List of 5 news stories.

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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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An independent, Catholic, coed, day and boarding school in the Holy Cross tradition. Toddler-grade 12.