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Long Jump Success

Mason Freeman '18 has been having a great year in track. Last month he took first place in the long jump at the Frostbite Invitational, ranking US #1 with with a mark of 23'7". Although he has been bumped to US #5 after a subsequent meet, he is now qualified for the New Balance Indoor National Championship in March and the Penn Relays in April. Stay tuned! Click here to watch the video of his long jump.

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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."

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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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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 a Baltimore Sun article. 

 

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The Student Perspective

Noah Seth '19 shares his perspective on recent NFL protests during the national anthem in a 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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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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Summer Study

At the end of the school year, some dedicated students just aren't ready to put down their books. Kofi Whitehead '19 is one of them. He will spend six weeks studying at Cornell University this summer. Kofi has been selected to participate in the 2017 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS). With an acceptance rate of 13%, he was one of only 56 students selected from around the country for the rigorous program.

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Polo Champions

Parker Pearce '19 and Aiden Tydings '21 are part of first USPA I/I Open National Interscholastic Championship winning team for the Maryland Polo Club, which is now the #1 interscholastic team in the nation. The tournament was hosted by Cornell University. Read more about the match. Parker was awarded the tournament Sportsmanship Award. Well done, Parker & Aiden!

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Gaines Gains in Golf

A tip of the hat to Jairus Gaines '18 for his outstanding performance at Woodholme Country Club at the second round of the 2017 MIAA Individual Golf Tournament. Jairus entered the second and final round of the tournament tied for thirteenth place, but carded an impressive five under par 68 to finish the event in fourth. Jairus was the low score medalist for the second round, and completed his outing with a birdie on 17 and an eagle on 18 to earn the lowest score of the day. Congratulations Jairus!

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Classics Convenes

Congratulations to juniors Bryan Huang and Matthew Mu and freshmen Justin Bai and Shobhit Shivank, all of whom placed in Certamen and other competitions during the Maryland Junior Classic League State Convention. Bryan was elected vice president of MJCL for the 2017-2018 school year.

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