2018

  • February

    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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