Upper School Leadership


Leadership opportunities are woven throughout the curriculum for upper school students. In conjunction with participation in the Oaks and Seedlings mentorship program, upper school students have the opportunity to participate in the Gerstell Academy Community Action Group. The mission of the Community Action Group is to promote community service within the school and take a leadership role in community service. Additionally, the Community Action Group serves as a liaison for the student body to the Gerstell Academy Parents' Association (GAPA). The Gerstell Academy Community Action Group leads the Gerstell Academy student body in community service inside and outside school. They connect with the nearby community, becoming an example to other organizations to participate within the community of their schools and society. Previous contributions by the Community Action Group include coordinating donations to Fisher House (for injured and ill active-duty and veteran military personnel) and assembling Thanksgiving lunches for the homeless at the Carroll County Human Services Program.


Upper School Leadership in Action


Leadership in Action: Upper School students and faculty members, in collaboration with another independent school, harvested over 100,000 pounds of potatoes from First Fruits Farm, all of which were donated to charity.

Class of 2018 Freshman Orientation, held at Camp Puh'tok.

Leadership in Action-Press Releases

Leadership Award Winners


Norm Smith Leadership Award Winner

2016-2017

Blake Bissen


Norm Smith Leadership Award Winner

2015-2016

Julia Nagle



Norm Smith Leadership Award Winner

2014-2015

Jacob Betz


Norm Smith Leadership Award Winner

2013-2014

Madeleine Gardner

Norm Smith Leadership Award Winner

2012-2013

Michael Hernandez

Norm Smith Leadership Award Winner

2011-2012

Connor Eline

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Leadership permeates all aspects of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their leadership in school, at home, and in the community.

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