School News

List of 33 news stories.

  • Ava Thomas Named Finalist in Pitch Competition for all Clevelanders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    With seed money in hand, Thomas plans to approach facilitators at area nursing homes, senior centers and schools that work with disabled students to start distributing her Memory Mats. If organizations and/or individuals are interested in receiving Memory Mats, they can contact Thomas at
    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

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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! 

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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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