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Freshmen and Sophomores Moving Up a Rank

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Freshmen and sophomores are finishing up their first and second years at the Academy.

Freshmen can reflect on their first year of experience at Gilmour and what they will be like next year as leaders of the underclassmen.

I didn’t know what to expect coming into Gilmour, but my freshman year has been very exciting

John Kunzo (`18), a student council officer, was very pleased with his first year at the Upper School. Kunzo said, “I didn’t know what to expect coming into Gilmour, but my freshman year has been very exciting. I have made many friends coming here. I also played three sports, so it has been enjoyable to say the least.”

While Kunzo sees becoming a sophomore as a seamless extension of his freshman year, many freshmen are eager to start a new year without having to re-establish themselves.

I look forward to helping the freshmen adjust

Isabel Greene (`18), co-president with Sebastian Williams (`18) said, “Meeting new people can be scary because you have to be outgoing to make new friends and try new things.” When asked what she is most looking forward to next year, Greene said, “I look forward to helping the freshmen adjust. I think I will feel more connected to the community since I am more familiar with the school and students.”

The current sophomores are finishing up their first half of high school and will have the new experience of being upperclassmen come next semester.

I think I will feel more connected to the community since I am more familiar with the school and students

Many sophomores say they are very excited to become upperclassmen and finally be able to “hang out” in the Student Center. Michelle Moufawad (`17), a sophomore class respresentative, said, “My second year at Gilmour was a positive experience. This year was definitely different from freshman year in terms of adjusting. I wasn’t nervous and I felt as though my first year teachers helped me prepare for sophomore year.” She talked about becoming an upperclassman too. She said, “I’m mostly looking forward to expanding my horizons and seriously looking at colleges and preparing for my future.”

I’m mostly looking forward to expanding my horizons and seriously looking at colleges and preparing for my future

While the classes of 2017 and 2018 move into more established roles at the Upper School, the Class of 2016 looks to lead the student body next year before they graduate next May and start the cycle again as freshmen in college.