Greetings, Gryphons! If we weren't all Michiganders, we might just be tempted to believe that spring is in the air. There seems to be evidence of that here at school: lacrosse players have been spotted prowling the campus, for example, and a few hardy souls have been seen circling the Towsley Field track. Either way, it's safe to say we're entering the homestretch of the 2015-16 school year. Here's some of what's been going on at Greenhills.
100 Days Dinner celebrates Greenhills seniors
The 100 Days Dinner at Travis Pointe Country Club Thursday also  included live jazz,  vocal performances, and alumni wisdom from Dr. Leela (Mirafzali) Hamp '07. And while the dinner formerly marked the start of a 100-day countdown to graduation, this video slideshow by senior Ian Harris reminded seniors that they spent many more hundreds of days becoming friends at Greenhills.

Greenhills visiting writer keynotes McDowell Awards
2016 McDowell Awards for student writing

Writing, said Greenhills Visiting Writer Rachel DeWoskin at this week's McDowell Awards, is as much about listening, watching, reading, and thinking as it is about putting pen to paper. Hear what else she had to say in this video.

Creepy, kooky Addams Family musical scores a hit

Upper School thespians outdid themselves this month with their hilarious production of The Addams Family, which played to packed houses March 18, 19, and 20. 
The simple tale of girl meets boy meets ghouls left the audience alternately laughing out loud and empathizing with the titular family, whose unusual proclivities were the cause of much consternation between the star-crossed lovers.

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Greenhills names new associate director of college counseling
We are thrilled to announce that Alexander ("Allie") Levey will be joining us this May as Associate Director of College Counseling.  Allie comes to Greenhills after completing his M.A. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Michigan. He earned his B.A. at Wesleyan University in African-American studies. 

Born in Washington, D.C., Allie most recently served as the Upper School Admissions Director at Sidwell Friends School, his alma mater, where he also coached soccer and baseball. Read More

A strong season, with more to come for US Forensics 
The Upper School forensics team finished the invitational tournament season consistently ranking in second place with 47 students qualifying for a final round. Congratulations to the 70 team members for participating! At the Michigan Speech Coaches State Tournament, results were impressive, with 11 competitors reaching finals. And there's more to come: the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association elimination series begins with a regional tournament on April 16, with the state competition following from April 29  and 30 at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. Read More
It's not (quite) too late to order a yearbook!
But it's definitely down to the wire ... 

Yearbook orders are due. For those who don't preorder, we can't guarantee  there will enough extras to go around. It's too late to order a personalized cover, but c ost is $55 and order forms are located on the All School page on Greenhouse, or simply click here to order .

Rollicking "Night for Greenhills" brings community together
A strong turnout by the community and a wide variety of auction items helped make this year's celebration of "A Night for Greenhills" a success at the Polo Fields Ann Arbor last month.  The gathering, which featured live and silent auctions, a fine meal, and performances by Greenhills Studio Jazz and the school's improv troupe, drew nearly 100 members of the Greenhills community to the golf and country club March 5. Read More

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Strong showing for Greenhills at regional science fair

Several Greenhills students participated in the 58th Annual Southeast Michigan Regional Science Fair March 11 and 12 at Washtenaw Community College. The fair draws students from five counties and is the regional qualifying event for both the Michigan State Science Fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Phoenix this year.    Read More
US Debate rolls again this year

The Upper School debate team has continued its winning ways this year, with success in tournaments in Michigan and across the country. For the second year in a row, for example, Greenhills debaters won the qualifying tournaments to represent Michigan at both the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament and the National Catholic Forensic League's Grand National Tournament. 
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 Ethics Bowl team grabs state championship

The Greenhills Ethics Bowl team brought home hardware last month, besting reigning Ann Arbor Pioneer to become the new state champions---and qualifying for a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a national competition in April. 

Ethics Bowl coach Mark Randolph reported that two full teams and a partial team competed hard over the course of an 11-hour day at the University of Michigan's Palmer Commons Conference Center. Greenhills fielded enough players to form two full teams and the better part of a third team, as well, Randolph said.  
 Gryphons Sports Update
Photo courtesy Gingie Gauger

Greenhills spring sports got off to a strong start this week, with boys lacrosse, baseball, and soccer teams all notching victories Tuesday afternoon. The lacrosse squad, in fact, already is riding a 3-0 wave, having already downed Avondale, Utica Henry Ford II, and Ypsilanti Lincoln high schools.

The spring sports season isn't yet fully underway, however, as softball and golf won't start competition until after the break. Other sports, such as track and field, have made only a limited start so far. The same holds true for the next generation of Gryphons---those currently in the Middle School--whose spring sports season begins once students return from Spring Break on April 12.
Coming up at Greenhills School

Senior Class Golf Outing benefit set for May 15
This year's fundraiser supporting the Class of 2016 class gift---a new outdoor staircase linking the junior and senior forums---will be held at the Washtenaw Golf Club (formerly Polo Fields Washtenaw) with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $90 for adults and $75 for students. A variety of sponsorships are also available.  Register and learn more here.

Blood Drive coming to Greenhills April 21
Greenhills students and faculty are already well on their way to topping Huron High School in a friendly competition to bag the most blood at the next Greenhills blood drive, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21. Pre-registration is required, so please drop an email to Greenhills Service Learning Director Alyssa Friendly if you're interested in giving.