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Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Millbrook 23-24

The Frederick Gunn School Boys and Girls Varsity Ice Hockey teams are headed to the 2024 NEPSAC Tournament. Both teams will play in their respective New England Quarterfinal games at home in a doubleheader at Linen Rink on Wednesday, February 28.  

Boys Varsity Hockey, the #4 seed, will play #5 seed Groton School at 3:30 p.m. 
Girls Varsity Hockey, the #3 seed, will face #5 seed Tilton School at 6:15 p.m.

Both home games may be viewed via the Live Stream from Linen Rink.

Jason Koza, Dean of Academics

The Frederick Gunn School has named Jason Koza of Denver, Colorado, an experienced administrator and teacher, to lead its academic program as Dean of Academics beginning July 1, 2024. Koza’s appointment followed an intensive, three-month search process that drew interest from a diverse pool of applicants from across the country and around the world. 

Nicole Zuraitis at Litchfield Jazz Camp in 2019

Fans of Litchfield Jazz Festival, which has been hosted at The Frederick Gunn School since 2019, were thrilled when Connecticut native Nicole Zuraitis won her first Grammy Award on February 4, at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Zuraitis, a former student at Litchfield Jazz Camp, also hosted at Gunn, won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “How Love Begins.” This summer, she will return to campus as a vocal instructor at Litchfield Jazz Camp, and fans can see her perform at the festival’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday, July 28, 2024 in Bourne Courtyard.

Painting by Kelsey Ketchum '26

Twenty seven Gunn students enrolled in Visual Arts courses and the Technique and Artistry co-curricular program are participating in the Kent Art Association's 32nd Annual Student Art Show. An opening reception and awards ceremony were held on February 10. The gallery, located at 21 South Main Street in Kent, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on February 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24.

Tony Rogers '61 in 1974

The Frederick Gunn School community is saddened by the news that Former Trustee Andrew “Tony” Y. Rogers, Jr. ’61 P’87 passed away on January 24, 2024, at his home in Florham Park, New Jersey. A much-loved and dedicated alumnus, Tony served two terms as President of the Alumni Association, from 1974 to 1977, and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1974-1976.

YMUN 50 group in session

Nineteen Highlanders in the Model United Nations co-curricular program participated in the 50th Yale Model United Nations (YMUN) conference, held January 18-21 on the campus of Yale University. This was the first time in recent memory that Gunn students joined YMUN, which attracted some 2,000 delegates from 45 countries and all 50 states.

Milo Corner '24 Eagle Scout Project

When Milo Corner ’24 set out to earn Scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, he chose a project that would connect Scouting with Frederick Gunn, who is recognized by the American Camp Association as the founder of recreational camping in America. To Corner, the pairing was a natural fit.

Anna Damosy '24

Anna Dámosy ’24 had an exciting start to her senior year at The Frederick Gunn School. Shortly after arriving on campus for Orientation, she traveled to Oxford, England, where she received a commendation in the 2023 Global Essay Competition organized by the prestigious John Locke Institute. Dámosy received her award certificate at an invitation-only academic conference and awards dinner held September 23, 2023, at the Sheldonian Theatre at the University of Oxford.

Guest Speaker Camika Spencer and DEI Director LaDarius Drew_MLK Day 2024

The Gunn community celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15 with a full day of programming, featuring educator, author, and artist Camika Spencer, who employed the art of storytelling to highlight the unexpected challenges she experienced as a Black woman, living and teaching in Egypt over the course of one year. 

Head of School Emily Raudenbush Gum with students at the opening of The Lizzie

Students and faculty celebrated the opening of The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Center for Innovation and Active Citizenship with a reception on January 4, which was also the first day of classes in the new building. The stunning, 24,000-square-foot academic center was made possible through a $25 million gift from Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch ’72, the largest philanthropic commitment in the 174-year history of the school. An opening celebration for alumni, families, friends, and supporters is planned for April 27, 2024. 

Sean Stellato '97 and Tommy DeVito on BarstoolSports

When Tommy DeVito engineered a last-minute drive to lead the New York Giants to victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, he catapulted from local legend to national feel-good story of the year. The undrafted free agent — and as recently as early November, third-string quarterback — best known for living with his parents in the house where he grew up, 12 minutes from MetLife Stadium, secured his third consecutive win in his five-game NFL career. And with that, “Tommy Cutlets” was poised to become the biggest story in the NFL not named Taylor. 

Except …

Santana Sinvilcin '24 and family

Santana Sinvilcin ’24 scored five of eight from the three-point line in the Boys Varsity Basketball game at home against King School on December 13. But it was his first three-pointer of the night that mattered the most. About two minutes into the game, Sinvilcin came down the court and positioned himself in his favorite shooting spot, just outside of the three-point line. Jack Guevara ’24 passed him the ball and Sinvilcin floated it up for three – scoring his 1,000th point for Gunn.

Portrait by  Michal Schroeder '26

A new art exhibit featuring work by students in the Technique & Artistry co-curricular program opened in the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery in late November. The multi-media show includes work by 24 students who participated in the program, led by visual arts teacher Andrew Richards P'20 '23, from the opening of school in September through the end of the Fall Term. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of December.

Big Noise From The North Pole graphic

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present a holiday concert, Big Noise From The North Pole, featuring performances by String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Band, and special guests. This year's holiday concert is one night only, December 12, at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center, and is open to students and faculty only. A limited number of seats are available for Gunn families.

Gunn Musicians Selected to 2024 CMEA Regional Festival

Eight students from the Gunn Music Program have been selected to perform at the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Northern Region Music Festival on January 12 and 13, 2024, at New Britain High School. The festival will feature selected students from 48 Connecticut towns, who will perform in the Northern Region Band, Jazz Band, Choral Ensemble, and Orchestral Ensemble. The snow dates for the festival are January 19 and 20, 2024.

Gunn vs. Canterbury field hockey Nov. 11, 2023 Canterbury Day

Varsity Field Hockey is advancing to the NEPSAC Class C Championships for the third consecutive year. As the #4 seed, Gunn will face off against #5 Canterbury at home on Wednesday, November 15, at 2:15 p.m. The quarterfinal game will reprise last Saturday’s highly competitive Canterbury Day matchup, when the Highlanders beat the Saints 2-1 on their home turf. Click here to watch the live stream from Barnes Field.

2023 Town Party and Friend of the Green Award graphic

The Frederick Gunn School is pleased to announce the 2023 Friend of the Green Award will be presented to the Connecticut Community Foundation at the Annual Town Holiday Party on Saturday, November 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Solley Dining Hall. All Washington residents and business owners, faculty, and Frederick Gunn School families are welcome to attend.