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The Gator

The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

Upper School tour guides pose at Open House. Photo courtesy of Brimmer and May School.
Behind the Scenes with Experienced Student Tour Guides
Amelia Bowman, Journalist • January 24, 2022
Learn more about the School's Student Tour Guide Program, where members share their experiences as they guide prospective families around campus.
17th Annual Humanities Symposium Kicks Off
17th Annual Humanities Symposium Kicks Off
Zakkai Mares-Van Praag, Journalist • January 21, 2022
Carolyn Chou, the Executive Director of the Asian American Resource Workshop in Boston, tackled the "model minority" stereotype.
Upper School students are required to take rapid tests twice each week.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn
Quarantined Students Face Make-Up Work
Kate Hirschen, Journalist • January 20, 2022
Without concurrent learning, some students here report worrying that a positive COVID-19 test could affect their academics. 
GNN: Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
GNN: Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Sophia Spring, Multimedia Manager • January 17, 2022
Several Upper School students and two fifth grade students created a video to honor Dr. King.

COVID Response Team Chair Addresses Omicron Variant
COVID Response Team Chair Addresses Omicron Variant
Sophia Spring and Brian Gamble January 14, 2022
“I feel really good about the mitigation strategies that we have in place,” Chair Carl Rapisarda-Vallely said.
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Students attend the 2020 Yale Model United Nations conference, which was held in person before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Model United Nations Club Prepares For Virtual Conference
Kate Hirschen, Journalist • January 6, 2022
From January 20-23, the Model United Nations club will attend a virtual conference held by Yale University.
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Teargas is released outside the United States Capitol.
One Year Later: Remembering January 6
Grace Papas, Executive Editor • January 6, 2022
A protest quickly became violent when the protesters broke into the Capitol building. Gunshots rang out not long after.
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Anja Westhues 20 sings at Coffee House 2019 with her father, Jukka Westhues.
Omicron Variant Derails Return to In-Person Coffee House
Marlie Kass, Senior Arts Journalist • January 5, 2022
Only performers will be allowed to attend for a live-streamed event.
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Photo courtesy of Nicole DeCesare.
Rapid Tests, New Masks: Winter Reopening Updates
Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief • January 3, 2022
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 causing a surge in Massachusetts cases, the School's COVID Response Team has updated several health and safety policies.
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Newsroom Closed Until 2022
Newsroom Closed Until 2022
Gator Staff December 18, 2021
The newsroom will remain closed until Monday, Jan. 3, 2002. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
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Lower School Teacher Angela Park shares her experience as a Korean American with the community.
Voices Assembly Highlights AAPI Community
Brian Gamble, Managing Editor • December 15, 2021
On December 11, faculty and students gathered for the School’s Voices assembly to honor stories from the AAPI community.
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The stage is set before the 2019-2020 Ring Ceremony.
Ring Ceremony to Feature Major Changes
Zakkai Mares-Van Praag, Journalist • December 15, 2021
Past ceremony speeches were deemed hurtful and inappropriate, leading the event to change its format.
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The Gator Wins Repeat CSPA Crown Award
The Gator Wins Repeat CSPA Crown Award
Gator Staff December 15, 2021
A Crown Finalist Nomination is among the highest honors for overall high school newsroom excellence in journalism.
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The Gator-Aides with Associate Director of College Counseling Dona Rehm, a founder of the program.
Gator-Aides Program Welcomes New Students
Kate Hirschen, Journalist • November 19, 2021
Since the program's launch, new students report a welcome introduction to the School by the 12th-grade mentors.
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Photo illustration by Edan Zinn ’23.
Vaccine Approval for Ages 5-11 Sparks Hope
Talia Hammer, Journalist • November 8, 2021
On October 29, the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use for children ages 5-11.
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Harvestfest Returns to Campus
Harvestfest Returns to Campus
Marlie Kass, Senior Arts Journalist • November 4, 2021
After last year's absence, Harvestfest was held to bring the School together for fall-themed festivities.
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AAPI Club Presidents Hebe Qiang 23 and Madeline Hsiao 23 pose.
Hebe Qiang '23, Madeline Hsiao '23 Pioneer AAPI Club
Amelia Bowman, Journalist • October 28, 2021
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Club is a resource available for students to celebrate culture and connect with their peers.
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Co-Editor-in-Chief Edan Zinn 23.
Edan Zinn '23, Digital Story of the Year Finalist
Gator Staff October 28, 2021
Zinn's story, "Photo Essay: Band Improvises During Covid-19," gets national spotlight.
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All-School Harvestfest To Return
All-School Harvestfest To Return
Kate Hirschen, Journalist • October 27, 2021
On November 2 at 9:10 a.m., the School community will come together over crafts, music, and food at Harvestfest.
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Grace Papas
Grace Papas
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Grace has attended Brimmer since in sixth grade and has been a part of The Gator for her entire high school career. She enjoys writing, baking, listening to music, and playing soccer. She's incredibly...

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