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Fun with Drones

During the fall 18 boys Middle School studied engineering, soldering, aerial photography and FAA guidelines in the after school Drone Club. Led by Global Air Media founders Eno Umoh '04 and Austin Brown '05, over the course of eight week each boy built and flew his own drone. They took great pride in their work and, at the end of the session, got to keep their drone. Click here for a slide show of the boys at work. In the spring a new group will take over the Middle School's Innovation Lab after school.

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Reading Funds NICU

An article in the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation magazine features Gilman Lower School students, who raised more than $27,000 for the Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through Gilman's 2015 Read-A-Thon. Recently several of the boys -– now fifth graders -- attended the ribbon cutting for an upgraded, state-of-the-art NICU room that offers parents and infants more privacy and comfort. The boys are proud of the sign outside the room, which reads "Generously Funded by Gilman Lower School." One student said, '"How cool is that? [Years from now] I'll be able to say I went to that school and helped these babies." Read the full story here.

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Great Golf

Another tip of the hat goes out to Jairus Gaines '18 for winning the 2017 Faldo Series New Jersey Championship golf tournament held this past weekend at the Architects Golf Club in Phillipsburg, NJ. Despite challenging weather conditions, Jairus carded an impressive 71-73 to earn a 1 stroke victory at the prestigious IJGT tour event. Congratulations, Jairus!

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JV Water Polo Wins MIAA Championship

Water Polo history was made when Gilman's JV team defeated Loyola Blakefield 7-6, bringing home the MIAA JV Championship plaque. This was their first time playing in the JV championship. Congratulations to the entire team and Coach Vaughan Smith!

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Booker Picks Stanford

It's official. DE & TE Thomas Booker '18 has committed to play football for Stanford University, after generating interest from Notre Dame, Harvard, Princeton, Penn and many more fine colleges. The 13-year man will join two former teammates -- running back Dorian Maddox '16 and offensive tackle Devry Hamilton '16.

Football Head Coach and Athletic Director Tim Holley said Thomas is "the quintessential student-athlete and Stanford University is kind of the quintessential place for a student athlete," in this Baltimore Sun article.

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Siemens Semifinalists

Jeffrey Li '20 and Bowen Jiang '18 were among 491 semifinalists named nationwide in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. As a team, they conducted a research project in physics and submitted a paper during the summer. The prize, launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, was established to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM.

Bowen was also named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program recently. Here is the list of all of the National Merit semifinalists and commended students.

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Squash Scholar Athletes

US Squash recently announced the recipients of their 2016-2017 Scholar Athlete Awards. Half of the Gilman varsity squash team's top eight players received the award. Congratulations to Brad Levin '17 (now a freshman at MIT), Charlie East '19, Clark Dowling '19, and Ned Gildea '20. The awards are given to high school student athletes with a GPA of 3.5 in school who participated in at least four US Squash-accredited events.

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Six Semifinalists, 12 Commended in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Six members of the Gilman Class of 2018 have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists: Nick Auen, Bryan Huang, Bowen Jiang, Michael Johnson, Hari Menon, and Matthew Mu. Additionally, 12 Gilman seniors earned Commended Students status, recognizing their "outstanding potential for academic success." They are among the top 50,000 of the 1.6 million students who entered the program when taking the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. Commended Students include: Barrett Crawford, David Gushue, Mekhi Johnson, Anh Le, Jack Mills, Jules Ouwerkerk, Aayush Pokharel, Sami Raza, Alexander Seibel, Max Stern, Kevin Zhang, and Zachary Zhao. Congratulations to all!

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The Student Perspective

Noah Seth '19 shares his perspective on recent NFL protests during the national anthem in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the collision of sports and politics. The article was prompted by the Steelers' recent game vs. the Ravens, close to the place where Frances Scott Key penned The Defense of Fort M'Henry, the poem that was put to music as The Star-Spangled Banner.

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Princeton Bound

Congratulations to Sami Raza '18, who has been invited to Princeton for their Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium weekend in October!

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Crew Hounds

Jules Ouwerkerk '18 and John Theodore '19, Gilman's unofficial crew team, will be competing in the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 21-22. The regatta, now in its 53rd year, is a three-mile race upstream, drawing tens of thousands of spectators.

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Webster on UK Golf Tour

Congratulations to Mac Webster '18 for earning a spot on the prestigious "American Swifts" UK golf tour taking place June 19 - July 5. Mac will be playing on a 6 man crew which will be competing against a variety of local teams on 15 of England's most challenging courses. Good luck, Mac!

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Two for Super 22

The Baltimore Touchdown Club recognized Thomas Booker '18 and Brandon Madison '18 as members of its 20th annual Super 22 Team at a dinner held May 16. The Super 22 honors rising seniors for their athletic and academic prowess. Congratulations, Thomas and Brandon!

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Sharing Stuff

Third graders Sam N. and Charlie H. wanted to celebrate their birthdays with a joint party with friends, but felt that they had "enough stuff." The boys asked their friends to bring gifts for the students in the Bridges program at Gilman. Bridges features a five-week summer institute as well as year-round academic and social support for students from eight Title I Baltimore City schools. The "stuff" given to friends of Sam and Charlie included playground equipment, books and clothing. Recently the boys presented their party gifts to the Upper School volunteers for the program, who will share them with Bridges students.

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