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All ACC Academic

Three Greyhounds turned Tar Heels earned ACC Academic Honor Roll honors: classmates Jack Halpert '15, Andy Matthews '15 and Kevin Walker '15. Matthews was also named to the All-ACC Academic Men's Lacrosse Team. Read more on

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Miller Wins Maryland Open

A tip of the hat goes out to Brad Miller '08 for earning the prestigious distinction of winning the 96th Maryland Open golf championship with an impressive 68-68-72. Miller, a former 1st team all MIAA and Gilman standout, continues to add to his growing list of golfing accomplishments. Read more about his win. Congratulations, Brad!

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Repairing the World

Jordan Yaffe '17 was one of 15 national recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkum Olam Awards for 2017. The awards recognize Jewish teens exemplifying the spirit of tikkun olam, which means "repairing the world." Jordan founded Dunks for Diabetes (D4D) as a community service project for his Bar Mitzvah to raise funds for diabetes research. Since beginning the initiative, D4D tournaments have engaged more than 1,000 players and 100 volunteers over 10 tournaments and raised $29,207. Learn more about all the awardees and the Diller Teen Tikkum OlamAwards here.

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Nail by Nail

Sam Frank '08 and his business partner Shea Frederick hope to revitalize Greenmount West one nail at a time. Their firm, Four Twelve Development, began in 2013 with a full rehab on a vacant property. Their most current project is new construction on four adjacent vacant lots. The two also serve the neighborhood through community activities. Check out their work on their website.

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Homecoming for a Good Cause

Lions OLB Brandon Copeland '09 returned to campus to hold his second annual "Beyond the Basics," a free football camp for youth, on July 8. He was joined by Titans WR Darius Jennings '11 plus 17 additional NFL players.

In addition to teaching football drills, the camp is an opportunity for youth ages 12 to 17 to interact with role models and help them realize their potential. Participants received free health screenings and physicals and the opportunity to qualify for prizes awarded for character traits shown during the camp.

Brandon's work off of the football field was detailed in this Baltimore Sun article.

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Heading Home

Melvin Keihn '14 travels this summer to Liberia, his home country, for a surprise reunion with his mother. Keihn, who plays football at University of Maryland, fled the country with his stepmother when he was eight. Read the Baltimore Sun article.

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Senate Run

Del. Chris West '68 (R) announced that he will seek the state Senate seat currently held by Democrat Jim Brochin (District 42, Baltimore County). West has represented District 42B, Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates since January 14, 2015.

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Sheets to Sox

Gavin Sheets '14 has been drafted 49th by the Chicago White Sox out of Wake Forest. This Baltimore Sun article tells the story. Congratulations to Gavin and his proud father, our own Coach Larry Sheets!

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And the Tony Award Goes to...

Lighting Designer Bradley King '02 has won a Tony award for his Broadway debut, the musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Here's a clip of his acceptance speech.

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Being Your Best Self

Gilman AD Tim Holley, Jr. '77 recently spoke to a group of more than 60 US Naval Sea Cadets and Boy Scouts, ranging from 11 to 17 years old, in Baltimore City. He stressed the importance of "being your best self" and not giving in to peer pressure. A veteran Naval Officer, Holley regaled the attentive nautical audience with stories of life in the Navy, as a collegiate athlete and about the rigors of attending Gilman and the University of Pennsylvania.

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The San Francisco Business Times quotes Peter Baldwin '74 in an article about the Wikimedia Foundation:

"Peter Baldwin, a history professor at UCLA and board member of the Arcadia Fund, a private foundation that tracks and preserves endangered culture, said the Wikimedia sites are 'the most democratic form of spreading knowledge.'" Read the full article.

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Will Bartz named Varsity Basketball Head Coach

Will Bartz '99 has been named Gilman's new Varsity Basketball Head Coach, succeeding Owen Daly, who resigned upon his appointment as the new Director of Admissions for the Upper School. Bartz attended F&M College, where he served as a student assistant basketball coach and a graduate assistant under the legendary Glenn Robinson. He comes to Gilman from Indian Creek School in Anne Arundel County, where he taught math and became the first basketball coach in school history. In addition to coaching basketball at Gilman, Bartz will be teaching Upper School math.

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Winning Coach

"Coach [AC George '74] told us about how long we haven't won a city championship and we had to do that. Our captain told us to work our hardest and we'll win and we trusted him and put our effort into it and won. It feels pretty good," Bluford Drew Jemison player Kaku Tutu said in the Baltimore Sun. A.C.'s team won the Baltimore City Division B boys lacrosse championship. Read the article on the Sun site. Way to go, Coach George!

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