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Drama Society to Present “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in the Tisch Family Auditorium

The Gunnery Drama Society is proud to present “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a musical by James Lapine and Peter Parnell, on Thursday, February 27, Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. All performances begin at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and admission is free. Registration is required. Please call (860) 350-0177.

Chris Kukk on stage

The Gunnery welcomed Christopher Kukk, Ph.D., a professor of political science/social science at Western Connecticut State University and the HarperCollins author of “The Compassionate Achiever,” to campus February 14 as part of the 2020 Speaker Series.

Grace McEneaney competing on Bolero

Grace McEneaney '20 earned top equestrian awards from the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association (CHJA) this month. The Newtown resident received a first-place ribbon in the Junior Hunter Division for Connecticut, and a first-place ribbon and trophy in the same division for New England. The honors were presented at CHJA’s 50th anniversary awards banquet, held February 1 at The Riverview in Simsbury.

Student Earns Six Scholastic Art Awards

Charlotte Xu '20 was honored this month at the 30th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Five of Xu’s photographs and one painting were selected by a blue ribbon panel of professional artists and university art faculty to be included in a statewide exhibition in the University of Hartford’s Silpe Gallery from January 13 through February 1.

Gunnery Girls Varsity Hockey Supports LoveYourBrain

The Girls Varsity Hockey Team successfully raised $3,291 for the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and foster resilience.”

Students and Faculty Celebrate Opening of Arts and Community Center

The Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center was officially opened to students and faculty on Monday, January 6, when the first School Meeting of 2020 was held in the Tisch Family Auditorium. Head of School Peter Becker inaugurated the new building by welcoming students back from winter break and acknowledging that they are the first generation of students who have the opportunity to live the school's Vision for the Arts.

Remembering Charles Finnemore

Charles Finnemore, a cherished member of The Gunnery community for 35 years, passed away on December 20. A dedicated and hardworking member of the school’s Maintenance Department, Finnemore was remembered by friends and colleagues this week for his friendly nature, vast knowledge of the trees, flowers and shrubs he tended on the school’s grounds, for his expert carpentry skills, and can-do attitude. Finnemore’s friendliness was contagious and he embodied the community-mindedness of our small school through his daily interactions.

The Gunnery Announces Appointment of New Board Chair

The Gunnery Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Dorton '86 as its new Board Chair. A Washington, D.C., strategy expert with extensive experience in corporate, financial, public policy, and political strategy and messaging, Dorton has served as a Gunnery Trustee since 2008. He previously served as Vice Chairman and as Treasurer, and as a member of multiple committees of the Board focused on financial and strategic planning in support of the school's mission and vision.

Search for the Stray Shot Begins Anew

The hunt is on! Less than a week before fall exams, Jack Gleason '21, Adam Feldman '21 and Josh Novick '21 sought to engage students in a new search for the Stray Shot on campus. Their first clue? “​When a taste all too common is apparent, the next move is transparent. Under the deal, you will find the next clue with zeal.”

Outdoor Stewardship Takes Students to the White Mountains

Six students from the Outdoor Stewardship program completed a challenging, three-day field trip to Mount Washington in November. They were accompanied by Rebecca Leclerc, Director of Outdoor Programs, and Christopher Bernard, Co-Director of College Counseling, who have led Outdoor Stewardship, a co-curricular program offered during the fall term, for the past two years.

Fran and Michael Keilty to Receive 2019 Friend of the Green Award

The Gunnery will celebrate the joy of the holiday season by opening its campus to the Washington community on November 23 for its Annual Town Holiday Party. The event, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall, will feature the presentation of the 2019 Friend of the Green Award to Fran and Michael Keilty.

The Gunnery Welcomes Documentary Filmmaker Kay D. Ray

The Gunnery is pleased to welcome documentary filmmaker, producer and director Kay D. Ray to campus on November 14. Ray, who is the aunt of Zhanara Ray-Tunis '20, will visit classes, including Lincoln Turner's Film Production Class, to speak about her work, and will present her newest film, “Lady Be Good, Instrumental Women in Jazz,” at an all-school gathering. The event, which is the first in The Gunnery's 2019-20 Speaker Series, will be held from  7 to 8 p.m. in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center.

Castonguay and Sutherland

Congratulations to Drew Sutherland '21, who was chosen to perform as part of the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Choir as a tenor. The concert, held November 9 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, featured performances by the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States.

Four Students Selected for Celebration of Young Photographers

Four Gunnery students have been selected to participate in the 9th annual Celebration of Young Photographers sponsored by ASAP! Jihoon An '20 was selected for his photograph titled, "Pollution." Vincent Cai '20 was selected for his photographs, “A Warm Kiss” and "Looking For The New Year." John Feng '20 was selected for his photographs, "Nostalgia" and "Aging," and Anna Gleason '23 was selected for her photographs, "Freedom" and "Embrace."

Girls Varsity Cross Country Wins New England Championship

The Gunnery Girls Varsity Cross Country Team took first place in the 2019 NEPSTA DIII Cross Country Championships held November 9 at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. A total of 478 runners from independent high schools around New England participated. Girls Varsity placed first among 24 teams with three runners, Gianna Russillo '20, Eujin Shin '21 and Vivian Boucher '23, finishing in the top 20 varsity girls overall.