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The Gator

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

The Gator

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

The Gator

Edan Zinn will serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief.

Edan Zinn, Editor-in-Chief

A current 11th grade student, Edan has been at Brimmer since Pre-K. In addition to editing stories, he also takes photos for The Gator and enjoys learning about photography in Advanced Photography. Edan is a member of the Creative Arts Diploma Program for Visual Arts. Edan finds photojournalism to be a fun method of artistic storytelling.

All content by Edan Zinn
Kaylee Little 23 challenges a Bradford Christian Academy player in the 2019 Varsity Girls Homecoming game.

Photo | Athletes Look Forward to Homecoming Games

October 15, 2021

Kaylee Little '23 challenges a Bradford Christian Academy player in the 2019 Varsity Girls Homecoming game.

Sous Chef Taran Gavrin serves an Upper School student at lunch.

Photo | Students, Faculty Appreciate Cafeteria Reopening

October 7, 2021

Sous Chef Taran Gavrin serves an Upper School student at lunch.

During remote learning, students based in China Zoomed in on a 12-hour time difference.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | International Students Adjust To Life On Campus After Remote Learning

September 21, 2021

During remote learning, students based in China Zoomed in on a 12-hour time difference. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Elijah Kinney 23 knocks the frisbee away from Jackson Ostrowski 22 during Ultimate Frisbee Day of Cross Country.

‘Almost Back To Normal’: Varsity Teams Get to Work

September 17, 2021
After four days of preseason practices and an abbreviated first week of school, varsity sports teams here are getting back to their normal season routines.
The Varsity Girls Field Hockey team cheers after practice.

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September 17, 2021

The Varsity Girls Field Hockey team cheers after practice.

Elijah Kinney 23 knocks the frisbee out of the reach of Jackson Ostrowski 23.

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September 17, 2021

Elijah Kinney '23 knocks the frisbee out of the reach of Jackson Ostrowski '23.

Elijah Kinney 23 knocks the frisbee out of the reach of Jackson Ostrowski 23.

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September 17, 2021

Elijah Kinney '23 knocks the frisbee out of the reach of Jackson Ostrowski '23.

Madeline Hsiao 23, Hebe Qiang 23, and Libby Barker-Hook 23 sit outside on the first day of school.

Photo | Campus Reopens With Modified COVID-19 Protocols

September 8, 2021

Madeline Hsiao '23, Hebe Qiang '23, and Libby Barker-Hook '23 sit outside on the first day of school.

Leni Hicks-Dutt 23 and Sophia Bruno 23 pose before lacrosse practice.

Photo | After Two Long Years, Lacrosse Returns to the Playing Field

June 11, 2021

Leni Hicks-Dutt '23 and Sophia Bruno '23 pose before lacrosse practice.

Head of School Judith Guild greets a student on the first day of school last September.

Administration Plans Around COVID-19 for 2021-2022 School Year

June 4, 2021
The School is optimistic that next school year will have fewer health and safety restrictions due to COVID-19 vaccination progress.
Zakkai Mares-Van Praag 22 and Haleigh Jacobs 23 bump elbows on the field.

Photo | With State Reopening, Students Feel Normalcy Near

May 28, 2021

Zakkai Mares-Van Praag '22 and Haleigh Jacobs '23 bump elbows on the field.

Kieran Cross 23 (front) and Jack Nathanson 23 play the guitar during a rehearsal. You can tell that everyone put in the effort this year to be able to play during COVID times, and I am grateful for having it at all this year, Cross said.

Photo Essay: Band Improvises During COVID-19

May 27, 2021
The Upper School Ensemble took on the challenge of making music despite restrictions due to the pandemic.
Students joined the livestream with Director of Global Studies Kelly Neely.

Photo | Students Attend WorldBoston Discussion of Armenian Genocide

May 11, 2021

Students joined the livestream with Director of Global Studies Kelly Neely.

Josh Swain reached out to other Joshes on Facebook.

Photo | Op-Ed: Josh Fight, A Display of Positivity in Viral Media

May 5, 2021

Josh Swain reached out to other Joshes on Facebook.

Ugo Adiele 23 and Kieran Cross 23 sort clothes for community service.

Photos: Week of Apr. 26

May 3, 2021
Students participated in community service and Spirit Week last week.
Students hold pins showing where they received their COVID-19 vaccine.

Student COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin

April 30, 2021
More community members here have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including students in the Upper School.
Upper School History Teacher Ted Barker-Hook gives a lesson on The New York Times.

Photo | Curriculum Modified During COVID-19

April 27, 2021

Upper School History Teacher Ted Barker-Hook gives a lesson on The New York Times.

Brian Gamble 23 reads the 2019-2020 yearbook. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | School to Gift Yearbooks To All Students

April 15, 2021

Brian Gamble '23 reads the 2019-2020 yearbook. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Q&A: Get To Know Upper School Senate Candidates

April 12, 2021
Elections will occur later this month for Upper School Senate positions for the 2021-2022 academic year.
 My natural ability to accomplish things means nothing without the willingness to use it. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Op-Ed: With Academics, Talent Isn’t Everything

April 13, 2021

 My natural ability to accomplish things means nothing without the willingness to use it. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Brian Barrera 22, Owen Williams 23, and Leni Hicks-Dutt 23 play soccer at lunch.

Photos: Week of Apr. 5

April 12, 2021
Students are settling into the fully in-person schedule.
Students use Sora to access eBooks from their devices. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Library Moves Online During COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Students use Sora to access eBooks from their devices. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Digital illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Podcast: Mahlet Woldemariam ’95 on Vaccine Development

April 7, 2021
Mahlet Woldemariam '95 talks about the science behind vaccines, how they are developed and tested, and why they are a helpful means of prevention.
In Upper School classrooms, students sit at desks six feet apart.

Photo | School Moves To Full-Time In-Person Learning

April 5, 2021

In Upper School classrooms, students sit at desks six feet apart.

Terry E. Carter recites poetry while Jonathan Fagan plays the piano.

Photos: Ensemble Performs With Musicians in Residence

March 12, 2021
On Thursday, the Upper School Ensemble invited two of its artists in residence to perform with Terry E. Carter and Jonathan Fagan.
Senior citizens and teachers line up to receive a vaccine. Digital illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Teachers Respond To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

March 11, 2021
Faculty and staff are beginning to search for open appointments to get the shot, but many have expressed frustration with the the vaccine’s rollout.
School Hosts Equity In Womens Sports Panel

School Hosts Equity In Women’s Sports Panel

March 5, 2021
In the final installment of the 16th Annual Bissel Grogan Humanities Symposium, the School hosted a panel discussion, “Equity and Women's’ Sports.”
Students can decide on turning cameras on or off during remote learning. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Students, Teachers Debate Camera Requirements on Zoom

February 24, 2021

Students can decide on turning cameras on or off during remote learning. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Photo courtesy of Vote.org.

CEO of Vote.org Talks 2020 Election, Voter Suppression

February 19, 2021
In the latest speech for the Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, Andrea Hailey spoke about the yearlong school-wide theme of Building an Equitable Community.
The pandemic has made academic planning more difficult for students and faculty. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | COVID-19 Impacts Students’ Future Decisions

February 16, 2021

The pandemic has made academic planning more difficult for students and faculty. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Young uses Tropical Tidbits and AccuWeather for weather information. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Op-Ed: The Best Sources for Weather Information

February 12, 2021

Young uses Tropical Tidbits and AccuWeather for weather information. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Papas uses sensitivity readers while editing her fiction writing. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Op-Ed: Minority Representation Requires Accurate Portrayal

February 9, 2021

Papas uses sensitivity readers while editing her fiction writing. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Priya Mallidi 23 and Alison Rimas 23 talk outside after school.

Photo | Statewide Mask Guidelines Spark Debate

April 29, 2021

Priya Mallidi '23 and Alison Rimas '23 talk outside after school.

Natalie Kozhemiakin 23 washes her hands before entering the Chase Building.

Photo | Community Reflects on Safety Protocols

February 2, 2021

Natalie Kozhemiakin '23 washes her hands before entering the Chase Building.

Visual Artist Gives Symposium Speech

Visual Artist Gives Symposium Speech

February 1, 2021
Raúl the Third covered topics such as equity and cultural representation as they pertain to the arts industry.
More and more Middle and Upper School students are getting the vaccine every day. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Community Members Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Early

January 29, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations may be on the early horizons for the community, with some parents working in the medical field already vaccinated.
Cars parked in the gym parking lot. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Op-Ed: Learning to Drive During COVID-19

January 29, 2021

Cars parked in the gym parking lot. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

For Third Year, Newsroom Wins Gold From Columbia

For Third Year, Newsroom Wins Gold From Columbia

January 26, 2021
The Gator earned All-Columbian Honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Photo courtesy of the Brimmer and May School.

Equity & Inclusion Consultant Delivers Symposium Keynote

January 25, 2021
The 16th Annual Bissel Grogan Humanities Symposium kicked off last Tuesday with a keynote address by new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant Lawrence Alexander, titled “Everyday Activism: From Talk to Walk.”
Nurse Vicki Trinh collects PCR test samples during the community testing day.

New Year Brings Updated COVID-19 Testing Plan

January 11, 2021
The School decided on another round of COVID-19 testing, to ensure the safety return possible.
Libby Foley 20 gives Zoe Kaplan her class ring.

Photo | GNN LIVE: Ring Ceremony (Postponed)

December 10, 2020

Libby Foley '20 gives Zoe Kaplan her class ring.

This Week at Brimmer

This Week at Brimmer

December 1, 2020
Check out a quick 1-minute recap of what's been happening around campus.
Nurse Vicki Trinh collects PCR test samples during the community testing day.

Photo | Editorial: Admin. Deserves Thanks for COVID-19 Testing

December 1, 2020

Nurse Vicki Trinh collects PCR test samples during the community testing day.

The band plays at a safe distance.

Photos: Upper School Band Performs Live Concert

November 20, 2020
The Upper School Band held their first live concert since March yesterday.
Photo by Carter Marks/Royals Media, courtesy of NSPA.

Students Respond to Election Results

November 13, 2020
As news outlets continue to project electoral votes, conversation is striking up here.
Black Lives Matter and Pride apparel for sale. Digital Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Op-Ed: Fight Like an Activist, Not a Consumer

November 10, 2020
Activism does not require buying material goods to show support.
Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Editorial: Civility Takes Precedence

November 4, 2020

Illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Students play soccer for the Green and White teams.

Photos: Week of Oct. 19

October 23, 2020
A lot is happening on campus as classes prepare to close the first quarter grading period.
Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

School No Longer Recognizing Columbus Day

October 10, 2020
Formerly known to the School as Columbus Day, controversy warranted a change in how the state-observed holiday is called here.
Kozhemiakin looks in the mirror. Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Photo | Op-Ed: Reflecting on My Cultural Identity

October 9, 2020

Kozhemiakin looks in the mirror. Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn '23.

Photo Illustration courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Community Reacts to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death

October 6, 2020
Justice Ginsburg had a profound impact on many in the United States, including some students and faculty here. 
Students eat lunch on the field.

Photos: Week of Sept. 28

October 2, 2020
The community is settling into its new routine.
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