Boys Varsity Hockey defeated Pomfret 5-2 to win the 2020 NEPSAC Boys Ice Hockey Tournament Piatelli/Simmons (Small) Bracket at Trinity College on March 8.
Boys Varsity Hockey defeated Pomfret 5-2 to win the 2020 NEPSAC Boys Ice Hockey Tournament Piatelli/Simmons (Small) Bracket at Trinity College on March 8.
The Gunnery Gears Team #6811 was among 36 high school teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire that participated in the FIRST® Robotics Competition March 6-8 at Wilby High School in Waterbury.
Girls Varsity Basketball pushed past #6 seed Montrose School 59‒38 to win the NEPSAC Class D Girls Basketball Quarterfinal at home on March 4. The Highlanders, the #3 seed, will take on #2 seed Vermont Academy in the NEPSAC Semifinals at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Vermont Academy.
Based on their successes during the regular season, two Gunnery teams, Girls Varsity Basketball and Boys Varsity Hockey teams, earned invitations to the New England playoffs. Both teams will participate in quarterfinal playoff games at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4.
The Gunnery Gears Team 6811 will be among 39 high school teams participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition this weekend at Woodstock Academy, 57 Academy Road, Woodstock, Connecticut. The Northern Connecticut District event is organized by NE FIRST®, the operational partner of FIRST Robotics in the six New England states. The Gunnery team will participate in a second New England district event March 6‒8 at Wilby High School in Waterbury.
The Kent Art Association's 28th annual Student Show, featuring original paintings, drawings, photographs and ceramic art by 27 Gunnery students, will be open to the community again this weekend. Gallery hours are Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 21 South Main Street in Kent.
The Gunnery welcomed Christopher Kukk, Ph.D., a professor of political science/social science at Western Connecticut State University and the HarperCollins author of “The Compassionate Achiever,” to campus February 14 as part of the 2020 Speaker Series.
Charlotte Xu '20 was honored this month at the 30th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Five of Xu’s photographs and one painting were selected by a blue ribbon panel of professional artists and university art faculty to be included in a statewide exhibition in the University of Hartford’s Silpe Gallery from January 13 through February 1.
The Girls Varsity Hockey Team successfully raised $3,291 for the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and foster resilience.”
Students celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over the past week by participating in activities and discussions focused on storytelling and perspectives. These events were intended to illustrate the different lenses, or “glasses,” through which we view the world and others’ stories.
The Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center was officially opened to students and faculty on Monday, January 6, when the first School Meeting of 2020 was held in the Tisch Family Auditorium. Head of School Peter Becker inaugurated the new building by welcoming students back from winter break and acknowledging that they are the first generation of students who have the opportunity to live the school's Vision for the Arts.
History Department Chair Bart McMann and students representing the school’s Gray Party will facilitate a Better Angels debate, “The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy,” on Thursday, January 23 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road, Washington.
The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a musical by James Lapine and Peter Parnell, on Thursday, February 27, Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. Registration is required. Please call (860) 350-0177.
Charles Finnemore, a cherished member of The Gunnery community for 35 years, passed away on December 20. A dedicated and hardworking member of the school’s Maintenance Department, Finnemore was remembered by friends and colleagues this week for his friendly nature, vast knowledge of the trees, flowers and shrubs he tended on the school’s grounds, for his expert carpentry skills, and can-do attitude. Finnemore’s friendliness was contagious and he embodied the community-mindedness of our small school through his daily interactions.
Four Gunnery student-athletes signed national letters of intent on December 12 to play college sports.
The Gunnery Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Dorton '86 as its new Board Chair. A Washington, D.C., strategy expert with extensive experience in corporate, financial, public policy, and political strategy and messaging, Dorton has served as a Gunnery Trustee since 2008. He previously served as Vice Chairman and as Treasurer, and as a member of multiple committees of the Board focused on financial and strategic planning in support of the school's mission and vision.
The hunt is on! Less than a week before fall exams, Jack Gleason '21, Adam Feldman '21 and Josh Novick '21 sought to engage students in a new search for the Stray Shot on campus. Their first clue? “When a taste all too common is apparent, the next move is transparent. Under the deal, you will find the next clue with zeal.”
Six students from the Outdoor Stewardship program completed a challenging, three-day field trip to Mount Washington in November. They were accompanied by Rebecca Leclerc, Director of Outdoor Programs, and Christopher Bernard, Co-Director of College Counseling, who have led Outdoor Stewardship, a co-curricular program offered during the fall term, for the past two years.
The Gunnery will celebrate the joy of the holiday season by opening its campus to the Washington community on November 23 for its Annual Town Holiday Party. The event, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall, will feature the presentation of the 2019 Friend of the Green Award to Fran and Michael Keilty.
The Gunnery's Varsity Field Hockey Team raised $8,122.91 through its 10th annual Play4TheCure game, held October 29. All funds were donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR), a nonprofit organization that supports long-term, transformative cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
The Gunnery is pleased to welcome documentary filmmaker, producer and director Kay D. Ray to campus on November 14. Ray, who is the aunt of Zhanara Ray-Tunis '20, will visit classes, including Lincoln Turner's Film Production Class, to speak about her work, and will present her newest film, “Lady Be Good, Instrumental Women in Jazz,” at an all-school gathering. The event, which is the first in The Gunnery's 2019-20 Speaker Series, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center.
Congratulations to Drew Sutherland '21, who was chosen to perform as part of the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Choir as a tenor. The concert, held November 9 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, featured performances by the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States.
Four Gunnery students have been selected to participate in the 9th annual Celebration of Young Photographers sponsored by ASAP! Jihoon An '20 was selected for his photograph titled, "Pollution." Vincent Cai '20 was selected for his photographs, “A Warm Kiss” and "Looking For The New Year." John Feng '20 was selected for his photographs, "Nostalgia" and "Aging," and Anna Gleason '23 was selected for her photographs, "Freedom" and "Embrace."
The Gunnery Girls Varsity Cross Country Team took first place in the 2019 NEPSTA DIII Cross Country Championships held November 9 at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. A total of 478 runners from independent high schools around New England participated. Girls Varsity placed first among 24 teams with three runners, Gianna Russillo '20, Eujin Shin '21 and Vivian Boucher '23, finishing in the top 20 varsity girls overall.
“Rock, Paper, Scissors,” a new exhibit at the Washington Art Association, features sculptures by Sam Funk '09 along with works on paper and paintings by local artist Brad Greenwood. Both will present an artists' talk on Sunday, November 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at WAA. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through November 16.
On November 9, The Gunnery and Millbrook School will co-host the 2019 NEPSTA DIII Cross Country Championships at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road in Litchfield. The regional 5K is the last cross country event of the season and is expected to draw 550 runners representing 24 girls teams and 22 boys teams from independent high schools across New England.
Students and faculty are supporting the worldwide campaign to raise funds for men's health causes during “No Shave November.” All are invited to join The Gunnery Highlanders United Team and donate funds in support of the Movember Foundation, which is dedicated to uniting experts from around the world and prioritizing funding for the top three men's health issues: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Two Gunnery alumni, Alexander Taylor Compton, Jr., Class of 1893, and Richard Beckwith, Class of 1895, who were both passengers aboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912, were featured in the autumn issue of the Titanic International Society's quarterly journal, “Voyage,” out this month.
Five athletic teams from The Gunnery and Canterbury will compete on Saturday, November 9, Canterbury Day. The 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 each year. This year, Canterbury Day will be hosted by Canterbury at its New Milford campus. The following teams will participate:
On October 20, Gunnery Rowing's varsity girls and varsity boys boats competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The boys boat – Team Captain Juliette Gaggini '20, coxswain, Team Captain Nathan Quelle '21, Team Captain Sean Christiansen '21, Paris Liston '22 and Riley Hurley '21 – finished 28th in a field of 85 boats in the Men's Youth Fours. Based on their time, the team qualified for the 55th edition of the regatta in 2020.
Three Gunn Scholars will serve as tour guides for the 12th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour on Friday, October 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Andrew Byrne-King '20, Alex Zhang '20, and Gwendolyn Brown '20, said they learned about the cemetery tour from History Department Chair Bart McMan when they visited the Gunn Historical Museum in September to view the new, long-term exhibit, “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story.” The students were also accompanied by School Archivist and Gunn Scholar Coordinator Misa Giroux and museum curator Stephen Bartkus.
Students from Bart McMann's Honors U.S. Government and Politics class and members of the school's Gray Party served as moderators and timekeepers at a candidate forum co-sponsored by the Washington Democratic Town Committee and the Washington Republican Town Committee on October 10 at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.
Get ready for a peek behind the curtain! The Gunnery Drama Society will present its fall play, “Backstage,” a comedy by Pat Cook, November 7, 8 and 9 in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances are at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend. Admission is free and no reservations are required.
Varsity Field Hockey is hosting its 10th annual Play4TheCure game on Tuesday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Barnes Field. Once again this year, the school will organize two co-ed teams – Team Gray and Team White – which will play for two, 20-minute halves, with a 10-minute half-time.
All Gunnery parents are welcome on campus for Parents Weekend October 18 and 19. This two-day event offers opportunities for parents to spend time with students, visit a class, meet other parents, connect with teachers, and cheer on their favorite Highlanders! With fall foliage hitting its peak, this is also the perfect time to explore campus and enjoy all that the surrounding area has to offer, whether it's hiking at Steep Rock, stopping for apples and cider donuts, or taking a scenic drive around Lake Waramaug.
Honoring tradition, and the spirit of school founder and avid outdoorsman Frederick W. Gunn, The Gunnery held its annual All-School Walk on October 10, completing an 8.3-mile loop from campus through Steep Rock Preserve and back again. It turned out to be a perfect day for a walk in the woods with friends.
The Gunnery boys first boat brought home gold and bronze medals and the girls novice boat won bronze in the 21st annual Head of the Riverfront Regatta, held October 6 in Hartford. The regatta was the first rowing competition of the fall season for both the boys and girls varsity rowing teams.
The Girls Varsity Cross Country Team brought home the first-place trophy from the 47th Annual Cross Country Invitational at Canterbury School on September 21. Assistant Coach Ed Small, who is also the Anne S. and Ogden D. Miller Senior Master, said this is the first time The Gunnery has been the top team in the event, which, according to Canterbury, has been an annual tradition since 1972.
The Gunnery formally marked the beginning of its 170th academic year at Convocation on September 6, 2019, which was also the first full day of classes. Head of School Peter Becker, who is in his eighth year leading the school, acknowledged that this is a time of excitement and anticipation as students, faculty and staff come together to create a new school year.
Justin Dunn '13 will make his Major League Baseball debut as the starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. When the Mariners' No. 5-ranked prospect takes the mound at 10 p.m. (EST), he will be cheered on by his former coach, Jeff Trundy, along with students and faculty, who filmed their well-wishes in a brief video sent by the school today.
The Gunnery began its 170th academic year with record enrollment for the second consecutive year, welcoming 310 students to campus for the start of classes on September 6. The school experienced a 10 percent increase in applications during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, and surpassed the record for opening enrollment established last fall. This outcome was supported by an extremely competitive admissions process, which is expected to continue through 2019-20.
MaryAnn Haverstock has joined The Gunnery faculty as Director of the IDEAS Lab. Haverstock brings to the school's robust STEM curriculum, which is offered in a hands-on lab environment, more than two decades of engineering experience combined with her work in academia at the high school and college levels.
The Cafe on the Green is a popular gathering spot for Gunnery students, who can easily walk there from campus during the school year for cold drinks, burgers and time spent with friends. This summer, “the PO,” as it is affectionately known to students and generations of alumni, is also drawing a steady stream of local residents and visitors, who come for coffee, breakfast and lunch, or perhaps just the opportunity to soak up a little nostalgia in this idyllic New England village.
Elijah Berano '19 was awarded the highest rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America in June. A resident of Bantam, Berano was recognized for his achievement during a Court of Honor Ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Litchfield.
This weekend, The Gunnery will welcome the celebrated Litchfield Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running jazz festivals in New England. Now in its 24th year, Litchfield Jazz Festival will bring great music to audiences on campus for the first time, while building on the successful collaboration that brought Litchfield Jazz Camp to the school for a second consecutive summer.
Clark McKercher Simms P'76, who was a member of The Gunnery community from 1959 to 1978, serving as Assistant Headmaster, Director of Admissions, Dean of Faculty, and as a member of the English Department faculty, passed away on July 12 in Wells, Maine. He was 87 years old.
Alumni returned to campus June 7‒9 for a weekend filled with opportunities to catch up with classmates and faculty, witness the progress of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center, reminisce, share heartfelt memories, and dance the night away under the tent on Wersebe field (here's looking at you, Class of 2014)!
This spring and summer, several faculty members are pursuing opportunities outside of The Gunnery campus to expand upon their professional knowledge and experience. All hope to bring the expertise they gain back to their Gunnery students, whether in the classroom or on the playing field.
Students who excelled in the sciences were among those recognized at a formal dinner May 21. Ally Madow '19 was recognized by Science Department Chair Morgen Fisher '03 for setting a school record by completing seven science courses during her four years at the school. Fisher also recognized John Crabtree '19 for achieving the highest score on the AP Chemistry exam. He was one of 14 Gunnery students who traveled to the University of Connecticut at Storrs to take the exam this spring.
Ron Castonguay, an innovative music educator and accomplished musician, composer, conductor and performer, has been named Director of the Arts at The Gunnery, effective August 1, 2019. In his new role, Castonguay will be responsible for the leadership and development of the school's Visual and Performing Arts programs and will champion the growth and integration of the arts and community with the opening of the new Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center in January 2020.
The Gunnery Drama Society won the 2019 Halo Award for Best Classical Play for its fall production of “You Can't Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The award was one of three presented to The Gunnery Drama Society at the 16th annual Halo Awards on Tuesday, May 28, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The school also brought home Halo Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Comedic Male Performance for “You Can't Take It With You.”
Graduates Encouraged to “Dream Big and Let Nothing Hold You Back”
Phil Liu '19 is known among faculty and staff as an outstanding practical joker. But when it comes to preparing dinner in his dorm, he's not kidding around.
Mike Marich, Director of Athletics and Head Coach, Boys Varsity Lacrosse, has been named the Mike Fuller Head Coach of the Year by the Western New England Secondary School Lacrosse Association (WNESSLA) for 2019. The honor is selected by the coaches in the league.
Students erupted with tremendous enthusiasm and school pride on Tuesday as Jim Stone, Director of Athletics at Canterbury School, presented The Gunnery-Canterbury Cup for the first time to Mike Marich, Director of Athletics, and the Prefects, here on campus.
Jared Rainville '19 has been named U.S. Lacrosse All-American for the 2019 season. The senior attackman from Watertown, Connecticut, who will attend and play Division III lacrosse at Connecticut College in the fall, was a three-year starter and captain his junior and senior years. He was named First Team in the Western New England Secondary School Lacrosse Association (WNESSLA) in 2018 and 2017. During his career, he led the team in scoring his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons and has totaled 151 goals and 61 assists for a total of 211 points. His efforts helped the Highlanders to a 13-5 record. He scored his 200th point in a game against Pomfret on May 4. The Highlanders won 10-4.
Every spring since 1970, on the third Saturday of May, The Gunnery boy's rowing team have raced against Choate on Lake Waramaug for the Beebe Cup. Choate has won the cup every year since 2001, but on Saturday, May 18, The Gunnery broke that winning streak and brought the Beebe Cup home for the first time in 19 years.
On Wednesday it was announced that The Gunnery Drama Society has received a total of 14 nominations for the 2018-2019 Halo Awards, which celebrate the best in Connecticut high school theater. It is the highest number of nominations the school has garnered in recent years.
Paige Moffat '19 and Cassie Reilly, a senior at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, were awarded second place in the Senior Group Division at Connecticut History Day on May 4 at Central Connecticut State University. The two students, who have been friends since elementary school, will now advance to the National History Day® contest, which will be held June 9‒14 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The pair will present their original research into the history of clinical trials, the culmination of which was an exhibit titled, “Who Plays God? The Tragedy of Medical Drug Trials Using the Placebo Affect.”
Ten students from Honors U.S. Government and Politics visited Bloomberg's New York City offices on May 2. They were accompanied by History Department Chair Bart McMann, who teaches the senior-level course, and Library Director Ed Surjan.
Alumni, faculty, families and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for longtime Gunnery faculty member and coach Hugh Caldara, who passed away on October 18, 2018. The service will be held as part of Alumni Weekend, on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. in the Meeting House on the Green.
The 11th annual Memorial Run for ALS will be held at The Gunnery on Saturday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Over the past decade, this event has helped to raise more than $20,000 in support of The Angel Fund for ALS Research, an independent, non-profit charity dedicated to supporting ALS investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical Center.
On Sunday, May 26, 2019, The Gunnery will graduate 84 students, representing 13 states and nine countries, who comprise the Class of 2019. This will be the 169th Commencement of the school, which was founded in 1850 by abolitionist, individualist and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn.
Despite cool, rainy and windy conditions, more than 1,000 student-athletes representing 23 schools and rowing clubs from around the Northeast gathered at Lake Waramaug on Sunday, May 5, to compete in the 60th annual Founder's Day Regatta.
Sofia Pattillo '20 was selected as a finalist in the third annual Storm King School Poetry Festival held on the evening of April 27 at the school's Walter Reade Jr. Theatre in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York.
When Tim Gaillard '61 graduated from The Gunnery, he said he and most of his classmates planned to work for a single, large company such as IBM after college, and stay with that company for life “because they would take care of you.”
On a spring day that brought its share of sunshine and rain, two teams of sophomore boys and girls wielded shovels, rakes, wood planks and power tools to build a pair of raised garden beds on the hillside between the Gatehouse and Solley Dining Hall.
This May, as they have for 59 years, schools from around the northeast will once again gather on the waters of Lake Waramaug to compete in the 60th Founder's Day Regatta. The event will be held Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent. Twenty-three high school teams, with more than 1,000 student-athletes, are scheduled to participate.
In early March, when many students were catching up on their sleep, soaking up the sun in a southern climate, or hitting the outfield in anticipation of spring's arrival, Ksenia Korobov '21 was competing in the 2019 Connecticut Regional Swimming Championships in Cheshire. She placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke among girls 18 and under with a time of 1:13:50, and swam the anchor leg on a four-person team that won the 400-yard freestyle relay in the same division.
The Gunnery celebrated the arts and honored individual students for their accomplishments at the annual Arts & Letters Luncheon on April 16. The event included the opening of an exhibition of student art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics, in Solley Dining Hall.
Max Boot P'20, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for The Washington Post, and a global affairs analyst for CNN, will visit The Gunnery on Friday, April 26, to present at an all-school event as part of the 2018-2019 Speaker Series. Boot will speak to students and faculty about his most recent book, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.” It was described as a “devastating dissection of conservatism's degeneracy in America” by Andrew Sullivan in New York magazine and as “soul-searching” and “refreshing” by The New York Times.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, students are learning about and writing their own poetry and sharpening their memorization skills in preparation for the school's annual poetry recitation competition, which will be held April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Bourne Reading Room. Hosted by the English Department, the competition provides an opportunity for students to recite a poem of their choice from memory to an enthusiastic and supportive audience that snaps (rather than claps) in appreciation of each performance.
The Gunnery Troubadours, the musical ensemble on campus, participated in a Broadway musical workshop for high school students on April 3 led by Ian Weinberger, the Associate Musical Director of “Hamilton” on Broadway, and Sara Sheperd, who played Genie Klein in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and is the show's dance captain.
On Sunday, April 28, The Gunnery will sponsor the second annual “Rooted Research Conference” featuring illustrated, place-based and primary-source history papers about the local area. A call for papers was issued in the fall to local schools, museums, and historical entities. This year's conference will feature presentations by five Gunn Scholars – seniors Rain Ji, Michael Kassis, Paige Moffat, Tony Zhang and Joey Lin – and two guests lecturers.
Original works by 13 student-artists at The Gunnery are featured in the 6th annual Emerging Artists High School Expo, a juried exhibition that opened April 7 in the Henderson Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford.
The 27th annual Student Art Show at the Kent Art Association in Kent, Connecticut, featured original work by eight students at The Gunnery. Three students of Visual Arts Chair Andrew Richards P'20 were honored for their work at an awards reception held Sunday, March 24.
Children ages 9 and up can enjoy summer at The Gunnery! This year, the school will offer its own rowing camp, and The Gunnery once again will host Litchfield Jazz Camp in July and Dutch Total Soccer in August. Registration is now open for the following programs:
The community is welcome to attend an opening reception for a new exhibit of photographs, paintings and multimedia work by Lincoln Hale Turner, a Roxbury artist and member of The Gunnery's Visual Arts faculty, on Friday, April 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Tisch Family Library on campus. The event coincides with Spring Family Day. Alumni and families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
“Transylvania mania” took over the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center March 21-23, as The Gunnery Drama Society brought the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” to life.
The Gunnery and the American Red Cross will host the 8th annual Margaret P. Addicks Memorial Blood Drive on Sunday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Upper Gym of the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center on campus.
The Gunnery Gears participated in the FIRST® Robotics Southern New Hampshire District Event, held March 15‒17 at Bedford High School, and placed 13th out of 37 robotics teams. The three-day competition included teams from high schools and robotics programs in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.
DATE CHANGE for "Young Frankenstein" performances: Performances are now scheduled for March 21, 22 and 23.The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present the Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein,” on Thursday, MARCH 21, Friday, MARCH 22 and Saturday, MARCH 23 in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. No reservations are required.
Fifteen students from The Gunnery Model United Nations (MUN) traveled to Boston from January 24 to 27 to participate in the 66th session of the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN). The four-day international relations simulation drew some 3,300 high school delegates and their faculty advisors, who gathered to “address some of the world's most pressing challenges.”
About 60 alumni and their families, friends and faculty gathered in Linen Rink on February 9 for the annual Alumni Hockey Game and the dedication of a jersey in honor of Hugh B. Caldara, who passed away on October 18, 2018. The jersey bears the number 37 for the 37 years that Caldara served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, advisor and Athletic Director at the school.
The Gunn Scholar program expanded in the 2018-2019 academic year to include five scholars – seniors Rain Ji, Michael Kassis, Paige Moffat, Tony Zhang and Joey Lin – who have been hard at work researching their specific areas of interest with the aid of School Archivist Misa Giroux. During the spring term, their independent study projects will be completed and they will prepare to present their original place-based and primary-source research at the second annual Rooted Research Conference on Sunday, April 28. The community is welcome to attend to learn more about these topics:
Drew Sutherland '21 was selected to perform as a tenor in the All-State Chorus at the Connecticut Music Educators Association's 2019 All-State Festival in Hartford. Auditions were held February 2 at North Haven High School.
On Monday, The Gunnery joined the Washington Business Association in support of “Washington Gives,” a day of service in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The daylong event brought together local residents, business owners and non-profit organizations, who participated in service activities at various locations in Washington Depot as part of a national Day of Service commemorating the life, works and spirit of Dr. King.
Artwork by two Gunnery students, Jean Fang '19 and Julian Morris '22, was selected for inclusion in the 28th annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state and an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards.
Seven members of The Gunnery's VEX Robotics Club traveled to Middletown High School on January 12 to compete in their first VEX Robotics Competition. The annual event brought together teams representing 60 high schools and robotics programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts, which participated in qualification and elimination rounds throughout the day. The Gunnery's team qualified for the championship round, placing among the top 16 teams.
The Gunnery welcomed four members of the Hartford-based Sea Tea Improv Touring Company on January 4 as part of the school's ongoing Speaker Series. Students got into the act by volunteering suggestions and participating in a series of comedic sketches that were presented during an all-school event in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center that evening.
Boys Varsity Hockey won the Avon Christmas Classic in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. Goalie JP Mella, who was named MVP of the 2017 tournament and is now a senior, made all 18 saves as he posted a shutout in the championship game. The Gunnery won the 2018 tournament, held December 13‒15 at Avon Old Farms, 3-0-1.
The annual Holiday Dinner was conducted on a sweet note, with students and faculty raising $1,379 for the Save the Children Foundation through the sale of “Candy Cane Grams” and the school's annual “ugly sweater” fundraiser.
NASA has awarded a $5,000 grant to the robotics team at The Gunnery, which will be participating in the 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition. This is the second consecutive year that NASA has awarded a grant to The Gunnery. Its robotics team, known as The Gunnery Gears, was one of just two teams in Connecticut to receive Program Growth Grants from the NASA Robotics Alliance Project for the 2019 season. Two additional teams in the state received Sustaining Grants from NASA.
The Gunnery celebrated the start of the holiday season on Saturday, November 17, by opening its campus to the community for its annual Town Party, featuring the presentation of the 2018 Friend of the Green Award. This year, the school honored local attorney and community leader Denise DeVault Trevenen.
The award is presented annually by The Gunnery to honor an individual or group that has contributed to the well-being of the town of Washington through their volunteer efforts.
The Gunnery Drama Society delighted audiences with its presentation of the incredibly comical classic, “You Can't Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, in the Lemcke Theater in the Emerson Performing Arts Center, November 8‒10.
A contingent of 11 AP Physics students attended a special lecture at the University of Connecticut in Storrs on October 28, featuring 2017 Nobel Laureate Rainer Weiss, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Gunnery will host the second annual “Canterbury Day” on Saturday, November 10, bringing athletic teams from the two schools together in the spirit of competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie.
The Gunnery will celebrate the start of the holiday season on Saturday, November 17 by opening its campus to the community for its annual Town Party, featuring the presentation of the 2018 Friend of the Green Award. This year, the school will honor local attorney and community leader Denise DeVault Trevenen.
Gunnery students have an opportunity to travel to France, the Mediterranean and Spain in March 2020. The 10-day tour during Spring Break will allow students to explore European art and history, discover the diversity and heritage of different cultures, and immerse themselves in the language and cuisine of France and Spain.
Four Gunnery students, including juniors Vincent Cai, John Feng and Charlotte Xu and senior Tony Zhang, were selected to participate in the ASAP! 8th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers exhibit on November 4 at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot.
The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present The Gunnery's fall play, “You Can't Take It With You,” a comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, on
Thursday, November 8, Friday, November 9
Saturday, November 10
in the Lemcke Theater of the Emerson Performing Arts Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. No reservations are required.
“Art of the Hills,” a new exhibit opening Sunday, November 4 at Hunt Hill Farm, features works by Andrew Richards P'21, Visual Arts Chair, and
Tyler Farmen '00
, Fine Arts Department Chair, Gallery Curator and a member of the Upper School Art faculty at Rumsey Hall School.
Former Gunnery teacher, coach and Athletic Director Hugh B. Caldara, 73, of Stonington, Connecticut, passed away on Thursday, October 18, following a battle with cancer.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Joanne Caldara, who lived with him in the Gatehouse on campus during his Gunnery years.
The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team hosted its 9th annual Play4theCure game on Saturday, October 6, and set a new record by raising $4,094.40 for cancer research with the support of the school community.
The Alumni & Development Office is hosting an opening reception for a new exhibit of paintings by Tyler Farmen '00 on Friday, October 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Tisch Family Library. The community is invited to attend. Admission is free.
A new exhibit featuring paintings by
Tyler Farmen '00 was displayed
in the Tisch Family Library through November 3. The artist, who is the Fine Arts Department Chair at Rumsey Hall School, was on campus October 12 for an opening reception hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. The event coincided with Parents Weekend and was attended by current parents, faculty, friends and family, including Farmen's wife, Jessica, and his mother, Ashley.
A beautiful fall day, accented by plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s, provided an ideal backdrop for the annual All-School Walk, which was held Thursday, October 4, on the 202nd birthday of our founder, Frederick Gunn.
The Gunnery Girls Varsity Field Hockey team will host its 9th annual Play4theCure game on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m. to raise funds for cancer research. Again this year, the game will be a scrimmage between two, co-ed, Gunnery teams, Red vs. White, and will be played at home under the lights. All proceeds will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR).
The Gunnery community welcomed new and returning students to campus at the start of September along with 10 new faculty members, who bring with them an impressive range of skills and experiences. From studying abroad in Spain, Nicaragua, South Africa and Russia, to serving on a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine and in the National Guard, to running the Boston Marathon, the Ragnar Relay Series and Tough Mudder obstacle races, they're definitely up for a challenge!
The Gunnery will welcome Andrew Postman, who is the author of more than a dozen books, and the son of American critic, author and educator Neil Postman, as the first guest in its 2018-2019 Speaker Series. The all-school event will be held Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center, Lower Gym. The community is welcome to attend. Admission is free.
The Gunnery celebrated the opening of a new school year – its 169th – at Convocation on September 7. The entire school community, including students, faculty, administrators and Board Chairman Gerrit Vreeland '61, processed into the historic Meeting House on the Washington Green led by Ed Small, The Anne S. and Ogden D. Miller Senior Master, bearing The Gunnery mace.
Gunnery students who took the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 exams this year scored more than 30 percent higher than their peers at other schools across the country and around the globe. The results also indicate that Gunnery students excel in critical thinking and problem solving, which can help students to achieve success in college and their careers.
The eight-player football league co-founded by The Gunnery and Millbrook School is expanding this fall to include two new teams from Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, and Holderness School near Plymouth, New Hampshire. Pomfret School and Forman School round out the New England preparatory school league.
When the Tisch Family Library reopens this week for the start of the new school year, the stacks will be brimming with 350 new titles from The Library of America collection. The books were donated last spring by Edwin Matthews of Washington, a Library of America trustee, attorney, author, conservationist, and a longtime supporter of the school.
The Gunnery has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the American Chemical Society to support the purchase of new laboratory equipment for a new Water Systems Design course, which will focus on the quality, treatment and supply of water as a natural resource.
The Athletic Department has been busy all summer tracking the individual successes of its alumni athletes, including Sarah Hughson '14 and Sam Walther '14, who both signed with the Connecticut Whale in the National Women's Hockey League, and Seth Mahler '06 and Max Kaufman '12, who were both selected by the Israel Lacrosse men's national team for the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships.
This summer, the Washington Art Association & Gallery unveiled its 2018 Sculpture Walk, which features works by more than 40 internationally and nationally recognized artists and emergent sculptors. Among them are two Gunnery alumni Sam Funk '09 and Jake Paron '13.
Science teacher and Gunnery Head Baseball Coach Jeff Trundy was honored August 1 for his 20 years as Manager of the Falmouth Commodores. The Commodores dedicated the last regular season home game to Trundy, who is one of the longest-tenured managers in the Cape Cod Baseball League, calling it “Trundy Night.”
On June 9, Broadway producer, businessman and alumnus Thomas Perakos '69 had the honor of being the first to dig a commemorative shovel into the earth on the site of The Gunnery's new Arts and Community Center during the official groundbreaking for the new building. Located between Teddy House and Emerson dormitory, the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center will showcase the school's already vibrant Visual and Performing Arts programs and give them room to grow. It is set to open in December 2019.