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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

Grace Papas

Grace Papas, Executive Editor

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 grateful for the opportunity the Gator gives her to express her ideas.

All content by Grace Papas
For most people with regular ovulation cycles, six weeks is only one or two missed periods, and oftentimes, they don’t even realize that they’re pregnant.

Op-Ed: Why Texas’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’ is Dangerous

October 15, 2021
Texas has enacted one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws, preventing nearly all abortions after a fetus’s heartbeat is detected.
The question  What went wrong in Afghanistan?  on a banner in mens hand with blurred Afghan flag on the background. Purchased from BigStock.

Op-Ed: The U.S. Has Failed Afghanistan

October 7, 2021
The hasty retreat plunged Afghanistan back into Taliban control and threw away 20 years of American money and lives.
Zooming in from Kabul, Afghanistan, Mahnaz Aliyar addresses community members during the assembly Tuesday.

Education as a Human Right: Two Voices from Afghanistan

June 8, 2021
Students met Mahnaz Aliyar and Friba Rezayee, activists who are protesting the barriers to education that girls face in Afghanistan.
Therapy, while rough and very emotionally draining at times, has helped drastically. I look into the mirror, and Im starting to see a more hopeful reflection staring back at me. Jackson Ostrowski

Op-Ed: Living with Body Image Issues

May 26, 2021
Down I went into the rabbit hole of counting calories and working out every second I had a free moment. It was a spiraling tunnel of misery.
Poster design by Hebe Qiang 23.

Student-Directed Play to Feature Philosophical Lobsters

May 11, 2021
Marlie Kass '23 takes to the School's virtual stage with a unique two-lobster show on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Josh Swain reached out to other Joshes on Facebook.

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

May 5, 2021
A viral year-old meme came to life as a horde of "Joshes" gathered in a random Nebraska field to fight for their name.
Students gathered at lunch on Tuesday to discuss the trial.

Chauvin Verdict Prompts Community Discussion

April 27, 2021
Emotions were running high during the discussion as the community awaited the historic verdict.
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TV Review: ‘The Legend Of Korra’ Lives Up to Predecessor

April 23, 2021
The much-anticipated sequel to the popular "Avatar: The Last Airbender" excels in some places but lacks in others.
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TV Review: ‘Avatar, The Last Airbender’ Excites

April 8, 2021
Filled with emotion, exciting fight scenes, humor, and lovable characters, this is a show worth watching.
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Op-Ed: Media Hysteria Rages During COVID-19

March 12, 2021
Media hysteria in the face of COVID-19 and the new vaccines has gotten much worse.
Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

As COVID-19 Vaccines Roll Out, Mask-Wearing Remains

February 23, 2021
N95, KN95, and double masking methods are seeing increased popularity as the virus mutates.
Papas uses sensitivity readers while editing her fiction writing. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Op-Ed: Minority Representation Requires Accurate Portrayal

February 9, 2021
Accurate representation is needed when writing minority characters in books, television shows, and movies.
Grace Papas examines LBGTQ+ relationships. Photo purchased from

Op-Ed: Stop Romanticizing LGBTQ+ Relationships

January 14, 2021
We need to build conversations around making queer people feel safe and confident—no matter their relationship status.
An orange cake that Papass grandmother and her housekeeper made. Photo courtesy of Grace Papas.

Op-Ed: My Greek New Years

January 8, 2021
My family celebrates the new year with traditions that are special to my Greek heritage.
COVID-19 Vaccine. COVID-19 Corona Virus 2019-ncov Vaccine Injection Vials Medicine bottles. Vaccination, immunization, treatment to cure Covid-19 Corona Virus infection. Healthcare And Medical concept. Photo courtesy of

As COVID-19 Vaccines Start, Some Show Skepticism

December 15, 2020
Research suggests that there may finally be light at the end of the tunnel, yet vaccine hesitancy is a concern among public health officials—and some students here.
Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Q&A: Students Weigh in on School Responses to COVID-19

November 10, 2020
The Gator interviewed students from public and private schools in New England on their experiences during the pandemic.
Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Q&A: Election Day Aftermath

November 4, 2020
Students and faculty share thoughts about the Presidential Election.
McCoy Hall Fall. Gator file photo.

School Focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

October 21, 2020
The administration is taking steps to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.
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Op-Ed: The Importance of Headlines

September 30, 2020
Headlines are designed to generate clicks.
Healthcare workers thank the Kids Clothes Club for their mask donations. Photo courtesy of Faith Michaels.

Nonprofit Delivers Masks to Hospitals

May 15, 2020
The Kids Clothes Club is supporting healthcare workers during the pandemic.
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Op-Ed: Is Love at First Sight Real?

May 1, 2020
The concept is not as foreign as it might sound.
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Slotnick Returns for 4th Annual Wellness Week

February 25, 2020
Students ask for more variety of workshop.
Op-Ed: The Benefits of Routine

Op-Ed: The Benefits of Routine

February 12, 2020
The security and comfort of routine is worth the effort of implementation.
Grace Papas examines LBGTQ+ relationships. Photo purchased from

Op-Ed: Despite Progress, LGBTQ+ Rights Lag Worldwide

January 16, 2020
Some nations are doing more than others to protect love.
Countries represented by the club appear in red. Digital illustration by Camille Cherney 20.

Model UN to Represent Major Countries

December 12, 2019
The club hopes to bring home more accolades this year.
Cartoon by Ava Lochart 21.

Op-Ed: It’s Not Easy to Feel Beautiful

November 12, 2019
American culture has an unhealthy obsession with unachievable beauty.
Greenline steps on the ice Photo by P ’23 Jessica Purdy.

Greenline Performs at Providence Bruins Game

October 18, 2019
Greenline traveled to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI, last Saturday to perform the opening song for the opening weekend for the Providence Bruins, the semi-professional team that feeds players to the Boston Bruins.
Anja Westhues 20, who attended the Climate Strike, takes a photo of protest signs.

Youth Lead Climate Strike

October 8, 2019
Several students attended the event in Boston.
School Takes EEE Precautions

School Takes EEE Precautions

September 19, 2019
Eastern equine encephalitis, otherwise known as EEE, popped up in Massachusetts over the summer, prompting the School to reevaluate student safety and take additional precautions with outdoor activities, including sports.
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