Schildroth To Play for UMainePosted by Mark Messer on 7/17/2019 7:00:00 AMThe three state championship gold balls won while Taylor played for GSA.Schildroth '18 Joins Black BearsTaylor Schildroth ’18 of Blue Hill, who helped lead George Stevens Academy to three consecutive Class C state basketball championships, will play ball at the University of Maine starting this fall, according to UMaine’s online roster.On the way to those three gold balls, Taylor scored 1,761 point, making him the highest-scoring basketball player in GSA history. Nine Eagles have scored 1,000 or more points during their high school careers. Second on that list is Morgan Dauk ’18 (1,461), who played for Williams College last year. Third is Matt Mattson ’91 (1,396), assistant coach of the boys' basketball team.Taylor also set the GSA record for points scored in a single game, 61, besting the previous record of 52 set by Coach Mattson.Thank you, Taylor, and every Eagle, for helping to strengthen GSA's reputation for athletics excellence. We'll be cheering for you at UMaine!Click here to read a Bangor Daily News story about Taylor joining the UMaine squad.
Student To Speak at ConferencePosted by Mark Messer on 7/8/2019 7:00:00 AM
Alex Tully '20 at an all-school assembly
Alex Tully '20 To Present
Alex Tully of Surry, a rising senior at George Stevens Academy, will speak at a climate conference hosted by the Reversing Falls Sanctuary and Robert Shetterly at GSA on Saturday, July 20.
Alex and other students in Carol Bennatti’s science classes participated in the organization of the Climate Convergence Conference, which includes presentations and workshops on the science of climate change and its mitigation, as well as adaptation to and psychosocial aspects of it.
High school students from Deer Isle-Stonington High School and MDI High School also helped organize the conference and will participate in “co-keynote presentations."
For more information on the conference and a link for preregistration, visit www.reversingfalls.org.
Cleveland Wins Hylan AwardPosted by Mark Messer on 6/24/2019
Photo Courtesy of Drew Cleveland
First Hylan Award Goes to Dramatist
Drew Cleveland '13 is the winner of the first grant from the Hylan Family Alumni Fund for the Performing Arts.
The grant will help Drew pay living expenses while he performs as Claudio in the Brown Box Theatre Project production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” this summer. The project presents high quality professional theater productions free of charge to “underserved communities in the Boston and Delmarva regions,” according to his application.
The grant, Drew wrote, will “enable me to do what I love in service of something greater than myself.”
The Hylan Family Alumni Fund for the Performing Arts was established by the Hylan family in memory of Charles, Gertrude and Jude Bartlett to support GSA alumni who are performance majors and who have chosen to study theater, dance or musical performance.
For more on Brown Box Theatre, visit brownboxtheatre.org.
For more on the fund, visit www.georgestevens.org/HylanFund.
Congratulations, Class of 2019Posted by Mark Messer on 6/9/2019 7:00:00 PM
Congratulations, Class of 2019!
Seventy-four members of the Class of 2019 graduated in a ceremony that took place on the front lawn under sunny skies on June 9 while hundreds of friends and family watched.
The faculty took their seats to the playing of the school song by the GSA Band, then Class Marshal Alex Fu led the Class of 2019 to the bleachers in front of the Academy Building while the band played Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”
After welcoming the guests, Head of School Tim Seeley recognized members of the Class of 1969, who held their 50th reunion at Central Hall in South Blue Hill the day before GSA’s graduation.
Laura Liu, the first honor essayist, who moved here from Shanghai, gave a humorous welcome address that touched on her first experience of the cold winters and the warm people here. “When I thought winter was over and sensed the arrival of spring, it was winter again,” she wrote.
Salutatorian Daniel Li spoke about Edward T. Hall’s research on how much space we like to keep between ourselves and others, say, 2.5 feet or so, and said that at GSA, he was 132 million feet away from his parents. “Thanks to the advancement in technologies,” he said, his parents still can tell him what to do and how to do it, but he’s learned to appreciate that.
Valedictorian Hattie Slayton compared the graduating class to the dandelion and its “fluffy clouds of seeds ready to be blown and scattered from our familiar stem and roots and challenged to make our own.”
The commencement address was given by Elisabeth de Sévigné, chair of the Math Department, who spoke about how she struggled as a young student, but that she developed a strong work ethic.
Bess MacArthur, Mallory Charette, and Yulia Heggestad announced the class gift to the school, a serviceberry bush near the Academy House and a pair of star magnolias in the courtyard where students often eat lunch outside.
As Dean of Curriculum and Instruction David Stearns talked about each student’s plans for the future, the members of the Class of 2019 received their diplomas from Tim Seeley and Board Chair Samantha Politte, with many of the presentations made also in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.
Katie Forrest, second honor essayist, then gave the farewell remarks, speaking about what makes Maine unique. “People say you can’t get there from here, but what we have gotten from here, we can take with us anywhere,” she concluded.
Our head of school then presented the GSA Class of 2019, and just like that, they went from being students to alumni. Come back and visit us!
Read this story with an extensive photo gallery in the Students in the News section of our website.
GSA Students among Pioneer Prize WinnersPosted by Mark Messer on 6/5/2019 1:00:00 AM
Pioneer Prize winners, from left, Sam Bach, Millicent Fleming, and Chloe Sheahan.
Three Share Pioneer Prize
Two students from GSA and one from John Bapst will split the Pioneer Prize, a software project competition open to high school-aged teens in the Blue Hill Peninsula area.
Sam Bach, a GSA freshman from Surry, created a roving security monitoring system by combining a Raspberry Pi computer, video capture and motion detection software, and a Roomba vacuum. Judges were impressed by the integration of know-how and technology and called the project "very cool and ambitious."
Chloe Sheahan, a GSA freshman from Sedgwick, worked with Millicent Fleming of Blue Hill to create a quiz show game website featuring spoilers of famous books to engage potential readers. Judges said that the team "demonstrated impressive growth" on this "very well-conceived project."
The Pioneer Prize was "established by members of the community to motivate and celebrate the remarkable capacity of our young people to forge new pathways of economic opportunity," according to the website. The winners shared a total prize of $5,000.
Tourney Honors Andy Collier '98Posted by Mark Messer on 6/5/2019 1:00:00 AM
Tournament winners, from left, Nick Malinowski '98, Zach Davies '00, Peter Collier '00, and Tim Tunney.
Tourney Supports GSA Athletics
Forty golfers hit the links in the Andy Collier ’98 Memorial Golf Tournament at the Castine Golf Club on Sunday, June 2.
The tournament “honored our loving memory of Andy Collier, whom we lost too soon,” said Peter Collier ’00, Andy’s brother. “Andy was a special person, an avid golfer, and a key contributor to the Eagles’ first-ever Penobscot Valley Conference golf championship in 1998.”
Peter Collier, Erik Fitch ’99, Amanda Ashe Look ’00, Toby Cole ’00, and Simeon Allen ’01 make up the tournament board that organized the event.
The tournament “raised fun,” said Fitch, with numerous prizes donated by local sponsors given out at each hole, including one for “closest to the flamingo” and another at a marshmallow driving competition.
The goal of the event was to involve former student athletes and others in generating financial support for George Stevens Academy’s athletics programs through the GSA Sports Alumni Fund recently established by Fitch and Collier. The board plans to make this an annual tournament and to create other events to support the fund.
Overall tournament winners were Peter Collier, Nick Malinowski ’98, Zach Davies ’00, and Tim Tunney.
Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, and everyone who took part in the first event of what we hope is a long and successful series of "fun raisers" to bring alumni together and support our Eagles!
Students Win Skippers AwardPosted by Mark Messer on 5/29/2019 8:00:00 AM
Ocean Studies Wins Great Idea Award
At the regional Eastern Maine Skippers presentations at Faith Community Fellowship in Trenton on May 28, Megan Flenniken's Ocean Studies class won the Great Idea Award for its work on a remotely operated vehicle. This year's projects answered the question "How can technology contribute to a safe, healthy, and sustainable fishery?"
The GSA students talked about experimenting with different ROVs before choosing one to work with. They started with some components provided by the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries then worked to build, test, and rebuild the ROV with the help of GSA Industrial Technology teacher Jeb Billings. One of the possible uses of the vehicle is to search for scallops so that draggers will be able to focus their efforts on productive areas of the seafloor, which would help prevent unnecessary damage to underwater ecosystems.
The award of $500, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, will support continued the group's continued research into their project.
Ocean Studies students presenting included Zane Bailey '19 of Surry, Ashlee Barnes '19 of Otis, Lauren Brown '20 of Penobscot, Marcus Candage '21 of Blue Hill, Percy Clifford '21 of Brooksville, Hannah Dyer '21 of Brooklin, Crystal Forget '19 of Brooklin, Dakota Gillen '19 of Sedgwick, Andrew Gulya '21 of Blue Hill, and Jennifer Wilson '19 of Blue Hill.
The class was one of six groups to make presentations at the year-end program. A team from Ellsworth explored the potential of sail-assist on commercial vessels. Three teams from MDI High School presented on green crab fertilizer, bringing back groundfishing, and promoting sales of local seafood. The latter group won an award for best presentation sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.
To learn more about our Ocean Studies class, visit www.georgestevensacademy.org/OceanStudies.
To see this story with more photos, visit www.georgestevensacademy.org/Page/953.
Girls, Boys State Delegates NamedPosted by Mark Messer on 5/17/2019 6:00:00 AM
From left, Alex Tully, Lucy Morison, Alice Bowden, and Joe Ciampa.
Girls and Boys State Delegates Named
Two GSA junior boys and junior girls were nominated by faculty here for Maine American Legion Dirigo Girls State and Boys State this summer.
Alice Bowden of Sedgwick and Lucy Morison of Hancock will attend the Girls State exercise in state and local government at Husson University in Bangor June 16-21. Alex Tully of Surry and Joe Ciampa of Brooksville will attend Boys State at Thomas College in Waterville June 16-20.
The state programs are run by the Maine American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. The GSA students are sponsored by The American Legion Duffy-Wescott Post 85 in Blue Hill.
Girls State and Boys State delegates engage in simulated campaigns for elected office, then learn how our local, county, and state governments function through role play. We wish the participants all the best in getting as much out of this experience as possible.
Honor Parts NamedPosted by Mark Messer on 5/6/2019 7:00:00 AM
Graduation Set for June 9
George Stevens Academy will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2019 on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. on the school front lawn. Class Night, a celebration of the seniors, will take place in the gym on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m.
The valedictorian is Hattie Alexandra Sargent Slayton, daughter of Bob Slayton of Blue Hill and Ann Sargent of Steuben.
Hattie participated in soccer, basketball, indoor track, sailing, tennis, fall musical, one-act play, Student Council, cultural club, Planet Pan, on a KYC race team and as sailing instructor. She also spent a year abroad studying in Zaragoza, Spain.
Hattie was the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa book award.
The valedictorian hopes to explore the world and live a happy, fulfilling life. She will attend Bowdoin College.
The salutatorian is Xiyuan “Daniel” Li, son of Feng Li and Ye Wang of Shanghai, China.
Daniel participated in basketball and track and was the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.
The salutatorian plans to become an expert in material science. He will attend Emory University to study chemistry.
The first honor essayist is Yiqing “Laura” Liu, daughter of Yingzi “Lucy” Liu of Jacksonville, Fla.
Laura was a member of the Student Council, math team, outdoor track team, swim team, cross-country team and the student ambassador program. She also was a dorm proctor, a volunteer at ARCC and a volunteer at University Christian School.
Laura was the recipient of the Williams book award.
The first honor essayist hopes to work for a Big Four accounting firm. She will attend Brandeis University to study business.
The second honor essayist is Katherine Birch Forrest, daughter of Hannah Webber and Greg Forrest of Surry.
Katie participated in soccer, swimming, sailing, and drama.
The second honor essayist plans to become a doctor. She will attend the University of Vermont to study mathematics on a pre-med track.
Junior Book Awards GivenPosted by Mark Messer on 5/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
From left, juniors Ian Howell, Ryan Mullen, Simon Brooks, Syra Gutow, Alex Tully, Lucy Morison, Joe Ciampa, Erika Hipsky, Chad Davis and Duncan Howell received book awards and other honors in a recent ceremony.
Book Awards Ceremony Honors Juniors
Ten George Stevens Academy juniors received book awards and other prizes in an annual special all-school assembly on May 1.
The American History Award, given by The Ramassoc Chapter of the Maine Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution to a junior for outstanding work in the study of American History, was awarded to Alex Tully of Surry by Social Studies Teacher Bill Case.
The Brandeis University Book Award, given to a student who has shown outstanding academic achievement and has made substantial contributions to the school and local community, was awarded to Joseph Ciampa of Brooksville by Bill Case.
The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, given by the University of Rochester to a junior who demonstrates exceptional promise in science based on achievement in a rigorous science curriculum and science-related activities, was awarded to Chad Davis of Castine by Science Chair Sue Jellison.
The Dartmouth College Book Award, given to a junior who ranks in the top 10 percent of the class, is of strong character, has made a positive impact on the school community and excelled in at least one non-academic area, and is considered a candidate for entrance to a college or university of the highest academic caliber, was awarded to Lucy Morison of Hancock by Head of School Tim Seeley.
The Williams College Book Award, given to a student in the top 5 percent of the junior class who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school, was awarded to Syra Gutow of Castine by Dean of Curriculum and Instruction David Stearns.
The George Washington University Book Award, given to a junior who embodies the GW drive and spirit through academic achievement, leadership outside the classroom, diversity of thought, and ability to put knowledge into action, was awarded to Ian Howell of Blue Hill by David Stearns.
The Rensselaer Medal, given by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to a junior who has demonstrated high academic achievement, excelling in advanced math and science courses, and has exhibited significant involvement in extracurricular activities, was awarded to Syra Gutow by Math Chair Elisabeth de Sévigné.
The College of the Atlantic Book Award, given to a community-minded citizen who is a passionate steward of our social, economic, and environmental systems and who grasps the interconnections among these different ways of understanding the world, was awarded to Alex Tully by Science Teacher Carolyn Bennatti.
The Smith College Book Award, given to a female junior in the top 10 percent of her class who exemplifies academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others, was awarded to Erika Hipsky of Blue Hill by English Chair Mike Kazmierczak.
The Phi Beta Kappa Prize, given to a junior who has shown a strong sense of intellectual curiosity both in and out of the classroom and a desire to connect education with issues in the wider world, was awarded to Chad Davis by College and Career Counseling Director Katy Rinehart.
The Industrial Arts Award, given to a student who has excelled in Industrial Arts and shown exemplary attitude, collaboration, and achievement, was awarded to Ryan Mullen of Blue Hill by Industrial Technology Teacher Jason Billings.
The ISIP Award, given to a junior whose independent project, in design and execution, shows the highest degree of responsibility, creativity, and excellence, was awarded to Simon Tie Brooks of Blue Hill by Art Teacher Anya Antonovych.
The Saint Michael’s College Book Award, given to a junior who has demonstrated achievement in academics and a social conscience through a commitment to community service and concern for others, was awarded to Duncan Howell of Blue Hill by Social Studies Chair Caroline Richards.