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Gunston Welcomes 34 Students to the National Honor Society 

Centreville, MD The Gunston School is pleased to welcome 34 students to the National Honor Society. Each fall, membership to NHS is offered to those students who meet the required standards put forth by the national office in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a  cumulative grade point average of 88 (B+) or higher. 

Students who meet this criterion are invited to submit a comprehensive resume that outlines their activities, achievements, leadership, and service. To evaluate a candidate on the national criterion of character, a student’s school records are reviewed, and each candidate selects four members of the faculty to provide their professional reflections on the candidate’s citizenship, leadership, activities, and personal conduct.

Head of School John Lewis shared, “Induction into the National Honor Society is an enormous honor, and it reflects a multi-year dedication from these students to some of society’s most important values.”

This year’s newly selected members for Grade 12 include Hannah Beckman, Maxmillian (Max) Brady, Yongah (Jonathan) Choi, Hyunseok (Luke) Lee, Ethan Nuessle, Jack Pigman, Marion Riddle, Sean Riley, and Emily Ryon.

New members for Grade 11 include Sofia Angarita, Lucy Bamford, Gracie Callahan, Charlotte Cook, Benjamin (Ben) Cunningham, Isabella (Bella) De Leon, Ashley Escobar, Jimmy Fraser, Nina Friedman, Georgia Gillespie, Evie Hagan, Paige Holmes, Colin Lang, Neva Lawrence, Samantha LeCrone, Rui (Spencer) Liu, Abigail (Abbey) Miller, Magdalena (Maggie) Miller, Alexandrea (Lexi) Norman, Summer Salos, Leo Santoboni, Matthew Sharpless, Danielle Simmons, and Jude Smith. Lillian (Lilli) Ward ’21 was selected in the fall of 2019, but was studying abroad at the time and will be formally inducted this year.

“The inductees are to be commended for their dedication and their success in maintaining the highest level of performance while navigating the challenges of attending school during the pandemic,” said Assistant Head of School Christie Grabis. “We look forward to the time when we can share their accomplishments in person with their families and the school community.”


A formal induction ceremony will be held on campus at a date later to be determined, depending on COVID restrictions and guidelines. 

Julia Stevens Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification

Julia Stevens with Realty Navigator, Kent Island Office, Petra Quinn, Broker in Chester MD has been awarded the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional Certification. The National Association of REALTORS® awards the MRP certification to REALTORS® who help military personnel, veterans and their families find housing that lets them make the best use of their benefits and serves the unique needs of military life.
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. REALTORS® who earn this certification know to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.
The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career, and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation. To earn the MRP certification, REALTORS® must be in good standing with NAR; complete the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification course, and complete two webinars.
For more information about the MRP certification, visit
”We are very proud of Julia for having gone the extra step to obtain her Military Relocation Certification.” Say Vince Payne and Petra Quinn, owners of Realty Navigator. “Julia always is eager to further her education and expertise to better assist her clients in the real estate process; and being married to a Military Veteran gives her a vast advantage in assisting other military personnel with their relocation.”
Julia can be reached directly at 443-538-6089, or on her website at
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Outside Fun at Talisman Therapeutic Riding

Horses, family fun, food, and diamonds all on a farm outside.

On December 12th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Talisman Therapeutic Riding will kick off the holiday season safely at their annual open house. Guests can meet the herd, tour the 30-acre facility in Grasonville and enjoy hot cider and individually wrapped goodies.

And the diamonds? All guests will be able to participate in a drawing for a pair of diamond stud earrings donated by Zachary’s Jewelers of Annapolis. Only 100 chances will be available, so your chances of going home with these beautiful earrings is very real.

TTR is the only therapeutic riding center on the Eastern Shore open year-round. The organization’s mission is to serve those who can prosper by the talismanic healing nature of horses with the guidance of professional therapists and instructors. Instructors combine equine assisted activities, horticultural therapy, and other nature-related approaches to broaden experiences and benefit riders, including veterans, with emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual challenges.

TTR is located at 172 Blue Ribbon Lane in Grasonville. Reservations are not necessary, but guests must wear masks and practice social distancing. For further information call 443-239-9400 or go to

Local Artists selected for “Shared Visions” Show

The art of local artists Lisa Scarbath and Pat Lang will be included in the “Shared Visions” art show at the Center for the Arts in Ocean City. 
This unique show pairs 2D and 3D visual art and writing.  The Art League of Ocean City partnered with the Ocean City Writers Group to create an exhibition that explores both visual and literary arts. This year the collaboration began with the visual artists submitting their creations.   Artwork was then chosen by the writers based on what inspired them to compose poetry, pose or other written words.
Lisa, who creates her mosaics under the name Pieceful Designs Mosaics, created a mosaic landscape for this show.  Her work can be seen at, as well as Facebook and Instagram.
Pat Lang, who primarily works in oils, submitted a still life painting entitled Heartfelt.  Her work can be seen on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
“Shared Visions” will be on display in the main gallery at the Center for the Arts, located at 502 94 St, Ocean City, MD 21842from January 5th to February 27, ,2021.  A reception with the writers reading their works and the paintings that they chose to write about will be presented on Zoom. 
The Center is open Monday-Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm.  For more information about the exhibit and Zoom presentation visit, or call 410-524-9433.

UM Shore Medical Group – Behavioral Health Welcomes Alexa Burley

Alexa Burley, MSN, PMHNP-BC, was recently welcomed by UM Shore Medical Group – Behavioral Health. Burley’s prior health care experience includes working as a staff nurse in emergency care at Anne Arundel Medical Center, as a nurse in inpatient clinic and outpatient care services for Anne Arundel Mental Health Group in Annapolis and as a psychotherapy provider with Family Intervention Partners in Baltimore.

Burley completed her MSN and post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate in psychiatric mental health from Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo. She also holds an undergraduate degree in legal studies from University of Maryland – University College.

Information about programs and services provided by Shore Behavioral Health may be obtained by calling 410-822-1000, ext. 8122.

Chesapeake Music announces residency at Prager Family Auditorium

EASTON, Md. – Chesapeake Music is delighted to announce a long-term residency at the Prager Family Auditorium in historic downtown Easton. This agreement guarantees a year-round, state-of-the-art concert facility and administrative offices for Chesapeake Music, enabling the organization to expand its offerings and audience for its internationally acclaimed lineup of artists.
“Having a permanent residence will bring well-deserved recognition to Chesapeake Music,” President Barry Koh said. “We are extremely grateful to Paul and Joanne Prager for making this happen for us.”
The Auditorium has played a role in Chesapeake Music’s history for nearly 35 years, and it is fitting to be the organization’s first physical home. The residency also demonstrates Chesapeake Music’s commitment to Talbot County and historic Easton, an area whose art scene has grown both because of and alongside Chesapeake Music to become one of the premier arts destinations in the Mid-Atlantic.
Settling down at the Prager Family Auditorium has many advantages, one of which is the ability to reach new audiences both inside and outside of the Auditorium’s elegant confines. Chesapeake Music’s acclaimed artists will have access to not only state-of-the-art acoustics and amenities, but will also benefit from a modern videography and streaming setup, infrastructure that was added during the COVID-19 pandemic. This enhanced technology will not only showcase sound the way it was meant to be heard, but will also allow Chesapeake Music to broadcast its concerts to audiences around the globe. This is especially beneficial as Chesapeake Music books more concerts by and for younger generations, introducing them to chamber and jazz musicians at a much larger scale than was possible before.
“Our move to the Prager Family Auditorium is like going back to our roots,” Chesapeake Music Executive Director Don Buxton said. “Our earliest concerts were performed at the facility and after so many years of being a nomadic organization, it will be nice to settle into a place we can call home.”
The residency also brings with it an addition to the Chesapeake Music family: a 9-foot Steinway & Sons concert grand piano. Considered the pinnacle of concert grands, the Steinway was made possible by a generous group of donors. A welcome inclusion to the Prager stage, the Steinway will forever enhance the quality of concerts in which it is played.
Chesapeake Music is scheduled to move its offices into the Prager Family Auditorium in early 2021, with concerts beginning as early as June.

Gunston’s Heron Hustle 5K/1M Run  Raises Money for Annual Fund

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School’s Heron Hustle 5K/1M Virtual Run was held on November 21 & 22 with more than 140 participants hitting the pavement (or their treadmills) to raise more than $7,000 for the Heron Annual Fund and compete for fun prizes and accolades.
The top three winners for the men’s 5K include Woody Granger (17:50), Bobby Stephenson (19:26), and Aidan Trautman ’23 (21:09). Women’s top three placements for the 5K  include Katherine Rene, P’23 (24:25), Georgia Gillespie ’22 (25.22), and Zoe Buzzelli ’24 (25:45). The men’s mile winner was Aaron Sanderson ’23 (6:15) and the women’s mile winner was Jennifer Runz, P’24 (8:57). Special recognition goes to Victoria Windmiller, who completed a 15 mile run.
Additionally, recognition for the fastest freshmen went to Zoe Buzzelli ’24 and Colin Hallmark ’24 (23:59), the fastest sophomores were McKinsey Brown ’23 (29:28) and Aiden Trautman ’23, the fastest junior was Georgia Gillespie ’22, and the fastest senior was Charlie Shifrin ’21 (25:40), with the titles for fastest male junior as well as female senior going unclaimed (for now!).
Prizes for top overall winners include personalized Gunston merchandise and medals. For Gunston students, prizes include breakfast/snack cards and (for eligible drivers), the opportunity to snag Head of School Mr. Lewis’s parking spot for the rest of the year.
Participants received a limited edition Heron Hustle t-shirt designed and individually hand-pressed at Skybridge Studios by Gunston alumna Alison Hansford ’96 who volunteered her time and services.
“A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Heron Hustle — the event raised thousands of dollars for the school, and it helped to connect us virtually across the region and multiple states,” said Head of School John Lewis. “We are so grateful for our event sponsors, parents, past parents and alumni who continue to support Gunston.”
Gunston’s Heron Annual Fund bridges the $4,000 gap between tuition and what it actually costs to give each student the highly personalized experience Gunston is known for.
The Heron Hustle’s premier sponsor included Oath Pizza and the Kellogg Family, P’20 & ‘23, awards sponsor Wise & Blitzer, Attorneys at Law, and Mara Schmittinger, P’16 & ‘19.

Gunston Students Claim Honors

150 Gunston Students Claim High Honors & Honors for First Quarter of 20-21 Academic Year

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School recognized 150 students for earning High Honors and Honors for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 academic year. To earn a place on the High Honors list, a student must have a 93 percent or above and effort grades of satisfactory, “S” or above. To earn Honors, a student must achieve an 88-92.99 average and effort grades of “S” or above.
“Gunston students have worked very hard in and out of the classroom, online and offline, during our phased reopening of campus this fall,” said Dean of Students Mark Wiening. “We are all very proud of their individual academic achievements, as well as the Gunston Together mindset that has enabled the majority of our community to come together and stay together on the physical campus in these opening months.”

High Honors Grade 12: Isabella (Bella) Adams, Avy Aubin, Brianna (Brie) Barrett-Kennedy, Lily Berntsen, Maxmillian (Max) Brady, Kayla Flood, Glynis Gardner, Olivia Hersey, Erika Lee, Emma McClary, Orion (Rion) McCluskey , Ethan Nuessle, Joseph (Brennan) O’Connor, Addison (Adie) Parish, Campbell Parkhurst, Lydia Periconi, Jack Pigman, Marion Riddle, Emily Ryon, Severin Schut, Charles (Charlie) Shifrin, Henry Shifrin, Christian Walker, Lillian (Lilli) Ward, and Hannah Worth. (Not pictured: Hyunseok (Luke) Le)
Honors Grade 12: Hannah Beckman, Kenneth Bonuccelli, Helen Boone, Yongah (Jonathan) Choi, Lydia Davis, James Fordi, Reagan Gessford, Aidan Myers, Sydney Nittle, Connor Reichardt, Sean Riley, Kylee Rushton, Henry Sheets, and Colin Ward. (Not pictured: Suah Choi and Yi (Lily) Zhang.)
High Honors Grade 11: Sofia Angarita, Lucy Bamford, Joshua (Josh) Campbell, Anastasia Clair, Charlotte Cook, Robert Crow, Benjamin (Ben) Cunningham, Jian (Daniel) Dang, Ashley Escobar, Nora FauntLeRoy, James (Jimmy) Fraser, Nina Friedman, Paige Holmes, Samantha LeCrone, Juyoung (Ju) Lee, Abigail (Abbey) Miller, Magdalena (Maggie) Miller, Adam Papadopoulos, Ainsleigh Pocock, Summer Salos, Leonardo (Leo) Santoboni, Matthew Sharpless, Danielle Simmons, and Jude Smith.
Honors Grade 11: Gracie Callahan, Isabella (Bella) De Leon, Georgia Gillespie, Sheila Groz, Aidan Ireland, Kallena Kemp, Zachary (Zach) LaFleur, Colin Lang, Neva Lawrence, Rui (Spencer) Liu, Alexis (Lexi) Meiklejohn, Alexandrea (Lexi) Norman, Alec Sanderson, Tessa Schut, Nicholas (Nick) Scribner, and Andrew Steele.
High Honors Grade 10: Nicholas (Nick) Abell, Madilyn (Maddie) Algier, Olivia Amygdalos, Tom de los Reyes, Charles Evans, YaXin (Angelina) Lin, Julia McClary, Zacharia (Zach) Mozher, Elizabeth (Lane), Parkhurst, Damian Rene, Isabelle Requena, Autumn Watson, and Yining Wei. (Not pictured: Jiacheng (Jason) Ye)
Honors Grade 10 : Zachary (Zack) Adams, Kelby Booth, McKinsey Brown, Julia Buchanan, Nicholas (Nick) Ceruolo, Sadie Cloud, Tori Copper, Xuanyao (Henry) Feng, Jenna Frederick, Natalie Henry, Sarah (Eli) Ireland, Thomas (Cy) Johnston, Paget Kellogg, Paige Kroncke, Jennie LaTorre, Christopher (Bates) Nittle, Grace Anne Phillips, Nathan Porter, Julia Reed, Andrew Rich, Mekonnen Sahle-Selassie, Aaron Sanderson, Finnegan (Finn) Theeke, and Liam Thomas. (Not pictured : Brielle Tyler.)
High Honors Grade 9: Turner Day, Allie Fitzgerald, Colin Hallmark, Jessica Hammond, Samantha Jayne, Lucas LaFleur, Madison (Madi) Lutz, Anna Jayne Murphy, Caitlin Myers, Kayla Raley, and Joanna Riley, and Zoe Buzzelli. (Not pictured: Trevor Green)
Honors Grade 9: Quinn Baughman, Michael Billings, Macie Brock, Caeden Harrison, Abigail Houseknecht, Samantha (Sam) Keith, Maren Kneeland, Arnold (Ben) Lutz, Frederick (Wil) Mertes, Tilghman Overton, Katherine (Kate) Porter, Luke Roser, Ava Runz, Jonah Smith, Isabella Taylor, Jessica White, and Jackson Wood.

Art Work of Local Artist Showcased

Local Ceramic Artist in ALOC Members Show

The Art League of Ocean City will showcase the art work of local ceramic artist Lisa Scarbath in their December Member’s show.

Juror Jayme McLellan chose two of Lisa Scarbath’s works for the show, “A Bowl of Flowers” and “Elements.”

The show, which will run the month of December, will be open to the public, adhering to the Covid requirements.

Lisa’s work is inspired by the elements of nature, using slate and glass and repurposing found objects to create works of art that are unique and thought provoking. Her work can be seen at and on Facebook and Instagram.

The show is held at the Center for the Arts located at 502 94th Street, Ocean City. Hours of operation can be found at Lisa’s work, including her Steampunk work can be found in the Center’s gift shop.

$30,000 Raised for First Responders

Choptank Transport Golf Tourney Raises $30K for First Responders

EASTON, MARYLAND – November 20, 2020 – Choptank Transport hosted its second annual charity golf tournament, “10 Better Than Par – First Responders’ Edition” on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Hog Neck Golf Course. The skies were blue, the temperature was perfect, and the event was a huge success raising $30,000 dollars for ten local first-responder organizations. Combined with last year’s total, the 10 Better Than Par tournaments have raised over $50,000 for charities.

“In a year full of canceled events, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to have a second annual tournament,” said Matt Andrew, Choptank’s spokesperson for the event. “But the community rallied around the cause to help first responders. The tournament was especially important this year because many organizations had to forgo their primary fundraisers due to COVID-19.”

Participants enjoyed a variety of golf challenges, including a best-ball scramble, first-second-third closest-to-hole contests, and a putting contest. A 50/50 raffle was also part of the day’s events with a jackpot of $2,100.

The ten first-responder organizations that will receive proceeds from the tournament are Preston Volunteer Fire Department, Food for Learning, Compass Regional Hospice, Talbot Paramedic Foundation, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, Easton Volunteer Fire Department, Trucking Cares Foundation, Mid-Shore Meals Til Monday, Sante Group’s Crisis Intervention Training program, and the Care Packs of Talbot County.

A huge thank-you goes out to the fundraiser’s many sponsors, including Preston Automotive Group, Al and Becky Turner, PNC, Provident State Bank, Hays Company, Professional leasing, Accounting Strategies Group, Eastern Shore Smile Solutions, MJH Construction, Shore United Bank, TGM Group, Trucker Tools, Hunting Creek Mini-Storage, Whitten Group, Super Vending, Tri-Gas & Oil, Nagel Farm Service, McAllister, Detar, Showalter and Walker, LLC, Parker Counts, The Benson Dulin Group, Inacom Information Systems, Ring Central, Heritage Financial Consultants, LAVA Technology Services, Franklin and Prokopik, McLeod Software, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Star-Democrat, Nortec Communications, Sisk Fulfillment Services, Avalon Risk Management, Schuman’s Cleaning Service, Gillis Gilkerson, National Property Inspections, H&M Bay, Whelan Family Holdings, Ana-Gail Farms, Express Employment Professionals, and Lane Engineering.

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