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Gunnery Gears going through inspection at Woodstock Academy

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.
 

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Student Earns Six Scholastic Art Awards

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.
 

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Events Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Focus on Storytelling and Perspective

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.
 

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Students and Faculty Celebrate Opening of Arts and Community Center

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.
 

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Drama Society to Present “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in the Tisch Family Auditorium

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.
 

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Remembering Charles Finnemore

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.
 

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The Gunnery Announces Appointment of New Board Chair

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.
 

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Outdoor Stewardship Takes Students to the White Mountains

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.
 

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Fran and Michael Keilty to Receive 2019 Friend of the Green Award

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.
 

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10th Annual Play4TheCure Raises Over $8,000 for Cancer Research

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.
 

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The Gunnery Welcomes Documentary Filmmaker Kay D. Ray

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.
 

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Castonguay and Sutherland

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.
 

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Four Students Selected for Celebration of Young Photographers

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."
 

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Girls Varsity Cross Country Wins New England Championship

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.
 

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Sam Funk ’09 Featured in “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Exhibit

“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.
 

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Highlanders Co-Host DIII New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday

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.
 

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Faculty wearing fake mustaches

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.
 

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girls field hockey

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:
 

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Gunnery boys first boat

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.
 

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Poster for Washington Green Cemetery Tour

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.
 

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Parents Weekend 2019 postcard

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.
 

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Girls Cross Country Team

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.
 

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Prefects carrying flags in Convocation procession

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.
 

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Justin Dunn

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.
 

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All-School Photo 2019-20

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.
 

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Cafe on the Green

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.
 

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Randy Brecker

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.
 

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Mac Simms

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.
 

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National Physics Bowl winners

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.
 

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Ron Castonguay

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.
 

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2019 Halo Award winners

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.”
 

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Prefects leading Commencement procession

Graduates Encouraged to “Dream Big and Let Nothing Hold You Back”

The Gunnery graduated 84 students, representing 13 states and nine countries, in the Class of 2019 at its 169th Commencement Exercises, held Sunday, May 26, 2019. The ceremony, held under the tent at Edward Wersebe Memorial Field, was notable for its abundant sunshine, joy, gratitude and a true sense of community inspired by the legacy and spirit of school founder, abolitionist, individualist and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn.
 
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lacrosse players

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.
 

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Paige Moffat

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.”
 

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ALS Run

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.
 

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Kesenia with Michael Phelps

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.
 

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arts honor students

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.
 

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Max Boot with his son, Will, and faculty

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.
 

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students at the annual poetry recitation

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.
 

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five Gunn Scholars

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.
 

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Postcard for Turner exhibit

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.
 

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Young Frankenstein poster with Date Change

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.
 

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Rain Ji at HMUN

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.”
 

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Rain Ji

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:
 

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A Day of Service and Reflection

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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

and

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Elizabeth (Rae) Dayton '08, Director of Dramatic Arts, was one of a dozen Gunnery faculty members who traveled across the country and around the world this summer with the support of a faculty enrichment grant given by an anonymous board member. Dayton attended a sold-out, three-day, intensive Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City in July.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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