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Lifers Call Gilmour a Second Home

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As the senior year comes to an end, Gilmour “lifers” reflect on their experiences being at one school for so many years. In the Class of 2015, there are 12 students who have been at the Academy for 13 years or more. They have witnessed a great deal of change and have left their own marks on the community, making it feel to them like a second home.

Gilmour is known for its community aspect

Gilmour is known for its community aspect, and Noah Broadbent (`15) thinks the Academy has lifers and their families to thank for that. He said, “I know the building like my house. I spent a lot of my childhood here. You could say I was raised or that I grew up here.”

The lifers have been here to witness all the changes throughout Gilmour. They have been the glue that kept the grade together as they merged from the Lower and Middle School into the Upper School. Nicholas Abdallah (`15) said, “The biggest changes that I witnessed over my years as a Gilmour lifer are the changes in the buildings.” He thinks the Athletic Center was a great improvement noting “all that it has to offer to students.”

The biggest changes that I witnessed over my years as a Gilmour lifer are the changes in the buildings

Going from Lower to Middle to Upper schools with all new people led the lifers to take a role of leadership and accept change. Lauren Brenkus (`15) explained this transition. She said, “The biggest change was going from a small middle school class of 40 students to a class of 100 in ninth grade. It was overwhelming because I had to come out of my comfort zone and meet so many new people.”

The lifers feel they have made a positive impact on the community by being leaders and keeping the values Gilmour has taught them despite any hardships and tough times. Brenkus said, “Even when life was changing around me, I always had a consistent place to go.” They will be graduating next month, and they can always come home to Gilmour for a free lunch.