The Gunston School Announces First Quarter Academic Honors


Congratulations to the following students for earning High Honors or Honors for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year. To earn a place on the High Honors list, a student must have an A average and effort grades of “S” or above. To earn Honors, a student must achieve a B+/A- average and effort grades of “S” or above.

High Honors: Grade 12—Simon Cawley, Yuxuan (Ciara) Chen, Susie Fordi, Steven Goss, Lila Ingersoll, Sam Johnson, Mary Macmillan, Hope Murphy, Chris Newberg, Alex Papadopolous, Henry Parkhurst, Ryleigh Paskoski, Lily Phipps; Grade 11—Brooks Armstrong, Kejing (Karen) Chen, Katie Easter, Cole Evans, Will Gibson, Phin Howell, Paige Murphy, James Pratt, Megan Prochaska, Caroline Roser, Katie Schizy, Yifan (Michael) Shen, Elena Sherman, Haorui (Davy) Song, Nellie Stup, Yong (George) Yan; Grade 10—Eily Ashley, Yuntian (Areopl) Bai, Emily Gray, Grace Holmes, Wyatt Howell, Katie Moreau, Will Newberg, Yaxuan (Joey) Zhuo; Grade 9—Avy Aubin, Helen Boone, Em Borghardt, Arianna Campi, Julie Ireland, Toni McCluskey, Sydney Nittle, Ethan Nuessle, Adie Parish, Lydia Periconi.

Honors: Grade 12—Heidi Barcus, Kangcheng (Max) Cao, Simiao (Grace) Dai, Rongjiee (Rose) Fan, Gillian Felton, Yohanes Gray, Wenyuan (Nick) Li, Robert Messier, Jack Morrison, Mitchell Naumann, Dutch Nickerson, Neel Patel, Garrett Rudolfs, Charlotte Sheets, Joey Smith, Alli Webb, Pengyu (Oliver) Wu, Baoyi (Betty) Zhou; Grade 11—Dolan Carella, Shiloh Clark, Malachi Graham, Menel Harris, Yanni Harris, Leah Hellwege, Grafton Howard, Claire Johnson, Camy Kelly, Nick Lee, Miao (Suzy) Li, Ellie Merton, Marisa Pisapia, Drew Seaman, Katie Staley, Sam Umidi, Anna Wolf, Fuji (Cynthia) Yang, Sitong (Vicky) Zhou; Grade 10—Andrew Amygdalos, MacCallum Borghardt, Mark Bourdin, Cotter Buckley, Natalie Cockey, Nina De Angelo, Frankie Fisher, Cedar Foster, Lynsey Hildebrand, Lily Judd, Nick Kellogg, Martina Kreienbuehl, Payton Lord, Hunter Mansfield, Michael Nickerson, Mason Rudolfs, Isabella Santobani, Max Scott, Peter Sharpless, Abby Silva, Owen White; Grade 9—Bella Adams, Zack Anderson, Lily Bernsten, Maxmillian Brady, Tiger Christman, Lydia Davis, Kayla Flood, Glynis Gardner, Reagan Gessford, Olivia Hershey, Campbell Parkhurst, Connor Reichardt, Emily Ryon, Joshua Sanford, Owen Santora, Charlie Shifron, Henry Shifron, Christian Walker, Haoying (Grace) Wang, Colin Ward.

Library Gets Grant for Early Literacy


The Foundation for the Kent County Public Library has been awarded a $6,500 grant from the PNC Foundation to continue their Early Literacy initiative that focuses on improving school readiness. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education.

“Summer Readers Sing” will be the theme for the 2018 Kent County Public Library Summer Reading Program which will encourage children of all ages from birth through teen to engage with reading and music literacy activities throughout the summer. In addition to experiences for children, KCPL will host a continuing education program on incorporating music into the classroom for early childhood educators. For the summer of 2018, KCPL will continue the summer reading game’s online option and further assist the school’s summer program with their participation.

“Thanks to the PNC Grow Up Great Grant, KCPL’s exceptional Children’s Department will continue to be an integral part of early education initiatives in Kent County,” said Jackie Adams, Library Director. “The Library’s goal is to foster and support ongoing interaction for children with reading activities throughout the summer and encourage families and caregivers to promote reading throughout the year.”

The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), will enable the Kent County Public Library to engage professional childcare presenters, fund the purchase of educational supplies to support these programs, and provide core knowledge training and readiness skills for early care providers and parents.

“PNC is committed to providing families with the tools and resources to help children be successful in kindergarten and life,” said Chick Hamm, PNC Executive Vice President and Market Executive in Greater Maryland. “We are thrilled to expand our support of the Kent County Public Library Summer Reading Program as it continues to serve a critical community need – helping more Kent County children arrive at kindergarten with essential skills and ready to learn.”

In FY 2017, nearly 5,600 community members attended children’s library programs offered throughout the year, including weekly story times and other culturally enriching programs.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence.  The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.  Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.

Two New Board Members for Gunston


The Gunston School is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of its Board of Trustee, for the 2017-2018 academic year. Joining the Board of Trustees are Greg Farley and Robert Fordi. “We are fortunate enough to have caring, diverse, and committed individuals with varying strengths to serve on our board.”, said John Lewis, who is entering his eighth year as Headmaster.

As a team, the Board of Trustees and the Head of School work to maintain the vision for the School, consistent with its mission, and to develop and approve long-range and strategic plans.

Greg Farley

Greg Farley is Director of the Center for Leadership in Environmental Education (CLEEn) and Professor of Biological Science at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. A marine zoologist and evolutionary biologist, he holds an MS from Florida State University and a BS from Duke University.

In 2011, Farley studied at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), part of the University of Hawaiʻi-Maui Campus. Since his return, he has worked to bring successful ideas home to the Delmarva peninsula. Case studies that illustrate these lessons are captured in his new book, Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawaiʻi, co-edited by former SLIM Executive Director Jennifer Chirico.

Robert Fordi

Robert Fordi of Chestertown is CEO & Managing Partner of Realterm Logistics, the surface transportation logistics platform of Realterm, a $4+ billion-in-assets global multi-strategy real estate private equity firm. Since joining the firm in 1998, Fordi has helped the company build the largest third-party-owned real estate platform serving the transportation industry in the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Fordi serves on the board of Kent School, an independent K – 8th school in Chestertown,, and as a member of Chestertown, Maryland’s Planning Commission.  Fordi received a BS in Economics from Towson University, as well as an MS in Real Estate Development from The Johns Hopkins University.

College Speaker to Discuss Russian Revolution


This year’s Conrad M. Wingate Memorial Lecture in History at Washington College will feature Russian scholar Ian D. Thatcher and focus on the historical importance of the revolution and how our understandings of it have changed in the last hundred years. Thatcher, a professor at the University of Ulster, will discuss “From February to October, 1917: Competing Visions of the Russian Revolution,” on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall of the John S. Toll Science Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Thatcher is the author of a biography of Leon Trotsky (2002).  He has also edited several volumes of scholarly essays on late Imperial Russia, the revolution itself, and the first years of Soviet power. He is currently researching Alexander Kerensky and the failed attempt to establish a moderate, Western-style democracy in 1917.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History.

WC-ALL Holiday Trip to Hillwood Estate Museum


WC-ALL has planned a special holiday trip to The Hillwood Estate and Museum in Washington, DC, on Thursday, December 7. Participants will journey through cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s final home to experience the elegant French dining room, efficient and “high tech” kitchen and pantry, and the many personal touches that make Hillwood one of Washington’s most memorable homes.

A detailed self-guided audio tour will give each visitor an up-close and personal view of the formal dining room, two well-appointed libraries, and an entry hall featuring décor from 18th century Imperial Russia and France. A special exhibition, “Spectacular Gems and Jewelry”’, displays some of the finest examples from Hillwood’s collection. Over fifty pieces belonging to Post will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed. After touring the mansion and grounds, which will be festively decorated especially for the holidays, a buffet luncheon will be served at the Hillwood Café with time afterwards to browse the museum shop.

The ADA compliant bus will leave Redner’s parking lot on December 7 at 8:15 am and return at approximately 4:30 pm. The mansion has an elevator and benches and chairs throughout for seating. The cost of the trip is $75. for WC-ALL members and non-members alike, and includes the bus ride, self-guided audio tour of the mansion and gardens, luncheon buffet, and driver tip.

Reservations are due by Tuesday, November 21 by sending a check payable to WC-ALL to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. Please include names, phone numbers, and email addresses for all who plan to attend. Questions should be directed to WC-ALL at 410-778-7221.

School Board to Meet With Facilities Planning Committee


The Kent County Board of Education is holding a work session with the Facilities Strategic Planning Committee on Monday, November 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Kent County Board of Education Administration Building, 5608 Boundary Avenue, Rock Hall.

The regular November monthly Board of Education meeting is also scheduled for November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a closed session meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Mid-Shore STEM Festival


The inaugural Mid-Shore STEM Festival will be held on Saturday, November 4th at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center, on the Chesapeake College campus in Wye Mills. The event will be held rain or shine from 10 am – 2 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Mid-Shore STEM Festival is being hosted by the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Program and is focused on providing hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math learning for youth of all ages and their families. Activities will include: interactive displays and activities, tours, and demonstrations. Youth can learn about DNA, soil, plants, agriculture, food science, environmental science, robotics, insects, and much more. Also, there will be tours of Chesapeake College and a special K-9 demonstration from 12:30-1:00 that you do not want to miss! And, lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bring your kids to participate during the Maryland Science Festival here on the mid-shore on November 4th for a fun science-filled day! For more information, please contact Navonne Owen, Dorchester County 4-H, at or (410) 228-8800. This is an equal opportunity and equal access program.

Halloween at Lit House — All About Witches


Cristina Casado Presa

Washington College’s very own Cristina Casado Presa will be at the Rose O’Neill Literary House for a faculty tea and talk on Tuesday, October 31, as part of the fall Literary House Series. The event at the Lit House will be at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Cristina Casado Presa is an associate professor of Spanish, chair of the Modern Languages Department, and director of the Gender Studies Program at Washington College, where she teaches all levels of Spanish. She also teaches courses on the contemporary literature of Spain; representations of the Spanish Civil War; female writers after Franco’s death; contemporary Spanish theater; and witches, ghosts, and vampires. She is an expert in 20th- and 21st-century literature and culture of Spain and focuses her research on women writers and representations of witchcraft in literature and culture.

Some of her publications on those subjects are “The Witch as a Power Paradigm in Two Contemporary Spanish Dramas” published in Monographic Review; “Silence as a Conflict in a Drama by Pilar Pombo” published in Letras Femeninas; and “Mother-Daughter Relationships in Contemporary Spanish Theater” in the volume The Changing Spanish Family: Essays on New Views in Literature, Cinema and Theater (McFarland, 2011). Currently she is working on a book project dedicated to the figure of the witch in contemporary Spanish literature.

For more information on these events or the Literary House, visit the website at, or view the annual Literary Events Calendar brochure here:

State Highway Office Awards Washington College GIS Program


The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Maryland Highway Safety Office has awarded Washington College’s GIS Program a grant of $494,000 to continue its work helping minimize fatal and serious injury crashes on Maryland’s roadways. This is the fifth consecutive year the GIS Program has won the grant.

“The grant renewal is part of $11.7 million in federal highway safety funds that are distributed to various agencies and organizations throughout Maryland to assist the mission towards zero deaths,” says GIS Program Director Erica McMaster. The funds will support hiring an additional GIS statistical data analyst and will broaden the opportunities for College students who work in the lab.

“The GIS team has expanded and improved its support to the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) and local law enforcement,” McMaster says. The new analyst will be responsible for quality checking the datasets and running statistical methods on the data to report the findings to MHSO and Maryland’s Traffic Records Coordinating Council.

Six staff members and about 20 student interns are currently funded under the MHSO grant. Their work includes supporting the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)in six emphasis areas: impaired driving, aggressive driving, occupant protection, distracted driving, pedestrian/bicyclists, and highway infrastructure. Also, as law enforcement has quickly expanded its use of the Risk Analysis Vehicle and Environmental Networks, GIS staff travel statewide to train officers and agencies in how to use the web application, which maps hotspots and one-mile road segments for crashes and citations for each of the SHSP emphasis areas.

Along with affirming the GIS Program’s work, the renewed funding will give student interns greater opportunities to gain training and attend professional conferences that can expand their network of professional connections and help lead to a career after college.

For more information about Washington College’s GIS Program, visit

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