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Gunston to Welcome ESPN Contributor Dan Graziano

On Friday, February 23, nationally-renowned sportswriter and television commentator Dan Graziano, a National NFL Insider for ESPN, will be visiting Gunston as part of its In Celebration of Books program. Graziano contributes to NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and ESPN The Magazine.

The day will kick off at 8:15 a.m. in the Field House with a program that is open to the public. Headmaster John Lewis and Athletic Director Jon Mellinger will lead an informal roundtable discussion with Graziano. The discussion will focus on Graziano's path to becoming a sportswriter and author. At a time when accountability in journalism is at the forefront of our national conversation, Graziano will speak to the challenges involved in communicating effectively and ethically through different forms of media. He will also field questions from students and faculty.

After the morning program, Graziano will meet with Gunston's seniors to continue the conversation about his career in communications, what it means to cultivate an online presence, and the intersection of sports and politics.

"I'm delighted to welcome Dan to Gunston," Lewis says. "We've had journalists and sportswriters visit Gunston before, but so much has changed with respect to the ways in which sportswriters, in particular, communicate with the public. Dan was a classmate of mine at Georgetown, and we can both remember life before email. I think our students will be fascinated to hear how technology and the use of social media has evolved during his career, and also how it may change in the years to come."

Graziano joined ESPN in 2011 as an NFC East blogger covering the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. Two years later, ESPN established its 32-member NFL Nation Network and tabbed Graziano as the Giants reporter. Also in 2013, he began to appear on NFL Insiders as a contributor.

Prior to his career at ESPN, Graziano covered football and baseball for AOL Fanhouse. He also served as a national baseball writer for The Star Ledger of Newark, N.J. and the New York Yankees beat writer for the Star-Ledger.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Graziano began his sportswriting career in 1995 with The Palm Beach Post, covering the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins. He was the paper's Marlins beat writer from 1997-99 before moving back home to New Jersey and The Star-Ledger. Graziano is also the author of two novels: The Ultimatum and I Think She's Trying to Tell Me Something.

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Gunston School Musicians Qualify for District and State Choruses

Clockwise: Jimmy Zhao, Davy Song, Cynthia Yang, Karen Chen (Not pictured: Nina De Angelo)

Congratulations to Gunston students Karen Chen, Nina De Angelo, Davy Song, Cynthia Yang, and Jimmy Zhao, who prepared, auditioned, and recently qualified for the 2018 All Shore Chorus. In addition, Davy Song was selected to the 2018 Maryland State Chorus based on his audition for that group in November. Auditions consist of learning one's voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) of a challenging choral work and singing that piece alone with recorded accompaniment; singing expressively from memory a short, lyrical folk song; and performing, at sight, unrehearsed rhythmic and melodic examples. The All Shore Chorus consists of the highest scoring singers from approximately 20 public and private high schools on the Eastern Shore, while the Maryland State Chorus is drawn from nearly 1500 high school students registered to audition across the state.

Members of the Maryland State Chorus will prepare their repertoire in the coming month, and spend three days together to rehearse with Dr. Arian Khaefi of Fullerton College, before their culminating public concert at Morgan State University, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

Members of the All Shore Chorus will similarly prepare to rehearse with their conductor, Dr. John Wesley Wright of Salisbury University, on Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6. Their public performance will be at Queen Anne's County High School, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6.
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FTC 2018 Naval Academy

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The Gunston School Robotics Team competed in the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) qualifier at the Naval Academy on Sunday, Jan 28. The team finished 6th out of 27 teams, the best performance to date for a Gunston robotics team.

The competition is divided into two parts: autonomous (the robot is controlled by a program) and driver controlled (students control the robots using gamepads). This year the competition had an "Indiana Jones" theme with relics to recover and jewels to steal. The Gunston team was distinguished by a high level of consistency in performing tasks during every match.

Gunston senior Garrett Rudolfs' autonomous program performed flawlessly, successfully batting away their opponents' jewels. In every match, the robot was able to climb onto a balancing board without tipping. In addition, they scored points for using a robotic arm, designed by Gunston senior Chris Newburg, that placed cubes into an array in every match. Drivetrain engineer and Gunston senior Jack Morrison's frequent exhortations to "keep it simple" paid off this FTC season.

The Tech Challenge was comprised of five matches. The robot operating team composed of Jack Morrison, Garrett Rudolfs, and junior Drew Seaman won their first match, placing them high in the continuously updated team rankings. The excitement built as they went on to win each of their first four matches. The team was elated to find themselves ranked among the top five teams for most of the day.

In addition to the matches, the team created an engineering notebook that described their strategy, proposed designs, and described problems that the team overcame along the way. The students had to describe and defend their design in front of a panel of engineers. Real world engineering challenges like FTC teach students to follow the engineering processes that they will use in their future careers.

The Annapolis qualifier was the last competition of the season for Gunston, but the sophomores and juniors in the team are already making plans for next year!

Led by Dr. Ken Wilson and Dr. Mariah Goodall, this year's Robotics Team was comprised of Alli Webb '18, Jack Morrison '18, Chris Newberg '18, Garrett Rudolfs '18, Tanner Ways '18, Brynne Kneeland '19, Nick Lee '19, Drew Seaman '19, Logan VanMetre '19, Michaela Campbell '20, Cedar Foster '20, Will Newberg '20, Severin Schut '21, and Connor Reichardt '21.

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Gunston Players Present Cinderella Waltz

The Gunston Players proudly present Cinderella Waltz, a fractured fairy tale for discerning adults and precocious children, brought to the stage of Church Hill Theatre Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 February at 8 p.m., and Sunday, 18 February at 2 p.m.

Subversive, funny, and timely, this reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale tells the comic story of a young woman who desires to free herself from the absurd trappings of a fairy-tale life.

"Cinderella Waltz tells the story of Rosey, in an upside down fairy tale, and the challenges she faces," the director, Liz Clarke, states. "She has a false sense of 'happily ever after'. Yet by the end of the play, Rosey comes to realize that the choices she makes for herself will lead to true happiness."

Ms. Clarke, a drama graduate of Washington College and an employee of Church Hill Theatre, is in her fifth year of directing The Gunston Players.

Actors are Sam Angelini, Simon Cawley, Juan Cordero, Steven Goss, Phin Howell, Ellie Merton, Jack Morrison, Katie Schiwy, Katie Staley, and Caroline Taylor. Emerson Borghardt, Stephen Brown, Nina DeAngelo, Tirza Enriquez, Gillian Felton, Cedar Foster, Logan Van Metre, and Alli Webb offer their assistance on the stage crew. Moe Weimer and Mark Wiening help with assistant directing, and Kendall Davis provides the choreography.

Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended by contacting or calling 410.758.0620.

Church Hill Theatre is located at 103 Walnut Street, Church Hill, MD 21623.

Cinderella Waltz, by Don Nigro, is presented with special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.

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The Gunston School Honors Harry "Stoney" Duffey

Leadership and Loyalty Reception 2018

On Saturday evening, January 27, members of The Gunston School community gathered to honor Mr. Harry "Stoney" Duffey at the school's Leadership & Loyalty celebration. Over a 50-year period, Mr. Duffey has been a student, parent, grandparent, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In his role as Board Chair, the school completed the largest capital campaign in school history, and grew enrollment by nearly 40%.

With his wife, Jij, by his side Stoney listened as several guests spoke of the many accomplishments he made during his tenure at Gunston. Speakers included current Chairman of the Board, Jim Wright, Stoney's daughters Pat Parkhurst and Catherine MacGlashan, and Headmaster John Lewis. Lewis concluded his speech with this parting sentiment that echoes throughout the Gunston community "I can think of few people in the history of The Gunston School who have given more of themselves or have had greater influence on this school. Stoney's vision and leadership have been transformative, and he deserves our congratulations and our appreciation. He is a great friend and supporter of The Gunston School." At the end of the tribute, Parkhurst and MacGlashan made a toast to their father, to resounding applause.

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