Gilman Class of 2016 Honored at 119th Founders Day

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Each year the leading scholar from each Middle and Upper School grade is awarded a William S. Thomas Scholarship Prize. This year’s Upper School recipients, pictured from left, are: Matthew Z. Mu ‘18, James Clayton Hebert ‘17, Luigi Nicholas Mangione ’16 (valedictorian), and William Carrington Dowling ‘19. Photo Credit: Steve McDaniel

The 112-member Class of 2016 faced stormy weather on Sunday, June 5, for the Founders Day exercises that marked the end of their time as Gilman students. The threat of thunderstorms led to a decision to move the exercises indoors, which, despite the swelter inside the Redmond C.S. Finney Arena, provided wise as rain pelted the ceiling about 40 minutes into the ceremony. The nimble move seems apt for the Class of 2016, characterized by its valedictorian, Luigi Nicholas Mangione, as inventive, with “incredible courage to explore the unknown and try new things.”

In the valedictory, Luigi Mangione credited his classmates for their “inventive, pioneering mentality that accompanies a strong commitment to Gilman tradition.”

Along with Mangione, Gilman families, friends, faculty members, and the graduating class heard addresses by Headmaster Henry P.A. Smyth and Board of Trustees President Scott Wieler.

In his remarks, Headmaster Smyth referenced a quote from Arnold Toynbee, a British professor and historian, who, in his mid-20th Century work, “A Study in History,” wrote: “The distance between our capacious knowledge and the moral wisdom to use it constructively, may have become so great that we have passed the point of no return in closing the gap.”

Smyth reminded the boys that “book smarts” alone are not enough to make the world a better place, and he suggested that the Class of 2016 might offer an alternative narrative by using knowledge constructively and cultivating moral wisdom to compliment intelligence. “Be smart and knowledgeable. More importantly, be wise and moral. Continue to cultivate your whole selves in mind, body, and spirit. In other words, gentlemen, be Gilman men,” he told the graduates.

The Class of 2016 included 16 second and third generation Gilman men. Some are pictured here, with their fathers and grandfathers. From front row left: Mitch Ford ’82, Mitchie Ford ‘16, Vincent Brocato ’84, Alex Brocato ’16, Charlie Orlinksy ‘16, and Eric Orlinsky ‘84. Second row from left: Ricky Roebuck ‘16, Rick Roebuck ’87, Riggs Jones ’16, and Richard Jones ‘69. Third row from left: Matt Siems ‘16, Willy Gettinger ‘16, Robert Gettinger ’73, Drew Saltzman ‘16, and Robert Saltzman ‘86. Back row from left: Wells Obrecht ’82, Charlie Obrecht ‘52, Teddy Obrecht ’16, Porter Siems ‘73, Jules Finney ‘16, Former Headmaster Redmond C.S. Finney ‘47, Frank DeCosta ‘16, Stewart Finney ‘77, Frank DeCosta ‘81, Hans Wittich ’80, and Charlie Wittich ‘16. Photo Credit: Steve McDaniel
The Class of 2016 included 16 second and third generation Gilman men. Some are pictured here, with their fathers and grandfathers. From front row left: Mitch Ford ’82, Mitchie Ford ‘16, Vincent Brocato ’84, Alex Brocato ’16, Charlie Orlinksy ‘16, and Eric Orlinsky ‘84. Second row from left: Ricky Roebuck ‘16, Rick Roebuck ’87, Riggs Jones ’16, and Richard Jones ‘69. Third row from left: Matt Siems ‘16, Willy Gettinger ‘16, Robert Gettinger ’73, Drew Saltzman ‘16, and Robert Saltzman ‘86. Back row from left: Wells Obrecht ’82, Charlie Obrecht ‘52, Teddy Obrecht ’16, Porter Siems ‘73, Jules Finney ‘16, Former Headmaster Redmond C.S. Finney ‘47, Frank DeCosta ‘16, Stewart Finney ‘77, Frank DeCosta ‘81, Hans Wittich ’80, and Charlie Wittich ‘16. Photo Credit: Steve McDaniel

The Headmaster also announced the creation of a new faculty chair at Gilman, established by Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Thomas ’43, to support the School’s outreach and development effort. The chair will support an exemplary Gilman faculty or staff member who embodies Gilman’s values. He named Athletic Director Timothy Holley, Jr. ’77 as the first recipient of the J. Richard and Mary McC. Thomas Development Chair.

Thanks to the generosity of the Culver family, a second John K. and Robert F. M. Culver Chair, given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in the teaching of humanities or the arts, was awarded during the ceremony. Smyth announced that Upper School English Department Chair Patrick Hastings will join Middle School Language Arts teacher Matt Tully as the second Culver Chair.

Board of Trustees President Scott Wieler spoke to the graduates about “being Gilman,” their future role in the community, and their responsibility to reach their fullest potential. “I am asking you, as Gilman graduates and future leaders, to do what generations of your predecessors have done: Cut through the noise, accept new challenges, find your frontier, disrupt the status quo, and change the world.”

Before the graduates received their diplomas, the following students won awards for scholarship, athletic performance, and community service.

2016 Student Awards

William S. Thomas Scholarship Prizes

9th Grade: William Carrington Dowling

10th Grade: Matthew Z. Mu

11th Grade: James Clayton Hebert

12th Grade: Luigi Nicholas Mangione

William Cabell Bruce, Jr. Athletic Prize: Dorian Wayne Maddox

Daniel Baker, Jr. Memorial Award: Basil Paul Melissanos Apostolo

Edward Fenimore Award: Antonio Daniel Dupree Jr.

Peter Parrott Blanchard Award: Stephen Joseph Spanellis

Redmond C. S. Finney Award: Alexander Jarrell Stephens

William A. Fisher Medallion: Leonard Joseph Shapiro

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The Class of 2016

Elijah Ismael Abass

Basil Paul M. Apostolo

Bryan Cole Applefeld

Joshua Darryl Askew

Ethan Robert Avotins

Andrew Charles Blomquist

William Derek Prin Blomquist

Jeremy Noah Booth*

Isaiah Raymond Braxton

Alexander Aidan Brocato

Bryce Jeffery Butler

Patrick Ryan Byerly

Hogan Byun*

Tabb Carneal

Andrew Thomas Chan

Brian Kenjin Chirikjian*

Stewart Junhyun Cho

Jack Harkins Churchill*

Alexander Stephen Edward Cohill

Derrick Jordan Covington

Asher Philip Cox

Aaron Joseph Cranston

Claiborne Cartwright Crozier

William Buck Davies

William Benjamin Davison*

Frank Augustus DeCosta IV

Daniel Jeffery DeSmit

Thomas Richard Diehl

Jack Alexander Bradley Doriss

Kevin Hurite Doyle

Wolfgang Charles Drake

Antonio Daniel Dupree Jr.

Jay Merritt Eastman

Justin Martin Edwards

Emmanuel Ani Engermann*

Julian Stewart Finney

John Carroll Fitzgerald

Hunter Luis Flaks

Mitchell Frederick Ford Jr.*

Jacob Parker Gavilow

William Walter Gettinger

Jacob Alexander Goodwin

Luke Ireland Granger

Adam Cameron Gray

A’mon Kevin Griffin

Bennett Mays Gushue

Devery Bernard Hamilton Jr.

John Thomas Harvey*

Michael Elijah Li Holmes*

Ethan Walsh Houley

Thomas John Huber Jr.

Bryce Williamson Jones

Riggs Patrick Jones

Ellison Omari Jordan

Stewart Garrett Keehner

Minjun Kim

Parker Collins Knott*

Peter Gibson Kohler*

Nicholas Alexander Kuchar*

Frederick Paul Leatherbury

Robert Jinmyeong Lee

Blake James Leonard

Haohan Lin

James Patrick Lotz

Dorian Wayne Maddox

Daniel Dmitriy Makarevich*

Luigi Nicholas Mangione*

Brennan James McAdams

Wesley Matthews Mehl

August Robert Meny*

Toshihiko Mori

Casey Mac Nelan

Tobias Ernst Niebur

Edward Joseph Obrecht

Kyle John Ogden

Charles Henry Orlinsky*

Tyler Attwood Pantle

Yixuan Pei*

Matthew Aaron Pomerantz

Richard Miller Roebuck, Jr.

Robert Bromwell Russell V

Joseph Henry Sakai

Drew Michael Saltzman

James Peyton Sandberg

Race Scott Saunders

Alexander Reynolds Shafer

Shamar Andre Shanks

Leonard Joseph Shapiro

Nikita Sharshakov

Andrew Kyubae Shim

Jack Chaimson Sibel

Charles Graham Siegel*

Matthew Porter King Siems

Christopher J. Song*

Stephen Joseph Spanellis*

Alexander Jarrell Stephens

Korey Makai Stevens

Maxwell Benjamin Strome*

David Matthew Sturtz

Tze-E Tan*

Thomas Curtis Troy

Wen Kai Wang

Zain Wasi

John William Thompson Webb

Max David Wendell

Corey Dylan Wey

Christopher McClellan Williams

Everett Juwan Winchester

Charles Schroeder Wittich

Christopher Alderman Wolfe*

Jacob Andrew Young

Charles Edward Young II

*Cum Laude

 

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