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jolly good shows! LET’S ‘ARLES’ ‘ESCARGOT’ Noah Seth, B&G Staff with Thomas Langston, Ben Richardson, and Matt Rodgville
Stirling, the Hounds toured the city, its castle, and visited the William Wallace monument, dedicated to Braveheart’s protagonist and the Scots’ most famous independence martyr. We arrived in Edinburgh, where Thomas
and paris one of best ever by
Grant Emry & Jalen Rucker, B&G Staff
AVIGNON - As we sat around the table, and Cameron finished what might have been his fifth croissant, everyone had this silly look on his face and began to realize that we were actually in France, the place we have been studying since sixth grade.
hour transfer, the group finally touched down in Avignon around ten a.m….the next day, of course. We began our time in Provence in tasty fashion by going to the Chocolaterie Bernard Castelain in Châteauneuf-du-
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UNITED KINGDOM - For this first-ever Spring Break trip, one that invited Upper Schoolers and Middle Schoolers to travel together throughout the United Kingdom, it was fitting that every day was a new adventure.
2015 spring break trip to provence
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gilman middle and upper schoolers sing their way across the u.k. over spring break
The combined Gilman Choirs gather for a photo op outside Edinburgh Castle.
The GMSers huddle up in the courtyard in front of Notre Dame in Paris.
Combining their voices with those of twenty members of the Upper School’s Glee Club and Traveling Men, seventeen GMS Middlemen enjoyed an eight-day tour of the U.K. that included four performances. During their Spring Break ‘across the pond,’ the singers collaborated to write a day-by-day blog wherein they captured the highlights of the trip, a few snippets of which are included here. First staying in the Scottish city of
This past March, the annual foreign language Spring Break trip journeyed to the South of France and then to Paris for more than a week of sights, sounds, and tastes. All the build-up over a full year of lunch meetings, presentations, and even Métro practice had prepared the eighth graders for this trip, which for many was the first to a foreign country. After an eight-hour flight and a one-
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nulli secundus eighth grade quintet shines at mdjcl certamen competition by John
Floersheimer, B&G Staff
HIGH I.Q by
FREDERICK - They came. They saw. They conquered. On Saturday, March 7, GMS eighth graders Finn Arthur, Sam Bloomberg, Andrew Diehl, Folahan Koleosho, and Nichi Pandey competed against teams from across the state in Latin grammar and vocab and Roman myth and history at a Certamen competition, held at Tuscarora High School and sponsored by the Maryland Junior Classical League. After all of the dust and declensions had settled, the GMSers learned that that they had placed first in the Level 2 competition and second in Level 1. Early that Saturday morning, the GMSers left in a minibus with Mr. Burke and Upper School Classics teacher Mr.
Houston. Upon arrival in Frederick, the students engaged in both Level 1 and 2 competitions, where everyone performed well. Nichi said that the hardest part of the competition was the random history questions while Andrew believed that the grammar was the toughest part. After the exciting morning, the students were served lunch and then attended to the awards ceremony. Looking back, Nichi thought that the best part of the day was beating the team from St. Mary’s (Annapolis). Andrew enjoyed being with his friends and teachers even more than beating other
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PAGE follow us! GMS Student Council members present at special leadership event at RPCS, plus The Smyth Report and upcoming events
PAGE CHIPS AND CREPES B&G Staffers Grant Emry, Jalen Rucker, and Noah Seth recount Spring Break trips to U.K. and France with plenty of photos
PAGE TAKING PART IN ART GMSers perform and have artwork displayed at annual MS Fine Arts Festival, and ‘NWN’ spends one year at GMS
PAGE FACES & FUN This or That?, 3 Truths & a Lie, Know the Flow, Avery Merlo joins Class of 2019, and Apple starts telling time for us
PAGE RUNNERS AND RUNS Track squad races to another fast start in first two meets, baseball starts out 0-3, and Joe Mather plays O’s manager
PAGE ALMOST PERFECT Tennis begins season 6-0, eighth grade lacrosse is 4-0-1, and first-ever seventh grade lacrosse team nets win in season opener
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author roland smith spends day at gms
Enzo Metsopoulos, B&G Staff
GMS - As part of Ms. Wegloski’s program to bring a professional author to speak to students each year, Roland Smith visited campus on April 22. He ran a seminar with Mr. Legg’s fifth period L.A.8 class and then treated the school to a special assembly during seventh period. During Mr. Legg’s class, Mr. Smith did not lead a writing workshop but instead gave the students tips on how to be a successful writer, sharing his step-bystep process for writing novels, even saying that he usually rewrites a whole book ten to twenty times, using a storyboard, before it is published. During the assembly, Mr. Smith highlighted his love for animals and traveling the world to observe animals, all so that he can write about them and real events that affect them, such as the Exxon
Pape. There, students were able to buy chocolate covered almonds, copious amounts of milk and dark chocolate, and some chocolate Easter bunnies. Our first dinner of the trip was enjoyed at our hotel - a wonderful meal of coq au vin, mashed potatoes, and ice cream for dessert - and I am pretty sure that most of us were passed out on the dinner table.
Valdez oil spill. Roland Smith is the proud author of a series that many middle schoolers may have already read, I.Q , which ended with its sixth and final novel in the fall of 2014. He has written several other popular series, such as Mutation, Zach’s Lie, Eruption, and quite a few more. He explained that it took him ten years to write Elephant Run, during which time he spent a month living in Africa. Because of all of the rewrites he has done, he says that there are five different versions of this novel now. Because he has worked with nearextinction in animals, he has several books about cryptids, which are animals that are legends and cannot be proven to exist, such as Sasquatch.
PAGE ‘FORWARD, MARCH!’ Class of 2020 spends day at either Antietam or Gettysburg, and Music-8 students enjoy special evening at BSO
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[Langston, ’20] probably had his favorite moment of the trip, touching the nose of the Greyfriars Bobby, the famous statue of Edinburgh’s favorite dog and unofficial city mascot. We then visited the graves of William McGonagall and Thomas Riddle, whose names J.K. Rowling had found in the cemetery right next to the school on which the design of
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He had all of the audience laughing out had been freed accidentally, work which loud when he told a story of trying to catch seems to have had a lasting affect on him Big Foot in his backyard when he was a as many of his books are centered around kid. It took him eight days to dig a pit - and animals. ended up catching his mother, who fell into Mr. Smith happily admitted that it by accident. his newest novel, Although the Beneath, is his majority of his absolute favorite books, which include book. After years twenty-five novels, of saying that all are geared towards of his books are his teenage audiences, favorite, like they he has several works are his children, he that some GMSers admits that this is may have read when the one he likes the they were younger, most. all of them named He had after a letter in the everyone’s attention alphabet, including when he said, “It Author Roland Smith works with Mr. B is for Beaver. took me twenty Besides his Legg’s LA8 class during his visit to GMS. years to figure out fiction titles, he has also written nonfiction how to write a book. I’m going to teach you about natural wildlife, like The Journey of how to write a book in four minutes.” the Red Wolf. As he explained in the special His steps included reading books, assembly, Mr. Smith has had amazing looking at maps to stimulate his experience working in zoos and taking care imagination, research, and creating a of wild animals, twice being in charge of storyboard of each scene. reintroducing species of wolves back into Mr. Smith lives with his with wife in the wild. Oregon just outside of Portland and spends He worked a part-time job at a most of his time in his basement office children’s zoo, was an animal researcher, writing...unless he is off traveling the and even aided catching some animals that world again to research his next book.
UPCOMING GMS EVENTS APRIL 27-29 - FIFTH GRADE VISITS MAY 1 - SUPERGRAS MAY 2 - STUDENT COUNCIL CAR WASH MAY 8-9 - FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS MAY 22 - DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT the Blue & the Gr ay Staff Finn Council Mr. Don Abrams, Ms. Jill Anthony, Mr. Grant Emry Brendan Burke, Devin Grinnage, Dr. Peter John Floersheimer Kwiterovich, Adam Masom, Mrs. Elizabeth Seth Hardy Sesler-Beckman, Gilman Communications, Ben Levinson & AP Images Joe Mather Photography Contributors Varun Maheshwari Enzo Metsopoulos Mr. Don Abrams & Mr. Cesare Ciccanti Jalen Rucker Technology Support Noah Seth Contributors: Tyler Deane, Thomas Langston, Mr. N.W. Gabbey, Nichi Pandey, Ben Richardson, Matt Faculty Advisor Rodgville, Jack Stuzin, Essex Thayer, Jack Tortolani, & Stefan Velculescu
2015’s inexorable winter STOP! by the B&G numbers days without GMS athletics 2 GMS snow days 5 total hours of GMS snow delays 16 total inches of snow on campus in 2015 44 1200 total fewer hours of GMS homework M AKE IT
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LEADING BY EXAMPLE by
Varun Maheshwari, B&G Staff with Xander Martin
RPCS - Close to the end of first period on Friday, April 17, we were called to the office - but we were not in trouble. We knew what it was about. After all, the three of us had come to school that morning wearing ties. Mr. Kelleher and Mrs. Martin met us in the lobby, and we all quickly ran over to RPCS. After waiting for a few minutes, the entire group of about one hundred people went into the lecture hall. We then listened to a presentation about what leadership really is and how to teach it.
At this Learning to Lead AIMS workshop, several teachers from other independent schools, members of the Student Leadership Development Committee, came to our table and asked about the Spencer Grace Book Drive. I took the lead in talking about this project because I had gone to deliver the books while Greg and Xander talked about logistics and other charitable projects that we do here in the Middle School. After the poster presentations, Mr. Jay Parker, Calvert School’s Leadership
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the SMY TH report
From left, eighth gr aders and GMS Student Council Officers Xander Martin, Varun Maheshwari, and Gregory Diette present GMS’s charitable projects to teachers from other area independent schools at an April 17 meeting at RPCS.
It was interesting to learn the teachers’ views on the subject and how educators from other school are introducing and teaching the concept of leadership to their students. At the end of the lecture, which ran for about an hour, we then went into different workshops. After the back-to-back workshops, we all headed over to the lawn outside of the RPCS’s athletic center, where five tables were set up for each school’s presentation on their respective leadership initiatives and clubs. The other schools present were Boys’ Latin, Calvert, Severn, and our hosts, RPCS.
Program Coordinator, called everyone over to thank them for coming and to urge them to continue promoting leadership at their respective schools. Ms. Alexander wanted to treat us for doing such a good job, so she personally went to Eddie’s to get us Coke and chips while we walked back to the GMS conference room and snacked on our sandwiches. All in all, it was a great learning experience and lots of fun for the three of us. We are glad that Mr. Kelleher, Mrs. Martin, and Ms. A. asked us to present... and let us miss our classes! photo courtesy of PKwiterovich
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At a special assembly on March 31, Goucher student Charlotte Khuner (right) and Professor Lisa Weiss (at piano) perform songs from Goucher President José Antonio Bowen’s song cycle based on Anne Fr ank: The Diary of a Young Girl . The performance was arr anged by Goucher Chaplain Cynthia Terry (P ’18, ’20).
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Hogwarts was based. There was also a grave for Sirius Black - but I am not so sure about this one: it was hand written. Later, we visited Edinburgh Castle and saw its different parts. My favorite was the kitchens, but Mr. Shock and Mr. Ford both said they liked the dungeons the best. Next, we saw the Honours of Scotland, the formal name for the Scottish Crown Jewels, and watched cannons fired at the Scott Monument at one o’clock. ~ Matt Rodgville (’20) Visiting the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh, Gilman’s combined choir held
“The first day was really a blur and a shock to all of us,” said Tyler Witherspoon. “We were all pretty tired.” Everyone had recharged their batteries by the morning, which was obvious from Quinn Armstrong, who was almost in tears after laughing so hard at breakfast. At this point, we were ready to go to Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that supplied the city of Nîmes with water. We explored the hiking paths that lead all the way up the hill adjacent to the ancient wonder and almost got stuck at the top because we could not figure out how to get down. From there, we headed to Arles and explored the open-air market where we were able to shop for lunch. While we chose what to buy, we were busy sightseeing, looking at all of different types of French foods and the ways they were prepared and sold.
was very concise, it was one of the best services I have ever attended. The children’s boychoir was truly amazing. In my opinion, Oxford was the best part of the trip, and I was very sad to leave. ~ Ben Richardson (’21) The final stop was London, and the Hounds toured the city with a vigorous passion, inspired by both its history as well as its people. We visited Westminster Abbey, the religious home of the British Royals, and spent time touring the British Museum, home to the Elgin Marbles of Greece and the Rosetta Stone. On our second day in London, which was also our final day in the United Kingdom, the Gilman Choir took a cruise down the Thames River to the Tower of London, where we saw the British Crown Jewels as well as Britain’s Grenadier Guards, the guards famous for their tall black hats and stoic demeanors. Questioning one Grenadier on duty, Upper Schooler Buck Davies (’16) asked, “Is your hat heavy?” The guard shook his head: no. “Do you feel like a boss?” Buck asked. The guard, like a boss, nodded: yes. After walking across the stately Tower Bridge, we scoured Borough Market for a variety of lunch foods, and we were then allowed to enter Southwark Cathedral for the final performance of our U.K. tour, which went extremely well. After a debriefing of the concert in the warm-up room, we caught the Tube to Green Park, where we took pictures in front of Buckingham Palace - the Queen was in residence! As we strolled to our final dinner later that evening, the GMSers and GUSers chatted their way to the restaurant, where we enjoyed the fanciest meal of the week. It was a fantastic evening, filled with hysterical jokes, playful banter, and a subtle reminiscence over what we had all just participated in. Then after dessert, we enjoyed humorous superlatives from the seniors, and heart-felt “thank yous” to the chaperones and to our beloved tour guide, Phil. The next morning, we left for the airport at seven on a damp, cloudy day. We boarded the plane at ten, sad to leave this awesome country but happy to be going home. ~ Noah Seth (’19) Our heartfelt thanks to Mrs. SeslerBeckman, Mr. Ford, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Mo, and Mr. Shock for all of the work they put into preparing us for this unique trip and for taking such great care of us in the U.K.! Tally-ho! photo courtesy of ESesler-Beckman
its first concert in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle, a fitting start to their fantastic eight days of touring and performing. As we left Scotland, our bus traveled south into England, passing by Hadrian’s Wall. We passed over the border from Scotland into England, watching vast beautiful landscapes of hills and wind farms roll by. ~ Thomas Langston (’20) Leaving the wall after eating lunch and taking #selfies for Instagram, we headed south to the old Saxon city of Durham, visiting Durham Cathedral before finally resting at our hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Arriving at the hotel, the Hounds hopped off of the bus and jumped into the pool before turning in for the night in Harrogate. The next morning, we all woke up to an early breakfast before heading out for our busiest day by far. Driving to the city of York, the GMSers and GUSers visited Jorvik Viking Centre, a powerful educational and olfactory experience. It featured several artifacts recovered in a 1970s archeological dig that uncovered an entire Viking village from 900 AD. Though the rank smell added to the viking ‘experience,’ it did not encourage us to stay for too long. The city of York was beautiful, and we were able to tour both the city as well as its famous cathedral, York Minster. Later that evening, we traveled to our host school, Ripon Grammar School, for our second performance. We rehearsed and performed with their Senior Girl’s Choir and Senior Men’s Choir, a.k.a. The Chaps. After meeting plenty of new people, we left the school with happy memories and new friends. We were back at the hotel by eight and enjoyed a delicious meal, which ended with sticky toffee pudding! The following day, before heading to London, the choir headed to the city of Coventry to visit Coventry Cathedral, a small church that was partially destroyed by German bombing during World War II. The new cathedral, built in 1951, stands in stark contrast to the Gothic structure of the orginial. Magnificent stained glass windows fill the space with beautiful colored light, while carvings of The Crucifixion on the wall are juxtaposed against scenes of the Holocaust. Leaving the city, the Hounds drove to the city of Oxford and had a chance to walk around the lush greens of Oxford University.
PARIS - We departed from Avignon on the TGV, traveling at nearly 200 mph. We played card games during the threehour trip in a coach that we had almost exclusively to ourselves. Stepping off the train and into Paris was like stepping into another world. The architecture was amazing. On the bus ride, we gazed at buildings decorated with beautiful carvings shooting out in perfect rows from town squares, resembling spokes on a wheel. Simply put, it is breathtaking and nothing like Baltimore. photo courtesy of DAbrams
Above, the Gilman singers pr actice with the choir from Ripon Gr ammar School; below, some 2020ers get ready for a pizza dinner in London.
we were in France when that happened.“ Wade Perry agreed, saying, “The best part of Avignon was hanging out with friends, playing cards, and looking at the scenery on the bus rides.” We bid ‘adieu’ to Provence from the Avignon train station, ready for a speedy ride on the TGV to Paris.
Left, the GMS Fr ance Trippers visit Pont du Gard in Provence; above, John McGowan has an amazing view of Paris atop the Arc de Triomphe.
After our incredible lunch, most of us took a spin on the carousel while others talked about the market stands and what we had brought before the entire group toured the ancient Arles Amphitheatre, which was the twelfth biggest arena built during the Roman Empire. Finn Arthur said, “The market in Arles was amazing. It was really great riding the carousel, and I got to eat some great pizza.” Back in Avignon for dinner, we walked across the Place du Palais from the hotel to la Moutardier where we ate braised pork loin and a savory lemon tart. On the third day of our trip, we traveled to Glanum, the ruins of an ancient Roman city, where we explored the stones and saw how the Romans lived in this sunny part of what was once Southern Gaul. We saw where they had built bathrooms, a swimming area, and the forum. We ended the night with another dinner near our hotel at Le Lutrin, eating a very nice meal of fried salmon, rice and vegetables, and a delicious chocolate mousse and warm chocolate cake. After another early wake-up call and quick breakfast on Day Four, we were sent back to our rooms to pack all of our bags for the train ride to Paris. Before we left Provence, though, we first went to Saint Paul de Mausole, an asylum where Van Gogh completed 143 of his works, for the most part painting the scenery around and inside of the monastery. After an improvised lunch, we went to Les Baux, a fortress and town high atop a plateau, and we learned about its history while walking around its narrow stone streets, full of shops and cafés. Mme. Eddinger said, “My favorite part was being on the bus and seeing the beautiful countryside. It really hit me that
We soon enjoyed our first of many Métro experiences. We had dinner at Orange, a restaurant next to the French version of the Apple Store. For an appetizer, we ate escargots, and many of the boys enjoyed the interesting salty and chewy texture. We concluded our first night with a memorable walk down the beautiful Champs-Élysées. Paris went by in a blur in which we made memories such as the passing of the torch under the Arc de Triomphe and walking down the steps of the Eiffel Tower. We visited three churches, SainteChapelle, Sacré-Couer, and Notre Dame. The stained glass windows in SainteChapelle’s second floor was a sight to behold, an overwhelming number of beautiful windows breathtaking in the sunlight, while Notre Dame’s amazing gothic architecture is not something any of us will soon forget. The Musée d’Orsay and, of course, the Louvre were primary museum visits. It was hard to believe that we actually saw the Mona Lisa. We also enjoyed a boat ride on the Seine River and can also recall all the striking bridges with locks of love attached to every space of railing. Throughout the trip, the French students were able to put their French to use. From farmers markets to street shops, we spoke French outside of the classroom, which was truly priceless. It was amazing to see the language we have been studying for years come to life. Kenny Ihenatu said, “It was great to be in Europe for my first time. All the anticipation leading up to the trip was really worth it.” Merci mille to Ms. Eddinger, M. Abrams, Mme. Abruzzo, Ms. Alexander, and Mr. Kelleher, all of whom made the trip so wonderful!
certamen (continued from page 1) slightly supercilious teams. While celebrating Gilman’s success, Mr. Burke and Ms. Anthony are already preparing for the state competition, held later this spring, on April 25 and 26 at Easton High School, as well as building a strong Certamen team for next year. Great job, Latin Hounds!
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The beautiful architecture and streets of Oxford were truly astounding. We went to the impressive Christ Church College of Oxford University. Its beautiful - but restricted grass was extremely green, due mostly to the STAY OFF THE GRASS signs that were everywhere. I envied the students who are lucky enough to go to this school. After that, we were allowed to roam the streets of Oxford in small groups and got to purchase souvenirs from many exquisite shops. We headed back to Christ Church to attend a traditional evensong. Although it
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Mr. Burke (top left) and Mr. Houston (top Right) pose with their amazing Latin Scholars and two trophies after the MDJCL’s Tuscaror a competition.
‘WE ALL GOT IT!’ GMS performers and visual artists display their talents at annual fine arts festival by
RPCS - The Annual Fine Arts Festival was held at RPCS on April 1, and as it does every year, the event featured the wonderful artistic talents of students from many different area independent schools. This year’s festival opened with a stunning performance of “Carillon Festival - Prelude” and “Dance Capriccio” by the GMS Handbell Choir, directed by Ms. Nkeba. GMS musicians continued to wow the crowd as the GMS Jazz Ensemble, led by Mr. Lander, played the “702 Shuffle.” The choir from Friends School sang “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” and “Peze Kafé.” The cast of the Gilman-RPCS Middle School Musical then reprised some marvelous numbers from their production of The Wiz, including “I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday” (Luke Sabracos, ’19), “Soon As I Get Home” (Ammara Elsevier, ’21), “Slide Some Oil to Me” (Alex DeVito, ’20), and
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Tyler Deane an ensemble cast performance of “Y’all Got It.” The Boys’ Latin Chorus sang a cheerful medley of retro tunes including “Do Wah Diddy,” “California Dreamin’,” and “Let’s Twist Again.” The St. Paul’s Crusader Choir then dazzled us with “Soli Deo Gloria” and “On Top of the World.” Bryn Mawr’s String Ensemble played “Dreams of a Midsummer Night,”and the Bryn Mawr Dance Company performed “Cirque dans la Neige.” Finishing up the afternoon of wonderful performances, Calvert School students performed excerpts from their musical “Oklahoma,” featuring the title song and “Pore Jud is Daid.” Throughout the festival, student artwork was displayed on a slideshow. The participants of the festival would like to give a special shout out of thanks to all of the teachers and chaperones that made this day and this celebration of artistic dedication and talent possible.
middle school tr aveling art show
Enzo Metsopoulos, B&G Staff
GMS - This year, Gilman’s Middle School events for GMS’s interscholastic track welcomed Nick Woel-Nogueira as a new team. In addition to runing track at member to the Hound family. Gilman, he has been playing baseball Though he was born in Pittsburgh, outside of school. Nick and his family moved to Baltimore Nick’s favorite class this year has been when he was about a year old, and until Math, and he has especially enjoyed his this year, he attended first-period class with school at The Mr. Culbertson. He Cathedral of Mary is looking forward to Our Queen, right his Honors Math class across Stony Run. His next year in the Upper younger sister, Ingrid, School. followed suit. Away from GMS The change of and homework, on one schools was a fairly Friday each month, easy one for Nick, Nick attends Friday since, living in Night Magic (FNM), Homeland, he was which is a sort of rather close to the tournament for the Gilman campus his card game Magic the whole life. Gathering, hosted at His joining the The Amazing Spiral, Gilman Class of 2019 ‘NWN’ is now a full-fledged Hound, a comics and gaming known for his easy-going nature. also was a welcome store in Belvedere back into the tri-school community for his Square. entire family, as his mom is a Bryn Mawr The Middle School is so glad to have graduate. enjoyed Nick’s thoughtful and positive After nearly a full year as a GMSer, presence as a part of our community for at Nick has loved Gilman’s athletic program least his eighth grade year at Gilman. and is currently running long-distance At long last, welcome, Nick! B&G Staff photo
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Baltimore Buildings Become Artists’ Canvases by
BALTIMORE - On April 17, Eighth Grade the BMA, where they were able to see large Spanish students went on a field trip that mosaics created between the first and sixth focused on artistic expression through centuries A.D. from the city of Antioch in modern-day Turkey. After completing murals and mosaics. a worksheet about Visiting the the mosaics, the Baltimore Museum field trip headed to of Art and seeing Southeast Baltimore murals painted on to see many vibrant walls throughout and colorful murals the city, Spanish painted on the students were able exterior walls of to see both the buildings, including work of the ancient some honoring muralists of Antioch the Baltimore and the work of local native singer Billie contemporary artists Holiday, on their in Baltimore City. way to lunch at La Inspired by Tolteca in Canton. Spanish class units Arriving at and an envy of the the restaurant just French students’ after one, Gilman’s annual trip to the Spanish students BMA and Petit enjoyed a hefty Louis, the trip authentic Mexican was intended to lunch of enchiladas, complement the tacos, burritos, Hounds’ recent and Spanish rice. study of Mexican Many attempted to muralists Diego conquer the massive Rivera, Jose Burrito Gordo...few Clemente Orozco, succeeded. and David Alfaro Happy and full, Siqueiros, who the field trippers painted scenes of the returned to Gilman Mexican revolution before athletics, and of poverty in having visited Mexico during the two very different early twentieth worlds, without ever century. leaving the confines Leaving after of Charm City. second period, the Thanks to all GMSers, chaperoned of the chaperones, by Sra. Mitchell, Ms. especially to Sra. Anthony, Sr. Digges, and and Mr. Anderson From top: GMS Spanish students walk Mitchell (making a surprise past one of many large mur als in Ms. Anthony for Baltimore City; Max Cortezi (left) and return to GMS for Freddie Allner dig into lunch at La dreaming up this the day), first visited Tolteca; a mur al by Michael W. Kirby. special Spnish day. photo courtesy of JAnthony
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In the week prior to Spring BReak, work from the Middle School Tr aveling Art Show was on display in the Daly Lobby, including (clockwise from top right): a design for Rita’s by Calvert School’s Margaux Trexler, GMS seventh gr ader Ethan Forrester’s “Home and Shoes,” an oil pastel lizard by Calvert’s Nico Kirkwood, a gr aphite portr ait by Boys’ Latin’s Liam Larney, GMS seventh gr ader Adam Masom’s “Greetings from Hawaii,” and flor al paintings by two eighth gr ade partnerships at Friends School. Thanks to Ms. Park for installing and displaying all of the artwork from GMS and other schools.
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SEVENTH GRADE CIVIL WAR TRIPS GMS EIGHTH GRADE by Jack
photo courtesy of AMasom
photo courtesy of AMasom
SHARPSBURG/ANTIETAM - On Confederate forces opened fire in the stormed, line by line, while being shot April 9, Mr. Shock’s and Mr. Daly’s early morning of the 17th. For the Union, at by Confederate forces on the slopes of seventh grade History classes embarked the fighting started in a cornfield whose towering adjacent hills. on a journey to the Antietam Battlefield. plants stood many feet above their heads. The Union, under the command of The students had watched a The soldiers did not know where the Ambrose Burnside, outnumbered the documentary on this particular battle in opposing army was, but they could hear the Confederates, and after hours of fighting, the days leading up to the trip. commands from the generals as well as the the Union forces took over the bridge, and On an energetic bus ride to Western gunfire reports that were aimed at them. General Burnside’s name henceforth was Maryland, the GMSers watched a The next phase occurred in The given to the little bridge. film about one of the Throughout our greatest boxers ever trip, we stopped at to step foot on this monuments dedicated planet, Muhammad Ali. to different brigades, Throughout the ride, generals, and armies. chants of “Ali Bomaye” This battle never could be heard from would have happened if anywhere on the bus. Union general George When we finally McClellan had not arrived in Sharpsburg, found the lost plans of we could either visit the Confederate General museum or walk around Robert. E. Lee. These parts of the battlefield plans are referred to as before our tour started. Special Order 191. For those who Also, some walked around the historians agree that if battlefield, we GMSers Left, Members of the Gilman 2020th gather inside the Maryland State Confederate General could all say this would Monument; right, the monument to the 124th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Thomas “Stonewall” have been a terrifying place during a war: Sunken Road, which came to be known as Jackson had not shown up late to the hills everywhere, trees to hide behind, and “Bloody Lane.” The Confederates had set battle, the Confederates would have won open plains where shots were being fired. up their troops in a bypass road that had the day at Antietam and perhaps the Sharpsburg, Maryland was certainly a been worn down by carriages over many entire war, too. place an American would not want to have years, and the Union troops were marching Accordingly, a different outcome in been on the day of September 17, 1862. in straight lines toward the lane. Sharpsburg might have caused European When our guide arrived, he talked to When the Confederates fired, countries to back the Confederacy, and us about the basic facts of the battle, not hundreds of Union men fell from musket the Union efforts would not have lasted going into too much detail. He told us bullets, but their spots were filled by other much longer than a month. about the armies and regiments fighting Union soldiers. This style of fighting On the much more tranquil bus in the battle, where each regiment was continued until the Union took the road ride home, the GMSers watched Pirates set up, and the times of each phase of the from the Confederates. of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black battle. The next and final phase of the Pearl, happy that we had returned safe The single-day engagement consisted day of fighting happened at Burnside’s and sound from our field trip to the site of three major phases. The first was the Bridge. Over this stone bridge that spans of the Single Bloodiest Day in American Bloody Cornfield, where Union and peaceful Antietam Creek, Union troops History.
GETTYSBURG: LIVING WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED by Jack
Tortolani and Stefan Velculescu
photo courtesy of DGrinnage
photo courtesy of DGrinnage
GETTYSBURG, PA - On April 9, the a mile away. On the walking tour, we looked at 2020ers who have Mr. Buchanan and Mr. To wrap up the bus tour, we visited monuments, including the imposing State Downs for U.S. History traveled to the Little Round Top and the area where of Pennsylvania Monument. Gettysburg battlefield. The guide taught us about different Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, a relative of On our trip there, we finished our very own Mr. Chamberlain, defended types of fences, some used for animals watching the movie and some used Gettysburg, which for protection we had begun and cover when during study halls battling. We in the days prior to also learned the trip. about the Upon arriving different types in Gettysburg and of artillery at the battlefield’s and rifles that national park, half had grooves of us took a walking on the inside tour, and the other to improve half went on a bus a shooter’s tour. accuracy and On the bus tour distance. in the morning, the As we first monuments Left, GMSers stop to look at the rows of gr ave markers of soldiers who lost their walked around, lives at Gettysburg; right, an artillery memorial looks over the peaceful ground. that we visited were we also saw near the sites of the first day of combat. the Union left flank from Major General smaller statues and monuments of Union General Buford’s dismounted John B. Hood’s 4th and 5th Texas regiments soldiers, cannons, and other objects cavalry troopers and infantry and the 15th and 47th Alabama regiments. symbolizing various important aspects reinforcements managed to slow the The walking tour was even more of the battlefield. For example, a soldier Confederate advance of General A.P. interesting as the GMS troops were able to with a certain hat, gun, and clothing could Hill’s Confederate III Corps. Major walk around the battlefield, taking pictures represent a battery, which is a basic unit General John Reynolds was shot by a and learning more about this critical battle. of soldiers. Confederate soldier in this part of the There is so much that can be taken Some of the students described the battle and was the highest-ranking person emotion they were feeling as having away from this day spent on the fields of to be killed at Gettysburg. butterflies in their stomachs. After all, battle at Gettysburg, and the trip will be We also visited the impressive we were walking where thousands upon very memorable. Virginia Monument, with the statue of thousands of men, both Union and Thanks to Mr. Buchanan and Mr. General Robert E. Lee that faces one of Confederate, were killed fighting for what Downs for planning and chaperoning this General George G. Meade, standing over they believed in. walk through American history.
MUSIC STUDENTS ENJOY BSO CONCERT AT MEYERHOFF by
MIDTOWN - Each semester, the Eighth Grade Music elective focuses on a music analysis project, ultimately ending in the students’ attending a concert given by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra comprising the particular pieces studied. On Thursday, April 9, our special evening on the town began in room 206, where we ate a delicious Italian dinner while listening to lovely presentations given by our classmates. These projects consisted of interpretations of the music that we would be listening to, ranging from festivals to Tom and Jerry. After learning more about both Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, the students took a bus to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, chaperoned by Mrs. Sesler-Beckman, Mrs. Abruzzo, Mr. Burke, Mr. Kelleher, and Ms. Park. Once we arrived and received our tickets, we had our photo taken, standing on the main steps of the lobby before proceeding to our seats. photo courtesy of ESesler-Beckman
walking in the soldiers’ footsteps at antietam
After the concert, GMS’s Music-8 students are given an on-stage lesson by Principal Timpanist James Wyman.
As soon as conductor Marin Alsop (P ’21) stepped onto the stage, there was a thunderous applause. She raised her baton and went right into Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which was six minutes of pure joy and excitement. Right afterwards, British flautist Adam Walker performed a newly composed flute concerto written by contemporary composer Kevin Puts. This was the first performance of the concerto on the east coast and only the second performance ever played. During intermission, the boys stretched out, ate some free chocolate, and got ready for the next half of the concert. The minute the lights dimmed, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 began. After forty-five minutes of intense Tchaikovsky, the GMS group headed toward the front of the hall to receive a guided backstage tour. The first portion of the tour was spent with principal timpanist James Wyman. He taught us the basics of his instrument and even took us to his percussion studio backstage. The last part of the tour was spent at the BSO’s library. Here, the group saw hundreds of piles of music, and we even met one of the librarians to learn exactly how the music library functions. After the amazing evening, we got back on the bus and arrived at Gilman around 10:30, much later than expected. Most of us were not yet done with our evenings as we still had homework to complete. But no matter what time we went to bed, we had a magnificent night, and it was all worth it. Thanks to Mrs. SeslerBeckman for planning it all and to the teachers who joined us for an evening of beautiful music.
3 truths & 1 lie Do you know your fellow GMSers well enough to tell fact from fiction? MATT PANG, 6th Grade
JACK WITHERSPOON, 7th Grade
He likes pizza. He likes recess. He takes ballet. He plays tennis.
‘can somebody hit the lights?’ B&G Staff reports ROLAND PARK - At first, we were all ready to blame Ms. Dimaio. A few minutes into her assembly on March 26, the power suddenly went out in the Alumni Auditorium...and all over campus...and throughout the Roland Park neighborhood. After everyone sat for a few seconds (rather) quietly in the Auditorium, Mr. Flint received word from Mr. Hoffman over his walkie-talkie that the entire Gilman School campus was down. Dr. Kwiterovich made the snap decision to send all of the students out for an extended recess while teachers readied to kick it ‘old school’ in their classrooms until the lights came back on. Evidently, a road construction crew working on Roland Avenue just outside the Auditorium accidentally hit a main power line, which caused the massive outage that affected houses as far away as Homeland. Sighs (from both students and a few teachers) went through the halls as the lights came back on during fourth period. Despite regaining power campus
wide, the administrators had already come up with the idea to order pizzas to feed the populations of both the Middle and Upper Schools. After all, no power meant no ovens in the Lumen Center. Somehow, 90 pizzas were magically delivered to the Middle School right before the end of fourth period, and Ms. Morcomb, Ms. Lansinger, Ms. Parson, Dean Martin, and Ms. Alexander magically created a lunchline in the Daly Lobby to serve every student and teacher. GMSers definitely enjoyed the spontaneous pizza, but many were disappointed not to have had the rest of the day cancelled. “I would have rather gone home,” said Folahan Koleosho (’19). Classmate Calvin Watkins agree in part, saying, “Yes, but tenders would have been better.” Despite the rumors that quickly circulated around the darkened halls, Dr. K. said that the plan was never to call off the rest of the day of school, but if the power had not come back on, athletics would have been canceled. (Darn.)
He regrets watching Anime. He has touched a billionaire. He has been to more than one concert. He has a family member who lives in Syria.
He is a first-generation American. He lives in a trailer during the summer. He believes Old Bay is the Spice of the Gods. His favorite place on fall Saturdays is Notre Dame’s football stadium.
hound found 2019
A-VERY GREAT GUY by Jalen
Rucker, B&G Staff
B&G Staff photo
GMS- “My parents actually wanted me athlete, he is a very hard worker in the to go to Loyola, but I convinced them classroom, too. His favorite class has that Gilman was the right place for me,” been Ancient History with Mr. Downs, said Avery Merlo, who became a GMSer and he loves learning about the past to back in August. understand the future. Avery had attended Dumbarton His favorite teacher is Mr. Downs, Middle School, where he made many about whom Avery says, “I love his energy friends, one of them being Joe Mather, in the classroom, and the homework load who also became a isn’t too much to Hound this year. bear.” “The best part Avery enjoys about this year for me hanging out with was playing on the his old friends every soccer team,” he said. Friday, playing “It was my first time soccer, and if he playing on a school doesn’t have too team, and I was able many Math lotteries to compete with many to write, watching of my friends.” The Walking Dead His favorite and Survivor. professional soccer As the Class of team is Chelsea FC, 2019 will be in the and his favorite player Avery is a true Hound, talented in Upper School in a few the classroom and on the fields. is Eden Hazard. months, Avery plans Avery also currently plays on GMS’s on taking Honors Algebra II, Honors interscholastic baseball team, where he Latin, Honors Physics, and he will be leads off and plays centerfield. trying Spanish for the first time. Avery says that Coaches “I’m looking forward to a little bit Chamberlain and Marner are a nice mix more freedom and the challenge that between serious at times and humorous. Upper School brings.” “It’s really great to improve my skills and A big brother to a brother and a sister, mature with the wisdom of two great Avery Merlo is a charismatic, intelligent, coaches.” and all in all a fantastic addition to the Though Avery is an exceptional Class of 2019. Welcome, Avery!
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TOWSON - Amid much anticipation, for both the 38mm and 42mm models. However, the new product only is Apple has come out with a new product compatible with the iPhone - sorry, kids this spring: the Apple Watch. During a visit to the Apple Store with iPads - and only if that phone is running IOS 8.2 or in Towson, I was higher. able to interview an One of the most Apple representative innovative features on and garner some the watch is its way information about this of displaying apps product right from the so that the wearer source. can simultaneously In addition to view many of them displaying the time, on a small screen. It the watch is also displays the apps on another screen for your a single page in the iPhone but adds some But can I write an essay on it additional features: it for Mr. Byrne’s class? shape of a hexagon, has the ability to send short texts and which means no more scrolling through emails; it can act as a hotel room key; it pages of apps. can be used as a Fandango movie ticket; Although you can order an Apple and the watch can also work with Apple Watch online today, you will have to Pay and Siri. The Apple watch also wait to get your hands on one, as all of the contains its own fitness apps. models have been backordered through Another appealing feature about the June to August, varying from model to watch is the variety of aesthetic choices mode. that Apple provides its customers. Apple is confident, however, that the Instead of requiring a bulky case for color owners will find the watch is well worth and style, Apple provides myriad colors the wait. and different styles of faces and bands Time will tell.
DR. MO, Teacher
Floersheimer, B&G Staff
He likes Oreos. He plays lacrosse. He listens to music. He loves his dog, Charlie.
ROBERT FUCHS, 8th Grade
global media-tech giant WATCH: OUT. releases apple watch by John
faces & fun
Can you recognize your fellow GMSers from just their flow?
issue 5, march-april 2015
issue 5, march-april 2015 sports
lakers hand hounds 3rd-str aight loss hounds dominate dons in distances by Joe
B&G Staff reports
Mather, B&G Staff
BOYS’ LATIN - The Hounds were handed their third straight loss to start the season, falling to the Lakers, 9-5, on April 16. Starter Joe Mather pitched 5 innings and gave up 7 runs, and Luke Daily gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief. Once again, GMS jumped out to an early lead, scoring 3 runs in the top of the first inning, but they could not plate another run until the fifth. In their first at-bat, the Lakers
responded with 4 runs of their own to take the lead. In the sixth inning, Mather led off with a single, which Aleksei Guzman followed with a double. Cole Iampieri’s 4-3 ground ball out plated Mather for the Hounds’ final run. Walks yielded by pitchers, outfielders missing cutoffs, and a few errors were what really did in GMS on the day and sent the Hounds to an 0-3 start.
Loyola 15, GMS 4 In the Hounds’ second game, they were no match for the Dons. Starter Morgan Zinn gave up one run in the first, and then in the second, GMS scored four runs all on walks. Gilman had several chances with runners in scoring position but could not produce any more runs. Zinn left in the third inning, having given up five total runs. Aleksei Guzman came in and struck out two in his first inning of relief before the Dons scored five runs of their own on walks. In the end, walks, wild pitches, and the lack of hitting are what really hurt the Hounds en route to their second loss.
McDonogh 12, GMS 5 In the Hounds’ first baseball game, they fell to the Eagles in a 12-5 blowout. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, GMS’s fielders let pitcher John McGowan down. The Hounds’ openingday starter threw strikes and made the Eagles put the ball in the play, but the defense did not help him out. When Morgan Zinn entered in relief in the third inning, GMS trailed 10-4. Aleksei Guzman contributed with two RBI and one hit. Will Gildea also recorded an RBI, while Avery Merlo, Morgan Zinn, Guzman, and Joe Mather all had a hit in the game.
BIRDS FACE 2015 SEASON OF QUESTIONS: WILL BUCK’S BOYS HAVE THE ANSWERS? by Joe
Mather, B&G Staff
photo courtesy of APImages
SARASOTA - While I sat in the stands also looking to regain his health and to of Ed Smith Stadium during Spring be the All-Star level player he once was. Break, it was clear that the Orioles have Wieters was one of the top catchers in the league and started off the 2014 season many things to look forward to in 2015. At the same time, manager batting .308 before undergoing Tommy Buck Showalter, who has effectively John surgery. This caused concern for resurrected the team in the last four-plus the club due to the fact they had lost some 25 home runs and years while leading his superb defense the O’s to two behind the plate. playoff appearances, Coming into the has some questions spring, Witers was to answer this feeling better about summer. I will do his arm and was my best to play both almost ready to play. G.M. and manager He DHed during the and answer the big spring and made his ones here: debut as a catcher 1) Will Chris Davis on March 17. He have a comeback year? then reinjured his Coming off of O’s fans will all be this happy if arm just a couple of a twenty-five game Manny can play 150-plus games. suspension, Davis is looking to make weeks into the spring season, and the up the 40-plus home runs that were O’s announced that he would begin the lost when Nelson Cruz signed with season on the DL. I believe that when the Seattle Mariners. After crushing 53 Wieters gets healthy again he will home runs in 2013, Davis had a down help push the Orioles farther into the 2014 with only 23 HRs and 72 RBI. postseason this year. Batting .250 in spring training with 3 4) What will the Starting rotation look like? Before this spring, the Orioles were dingers, Davis has already shown some improvement from his previous season. looking at Ubaldo Jimenez and his $50-million contract, but early in the 2) Can Manny Machado stay healthy? After a fantastic year in 2013 and 2015 season, he has had some great starts. helping the Orioles find the Second This throws a curveball in manager Coming of Brooks Robinson at third Buck Showalter’s decision. A month ago, I would have said base, Machado fell victim to injuries. While swinging during an at bat versus that the starting rotation was going to the Yankees, Machado twisted his be Chris Tillman as the number one, knee and tore a ligament. This was the Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzales, Bud second time in the last two years that he Norris, and Kevin Gausman. With Jimenez now pitching well again, it made has had a serious injury with his knee. The surgery for Machado went very sense that Showalter moved Gausman to well, and he is back in the lineup and is the bullpen and gave Jimenez the final looking good. In my opinion, Machado starting spot in the rotation. If the Orioles can fix all of these and Davis will both return to level they reached before they were out of the O’s problems, mainly keeping players off of the D.L., there is no doubt in my mind day-to-day line-up. that they will make it deeper into the 3) Can Matt Wieters stay healthy? In a contract year, the O’s catcher is playoffs than they did in 2014.
LOYOLA - The Hounds raced to another team victory in the meet held at Loyola on April 16, thanks in large part to the GMSers’ superb performances in the middle and long-distance events. Eighth grader Nichi Pandey won the 400m, and his 57.78 was nearly a twosecond improvement over his season’s best meet time. Fellow 2019er Jake Diaz took third, running a 1:02.79. Pandey, Diaz, and classmates Andrew Diehl and Evan Gilbert finished first in the 4x400m relay (4:22.08). Keith Roberts (’19) earned GMS
another first-place finish, running the 800m in 2:25.95, and Ben Levinson (’19) finished second in the 1600m (5:36.40). Roberts and Diaz earned more points for the Hounds by placing second and third, respectively, in the long jump, while Daniel de Leon placed first in the shot put (35-05.5). In the sprints, GMS finished first in the 4x100m with the eighth grade quartet of Khari Jones, Ethan Hoskins, Tentee Montgomery, and Diaz running a combined 49.15. Hoskins also ran to a second-place finish in the 100m (12.18).
gms begins season with impressive win by
Grant Emry, B&G Staff
LOYOLA - No foolin’: GMS’s track team kicked off its season with a windy win on April 1, beating the host Dons, McDonogh, Severn, and Concordia Prep (formerly Baltimore Lutheran). The Hounds dominated in long jump and shot put without missing a beat. In the former, Keilan Robinson (’19) jumped an astounding 4.83 meters to take first place. GMS dominated the shot put with eighth graders Daniel de Leon and Noah Seth both putting the shot over 10 meters. In an unfortunate turn in the running events, the Hounds’ A team, composed of 2019ers Tentee Montgomery, Ethan Hoskins, Khari Jones, and Robinson, ran an amazing 49.39 but was DQed because a runner stepped off of the track. GMS’s B team - Greg Diette (’19), Jordan Bonardi (’20), de Leon, and Seth - ran a commendable 54.62. Ben Levinson (’19) found new competition in a Severn runner, who beat Levinson for first in the 1600, though Ben still finished with a great time at 5.35.
In the 100m, Robinson showed his amazing speed running a great race in under 12 seconds and easily taking first. GMS runners Hoskins, Montgomery, and Jones all ran great races as well, each running under 13 seconds. In the 800m, Keith Roberts (’19) ran hard out of the gate and finished in 2:26, easily placing second. Fellow 2019 Hounds Ryan McMahon and Enzo Metsopoulos finished close behind. Montgomery (25.45) and Jones (27.1) showed off their speed again placing first and second, respectively, in the 200m. In the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay, the Hounds’ A team made up of eighth graders Jacob Diaz, Andrew Diehl, Evan Gilbert, and Nichi Pandey had a great race finishing in 4:24 with the B team - seventh graders Hunter Hamer, Jackson Shelby, Ben Peake, and Zak Tini - finishing in 4:56. After this superb opening meet performance, the track team hopes to keep Coach Summers’ undefeated streak alive.
hounds again ready to r ace to the front by
Enzo Metsopoulos, B&G Staff
GMS - The 2015 GMS interscholastic track team is off to a promising start, with many individual times looking positive thanks in part to the massive number of people on the roster this year. With many promising additions to the team, everyone is adjusting well to the track workouts and what Coach Summers and her assistants have asked of the players. Coach Summers, who rather famously has never lost a middle school track meet during her tenure as GMS Head Coach, is looking forward to the team’s first meet of the year and is eager to see how the team performs in competition. In the sprints and middle distances, returning eighth graders Tentee Montgomery and Nichi Pandey lead
the pack, along with new student and addition to the team Keilan Robinson. Seasoned long-distance runner Ben Levinson (’19) will set the pace in the 1600, though this year’s squad will field the smallest number of the group by far. Keith Roberts (’19) should capitalize on a strong fall cross country season by leading GMS in the 800. The shot put and long jump field events have filled up with a surprising amount of GMS competitors, led by 2019ers Daniel de Leon, Zach Franks, and Noah Seth in the shot put and by Robinson, Montgomery, and seventh grader Jackson Shelby. With nearly everyone improving on their initial times and distances in early practices, the track team is looking poised for another superb season.
TENNIS (continued) team to play the people ranked directly above them, challenging them for their spots. In addition, unlike some leagues in which all of the doubles matches combine to count for one ‘point,’ each doubles match counts for a point, making them an essential part of the matches. During the season, a typical week
consists of one day to work on a particular skill, one day to challenge the other players to matches to determine ranking, two matches with other schools, and a day with a fun activity. Coach Digges has high hopes that this team will be able to match, if not improve upon, last year’s record of only one lost match.
issue 5, march-april 2015 sports
Finn Council, B&G Staff
Seth Hardy, B&G Staff
third-str aight sweep gms blanks loyola road warriors steal hounds dominate dons makes hounds 6-0 in rematch at home win over severn, 9-6 for third win of season GILMAN - GMS’s winning streak continued with another sweep, this one over Boys’ Latin on April 20, as the Hounds improved to 6-0 on the season. Despite the lopsided team match score, the individual singles matches were close. At spots #1 through #4, respectively, John Maragakis won 8-3, Carson Amiot won 8-5, Lucas Yim won 8-4, and Brandon Ahearn also won 8-4. The same story was told in the doubles matches, as Freddie Allner and Asher Cordish won 8-4 in first doubles, and Finn Arthur and Rich Kim won 8-5 in third doubles. At #2 doubles, Finn Council and Luke Morrill shut out their opponents.
bruins no match for undefeated hounds GILMAN - GMS’s tennis team improved to 4-0 with a strong performance against Park on April 13. Because rain prevented their April 8 match against McDonogh, this match was the Hounds’ home opener. All ten Greyhounds came ready to play, and all seven matches were won by Gilman for the second time this season. First singles player John Maragakis, fourth singles player Freddie Allner, second doubles team Finn Arthur and Luke Morrill, and third doubles team Finn Council and Rich Kim all won their matches 8-1. Lucas Yim won 8-2 at the #3 singles spot. Carson Amiot played a close match at the #2 singles spot but came out on top (86). At first doubles, Brandon Ahearn and Asher Cordish played another close match, winning 8-5. Being the only GMS team with home games in 2015, the tennis team hopes to keep defending the home court and continue their dominant streak in their upcoming matches.
GILMAN - The Hounds swept their opponents for the third time this season, as they defended their home courts against the Dons on April 17 and improved to 5-0. GMS had begun the 2015 season with a road win against Loyola, and Coach Digges’ roster has only improved in the last three weeks. The singles players showed no signs of weakness. At third singles, Lucas Yim did not give up a game, and Freddie Allner was nearly as perfect in fourth singles, winning 8-1. At the #1 spot, John Maragakis won 8-2, and Carson Aimiot won his second singles match, 8-3. GMS’s first doubles team of Brandon Ahearn and Asher Cordish also notched a shutout. Playing #2 doubles, Finn Council and Luke Morrill won 8-2, and Finn Arthur and Rich Kim, the #3 doubles team, were nearly as strong, winning 8-3.
hounds pass test versus crusaders ST. PAUL’S - On April 9, GMS’s tennis team continued to dominate the MIAA competition, besting St. Paul’s 6-1 on its Har-Tru clay courts. In the six individual wins, the Hounds yielded only 8 total games to their opponents, and Freddie Allner (#4 singles) and Brandon Ahearn and Asher Cordish (#1 doubles) won 8-0. At first and second singles, respectively, John Maragakis and Carson Amiot were only slightly challenged, both winning 8-3. Lucas Yim won at #3 singles (8-1), and Finn Arthur and Luke Morrill also only lost one game in their second doubles match. Playing third doubles, Finn Council and Rich Kim suffered GMS’s only loss on the day, falling 8-2 as the team moved to 3-0 on the season.
gms improves to 2-0 hounds open with convincing 6-1 win on young season BOYS’ LATIN - Coming off a win against Loyola, the Hounds continued their hot start to the tennis season against the Lakers. Although six out of the seven matches were won by Gilman, they were not blowouts. GMS started the day strong by winning three of the four singles matches. Although all of the matches were close, two were closer than the others. At the #1 spot, John Maragakis won in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (73), while Freddie Allner came up just short, 7-8 (5-7). Carson Amiot and Lucas Yim won 8-6 and 8-5, respectively, at third and fourth singles. The Hounds also swept in doubles. From the #1 to #3 spots, in order, Brandon Ahearn and Asher Cordish won 8-6, Finn Arthur and Luke Morrill won 8-4, and Finn Council and Rich Kim won 8-6.
LOYOLA - The Hounds started their season strong with a win over the Dons. The team had just finished their try-outs the day before, but they were ready to play. Every single one of the GMSers brought his A game as Gilman won all of the seven matches, including shutouts by John Maragakis and Lucas Yim at the #1 and #4 spots, respectively. The other singles matches also went well for the Hounds. At the #2 spot, Carson Amiot won, 8-4, and Freddie Allner came up with a 8-5 victory at #3. Just like the singles matches, everything went well for GMS in doubles play. Brandon Ahearn and Asher Cordish, Finn Arthur and Luke Morrill, and Finn Council and Rich Kim all won their doubles matches by identical 8-3 scores.
evenly skilled roster will strengthen 2015 team by John
Floersheimer, B&G Staff
GMS - Once the warm weather finally arrived, the tennis team was able to head onto the courts. Coach Digges was thrilled to start tryouts as the first match rapidly approached right as the roster of 2019ers was finishing up its seven-point tie-break challenge matches. According to Coach Digges, cuts were not easy to make, as many of the players are at a similar level, but the round-robin tryout allowed each player to play every other player head-to-head. This relatively even skill and
experience level from top to bottom, though somewhat challenging to sift out in tryouts, has already helped the team during the season. In matches, only the top four seeded players out of the total of ten on the roster will play singles; players #5-10 will pair up for three doubles matches. As with most tennis teams, GMS’s ladder may change throughout the season as Coach Digges allows the members of the
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SEVERN - GMS improved to 4-0-1 on the season, holding off a late rally by the Admirals on April 16. The Hounds had led the entire game and held a 9-4 advantage with just four minutes to play in the fourth quarter when Severn netted two late goals. GMS’s offense was again led by attackman Billy Spilman (3 goals and 1 assist) and middie William Godine (3 goals). Throughout the game, the Hounds struggled to move the ball up the field to their attackmen and had difficulty scooping up groundballs.
gms and mcdonogh battle to 10-10 tie McDONOGH - In the third game of GMS’s lacrosse season, the Greyhounds met their first stalemate of 2015, battling to a 10-10 tie against the host Eagles. The Hounds started the game slowly, held in check by a few errors and a lack of communication on both sides of the field. By the end of the half, McDonogh held a 7-4 lead, despite goals from Will Godine, James Schloeder, and Billy Spilman. GMS came out stronger in the second half, with Godine working hard on the face-offs, and the offense going on a 6-1 run to make it 10-8. Andy Andrews scored twice in the second half. The game was very physical, and the Greyhound defense constantly let the opponents know what they were up against. Hank Bethel, Alex Lawson, and even goalie Parker Pearce got a piece of the action as all three converged on a McDonogh shooter to stop one attack. At the other end of the field, Schloeder contributed to the Hounds’ offense with a long range shot rocketed into the net that gave GMS another goal. Schloeder led the Hounds with three goals on the day. With less than a minute left to play in the game, Xander Martin used his stick to stop an Eagle shot that almost bounced past Pearce and into the net, keeping the score tied at 10.
hounds open 2015 season with 8-5 win over stags SEMINARY PARK - In GMS’s first game of the 2015 season, the Hounds proved to be superior to the Stags, winning 8-5, courtesy of contributions at nearly every position. James Schloeder led the attack from the midfield, scoring three goals and feeding the ball to the rest of the offense. Fellow middies Andy Andrews and William Godine both scored one goal each. Attackman Tyler Witherspoon scored two goals to extend the Hounds’ lead. LSM Graham O’Brien roamed all over the field, scooping up groundballs and playing key defense up top. The Greyhounds’ defense was solid throughout the game with great help from the middies. Goalie Parker Pearce was very vocal and led the defense to many stops. Looking forward to a season with no home games, GMS’s Road Warriors started the 2015 campaign in fine fashion.
2015 IM BASEBALL STANDINGS as of april 21
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LOYOLA - On April 14, the Hounds earned their third win of the season, beating the Dons, 10-4. GMS’s offense was led by Billy Spilman, who scored 4 goals and tallied 2 assists, and William Godine (3 goals and 1 assist), as Gilman led for the entire game. James Schloeder, who helped the Hounds on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, scored a man-down goal, off of a feed by Godine, with two seconds left on the clock in the third quarter. Isaac Lee also played a major defensive role, and Godine also contributed in the face-off circle, battling it out to give GMS possession on nearly every restart. Coach Daly said, “Andy Andrews has led the team with tenacious fullfield play while Xander Martin has anchored the defense through his play and communication, often directing his teammates while guarding the opponent’s best attackman.” GMS 11, HEREFORD 3 The Hounds dominated the Bulls, 11-3, on April 1. GMS played nearly unstoppable defense, only missing one slide throughout the entire game. Attackman Tyler Witherspoon helped the Greyhounds on the other end of the field with two goals, and middie William Bolin had a pushin goal, hitting the ball into the net like a hockey stick off a feed from attackman Billy Spilman. Chris Kulik dominated on face-offs, winning well over half the battles. Due to their teamwork and strong communication, the Hounds were able to bring home another win to go 2-0 on the young season.
SEVENTH GRADE LACROSSE 2020ers proudly earn
first win in opener by Jack
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GLENELG - Nothing like starting with a win. GMS’s first-ever all-seventh-grade interscholastic lacrosse team began its 2015 season with a 6-2 victory over the Dragons on April 15. After sixth period, the 2020ers all donned their Gilman gear proudly and rubbed on vicious-looking eye black. With spirits high, they walked down to the bus and headed to Glenelg. At Glenelg, the players formed two lines to walk down to the field, marching to the field with heads high ready to represent Gilman with their best. Despite the nerves present on the Gilman side, the Hounds started off quickly, scoring four goals in the first and holding the opposing Dragons scoreless. Pierce Washburn netted GMS’s first goal. From there, Gilman started to take long stretches of time to run plays and to control the game. At the half, the Hounds led 5-0, behind additional goals from Will Rice, Jack Tortolani, Ned Gildea, and Max Carneal. To start the second half, the Dragons gained some confidence by scoring twostaight goals and maintaining possession. Gildea scored his second goal to seal the win. With great performances by Fen Colston, Wallace Halpert, and the entire defense, the Hounds were able to prevail with a great opening win and hope to do the same in their next three games.