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BALTIMORE COPES WITH THEY DON’T CALL IT TROUBLING AFTERMATH SUPER SUPERGRAS GRAS FOR NOTHIN’ OF FREDDIE GRAY DEATH BY
NOAH SETH WITH BEN LEVINSON, B&G STAFF the tide of demonstrations, protests, violence, and general unrest in Baltimore. Freddie Gray, a twenty-five year old man, was arrested on April 12 by two
A freddie Gr ay mur al at Presbury Street and North Fulton Avenue in Baltimore.
Following the May 1 indictment of the six Baltimore City Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, many in the Baltimore community are, for the moment, satisfied that the police are being held accountable for the wrongful death of the young African American man, especially in light of recent events in Cleveland, Ferguson, and Staten Island. The announcement, which was made by State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Moseby, brought relief to many of the city’s residents and stemmed
police officers on bikes after running away from the police, who contended that Mr. Gray was carrying an illegal switchblade. Weeks later, authorities continue to debate the actual circumstance of the arrest and whether or not the accused had this concealed item. Mr. Gray’s arrest was filmed by at least two onlookers, including Kevin Moore, an African American man who witnessed the arrest. In the video, Gray can be seen on the ground crying out CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
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homeroom t-shirts or coordinated uniforms to show their camaraderie and their competitive spirit. Homeroom 106 had perhaps one of the best t-shirts even designed, featuring sixth grader Kilburn Russo’s face in the middle of the ‘0’. As is tradition, the day began with the Latin Chariot Race, and each of the eighth grade Latin classes paraded onto the OTC field in the chariots that they had built over the past two weeks, Ms. Anthony and Mr. Burke leading the
moved into the FAC Arena for the QuizBowl competition. This was the last QuizBowl hosted by Mr. Gabbey, and as always, he kept the crowd in stitches. The team of teachers dominated the competition for most of the game, with the students making minor comebacks, though the team of ten 2019ers was unable to catch the formidable faculty. All of the homerooms then went to CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
MRS. KLUG OVERSEES HER FINAL SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE FAIR
FLOERSHEIMER, B&G STAFF
WALTER LORD LIBRARY - Marie Curie would be proud. Beginning on May 13, the sixth graders put on the 29th Annual GMS Science Fair, and Mrs. Klug was there in the doorway of the Lord Library that morning, ready to greet all of the 2021ers with their trifold backboards and their reports detailing the experiments they had completed over the past few weeks. That same evening, families were invited to visit the fair, and nearly a third of the sixth graders’ families attended and enthusiastically examined the scientific products of every student in the Class of 2021. For three days, GMSers of all three
Ben Richardson’s backboard, featuring his analysis of diabetes and its relationship to exercise.
grades visited the fair either in their Science classes or simply before school. According to Mr. Wallace, the fair went very well. He particularly enjoyed seeing students learn about things not related to science, such as deadlines, work ethic, and taking pride in one’s work. After all, the projects were the culmination of the unit that lasted for the majority of the fourth quarter.
PAGE WE ARE FAMILY Entire Gilman community delights in music, artwork, and carnival atmosphere at annual Family Day Festival of the Arts
PAGE FREDDIE GR AY B&G Staffers Noah Seth and Ben Levinson recount recent unrest in Baltimore City, plus The Smyth Report
PAGE CTC, ANYONE? Lumen Center begins serving breakfast, Class of 2022 visits GMS at annual Shadow Days, and more SuperGras fun
PAGE FACES & FUN This or That?, 3 Truths & a Lie, Know the Flow, Dodge Woloson joins Class of 2020, and a new little royal highness is born
PAGE ALPHA DOGS GMS’s track team finishes up another undefeated season with three more wins, while 2020 lacrosse squad goes 2-2 overall
PAGE SUCCESSFUL SPRING Eighth grade lacrosse closes out 9-0-1, tennis drops final match to go 8-1, and baseball wins two of last three games
procession. The winner of this year’s close race as Mr. Burke’s fifth period class. Ms. Anthony’s third period students came in just a hair behind Mr. Burke’s team of horses to claim second place. After the chariot race, everyone
Ms. Anthony marches in triumphantly with members of her first period class as the Latin Chariot R ace kicks off SuperGr as 2015, GMS’s annual field day.
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GILMAN SCHOOL - Who’s kidding who? Most GMSers wait all year for this one SUPER day. And on May 1, the annual SuperGras field day made its glorious return to our lives. Most students came to school adorned in their specially designed
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BALTIMORE - Hopefully, the coming summer months will be calmer than the past few weeks have been in the city of Baltimore.
SETH HARDY & JALEN RUCKER, B&G STAFF
Some of the most interesting experiments were Charlie Nuermberger’s testing of organic and non-organic chicken for antibiotic-resistant microbes, the comparison of maglev trains to normal (wheel-on-rail) trains by Andrew Gaag, the mold maze created by Aidan Tydings. Ms. Dimaio, who teaches Andrew and Charlie, admitted that she was initially skeptical if these boys could pull off such complicated experiments but was pleased that both did an excellent job without any help. Although these may have been CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
PAGE CLEANING UP GMS Car Wash makes record amount, Patrick McCormick is a proud 2019 Hound, and Nico Adamo fixes Hopscotch
Recognition Assembly recipients, Race for Spencer Grace, Expedition 6 and 7 trips, Dodgeball, and Saying ‘goodbye’ to four teachers
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2015 FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS FAMILY DAY GRANT EMRY, ENZO METSOPOULOS, & NOAH SETH, B&G STAFF
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The sixth graders’ gargoyles were on knitting, was a big hit as well. There display as were there experiments with were creatures of all shapes and sizes that acrylic paint and watercolors. came out of boys’ imagination and into Ms. Park reality. expressed how As for the much she liked woodworking the work of projects, the sixth Carter Spahn graders made (’21). spindle tops, a Fellow 2021er favorite project. Benson Harlan, Mr. Howard who painted explained that the an amazing project is designed watercolor bear, so that new said, “I really students can do enjoyed this it without much project because difficulty but also it was fun but lets experienced something I D&W students would not do on design their own my own time.” products. The seventh The seventh graders’ drawings graders made of some good stools, which looking desserts allowed them were featured. to express their Adam Masom, individual whom Ms. Park creativity, and pointed out as the eighth graders having done an built Shakeramazing job on inspired tables. the project, said, Mr. Howard “I enjoyed the loves Shaker project because it design and enjoys was challenging teaching it to his but turned out students, so this great.” project was easy The seventh for him to choose. grade also drew It helps the eighth old shoes that graders prepare meant much for Upper School more than what D&W courses by met the eye. making them do Ms. Park’s all of the work on eighth grade their own. Art students Even though were able to try his table was not printmaking for completed in time a first time, and for the art show, Rich Kim was Mr. Howard recognized as commended having one of the Parker Pearce on best in his class. his work. He said, He and Mr. “The key to a Chamberlain are good print is in a pros at preparing detailed carving, their students and that just takes and all of the time.” projects for the The eighth From top: the third gr aders show that art show, and graders also had getting a face full of whipped cream is Ms. Park should fun working with fun; a display of seventh gr aders’ shoe be commended art; clay gargoyles molded by the sixth chalk pastels. for her efforts gr aders; the finished Shaker tables of Ms. Park’s the eighth gr ade D&W students; Mr. in installing all Art Club project, Lander directs the Upper School band. of her students’ photo courtesy of DAbrams
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the Blue & the Gr ay y Staff
Mr. N.W. Gabbey, Faculty Advisor
Mr. Don Abrams, Ms. Deb Baum, Mrs. Amy Furlong, Mr. Andre Jones, Mr. Bryan Kelleher, Ethan Maddox, Ms. Rachel Park, Teddy Radle, Max Sternlicht, Gilman Communications, & AP Images Photography Contributors Mr. Don Abrams & Mr. Cesare Ciccanti Technology Support Contributors: Mr. Owen Daly, Tyler Deane, Ms. Julia Dimaio, Mr. Bryan Kelleher, Mrs. Bonnie Klug, Thomas Muhly, Mr. Henry Smyth, Mrs. Amy Summers, Jack Stuzin, & Essex Thayer
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Finn Council Grant Emry John Floersheimer Seth Hardy Nathan Hedgecock Ben Levinson Joe Mather Varun Maheshwari Enzo Metsopoulos Jalen Rucker Noah Sath
work in her first Family Day art show. Ms. Park said, “I am proud of the students’ hard work and the end result.” Mr. Howard really captured what the art show means by saying, “For me, it’s all about letting the kids get their work out there for people to see.” In the Alumni Auditorium was held the annual series of concerts for Family Day, allowing each musical group to take the stage one more time before the end of the school year. The concerts, which began at ten a.m. and ended at two p.m., included performances by all of the school’s musical ensembles and choral groups, with the Drum Line kicking off the festivities at the Lower School. Other performing groups included GMS’s Middlemen, Middle T Singers, String Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Concert Bands, and Jazz Band. Each group was able to showcase its collective talent to the families of Gilman students and many visitors. Several GMSers were particularly involved in the performances, some of whom performed with four or more groups. Sean Kim, an extremely talented percussionist in the Seventh and Eighth Grade Concert Band, also performed with the Handbell Choir, Middlemen, and Middle Ts. Fellow eighth graders Nichi Pandey and Noah Seth also showcased their multi-faceted musical talent as Nichi played with the String Ensemble, Handbell Choir, and Concert Band as a saxophonist, and Noah Seth accompanied John Floersheimer on the bassoon in the Seventh and Eighth Grade Concert Band and played piano in the Jazz Band. Many sixth and seventh graders also improvised solos for the first time while playing in GMS’s Jazz Band. Piyush Mavanur (’20) rocked out on the alto saxophone, and Phil Rosenthal (’21) tested the ropes on the trumpet. The musical performances were concluded by a joint choral performance by the Middlemen and Upper School Glee Club, a perfect end to a day of great music. In every way, 2015’s Festival of the Arts Family Day was the celebration it is meant to be: a glorious day on campus to enjoy the artistic talents of nearly every Gilman student while having fun in a carnival-like atmosphere. Thanks to all of the art teachers and musical directors for everything they did to make the day such a great time for all.
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GILMAN SCHOOL - On May 8 and 9, the Gilman campus saw a sort of transformation as the school community celebrated the annual Festival of the Arts Family Day. On Saturday morning, the Old Gym parking lot became the site of a carnival arcade, the Old Gym itself had turned into an art gallery throughout the week, and the Alumni Auditorium fittingly served as a concert hall. With the lovely spring weather bringing the entire school community outside, the day of activities kicked off with the mile-long Father-Son Fun Run, sponsored by the FatherSon Committee and Charm City Run, which is owned by the family of eighth grader Ben Levinson. On the Middle School blacktop, a free laser tag arena was set up, an inflatable jousting pit was erected, and suspended kids bounced on a tramopline contraption. A video gaming booth made its debut this year. The set up featured multiple TVs and Xbox, and some playing time was available for just a few tickets. From an early hour, the Old Gym parking lot was flooded with people of all ages. The ‘dunk tank’ run by the fifth grade class made its return, and the third grade set up a booth featuring some pie-throwing games. Tommy Hirsch (’21) said that he had a good time pelting third graders with pie tins filled with whipped cream. Again this year, several Baltimore food trucks took part in the festival and offered a wide variety of tasty treats. Eighth grader Sean Kim made a bold claim, saying that The Gypsy Queen food truck had the “best crabcone of all time.” That truck seemed to be a favorite, along with the Fowl Play food truck and some parent-run booths that sold candy and sweets, all of which supplied the boys with all of their foody needs. For dessert, a classic ice cream truck visited campus. Ms. Park took a break from the art show in the Old Gym to set up her own booth at which she sold beautiful ceramic shoes that she had made herself. Another special vendor sold PVC pipe marshmallow guns, and the ground was soon littered with potential S’mores. In the much quieter Old Gym, the Family Day Art Show was, yet again, an amazing showcase of student art across every grade at Gilman. With the artwork of many talented GMSers displayed, it was not an exhibit to miss.
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At left, Mrs. Sesler-Beckman helps seventh gr aders (from left) Will Rice, Brooks Lebo, and Ryan Williamson bag up PB&Js for Paul’s Place; at right, Ian Baker (left) and Patrick Atwood slap on the peanut butter and jelly.
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freddie gray (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) said, “not like this.” On some city streets, police officers donned riot gear and lined up in formation to quell the riots, images that were too upsetting and seemingly too foreign to accept as happening in our back yard. At the same time, members of the clergy and thousands of civilians desperately tried to call for justice in a peaceable manner, while many city businesses and most city malls and department stores closed their doors in an effort to maintain safety for everyone. In response, Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency
for those eager to demonstrate, many peacefully, to organize and to advertise locations and times of gatherings. One of the most unusual of the “media circuses” was the zero-attendance Orioles game held at Camden Yards on Wednesday, April 29. The Orioles, in cooperation with Major League Baseball’s front office, feared for the safety of civilians and fans and closed the doors to their game versus the White Sox, the first professional baseball game ever to be played in front of no spectators. In other responses to the unrest and potential violence, Baltimore City
collaboration by members of Baltimore City clergymen. On the afternoon of April 29, leaders of both the Christian church and the Nation of Islam formed a line to escort and march with police and led them to where the violence was occurring, acting as a peaceful barrier between the police and the protestors. In the heat of the moment, national media crticized the Mayor’s perceived slow and robotic response to the violence, perhaps especially Ms. Rawlings-Blake’s misinterpreted statement about giving the rioters “space to destroy.” She later defended herself aggressively against
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in evidently excruciating pain as he repeatedly requests for medical help. Other video shows Mr. Gray being dragged to a police van that would later transport him to the Western District police station. What occurred in the van is unknown, though there has been speculation that Mr. Gray was not fastened into the rear of the police vehicle, as is police protocol in such arrests, and during a so-called “roughride,” he sustained additional injuries, serious enough that he was unresponsive when the van reached the station.
Above left, smoke billows from the CVS store on West North Avenue on April 27; above right, on the night of April 28, a man sits on his bicycle in front of a line of Baltimore City Police officers, minutes before the 10 p.m. curfew; below, pallbearers carry the casket of Freddie Gr ay out of New Shiloh Baptist Church.
that Monday, authorizing the mobilization of the National Guard per the Mayor’s request, which kept a presence in the city for a solid week. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed a city-wide 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, which was lifted May 3, coinciding with the withdrawal of the National Guard from the city on May 4. Many Baltimoreans were left asking of themselves and of the protesters, “What does this violence solve?” or simply “What does it mean?” What certainly was achieved was media attention and lots of it. Baltimore was the lead story on every major media outlet for a solid week, and the presence of social media made it easier photo courtesy of APImages
Mr. Gray died a week later as a result of injuries to his spinal cord. Following Mr. Gray’s death, protests erupted in the city during the April 24 weekend, and several of these turned violent, doing so in front of a live national audience. The entire country turned its worried eyes to Baltimore as a CVS on Pennsylvania Avenue was broken into and set ablaze. At more than two dozen locations throughout the city, protests quickly became opportunities for looting, and both local and national news crews captured live footage of cars being destroyed. One such live feed, shown repeatedly on CNN and MSNBC, was of a charred and burning Baltimre City Police cruiser. As these images were being beamed all over America, the relatives of Freddie Gray held his funeral and spoke almost directly to the protesters, asking them to seek justice for Freddie but, as his mother
Schools closed on April 28, and even Gilman School and its area counterparts prudently decided on an impromptu two o’clock dismissal that day when social media suggested that certain protests might move even closer to Northern Parkway and York Road. All along, many national politicians called for peace in the city, most notably President Barack Obama. Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who posted a video to Youtube demanding an end to the violence. Lewis also abandoned his plans to attend the NFL Draft in favor of staying in his home city throughout the turmoil. Perhaps most beneficial in the end was the incredible interfaith
these misinterpretations. What is perhaps most important to remember throughout these events is that prior to the riots, some ten-thousand people marched peacefully in downtown Baltimore, pleading for proper action in the case of a young man who they believe did not deserve to die. Though the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice still conjure horrible images and raw emotions, the death of Freddie Gray rekindled the issue of race and police action all too soon and brought it to Baltimore’s doorstep. This was a reminder no one needed: the relationship between police and the population that they serve and protect needs to improve, and we can do our part - as young people - to stand up for what we believe in but to do so a peaceful way that does not threaten the lives or the well-being of the inhabitants of the very city we call our home.
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SPRING TOM BRADY (for 4 games) DAVID LETTERMAN MAD MEN
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IN Summer Steph Curry Red Nose Day American Pharaoh
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the school wanted new Gilman families to create relationships that lead into the summer and that develop into friendships that last throughout the school year. The Middle School teamed with Gilman’s Admissions Department to run the event, which was attended by Dr. Kwiterovich, Ms. Alexander, and Mrs. Summers, as well as by Mr. Bendann, Ms. Dimaio, Mr. Downs, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Shock. The families gathered under the trees south of the Finney Building, getting to know each other while eating dinner and watching the fresh-soph lacrosse team take on St. Paul’s.
GMS - Because the eighth graders are just about ready to move on to the Upper School, Gilman’s Middle School is ready to welcome some new students. On May 4, GMS invited students who will join the Middle School next fall and their families to a barbecue picnic of hamburgers and hot dogs made by the Upper School’s Barbecue Club. All told, two hundred parents, kids, and GMS teachers attended the evening event. This was the first time that the school has held this welcome picnic in the spring. In the four previous years, the dinner had been held in August, but
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supergras (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) their respective places for the rotation of morning events. The always hilarious Egg Toss quickly became a sticky situation for many of the catchers, but the partnership of eighth graders Jalen Rucker and Luke Daily were able to complete a successful 40-yard toss-and-catch. Nobody was able to catch the egg over forty yards, but great - and funny - attempts were made.
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and the Fogo de Chão dinner was won by eighth graders Greg Diette, Xander Martin, and Tyler Witherspoon. After the first part of the auction, students ran outside for the most hyped event, Tug-of-War. Everyone was ready to see the defending champs, Homeroom 102, but they were defeated by Homeroom 121 in the first round. After four rounds, two homerooms were left standing, Homeroom 103, led by Elie Soueid (’19) and Jack Witherspoon (’20), and Homeroom 220, led by Devin Grinnage (’20) and Xander Martin (’19). After a gritty start by both teams, 220 pulled away and eventually defeated 103. SuperGras Meister Mr. Tully said, “It was really amazing that we could win Tug-of-War. This year, I really had a great group of guys, and the whole event was very competitive.” All of the GMS students lined up outside to watch the Student-v.-
One of the best acts of the whole day was by Grant Emry (’19), who was so dedicated to his performance as a starfish that he took twelve whole minutes to complete his lap. Out on the oval, Capture the Flag began with Mr. Adams and Mr. Byrne shouting, “3, 2, 1, GO!” This event was arguably the most exciting. The game plan was simple: bring all the cones to the end zone without getting your flags taken. While this was happening, legions of defenders tried to stop students from tossing down their cones in front of their homeroom teachers. After those three activities, it was time for lunch, and students packed the Lumen Center to take hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, apple juice, and ice cream sandwiches outside to the Harris Terrace for a homeroom picnic. Once most students were too stuffed even to have a short recess, the GMSers piled into the FAC Arena for the first half of the auction. Students were excited and even a little anxious to bid on their planned items - and stayed ready to pick the number two in the case of a merit tie (Mr. C. always picks two). The auction was once again a great community event, and Mr. C. was aided by his wife, Mr. Bendann, and Mr. Daly. The always popular “Server for the Day,” brought to one lucky bidder by Ms. Alexander, was won by Ibbe Ashruf (’20),
Teacher Relay. Khari Jones (’19) led off with a very hot start and handed off to Ethan Hoskins (’19), who completely blew away the teachers, building a considerable lead as Mr. Lawson tried to gain. Ethan then handed off to the incredibly fast Tentee Montgomery (’19). Nichi Pandey (’19) raced against Mr. Shock in the 400m portion of the race and cruised to victory for the students. Khari said, “It was great to compete against the teachers again and
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Lucas Yim (’19), who liked the Egg Toss most out of all the events, said, “I enjoyed the Egg Toss because it was fun working with my friend to achieve the common goal: protect the egg.” Homeroom groups then went to the Wacky Relays, which were a hotspot for smiles and laughter. In one relay, a favorite pick for most students was the ‘Mr. Culbertson’ slip, and they enjoyed waddling over the grass, doing their best to impersonate our beloved math teacher.
do it with my track teammates.” Mr. Lawson was a great sport after the run, saying, “It was a good fight in the track race between me and Ethan. I can’t wait to run it again with new guys next year.” Everyone went back inside to finish the auction. Even though it was at the end of the day, Mr. C., Mr. Bendann, and Mr. Daly stayed very energetic, which kept the students excited. “I think the day went very smoothly, though I think we could improve the afternoon time and space to make it even better.” Could SuperGras be even better? That is hard to imagine! SuperThanks go to Mr. Tully for organizing the entire day of fun and to all of the teachers for running individual games and events. It was all SUPER.
From top: Keith Roberts (left) backs away from a Homeroom 115 onslaught in Capture the Flag; Devin Grinnage tries to keep his egg in tact; Mrs. Summers cheers on Daniel de Leon in a Wacky Relay; Mr.Howard claps Homeroom 22o on to an early round victory en route to their 2015 Tug-of-War title.
BREAKFAST IS SERVED! BY
SETH HARDY, B&G STAFF
LUMEN CENTER - Better get there before the Cinnamon Toast Crunch runs out. In April, Gilman School added a morning breakfast program for students and teachers, and the idea has been widely reviewed as ‘GRRRRRRRR-EAT!’...even though there are no Frosted Flakes. Every day, several students and faculty enjoy the breakfast offerings, which is being piloted for the last two months of school to see if it catches on and will be viable in future years. Most mornings, as many as 75 students from both the Upper and Middle Schools wandered in and out of the Lumen Center to grab a bowl of cereal and perhaps a breakfast sandwich. The items offered ranged from cereal such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Flakes, Cheerios, and Chex Mix to hot breakfast sandwiches to fresh fruit to tea. Many students came over every day and brought their homework to finish while enjoying a free breakfast. Eighth grader Nick Woel-Nogueira said, “I try to get to school early, and I missed a bit of time that I would be studying for breakfast.” He said that he enjoyed the most popular cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch but occasionally liked to “mix it up.” Another eighth grader who enjoyed breakfast is Ben Levinson, who said,
“The atmosphere was very lively and it was wonderful seeing a mixture of high schoolers and middle schoolers enjoying breakfast.” Kawann McPherson (’21) said he got there early most mornings and usually snagged multiple bowls of CTC before the rush. “I used to get here at 7:20, but now that I get to eat at school, I am usually in the Middle School by 7:10.” He has spent this extra time doing homework or just getting ready for the day. Homeroom buddy and classmate Tommy Hirsch (’21) went to breakfast most days and had a bowl of granola with milk. He said that he often has something to eat at home first but liked having a bit more to eat before school begins. And it was not only students who went to breakfast. Faculty and staff alike all enjoyed the new breakfast option, and many GMS teachers also ate breakfast in the Lumen Center. Ms. Park said, “I think the breakfast is very enjoyable, and it makes Gilman seem more like home. I like sitting with the sixth and seventh graders and getting to know them better.” Breakfast was a smash hit. You could say that everyone was breaking fast for the breakfast. Hopefully, this Lumen Center addition will be back in the fall.
MOVIN’ ON UP CLASS OF 2022 VISITS GMS FOR SHADOW DAYS BY
TYLER DEANE AND CHARLIE NUERMBERGER
GMS - A major part of entering the Middle School is the annual fifth grade shadowing day, which occurred Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the week of April 27. Each day invited a different lower school section of the Class of 2022 to spend the morning walking the halls of the Finney Building and sitting in on sixth grade classes. On Monday, the 5A students were sixth graders for the day, Tuesday welcomed 5B, and Wednesday was for 5C’s students. The rising sixth graders got a brief taste of GMS life both in the classroom and out at recess. Early in the year, new-to-Gilman prospective sixth graders have the chance to shadow a current GMSer, but now it was the veteran Gilman students’ turn to be our guests. Separated into smaller groups beforehand, the students travelled to the Walter Lord Library for a welcome and an introduction about the Middle School by Dr. Kwiterovich and Ms. Alexander. Next, they headed to a second period class to get a feel for the classroom experience. After staying there for a quarter of an hour, the 2022ers returned to the library to learn from several sixth graders about the responsibilities, independence, and new facets of school life they will have to adjust to, such as athletics and the merit system. Like the rest of the GMSers, the rising sixth graders enjoyed a morning meeting - homeroom, assembly, or advisory, depending on which day they visited - followed by their first-ever GMS morning recess. After that, a second class was
observed before GMS Counselor Mr. Lawson gave them some more advice about making the transition from the Lower School next fall, and then they returned to the Callard Building. By design, each year these days are a great help to the fifth graders so that they can learn what sixth grade is all about. While talking to the fifth graders, several current Middle Schoolers answered many questions the fifth graders had. They now know how classes, study hall, and many other things at GMS work, as all of this will come into play as when they become sixth graders in a few short months. Jack Nuermberger - who just so happens to have a brother at GMS...who just so happens to have co-written this article - said that his favorite part of the pre-GMS experience was visiting Mr. Thompson’s Math class. Jack is just one of several incoming sixth graders with ‘familiar’ last names with seven 2022ers joining a big brother in GMS next fall and six more moving in to ‘take the place’ of a brother who is about to finish eighth grade at GMS. Jack said that cannot wait to meet and have classes with all of the different teachers in the middle school. He added that he really isn’t worried at all about the middle school - and admitted that he hopes to get either Mr. Bendann or Mr. Tully for his advisor. Jack did say that he thinks that it might be tough to get to classes on time. Don’t worry, Class of 2022. Life in GMS is pretty great. Look forward to next fall. Thanks to the time put in by all of the 2021ers, sixth grade class teachers, and administrators to make this day possible and so helpful.
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TALKING ‘BOUT THE CARWASH GRANT EMRY, B&G STAFF
SIXTH GRADER NICO ADAMO HELPS HOPSCOTCH IMPROVE ITS PROGRAMMING PRODUCT BY JOHN
FLOERSHEIMER, B&G STAFF
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GMS - This year, Mrs. Martin’s sixth grade Technology classes are working with an intro-to-programming app called Hopscotch. Nico Adamo, a leader in one of her classes due to his personal experience with programming, was able to take this basic programming class further. After seeing some tools missing from Hopscotch, including a “check one if else” statement, he contacted Hopscotch Technologies, the company that produces the app, with suggestions.
GMSer Nico Adamo is already on his way to a career in progr amming.
Surprisingly (and wickedly coolly!), Hopscotch Technologies got right back to him, interested in his feedback and impressed that a middle schooler could make such valuable suggestions. For the last several weeks, Nico has mainly worked with their Liza Conrad, Head of Community and Partnerships at Hopscotch, and has also exchanged emails with other members of the company’s production team. Since then, Nico has been helping Hopscotch Technologies improve their app for the classroom, including donating whole lines of code! Great work, Nico!
science fair (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) the most original projects, Mr. Wallace enjoyed Joshua Mandela’s study of whether fonts effect memorization and the experiment testing whether birds prefer one color bird feeder over another by Sam Slater. Mrs. Klug, who started the Science Fair in her first year at GMS, reflected on the changes to the event over the years. The biggest change was that, at first, it was an independent project with little classwork involved, and it is now embedded in the curriculum with sixth grade leading up to the fair. Again this year, the Science Fair was held later in the fourth quarter to allow each Science teacher more time to address curriculum in their classrooms as students were completing research at home, a process that some sixth graders began back in the third term. After her final GMS Science Fair, Mrs. Klug talked about her favorite parts of the process, particularly that the students get to pick their own topics, which raises their interest level in science and the scientific process, and the day of the fair itself. According to Mrs. Klug, this day is extremely special as the boys can see the culmination of their unit and all of their own investigation and experimentation on display. Great job, 2021ers! And thank you so much, Mrs. Klug, for being our Marie Curie and bringing this wonderful tradition to GMS! B&G Staff photo
Charlie Nuermberger tests whether organic chicken is really better.
GMS - The annual GMS Student First the hose team would get the Council Car Wash was scheduled to go cars wet, then the soap team, and tire from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May team, the 2. hardest job, would scrub the cars. By the time Mr. Jones and Mr. Before the soap could dry, the hose team Kelleher and all of the student volunteers rinsed it off a second time, and the dry coiled up the hoses and emptied their team got to work. buckets, it was A fifth group nearly four o’clock. worked on the Suffice to say, interior of the this 5th annual cars (if the owner charitable fundraiser requested this). This was a huge success consisted of as over 40 cars were vacuuming and washed and students cleaning the interior racked up muchof the windows. needed community There were service hours. three bays so the The Student students could clean Council has decided more than one car at that two charities, a time. At some The Red Cross points, there Fund for Nepal Above, Khari Jones (right) takes was a long line of and The Baltimore charge at the Car Wash; below, cars waiting to be C o m m u n i t y Logan Ireland (’21), front, readies cleaned, while at for his next washing chore. Foundation Fund to others there were Rebuild Baltimore, none. will receive the Even when proceeds from this there weren’t any event and also what cars, the students is raised by the were still working. upcoming Dodgeball There were always Tournament. towels to be wrung About thirty out and dried and students came buckets to be filled to help, most of with soapy water. them were 2019ers In the end, it trying to log their was all worth it final community because the students service hours before who helped out graduation. raised so much money for two worthy Thanks to the generous donations, causes...and everyone recieved pizza. the event was able to raise an astouding Mr. Kelleher said, “This was the $931, a new GMS record. Someone even most successful car wash ever: record donated a hundred dollar bill! donations, most boys. It could not have Mr. Kelleher split the students into been better.” four teams with another two people Mr. Jones concurred, saying that he using the hoses. The students were “was happy that the boys were able to welcome to go to a different group at see the value of washing cars and at the anytime, but some, notably Khari Jones same time help the people of Nepal and (’19), were great at their jobs and stuck to West Baltimore.” it the entire time. Way to clean up, Hounds! photo courtesy of AJones
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GMS - After his family moved to Patrick’s favorite sport is basketball, Maryland from New Jersey this past and he played on the Greyhounds in summer, Patrick McCormick joined GMS’s IM league this winter. He follows Gilman’s Class of 2019. mainly college hoops as a dedicated “At first I didn’t want to move, Villanova fan, due to that fact that many but Gilman has helped make me like of his relatives attended the school. Baltimore more,” says In the fall, he was Patrick. a winger on GMS’s He previously interscholastic attended Madison soccer team, and he Junior School in currently is playing Madison, a New middie for the Jersey suburb of New lacrosse team. York City. Patrick’s favorite “The biggest time of the GMS difference [here] at day is having lunch Gilman is that it is with his friends, and all boys, and I’m still his favorite teacher getting used to that,” is Mr. Byrne, with he admits. whom he ends each When he arrived school day in LA8. at GMS back in Patrick came to Baltimore and to With Upper August, one of the Gilman having lived in new Jersey. School just around first people he met was his advisor, Ms. the corner, Patrick is excited to take Anthony. After a year with him, she Chinese again, a language he previously reflected on her interactions with him took back in New Jersey. this year by saying, “Patrick [was] a Patrick has enjoyed his first year at great addition to the advisory and easily Gilman and is already looking forward stepped into the role of an eighth grade to his next four years as a Hound. leader.” Welcome to the pack, Patrick!
NATHAN HEDGECOCK & BEN LEVINSON, B&G STAFF
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ANNUAL STUDENT COUNCIL FUNDRAISER RAISES RECORD TOTAL FOR TWO CHARITABLE CAUSES
FUNK Y TO THE M A X MAX STERNLICHT (’21) AWARDED AT ANNUAL GILMAN FILM FESTIVAL BY JOHN
FLOERSHEIMER, B&G STAFF
GILMAN - On April 10, all of Gilman’s arranging, recruiting a cast, gathering young moviemakers convened for the costumes, and writing the storyboard for annual Gilman Film Festival, and the shoots. this year, sixth grader Maxwell A. F. Sternlicht also said that the editing Sternlicht won took three times the Middle School as long as filming. category with his Though he did video, “Gilman make the video Funk,” a parody for the festival, he on Mark Ronson’s also made it for fun “Uptown Funk.” and did not expect Even though it to win. What a Sternlicht loves surprise! making videos and Video cast short films in a member Ben variety of genres, Max (center) stars in and directs his Levinson said that he designed this award-winning video, ‘Gilman Funk.’ it was an interesting one specifically for the festival. process because he normally works in According to Sternlicht, the video plays and not on films. took “months to complete.” This included Congratulations, Max! B&G Staff photo
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faces & fun
3 truths & 1 lie Do you know your fellow GMSers well enough to tell fact from fiction? TEM KOLEOSHO, 6TH GRADE
BEN MUHER, 7TH GRADE
He plays squash. He has been to China. His favorite food is sushi. He has a sister named Melissa.
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DIP, DUCK, DIVE, AND DODGE BY JALEN
RUCKER, B&G STAFF
GMS - “I used to play lacrosse and In the fall at GMS, he ran cross hockey, but I got too many concussions, country, and this spring, he has run for so I had to quit those sports,” says Dodge the Hounds’ undefeated track team. Woloson, a new-to-Gilman 2020er as of Dodge also plays golf on the last fall. weekends and really enjoys the thrill of Prior to coming to GMS, Dodge the game. had attended Calvert School, starting in In his household, he is a middle child kindergarten, but made the change that is with an older sister, Crinny, who is ninth a rather familiar one in the Roland Park grader at McDonogh, and a younger independent school brother, Oscar, who world. is a fourth grader at He says that Calvert School. he likes that he has On the been able to walk to weekends, between GMS everyday, often playing sports, with one of his close doing homework, friends and fellow and catching up on 2020er Jack Stuzin. his favorite show, His favorite parts Workaholics, Dodge about this first year at likes hanging out Gilman were playing with friends and on the interscholastic spending time squash team and jumping on his participating in Dodge joined the GMS r anks after trampoline in his having attended Calvert School. Hoops-for-Habitat. backyard. “I liked playing basketball with my Because Dodge used to play hockey, friends, and Mr. Gabbey was a great he watches the NHL quite often. He commentator,” he said. says, “My favorite team is the Chicago Dodge plays squash outside of school Blackhawks, and Patrick Kane is my and really enjoyed being part of Coaches favorite player.” Gamper and Bendann’s squad. A great student, athlete, and all“Coaches Gamper and Bendann around good guy, Dodge has been a were really nice and great,” he recalled. superb addition to the Class of 2020 and “They pushed us hard but were not too seems ready to reach even greater heights strict.” in his eighth grade year at GMS.
KNOW THE 8th gr ade
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A Homeroom 224 annual tr adition: Tr ashball 2015 champion Varun Maheshwari (’19) and Silver Medalist Ryan Williamson (’20) show their 224 pride after the finals, which Varun won, 12-11 in overtime.
He has two brothers. He was born in California. He was his college’s Homecoming King. His high school record in the 200m was recently broken.
He has done ballet. He has slept for 18 hours straight. He has broken $500 worth of lamps. Both of his parents were born in China.
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LONDON - Hear ye, hear ye! It’s a of the Queen’s having to approve the name before it is released to the public. princess! Princess Charlotte is fourth in line On May 2, just before nine a.m. to the throne, after GMT, the latest her brother George, member of the royal her father William, family of the United and her grandfather Kingdom was born. Charles. This is the Her name is family second baby of proud based, with Charlotte parents Kate and being the female William Windsor, the version of Charles (her Duke and Duchess grandfather), Elizabeth of Cambridge, being the name of her having had their great-grandmother and first child, Prince current monarch of the George Alexander Louis Windsor of U.K., and Diana was Cambridge just over the name of her late a year ago. Now, they paternal grandmother, have a daughter as the beloved Princess well, whose name, Do you think she has any idea Diana of Wales. Charlotte Elizabeth that she is a princess? The baby, mother, Diana Windsor of Cambridge, was father, and brother are all together, revealed to the anxious British public healthy and happy at the family’s and the press two days after the baby was residence, Kensington Palace. Welcome, Your Royal Baby born. The delay was caused by the tradition Highness!
MR. LAWSON, TEACHER
7th gr ade
HE CANS CLUES See if you can figure out these scrambled GMS identities...
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NEATH NERVE MAPS
Can you recognize your fellow GMSers from just their flow?
BEN LEVINSON, B&G STAFF
ALEX DUH, 8TH GRADE
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‘and, baby, she’ll rule...’
His favorite sport is soccer. He has fallen in the Inner Harbor. He has never been to a Ravens game. He broke his ankle standing on a moving sled.
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TRACK hounds rem ain perfect...again B&G STAFF REPORTS McDONOGH - Another track season: another undefeated GMS squad. The Hounds closed out a perfect 2015 campaign with an impressive team victory at McDonogh on May 13, led by the performances of eighth graders Keilan Robinson and Tentee Mongtomery. The GMS classmates finished in the top two spots in the long jump with fellow 2019er Khari Jones taking third. Robinson turned on the jets in the 100 and 200, winning both, and Montgomery took second in the latter. The pair ran the final two legs for the Hounds’ 4x100m A relay quartet, combining with Jones and Ethan Hoskins (’19) to take first. Montgomery also anchored GMS’s A 4x400m relay team, including eighth graders Andrew Diehl, Evan Gilbert, and Jones, which finished second. Even without 400m stalwart Nichi Pandey (’19), GMS dominated this race with Diehl taking first and seventh graders Eli Webb and Hunter Hamer finishing in second and third, respectively. Keith Roberts (’19) earned GMS
another first-place finish, running the 1600m in 5:06.11, and he finished second in the 800m (2:39.65). Eighth grader Daniel de Leon continued to rule the shot put competition, taking another first place with a 40-foot put, the first to reach that distance this season. Fellow 2019er Noah Seth was third (34’02.50”) Once again, congratulations to Coach Summers, her staff, and her squad on yet another phenomenal track season. “It was really nice to have some healthy competition this year,” she said after the season had ended. “Severn was really well-coached and had strong distance runners,” she added, “and McDonogh’s sprinters won several races.” With the largest roster in the history of GMS’s track program, Coach Summers said that the increased competition made it easier to get all of her athletes into events at their meets. Way to go, Hounds! Hey 2020ers...the pressure is already on!
robinson sets pace and sets records BY
ENZO METSOPOULOS, B&G STAFF
McDONOGH - In the previous meet, eighth grader Keilan Robinson broke a long-standing MIAA Middle School long jump record, and in the May 6 meet, he continued to rule this event, leaping over 18 feet into first-place. With Robinson and Khari Jones (’19) leading the long jump crew in the top two spots, the coaches speculated that it is likely that Keilan could break 20 feet in the next and final meet. Fellow 2019er Jacob Diaz was not far behind his teammates in fourth place (15’03.oo”). Robinson’s speed was also to the test as he won the 100m (11.20) and was the GMS’s anchor on its first-place 4x100m A relay team, teamed with fellow 2019ers Jones, Ethan Hoskins, and Tentee Montgomery. In the 200m, Montgomery’s 25.07 was good for second. Keith Roberts once again scored important points for the Hounds in the long-distance races, winning the 1600m (5:11.38) and finishing second in the 800m (2:32.29).
Eighth grader Nichi Pandey was untouchable in the 400m, racing to a first-place 56.40, more than a full second better than his fastest meet time this season. Pandey also anchored GMS’s 4x400m A relay squad, which finished in first, with fellow 2019ers Andrew Diehl, Jake Diaz, and Evan Gilbert. Daniel de Leon (38’01.00”) and Noah Seth (37’08.00”) took first and second places, respectively, in the shot put, both of them putting the shot more than two feet further than their season bests. This past meet was much different than the rest as Coach Summers let her athletes suggest the events that they would want to participate in, and she assigned them to their desired events. This slightly switched up the team’s line-up, with some of the long distance runners running the short distance races and vice versa. Despite these minor changes, Gilman pulled ahead of the other schools and won the meet, placing first in most events.
pandey paces hounds’ performance B&G STAFF REPORTS McDONOGH - Throughout the 2015 season, Nichi Pandey (’19) has been unbeatable in mid-distances, and he held form at the April 29 meet. Pandey led a GMS first-throughfourth sweep in the 400m, running a 58.76. Right behind him were Jake Diaz (’19), Eli Webb (’20), and Evan Gilbert (’19). Webb’s 1:03.32 was more than a half-second faster than his previous best meet time. Pandey then led the Hounds’ 4x400m A relay team, racing to first with fellow 2019ers Gilbert, Andrew Diehl, and anchor Keith Roberts (’19) in a time of 4:26.64. In a mild upset within the GMS ranks, Saad Jalisi bested classmate Daniel de Leon in the shot put. Jalisi’s best put was 35’03.00”, and de Leon’s was
33’05.00”. Eighth grader Keilan Robinson turned in another superb day, taking first in the long jump, the 100m, and as the anchor of GMS’s 4-100m A relay team. Robinson’s winning leap of 19’02.25” broke a long-standing GMS track and field record, and his 11.45 in the 100m was a half-second faster than his best performance this spring. Ben Levinson (’19) ran a 5:38.46 in the 1600m, good for a third-place finish, and Roberts won the 800m with a time of 2:24.09, improving his season-best meet time by nearly two full seconds. Eighth grader Ethan Hoskins contributed to the Hounds’ victory in the 4x100m relay, running with Robinson, and classmates Khari Jones and Noah Seth and clocking a 48.73.
SEVENTH GRADE LACROSSE king scores 4 in hounds’ against calvert a team 14-6 win over eagles 2020ers fall just short BY JACK
CALVERT SCHOOL - GMS’s seventh grade lacrosse team was nearly up to the task against Calvert’s A team on May 5, falling just short, 7-5. Former GMSer Dutch Furlong netted the Yellow Jackets’ first goal before Pearson Harrington dodged down the alley and scored a stinger in the top let corner. Calvert held possession for the rest of the first quarter and led 3-1 at the break. Pierce Washburn scored the first of his 2 goals to cut into the Calvert lead, but a man-up goal put the hosts up 4-2 at halftime. Sam King sniped a rocket past the Calvert goalie, and the scored stayed 4-3 until the 1:12 mark of the third quarter, when King completed his brace and evened the game at 4. With the score knotted at 4, Calvert won another man-up opportunity and scored instantly. The Yellow Jackets secured the next face-off, went straight down the middle, and scored to give them a 2-goal cushion and the win.
lakers handle hounds and rain in 9-4 win BY
BOYS’ LATIN - Behind big performances from Dean Berger, Cole Herbert, and Grant Voigt, Boys’ Latin beat GMS, 9-4, on April 22. The Hounds started out well, taking an early lead on a goal by Sam King. During the first quarter, the rain began to come down in heaps and caused trouble with the mesh in both teams’ sticks, making players more cautious with their passes. Going into the second quarter, GMS held its slim 1-0 lead. The tides shifted in second quarter, and the Lakers scored 5 consecutive goals to take a 5-1 lead into halftime. The second half found GMS’s defense looking for support. Boys’ Latin scored 2 more goals while GMS kept the score respectable thanks to 2 goals by Pierce Washburn and a second by King. With the seventh graders 1-1 on their season of interscholastic play, they look to reach above .500 with a win against McDonogh.
McDONOGH - There is nothing better than getting a win over the Eagles. After a tough loss to Boys’ Latin the previous day, GMS’s seventh grade lacrosse team went to McDonogh on April 23 and took it to the Eagles, coming away with a 14-6 win. The Hounds came out strong, taking an early 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals by Pierce Washburn, Sam King, and Adam Smith. After an early McDonogh timeout, Fen Colston won the faceoff and went right down the middle and scored. The Hounds’ attack slowed down a bit until Smith beat the whistle and scored his second goal as time in the first quarter expired. Out of the break, the Eagles scored off of a dodge from behind the net. Jack Tortolani scored his first goal of the day after some great passing by the GMS attack. On the following possession, King scored his second goal on a shot from the left side of the cage. Each time the Eagles moved the ball into their offensive half, the GMS defense made a great check to challenge possession and to get the ball back on the other side of the field. GMS Goalie Essex Thayer was playing lights out in the cage before the Eagles converted on a fast break and scored their second goal. The home team won another face-off and netted its second straight goal on another fast break. Following a face-off win for GMS, Pearson Harrington dodged and added his name to the Hounds’ scoring ranks, and teammates Colston and Tortolani both scored great goals to put GMS up 10-3 at the half. King finished his hat trick on a Greyhound man-up possession at the start of the second half, and Tortolani soon matched his teammate’s threegoal tally before King then notched his fourth goal. The Eagles went on a 3-goal run in the third quarter to make the score 13-6, but GMS’s had built an insurmountable lead. After four scoreless minutes, a groundball scrum next to the sideline was picked up by George Cassels-Smith, who found Jack Stuzin on a fast break for the team’s final goal.
BASEBALL (CONTINUED) dons dominate in 11-0 win over gms JOE MATHER, B&G STAFF LOYOLA - The Hounds were not able to recreate the walk-off magic that had given them their first 2015 win two weeks earlier as they were shut-out by the Dons, 11-0, on May 12. John McGowan started on the mound for GMS and threw a bunch of strikes, but on the backs of Loyola hits and Gilman errors, the Dons threw 11 runs on the scoreboard. The Hounds could not put a run across all afternoon due to the lack of hitting. Only three GMSers - Will Gildea, Joe Mather, and McGowan recorded hits against the Dons’ pitching as GMS fell to 1-4 on the season.
2015 IM BASEBALL STANDINGS as of may 15
2015 IM BASEBALL PLAYOFFS Hounds 20, Astr a 7 Buzz 13, Hoppers 6
2015 IM SKILLS CHALLENGE Target Throwing: Astra Relay Run: Hoppers Homerun Derby: Hoppers & Hounds Over all Champion: Hoppers Sunflower Seed-Spitting Champion: Michael Spencer
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t-spoon scores late gms dominates severn calvert spoils gms’s perfect season in final match, 3-4 goal to seal 10-9 win in 10-4 home victory BY
GILMAN TENNIS COURTS - So close. In the final match of the season, the Hounds lost in the closest of fashions to Calvert, falling just one individual match win short of closing out a perfect 2015 season. Playing at the #2 spot, Carson Amiot was the only GMS singles player who won (8-5). The first, third, and fourth singles players, John Maragakis, Lucas Yim, and Freddie Allner, respectively, played close matches but were edged out by their Calvert opponents. In doubles, Gilman fared much
better. The #1 doubles team of Asher Cordish and Brandon Ahearn won 8-2. Playing #2 doubles, Finn Council and Luke Morrill played a close match but could not come up with the win. In the longest match of the afternoon, the third doubles team of Finn Arthur and Rich Kim won 8-7 (7-1), playing some clutch tennis to keep GMS’s hopes alive. In conclusion, the Hounds may not have been satisfied ending the season with a loss, but they can be happy when they look at the season as a whole, finishing 8-1.
st. paul’s gives hounds gms stays undeffeated closest match to date with win over eagles GILMAN TENNIS COURTS - The Greyhounds picked up another win as they neared the end of the season, beating the Crusaders, 5-2, on April 27. St. Paul’s played well, but the Hounds came out on top and kept their undefeated season alive. At #1 singles, John Maragakis lost in a thriller, 6-8. In second singles, Carson Amiot had an easier time and won 8-0. Playing #3 singles, Lucas Yim also won easily, 8-1, and at the #4 singles spot, Freddie Allner won 8-3. In doubles, the outcomes for Gilman were very similar. Brandon Ahearn and Asher Cordish, playing #1, won 8-1. At #2 doubles, Finn Council and Luke Morrill won, 8-1, and Finn Arthur and Rich Kim, the third doubles team, lost in a close match, 5-8.
McDONOGH - GMS continued its undefeated season with a sweep on the Eagles’ courts on April 24. In the singles matches, the four Hounds were tested and gave up a few total games, even though all came away with the victories. John Maragakis won 8-5, Carson Amiot won 8-3, Lucas Yim won 8-4, and Brandon Ahearn won 8-5, playing the first-through-fourth spots, respectively. Playing first doubles, Freddie Allner and Luke Morrill won 8-3, and Rich Kim and Sean Kim won by the same score at third doubles. At #2 doubles, Finn Council and Finn Arthur won 8-2. As GMS improved to 7-0, this was the first time this season that the Greyhounds faced the Eagles due to a earlier rained-out match.
BASEBALL gms closes 2015 with 6-1 win over st. paul’s B&G STAFF REPORTS ST. PAUL’S - In the Hounds’ last game of 2015, they defeated the Crusaders, 6-1, for their second win. GMS jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, courtesy of a couple hits, walks, and St. Paul’s errors. Joe Mather pitched a complete game, recording 12 strikeouts, and was working on a perfect game with 1 out in the fifth when St. Paul’s had an infield hit followed
by a GMS throwing error. One Crusader scored that inning, but after those two players reached base, no one else touched first base for the hosts. Hits from Mather, Avery Merlo, Cameron Ward, and Morgan Zinn sparked GMS’s offense and supported Mather’s effort on the mound enough to end the season on a positive note.
hounds nab first 2015 win in walk-off B&G STAFF REPORTS McDONOGH - GMS won its first game of the season in walk-off fashion, topping the host Eagles, 9-8, on April 27. Because the two teams had played each other at McDonogh to open the season, the Eagles allowed the Hounds to be the home team for this rematch, which turned out huge for GMS. In the bottom of the seventh, with one out, back-to-back singles from Will Gildea and John McGowan gave Joe Mather an at bat to redeem himself. In the top half of the frame, he had blown a save opportunity, allowing the two tying runs to cross the plate. After a passed ball, Gildea moved to third and McGowan to second. Mather then hit a hard ground ball to the Eagle shortstop, who made a throwing error at home that let McGowan score the winning run. GMS was a anchored by starter
Avery Merlo, who pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up 5 runs. The defense behind Merlo helped out by committing a season-low two errors. After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Hounds scored 2 runs to cut into the McDonogh lead. In the fourth, Aleksei Guzman followed a Mather leadoff single with a two-run homerun to give GMS a 4-3 lead. GMS later extended its lead to 5 thanks to hits by Gildea, Merlo, McGowan, Mather, and Guzman. In the sixth, Merlo gave up 1 run and exited with two on base. Mather came in and gave up 2 runs but got out of the inning with an 8-6 lead. In the top of the seventh, Mather struck out the first batter but walked the next two, and these two Eagles later scored to tie the game. MORE BASEBALL ON PAGE 7
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ST. PAUL’S - To end the 2015 season, Tyler Witherspoon scored a last-minute goal to beat the Crusaders, 10-9. GMS had tied the back-and-forth game at 9 when Billy Spilman scored off a feed from William Godine on 4-v-3 break following a face-off. After another face-off win for the Hounds, Gilman possessed the ball with less than a minute remaining. While cycling the ball behind the goal, Spilman found Witherspoon cutting to the back pipe for the clutch game-winner. The Crusaders had one more opportunity to score, coming out of a timeout with 20 seconds remaining, but GMS’s staunch defense refused to allow even a game-tying shot attempt before the final horn. Witherspoon finished the game with a hat trick, and Spilman notched 5 points (2 goals and 3 assists). Andy Andrews and Jed Brummett scored 2 goals apiece. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 4-3 in favor of the host Crusaders, but the Hounds scored 4 consecutive goals and only let in one goal to turn the tables and lead 7-5 going into the fourth quarter. The game see-sawed in the final minutes, with St. Paul’s recapturing the lead at 9-8 with two minutes left in regulation. Goalie Parker Pearce made key saves towards the end of game, and FOGOs William Godine and Chris Kulik fought out the face-off battles and made every ground ball either one that the Hounds possessed or one that caused a scrum On the Greyhound defensive end, Hank Bethel became “Tank” Bethel, clobbering down any feeds to the inside and serving as a major clearing option for goalie Parker Pearce. This was a fitting end to the Hounds’ season, winning their final game and ending the season with a 9-0-1 record.
GEORGE CHANDLEE FIELD - GMS defended its home turf against the Admirals, winning 10-4 on May 5. Behind at diversified attack, the Greyhounds put the game well in hand in the first half, scoring 10 goals. Elie Soueid netted his first goal of the season, and Coach Daly praised the team’s “excellent execution and precision passing up and down the field.” To conclude the first-half offensive barrage, middie Quinn Armstrong fed fellow middie Andy Andrews, who was able to give the Hounds a 10-0 advantage. On the defensive end during the first half, goalie Parker Pearce recorded a shut-out by blocking all shots on goal and providing good clears to his midfielders and defensemen. FOGO Chris Kulik helped control the flow of the game by winning many face-offs, even scoring a goal of his own on a fast break. The second half was highlighted by ball movement and team play as many reserve Hounds saw significant playing time. At the end of the third quarter, the Hounds maintained a decisive 10-1 lead, though the Admirals put together a threegoal run in the final quarter, making the score 10-4. Coach Daly said, “It was a great way to make a first and only impression on Chandlee Field in the 2015 campaign.”
spilman scores gamewinner against st. paul’s BY
SETH HARDY, B&G STAFF
ST. PAUL’S - Billy Spilman scored the game-winning goal on the final possession of the game to give GMS a 9-8 win over the Crusaders on April 21. Goalie Parker Pearce initiated the last-possession attack, lobbing a pass to midfielder William Godine, who then passed to attackman Tyler Witherspoon, who gave a final feed to Spilman for the game-winner. GMS started the game by scoring four goals in the first half, including the first goal on the day by Spilman. The Crusaders responded with 3 goals before halftime. Thomas Muhly contributed to Gilman’s goal tally, landing a shot in the bottom left corner at the start of the the third quarter. Middie Andy Andrews also scored, running through the St. Paul’s defense and going straight to the cage. Throughout the game, Coach Daly reminded his players to fight for every groundball, and the team responded by engaging in scrums all over the field. Long pole defenseman Hank Bethel played a key role, landing perfect checks and commanding the defense to victory beside Graham O’Brien and in front of Pearce.
hounds score 2 late goals to beat dons BY
SETH HARDY, B&G STAFF
LOYOLA - Lightning certainly struck for the Hounds on April 30 as they sneaked away from Loyola with its second-straight two-goal win, besting the Dons, 8-6. With the game tied at 6 in the middle of the third quarter, the heavens opened up, and the game was paused for a lightning delay. Coach Shock used the unexpected downtime to talk strategy and to plan the Hounds’ next attack. Following the delay, goalie Parker Pearce made 2 saves in the final minutes of the third quarter to keep the Dons stuck on 6 goals. Jed Brummett and Tyler Witherspoon notched the final 2 goals for the Hounds, whose defense in front of Pearce was true to the test, refusing to let Loyola score again. After falling behind 4-0 to the hosts, GMS responded with 5 second-quarter goals, including a rip from the outside by Brummett and a goal from the edge of the crease by Witherspoon. GMS 7, mcdonogh 5
Five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter gave the Hounds what Coach Daly called a “thrilling victory” on April 23, as GMS extended a four-game winning streak. During the furious run, goals were scored by William Godine, James Schloeder, and Tyler Witherspoon. Coach Daly credited his team’s comeback to the Hounds’ passion and desire. “They scrapped for every 50-50 ball to help [us] dominate time of possession in the fourth.” As proof, the host Eagles managed only one shot attempt in the entire final quarter. The Hounds trailed 2-0 at the half and were down 5-2 after the third quarter ended.