• Five on to All-States

    Posted by Mark Messer on 12/4/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Five All State Collage


    Clockwise from top left, Andy Hipsky, Gabe Hall, Zeke Sacaridiz, Morgan Davis, Austin Chandler

    Five among Best in Maine

    Congratulations to the five musicians from George Stevens Academy chosen to participate in the Maine Music Educators Association 2020-2021 Jazz All-State Festival, more instrumentalists than from any other school statewide regardless of class.

         “In recent years, GSA has had two or three accepted, which is very good,” said Music Director Steve Orlofsky, “but having five is exceptional!”

         In the past, GSA musicians auditioned together live at the University of Maine at Augusta, but this year, they recorded individual audition videos in November. As always, Steve helped his students get ready.

         “Mr. O was a big help, especially when it came to the prepared base lines in different styles,” said sophomore Austin Chandler of Surry, who will play bass guitar in the Honors Jazz Band. “He gave plenty of tips for the best ways to articulate the different styles.”

         “Austin scored the second highest in the state on bass,” Steve said, “in his first audition.”

         “I only auditioned for the experience and to get some good feedback on my playing,” Austin said. “When I got the email, I was pretty surprised. It was definitely a welcome surprise.”

         Junior Gabriel Hall of Blue Hill will play lead trumpet in the Honors Jazz Band, which means “he scored the second highest in the state [on that instrument],” Steve said.

         Like Chandler, Gabe credits his success partly to support from Mr. O, “whose passion for music is contagious. He has challenged me over the years to become a better musician, and I really admire his dedication to keeping the GSA music program so great.”

         Senior Zeke Sacaridiz of Blue Hill will play drums in the All-State Jazz Combo. “Zeke is the number one drummer in the state and was accepted two years in a row,” Steve said.

         Junior Morgan Davis of Castine will play vibes in the Honors Jazz Band, “the only vibes player accepted in the whole state,” said the GSA music director. It was his first audition.

         Also auditioning for the first time was sophomore Andrew Hipsky of Blue Hill, who will play bass guitar in the Jazz Band. “Andy scored third highest in the state on bass,” Steve said.

         Details are still being finalized for the virtual festival, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 29, Feb. 5, and Feb. 6.

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  • New Faculty Share Insights

    Posted by Mark Messer on 12/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

    New Faculty Share Thoughts

    Everyone at GSA helps us to achieve our mission to “provide a comprehensive and challenging education” for our students, but our dedicated faculty play the greatest role in shaping student success. In late August, six new teachers and academic support staff, three of whom are GSA alumni, joined the GSA faculty. They shared their thoughts in recent interviews.


     Melissa Rioux

    Melissa Rioux ‘01Art Teacher, Department Chair

    What do you remember from your days here as a student?

         Arts Fest was life-altering as a young person. And Independent Study. I don’t think I realized till I went to New York how lucky people who grow up in this area and go to George Stevens are.


    How has GSA changed since then?

         The international population wasn’t here, although there were a lot of exchange students at the time. I am so impressed with the staff and faculty here. They’re smart and engaged. They really care a lot, and everyone is willing to create opportunities [for students] to succeed.


    What’s it like to be back as a faculty member?

         I liked being here [as a student], and I want to cultivate that in my classroom. I want to accommodate students who aren’t necessarily ‘easier’ students, too. I want to make it a place where people want to be.


    How is it starting a teaching job in these challenging times?

         The challenge I faced was dropping my kids off at day care. They had never been to day care. Those are my hardships. The teaching part of it, I just like people, and I like kids. It’s challenging, but it’s cool. I take [our safety measures] seriously, but if I have the opportunity to give human connections to young people, I don’t want to instill fear. I want to help them. Art can be a way they cope with some of the stuff that’s going on.


    What do you want people to know about life at GSA now?

         How intensely caring and invested teachers are here. It’s really heartening, and I’m so glad to be part of the team. The staff here are really wonderful. Props to George Stevens Academy for pulling together such a wonderful team.


    Who would you like to thank?

         David Stearns is amazing. Jaime [Torre] has been so willing to reach out and help. Emma Baker, I think she’s such a generous, smart person. Morgan Lowe really welcomed me to the building. Everybody has been kind.


    Kayla Riley

    Kayla Riley ‘07, Special Education Ed Tech

    Why did you choose to work in education?

         I love young people, and I’m passionate about education. I love seeing my students succeed. I hope I can help my students become more successful and achieve their individual goals.


    What do you remember from your days here as a student?

         I remember making good friends and my favorite classes. I loved English the most. I was also a member of the track team, where I made some great memories.


    How has GSA changed since then?

         I think it’s more diverse. It seems to be more inclusive than before.


    What’s it like to be back as a faculty member?

         It’s a bit surreal, to be honest. It’s interesting to see things from a faculty perspective vs. a student perspective. I feel more in control of my environment.


    Who would you like to thank?

         Juli [Perry] has been my guide throughout my acclimation process. I definitely have her to thank for helping me feel welcome and learn the lay of the land.


    Martin Conte  

    Martin Conte ‘11, English Teacher

    What do you want people to know about life at GSA now?

         In a faculty meeting, a teacher was asking if there were COVID-related guidelines to having some extra sweatshirts and sweaters in her classroom for her students. Teachers are being tasked with Herculean expectations right now, to become tech professionals, to teach students here and at home, to acclimate to a brand new schedule, to find ways to break down the barriers of the mask and distance. But they’re not wallowing, or grieving, or clamoring, or rebelling. They’re asking how to care for the students who are cold. Similarly, students are working hard, studying furiously, adjusting and remaining flexible to the circumstances, and still found time to throw the faculty a thank-you breakfast. I am constantly humbled by and in awe of the level of commitment and care this community demonstrates for each other.


    What do you remember from your days here as a student?

         I was heavily involved in the steel band program. The program shaped who I am, and I’m so grateful to my fellow alum-turned-teacher Fiona Schubeck [‘08] for taking the reins so successfully and passionately.


    What’s it like to be back as a faculty member?

         My former teachers and now colleagues have welcomed me into the program. I’m treated seriously, I’m afforded a seat at the table, I’m invited and usefully challenged to show what I can offer as a teacher.


    What do you hope to accomplish?

         I hope my students leave my classroom feeling confident that they can meet the writing demands they should expect from future classes, jobs, and being an engaged citizen.


    Who would you like to thank?

         I co-teach with Lexi Wessel [‘09], and I couldn’t be happier. I also want to thank David Stearns for his prompt and thorough replies to any questions I have, no matter how small. And Marie Epply, who retired a number of years ago but remains a reliable source of guidance and enthusiasm.


    Jayson Peltier

    Jayson Peltier, Special Education Ed Tech

    What do you want people to know about life at GSA now?

         I don’t think that there is a profession that has had to adapt so much in order to do what we do. We are asking so much more of students, but we are also asking even more of ourselves. This year is going to be really hard, and it takes a village to get through it. I’m not from here, but I can see that this community is exactly that. Be patient, kind, and supportive to your teachers!


    How is it working in a school at such a challenging time?

         The biggest challenge is finding ways to connect with students while we are masked up and respecting the distancing guidelines. So for me, just trying to level with them is helping overcome the challenges surrounding connection. Once students really understand that you are here for them and what they are going through, and also here to help their studies, you start to form a bridge, and they feel that, I feel that, and the bridge only gets stronger from there. Trust is what follows, and from there you can really make a difference.


    Why did you choose to work in education?

         One summer, I took a job at Camp Beech Cliff teaching wilderness skills, and I fell in love with working with kids, the staff, and the environment that surrounds education. [After graduation, I worked at] Surry Elementary last year, but wanted to work with older students and ended up at GSA! My hopes for this year are just simply to be the best support system I can be.


    Who would you like to thank?

         I’d like to thank GSA for making this campus very welcoming and safe, the custodial staff and the administration, everyone in the Resource Room, Lori [Wessel ‘81], Cory [Schildroth], Hanna [Austin], Sharlene [Grant], Juli [Perry], Sarah [Carter], and Kay [Riley ‘07], and the teachers, especially Dan Kane, Megan Flenniken, Nina Milliken, Martin Conte, and Andy Stephenson. You have all made my experience here so much fun so far!


    Nina Milliken

    Nina Milliken, Spanish Teacher

    Why should students take Spanish?

         Learning a second language is beneficial to your first language, and it’s beneficial to other parts of your life. It’s a practical life skill to have. I also think we’re living in a world where teenagers now can work anywhere in the globe from their computers, and if you speak a second, third, or fourth language, it kind of opens a lot of new frontiers for you in terms of where you can live.


    How is it teaching at such a challenging time in education?

         I only teach one class, so it’s not that challenging. Plus, I have two small children at home, and this is way easier than that.


    What do you hope to accomplish?

         I hope my students get enthusiastic about learning Spanish. I hope they get motivated to learn not only the language but maybe travel to Spanish-speaking countries. I spent a good amount of my time in college in Nicaragua, which was probably one of the best experiences of my life.


    What do you want people to know about life at GSA?

         I think it’s a really good school. My high school had 2,300 students, and  it didn’t offer many of the things that GSA offers,” such as the ISIP program, Ocean Studies, and Erin McCormick’s English visits to local cemeteries.


    Who would you like to thank?

         Patricia [Ugaz], for offering me a place to go and speak Spanish as often as I want to. It does my heart good to be able to speak Spanish again and have access to someone who’s fluent in Spanish as well. And she also is a really good educator, helping me with plans, and giving me ideas and stuff like that.


    Isaac Vaccaro

    Isaac Vaccaro, Math Teacher

    How is it starting a teaching job in these challenging times?

         It seems like every other teacher here feels like they’re starting their job here for the first time also because it’s just totally different. Their jobs have completely changed, so at least I’m not the only one who’s new, kind of.


    Why did you choose to work in education?

         I love seeing people learn math. It’s gratifying to have them be like “whoa.” Anytime I can make a class excited about math is so nice for me. If we have downtime, I try to show them some cool YouTube videos because the “wow” time doesn’t always happen in the normal curriculum. It happens with other cool stuff, and I love that.


    What do you want people to know about life at GSA now?

         I feel embraced by the community, and I want to embrace the community.


    Who would you like to thank?

         The [cross-country] coaches, for sure. Todd [Eckenfelder] and Tony [Rolfe] have been awesome. I feel like they totally accepted me, and they wanted me to embrace the position of being running mentor. [I’d also like to thank] almost everybody, all the faculty say “hello” to me and make me feel welcome.

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  • Book Awards Presented

    Posted by Mark Messer on 10/6/2020 8:45:00 AM

    Book Awards

    Senior Holly Ibarguen with Diana Page of the Blue Hill Historical Society.


    Seniors Receive Junior Book Awards

    BLUE HILL — Thirteen George Stevens Academy seniors recently received book awards that traditionally would have been presented at an all-school assembly in the spring of their junior year.

         Diana Page gave the Blue Hill Historical Society History Award to Holly Ibarguen on the front steps of the Academy Building on Sept. 28. The BHHS History award recognizes a junior who has excelled in the study of history and who exhibits intellectual engagement with understanding the importance of the past and its impact on the present and future.

         Holly received a certificate and a pair of books from Page after the two spoke briefly. Though the senior plans to study nursing, she shares her family’s passion for history.

         The other awards were given out privately by Director of College and Career Counseling Peter Goss.

         The Bausch & 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 in science-related activities, was presented to Hannah Dyer

         The Brandeis Book Award, which honors a student who has shown outstanding academic achievement and who has made substantial contributions to the school and local community, was presented to Josie Czuj

         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 has excelled in at least one nonacademic area, was presented to Nathan Dauk.  

         The Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award, given by the University of Rochester to a junior with a demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues; who provides leadership and dedication to community action; and who has earned strong marks in rigorous humanities and social science courses, was presented to Keegan Butler.

         The George Washington University Book award, which recognizes a junior who embodies the GW drive and spirit, specifically with their academic excellence, leadership outside the classroom, diversity of thought, and the ability to put thought into action, was presented to Evan Chapman.

         The ISIP award, which recognizes a junior whose independent project shows, in both design and execution, the highest degree of creativity, excellence, and responsibility, was presented to Hope Bowden.

         The Industrial Arts Award, which recognizes a junior who has excelled in Industrial Arts and shown exemplary attitude, collaboration, and achievement, was presented to Garrett Parker.

         The Phi Beta Kappa Prize, given to a junior who demonstrates 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 Magnolia Vandiver.

         The Rensselaer Medal, given by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to a junior who has demonstrated high academic achievement, excelled in advanced math and science courses, and has exhibited significant involvement in extracurricular activities, was awarded to Grace Broughton

         The St. Michael's College Book Award, given to a junior based on academic achievement and social conscience as demonstrated through sustained and sincere commitment to service, issues of peace and justice, and concern for others, was presented to Anna Trowbridge.

         The Smith College Book Award, which recognizes a young woman who exemplifies academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others, was presented to Ellis Murnik.

         The Williams College Book Award, given to a student who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made significant contributions to the life of the school, was presented to Elia O’Hara.

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  • New Faculty 2020-21

    Posted by Mark Messer on 9/3/2020 5:00:00 AM

    As we prepare for the new school year, one that is unprecedented in many ways, we welcome new faculty and announce new positions for some who were already part of the GSA community.

         Martin Conte ’11 has joined us as a part-time English teacher. A GSA graduate, Martin recently earned his M.A. in English from the University of Maine, Orono. View profile.

         Jennifer Hathaway Jackson has returned to GSA as Ninth-Grade Seminar teacher. Jenn was GSA’s Ninth-Grade Seminar teacher and director of student conduct from 2014-2016 and taught fifth through eighth grade at the Adams School after that. She also has taught middle school social studies in Florida. She earned her bachelor’s in social sciences at the University of Southern Maine.

         Nina Milliken has joined GSA as a part-time Spanish teacher. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Latin American and Latino studies, and recently did her teaching certification at the College of the Atlantic. She worked for years as a sexual assault prevention educator. View profile.

         Jayson Peltier has joined us as an ed tech in the academic support program. Jayson earned his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, Orono. He has recently been an ed tech at Surry Elementary School and a counselor at Camp Beech Cliff. View profile.

         Juli Perry is a special ed teacher this year. She previously worked for GSA as an ed tech. Juli has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New England, has worked at the Bay School, and ran her own Head Start preschool.

         Brendon Reay has joined GSA as a Latin teacher. He is a member of the GSA Board of Trustees. He taught as a Classics professor at Wellesley College after earning a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He also has been, or in some cases still is, an Alaskan deep-sea fishing guide, a father, a financial consultant, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, and a husband. View profile.

         Kay Riley ’07 has joined us as an ed tech in the academic support program. A GSA graduate, Kay went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in English and journalism. She has worked in a wide range of journalism and ESOL positions, among other jobs, and recently lived in Beijing.

         Melissa Rioux ’01 has joined us as an art teacher and head of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. A GSA graduate, Melissa went on to graduate from the Pratt Institute. She worked in New York City for several years with a nonprofit named Publicolor, which is associated with the Pratt Institute, managing and teaching in an arts program for high school students. She also has taught art recently for Ellsworth Adult Education.

         Isaac Vaccaro has joined us as a math teacher. Isaac grew up in Kennebunk and earned his bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics at the University of Maine, Orono. He is an avid runner and jazz musician. Those passions, coupled with his beliefs that southern Maine is overcrowded and coasts are wonderful, suggest that Blue Hill might be just the place for him. View profile.

         Alexandra Wessel ’09 will work part-time as an English teacher and part-time in the new position of 504 coordinator. Alexandra is a GSA graduate who has been employed for several years by GSA as an ed tech. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Keene State College. View profile.

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  • Quarter 4 Honor Roll 19-20

    Posted by Mark Messer on 7/24/2020 8:00:00 AM

    2019-2020 Quarter 4 Honor Roll

    Click here for a PDF of the quarter 4 honor roll for the 2019-2020 school year.

         Highest Honors: 90-100 in all subjects

         Honors: 80-100 in all subjects

         Honor rolls are announced after the end of each quarter. To be eligible for honor roll, a student must carry five credits or more. Honor rolls are published quarterly in the local newspapers.

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  • Guinness Named Trustee

    Posted by Mark Messer on 7/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    K Guinness

    K. Guinness


    Parent Joins Board, Alumna is New Chair

    Kenelm “K.” Guinness, a current GSA parent from Blue Hill, was named a trustee at George Stevens Academy in June, one of a few recent changes to the board.

         “He will be an excellent addition to our diverse board,” said then-chair Samantha Politte in an email. K., who has been serving on the boarding program committee, “understands that the diversity and richness of that program benefits all students at GSA, whether they are from Penobscot, China, East Timor, or Isle au Haut.” K. also has joined the academy’s advancement committee.

         “The Blue Hill community has been a meaningful part of our family’s life for generations,” the new trustee said in an email, “and GSA is a defining part of that community. I am very grateful for the excellent job GSA has done preparing our daughter for college. It is a kind and diverse school with wonderful teachers and great opportunities. As a grateful parent, I hope to give back to the school and community through my service to the board.”

         K., who earned his bachelor’s degree in air studies with a minor in finance from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is an aviation consultant with a long work history as a pilot. He is a Freemason and a member of the Quiet Birdmen, the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club, and the Cruising Club of America.

         In addition to their daughter, Fiona, a rising senior at GSA, K. and his wife, Melissa, also have a son, Jack.

         In other changes to the board, two longtime trustees stepped down.

         Jim Markos, general manager of Maine Shellfish, “brought his business and financial savvy to the GSA board,” Samantha said. As board treasurer, Jim led the board and business office to adopt new, more strategic ways to analyze and forecast school finances. “Jim also worked with students in the Maine Skippers Program, lending his expertise and demonstrating to students what a future in that field can look like.”

         Tyler Knowles, retired educator and chair of the English Department at the Winsor School, “cares deeply about education, students, and GSA,” Samantha said. “She is bold and imaginative and never afraid to speak passionately about GSA.” Tyler has served on and chaired numerous committees, as well as serving as vice-chair of the board for two years.

         Though they are stepping down as trustees, both have agreed to continue to share their skills and expertise on committees, Jim on the finance committee and Tyler on the advancement committee. “We thank them both for their exemplary service, their wisdom, and their friendship,” Samatha said, “not only to fellow trustees but to the entire GSA community.”

         The leadership of the board also has changed. Samantha stepped down as board chair, and Sally Mills ’85 stepped up.

         “This is a particularly special time for me to be so involved in the life of the school,” Sally said, “as my son Robbie is a rising sophomore, and my son Chris is a recent graduate. I am completely immersed in life at GSA!”

         She said that an “enormous advantage” in her transition to the new role is that Samantha has agreed to be vice-chair for a year. “Samantha is smart, organized, and passionate about GSA,” Sally said, “not the nonprofit corporate entity, but its mission: to provide a comprehensive and challenging education for all students, for those who will build futures in surrounding communities and for those who will make their lives elsewhere in the world.”

         “I plan to put my GSA education to work,” she said, “and build on the fine work of Samantha Politte and our current and past trustees” in tackling many complex issues, “not least the challenge of educating students in a time of global pandemic. And we have work to do in communicating with our communities about our finances and our vision for the future.”

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  • Pioneer Prize Winners

    Posted by Mark Messer on 7/17/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Students Fare Well in Software Contest

    Four GSA students are among six recognized for the outstanding software projects they entered into a software competition open to high school-aged teens in the Blue Hill Peninsula area. Pioneer Prize competitors are matched with mentors who support them in the competition.

         Sam Bach '22, from Surry, won first prize, $3,000, for his "retro-futuristic clock incorporating cathode (nixie) tubes," according to the Pioneer Prize website. Sam worked with mentor Scott Miller.

         Ian Bowden '23, of Orland, won second prize, $1,500, "for his cross-platform real-time transportation tracker, so that he and his friends would 'never miss the bus again.'" Ian's mentor was Eli Baird.

         Chloe Sheahan '22, from Sedgwick, won $500 for her "web-based personal environmental-impact tracker." Chloe worked with Eric Sabo. She shared third prize with Gavin Eaton of Deer Isle-Stonington High School.

         Daniel Lekan-Salami '22, of Mississauga, Ontario, worked with Scott Miller on a project that earned him a $100 honorable mention. Colton Harriman of Deer Isle-Stonington High School also won an honorable mention.

         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.

         Congratulations, all!

         Click here to watch a video of contest organizers and the first, second, and third prize winners talking about the Pioneer Prize and their projects. 

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  • Music Awards Online

    Posted by Mark Messer on 5/21/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Mr. O awards


    Mr. O Presents Awards Online

    Music is a big way that GSA connects our students with our community.

         We expected to spend the better part of May 21 preparing to welcome families, alumni, friends, and neighbors to a campus blooming with spring flowers for our annual Spring Concerts.

         Well, we may not be able to put on a show, but that won’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of many of our young musicians. Though Music Director Steve Orlofsky usually presents his music awards during the Spring Concerts, this year, he had to do things differently. And he got some help with this video from, you guessed it, Tate Yoder ’15.

         So click the link below, sit back, and watch Mr. O as he recounts the incredible performances this school year by the GSA Band, Jazz Band, jazz combos, and Holiday Angels, and then presents his Outstanding Musician awards.

         Don’t forget to subscribe to the George Stevens Academy YouTube channel while you’re there.

         To watch the video, click this link: https://youtu.be/OOu_kXMW9VE


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  • 2020 Honor Parts Named

    Posted by Mark Messer on 5/19/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Honor Parts collage

    Honor Parts, Commencement Plans Announced

    George Stevens Academy will honor the Class of 2020 with an online class night on Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. and online commencement exercises on Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. The school also announced its senior class honor parts.

         Class night will celebrate seniors with student speeches, musical performances, the announcement of scholarships, the presentation of department and all-school awards, and a senior slideshow. These will be video recorded for broadcast online.

         Though commencement will not take place on the school’s front lawn as it usually does, it also will include several prerecorded traditional elements to honor the hard work of the senior class: a welcome from Head of School Tim Seeley; remarks from this year’s commencement speaker, Assistant Head of School Libby Rosemeier; speeches from all four of the school’s honor parts; the presentation of the class gift; remarks from each senior advisor; and the announcement of diplomas. Seniors will receive their diplomas individually in advance of the ceremony.

         After the presentation of the Class of 2020 and the conclusion of the video, the GSA bell will be rung live once for each graduate. Seeley plans to ask for bells to be rung at churches and other town buildings across the peninsula. The approximate time at which they should do so will be announced in advance once the duration of the commencement video is known.

         Seeley also will ask fire departments to sound their sirens and others to honk their car horns or otherwise make noise for a couple minutes at that same time to show that everyone “stands with the Class of 2020 even at this disrupted time,” he said.

         “I know that these events, done online,” do not replace our traditional celebrations, Seeley said. “But I also hope that what we do on Class Night and Commencement honors in a meaningful way what our senior class and graduates have achieved at George Stevens Academy in this most unusual year.”

         “I hope that at some point in the not-too-distant future, we will gather with our senior class and their families for a celebration together,” the head of school said.

         GSA’s Class of 2020 honor parts also were announced recently.

         The valedictorian is Syra Jackson Gutow, daughter of Tom and Amy Gutow of Castine.

         Syra participated in outdoor and indoor track, the Civil Rights Team Project and programs at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She was an after-school library assistant. She also studied and coached gymnastics and made blankets for Syrian refugees.

         The valedictorian was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and recipient of the Rensselaer Medal and the Williams College Book Award.

         Syra will attend Hamilton College to major in women’s and gender studies and plans a career helping the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

         The salutatorian is Erika Lynn Hipsky, daughter of Susan and David Hipsky of Blue Hill.

         Erika participated in volleyball, tennis, band, jazz band, jazz combo and honors jazz combo. She also volunteered at the Tree of Life Food Pantry and TurnStyle Thrift Shop.

         The salutatorian was named Outstanding Freshman Musician and was the recipient of the Smith College Book Award.

         Erika will attend the University of Maine Honors College and plans to study science around the world.

         The first honor essayist is Joseph Jack Ciampa, son of David and Carolyn Ciampa of Brooksville.

         Joe was on the sailing team and math team. He also played badminton and ultimate frisbee.

         The first honor essayist was the recipient of the Brandeis University Book Award.

         Joe will study math at Boston College and plans to teach the subject at the college level.

         The second honor essayist is Alexander Patrick Tully, son of Kelly Hawkes and Lincoln Tully of Isle au Haut.

         Alex participated on the chess team.

         The second honor essayist was the recipient of the College of the Atlantic Book Award and the American History Award.

         Alex will study political science, public policy, English and history at Bowdoin College. He plans go to law school, become a presidential speech writer, write for The New Yorker, live in Paris for a while and “ambitiously enjoy life.”

         Stay tuned, please, for more information about how to watch our Class Night and Commencement broadcasts, as well as exactly what time to stand with the Class of 2020 by making some noise!

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  • Parade for Senior Athletes

    Posted by Mark Messer on 5/8/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Senior Athlete Parade Route

    Sports fans are encouraged to park safely along this route to cheer for our senior Eagles!


    Parade to honor senior Eagles

    The GSA community will honor our senior spring athletes with a vehicle parade on Saturday, May 16, starting at 2 p.m., rain or shine.

         With this year’s spring sports season cancelled and no chance to have a banquet to honor our senior athletes after what would have been their final high school sports season, we hope the community will join us in this safe celebration.

         Senior spring athletes will ride the parade route in their own family vehicles. They will be escorted by local law enforcement and accompanied by fire trucks. Unlike most parades, no one will go on foot.

         The parade will go from the Blue Hill Fairgrounds down Greene’s Hill, along Main Street, up Tenney Hill, right at the rotary onto Beech Hill Road/Hinckley Ridge Road, right onto Route 15/Pleasant Street, right back onto Main Street, up Tenney Hill again, around the rotary, back down Tenney Hill, and left on High Street. The parade will end on Union Street.

         Eagles fans, you can best cheer for senior Eagles while still observing physical distancing rules and respecting restrictions on gathering size by parking in a safe place along the route and cheering from your vehicles, an important consideration in the granting of the parade permit by the town.

         Let’s get out and safely show our pride and support for our senior spring athletes!

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