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The Gunston School breaks ground on a $4 million renovation of “The Brick Building”


Atrium-Exterior-FINAL-6-18-12The Gunston School breaks ground on a $4 million renovation of “The Brick Building”

On June 11th, The Gunston School broke ground on a $4 million renovation of “The Brick Building”, one of the school’s two major academic buildings. This renovation and modernization project, overseen by The Whiting-Turner Construction Co., will fully refurbish a facility that was originally constructed in 1964 as a dormitory space during the era when Gunston was an all-girls boarding school. The school now serves 165 students across the Mid-Shore region.

The building, which will be renamed in honor of Tony and Sarah Everdell, two renowned Gunston faculty who taught at the school for nearly four decades, will provide Gunston with modern classroom spaces, an Art and Digital Media Center to support its award-winning art program, and the Susan Konkel Student Center–a glass-enclosed cafeteria and atrium that will double the size of the current cafeteria. In addition, the top floor of the building will house The Alice Ryan Media and Technology Center, a dynamic space that will also provide unimpeded views of the Corsica River.

“This is a major project that has generated remarkable support both within our own community, and throughout the region,” noted Gunston Headmaster John Lewis, “It will provide our students and faculty with an educational facility that is equal to their talents and creativity, and which will help to maximize our unique Corsica River location.”

Gunston expects the construction to be completed by the end of 2014, and the building should be ready for operation by the second semester of the current academic year.

1. First row, left to right Susan Dillon, John Lewis Headmaster, Harry (Stoney) J. Duffey, Mark Freestate
Second row, left to right E. Mitchell Fry, Jr., Patrick Shoemaker, Elizabeth McCown, Jill Meyerhoff
2. Rendering of the Tony & Sarah Everdell Building

Gunston’s Crew Team Advances to the National Championships

W-V4.1 Men's-V4.3Gunston’s Crew Team Advances to the National Championships

The Gunston School’s Women’s and Men’s Varsity 4 Rowing Teams captured fourth and fifth place respectively at this year’s Maryland State Championships hosted by Washington College on Sunday, April 27. Both teams have secured berths in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championships Regatta in Princeton, New Jersey on May 23-24. The regatta is expected to host as many as 180 schools and 3,400 rowers will compete at the National Championship regatta.

Gunston’s Head Coach and former rowing coach at The U.S. Naval Academy for 11 years, Nicole Stimpson has been thrilled with her team’s season. “It’s been rewarding watching the development of the team this year, both fall and spring.”


1. Women’s Varsity 4 – Pictured left to right: Senior Jules Shipps, Junior Clare Ingersoll, Junior Savannah Gervais, Sophomore Aggie Raymond, coxswain, Freshman Eli Schut. 

2. Men’s Varsity 4 –  Sophomore Will Burch, Junior John Panor, Junior Caleb Enriquez, Senior Conner Sebreny, coxswain Junior Blynda Chen.

YMCA Honors Gunston’s Headmaster John Lewis

YMCA-JLYMCA Honors Gunston’s Headmaster John Lewis

On May 15th, both The Gunston School and Headmaster John Lewis were honored by the YMCA of the Chesapeake at their Diamond Anniversary Celebration, celebrating 60 years of service on the Eastern Shore.

Mr. Lewis was honored for the newly established partnerships with the YMCA, YMCA Camp Gunston and The Gunston Community Tennis Complex (GCTC). Dedicated to providing the youth of the Mid-Shore region with dynamic opportunities for education, recreation, and growth, YMCA Camp Gunston was created through a unique partnership between two of the Eastern Shore’s most notable youth-service organizations: YMCA of the Chesapeake and The Gunston School. By combining Gunston’s educational resources and unique waterfront campus with the YMCA’s ability to offer diverse, high-quality, and safe summer camping opportunities for youth of all ages, YMCA Camp Gunston is a strong new thread in the educational and recreational fabric of our community. Construction on a 6-court community tennis complex has begun and should be operational by late June. It will be an ADA-compliant facility that includes “blended lines” for promoting youth tennis, the GCTC will be the only facility of its kind in the Mid-Shore region.

The dinner honored local volunteers and organizations from each of the YMCA’s service areas. Volunteer MVPs were selected in each community and were honored for their individual impact and contribution to the YMCA and helping further the YMCAs cause of strengthening community. Every day, the YMCA works side by side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Photo: Auxiliary Program Coordinator Julia Williams,  Headmaster John Lewis 

The Gunston School Named Jostens 2014 National Yearbook Program of Excellence

yearbook-staffThe Gunston School Named Jostens 2014 National Yearbook Program of Excellence        

Gunston program recognized for dynamic and engaging yearbook.

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Gunston’s yearbook program has been named a 2014 Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence designation recognizes dynamic school yearbook programs. The program recognizes yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities.

The Gunston School award-winning yearbook program, is led by Bellie Fichtner, Conner Maloney and Mackenzie Moorhouse under the direction of Sara Neufeld, Gunston’s yearbook adviser. “Bellie, Conner and Mackenzie worked tirelessly to achieve the kind of yearbook they envisioned. I am so proud of their dedication and ultimately the product they created.”

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year – in May for yearbooks delivered in the spring and in September for yearbooks delivered in the fall. The Award was presented to The Gunston School yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

“Jostens believes passionately in the importance of the yearbook tradition connecting every student to the school story and the school year and we are honored to recognize these yearbook programs,” said Mike Wolf, director, Yearbook Marketing, Jostens. “We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools strengthen their programs by providing the tools and personal guidance for success. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes schools that embrace the yearbook tradition and have built a yearbook program that serves the entire school community.”

The Gunston School yearbook program will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year.

Photo: 2013-2014 Yearbook Staff

Gunston Rowers Break Personal Records This Winter

Gunston-RowersGunston Rowers Break Personal Records This Winter

This winter a group of Gunston Rowers took to the Cliff House to train on Gunston’s five Concept2 indoor rowing machines. The training involved a mix of long technical rows, race scenarios, and body weight circuits. The Winter Erg group was lead by Head Rowing Coach Nicole Stimpson and comprised of Coxswains – Blynda Chen ‘15 and Connor Galbus ‘17, Rowers – Jules Shipps ‘14 (Women’s Team Captain), Conner Sebreny ‘14 (Men’s Team Captain), Kylee Naumann ‘16, Olivia Sherman ‘17, Justin Covell ‘15, Caleb Enriquez ‘15, John Panor ‘15, and Ethan Boone ‘17. Over the course of the group’s training they were tested over 2,000 meters for time. Three of the rowers ventured out to local and international erg competitions where they broke personal record times.

On Sunday, February 16 John Panor and Caleb Enriquez competed at the C.R.A.S.H. B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship (C.R.A.S.H B stands for Charles River All Star Has Beens). This competition was started by a group of 1976-1980 US Olympic and World Team Athletes. In 1980, the group used the newly invented Concept2 Model A rowing machine and created a competition to break up the monotony of winter training. In a few short years C.R.A.S.H B’s grew into the International World Indoor Rowing Championship it is now today.

John and Caleb competed in the Junior Men, Heavyweight category and both recorded personal best times. Earlier this season John recorded his personal best in December with a time of 6:55.9. At C.R.A.S.H. B’s John bested his recent score by 2 seconds with a time of 6:53.9. Caleb improved his best time from May of 2013 of 7:16.6 to a C.R.A.S.H. B time of 7:11.0. Both rowers were very happy with their performances and are hungry for more personal improvements as well as getting back on the water this spring.

Earlier in the month Men’s Team Captain, Conner Sebreny, attended the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA on February 1. The Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints is an official C.R.A.S.H B satellite regatta. Up to four competitors may qualify for free airfare to the C.R.A.S.H.-B. SPRINTS World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston. Conner placed 5th in the Junior Lightweight Men’s event with his personal best time of 7:18.7.

This past weekend, while visiting Limestone College, Conner competed in the Charlotte Erg Sprints lightweight varsity competition in Charlotte NC. During the race, he was in first place for the first 500 meters, slipped to second, and stayed his ground.  He had his best personal time ever. The Charlotte NC race was very competitive, first place for lightweight Varsity was 6:50 for 2000 meters, and first place for heavyweight varsity was 6:28.

Coach Stimpson commented, “This winter’s erg group were up for anything I threw at them and gave 100% effort during the process. Their performances this winter have surpassed my expectations and I am looking to them to set the tone for the rest of the team this spring.”

Amanda Newel Nominated For Pushcart Prize

Amanda Newell (poem pic) (267 x 400)Amanda Newell, Chair of the Gunston School’s English Department, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, “Vacation Photo, Gulf of Mexico,” which appeared in Fledgling Rag (#12) earlier this year. Fledgling Rag is a literary magazine based in Pennsylvania and published by Iris G. Press.

Each year, the Pushcart Press anthologizes the best poetry, short stories and essays published by independent, small press publications. According to Pushcart Press’ website, Bill Henderson, the Founding Editor, began his enterprise in 1976, with the help of other notable writers such as Joyce Carol Oates and Ralph Ellison to “to recognize and celebrate the best work in the rapidly expanding independent publishing movement.”

“To be nominated is such an honor,” Newell said. “I’m grateful to Le Hinton and the editors of Fledgling Rag for their confidence in my work.” The magazine also nominated Yona Harvey, Hiram Larew, Melanie Henderson, Alan King, and Daina Savage, whose poems also appeared in the magazine. “The best part of this,” Newell observed, “is that I get to be in the company of these fine poets.”


People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

PoCc_SDLC. 2013 (400 x 223)On December 4-7, six students and three faculty members from The Gunston School attend the People of Color Conference (PoCC) and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) held at The National Harbor in Washington, DC.

While the faculty members, which included Christie Grabis, Juan Angarita and Alison Vooris, attended the PoCC, the students, Natalie Purpora, Damon Callis, Andrew Morman, Hanna Gonzalez, Kaoe Clarke and Blynda Chen attended the SDLC.

Thirteen hundred high school students, from all across the country, attended the SDLC.

During the conference, students learned about aspects of discrimination, micro-aggression and explored the question: “What is diversity?”.

At the conclusion of the conference, all teachers and students came together in a sharing space that had been created for student-led dialogues. It is the hope that these students, with the support of faculty, will help Gunston to further its mission of “embracing diverse ideas, perspectives and individuals.”

From left to right: Andrew Moorman, Mr. Juan Angarita, Damon Callis, Kaeo Clarke, Mrs. Christie Grabis, Hanna Gonzalez, Blynda Chen and Natalie Purpora, not pictured Mrs. Alison Vooris.


The Gunston School Announces First Quarter Honors

Congratulations to the following students for earning High Honors or Honors for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 academic year. To earn a place on the High Honors list, a student must have an A average and effort grades of “S” or above. To earn Honors, a student must achieve a B+/A- average and effort grades of “S” or above.

High Honors


Grade 12- Alex Kukorowski, Tabitha Lin, Mary McLean, Kylie Miller, Trung Nguyen, Kent Shen, Elaine Wu, Hongyi Xi, Avery Zuber

Grade 11- Annabelle Fichtner, Clare Ingersoll, Momo Jin, Carrie Jin, Bruce Wei

Grade 10- Abigail Barcus, Kailani (Bird) Clarke, Ian Jiang, Alea Murray

Grade 9- Alice Agee, Conner Allen, Lauren Covell, Elaine Jiang, Sutter Phillips, Tong Shen, Olivia Sherman



Grade 12- Liz Davis, Jason Hong, Valerie Inglesby, Lydia Liu, Yves Liu, Henry Qian, Delaney Schurr, Nathan Simmons, Olivia Suss, Lexi Welch

Grade 11- Andy Camp, Blynda Chen, Anthony Cianchetta, Kaeo Clarke, Izzy Clemens, Mackenzie Moorhouse, Jordan Price, Madi Shenk, Andrew Short, Kendyl Walton, Jack Wilson, Michelle Yu

Grade 10- Tatiana Baughman, Hanna Gonzalez, Isaac Jennings, Katie Larrimore, Kylee Naumann, Kellan Paddy, Natalie Purpora, Aggie Raymond, David Rogers, Claire Schmittinger, Emily Stintz, Tyler Urquhart

Grade 9- Nikki Blades, Ethan Boone, Ben Byerly, Jamie Caron, Nick Desai, Ben Jones, Jared McLean, Nick Mosner, Natalie Prochaska, Maddy Romberger, Stacey Shi, Delaney White

Lend a Hand: Gunston’s Field Hockey Girls Get Muddy for Good Cause

gunston field hockey (400 x 265)The Delaware Mud Run is a 5K race with boot camp style obstacles that are either surrounded by or filled completely with mud. Four Gunston Field Hockey girls Claire Schmittinger, Abbie DeFino, Korren Campbell and Sophie Showalter (The Gunston Muddy FHockeyers) raised over $300 to help cure leukemia and other blood cancers! This year’s run raised over $316,000, hosted 4000 runners, enlisted over one hundred volunteers and over 50 sponsors. This event alone has provided over $1 million dollars to blood cancer research over the past 4 years.

In photo,left to right: Claire Schmittinger, Abbie DeFino, Korren Campbell and Sophie Showalter

Gunston Students Help Raise Awareness of Watershed Issues at the Corsica River Watershed Awareness Day

gunston watershed (400 x 244)On Saturday, September 21st, Gunston’s Environmental Club joined local and state organizations at historic Bloomfield Farm in Centreville for the Corsica River Watershed Awareness Day. Environmental Club students prepared and shared presentations on Gunston’s green efforts including new solar panels, recycling, and the Great American Can Round-Up. Five students from the Club helped visitors create recycled jewelry from soda can tabs, answered questions for the events “Passport to Restoration” challenge, and educated visitors about Gunston.

In photo: Gunston students educating visitors