Gunston’s highly treasured signature environmental program, Chesapeake Bay Studies, now in its 27th year (with a virtual program offered last year) has officially returned in person.
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After a competitive national search,The Gunston School is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Athletic Director, Mr. Josh Breto. A unanimous choice of the school's search committee, Mr. Breto is currently serving as the Assistant Athletic Director at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore
A dedicated and kind face within Middleton, Rebecca Schmier has made a significant impact on the lives of the entire Gunston family during her tenure as business manager.
By being not only the toughest mathematics teacher at Gunston, but also the associate international student coordinator and mentor for many students who have come to Gunston from China and beyond, Weixing Shepardson (known better to students as “Mrs. Shep”) has made a deep impression on the Gunston community.
Ben Dize’s legendary classroom has been a home for countless students to paint, carve, draw, learn, grow, and eat pancakes. Welcome to retirement, Mr. Dize. By Susie Fordi ’18
The Golfing “fore” Gunston II fundraiser on Monday, May 3 at the Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville welcomed 90 golfers and two tennis players, including Gunston alumni, parents, past parents, and community supporters. A 9 a.m. shotgun start began the day, with teams competing for prizes while enjoying food, drinks and fun give-aways, while our tennis players enjoyed a game with a professional followed by lunch.
The Gunston School celebrated many students and retiring faculty members during its annual Green & White Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 11, featuring the valedictorian address, personalized comments about every senior, and announced academic department awards, special named awards, and recognition from the greater community, as well as the much-anticipated announcement of the Green & White Cup.
The Gunston School celebrated its 110th commencement this past Saturday, June 12, honoring the Class of 2021 with a waterfront ceremony overlooking the Corsica River, as family and friends looked on.
When Dr. Mariah Goodall asked students in her Brain Science course to tap into their creative side for a project, they were happy to oblige. Listening to lectures, reading materials, watching videos, and then reinforcing that knowledge with a hands-on art project is a hallmark of Mind Brain Education (MBE) practice and leads to much higher outcomes of knowledge retention and understanding.
Previously approved concurrent learners were offered the opportunity to participate remotely in Bay Studies this year by completing a portfolio of the asynchronous activities faculty had prepared in 2020.
This week Dr. Wilson’s physics classes have taken on an interesting end-of-year project; building and launching model rockets.
The Gunston School is pleased to announce, and congratulate several Spanish students who attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2021 National Spanish Examinations. Students earned a total of 4 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals along with 9 honorable mentions.
On the sunny and (very) hot weekend of June 5, Gunston triathletes competed in the Rock Hall Triathlon Festival. Five triathletes competed in the sprint distance triathlon on Sunday. The hotter conditions and a field of nearly 1000 athletes over the course of the two days made for more challenging conditions than the previous races throughout the year. However, the triathletes maintained their poise and competed hard to earn competitive finishes.
The highlight of the day was the final race, which was the men's varsity four. The race was incredibly close, I followed them down the race course and couldn't tell who won. Finally, Coach Tammy Boone came over the radio to announce that Gunston earned first place and it felt like the work we've been doing as coaches the whole season had been leading up to that moment. I am incredibly proud of the pure effort of each and every rower!”
The Gunston Herons had their second home regatta of the season this past Friday, May 14, bringing home another win against the Freedom Rowers of Easton. Both teams had an absolutely fantastic day of racing and did a stellar job on the dock and on the water.
Henry Shifrin '21 and Garrett Lang '23 advanced to the second round of the ESIAC Championship in boys' singles while Alice Crouch '24 and Natalie Henry '23 advanced in girls' doubles.
While the remaining Herons were topped in the first round of the postseason, both teams enjoyed tremendous competitive success throughout the year and look to build on that success moving forward.
After many months of waiting, Gunston Crew finally held their first home regatta, last Friday, May 7, against Episcopal High School. Both teams raced extremely well over the course of the afternoon down the 1,500-meter course.
On Sunday, May 2nd, Gunston's triathlon team competed in their second multisport event of the season, the Nanticoke River Multisport Festival in Bivalve, Md. Gunston had six competing triathletes (swim/bike/run) and two duathletes (run/bike/run). The triathlon event consisted of a half mile river swim, 15 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run while the duathlon featured a 1 mile run, 15 mile bike, and 3 mile run.
As the Chester Riverkeeper for ShoreRivers, Annie (Rae) Richards ’08 doesn’t have a typical work day. Depending on the season, she’ll either be on the water, discussing environmental legislation, or meeting with community members.
Gunston was the school that my parents chose for me, and they couldn’t have picked a more suitable school. I will never forget my first visit to Gunston. The headmistress, Ms. Mary Middleton, known to all as Aunt Mary, greeted us at the front door of a huge old and architecturally interesting building which served as her home and as housing for around 15 members of the student body.
Annabelle (Bellie) Camp (née Fichtner) '15 is a Conservation Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware (UD) Program in Art Conservation, a three-year program jointly sponsored by the two institutions.
Bellie will graduate in 2022 with an M.S. in textile conservation.
Gunston alumna Ora Beth Mika ʼ03 worked in the healthcare field until her husband bought her a baking mixer. Now, she is competing in a televised baking competition show for a golden egg filled with $25,000.
The Class of 2020 on choosing a college, a major, and how to make connections during a pandemic.