On Saturday, September 30th, The Gunnery traveled to Cheshire to take part in this year’s O’Connell Invitational. Times were unofficial and the course length was unknown. Regardless, the day was on the cooler side, the course was equal to all who participated, and both the Gunnery boys and girls worked hard. For the boys race, Harry Harwood lead all participants, finishing the race over a minute faster than the next fastest competitor. Lucas Boyden, Mark Choi, Danny Infante, Norman Fan, and Bizu Horwitz also ran well. For the girl’s race, Gianna Russillo came in second place. Jasmine Tien, Anne Beatty, Aris Wang, Margaux Barthelemy, Katie Nemergut, Bonnie Bao, Jean Fang, and Clari Leonard also ran well, making the most of a fine opportunity to race with a larger field.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.