2008 is a defining year in the political world, and no one knows that better
Christopher C. Healy '76, State Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party.
He, like many others, is rallying behind his candidates hoping for successes
in the elections later this year. Chris has served for six years on the
State Central Committee, representing both the 30th Senatorial District
and the First Senatorial District, which includes Wethersfield and Hartford.
He was re-elected in June 2007 for another two year term.
Chris's exposure to politics began at a young age. He was living in New
York City with his parents, both active Republicans. "It was a lonely place
to be (as a Republican)," he said. "However, they taught me how to stand
on your own two feet and articulate your thoughts."
The Gunnery's thespians received a special gift when Broadway legend (and
Gunnery current parent) Patti LuPone gave a master class for members of The
Gunnery Drama Society. During the three hour session, the performers, sang,
danced, and spoke their prepared pieces which were critiqued by Ms. LuPone
during and after each presentation. The Tony award winner instructed the
students in some core principles of acting relating the critiques to her
own experiences on stage and in the movies. Then she applied those
principles to each student's style and presentation. After her evaluation
of each performance, the students were asked to perform their respective
pieces again, this time under her direction. The audience and the actors
themselves were dazzled by what Ms. LuPone managed to pull out of them.
In a few short minutes, she managed to bring them to the top of their
By Seth Low
Three minutes into the December 5, 2007 game against Millbrook things looked
bleak for The Gunnery girls hockey team. In their fourth game of the season,
the team let up a goal on a broken play in front of their net 30 seconds
after the puck was dropped. Two minutes later, Millbrook added a goal and
seemed to have the game well in control. Down 0-2 and shorthanded, senior
Stephanie Blasnik picked off a pass in the neutral zone, skated in, and
buried a back-handed shot past the Millbrook goalie to cut the lead to one.
Think of it as Gunnery's answer to the Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Tournament.
Started last year, the Dorm Cup Challenge lets each dormitory bond together
as a group during ten challenges throughout the academic year. "This is a
chance for the kids to have some pride in where they live," said Director
of Residence Life, Kate Merritt. "They work and interact with people they
normally wouldn't socialize with." Kate meets with the residential advisors
at the beginning of the year to brainstorm each challenge.
While not as extreme as Mr. Potter's duel with the fire-breathing dragon,
the challenges ask the students to work together through complex yet fun
tasks. First, they were asked to design a flag and mascot for their
respective dorm. Next, they turned their dormitories into walk through
haunted houses. Last month, they participated in a fund raising event for
Hogwarts may have had the houses of Gryffindor and Slytheran, but Mr.
Gunn's School has Teddy House and Bourne (and nine others). "Every challenge
is gender neutral," said Kate. "It doesn't matter how old, big, or smart
they are. This is simply about working together."
For the second year, The Gunnery chose to celebrate the holiday season
musically in two very different ways: with a lively, celebratory
presentation of pop and jazz performances in the Emerson Performing Arts
Center and with a contemplative, more spiritual approach to the meanings
of the season in the Meeting House. The music department under Jennifer
Wojcik worked overtime to showcase the Troubadours, the Chorale, World
Drumming, the jazz band and the private music and voice students in
these contrasting events.
Question for December:
Where was the pictured graffiti scrawled and what
inspired the boys who did it?
Answer for December:
On the walls of Hurlburt Dorm shortly before it was
sold for $1 and moved to Roxbury Road (Rte. 109) in 1971. David Owen, the
current owner and a writer for the New Yorker, uncovered the artwork and
keeps it as decoration in an upstairs bedroom. It was copied from a Harvard
protest message: learn more.
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Artist and writer, Davina Perl Beachman '86 vividly remembers her young son,
George, asking a question upon coming home from school. "What does odd
mean," he asked, "Max(at school) says I am odd."Davina was thrown but
answered, "Odd means that you are different. That is a wonderful thing."
For most of her life, Davina, herself, felt a little odd and quirky. "I
always felt like I was different," she said, "but I assumed everyone was
like that." She was able to capitalize on her eccentricities as an artist,
a writer, a wife, and a mother.
As a young child, Davina lived with her family in New York, Italy,
Switzerland, Spain, and France.