June 15 , 2016

Greetings, Gryphons! School may be out now, but there is still much to share about recent Greenhills happenings--- reunions, awards, commencement, and more. We hope you enjoy our last e-Forum of the year!
Picture perfect commencement for Class of '16
Faculty speaker Mark Randolph takes a selfie with 77 of his closest friends.
An inspirational ending --- and beginning --- for grads
In a weather window that appeared to have been custom-built just for them, the Greenhills Class of 2016 walked across the stage on a Sunday afternoon and into the next phase of their lives.
 
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The celebratory program featured remarks by Head of School Carl Pelofsky, Class Principal Bruce Zellers. Student Speaker and Class President Ian Harris, and Faculty Speaker Mark Randolph, along with music by the Upper School Orchestra and the Upper School Choir.


Graduates and their families and friends shared memories and laughs from Greenhills careers that, for many of the graduates, stretch back seven years.   And while the laughs definitely dominated, more than a few parents could be seen dabbing at their eyes as the program unfolded. Congratulations and well done, Class of '16!

4th Annual Walk for Water helps with Flint water crisis
The Middle School's fourth annual Walk for Water, raising money this year to help with the drinking water crisis in Flint, also served to remind students how hard life can be in other parts of the world.

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Each seventh-grader carried six liters of water four miles, which also is the average amount and distance many women in the developing world walk every day in order to bring fresh water to their families. Read more.
New tool will help Greenhills fine-tune its message
Please share your ideas in our new, short survey
Those of us who have the good fortune to be around Greenhills every day know just how awesome the school is. But how do we share that good news with the wider community? We hope you'll spend five minutes or so taking our new survey to tell us how we can better reach families who might be interested in what Greenhills has to offer their children. It's quick, it's painless, and your answers will help guide our outreach efforts into the future. Thanks in advance for your participation! Take survey here.

It's not too late to support this year's Annual Fund!
Annual Fund goal nearly within reach
The school fiscal year is winding down this month, but there's still time to support Greenhills with a gift to the Annual Fund. Remember, your gifts help sustain our robust financial aid program, and join with tuition to give our students the best possible experience i n the classroom, the theater, on the athletic field, and in the community beyond our campus.  Please give here!
Filmmaker, scientist share experiences with school community
Sincock Family Endowment supports real-world learning
Students and the larger Greenhills community enjoyed a pair of unique learning opportunities in the arts and sciences recently, thanks to the Sincock Family Endowment, a Greenhills fund that promotes student interaction with academic, artistic, business, and scientific leaders from outside the school.   Read more.
Members of Class of 2016 honored at award ceremony
Head of Upper School Julia de la Torre congratulates 2016 Valedictorian Brandon Johnson.
Faculty members recognize seniors' achievements
The last day of classes at Greenhills brought the student body together for a ceremony recognizing seniors for their hard work in academic, artistic, and athletic endeavors.
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In addition to naming Brandon Johnson valedictorian, faculty presented awards in math, writing, modern and classical languages, history and social science, forensics, art, and theater. Head of School Awards, Paulus Awards, the Read Award, and the Trustees Award were also presented. Congratulations to all!  See award recipients here.
Alums, students, and families enjoy Greenhills' busiest weekend
Tigers game kicks off Greenhills reunion and commencement weekend
Hundreds of Greenhills alums and friends streamed through the school and its grounds this month for reunions, commencement, and the dedication of the new Friedlander Outdoor Forum. It was great to see everyone! Be sure to check out some of the weekend's photos!

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Forensics teams turn in strong performances at tournaments 
Thirty-three students represented the Upper School at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association Individual Events State Tournament at Central Michigan University this spring, and once again the team ranked first in the C/D division ---- for the ninth consecutive year.

With 24 finalists and 9 semifinalists, every student who participated earned an award. Some highlights:
  • Ten students ranked as event champions in three events: Tema Cohen and Aaron Sandhu in Duo; Anirudh Hirve, Rahul Kak, Maria LoCicero, Maya Joseph, Luena Maillard, Amar Nigam, and Siani Woods in "Howl's Moving Castle," a multiple; and Sabrina Wu in Prose. 
  • For the first time in the history of the forensics program, two students earned the distinction of being a three time event champion.  This honor goes to Sabrina Wu who was also an event champion in Drama in 2013 and in Duo with Siani Woods in 2015.  For three consecutive years, Amar Nigam is an event champion in multiple.
  • Several seniors have been a part of the championship team for four consecutive years: Nikita Bazaj, Ian Harris, Rohan Shrimankar, Siani Woods, and Sabrina Wu.

Middle School students also performed well this spring, with 64 students traveling to Saginaw to compete at the MIFA Middle Level State Tournament at White Pine Middle School. Results were impressive with 30 students qualifying as finalists and 12 more as semifinalists. It was exciting to have three students rank first in their events: Nikki Lama and Jane Vaillant in Duo and Arjun Purohit in Extemporaneous.
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Additionally, several eighth graders earned finalist positions at both the fall and spring tournaments this school year: Alan Atkinsmith, Frances Beedon, Ayanna Bell, Serena David, Will Ellsworth, Juliet Krajcik, Nikki Lama, Adrian Moeller, Neha Navathe, Anvit Rao, Nadia Shariff, Jane Vaillant, and Derek Zhu.
 
Congratulations to all!  Read more.

 Gryphons Spring Sports Update

Greenhills was a busy venue this spring as the school hosted a large track meet, tennis regionals, and numerous smaller events. Greenhills athletes performed well, with the tennis team sweeping the field in the regional competition it hosted and several track athletes earning regional championships and advancing to the state finals. 

At the state track meet, Avery Jones '16 finished second in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters, while Kelsey Mussio '17 placed second in pole vault. Brynne Hindle '18 ran the 300 meter hurdles, while a team of Kelsey Mussio, Brynne Hindle, Avery Jones, and Onyekachi Nwaneri '16 ran the 4-by-100 relay. Jones and Mussio were named all-MIAC.

In baseball, Brandon Johnson, Charlie Butz, Cam Blochwitz, Houston Scott, Matt Chatas and Cal Winning were named academic all district. Matt Chatas also was named to the MIAC first team. The boys golf team placed third at districts, with MVP Evan Marks and James Sotiroff both named to the MIAC first team.

Lacrosse finished 12-6, with Jack DiMarzo and Max Miller named all region and Gavin Amezaga, Tim Carpenter, Cam Gauger, Trey Feldeisen, and  Nick Gargaro earning all-state honors. Hasan Iqbal and Gavin Amezaga earned individual academic all-state honors, and the team earned academic all-state honorable mention.

In girls soccer, Kirin Cromer '17 and Emma Petrillo '19 were named all district. Kyra Martin and Paige Coffing were named to the MIAC first team in softball 

Finally, varsity tennis coach Mark Randolph was named Regional Coach of the Year, and softball's Julie Smith earned MIAC Coach of the Year honors. Congratulations all!

New Family Picnic brings new Gryphons together
Welcome to "Greenhills 101" 
New Greenhills students and their families gathered recently for a picnic and a special evening of questions, answers, fun, and games as a way of getting to know each other and the school. Our cameras captured some of the fun.

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From the Educators' Blog
Sra. Moffat reflects on learning from our amiguitos 
Middle and upper school Spanish students all pitched in April 22 to host the first ever "Día de amiguitos" ("Day of Little Friends") at Greenhills. 

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The day evolved as a result of our students' visits to the Academy of the Americas (a Detroit Public Schools bilingual school), during which we learned that even talented first graders with excellent teachers work extremely hard, write lots of tests, and deserve some time to relax and have fun. Read more.