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Earlier this year, Naamen Betselot '18 held a school supply drive at GC. On June 16, she visited Addis Tessfa Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she brought all the items collected during the drive. The children and teachers were more than grateful to receive the donations from GC. Naamen would like to thank everyone who participated for helping to make a difference.

This summer, rising seniors Milan Reed and Nia Starr will be interning with Dr. Michael Summers at his lab on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. Dr. Summers is the Robert E. Meyerhoff Chair for Excellence in Research and Mentoring and a University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He has been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which is one of the highest honors that a researcher can receive.

Dr. Summers studies the structures of HIV and other retroviruses to understand how their components interact. He aims to use his research on the HIV's inner workings to inhibit the virus. Milan and Nia will be aiding Dr. Summers in his research, which will be an incredible learning opportunity for them considering Dr. Summers is known for his deep commitment to training the next generation of leading scientists (particularly minority scientists) from high school through postdoctoral levels. He has received mentoring awards from the White House, AAAS, and many others.

The application and selection processes were rigorous and competitive, and GC would like to congratulate both Milan and Nia on securing such a promising opportunity.

Coach of the Year

Two Good Counsel coaches, Gene Neal and Lee Ingham, secured the coveted All-Met Coach of the Year award for the 2017 Spring season.

Coach Neal led the GC Boys Track and Field team to its second straight WCAC championship, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since the mid-eighties. After securing the WCAC championship last season with senior distance runners accounting for the lion's share of the points, Neal steered a repeat with a largely different team that did most of its damage in the sprints and sprint relays

Coach Ingham led GC Girls Tennis to their first WCAC girls' tennis title since 1996. After a close early season win over Paul VI, the team took off and finished with a 10-3 overall record, which included an 8-0 mark in the conference. The 12th-year coach also guided the boys' team to second place in the WCAC.

First Team All-Met

DJ Pratt '17 earned First Team All-Met honors for his performance on the track this season. DJ finished the season undefeated in the 400, winning at the WCAC Championships in 47.78. He scored 26 points in open events and won as the anchor of the 4x200 as the Falcons repeated as conference champs.

Taylor McDaniels '17 and Halle Graham '17 earned First Team All-Met honors for their work on the lacrosse field. Taylor, a North Carolina commit and Under Armour all-American, was a top scorer on GC's prolific offense. Halle, committed to Virginia, was a four-year starter who excelled on both ends of the field, helping lead Falcons to a 14-6 season against a national schedule.

Honorable Mentions

Boys Track and Field: 4x200 relay team (Jonathan Imes, Savian Barrett, Turner Roberts, Darnell Pratt )

Girls Lacrosse: Kayla Rieu '19 and Maeson Tydings '18

Girls Tennis: Melinda Yan '19

Golf: Brandon Keller '18

Baseball: Ronnie Brie '17

Last week, members of the GC Choir went to the Dominican Republic on a service trip. While there, they taught English at local elementary schools and performed concerts for the public. They left behind more than just their parents and friends but also many of the comforts we take for granted in the U.S. By all accounts it was a transformative trip that gave the students a true sense of just how important it is to serve others.

You can get a day by day break down of the trip, as well as photo and a video of their journey, on the group's blog.

While GC continues its search for a new Cross Country coach, recently retired coach Tom Arnold has generously offered to continue his annual summer training program. New students interested in joining GC's fall boys' and girls' cross country programs and our voluntary summer long training program, can contact former head coach Tom Arnold for further details at:

(240) 283-3212 (office)


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