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Author Laura van den Berg Headlines In Celebration of Books at Gunston

van-den-bergAuthor Laura van den Berg Headlines In Celebration of Books at Gunston

On Friday, October 31, acclaimed author Laura van den Berg will be the visiting writer at The Gunston School’s annual In Celebration of Books event. She will be giving a keynote address on literary craft at 9 a.m. in the Field House and will also be reading from her work. The craft talk and reading are open to the public.

The Isle of Youth, van den Berg’s second short story collection, was selected as The Gunston School’s community read last summer. It recently won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was named a “Best Book of 2013” by over a dozen venues, including NPR, The Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her collection was also shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, as was her first collection of short stories,

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, which was also a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection.

van den Berg will be visiting with Gunston’s English classes throughout the day and plans to meet with the staff of Effectrix, the school’s literary magazine, for an informal question and answer session.

The recipient of an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize, her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her first novel, Find Me, will be published in February 2015.

Gunston Cuts Ribbon on New Tennis Center

Tennis-Ribbon-CuttingGunston Cuts Ribbon on New Tennis Center

On Saturday, September 13th over one hundred community members came out to celebrate the grand opening of The Gunston Tennis Center—a 6-court tennis facility that includes “blended lines” for promoting Under-10 youth tennis. The Gunston Tennis Center is the only facility of its kind in the Mid-Shore region, and was made possible by a major grant provided by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), as well as through financial support provided by The Gunston School community, the YMCA of the Chesapeake, and Maryland tennis icon Pam Shriver. Lynn Gertzog, Director of Community Outreach for the USTA Maryland, Robbie Gill, CEO of the YMCA of the Chesapeake, County Commissioner Phil Dumenil, and Gunston Headmaster, John Lewis were the honored guest speakers. Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Bob Simmons was also in attendance. Headmaster Lewis spoke to a full house about this momentous occasion and the partnerships between The Gunston School and the represented organizations.

“We are excited that the Gunston Tennis Center, in partnership with the YMCA of the Chesapeake, will be able to offer tennis lessons for both adults and children in the coming weeks,” remarked Gunston’s Headmaster John Lewis, “and we look forward to the use of our facilities in the promotion of the game of tennis to all ages and skill sets in the Mid-Shore region.”

Following the ribbon cutting, The Gunston School, in partnership with the USTA and YMCA of the Chesapeake, hosted a USTA Free Tennis Play Day Event in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The event is part of a nationwide effort to get families excited and active in tennis during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September. The Play Day was led by Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year, April Pinder. A number of families from the surrounding communities came out to participate in the family friendly event. All skill levels and ages were encouraged to participate, and several parents brought children interested in tennis to try the sport for the first time. The Gunston Tennis Center was a buzz with round robin matches and games for the children. Though the day was overcast, the rain held off until the very last participant left the campus. Gunston plans to host more events of this nature in partnership with the USTA and the YMCA of the Chesapeake.

If you are interested in usage of the courts, please contact 410-758-0620 ext. 211, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Photo: Ribbon Cutting front row from left to right: County Commissioner, Phil Dumenil, USTA Lynn Gertzog, Alice Rogers, Board of Trustees Chair Susie Dillon, Athletic Director Anita Gruss. Back row from left to right: Bruce Rogers, Headmaster John Lewis, County Commissioner Bob Simmons, and Robbie Gill of the YMCA.

Gunston embarks upon its 104th year with record enrollment and new Fine Arts and Tennis Centers

Fine-Arts-Center boat-2 Boat-1 Reception-line reception-line-2Gunston embarks upon its 104th year with record enrollment and new Fine Arts and Tennis Centers

Early each September, the Corsica River comes alive with a flotilla of boats carrying new students to the Gunston School for its annual Embarkation Ceremony.  This moving and symbolic ceremony, where new students arrive to the 32-acre waterfront campus by boat, concludes with each new student being met at the dock by the Headmaster, signing the school’s honor document, and shaking the hands of the faculty, administration, as well as each individual Gunston student.

“We’re a community that values both scholarship and character,” said Gunston’s Assistant Headmaster Christie Grabis, “and the Embarkation ceremony seeks to honor these values.”   This year, Gunston–a co-educational college preparatory high school–is opening at a historically high enrollment of 164, and welcomes fifty-six new students from five Maryland counties, Middletown, Delaware, as well as a handful of international students who have decided to pursue their education in the United States.

In 2014-2015, all students at Gunston are returning to a campus that has been transformed during the summer.  As part of a nearly $4,500,000 ongoing campus renovation, the school is opening its new Fine Arts Center, as well as The Gunston Tennis Center.  The Fine Arts Center, a 3,500 square-foot, two-floor annex that includes enhanced areas for drawing and painting, woodcarving, silkscreen, and ceramics, as well a laboratory for film photography, digital photography, videography, and graphic design.  Designed by Rubeling and Associates Architects, and constructed by the Whiting-Turner, Co., the Fine Arts Center will be the new home for Gunston’s award-winning Art Department.

“Our students create remarkable work under the guidance of talented teachers,” notes Gunston’s Headmaster John Lewis, “and the arts are integral to our curriculum.  Gunston has always believed deeply in the capacity of the arts to cultivate creativity, develop an appreciation for craft and beauty, and to expand students’ worldviews.  In a culture where many school arts programs are either eliminated or in jeopardy, we’re redoubling our commitment to a discipline we believe is essential.”

In addition to the Fine Arts Center, the school will be dedicating its new Gunston Tennis Center on Saturday, September 13th as part of an “International Day of Play” in partnership with the USTA and the YMCA.  The 6-court, ADA-compliant tennis complex was made possible through a major grant provided by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), as well as through financial support provided by the Gunston School community, the YMCA of the Chesapeake, and Maryland tennis icon Pam Shriver.  The courts include “blended lines” for promoting Under-10 youth tennis, and will be the only facility of its kind in the Mid-Shore region.

Gunston to break ground on the Gunston Community Tennis Complex

TPA-6703_USTA-GCTC-Site-Plan-Overhead-v2Gunston to break ground on the Gunston Community Tennis Complex 

As a result of a major grant provided by the United States Tennis Assocation (USTA), as well as through financial support provided by the Gunston School community, the YMCA of the Chesapeake, and Maryland tennis icon Pam Shriver, The Gunston School will commence construction on 6-court community tennis complex that should be operational by June.

As an ADA-compliant facility that includes “blended lines” for promoting youth tennis, the Gunston Community Tennis Complex (GCTC) will be the only facility of its kind in the Mid-Shore region.

“Thanks to the tremendous support of our own community, the USTA, Pam Shriver, and the YMCA of the Chesapeake, we will now be able to provide a robust menu of programming for the community that will include Play Days, tennis festivals, lessons, tennis camps, and Junior Team Tennis among many other offerings,” noted Gunston’s Headmaster John Lewis. ”The GCTC will expand the breadth and depth of outdoor recreation opportunities for both Gunston students and youth in our community.  We are especially excited by the offerings that will become available through our YMCA Camp Gunston summer program.”

The Gunston School’s tennis team has recently won a series of ESIAC team and singles championships, and is now coached by former ATP Top-400 player Dexter MacBride.

In designing the courts, the school worked closely with the USTA’s skilled technical team, and the facility will include a “tailgate pavilion” for school and community events.

About The Gunston School, Inc.: The Gunston School is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory high school located in Centreville, Maryland and founded in 1911.

Photo: This is an overhead image of the site plan for the new Gunston Community Tennis Complex (GCTC) on the Gunston campus.

 

Gunston Junior won First Place in 11th Grade Engineering category

Andy-CampGunston Junior won First Place in 11th Grade Engineering category

Junior Andy Camp won First Place in 11th Grade Engineering category at the Ann Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Science and Engineering Fair last week. In addition, he won the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award. He built and tested a portable hydroelectric generator with the ultimate goal of recharging cell phone batteries when hiking or camping “off the grid” near a stream. Andy created the traditional tri-fold display and fielded questions from many judges. The large AACPS fair,  a regional science fair affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, included more than 300 projects this year. Andy was competing with students who had won their individual high school science fairs across the region.