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Leadership, Character, Service, and Scholarship: NHS Induction

On Thursday, November 16, thirty-two students were inducted into the National Honor Society at The Gunston School. The National Honor Society (NHS) is a prestigious organization for juniors and seniors, which requires them to hold a grade point average of at least 88 and to meet the society's rigorous non-academic criteria.

The inductees, their parents, and current NHS members gathered in the Susie Konkel Atrium for breakfast, pictures and celebration before the induction ceremony that was held in the Field House. Welcoming remarks were made by Headmaster John Lewis, who spoke about the importance of pursuing the four key National Honor Society values: leadership, character, service, and scholarship.

Following Mr. Lewis' remarks, the keynote address was delivered by Mr. Lance Richardson, State's Attorney for Queen Anne's County (and NHS member). Mr. Richardson spoke to the student body and guests about goal setting, "not only do you have to set goals, but you also need to map out a plan on how you will achieve your goals."

To highlight the core values of NHS, four candles were lit by current members, as senior and NHS president Henry Parkhurst spoke about the meaning of each value. NHS Secretary Alli Webb read each inductee's accomplishments as they were called up one-by-one, to receive a certificate, pin, and rose, and to sign their names into the NHS registry. To make them official members of the society, current members pinned the inductees with a pin bearing the NHS logo and the pledge was recited, led by Henry Parkhurst. To conclude the ceremony, Mr. Michael Kaylor, the NHS advisor, shared words of wisdom and high praises to the students for their accomplishments.

We congratulate this year's NHS Chapter Officers and Inductees.

President: Henry Parkhurst, Vice President: Susie Fordi, Secretary: Alli Webb, Treasurer: Neel Patel, Historian: Gillian Felton, Parliamentarian: Chris Newberg, Public Relations: Lila Ingersoll

Heidi Barcus, Kangcheng (Max) Cao, Simiao (Grace) Dai, Rongjie (Rose) Fan, Steven Goss, Sam Johnson, Mary Macmillan, Ryleigh Paskoski, Lily Phipps, Joey Smith, Baoyi (Betty) Zhou

Grade 12: Yuxuan (Ciara) Chen, Jack Morrison, Hope Murphy, Mitchell Naumann, Pengyu (Oliver) Wu, Sheng Hao (Jack) Xu. Grade 11: Nick Basham, Kejing (Karen) Chen, Anneliese Clair, Shiloh Clark, Becky DeFino, Cora Duncan, Katie Easter, Cole Evans, Menel Harris, Leah Hellwege, Phin Howell, Claire Johnson, Camy Kelly, Nick Lee, Ellie Merton, Paige Murphy, Marisa Pisapia, James Pratt, Megan Prochaska, Caroline Roser, Drew Seaman, Yifan (Michael) Shen, Elena Sherman, Haorui (Davy) Song, Nellie Stup, Vicky Zhou.

Pictured above, NHS Inductees: front row (left to right): Ellie Merton, Becky DeFino, Shiloh Clark, Camy Kelly, Leah Hellwege, Nellie Stup, Megan Prochaska, Elena Sherman, Anneliese Clair, Caroline Roser, Hope Murphy; middle row (left to right): Si-tong (Vicky) Zhou, Marisa Pisapia, Phin Howell, Nick Lee, Jack Morrison, Sheng Hao (Jack) Xu, Pengyu (Oliver) Wu, Katie Easter,Cora Duncan, Kejing (Karen) Chen; back row (left to right): Cole Evans, Menel Harris, Nick Basham, Mitchel Naumann, Yifan (Michael) Shen, Haorui (Davy) Song, Drew Seaman, James Pratt. Missing: Yuxuan (Ciara) Chen, Paige Murphy, and Claire Johnson.

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Congratulations to the following students for earning High Honors or Honors for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 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
Simon Cawley, Yuxuan (Ciara) Chen, Susie Fordi, Steven Goss, Lila Ingersoll, Sam Johnson, Mary Macmillan, Hope Murphy, Chris Newberg, Alex Papadopolous, Henry Parkhurst, Ryleigh Paskoski, Lily Phipps

Grade 11
Brooks Armstrong, Kejing (Karen) Chen, Katie Easter, Cole Evans, Will Gibson, Phin Howell, Paige Murphy, James Pratt, Megan Prochaska, Caroline Roser, Katie Schizy, Yifan (Michael) Shen, Elena Sherman, Haorui (Davy) Song, Nellie Stup, Yong (George) Yan

Grade 10
Eily Ashley, Yuntian (Areopl) Bai, Emily Gray, Grace Holmes, Wyatt Howell, Katie Moreau, Will Newberg, Yaxuan (Joey) Zhuo

Grade 9
Avy Aubin, Helen Boone, Em Borghardt, Arianna Campi, Julie Ireland, Toni McCluskey, Sydney Nittle, Ethan Nuessle, Adie Parish, Lydia Periconi, Severin Schut, Hannah Worth.


Grade 12
Heidi Barcus, Kangcheng (Max) Cao, Simiao (Grace) Dai, Rongjiee (Rose) Fan, Gillian Felton, Yohanes Gray, Wenyuan (Nick) Li, Robert Messier, Jack Morrison, Mitchell Naumann, Dutch Nickerson, Neel Patel, Garrett Rudolfs, Charlotte Sheets, Joey Smith, Alli Webb, Pengyu (Oliver) Wu, Baoyi (Betty) Zhou

Grade 11
Dolan Carella, Shiloh Clark, Malachi Graham, Menel Harris, Yanni Harris, Leah Hellwege, Grafton Howard, Claire Johnson, Camy Kelly, Nick Lee, Miao (Suzy) Li, Ellie Merton, Marisa Pisapia, Drew Seaman, Katie Staley, Sam Umidi, Anna Wolf, Fuji (Cynthia) Yang, Sitong (Vicky) Zhou

Grade 10
Andrew Amygdalos, MacCallum Borghardt, Mark Bourdin, Cotter Buckley, Natalie Cockey, Nina De Angelo, Frankie Fisher, Cedar Foster, Lynsey Hildebrand, Lily Judd, Nick Kellogg, Martina Kreienbuehl, Payton Lord, Hunter Mansfield, Michael Nickerson, Mason Rudolfs, Isabella Santobani, Max Scott, Peter Sharpless, Abby Silva, Owen White

Grade 9
Bella Adams, Zack Anderson, Lily Bernsten, Maxmillian Brady, Tiger Christman, Lydia Davis, Kayla Flood, Glynis Gardner, Reagan Gessford, Olivia Hershey, Campbell Parkhurst, Connor Reichardt, Emily Ryon, Joshua Sanford, Owen Santora, Charlie Shifrin, Henry Shifrin, Christian Walker, Haoying (Grace) Wang, Colin Ward.

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Newell Nominated for the Prestigious Pushcart Prize

Mrs. Amanda Newell was recently nominated by Scoundrel Time magazine for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, "thousands of spirit limbs [were] haunting as many good soldiers, every now and then tormenting them". This poem was one of four published by Scoundrel Time in August, and it is part of a series of poems exploring the far-reaching impact of war in our society. "These poems were inspired by my former student Adam Jacquet '09, who was severely injured in an IED attack in Afghanistan", states Newell.

From the Pushcart Press website: "The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in our annual collections."

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In addition, on October 27, Mrs. Newell was part of a panel at the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers conference at the University of Dallas. She presented her paper, "The Aphorism as Philosopho-Poetic Inquiry: A reading of Maggie Nelson's Bluets and Annie Ernaux's Things Seen" at a session on epigrams, aphorisms, and riddles.

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Fall Sports Awards 2017

On Wednesday, November 1 Gunston athletes, coaches, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the 2017 fall athletic season. Our teams from sailing, crew, field hockey, and boys and girls soccer joined in an evening of celebration and positivity. Headmaster John Lewis and Director of Athletics Jon Mellinger shared a similar message: build on the momentum of the season and championship banners are within our grasp. Amongst the success throughout the fall:

  • Boys' varsity soccer played through early setbacks to make the ESIAC semifinals for the second consecutive season.
  • A and B boat sailors have shown tremendous growth finishing first, second, third and fourth throughout the course of a sailing regatta and as their confidence grows, so too does their consistency.
  • Crew welcomed a brand new head coach to the team and have been challenging erg scores and results from regattas of year's past. The students are getting faster and the spring couldn't get here fast enough.
  • Girls' varsity soccer made the Northern Maryland Soccer League finals for the second consecutive year and set a school record for goals scored.
  • Field Hockey captured the enthusiasm of the campus on their run towards the playoffs and boasted the best record on campus.ESIAC & NMSL Conference recipients pictured left to right: Malachi Graham '19, Annabelle Gillespie '20, Becky DeFino '19, Cole Evans '19, Henry Parkhurst '18, Suzie Fordi '18, Lila Ingersoll '18, Brennan Paddy '18, Lily Phipps '18, Emma Hottel '18, Lily Judd '20, Toni McCluskey '21, Marisa Pisapia '19

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The Gunston School is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of its Board of Trustee, for the 2017-2018 academic year. Joining the Board of Trustees are Mr. Greg Farley and Mr. Robert Fordi. "We are fortunate enough to have caring, diverse, and committed individuals with varying strengths to serve on our board.", states John Lewis, who is entering his eighth year as Headmaster.

As a team, the Board of Trustees and the Head of School work to maintain the vision for the School, consistent with its mission, and to develop and approve long-range and strategic plans.

Mr. Greg Farley is Director of the Center for Leadership in Environmental Education (CLEEn) and Professor of Biological Science at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. A marine zoologist and evolutionary biologist, he holds an MS from Florida State University and a BS from Duke University.

In 2011, Farley studied at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), part of the University of Hawaiʻi-Maui Campus. Since his return, he has worked to bring successful ideas home to the Delmarva peninsula. Case studies that illustrate these lessons are captured in his new book, Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawaiʻi, co-edited by former SLIM Executive Director Jennifer Chirico.

Mr. Robert Fordi P '18, '21, of Chestertown, MD is CEO & Managing Partner of Realterm Logistics, the surface transportation logistics platform of Realterm, a $4+ billion-in-assets global multi-strategy real estate private equity firm. Since joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Fordi has helped the company build the largest third-party-owned real estate platform serving the transportation industry in the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Fordi serves on the board of Kent School, an independent K - 8th school in Chestertown, MD, and as a member of Chestertown, Maryland's Planning Commission. Mr. Fordi received a BS in Economics from Towson University, as well as an MS in Real Estate Development from The Johns Hopkins University.

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