical clinic, which is part of the Sociedad and is now recognized as a formal place for medical treatment in the area. Through 2016, this organization has sent more than $3,000,000 to Sociedad Amigos de los Niños and has secured large donations of pharmaceuticals, medicines, clothing, books, toys and more.
    On the cover of the evening’s program, Tiho was described as “the symbol of everything good that can come from afar.”
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  • Founder’s Day This Friday!

    The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “Our Journey of Hope.”  This is a very special year for the Congregation of Holy Cross, as we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Basil Moreau (founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross), and 175 years since Holy Cross came to the United States. Each of these milestones calls us to take note of the many courageous men and women who have left footprints of hope for us to follow. “The footsteps of those men [and women] who called us to walk in their company left deep prints, as of men [and women] carrying heavy burdens. But they did not trudge; they strode. For they had the hope.” (Holy Cross Constitutions)
    Within in our own community, we are acknowledging an amazing milestone as well. Fr. John Blazek ’58, C.S.C. is celebrating his jubilee  50 years of ministry as a priest. The contributions he has made to Gilmour Academy as a minister and a member of our community are difficult to articulate in words or to honor in a celebration, but we are going to try our best.

    On Friday, September 15, Gilmour Academy’s Founder’s Day, we have a very special day planned for the community, filled with events honoring Fr. John and our Holy Cross family, including a special Mass for students and their families at 9 a.m. at Weber Stadium. Please join us!
    Blessed Basil Moreau explained that “an education that is complete is one in which the hands and heart are engaged as much as the mind.” By engaging our hands, heart, and minds, the students, faculty and staff will be working together to create the stepping stones for our Journey of Hope Prayer Garden, which will honor the 144 religious who have served at Gilmour; Skype with the Holy Cross Brothers in Ghana; write letters to members of the Holy Cross community around the country; and much more. It will be a day for our community to pause and reflect on the global Holy Cross community of which we are a part.
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  • The Gilmour Academy Concert Series to Host First Fall Concert

    Following the overwhelming response to our inaugural summer concert series “Tuesdays at Tudor,” we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our guest musical artist series this fall. Open to the public, “The Gilmour Academy Concert Series,” featuring locally and internationally renowned artists, is generously sponsored by loyal Gilmour alumnus Matthew P. Figgie ’84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation. Through our partnership with Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland, the Cleveland International Piano Competition and ArtsConnect, three scheduled performances will take place in the Exhibition Area of Gilmour Academy’s Lower School, located at 35001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills (entrance is off of Cedar Road), where the artists will perform on one of the school’s beautiful Steinway & Sons grand pianos.
    The concerts are free and begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Jacqui Lundi at or (440) 473-8000 x1204.
    Concert Dates:
    Tuesday, Sept. 19 - Megan-Geoffrey Prins will perform on the piano.
    Tuesday, Nov. 14 – The Westhuizen Duo, Four-Hand Piano Program
    Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Enjoy the sounds of Opus 216, a piano, violin and cello trio.
    In December 2016, three new Steinway pianos were delivered to Gilmour Academy’s Lower School, beginning the process of Gilmour becoming a Steinway Select K-12 School. This unique distinction means that every single piano on campus will soon be replaced with a new Steinway & Sons grand piano. Gilmour Academy is the FIRST private K – 12 school in the Midwest and is only the EIGHTH school in the ENTIRE COUNTRY that has made this commitment to date. In June of 2017, two more Steinways were delivered to campus: a Steinway grand piano for the Chapel, and a Steinway Spirio grand piano to Tudor House. The purchase of these beautiful instruments were all made possible through scheduled donations from Matthew P. Figgie ’84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation.
    The Steinway Select K – 12 designation is exceedingly prestigious and is only bestowed upon qualifying institutions that consist of kindergarten through 12th grade. It is an extension of the All Steinway School honors that Steinway & Sons grants to the world’s best colleges, universities, conservatories and schools of music.
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  • Varsity Girls' Basketball Head Coach Named

    We are thrilled to announce our new varsity girls’ basketball head coach, John Curran. John served as the assistant varsity basketball coach at Magnificat High School from 2010-2016, where he helped lead the team to an overall record of 120-26 and five straight district championships. He has coached numerous student-athletes who went on to play at the Division I and Division III college levels and was involved in every aspect of the game – scouting, strength and conditioning, practice/game planning and execution.
    John is a graduate of Saint Edward High School and Cornell University, and has a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University. In 2015, John was awarded the Saint Edward High School Alumnus of the Year Award. At Cornell, John was a Meinig National Scholar, a member of the Sphinx Head Honorary Society, and the recipient of the Victor Grohmann Award for the Outstanding Student-Athlete at Cornell.
    He is the founder and managing partner of Next Play Partners, LLC, a financial services and consulting firm, and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, including senior positions at McDonald & Company, KeyBank Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Advisors. John enjoys mentoring his former players and connecting them with business opportunities locally and nationally.
    John understands the importance of and embraces our Holy Cross mission. He has served on the Board of Trustees at St. Edward High School since 1988 and served as Chairman from 1995-2003. He and his family are active members of St. Raphael parish. He and his wife, Nina, who recently passed away, have three children – John, Brian and Meghan.
    John is excited to announce that Pete Carroll and Katie Berry will join him as assistant coaches on his coaching staff. John and his staff bring years of coaching experience coupled with deep ties within the high school basketball community and solid relationships with college basketball coaches.
    Pete Carroll served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at CWRU from 2004-2006, where he was active in practice planning, game plan development, recruiting, scouting, alumni relations, and skill development of perimeter players. Pete has worked basketball camps at the University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and Five Star Basketball.
    While coaching at CWRU, Pete earned his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management and then transitioned into the financial services field, where he has worked for the last 11 years. In his free time, he is actively involved at Saint Martin de Porres High School, and serves on the school’s advancement committee. Pete and his wife, Marsi, live in Bay Village.
    Katie Berry began coaching immediately after finishing her basketball career at Walsh University. She served as an assistant coach at Walsh University for the 2011-2012 season before returning to her high school alma mater, St. Joseph Academy. She spent three seasons there as a junior varsity and assistant varsity coach. Last season, she moved to Trinity High School, where she served as an assistant varsity coach.
    During her tenure as a player at Walsh University, Katie earned Third Team All-American honors her senior season and First Team All-AMC honors three years in a row, as well as starting 125 of her last 126 games. Katie’s jersey is on display in the NAIA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Ring of Honor in recognition of her outstanding play during the 2010-2011 basketball season.
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  • Exciting Hockey Hires

    The girls' prep hockey team has a new powerhouse duo at the helm of the program. Seanna Conway returns to Gilmour as our head coach and Middle School PE teacher and Lauryn Gillis will be serving as assistant coach and residence life proctor.
    Seanna Conway has 20 years of playing experience and has coached for more than 15 years. She is a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Hockey Coach, a NCAA Division I athlete and played for the National Women’s Hockey League. Seanna attended Gilmour and played on our boys varsity team before the girls prep team was in existence. She transferred her senior year to Ridley College in St. Catharine’s, Ontario and was the MVP on their women’s ice hockey team. She was a scholarship athlete at the University of New Hampshire, where she played goalie. She transferred to York University, completed her bachelor’s degree and was a two-time Academic All-Canadian. Seanna went on to play for the National Women’s Hockey League and for the Irish National Team.  While in Ireland, she earned a master’s degree in Irish studies from National University of Ireland and a LL.B  from Griffith College in Dublin. She then earned a LL.M from Brooklyn Law School. Seanna is a licensed attorney and has been working as the assistant prosecuting attorney in the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office since April 2015.

    Seanna has coached the Ohio AAA Flames and Lady Baron’s AAA Association. Through these prestigious programs, she has developed a thorough knowledge of the female players in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Her passion for women’s hockey and her desire to attract and retain talent in this geographic region will certainly be an asset to our girls prep hockey program.

    Lauryn Gillis is also returning to her Cleveland hockey roots. She brings a strong desire to shine a national spotlight on girls hockey in this area as well as assist players as they navigate the path to college hockey. Her love of the game and her desire to give back are what drew her to this opportunity. Hockey runs in her blood with a father and uncle who played professional hockey and coached at various levels. Her father also used to be the director of the Ohio Flames AAA organization, where Lauryn played. She went on to play four years at NCAA Division III SUNY Cortland as a forward. She served as an assistant coach this past season at SUNY Cortland, and, for the past several years, has worked various summer camps and clinics coaching both boys and girls.

    Tim Veach begins this week as head coach of the boys varsity B team. He will also be working as a residence hall proctor. Tim has been coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA U10 team for the past four years and assisting with U14 teams for the past two years. Prior to that, he served as head coach and hockey director for West Alleghenies High School in Pittsburgh. Tim has a master's in instructional leadership and sports management from Robert Morris University and a bachelor's in journalism and mass communication from the University of Kansas.
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  • Four Selected for Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

    Gilmour announces the four 2017 inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame – Dave Bielak, Taylor Jackson '07, Bob Spicer and Eric Tupta '05. Join us on October 7 as we honor these Lancer standouts during the Homecoming festivities on campus.

    Dave Bielak

    Dave Bielak was a teacher and coach at Gilmour from 1985-1995. He taught religious studies, physical education and health at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and coached basketball, baseball and volleyball during his career at Gilmour.

    He coached the varsity boys basketball team from 1990-1995 and averaged 17 wins per year. His overall record at Gilmour was 87-33. He led his team to the state championship game in the 1991-1992 season where they finished as state runner-up.

    Bielak amassed many honors during his coaching tenure at Gilmour, including Division IV Ohio Coach of the Year in 1992, Lake County News-Herald Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1994 and Independent Schools Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993.

    Dave and his wife of 30 years, Cindy, live in North Royalton and have four children. 

    Taylor Jackson '07

    Taylor Jackson was a standout on both the track and cross country teams at Gilmour. She ran varsity track and cross country all four years and racked up a slew of honors in the process, including 12 track and field state medals. She holds the school record in the 100m, 200m and 400m and helped lead her team to track and field state championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    Taylor’s favorite memory from those years was during her first trip to the state meet her freshman year. Before the 100m prelims, she cried because she was so nervous. After a pep talk from teammate Hannah LaBerteaux '05, Taylor ran the fastest qualifying time.

    After graduating from Gilmour, Taylor ran track at Vanderbilt University, where she was a three-year team captain and named to the SEC honor roll. She earned a spot on Vanderbilt’s All-Time Top Performer List in the 100m, 200m, the 4x100m, 4x200m and the 4x400m events.

    Today, Taylor is a banking and regulations attorney in Atlanta.

    Bob Spicer

    During Bob Spicer’s seven years at Gilmour from 2002-2008, his teams qualified for six Division V postseason appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008). He also led the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2003 and 2004 on his way to amassing a 63-17 record. He was selected by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association as the Head Coach of the Year in 2004. Bob is the second winningest Gilmour football coach behind Coach Vern Weber and has the highest winning percentage of any Gilmour football coach. He retired with 23 years of coaching experience under his belt, having spent time at JCU, Hawken, St. Ignatius, Chanel and a high school in Tampa as well as Gilmour. 

    Bob and his wife of 51 years, Pamela, live in Lakewood and have four children and 16 grandchildren.

    Eric Tupta '05 
    Eric Tupta ran track and played varsity football at Gilmour. And he certainly made his mark on both programs. He played on the 2003 and 2004 football teams, which both went 10-0 in the regular season, and his 4x100m relay team placed fifth in the state his junior year and seventh in the state his senior year. Eric earned First Team All-State Linebacker twice and First Team All-State for Track and Field twice. He was named the Mac-8 MVP for football and the Division V Ohio Defensive MVP. He also made The Plain Dealer’s Super 30 team and the News-Herald’s All-Decade team.

    His favorite memory of his days on the field at Gilmour was beating Warren JFK at home in the 2004 Division V playoffs.

    After leaving GA, Eric played four years of football at Colgate followed by one season in Europe after college.
    Today, he works at Bellwether Enterprise, a national commercial real estate finance firm headquartered in Cleveland. He and his fiancée, Laura Smykowski, will be getting married this October in Ellicottville, N.Y.
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  • Golf Classic Raises Funds for Charlie Tremont Scholarship

    121 golfers gathered on Monday, June 26 at Shaker Heights Country Club for the Gilmour Academy Golf Classic in memory of Charlie Tremont '70. A beloved alum, parent, teammate and coach, Tremont starred on Gilmour’s varsity football and golf teams and returned to GA to serve as the golf coach for 11 years.
    Despite threats of storms in the area, the rain held off until all were off the course and enjoying dinner, a Chinese raffle and awards. Over the past 18 years, the generosity of sponsors and participants has made this event a great success.
    Presenting Sponsors for this event were Figgie Capital, The Figgie Foundation and Matthew P. Figgie '84. The event was also sponsored by the Tremont Family and Tucker Ellis LLP along with many local businesses, alumni, families and friends of Gilmour.
    The Charlie Tremont Scholarship was established in 2016 and this year’s event raised over $35,000.
    Gilmour Academy and the Tremont family thank all who supported the Golf Classic. Take a look at photos from the event.
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  • Maria Savani '18 Completes US Equestrian Program

    Congratulations to Maria Savani '18, who was recently recognized for completing the US Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program. Savani competed June 7-11 and 14-18 for the Country Heir Week in the Classic division. The competition, which takes place in two rounds, was held in Lexington, Ky. at the Kentucky Horse Park. Savani placed 3rd, 5th and 2nd in the first week of competition, then 8th, 5th and 12th in the second week.
    This program was developed to provide recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and encourage their future involvement in equestrian sport. US Equestrian recognizes the dedication of equestrians preparing for competition through practice and training sessions similar to the way students in other athletic programs train. The organization developed this program to honor individual achievements with a varsity letter in the student's chosen sport, regardless of the availability of an equestrian team or club through their school.
    Participants in the program must be students in grades 5-12 who document at least 100 hours of training and provide verification of participation in three equestrian competitions during the year. After completing these requirements and verification, the student will receive a certificate commemorating their achievements, a varsity letterman patch and lapel pin for each year of participation.
    US Equestrian is the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sports in the United States, sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee pursuant to the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. As such, US Equestrian acts as the regulatory body for the International and Olympic disciplines as well as for 26 breeds and disciplines. US Equestrian is further responsible for sanctioning approximately 2,600 equestrian competitions annually; and educating and licensing judges, technical delegates, and stewards who officiate at such competitions. The US Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program encompasses young equestrians involved in all breeds and disciplines from the grassroots to international competitions.
    For more information about US Equestrian or the Lettering Program, visit
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  • Head of School Mary Kenny with Joe Sepchinski

    Gilmour Celebrates Employees' Years of Service

    Today at our final staff meeting of the year, we recognized those faculty and staff members who are celebrating milestones with regard to years of service, as well as those who have decided to retire. Congratulations to all the following members of the Gilmour family and thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of our students! Take a look at photos from the celebration.

    5 Years of Service:
    Amy Boyle
    Dawn Conforti
    John Fagan
    Alexander Kimmel
    Mike Liszkowski
    Katy McKinnon
    Katie Petros
    Jamey Polak
    Catherine Sylstra
    Erin Thayer

    10 Years of Service:
    Whitney Daly
    Matt Fafrak
    Mary Farley
    John Gajewski
    Neena Goel
    Vickie Jacobson
    Rosalie Massey
    Kevin Monaco
    Marc Most
    Karen Roxbury
    Matt Ruppe

    15 Years of Service:
    Bob DeAngelo
    Dan Kohn
    Josette Maggs
    Linda Wheeler
    Don Zack

    20 Years of Service:
    Matt Lindley '89
    John Malloy

    25 Years of Service:
    Mary DiLisi

    30 Years of Service:
    Br. Ken Kane, C.S.C.

    45 Years of Service:
    Joe Sepchinski
    Tiho Teisl

    Theresa Stark, Mary Poluse, Sr. Mary Ann Mehling, I.H.M., Sr. Antoinette Dershaw, SND and Kelly Kearney

    Not pictured in 5 Years photo: John Fagan, Mike Liszkowski, Erin Thayer
    Not pictured in 10 Years photo:  Matt Fafrak, John Gajewski, Vickie Jacobson, Rosalie Massey, Matt Ruppe
    Not pictured in 15 Years photo:  Bob DeAngelo, Josette Maggs, Don Zack
    Not pictured in a 25 Years photo:  Mary DiLisi
    Not pictured in 45 Years photo: Tiho Teisl
    Not pictured in a retiree photo: Kelly Kearney
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  • Valedictorian Nupur Goel

    Gilmour Academy Hosts 68th Commencement Exercises

    On Sunday, May 28, Gilmour hosted its 68th Commencement exercises. The school presented diplomas to 101 students who plan to attend such colleges as Cornell, the University of Michigan, Ohio State, the University of Notre Dame, California Polytechnic State University, Boston University and many other schools across the country. The class earned a combined $12.6 million in scholarship dollars.

    Students and guests were treated to a Commencement address from Kristin Kirkpatrick ’94, manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and best-selling author of “Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic.” Kirkpatrick is an experienced presenter and an award-winning dietician. She has appeared on local and national TV shows such as The TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News and The Dr. Oz Show and has contributed to national newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Foot Network, Costco Connection, Self and Women’s Health. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on Twitter.” 

    Nupur Goel ’17, of Solon, was named the class valedictorian and will begin the accelerated BS/MD program at Northeast Ohio Medical College in the fall. Read Upper School Director Jon Wander's remarks about Nupur Goel. Michelle Moufawad ’17, of Pepper Pike, was named the class salutatorian and will study biology and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame. Read Upper School Director Jon Wander's remarks about Michelle Moufawad.
    Members of the Class of 2017 hail from four countries (the U.S., Canada, China and Switzerland), nine states (Colo., Ill., Ind., Ky., Mass., N.C., N.J., Ohio and Penn.) and 33 cities in Ohio. Seventy percent of the seniors completed more than their required 60 hours of service. Six student-athletes from the Class of 2017 have signed national letters of intent to play for Division I and Division II colleges in hockey, cross country, equestrian, basketball, football and tennis. Two members of the class competed on both the state champion girls soccer and girls basketball teams.

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  • Commencement to be held Sunday, May 28

    This Sunday, May 28, at 11 a.m. Gilmour will present diplomas to 101 students who plan to attend such colleges as Cornell, the University of Michigan, Ohio State, the University of Notre Dame, Cal Polytechnic, Boston University and many other schools across the country.

    Nupur Goel ’17 is the class valedictorian and will begin the accelerated BS/MD program at Northeast Ohio Medical College in the fall. Michelle Moufawad ’17 is the class salutatorian and will study biology and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame.

    Members of the Class of 2017 hail from four countries (the U.S., Canada, China and Switzerland), nine states (Colo., Ill., Ind., Ky., Mass., N.C., N.J., Ohio and Penn.) and 33 cities in Ohio. Seventy percent of the seniors completed more than their required 60 hours of service. Six student-athletes from the Class of 2017 have signed national letters of intent to play for Division I and Division II colleges in hockey, cross country, equestrian, basketball, football and tennis. Two members of the class competed on both the state champion girls soccer and girls basketball teams.
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  • Upper School Awards Ceremony

    Congrats to all our award winners at today's annual Upper School Awards ceremony. View photos from the ceremony.
    Departmental Awards
    Speech, Forensics and Drama
    Level of Honor: Bradley Bares ’18, James Berner ’19, Francesco DiGiannantonio ’20, Taniya Dsouza ’20, Gabe Gainar ’19, Connor Gerspacher ’19, Richard Jones ’20, Emma Kaplan ’19, Quinn L’Esperance ’19, Angeline Monitello ’19, Phoebe Nowak ’18, Anthony Patrick ’19, Katherine Rankin ’20, Olivia Sucato ’20, Marissa Ulchaker ’19, Madison Wagner ’19, Matilda Washington ’19, Elijah Wiertel ’20 and Charlie Xie ’20
    Level of Excellence: Rebecca Pahoresky ’19, Lauriel Powell ’18 and Rajeel Zafar ’18
    Degree of Distinction: Pyper McDowell ’18, Allie Mikolanis ’19 and Ava Thomas ’18
    Degree of Special Distinction: Sabrina Bauman ’18
    Degree of Outstanding Distinction: Zach Holtz ’18 and Sebastian Williams ’18
    Foreign Language
    Spanish I: Bryson Simpson ’20, Lena DiPuccio ’20, Katherine Rankin ’20, Christina Moore ’20, Sophia Giancola ’20, Bryce Hofstrom ’20 and Madison Olsen ’20
    Spanish II: Madison Wagner ’19, Natalie Mullen ’19, Cole Kruschke ’19, Anthony Patrick ’19, Marissa Ulchaker ’19, Matilda Washington ’19, Qiran Chen ’19, Chase Filicko ’18 and Ian Miller ’20
    Spanish III: Ava Thomas ’18, Jein Lee ’18, Jack Michael Solomon ’19, Lauriel Powell ’18, Elizabeth Espenschied ’19, James Berner ’19 and Ryan Zarrinmakan ’18
    Spanish IV Pre-AP: Sarah Bohn ’18, Allie Mikolanis ’19, Grazia DiPierro ’18 and Sebastian Williams ’18
    French II: Grace Roxbury ’19, Dylan Wharton ’19, Jorja Hlifka ’20 and Catherine O’Haimhirgin ’20
    French III: Brandon Novak ’19, Paige Cone ’18, Nazarah Hillmon ’18 and Meijuan Cao ’18
    French IV: Mary Hillard ’18
    Mandarin II: Makayla Thomas ’19
    Latin I: Maxwell Snyder ’20, Brian Davis ’20, Emma Lesko ’20 and Garrett Olsen ’20
    Latin II: Annie Greene ’19, Patrick Kelley ’19 and Maximilian Mendels ’19
    Latin III: Julia Schultz ’18, Brendan McNamara ’18 and Molly Murphy ’18
    Gianna Stafford ’18, Isabella Caruso ’18 and Abigail Bartlett ’19
    Language Arts
    John Gale Award (a gift for language): Richard Jones ’20, Allie Mikolanis ’19, Gabe Gainar ’19, Paige Cone ’18 and Sebastian Williams ’18
    Holy Cross Literature Award (demonstrates capacity to act as agent of change): Ava Thomas ’18
    Rensselaer Medal (rising senior who has distinguished himself/herself in math and science): Qiyao (Catherine) Liang ’18
    Mathematics Award: Bryce Hofstrom ’20, Emma Lesko ’20, Ian Miller ’20, Garrett Olsen ’20, CJ Charleston ’19, Katie Engle ’19, Anthony Patrick ’19, Mia Nannicola ’19, Marissa Ulchaker ’19, Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung ’18, Megan Miller ’18, Leona Ng ’18, Marisa Salvino ’18
    Biology: Zach Holtz ’18, Paige Cone ’18 and Isabel Greene ’18
    Chemistry: Payton Wetzel ’18 and Ming Yuan Zhang ’18
    Physics: Lejun (Angela) Liu ’20, Matt Vanone ’20 and Owen O’Toole ’18
    Social Studies
    Grade 9 Social Studies: Olivia Caruso ’20, Richard Jones ’20, Nicolle Figueroa ’20 and Samantha Sargi ’20
    Grade 10 AP: Connor Gerspacher ’19, Jiasheng (Sam) Zou ’19 and Allie Mikolanis ’19
    Grade 10: James Berner ’19
    Grade 11 AP: Lauriel Powell ’18, Ava Thomas ’18, Zach Holtz ’18 and Marisa Salvino ’18
    Grade 11:  Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung ’18 and Leona Ng ’18
    Coakley Scholarship (for potential in journalism)
    Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung ’18 
    Glen Oak Scholarship (for young women in Grade 11 who best represent the spirit of Glen Oak)
    Ava Thomas ’18
    Lily Switka ’18 (runner up)
    Arianna Mack ’18 (runner up)
    University Medal & Leadership Awards
    University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Science Award (outstanding science student completing junior year)
    Mary Hillard ’18
    University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation (outstanding achievement in pursuit of innovative approaches and enthusiasm and appreciation for possibilities of technology)
    Bradley Bares ’18
    University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award (junior with outstanding leadership qualities and strong academic achievement)
    Zach Holtz ’18
    Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Studies (outstanding junior who exemplifies the revolutionary spirit of these two individuals and demonstrates commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social situations)
    Lauriel Powell ’18
    Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal (junior with intrinsic interest and ability in field of computing)
    Ava Thomas ’18
    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)
    Nick Majer ’18
    University Book Awards
    St. Michael’s College Book Award (academic achievement and evidence of social conscience)
    Lily Switka ’18
    Ben Grandstaff ’18
    Stonehill College Book Award (commitment to learning and betterment of community)
    Megan Miller ’18
    Oberlin College Book Award (achievement in the arts)
    Phoebe Nowak ’18
    Washington and Lee University Book Award (personal integrity and strength of character, academic excellence, significant involvement in extracurriculars)
    Lauriel Powell ’18
    Smith College Book Award (academic achievement, leadership, concern for others)
    Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung ’18 
    College of the Holy Cross Book Award (exemplifies excellence in rigorous college-prep curriculum, is ranked in top of class, possesses sincere concern for others, maintains responsible attitude)
    Qiyao (Catherine) Liang ’18
    Villanova University Book Award (academic excellence in a most challenging curriculum, commitment to serving those less fortunate, has sense of school and community spirit)
    Claudia Winslett ’18
    Brandeis University Book Award (top 10% in class, demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement, community service, volunteerism, political activism or social justice)
    Mary Hillard ’18
    Williams College Book Award (top 5% of class, demonstrates intellectual leadership and has made significant contribution to extracurricular life of school)
    Marisa Salvino ’18
    Yale University Book Award (outstanding personal character and intellectual promise)
    Jein Lee ’18
    Harvard University Book Award (displays excellence in scholarship and high character combined with achievement in other fields)
    Ava Thomas ’18
    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
    Stephanie Leonor ’20 and Ryan Mullee ’17
    Chaplain Awards
    Grade 9: Braydon Birko ’20, Nicolle Figueroa ’20, Katherine Rankin ’20, Austin Ricci ’20, Samantha Sargi ’20 and Matt Vanone ’20
    Grade 10: Brian Allen ’19, Katie Engle ’19, Emma Kaplan ’19, Rachel Karam ’19, Mackenzie O’Connor ’19, Marissa Ulchaker ’19 and Charlie Valenti ’19
    Grade 11: Isabelle Aerni ’18, Mario Grk ’18, Alec Marusic ’18, Peyton Rudman ’18, Dominic Scimone ’18 and Marisa Salvino ’18
    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: Taniya Dsouza ’20 and Richard Jones ’20
    Grade 10: Madison Wagner ’19 and Connor Gerspacher ’19
    Grade 11: Arianna Mack '18 and Zach Holtz ’18
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  • Another State Championship in the Books!

    Gilmour’s Moot Court team of Sabrina Bauman '18Zack Holtz '18 and Sebastian Williams '18 won the Moot Court state championship last Friday at the Supreme Court of Ohio, defeating Springfield High School in the finals! They were among the 14 teams who advanced to the state level of competition where they were judged by a panel of judges from the Ohio Supreme Court and regional courts and professors from Ohio State’s law school.

    Gilmour also won the state championship in 2014, finished as finalists in 2015 and as semifinalists in 2016.

    Gilmour had a second team competing as well - Lauriel Powell '18Rajael Zafar '18Pheobe Nowak '18 and Gabe Gainar '19. This team made it to the quarterfinals and Zafar was awarded Best Lawyer in the state based on his performances throughout the competition.

    The teams were coached Mrs. Gay Janis and legal advisors Brandon Cox '03 and DeAngelo Le Vette. Congrats to all!
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  • Dershaw, Kearney, Mehling, Poluse, Stark

    Big Shoes to Fill

    Sr. Antoinette Dershaw, S.N.D.
    Sr. Antoinette was hired in 1995 as the CFO. She was in the role for two years before she was reassigned by her order, the Sisters of Notre Dame, to serve as the assistant to the provincial treasurer. She returned to Gilmour in 2000, serving as the controller and head of human resources. In 2006, she was again reassigned. This time, she was off to Rome to serve as the assistant to the order’s general treasurer. She returned in 2008 and has served as the Business Office associate/staff accountant ever since.

    Looking back at her time here, she says, “Having gone to the University of Notre Dame for my master’s and having been educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame and then coming to a Holy Cross school, I felt very much at home here. I felt the commitment to education and it aligned with all my personal beliefs and goals.” She also mentioned the camaraderie and support she felt among faculty and staff.

    Looking at her next chapter, Sr. Antoinette plans to volunteer and to study scripture, theology and other subjects. She says the looks forward to a pace of life that will allow her time to “stop and smell the roses.” Sr. Antoinette lives by the mantra, “If we all just make our own part of the world a little better, the world becomes a better place.”

    Kelly Kearney
    Kelly Kearney started at Gilmour in 1995 as the controller and moved to her current role as CFO in 1997. As CFO, Kelly managed the business office and all aspects of Gilmour’s finances including budgets, cash management, investments, contractual relationships and legal matters. She served as a member of the Finance, Investment, Executive and Building & Grounds committees. She oversaw the annual financial audit and her staff included all Business Office staff, the directors of information technology, auxiliary programming, maintenance, transportation, and the general manager of food services.

    During her tenure, Kelly helped Gilmour transition to using AVI Food Systems for campus food services; helped launch the wellness program for employees, which increased employee health through the meal and exercise programs; and restructured retirement plans. But, the experience that impacted her most was developing and teaching the Finance, Economics & Ethics course with Board chair Fred Botek. She enjoyed teaching students how to prepare for future financial independence and to be fiscally responsible.

    In her retirement. Kelly plans to spend more time with family and friends, tackle house projects and travel. She and her husband are kicking it off with a trip to California this fall and to the Bahamas over the holidays!

    Mary Ann Mehling, I.H.M.
    Sr. Mary Ann is finishing her 18th year of service to Gilmour. During this time, she has made many contributions to our community.  Sister was a vital member of the religion department and touched the lives of countless students during her 15 years in the classroom.  

    Sister has served as a model of hospitality, offering candy and snacks to students each morning on their way to A Block and opening her office to any student who needed a listening ear. She also supported the wider Gilmour community whenever possible, chaperoning dances, assisting with retreats, accompanying students on service trips, and so much more. 

    As coordinator of the service program, Sister has arranged student service days, set up the spring service fair, and encouraged students to live the Gilmour mission.  With her support, students were empowered to start the peanut butter and jelly club, collect hundreds of pairs of gloves for the homeless, and make a difference in our community by completing their service hours.  Most notably, she has spearheaded our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which, under her leadership, has grown to the incredible production that it is today - delivering full Thanksgiving meals to more than 300 families.  We will all miss Sr. Mary Ann's hospitality and her passion for helping those less fortunate.  We'll use Sister's famous line to describe her, "She's a star!"

    Mary Poluse
    Mary has been teaching math for 44 years. We are blessed that she has spent the last nine as a part of the Gilmour’s math department and has chaired the department since 2011. She taught Functions and AP Calculus AB all nine years. Mary says that she thinks she has become a better teacher in her nine years here because of the professional development opportunities and the support of her department members.

    As a teacher, she says she has most enjoyed watching her students outside of the classroom – whether in drama, athletics or entrepreneurship – and is always amazed at their talents. She also says that she doesn’t think she’ll ever forget the sense of community experienced each morning in Convocation. She loved the opportunity to listen to a speaker, watch students perform, celebrate student successes and pray as a school community.

    Mary looks forward to traveling; taking fun classes such as cooking, art and photography; catching up on personal and professional reading; and working on her house and her yard.

    Theresa Stark
    Theresa Stark has been teaching at the Lower School for 13 years and in that time, has taught first grade humanities, third grade humanities, self-contained (all subjects) third grade, and third and fourth grade math and science.

    She has done so many engaging projects with her students over the years, but when asked to pick the ones that stand out in her memory, she had two favorites. When she was teaching third grade humanities, she had her students write letters to The Downtown Alliance regarding their plans to re-configure Public Square. She also had her third graders research a famous Ohioan. As part of the project, they sent letters to the Ohio Historical Society nominating their famous Ohioan for recognition. Last year, David Pfundstein ’25 wrote to Under Armour and Nike asking the companies to name a shoe after his famous Ohioan, Jesse Owens. He received letters back from both companies!

    Theresa looks forward to relaxing, reading and traveling in her retirement.
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  • Big News for the Golf Team

    Gilmour’s new varsity golf coach, Bob Lewis, and his assistant, son Tristan Lewis, have been hard at work already. Committed to taking the program to the next level, they sought out donors in the golf community, some with ties to Gilmour, and raised $62,500 for a new simulator and to renovate the existing putting green on campus!

    The S405 with integrated swing simulator is top-of-the-line and is what many pros on the tour have in their homes. It will allow players to work on their games year-round while playing 20 courses from around the world. The simulator will be housed in the Wellness Room located on the second floor of the Athletic Center and will be delivered in mid-June.

    The putting green is being refurbished complete with a brand new bunker. This will allow players to work on their games right here on campus. Coach Lewis is a big believer in the importance of the short game and wants his players to be able to practice whenever they can. The new putting green and bunker should be completed in the next six weeks.
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  • Conference Play Once Again for the Lancers!

    On May 3, the North Coast League announced that Gilmour and St. Joseph Academy have been accepted into the league, effective for the 2018-2019 school year. Gilmour will continue as an independent for the 2017-2018 school year. This is the first conference affiliation for Gilmour since its former conference, the Metropolitan Area Conference (MAC-8), folded in 2005.

    The North Coast League was founded in 1984 by six parochial high schools. The mix of schools has grown and shifted over the years. With the addition of Gilmour and St. Joseph, the league will be a 14-team conference that includes Benedictine, Lake Catholic, NDCL, VASJ, Archbishop Hoban, Beaumont, Cleveland Central Catholic, Padua, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity, Walsh Jesuit and Warren JFK.

    The conference is divided into two divisions – the Blue division and the White division and assignment to a division will be determined by competitive balance and will vary by sport.  

    Gilmour’s Athletic Director Sean O’Toole said of the change, “We are thrilled to join the North Coast League, as it is home to an incredibly competitive group of schools. We look forward to being part of a conference and the consistently competitive matchups it will provide.

    Head of School Kathy Kenny concurred, saying, “The North Coast League provides incredible opportunities for Gilmour to compete in a league with high caliber athletic programs who share our commitment to Catholic education.”
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  • Gilmour Academy Junior Earns Perfect Score on ACT

    Matt Mangel ’18, of Orange Village, was recently notified that he earned the highest possible ACT composite score – a perfect score of 36. On average, less than .1 of one percent of ACT testtakers earn a perfect score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 students out of the nearly 2.1 million who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

    The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science and each is scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

    In a letter to Mangel recognizing his exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

    Mangel plays varsity hockey and runs cross country at Gilmour Academy. He also participates in the Chess Club and competitive speech and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has a 4.1 GPA and plans to pursue physics or chemistry in college.

    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 and follow Gilmour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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  • Gilmour Summer Camp - Something for Everyone!

    Gilmour is offering some new and exciting summer camp opportunities for the 2017 season:

    Sciensational Workshops offers programs to make science interesting, fun and educational for elementary school-age children with a hands-on approach. Eight campers are needed to offer the workshop.  
    • White Light, galaxies and lasers
    • 3D illumination electronics
    • Arcade electronic games
    • and 15 more exciting workshops
    Visit us for all of the offerings.

    Note: Half-day programs can be combined with day camp for a full-day experience.

    Young Launchers boys’ and girls’ entrepreneurial spirits will soar as they learn how to develop and launch their own new product, and create targeted marketing and design sales materials. Learn more about the program by visiting their website and Facebook page. This is a full-day program.

    TetraBrazil Soccer Academy
    Gilmour has partnered with Challenger Sports and British Soccer Camps to offer the Mini Kickers Soccer Camp for 3-year-olds, and 4- and 5-year olds. During the daily, program, the British Soccer Academywill introduce your camper to basic soccer fundamentals, skill building and games. Fully trained and qualified British and Brazilian coaches will introduce social, physical and emotional skills through soccer.

    This can be combined with preschool day camp as an enrichment activity for campers. For more information visit the TetraBrazil website or sign up today!

    TetraBrazil Soccer Academy for 6-16- year-olds
    TetraBrazil Soccer Academy boasts an incredible team of coaches from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Brazil, USA and Canada as well as their traditional team of coaches from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. This diversity of experiences and cultures reflects the truly global nature of the sport and this international team of coaches all have one thing in common — a genuine interest in helping with each player’s development and providing memorable and positive experiences through sport. Emphasis is on individual skill development, core techniques and small-sided games.

    This is a half-day program and can be combined with day camp for a full day experience.

    Join the Academy at Camp Gilmour June 5-9 or July 17-22. For more information visit the TetraBrazil website or sign up today!
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  • Pender Speaker Uses art to bring about social change

    Thanks to the generosity of the Pender family and the Maltz Museum's Stop the Hate Fund, we were able to invite John Noltner, founder of the "A Peace of My Mind" project to campus. His multimedia art exhibit, a collection of photos of subjects from all walks of life and their responses to the question, “What does peace mean to you?”, was on display in various parts of campus for two weeks in March. The project aims to use art to bring about social change.

    Noltner was on campus for over a week in March, sharing his insight with students across disciplines and divisions. He met with students in a variety of courses including Intro to Art; religion; Culture, Self & Connection; photo; and entrepreneurship. He met with the fifth and sixth graders followed by the third and fourth graders. He addressed all students in grades 7-12 in Convocation and met with the Diversity, International and Peace and Justice Clubs.
    Additionally, approximately 40 students who submitted answers to the school-wide prompt, “What does community mean to you?” participated in a photo shoot, which mimicked Noltner's “A Peace of My Mind” project. From that photo shoot, he created a video.

    Back on campus for his rescheduled presentation for parents, alumni and guests (it had to be canceled in March due to a snow day), he debuted the video for students at Convocation on Thursday and shared it with guests at his lunchtime presentation about how to foster a spirit of inclusivity in our children.
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  • Gala a Great Success!

    On Saturday night, April 22, more than 500 alumni, current parents, past parents, faculty members and friends gathered at Landerhaven for a spectacular celebration of our school’s 70th anniversary! What an incredible evening!
    Aside from the obvious fun had by all in attendance, the evening was truly impactful for Gilmour – raising more than $565,000 in all, after expenses.
    Through ticket sales, sponsorships, an exciting live auction and many generous donations, we were able to raise more than $300,000, after expenses, toward student programming. Additionally, the Fund-A-Need Program, which raised money specifically for the proposed Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts, netted more than $265,000. This included an anonymous $100,000 gift in honor of event chair Lorraine Dodero, whose leadership and generosity were what led to such a successful evening.
    Along with fabulous food, a band that had people dancing the night away, and a terrific Live Auction, a highlight of the evening’s festivities was a video that explained just what it is that makes Gilmour so special. Watch the video and enjoy photos from the event!
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  • Gilmour Goes Global

    From April 1-9, standout student-athletes from across the United States, including Gilmour’s own Jonathan Abrams ’17, had an opportunity to visit China and to participate in the Global Ambassadors Bowl. The group’s mission is to promote the sport of football outside of the U.S.

    The American group spent the first four days of their trip in Beijing and the remainder of the trip in Shanghai. Abrams said that highlights of the trip included seeing the Great Wall of China; The Bird’s Nest,
    the stadium designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, which will be used again for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics; and the Water Cube, home to the 2008 Olympic swimming competitions. His favorite part of the trip was teaching Chinese children his sport at the American Football Academy.

    After graduating in May, Jonathan will attend a year of prep school at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Penn. He will play football at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. the following year.

    Thanks to a friend of the Lancer football program, one senior member of the Lancer football team is selected annually to participate on Team Stars and Stripes.
    Past participants have included Parker Berzin ’14 and Connor Lesko ’16. For more information, contact Gilmour Athletic Director Sean O’Toole.
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  • Girls Prep Hockey Team Earns Bid to Nationals with Mid-Am District Tournament Championship

    Congratulations to our Girls Prep Hockey team, which won the 2017 Mid-American District Tournament held at Gilmour's Ice Arena March 18-19, earning them a bid to the national tournament! In securing the tournament championship, the girls defeated Culver 3-0, Ohio Blue Jackets 2-1 and Pittsburgh Pens Elite 3-1. The national tournament will be held in Detroit from April 7-10.

    The Girls Prep team has gained national notoriety with their Mid-Am District Tournament title. Click here to read an article about the team's historic run in USA Hockey Magazine.

    Go Lady Lancers!
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Wins First State Championship

    Congratulations to the Gilmour varsity girls basketball team - the 2017 Division III state champion!  The team earned the program’s first-ever state championship on Saturday, March 18 in a 56-54 victory over Versailles.

    The road to the state championship included victories in the:
    • Sectional finals vs. Wickliffe (77-27)
    • District semifinals vs. Trinity (76-21)
    • District championship vs. Lutheran West (72-31)
    • Regional semifinals vs. Chippewa (68-47)
    • Regional championship vs. Garrettsville Garfield (76-46)
    • State semifinals vs. Columbus Africentric (65-54); set the record for the most three-pointers made in a state semifinal game with 11.
    To view pictures from the championship game, click on the photos to the right.
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  • Gilmour Academy Ice Arena to Host Mid-Am Girls District Tournament

    On Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, the Mid-American Girls District Tournament will be held at the Gilmour Academy Ice Arena. Thirteen teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana competing in three age classifications – 14-U, 16-U and 19-U – will play a total of 13 games over the two-day tournament. There will be Tier 1 and Tier 2 divisions.
    The winner of each division and age classification receives an automatic bid to the USA Hockey National Championships, which will be held in Michigan on April 8.
    Gilmour’s 16-U youth hockey team and the school’s girls prep team will participate in the tournament. This is the first time Gilmour has hosted the event, which will draw close to 300 female hockey players and families to the campus.
    Gilmour’s boys prep hockey coach and youth hockey director Mike Chiellino said, “The ability to host this tournament gives us an incredible opportunity to showcase our school and our facilities to many female hockey players and their families across the district.” He continued, “Additionally, this will, hopefully, give our Girls 16-U youth hockey team and girls prep hockey team a home-ice advantage for the tournament, with the hopes of moving on to the USA Hockey National Tournament."
    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 and follow Gilmour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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  • Speech and Debate Team Excels at States

    The speech and debate team had another successful showing at the state meet last weekend, placing first in the state in cumulative sweeps. Congrats to the following students for their impressive performances:
    Zach Holtz ’18 – Humorous Interpretation, placed 2nd
    Nupur Goel ’17 – Original Oratory, placed 2nd
    Sebastian Williams ’18 – Lincoln Douglas Debate, placed in top 8 (He will be the color commentator at the City Club Debates this Friday.)
    Ava Thomas ’18 – Informative Speaking, semifinalist
    Ben Hilkert ’17 – Congressional Debate, semifinalist 
    Nikhil Nair ’17 – Congressional Debate, semifinalist
    Allie Mikolanis ’19  Congressional Debate, quarterfinalist
    Olivia Sucato ’20 – Congressional Debate, quarterfinalist
    Sabrina Bauman ’18 – Dramatic Interpretation, quarterfinalist
    At the Opening Ceremonies, Nupur Goel was recognized as one of the few seniors at the competition to have qualified for the state meet all four years.
    Next stop, nationals! Nupur Goel, Zach Holtz, Sabrina Bauman and Sebastian Williams have qualified for nationals, which will be held in Birmingham, Ala. in June. 
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  • Middle School Director Selected for Fulbright Japan Teacher Exchange Program

    Congratulations are in order for Middle School Director Elizabeth Edmondson! She was notified this week that she has been awarded an opportunity to participate in a Japan/U.S. teacher exchange program organized by Fulbright Japan. The program, focused on the study of environmental sustainability, will create a formal collaboration between the two countries to promote the exchange of best practices in this emerging field.
    Ms. Edmondson will join 12 other educators from around the U.S. for a fully funded study tour in Japan from June 20-July 2. The trip will culminate in Tokyo with a conference with 10 specially selected Japanese educators who will have spent two weeks in the U.S. in April.
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  • Budding Politicians Head to D.C.

    A group of Constitutional Law and AP Government students are back on campus after a whirlwind tour of D.C. earlier this week. The group was led by Mr. Lindley, who was assisted by Ms. Fidanza. First stop on Monday was the National Archives, where they were able to see our founding documents – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. From there, visited the Smithsonian Museum of American History and capped off the day with a 2 ½-hour walking tour of the Mall and the monuments.

    Tuesday, the group was up bright and early and began the day at the Supreme Court, where they sat in on oral arguments. From there, it was off to the Newseum, where the students were able to see everything from the Unibomber’s cabin to artifacts from 9/11 and the D.C. sniper case to Lady Gaga’s famous “meat dress.” That afternoon, they were able to meet with Congressman Dave Joyce, who answered all sorts of questions about the life of a politician. With all of Washington gearing up for that night’s State of the Union address, the group saw many motorcades heading toward Capitol Hill, including the vice president’s!

    On Wednesday morning, the students attended Senator Rob Portman’s constituent coffee and were able to spend a few minutes talking with the Senator, courtesy of his legislative aide,
    Jack Dolan ’11. In his role, he is helping to write healthcare legislation for the Senator. Jack took the group from the Senate Office Building to Capitol Hill for a tour (they bumped into Senator Tim Kaine on the shuttle ride over!). He also provided the group gallery passes to the Senate, where they were able to listen to fellow Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown speak before the Senate voted on Ben Carson’s nomination as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    This annual trip is made possible through the generosity of Mr. Frank Potenziani and the M&T Trust.
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  • Gilmour Celebrates Foreign Language Week

    Gilmour celebrated Foreign Language Week this week. Students created reproductions of the work of Spanish-speaking artists, including Picasso, Dali, Botero, Rivera and Kahlo; enjoyed a dance lesson where they learned how to salsa, merengue and mambo; attended Foreign Language Cinema Night; and listened to several students recite the Student Prayer in their own heritage languages during Convocation. Click here to watch a video made by classical and modern languages department chair Mr. Monaco, celebrating the week's theme, "Art Speaks a Thousand Languages." 
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  • Model UN Club Attends Conference at Indiana University

    Last week, Gilmour’s Model United Nations club participated in a conference in Bloomington, Indiana. The meeting was held at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Representing countries on four continents, our students wrangled with a variety of issues including trade in Africa, women’s rights and managing the Zika epidemic. This conference was the first for many of our club members and provided them with valuable experience.
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  • 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
    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 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 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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  • Lancers for Life March in Washington

    Gilmour students and faculty participate in March for Life.  Last Friday, Gilmour’s Lancers for Life club joined St. Edward High School in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands joined in this peaceful protest to stand up for human dignity and the value of life, from the moment of conception until natural death. The group’s pilgrimage began on Thursday evening, sleeping on the gym floor at Catholic University of America and praying in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception with students from all over the country. 
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  • Steinway Artist Performs at Lower School

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  • Winter Sports Teams Celebrating Successful Seasons

    Click the pictures to the right to view the slideshow.
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  • Mock Trial Team Records Stellar Performance

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  • Music Students Receive High Ratings at Recent Performance

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  • Gilmour Honors Holy Cross Founder

    Students offer reflections and historical information on the founder.
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  • Athletics Department Launches New Website

    We are thrilled to share with you some exciting news – the launch of the brand new Gilmour Athletics webpage! This project is something the Athletic Department has wanted for a long time and we have spent the past several months working tirelessly to get it up and running. Today, debuts as the new online source for all information regarding Lancer Athletics. 
    You will be able to easily access the new site by either clicking on the athletics tab on the current Gilmour Academy website or by typing directly into your search bar.
    The new athletics website was created in partnership with PrestoSports, a company known for its cutting-edge design on hundreds of collegiate athletic websites throughout the country. With the launch of our new site, Gilmour Academy becomes the first high school in our region to be included in this elite group. 
    Our new site will allow fans greater access to athletic information. From the home page, you will find the schedule of upcoming athletic events, as well as a list of recent results. All social media platforms will be featured on the page, allowing all users the ability to access current news regardless of whether they are on those particular media platforms or not. 
    Also be sure to check out the Sports tab and its drop-down menu, which will allow you to select a specific team and then access a convenient, printable format for the schedule and roster pages. Here, you will be able to view sport-specific photos as well as access coaching information.
    We invite you to explore the new site. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to add even more features. They will assist colleges in their recruitment of our student-athletes as well as provide for greater connectivity with our alumni base as well as current and prospective families.
    If you have any questions, please contact Associate Athletic Director Kristy Booher Angelo at
    Enjoy the site!
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  • Summer Programs Offer Career Insights

    When Michele Kay, guidance counselor and coordinator of learning enhancement and academic enrichment, arrived at Gilmour in 2009, she established a program that further expands our ability to educate and empower our students.
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  • Gilmour Academy Names 2016 Alumni Man and Woman of the Year

    During a special presentation, Larry Kennedy ’66, of Solon, and Patti Pfundstein Miller ’85, also of Solon, were awarded the 2016 Alumni Man and Woman of the Year Awards.
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  • Drama Club Presents Putnam County Spelling Bee December 8-10

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  • Gilmour to Become Steinway Select K-12 School

    With the addition of three new Steinway & Sons grand pianos, Gilmour announces that it has begun the process of becoming a Steinway Select K-12 School, which means that every piano on Gilmour’s campus will soon be replaced with a new Steinway & Sons grand piano. Gilmour is the first private K-12 school in the Midwest to make this level of commitment to the Steinway Select K-12 School program. Only eight schools in the country have earned the Steinway Select K-12 distinction to date. The school’s new status will be celebrated at a gala on December 6 at 1:30 p.m., when three new Steinway & Sons grand pianos will replace the current pianos at Gilmour’s Lower School.

    The Steinway Select K-12 designation is bestowed on qualifying institutions that consist of kindergarten through 12th grade and is an extension of the All Steinway School honors that Steinway & Sons grants to the world’s best colleges, universities, conservatories and schools of music.  This investment in best-in-class equipment was made possible through a scheduled donation from Gilmour alumnus and current parent Matthew P. Figgie ’84, The Figgie Foundation and Figgie Capital. “During this season of giving, I am truly honored and sincerely humbled to be able to give this heartfelt gift of the finest pianos in the world to my cherished alma mater, Gilmour Academy. These Steinway & Sons grand pianos are yet another strategic step in the overall elevation and transformation of Gilmour Academy as one of the nation’s premier academic, artistic and athletic institutions of higher learning,” said Mr. Figgie.  “As we celebrate this wonderful partnership of distinction with Steinway & Sons, we not only shine a national and international spotlight on Gilmour Academy and its 70-year legacy of excellence, but also to its steadfast and focused commitment to the fine arts,” said Mr. Figgie.

    When complete, Gilmour will have 10 new Steinway & Sons grand pianos. This includes a Steinway Spirio piano for the school’s historic Tudor House and a Steinway Model D Concert Grand for their future Center for the Performing Arts. This phenomenal gift allows Gilmour to provide all of its students with the very best grand pianos that exist.

    Head of School Kathy Kenny said of the gift, “My earliest memories of Matthew P. Figgie date back to when he was a standout scholar and athlete at Gilmour. His leadership and support of Gilmour has grown throughout the decades and he is one of our most loyal and generous benefactors. He is a staunch supporter of Gilmour’s commitment to excellence in all areas – in our classrooms and on the athletic fields. This most recent gift is a testament to Gilmour’s and the Figgie Foundation’s commitment to the arts. Our students will benefit greatly from Matthew’s dedication and generosity, which will create life-changing experiences for our students. The wider community will also benefit from our expanded programming as a result of this transformative gift.” 

    CEO and president of Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland Ted Good said, “We are very grateful to Matthew Figgie for his generosity and amazing vision. It has been such an honor to work with Mr. Figgie and the faculty and administration at Gilmour for the selection of the Steinway pianos.” He added, “For over 163 years, Steinway & Sons has followed its founder’s advice to always aspire to excellence in our instruments.”

    Over 175 prestigious American institutions of higher learning and international conservatories throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, share the All Steinway School distinction. 
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  • College Counselor Receives Award for Work to Establish Committee

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  • Girls Soccer Captures Historic Win

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  • Nick Majer ’18 and Vector Program in the Spotlight

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  • Rob Potter named head coach of girls prep hockey team

    Rob Potter has been named head coach of the girls prep hockey team and will start working with the team this week.  Rob joins us from Minneapolis, Minn., where he owns and manages a hockey training program/facility attracting elite athletes from around the world.  In each of the past eight years, he has trained and coached 25 to 30 women who participated in the Top 60 Camp for the best female hockey players in the nation. He has also coached hundreds of female hockey players who have advanced to Division I, Division III and US Olympic hockey teams.
    Potter was mentored by Herb Brooks and Dr. Jack Blatherwick. He brings extensive experience developing student-athletes, preparing them to handle the unique emotional, mental and physical stress of high-performance sports as students.   
    Rob and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. Jennifer was a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team. She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics, silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics, and a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. 
    We are excited to have Rob at the helm our girls prep team and look forward to his contributions to the program.
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  • Women's Club Celebrates 70 Years of Fashion

    The GA Women’s Club will celebrate Gilmour's 70th anniversary by presenting 70 years of fashion at their annual Fashion Show. This spectacular evening takes place on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Shaker Heights Country Club. 

    This year's event will showcase clothing from the Ursuline College Fashion Design and Merchandising's Historic Costume Study Collection, a collection of more than 3,800 pieces of 20th century American women’s apparel, hats, handbags, shoes and costume jewelry. There will also be more than 25 boutique vendors onsite selling a variety of items including apparel, jewelry, accessories, tea and much more!
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  • Kristin Kirkpatrick ’94 to Deliver Wellness Presentations Nov. 7

    We are thrilled to have Kristin Franco Kirkpatrick '94 join us for two wellness presentations onNovember 7. The first, titled “The Greatest Factors Impacting Your Child’s Health,” will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Exhibition Hall at the Lower School. The second talk, “The Greatest Factors Impacting Your Adolescent’s Health,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletic Center.
    Kristin is the manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. She is an experienced presenter, an award-winning dietitian, an author and a regular television guest on both local and national shows such as the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News and the Dr. Oz show. She is also a contributor to several national magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World and Women’s Health. The Huffington Post named Kristin "one of the 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on Twitter."
    All parents, alumni and guests are welcome to attend either or both of these talks.
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  • Golf Team is Runner-Up at Districts and Earns Bid to States

    Congratulations to the varsity boys golf team for earning a runner-up finish at the district tournament this week at Windmill Lakes with a team score of 319. Colin Hribar '17 turned in one of his best performances to date with a low round score of 74 to pace the team. Other individual scores included: Ben Foltz '18 (80); Tucker Morris '19 (81); Billy Diemer '17 (84) and Joey Hollis '20 (89). The team earned a bid to the Division II State Tournament, which will be played Oct. 14-15 at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Senior’s Selfie with Hillary Clinton Goes Viral

    Kenny Kirchner ’17 and his parents were visiting Grandpa’s Cheesbarn in Ashland during a recent college trip and stumbled upon the Clinton/Kaine motorcade. Kenny found himself at the front of the crowd and was able to speak with Tim Kaine and Senate candidate Ted Strickland, taking a selfie with Kaine (see photo in right sidebar). Then, when Clinton appeared, he was able to shake her hand and take a selfie with her (see photo). An AP photographer, Andrew Harnik, snapped a photo of the Kirchner/Clinton selfie and it went viral, appearing on MSNBC and on news outlets around the world (see photos).
    To read Kenny’s firsthand account of the chance meeting, click here.
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  • Students Impress Guest Speaker with Depth of Spiritual Understanding

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  • Gilmour Goes Global

    From April 2-10, 2016, standout student-athletes from across the United States had an opportunity to visit the Czech Republic and Germany and to participate in the Global Ambassadors Bowl.

    For the ninth year in a row, a group of select high school seniors lined up as the Team Stars & Stripes American football squad to play against overseas opposition, the GHS (German High School) Hawks. This year, they won handily 36-0. This year’s team was led on the field by Connor Lesko ’16. Lesko threw for two TDs and ran for another as Team Stars and Stripes advanced their record to 7-2 in international competition.

    Previously known as the Global Bowl, the Global Ambassadors Bowl was played on Saturday, April 9 in Hanau, a town in Hessen near Frankfurt, Germany, but the action on the gridiron was only one element of the educational visit to Europe.
    The traveling American group arrived in Prague in the Czech Republic on Sunday, April 3, and took a tour of the Old Town, including the Old Town Square, the 18th-century Church of St Nicholas, the beautiful Goltz-Kinsky Palace, the medieval Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava, and the former Jewish Ghetto.

    The group visited the Terezin concentration camp, the Museum of Communism, a Nuclear Bunker and Krizik’s Fountain before traveling across the border to Germany to enjoy a Night Watchman tour of medieval Rothenberg.

    The Global Bowl series has previously been hosted in Japan (2008 and 2009), France/Belgium (2010), Germany (2011), Italy (2012, 2013 and 2015) and Spain (2014). Team Stars & Stripes will be heading to Munich in 2017.

    Thanks to a friend of the Lancer football program, one senior member of the Lancer football team will be selected annually to participate on Team Stars and Stripes.
    Other graduating seniors are encouraged to participate and parents and siblings are welcome to share in this unparalleled experience.

    Parker Berzin ’14
    was the first Lancer to earn a spot on the U.S. team, which defeated a talented Spanish all-star team in Barcelona. For more information, contact Gilmour Athletic Director Sean O’Toole.

    Connor had this to say about the experience:
    Last spring break, I was fortunate enough to travel to Prague in the Czech Republic and Hanau in Germany with Global Football to play in an all-senior All- Star game against high school kids in Europe playing American football. This experience is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I was able to travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world and experience life in a whole other country that I would have never been able to do without this program. The football part of the whole trip was just another added bonus. I met amazing men who, to this day, I still keep in contact with. I made lifelong friends playing a game that we all love to play - football.
    All in all, this trip was an unforgettable experience. From seeing Prague Castle to just walking around the historic city, I saw and did things with a great group of guys I will never forget. I am forever grateful to Gilmour Academy for the opportunities I was given that I know aren’t available anywhere else. This trip capped off my four years of football with a huge WIN.  I strongly encourage anyone interested in playing your last game of high school football surrounded by great players and great coaches in an unbelievable setting to go on this trip. I assure you, you will never forget it. Connor Lesko GA FB #1
    Photos: 1) Connor Lesko '16 leading Team Stars and Stripes to Victory in Europe, 2) Lesko (far left) in Prague
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  • Jonathan Botek ’17 named National Merit Semifinalist

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  • Varsity girls soccer team

    Varsity girls soccer and volleyball teams earn #1 ranking in state

    Congrats to the varsity girls soccer and volleyball teams, who were both ranked #1 in their respective DIII state polls released this week! 

    View full rankings: soccer • volleyball
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  • Former Gilmour hockey player signs with an NHL team

    Congratulations to former Gilmour hockey player John Gilmour, who signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers this week! John recently graduated from Providence College where he was a defenseman on their Division I hockey team. He helped lead the Friars to a national championship in 2015 and, in his final season with the Friars, tallied a 9-14-23 scoring line.  

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  • On the Ice in Chicago

    On Saturday, July 9, hockey alums from all over gathered in Chicago for a chance to relive the glory days. Coach John Malloy was impressed with the level of play as he refereed the game. Afterward, the group gathered with other Chicago-area GA alums at a nearby sports bar.
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  • Gilmour hosts ENCORE Chamber Music concerts

    This summer, Gilmour's campus is home to the prestigious programs of ENCORE Chamber Music. A select group of musicians from all over the world have been calling Gilmour home for the last few weeks.  They are utilizing Gilmour's campus to learn, explore and experiment as they find their own artistic identities in a wildly creative atmosphere.

    Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho '06 is the founder and executive director of ENCORE Chamber Music. Jinjoo has earned numerous prestigious awards for her music and has performed as a soloist throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe at venues including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Herkulessaal of Munich, Seoul Arts Center, and more.

    This summer, you have the incredible opportunity to hear Jinjoo, along with many other world-renowned musicians, perform right here on Gilmour's campus. Free and low-cost concerts are taking place at Our Lady Chapel throughout the summer.  Additionally, there are "Unplugged" musical events (Jinjoo performs at these "Unplugged" events), where guests are invited to enjoy a special picnic lunch while they listen to performances by guest artists and ENCORE faculty members.

    To view the full event schedule or to purchase tickets, click here.

    For more information about ENCORE Chamber Music, click here.
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  • Gilmour Announces New Athletic Director

    We are excited to announce that Sean O’Toole will be replacing Jeff Walrich as our new Athletic Director on July 1. For the past eight years, Sean has been the Associate Athletic Director at Saint Ignatius High School, assisting with scheduling, mentoring and guiding coaching staff, and serving as an ambassador for the school at admission and alumni events. He served as varsity basketball coach at Ignatius for seven years and he and our varsity coach, David Pfundstein, are longtime coaching colleagues. His understanding of the Ohio high school athletics arena and passion for high school sports is something that will benefit every team at Gilmour. 

    Sean is highly regarded within interscholastic athletic circles. He teaches a course on coaching fundamentals at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the president of the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association, district director for the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and a Nike Skills Instructor. 

    He is well known throughout the community for his Big Shot Basketball Academy (BSBA). The Academy operates year-round and features basketball camps, clinics and tournaments for boys and girls of all ages. Since its inception, BSBA has fostered the development of countless young basketball players. This fall, BSBA will call Gilmour Academy home and we are thrilled that Sean will be calling Gilmour home. 

    Sean's passion for Catholic education, his dedication to athletic development for girls and boys from elementary school through high school and his strong administrative capability are impressive attributes that will enhance Gilmour Academy's commitment to excellence. We are looking forward to Sean joining us as our new Athletic Director.
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  • Marc Haag Named Director of Lower School

    Gilmour Academy announces that Marc Haag, of University Heights, will be the new director of its Lower School, effective July 1. Yvonne Saunders, who has led the Lower School for the last two years, will now work on strategic- and mission-based initiatives for the school. 

    Haag has 25 years of principal experience. The last 13 years of his career were spent at Moreland Hills Elementary School overseeing 900 students and 150 staff. He has also served as principal at Pepper Pike Elementary School and Mayfield Middle School. Prior to that role, Haag was the assistant principal at Brady Middle School in the Orange district. Through his tenure as an administrator, he has principal experience at the Pre-K, K-5 and 5-7 levels.
    Gilmour’s Head of School Kathy Kenny said of Haag, “Marc has created new schools, he has merged schools and he has provided leadership and direction for staff, students and families in existing schools. His experience is stellar.” She added, “He is an educator who began his career at Gilmour, a proven administrator, the father of four, a devoted volunteer and a highly regarded leader in educational circles.” 

    Haag has been involved at Gesu and Beaumont Schools, serving on educational advisory committees and on Beaumont’s Board of Directors. He stated, “I wanted to remain involved in the educational arena and my wife and I really value Catholic education. We are both products of parochial schools and Catholic high schools as are our children.” 

    Haag said, “Having begun my teaching career at Gilmour, it was a place that helped define me as an educator and a person. The opportunity to rejoin that learning community was one I just couldn’t pass up.”
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  • Sarah Gifford Porath ’93 Addressed Graduates at Commencement 2016

    Gilmour Academy’s mission calls for students to “develop the competence to see and the courage to act” in their daily lives. The Academy’s newest graduates heard from a Gilmour alumna who has done just that. Sarah Gifford Porath ’93, co-founder of The Mighty, delivered the Commencement address at Gilmour’s 67th Commencement on Sunday, May 29, in the Athletic Center.

    Gifford and her husband, Mike Porath ’93, founded The Mighty in 2014 after their daughter was born with Dup15q, a chromosomal duplication syndrome. The Mighty is a digital media company that serves those facing disease, disability and mental illness. It is a space for people to connect to share the joys and challenges of physical and emotional disabilities. In the two years since its founding, The Mighty has grown from three employees to 13, along with a readership of more than 200,000 people. 

    Sarah delivered a powerful message to the new graduates, asking them, “Who will you be?” She reminded them that it takes courage to find the answer to that question and that it sometimes arises out of the most difficult or unplanned circumstances. 

    At the Commencement ceremony, Gilmour presented diplomas to 115 students who plan to attend such colleges as Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Colgate, Cornell, Duke, Fordham, NYU, Northwestern, The Citadel, The Ohio State University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of Rochester, University of Southern California and Vanderbilt. 

    Read more about Sarah Gifford Porath '93 and the two other Commencement speakers, Brendan Cheng and Andrew King. 

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