2018

  • December

    “Alice in Wonderland” Has Two More Performances!

  • Montessori Teachers in the News

  • Abigail Bartlett Receives KofC Scholarship

  • Speech and Debate Fares Well at Olmsted Falls Tournament

  • Lancer Legends Turkey Bowl

  • CJ Charleston at the Center of Awards Circut

  • Seventh Grade “Caritas” Competition

  • Alumni in the News!

  • November

    Students Treated to Musical Delight this Morning

  • Young Alum Shares His Path to Wall Street While Staying True to his Passion for the Environment

  • Bilingual Sustainability

  • Gilmour's Thanksgiving Food Drive Is Underway!

  • Diversión en la clase de Español

  • Nine Gilmour Academy Student-Athletes Signed NCAA National Letters of Intent

  • Beam Signing Ceremony For The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center Performing Arts

  • Eight students participated in Model UN

  • Fall Awards Ceremony and NHS/NJHS Induction

  • First-Year Speech & Debate Students Compete Well

  • Halloween Dress-Up Helps Save Lives

  • Setting Records at Open House

  • October

    Six Students Present Catalyst Research

  • Chris Herren Asks Students to Discover Their Why

  • Drama Club Heads to Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake

  • That Makes it Two in a Row

  • Celebration of Eighth Anniversary of Canonization of Holy Cross Saint Andre Bessette, C.S.C.

  • Fifth Graders Build Lifesize Shelters and Travois as They Study Native American Culture

  • Great Week with Our Danish Friends

  • Senior Selected By United Way to Help with Funding Allocation Process

  • Student Completes Program Examining Correlation Between Economics and Leadership at Brown University

  • Cum Laude Society Inducts 11 New Members

  • Freshmen Retreat To Notre Dame

  • Lower School Students Welcomed their Grandparents and Special Friends to School

  • Middle School Students Spend Afternoon Engaged in Service

  • Senior Service Day 2018

  • LS Students Enjoy Two-Day Visit with Cleveland Playhouse Actors

  • Middle Schooler To Head to International Children’s Games

  • Big News Out of the Ice Arena

  • Ohio Supreme Court Justice Visits Campus

  • September

    “Educating the Heart: A Moral Compass” Proudly Presents “Unguarded: The Chris Herren Story”

  • Paul Primeau Meet is Today - Come Out and See Your Lancers in Action!

  • Students Learn What It Means to Live the Mission From Aly Raisman

  • A Warm Welcome for the Bishop

  • The Word is Out

  • Bishop Celebrates With Lower, Middle and Upper School Students

  • Sixth Steinway Arrives on Campus

  • Big News For Gilmour's Lower School

  • August

    Saying Goodbye to a Loyal Lancer

  • Seniors Jump into New Year with Senior Retreat

  • Gilmour Has First Gold Medalist

  • Students Spread their Wings this Summer

  • June

    The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts Officially Under Construction

  • Upcoming Tuesdays at Tudor concert features South African pianist

  • May

    Our sincere gratitude to our retirees who each made their mark at GA

    With the close of the 2017-2018 school year, we have to say goodbye to some pretty incredible people, each of whom has made a lasting impression at the Academy, whether through their involvement in student programming, the dorm, maintenance efforts or serving up delicious meals with the world’s most infectious smile. We will miss Pat Brubaker, Lina Bruscino, Bonnie Busch, Cyndi-Kramer Smith, Joe Sepchinski, Eugene Vasilevicus, Bob DeAngelo, Don Zack and Dan Lipowski and wish them all the best in their retirements.
     
     
    Pat Brubaker
    Photo of Pat BrubakerWhen Pat Brubaker arrived at Gilmour in 1999, she started as an English teacher. But, her ability to write and to connect with students coupled with her can-do attitude soon saw her helping with college counseling. She discovered her passion for advising students and earned her master’s in counseling while working here. She took over the helm of the counseling department 15 years ago, overseeing both the college counselors and the school counselors, and the department has grown exponentially during that time. A little known fact is that until last year, Gilmour was the only independent school with school counselors in addition to college counselors. Pat feels that that is indicative of Gilmour’s dedication to meeting the needs of each student. When she first started, she only planned to stay for two or so years, but 19 years later, she says she stayed because “the people I work with are so inviting” and “the way we treat students at Gilmour is so different than at other places.”
     
    Pat’s shoes will certainly be hard to fill. She has been involved in just about everything on campus and says that her favorite projects were always the ones she was working on at the time. She started Live Jive, the peer tutoring program and the writing center; has traveled to Honduras with Gilmour students and alumni seven times (and hopes to stay involved going forward in honor of her beloved friend, Tiho Teisl) and, most recently, has been teaching ESL classes for international students. She said, “The beauty of GA is that if you see a need, the powers that be will let you fill that need.”
     
    In her retirement, Pat looks forward to not committing to anything for the first three months (we’ll see how that goes!) while enjoying bike rides and sailing with her husband, Ron, and teaching sailing lessons to five- and six-year olds. She and Ron are also hosting a young woman from Honduras as she masters English before enrolling at JCU. Pat also looks forward to spending time with her family, which includes sons, Roy and Simon, and daughter, Rachel.
     
    Lina Bruscino
    Photo of Lina Bruscino
    Also arriving in 1999 was Lina Bruscino. And in her 19 years at Gilmour, Lina has impacted the lives of every Gilmour student – through her delicious meals served up daily in the Commons with a side of love. As students and faculty alike made their way through the line in the Commons, each could count on Lina’s contagious smile and genuine interest in them. Talking with her last week, she referenced the students, and the resident students in particular, saying, “This is their house. I do my best to make it their home. I’m here for the kids.” Reflecting back on her years here, Lina couldn’t help but giggle, thinking of the jokes she’d have with the students and the way she loved to tease them. And she couldn’t help but shed a tear thinking of saying goodbye. She said, “These kids are just amazing. In 19 years, every one of them has been so respectful. They have given me so much friendship, fun and love. I call them my kids…GA is my second family.”
     
    As hard as it is to leave, Lina looks forward to retirement, when she will return to Italy with her husband, Antonio, to be close to two of her daughters, Caterina and Ylenia, and her four grandchildren. Lina also has two children, Antonella and Pino, and three grandchildren, who live here and she has loved getting to be close to them as they’ve grown up. But, she and her husband feel that it’s time to go home to Italy.
     
    As a last gift to her GA family, Lina has shared her secret recipe for Lemon Spaghetti.
     
    Bonnie Busch
    Photo of Bonnie Busch
    Another Gilmour staff member who has played a significant role in helping make students feel at home is Bonnie Busch. Bonnie started at Gilmour in 2005 as the Middle School administrative assistant before becoming the manager of the ice arena. She spent three years there and, during that time, worked closely with John Malloy and the hockey program. This led her to her dream job as house mother in the residence hall. Bonnie just completed her fifth year as the house mother and says that her favorite part of her job was interacting with the students and helping them adjust to being away from home. Each time they left the dorm, Bonnie could be heard telling them to “have a good time and drive safely.”
     
    Bonnie says that she has lots of wonderful memories from her years at Gilmour, but that her favorite ones are from working with Coach Malloy and the hockey program. She loved getting to know the students and the parents outside of school.
     
    Now that she’s retiring, Bonnie looks forward to getting a lot of things done around her house and spending time with her three grandchildren who live in town. She hopes to do a lot of traveling, both domestically and abroad, and wants to catch up on her reading. But, she says she just got hooked on Netflix, so who knows?!        
     
    Cyndi Kramer-Smith
    Photo of Cyndi Kramer-Smith
    Cyndi has been teaching at Gilmour since 2003, when she started as an exercise physiology teacher and tennis coach. Her role expanded to include a strength training and conditioning class (this class actually collected data for the National Fitness Foundation), health class and a variety of stress management and PE classes.
     
    Cyndi’s advice for a new teacher would be to get involved with the students and the faculty in as many activities as you can. She has coached boys and girls tennis for 15 years and was involved with the Wellness Program for a number of years and believes that this is where relationships develop and that it allows you to get to know students and staff members on a much more personal level. She says that there are two reasons she has remained at Gilmour since ’03 – the Gilmour community and Br. Robert. She said, “There is no other group that can compare when you need compassion and support during stressful times.”
     
    Cyndi wore two hats in the GA community – teacher and mom. Her sons, Brandon and Jarred, graduated in 2005 and 2006, respectively, and were talented hockey players who played for Coach Malloy. Cyndi says she has a number of very special Gilmour memories from her involvement with the hockey program, such as housing 13 team members one night before they headed to an out-of-state tournament. She also cites as a special memory coaching a host of tennis players who went on to compete at the collegiate and professional levels.
     
    Cyndi has boundless energy and plans to use her retirement to pick up previous passions for which she has not had time recently. These include ballroom dancing, yoga, travel, cycling, swimming and gardening. She will also compete in tennis (her women’s team advanced to nationals last year!) and plans to continue to coach tennis in the upcoming seasons. She is also involved in her sons’ business, NOOMA, and looks forward to dedicating more time to that and to spending time with family.
     
    Joe Sepchinski
    Joe is the retiree with the longest years of service – 45 ½ years! He started at Gilmour on September 6, 1972 and never looked back. Joe was involved in everything maintenance-related, and was almost always the man behind the setups. He says that he can’t name a favorite event on campus because they are all good events and that the thing he’ll miss the most is spending time with his co-workers and colleagues.
     
    Joe has one son, Jonathan, age 22. He looks forward to relaxing and enjoying each day as it comes.
     
    Eugene Vasilevicus
    Right behind Joe is Eugene, who started at Gilmour on September 26, 1994. Eugene’s specialty was plumbing and his favorite project that he worked on was shortly after he started, when he installed a new boiler in Tudor House. He has enjoyed the annual Christmas party each year and says that he will definitely miss the people he has met during his career at Gilmour. Eugene has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 25 years, and is excited to travel, fish and enjoy the outdoors with more free time now.
     
    Bob DeAngelo
    Bob has been at Gilmour since July 22, 2002 and, among other, things, he has handled a lot of the electrical work on campus. He’s going to miss all the people at Gilmour, but is so excited to spend time with his family. He has been married for 41 years to his wife, Marian, and they have two daughters, Maria and Rachel. Maria lives in London, Ohio and Rachel lives in Solon. Bob has two granddaughters, Hannah and Leah, who live .2 miles away from him, which they say is still too far!
     
    Don Zack
    Don’s career at Gilmour began on July 29, 2002 and he was the point person for all things HVAC-related. Asked about his favorite campus project during his 16 years, he said he most enjoyed the building of the natatorium. His favorite memory was working each year on the Lower School’s Christmas Family Gathering and watching the children get so excited to see Santa (Br. Richard Keller, C.S.C.). He says he will miss all the people he has met through the years working at both the Upper and Lower Schools. Don looks forward to having more time to travel, garden and hide from the cold weather! He also looks forward to spending more time with his wife of 25 years, Nora; their daughters, Danielle and Suzy; their sons-in-law, Michael and Rob; and their grandchildren, Lukas, Libby, Mary Kate, Audrey and Zachary.    
     
    Dan Lipowski
    Dan started at Gilmour in May 2010 and has worked primarily at the Lower School. He has loved watching the children progress throughout his eight years on campus. His favorite event on campus is Homecoming each year.
     
    Dan is married to Kathie, Before/After Care and Preschool Prep Programs Coordinator, and they have two children, Mark (deceased) and Kristin, a second-grade teacher. He looks forward to having more time to hike, bike and relax in his retirement.
    Photo of retiring maintenance staff
    Back row: Bob and Eugene; front row: Dan and Joe (missing: Don Zack)
     
  • Commencement celebration is fabulous tribute to a legendary class

    The 2018 Commencement ceremony was a terrific celebration of an incredible class. The ceremony featured a keynote address from Rick Lipton ’91, a professional dialect coach who stated that his professional success is the direct result of what Gilmour saw and developed in him. We also had the opportunity to hear from valedictorian Zach Holtz ’18 and salutatorian Qiyao Liang ’18, both of whom will be studying at Duke in the fall.
     
    The Class of 2018 - 139 members strong and the largest in school history - is remarkable in so many ways. As a class, 80 percent completed more than their required 60 service hours. Thirty-one students signed letters of commitment to continue their athletic careers at the next level. Members of the class worked with local refugees through Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services while others coached Special Olympics basketball and track teams
     
    And this class saw individual successes as well. We have one senior who is ranked #2 nationally in Humorous Interpretation, one ranked #7 nationally in Lincoln-Douglas debate, three national qualifiers for speech and debate, an All-American soccer player, the girls basketball program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder who was just named to the USA Women's U18 National Team, one who launched a student-funded scholarship for students in need, one who got a perfect score on the ACT and multiple winners of the prestigious Scholastic Art Competition.
     
    Members of the Class of 2018 are headed to Barnard, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, The United States Military Academy at West Point, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Michigan, USC, Yale and many other fabulous schools around the country and around the world! View the final matriculation list.
     
  • The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts

    Groundbreaking for The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts

    Gilmour Academy invites you to attend the official Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of
     
    The Lorraine and Bill Dodero
    Center for Performing Arts
     
    Saturday, June 2, 2018
    11 a.m. - Noon
    Ceremony to be held at the Gilmour tennis courts, the future site of the Center for Performing Arts. Remarks by Kathleen Kenny, Head of School.
     
    Noon - 2 p.m.
    Lunch reception in Tudor Gardens
     
     
  • Kelley, Kim and Carly - 2018 D3 National Champions

    DIII National Champions Chock Full of Lancers

    This spring, the Norwich University Cadets beat Elmira College to win the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship. And they did it with three former Lancers on the team! Congratulations to Carly Menges ‘15, Kelley Madden ‘16 and Kim Tiberi ‘14. The Chagrin Valley Times just did a nice feature on the story (it didn't include Kim because she's from Raleigh, N.C., outside the CVT readership area). And next year, the team will add another Lancer to its ranks. Morgan Tefft ‘18 committed to Norwich at the April NCAA Signing and Commitment ceremony!
  • Biggest Class in GA History Delivers Big College Acceptance Results

    Tuesday was officially College Decision Day and we celebrated the tremendous success of the Class of 2018 and the College Counseling Office. The students have been accepted at schools that include Barnard, Boston College, Berkeley, CWRU, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Holy Cross, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Ohio State, United States Military Academy at West Point, Villanova, University of Virginia, Yale and many other fantastic universities. See the full list of all the schools that accepted at least one member of the Class of 2018.
  • Junior Named Leader Among Leaders

    Cole Kruschke '19, who just completed his year in the LookUp to Cleveland program, was awarded the Allen Waddle Leadership Award at the commencement ceremony last Thursday. The award is presented annually to the outstanding leader within this group of extraordinary student leaders. It is given to the class member who demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, team-building skills, work ethic, enthusiasm and program attendance. Program staff members and volunteers nominated the candidates and only one was chosen. Congratulations, Cole!
  • Matthew P. Figgie and teammates from the Class of 1984

    Figgie Field Rededication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    Although rain forced the festivities indoors, spirits were high as we rededicated Figgie Field and held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Athletic Center. Guests, who ranged from former Lancer baseball players to the mayor and police chief of Gates Mills to current baseball families and the Upper School student body, enjoyed hearing about the impact the Figgie family has had at Gilmour throughout the school’s history. The event was hosted by Gilmour mom and Fox 8 news anchor Stefani Schaefer and speakers included Head of School Kathy Kenny, Athletic Director Sean O’Toole, varsity baseball coach Jay Fowler '00, Headmaster Emeritus Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., former Athletic Director and longtime varsity football coach Vern Weber, campus minister and former basketball and baseball coach Fr. John Blazek '58, C.S.C. and Matthew P. Figgie '84.

    Many thanks to Matthew P. Figgie '84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation for making this field a reality! And, the skies cleared just in time to let the baseball team take the field for their first game on Figgie Field. They beat University School 10-1! See pictures from the event.
  • April

    Gilmour Trophy Winners Arianna Mack and Sebastian Williams

    2018 Senior Awards

    On April 25, we recognized the accomplishments of our seniors at the annual Senior Awards ceremony.

    Pictured are the winners of the highest honor - the Gilmour Trophies - Arianna Mack '18 and Zachary Holtz '18. The Gilmour Trophies are presented each year to the graduating male and female who "best exemplify all those qualities that Gilmour hopes to nurture in all students." View photos from the ceremony.


    Speech Awards
    Level of Honor: John Kunzo, Arianna Mack and Matt Mangel
    Level of Excellence: Bradley Bares, Maddy Hillard and Lauriel Powell
    Degree of Distinction: Rajeel Zafar
    Degree of Special Distinction: Jacob Bartell and Ryan Kastelic
    Degree of Outstanding Distinction: Sabrina Bauman and Zach Holtz
    Degree of Premier Distinction (top level recognized by NSDA): Sebastian Williams

    Distinguished Musician Award
    Andrew Sieminski

    Outstanding Artist Award
    Katie Forsythe

    Foreign Language Awards
    For achievements in Spanish, Latin and Mandarin: Jein Lee

    Lance Award (most significant contributions to student newspaper)
    Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung

    Yearbook Award (for major contribution to yearbook program)
    Jack Aleva

    John Gale Distinguished Scholar(top language arts students)
    Paige Cone and Sebastian Williams

    Holy Cross Literature Awards (act as agents of change and raise bar for those around them)
    Andrew Casa and Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung

    The William G. Moore II English Award (most outstanding literature student)
    Ava Thomas

    Mathematics
    Mingyuan (Frank) Zhang

    Oliver Seikel Award for Excellence in Science
    (academic excellence, unquenchable thirst for knowledge demonstrated through research, sets and achieves lofty goals)
    Qiyao (Catherine) Liang

    Paul Primeau Science Award
    (best exemplifies competence, scholarship and commitment to study of science)
    Bradley Bares

    AP Physics Award
    Mingyuan (Frank) Zhang

    AP Biology Award
    Ava Thomas

    Biology Award
    Marisa Salvino

    Thomas Jefferson Award (Government)
    Sarah Bohn, Paige Cone, Arianna Mack and Owen O’Toole

    Thomas Jefferson Award (AP Government)
    Ryan Kastelic, Qiyao (Catherine) Liang, Leona Ng and Sebastian Williams

    National Merit Finalists
    Matt Mangel and Leona Ng

    Phi Beta Kappa
    Qiyao (Catherine) Liang

    Thomas P. Mulligan Award
    (healthy intellectual curiosity, and an honest appreciation for the individual talents and capabilities of his/her peers and associates)
    Sabrina Bauman

    The Dennis Hoynes Award ( Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athlete)
    Owen O’Toole and Ava Thomas

    Charles A. Mooney (Outstanding Male and Female Athletes)
    Dylan Henry and Nazahrah Hillmon
     
    Robert B. Tomaro Honor Award
    (Gilmour senior with keen mind, sense of justice, passion for doing what is right, and who most closely mirrors Mr. Tomaro’s commitment to the growth and success of the Academy)
    Isabella Caruso

    Murlan J. Murphy Leadership Award
    (senior who has demonstrated leadership qualities within Gilmour community that exemplify Holy Cross values)
    Benjamin Grandstaff

    Brother David Baltrinic Award (scholarship, compassion and service)
    Grazia DiPierro

    Brother Robert A. Kelly, C.S.C. Outstanding Student Service Award
    Lily Switka

    Saint Brother Andre Award (transformational impact of service)
    Andrew Casa and Maria Savani
     
    Charles Murray Student Humanitarian Award (students who personify the Gilmour mission)
    Pyper McDowell

    Chaplain’s Awards
    Sabrina Bauman, Carli Calabrese, Devin Fedele,
    Danielle Porter, Dominick Scimone and Gianna Zucker
     
    Brother James O’Donnell Campus Residency Award
    (senior or post-grad residence hall student who has demonstrated strong performance in the classroom, in extracurriculars and in involvement in residence hall community)
    Meijuan (Meimei) Cao and Joseph Saracena

    Director of the Upper School Award
    Drexel Feeling, Maddy Hillard, John Kunzo, Tyler Leroux, Olivia Nestor, Lauriel Powell, Peyton Rudman, Marisa Salvino, Trevor Stokes and Clayton Tomasek

    Brother Theophane Schmitt Trophies (most outstanding school spirit)
    Isabel Greene and Matthew Roddy

    Gilmour Trophies (seniors who best exemplify all those qualities that Gilmour hopes to nurture in all students)
    Zachary Holtz and Arianna Mack
  • Take Me Home, Country Road, West Virginia

    Gilmour Academy is a school deeply passionate about instilling in its students, faculty, and parish community a mission deeply rooted in service, Developing the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society. Spring Break 2018, Gilmour Academy students participated in a medical service and immersion experience (view photos) to Williamson, West Virginia, located in Mingo County, one of the poorest counties in the nation. Residents have limited access to the basic necessities of life such as health/medical care or even a grocery store. Here, students were immersed into a culture foreign to most of them. This trip was unique in the fact that it required extensive content and clinical preparations in medical training prior to departure. Such training included measuring blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer, temperature, body measurements, respiration rate, pulse, glucose monitoring and A1C testing. Such sessions were conducted by various physicians, including one of our own, Dr. Wellman.
     
    On Sunday, March 18, we embarked on our journey to Appalachia, commonly known as Coal Country. On the first day we arrived in Beckley and were given a private tour of a once thriving coal mine that has since been transformed into a museum. Our tour guide, a retired miner himself, was able to educate us on the physical, mental and psychological demands of the profession and its economic impact. From Beckley, we drove through the heavily mountainous terrain to the city of Welch. Here, we toured a rehabilitation facility where we witnessed firsthand patient testimonials of the tribulations resulting from addiction. Williamson and Welch are currently experiencing a dangerously increasing opioid epidemic.

    From Welch, our journey continued to Williamson. Once settled in, we continued our training sessions to sharpen both our knowledge and our medical techniques as our clinical work was about to commence. Our group was divided into smaller groups where we joined a clinical health worker (certified nurse) and participated in daily in-home visits, providing patient care within the comfort of their own home. Such care included checking vitals (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, glucose, etc.) and also engaging in friendly conversations regarding ways to monitor and improve their health. These patients loved our company. They were very open and receptive in allowing us to provide for them the care they needed.

    We also had the opportunity to organize and facilitate two health fairs during our stay. Both health fairs provided complimentary vital checks and diabetic screening for the residents of Williamson. During each fair, our Gilmour students made lasting connections with several of the patients. They even taught an exercise class using resistance bands that ultimately led to singing, dancing and enjoying each other’s company. Our students had the opportunity to plan a lesson for the local elementary and middle school children that included education on handwashing and toothbrushing techniques! We even made our own toothpaste! Each night ended with time to reflect on our daily experiences and a home-cooked meal of southern cultural cuisine that was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us!

    We have now formally established a partnership with the Global Public Service Academy (GPSA) in conjunction with the School of Medicine at both Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. In summary, our Gilmour students worked with a total of 72 patients. Of these, they took 59 pulse measurements, 72 blood pressures, 43 respiration rates, 47 blood glucose levels, 53 measurements of height and weight, and provided 250 individuals with lessons regarding health. What these values do not represent is the lasting impression our Gilmour students made on the individuals of West Virginia. From Welch to Williamson and everywhere in between, our students had the competence to see the need for basic health services or even just a smiling face and they had the courage to act in truly impacting the lives of those in need. While on this trip, our students were outside of their comfort zone and they embraced it. Developing this newly formed partnership between Gilmour Academy and GPSA not only exhibits how our students embody our mission, but also illustrated the most basic need for love and support for all humanity. There is a real need for love and service within the borders of this country!

    Gilmour Academy would like to recognize the following individuals for their participation of this program:
    Beryl Chen ‘18
    Amber Chen ‘18
    Taniya Dsouza ‘20
    Madeline Grobelny ‘21
    Richard Jones ‘20
     
    Dominic Joseph ‘19
    Emma Kaplan ‘19
    Rachel Karam ‘19
    Catherine Liang ‘18
    Annamarie Martin ‘19
     
    Angeline Monitello ‘19
    Allie Mullee ‘19
    Olivia Robida ‘19
    Matthew Roddy ‘18
    Trey Stein ‘19

    Special thanks to Ms. Kay for connecting Gilmour with Dr. Malkin and GPSA and also to Mrs. Simonetta, ’05 and Mrs. Montello for their work in preparation for and guidance during this trip.
  • Professor William Huhn

    Gilmour Academy Hosts Sixth Annual Constitutional Law Symposium

    With support from the M&T Trust, Gilmour Academy hosted the sixth annual David Potenziani Symposium on Constitutional Law on Friday, April 20. As part of the symposium, Gilmour welcomed Professor William Huhn, distinguished professor emeritus at The University of Akron School of Law. Professor Huhn delivered a presentation titled “The Civil Rights Movement and the Constitution.”

    Huhn graduated from Yale University and Cornell Law School and, until his retirement in 2015, was a Distinguished Professor and C. Blake McDowell Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of Law, where he taught constitutional law and a number of other courses. He has authored many books and articles on constitutional law and legal reasoning, including The Five Types of Legal Argument (2002, 2008, 2014), which is required reading in courses on legal reasoning at a number of U.S. law schools. He also coordinated the writing of amicus briefs by committees of professors and submitted those briefs to the United States Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of Michigan and United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida. Huhn has also pioneered techniques for teaching law online, including the development of electronic textbooks, recorded lectures with accompanying quizzes, and classes via teleconference. He is now a visiting professor at Duquesne University School of Law where he teaches contracts, sales and secured transactions.

    Students in Gilmour’s constitutional law and AP U.S. Government classes had the opportunity to hear Huhn’s presentation. After, they enjoyed eating lunch with Huhn, before the constitutional law students presented to him their final projects on current Supreme Court cases. See photos from the Potenziani Law Symposium.
  • Anna Wierup and Angelina Lonardo - winning team

    Science Sets Sail at Gilmour Academy in Annual Boat Float

    The Boat Float is an annual favorite and this year did not disappoint! For weeks leading up to the race, eighth graders have been building their vessels in the classroom.
     
    The Boat Float is an intensive project that combined science practices, engineering design and incredible creativity as students worked in small groups to create their own seaworthy boats constructed completely from recycled cardboard and duct tape.
     
    Leading up to the Boat Float, students tested qualities such as humidity resistance, strength and flexibility of duct tape brands. To determine the best boat shape, they initially built smaller scale models. They also visited The Foundry, where they learned about rowing and sail boat hull shapes. (view photos from Boat Float).
     
    Many boats made it across the pool, but only one boat made it across twice with the fastest time - the Swedish Fish, sailed by Angelina Lonardo ‘22  and Anna Wierup ’22! Congratulations to all the competitors!
     
  • Tim Ryan

    Firsthand Account of Addiction from an Addict

    Nationally renowned speaker Tim Ryan spent the day on campus talking with groups about the dangers of addiction on Wednesday. Tim, who is known as the “Hope Dealer” speaks from firsthand experience as a former heroin, cocaine and alcohol addict and the father of a 20-year old son who died of a drug overdose. He spoke to all students in Grades 7-12 in Convocation, met with health classes, delivered a powerful parent presentation at lunchtime and addressed Middle School students again in the afternoon.

    His message, infused with humor and personal stories, resonated with all his audiences. He focused on the importance of selecting good friends, developing your spirituality, being a leader (Tim acknowledged the difficulty of doing so) and speaking up if you see a friend in trouble.

    Many thanks to the Men's Club's Save a Life program for bringing Tim to Gilmour and the group’s continued focus on bringing awareness to the issue of drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Freshman Places Third and Earns Prize Money in District Rotary Club Speech Contest

    After her win last month at the local Hillcrest chapter of the Rotary Club, Mollie Edmondson '21  advanced to compete in the District 6630 Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest. She came in third place! On April 28, she will receive her $700 prize and speak at the Regional Rotary Club meeting in Beachwood. Congratulations, Mollie!
  • Gilmour Academy Hosts NCAA Signing and Commitment Ceremony

    The Gilmour Academy athletic department hosted its final Signing and Commitment ceremony for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, April 11. A total of 13 student-athletes participated in the ceremony. (View photos from the ceremony.)
     
    Dylan Henry '18, of Chagrin Falls, committed to participate in track and field at Division I Villanova University, where he plans to study biology. He said he chose the school for its “academic prestige, athletic excellence and the community.” Henry has been a member of the varsity track team at Gilmour all four years, earned the Most Valuable Runner Award three times and the Lancer Award once. He competed at the New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor last year as a junior and plans to compete again this year.
     
    Ava Thomas '18, of Chesterland, committed to compete in track and field at Division I Yale University. She will study biology and economics at Yale, which she chose because it is “an Ivy League institution rich in both tradition and innovation, offering the benefits of a research university and liberal arts college.” During her four years as a varsity track runner, Thomas was named to the Academic All-Ohio Team at the completion of her sophomore and junior seasons, was named a News-Herald All-Star her sophomore year, the MVP of sprints her junior year and a captain this year. She also participates in USA Track & Field and AAU.
     
    Off the track, Thomas has met great success as well. She was inducted into the Cum Laude Society her junior year and the National Honor Society her sophomore year. During her junior year, she received the Harvard Book Award, the Glen Oak Scholarship and the RIT Innovation Award. She also won a civics pitch contest open to all Clevelanders, and was an OHSSL state speech semifinalist. She has earned Subject Awards in math, science, English, history and foreign language. Finally, she has completed Gilmour’s esteemed VECTOR program, which is a concentrated set of experiences and coursework organized around one of five themes. Thomas completed both the science & medicine and entrepreneurship & commerce strands of the program. 
     
    Daniel Menges '18, of Novelty, signed a tender to the North American Hockey League (NAHL), where he will play for the Coulee Region Chill. Menges has played hockey at Gilmour for five years and is completing his post-grad year this May. He was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2017. He says he signed with the Chill because he “really liked the coaching staff and the culture they have created.”
     
    Kelly Cingel '18, of Macedonia, pledged her commitment to play women’s ice hockey at American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I Miami University, where she plans to study biology. She said, “Miami University offers a great education that will guarantee me a successful future. At the same time, the hockey program has an outstanding facility that will allow me to develop to my full potential.”
     
    McKenna Gehner '18, of Sioux City, Iowa, made a commitment to play women’s ice hockey at ACHA Division I Midland University in Fremont, Neb. She intends to study nursing. Gehner has played on the girls prep hockey team at Gilmour for four years. Additionally, she is involved in the school’s Tobit Ministry program, which is a group of student volunteers who serve as pallbearers at funerals for homeless people or those with no families. Gehner chose Midland “because of the head coach, who is very good for the program and really excited for me to be a part of the team.” Also, the school is closer to her home in Sioux City.
     
    Dechlan Kirincic '18, of University Heights, signed a commitment to play basketball at NAIA Marian University, in Indianapolis, where he will major in mechanical engineering. He chose Marian “because of the opportunity it presented to continue my basketball career and get a quality education.”
     
    While at Gilmour, Kirincic played four years of varsity basketball and two years of varsity football. He earned the GA Most Promising Award his freshman year, Northeast Lakes All-District Team Honorable Mention his sophomore year, News-Herald Third Team and GA Best Offensive Player Award his junior year, Northeast Lakes All-District Second Team and All-Ohio Honorable Mention his junior and senior years, and News-Herald First Team his senior year. As a senior, he also became a 1,000-point scorer and the all-time leading scorer in boys basketball (for the 20 years record have been kept) at Gilmour. Kirincic plays AAU basketball with OBC and is a member of Gilmour’s ESPN Club.
     
    Logan Wright '18, of Lyndhurst, pledged a commitment to play baseball at Division II Walsh University, in Canton, and will major in athletic training. Wright has played three years of varsity baseball at Gilmour and earned the Silver Slugger Award after his junior season. He said he was first interested in Walsh “from an academic standpoint, but then having the opportunity to play baseball just finalized my decision.” Wright also plays for the Diamond Hit Club’s 18U team.
     
    Lucia Cannata '18, of Hunting Valley, made a commitment to compete in track and field at Division III John Carroll University, where she plans to study business or communications. She said she chose John Carroll because “it is close to home, so I am able to visit family when I need to, the business school is great, and I love the welcoming atmosphere the campus has.” Cannata has been a member of the cheerleading squad for three years and the track and field team for four years. She was a state qualifier her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and placed each time at the state meet. She was also named All-Ohioan each of those years. Cannata is also involved in the Peace and Justice Club and indoor track at Gilmour.
     
    Chase Filicko '18, of Olmsted Township, pledged her commitment to play volleyball at Division III University of Mount Union, where she “fell in love with the team and coach.” She added, “The campus really like home for me.” Filicko will major in biology.
    Filicko has played varsity volleyball for two years at Gilmour and is also a member of the Maverick Volleyball Club. She earned the Head of School Award this year and earned Highest Honors in Academic Excellence her junior and senior years. In addition to volleyball, Filicko is a member of Linked-Up, Baking for Rainbows, Peer Tutoring, Women in STEM and the National Honor Society.
     
    Ben Foltz '18, of Chagrin Falls, committed to play golf at Division III College of Wooster. He plans to study computer science and chose Wooster because it felt the most like Gilmour.
     
    During his four years of varsity golf, Foltz earned the Most Valuable Player Award as a junior and the Lancer Award as a senior.
     
    Erin O'Connell '18, of Lyndhurst, made a commitment to play volleyball at Division III Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. She intends to major in nursing and is excited to be a part of the community at Capital. She said, “I chose Capital because of the comfort I felt as soon as I stepped on campus.”
     
    O'Connell has been a four-year member of the varsity volleyball team; earned academic honors her freshman and junior years; and is a member of the Prom Committee, the Peace and Justice Club and Baking for Rainbows.
     
    Morgan Tefft '18, of Redwood City, Calif., committed to play women’s ice hockey at Division III Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., where she will study biology. She said she chose Norwich for their good biology program, small class sizes and the opportunity to play hockey. She has been a member of the girls prep hockey team for three years and was the assistant captain this season. She is also a member of Tobit Ministry and the Psychology Club.
     
    Gabrielle Venne '18, of Ontario, Canada, committed to play women’s ice hockey at Division III Hamilton College, in Clinton, N.Y. She is undecided on her major but chose Hamilton because “it is a liberal arts school that allows me the opportunity to continue playing hockey.”
     
    Venne has been a member of the girls prep hockey team for two years and also played lacrosse last year. She was inducted into the National Honor Society this year.
  • Gilmour Holds Cum Laude Induction Ceremony

    Cum Laude Induction Ceremony
    On Tuesday, we celebrated those being inducted into the Cum Laude Society. After being inducted, students were treated to a speech by former Gilmour teacher and Ohio’s poet laureate Dave Lucas.
     
    Congratulations to the following inductees:
     
    Faculty Inductee: Matthew T. Greenfield, M.Ed.
    Student Inductees: Bradley Bares '18, Sarah Bohn '18, Yuru Chen '18, Paige Cone '18, Chase Filicko '18, Kirstin Grady '18, Isabel Greene '18, Jein Lee '18, Brendan McNamara '18, Megan Miller '18, Leona Ng '18, Owen O’Toole '18, Lily Switka '18 and Payton Wetzel '18.
     
    Note: The following seniors were inducted last year as juniors: Sabrina Bauman '18, Elaine Beck '18, Meijuan Cao '18, Benjamin Grandstaff '18, Mary Hillard '18, Zachary Holtz '18, Da-Eun Jung ’18, Qiyao Liang ’18, Lauriel Powell ’18, Marisa Salvino '18, Ava Thomas '18, Sebastian Williams '18 and Ming Yuan Zhang '18.
  • Tuesdays at Tudor Returns

    Tuesday, April 17, Reception at 6 p.m., followed by concert at 6:30 p.m., Tudor House

    Our special concert series returns as the duo of Andrew Focks (piano) and Kimia Ghaderi (violin) perform their diverse and exciting repertoire, which includes the great classical masterpieces, popular music, and the theater genre as well as their own arrangements, transcriptions and improvisations. The event is free and open to all. Please RSVP by April 13.
     
    The beautiful Steinway pianos used for this concert series have been donated, and this concert has been graciously underwritten, by Matthew P. Figgie '84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation.
  • Another Playwriting Honor for GA Student

    Gilmour has another playwright being recongized! Shortly after Meredith Mallon-Jeffrey '20 was named a winner in the SCA Playwriting Competition, James Berner '19 was notified that his play, “When the Rain Stops” was selected a “Play of Meriotious Distinction” for the 40th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. James will be honored during an awards ceremony on Friday, June 1. He will receive a bound copy of all this year’s winning plays, a framed certificate and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. Congratulations, James!
  • Big News for Figure Skating Program

    Kelly Lynch has been selected to replace Alease Cameratta as our Figure Skating Coordinator. Kelly is a tremendous addition to our ice arena staff and we are excited about the wealth of experience she brings to our figure skating programs. Kelly graduated from the University of Dayton in 1994 with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. She was a professional show skater from 1993-1996 and she has more than 20 years of experience coaching free skate, choreography, moves in the field, power skating and hockey skating skills. Kelly is also the founder and head coach of the Ice Theatre of Cleveland.
     
    Kelly currently serves as the summer figure skating camp director with OBM Arena in Strongsville. She will begin working with us on a part-time basis so that she can fulfill her summer responsibilities at OBM while also ensuring a smooth transition here. She will move into a full-time role at Gilmour in August. Welcome to Gilmour, Kelly!
  • March

    Girls Basketball Earns DII State Runner-Up Finish

  • Gilmour students at Veale event

    Gilmour Academy Utilizing Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Grant

    The Veale Foundation awarded Gilmour Academy, in Gates Mills, Ohio, a $10,000 grant for the 2017-2018 school year to help fund the planning and implementation of entrepreneurship activities for the current school year.

    Gilmour Academy is a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, which is funded by The Veale Foundation. The Veale Entrepreneurship Forum consists of 22 member high schools, and has reached more than 14,000 students since its founding in 2012.

    Gilmour has been utilizing the grant money to provide experiential opportunities for its entrepreneurial students. During the first semester, students participated in Veale’s Thinkfest, which was for high school students who want to tap into their creative potential to come up with and learn how to act on their business ideas, and Pitchfest, a one-day elevator pitch contest. Jamey Polak, who oversees Gilmour’s entrepreneurship program, also used Veale funds to host a Shark Tank-style pitch competition at Gilmour with parents and entrepreneurs from the Gilmour community serving as judges. Most recently, students participated in ThinkBig, a unique one-day conference featuring panels of entrepreneurs, mini maker hackathon sessions, Final Four Challenge team pitches, awards, prizes, networking and more.

    Additionally, Veale funds are being used for professional development and supporting materials to implement a specialized, entrepreneurial curriculum called The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.The curriculum has been utilized in Gilmour’s entrepreneurship program this year and will be fully implemented next year. Finally, the funds have been used to support students as they develop business plans and launch businesses. Gilmour has multiple students in the final stages of their business plans, with plans to launch their businesses later this spring or in the fall. One such business will raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit service club at Gilmour. Another aims to develop an onboarding program for future hockey players living in the dorm to help ease the transition for these students, most of whom are living away from home for the first time. Polak said of this particular effort, “While not intended to have any type of monetary component, the project is a great example of our students using the entrepreneurial mindset to identify problems and develop impactful solutions.”

    Polak said of The Veale Foundation’s impact, “The support of the Veale Foundation is vital to our entrepreneurship program by providing professional development and curriculum resources for the teachers; funds to help our students start their own businesses; and allowing us to host experienced, successful entrepreneurs on campus to engage our students. Additionally, the programs put on by The Veale Foundation throughout the year enrich our students’ experiences and are a lot of fun.”
  • Girls Basketball Headed to Columbus to Defend State Title

    The varsity girls basketball team won a regional championship this past week, earning a berth to the OHSAA Division II State Final Four. This is the third consecutive year the team has made it to the state semifinals. Gilmour earned the right to the Final Four after defeating St. Vincent-St. Mary High School 57-36 in the regional finals. Naz Hillmon '18 recorded 24 points and 17 rebounds, while Sarah Bohn '18 had 12 points and Annika Corcoran '19 chipped in 10 as Gilmour improved to an overall record of 24-3.
     
    The Lancers now play Bellbrook High School today at 1 p.m. in the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. The winner of that game advances to the OHSAA Division II State Championship, which will be played Saturday, March 17 at 5:15 p.m. f you can’t make it, be sure to follow @galancerad on Twitter for updates and a behind-the-scenes look. You can access live stats and radio here.
     
    In other girls basketball news, the All-Ohio Girls Basketball honors were announced this week as selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Gilmour had three players recognized, including Hillmon as Division II Co-Player of the Year, Corcoran as a Special Mention selection and Bohn as an Honorable Mention pick. Ohio Ms. Basketball is expected to be announced Wednesday. Hillmon is a finalist for that honor.
  • Michelle Wang and Master Pianist Andreas Haefliger

    Gilmour Hosts World-Renowned Pianist for Master Class and Concert

    Tuesday morning, Gilmour welcomed world-renowned pianist Andreas Haefliger. He spent the first period of the day facilitating a master class with 10 of our students, providing expert advice on posture and techniques to hone their skills. Haefliger then graced students from all three divisions with a beautiful performance in the Chapel. Take a look at pictures from the master class and concert.

    Born into a distinguished Swiss musical family, Haefliger grew up in Germany, attended the Julliard School in New York and went on to perform with major US orchestras including the New York Philharmonic; Cleveland Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Boston Symphony; and the Pittsburgh, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. In his native Europe,  too, Haefliger has appeared with the great orchestras and festivals – such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Symphony.

    Opportunities such as these are possible because we are a Steinway Select school thanks to the generosity of Matthew P. Figgie '84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation.

    All are invited to witness Haefliger's musical genius on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron. Purchase tickets here
     
  • Three Gilmour Students Performed for State Legislators in Columbus

    Three students - Taniya Dsouza '20, Ania Lewis '21 and Angeline Monitello '19 - were invited to Columbus to perform for legislators at the Ohio Statehouse for Cleveland Orchestra Advocacy Day yesterday. Angeline and Ania played with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Taniya sang with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.
     
    This special performance was designed to bring attention to the importance of music as part of a well-rounded education for all students.
     
  • February

    MAD Club Off and Running in the New Year

    Only two months into 2018 and the M.A.D. Club has already done so much! From donations to homeless shelters to holding a pancake breakfast and using the proceeds to purchase blankets for Cleveland’s homeless.
    • Josh Miavitz '20 donated 80 wool men's sweaters to M.A.D. Club, which were distributed to homeless shelters through Project Hope and St. Dominic Church.
    • Club members sorted the 300+ military-grade, water-repellant, flame-retardant blankets purchased with the proceeds from the club’s December pancake breakfast.
    • M.A.D. Club launched its own website, where visitors can learn more about service opportunities.
    • On Monday before school, students heard from St. Malachi Center’s volunteer coordinator Carl Cook. After hearing him talk about the impact of volunteering,  members got to work, producing 192 brown-bag meals complete with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, water and a snack. Mr. Cook took the meals back to St. Herman’s House of Hospitality for distribution.
    See pictures of M.A.D. Club members hard at work.

    Stay tuned! The group has many more exciting service projects coming up throughout the rest of the semester.
  • Varsity B Hockey Wins JV State Championship

    Congratulations to the Varsity B Hockey team, which won the JV state championship on Sunday, February 25!
     
    The Lancers went 2-1 in pool play defeating Holy Name 6-0 and Olentangy Liberty 2-0. The team lost to St. John School out of Toledo 4-3. With that record, Gilmour advanced to the semifinals against University School.
     
    The Lancers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by John Kohanski '21, Tate Simpson '21 and Joe Roddy '21. US controlled the second period and scored two goals to make it 3-2, but that would be all the scoring for the rivals as goalie Dylan Stefan '21 and the rest of the Lancers closed the door on US in the third.
     
    In the championship game against Liberty, Frankie Valenti '21 scored just under five minutes into the game on a pass from Roddy to put the Lancers up 1-0. Liberty tied it up three minutes later before Justin Evans '20 scored to make it 2-1 with just over four minutes remaining in the first period.
     
    GA would add two more goals in the second period. Matt Roddy '18 scored a power-play goal with 6:19 remaining that would end up standing as the game-winning goal. Valenti and Jack Starr '21 added the assists. The Lancers then made it 4-1 at the 3:26 mark as Kohanski scored, assisted by Evans and Simpson.
     
    Liberty opened the scoring in the third period to pull within 4-2 with 11:22 remaining. The Lancers would control most of the third period. When Liberty pulled its goalie to gain an extra attacker, Andrew Golden '20 sealed the game with an empty-net goal assisted by Starr with 1:42 remaining. Stefan stopped 17-of-19 shots he faced to earn his fourth win of the weekend in as many starts. This is the Gilmour hockey program's first state championship at any level.
  • Cedric Li ' 24 presents to his classmates during the Lower School Chinese New Year celebration.

    Gilmour Community Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Each year at Gilmour, the International Club hosts a celebration for the Chinese New Year. The celebration focuses on educating the GA community about Chinese customs, traditions, games and, of course, food. The dumplings and calligraphy are always favorites! Middle and Upper School students held festivities in the Commons after school, while Lower School students celebrated in their classes. 

    Cedric Li '24
     prepared a presentation about the traditions of Chinese New Year for his classmates. Students even got to take home some lucky money! Mrs. Russell’s Montessori class celebrated the Chinese New Year by making masks, parading through the Lower School, singing "Gung Hay Fat Choy" (Happy New Year) and passing out fortune cookies to bring good luck to all.
     
    Every year, a sixth of the world’s population celebrates Chinese New Year. The holiday, also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is a 15-day celebration that begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. 2018 marks the Year of the Dog. While the largest Lunar New Year celebration in the United States takes place in San Francisco, Calif., our students get to experience Chinese culture without leaving campus!

    Take a look at photos from this year's festivities.
  • National Qualifiers - Sebastian Williams '18, John Kunzo '18 and Zach Holtz '18

    Speech and Debate Qualifies Three for National Tournament

    The speech and debate team continued its stellar season over the weekend, with three students qualifying for nationals. Zach Holtz '18, who will compete at nationals in the Humorous Interpretation category, also qualified for Prose/Poetry Interpretation. John Kunzo '18 was selected for World School Debate. Sebastian Williams '18 qualified in both Student Congress and Lincoln Douglas Debate, choosing to compete in the latter (nationals rules only allow a student to compete in one category).
     
    The Speech and Debate Association National Tournament will be held this summer in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
     
    The following students were selected as alternate qualifiers for this year’s national tournament:
    Sabrina Bauman '18 (Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation)
    Sophia Di Puccio '19 (Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation)
    Mollie Edmondson '21 (Original Oratory)
    Emma Kaplan '19 (Informative Speech)
    Allie Miklonis '19 (US Extemporaneous Speech)
    Madison Wagner '19 (Original Oratory)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 scout.com.

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

    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.
     
  • 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!
     
  • 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.
  • 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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