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Ryan Ryu '25 at United Nations Headquarters, New York

In February, 15 students from The Frederick Gunn School Model United Nations program will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 60th North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN), the Western Hemisphere’s preeminent high school Model UN conference. Gunn students will be among more than 3,300 participants at the four-day conference, one of the oldest in the country, featuring “40 mini-simulations, ranging from standard committees like the UN General Assembly and the Security Council to crisis simulations of various regional organizations, national cabinets, corporate boards, and political organizations,” NAIMUN said. The conference is staffed by 250 undergraduate students from Georgetown University, and seeks to “inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of leaders in government, business, and international affairs.” 

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The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program will present Head Over Heels: The Musical on February 23, 24, and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Family, friends, and the community are welcome to attend. No registration is required. Admission is free.

Students at the 2022 Peg Addicks Memorial Blood Drive

Hearts for Action, a student club at The Frederick Gunn School, is supporting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, April 2, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus. Qualified students, faculty, parents, and community members are all invited and encouraged to participate in this annual event honoring Margaret P. Addicks for her 45 years of service to the school and the Town of Washington. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. Please use this link to set up an appointment online. Donors can also save time by completing the Red Cross Rapid Pass.

Martin Luther King Day speakers 2023

The Frederick Gunn School celebrated and learned about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, with a full day of programming, featuring presentations by Kip Bordelon and Pascale Musto, two seasoned Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging practitioners. Working in partnership since 2016, they form a unique and insightful team on matters of leadership and DEIB. As a team, they complement one another in style and enhance each other’s strengths. Both are graduates of New England boarding schools and thus love working with the independent school community.

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Four student-artists from The Frederick Gunn School were selected to participate in the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Their work will be featured through February 3 at the Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford.

Natalia Zappone '23 with her commemorative basketball

On January 11, Natalia Zappone ’23, a four-year senior, scored the 1,000th point in her basketball career at The Frederick Gunn School. It is the kind of accomplishment that does not happen often, and requires years of practice, commitment, hard work, and consistency.

Trustee Gretchen Farmer P'05 in 2022

Gretchen Heller Farmer P’05, a member of the Board of Trustees, past parent, friend and loyal supporter of The Frederick Gunn School, passed away in Pattaya, Thailand, on January 1. She suffered a heart attack following two successful surgeries for a broken hip and shoulder sustained earlier in her travels with her family, her obituary said. She was 67 years old.

Students at Northern Region Festival Auditions 2022

Ten students in the Gunn Music Program traveled to Avon High School on November 12 to audition for the Connecticut Music Educator Association (CMEA) Northern Region Music Festival. Of those 10, six students were selected to perform at the regional music festival, January 13 and 14, 2023, at New Britain High School. The festival ensembles will include a concert band, orchestra, mixed choir and jazz ensemble.

art for 2022 holiday concert

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present Somewhere in My Memory, Music for the Holiday Season, featuring 48 student musicians in String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Band along with special musical guests. Family, friends and the community are invited to attend the performance on Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Admission is free with general admission seating. 

Alumnae Trustees Discuss What it Means to Lead and to Live Like Abigail Gunn

On November 9, The Frederick Gunn School hosted a special program, “Live Like Abigail,” a Gunn Alumnae Trustees Panel Discussion. The live webinar was presented by the Alumni & Development Office and moderated by Wanji Walcott P’19, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Counsel of Pinterest. Panelists included:

arsity Field Hockey at 2022 NEPSAC Quarterfinal

For the second consecutive year, the Varsity Field Hockey Team advanced to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class C Field Hockey Championships. As the #6 seed, Gunn took on #3 New Hampton School in the first round of the tournament on November 16 at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts.

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Two students from The Frederick Gunn School have been selected to participate in ASAP!’s 12th annual Celebration of Young Photographers. Daniel Conlan ’26 and YoYo Zhang ’24 will have their original photographs featured in a juried exhibition on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot. If you would like to attend the exhibit, registration is required. Click here to register online.


The Gunn community showed up in many ways to support the annual Play4theCure field hockey game, played under the lights on Barnes Field on Saturday, October 29. Organized by both the JV and Varsity Field Hockey teams, the game and fundraising events surrounding it, including a bake sale, dress down day, and bracelet sale, succeeded in building community while supporting a good cause. The team raised $2,560 — more than double its initial goal — for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

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The Frederick Gunn School will host Canterbury School on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, which is Canterbury Day. This annual event brings together athletic teams from the two schools in the spirit of competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie. The one-day event rotates between the two campuses annually. 

Jacob Rothman '24

The Junior Speech is a rite of passage at The Frederick Gunn School. Every student gives a speech in front of the entire school, and everyone, all 400 students and faculty, listens when a speaker bravely steps up to the podium in the Tisch Family Auditorium. When a Gunn student presents their Junior Speech, it is their chance to speak from the heart, to put their voice out there, and to stand up for what matters to them.

2022 Town Party graphic

Each year, on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, The Frederick Gunn School opens its campus to the community of Washington to celebrate the joy of the season and to present the Friend of the Green Award. Established in 2010, this award is presented annually by the school to honor an individual or group that has contributed to the well-being of the town of Washington through their volunteer efforts.

2022 Head of the Charles Regatta

On October 21-23, Gunn Rowing returned to Cambridge for the 2022 Head of the Charles Regatta. The event marked The Frederick Gunn School’s 50th year of racing in the world's largest, three-day rowing competition. The boys boat — Hugo Vilbois ’23 (stroke seat), Taji Duncan ’23 (third seat), Jack Nettleton ’24 (second seat), Sam Williams ’24 (first seat), and Aria Trotta ’23 (coxswain) — was one of 90 competing in the Men’s Youth Four, which included a team from the Ukraine. 

Robin Wall Kimmerer

On Friday, October 28, The Frederick Gunn School will host “An Evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer” in the Thomas Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus, in collaboration with the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) in Washington and the acclaimed modern dance company Pilobolus. This discussion and performance is “structured around connecting people with a healthier relationship to Mother Earth as well as to all of our relatives, human and non-human alike,” said Gabe Benjamin, Camp Director, Public Programs Coordinator & Educator at IAIS.