The Gerstell Academy graduation took place on the campus of Gerstell Academy on Friday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. Twenty-two seniors, dressed in white, processed through the quadrangle along with their advisors for the last time and took their seats under a white tent. The picturesque scene was witnessed by several hundred parents, guests, and supporters. The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich was the commencement speaker and provided students with eleven points to consider as they move onto college.
Third grade student Dilshaan Parmar earned the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth "Award of High Honors" which is earned by less than 30% of students worldwide and based on math and reading assessments. Dilshaan will be invited to an awards ceremony in the spring of 2018 where he will be recognized for his achievement.
Gerstell Academy hosted a Memorial Day Remembrance and displayed 9,000 American flags in honor of the 9,000 Marylanders who died while serving our country as part of a four day event which featured a ceremony honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The weekend display and ceremony was hosted in conjunction with a local veterans group.
Maviah Delly, kindergarten student was chosen to represent Gerstell Academy in a national contest after winning the state grade level contest in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. On May 2nd, Maviah received an engraved State Winner Medallion. His class leaders, Mrs. Jessica Holthaus and Mrs. Margaret Welliver received the Glass Diamond Award. The Gerstell Academy Lower School also received a $200.00 Zaner-Bloser coupon.
Dr. Greenspoon, upper school history teacher, mentor, and advisor to his students, wrote an article exploring the topic of the importance of religion in a child's upbringing. The article was included in a newly released book on the role of religion in the lives of children. The purpose of the book is to provide readers with a fuller understanding of how religion has historically played an integral role in a child's upbringing.
The Upper School Ethics and Debate Team traveled to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on April 7th to participate in a weekend competition sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics. The students won the regional competition held in February before advancing to the national competition. The students were among 24 teams competing as they presented their ethical analysis on a variety of case studies. The topics were provided in advance, and the students, led by Leadership instructor, Mr. Dane Menges, displayed their presentation and public speaking skills.
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Gerstell Senior Victoria Rubalsky pictured with local villagers in Sacatepequez, Guatemala.
On January 21st, Gerstell Academy Lower School students attended the First Lego League Expo held in Baltimore.
Led by Upper School Leadership instructor, Dane Menges, the Upper School Speech and Debate team won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl on Saturday, February 4th. The student team consisted of 11th Graders Zachary Brendler, Colt Hanlin, Matthew Szedlock, Brandon Tan, 10th Graders McKenzie Funk, Sid Gupta, Khadijah Shad, and Ninth Grader Jessica Silverman.