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

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

The Gator

Karly Hamilton

Karly Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief

Karly has been a member of The Gator since the spring of 2019. In her free time, Karly likes to cook, ski, and read. She enjoys being a student journalist because it has taught her the value of looking at situations from multiple perspectives.

All content by Karly Hamilton
Me playing soccer during my sophomore year.

Op-Ed: Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Reflects on Life’s Transitions

May 7, 2021
My time at Brimmer has made me who I am today.
Student reflecting on alternative graduation attire. Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Photo | Op-Ed: In 2021, Why Are We Still Graduating in All White?

April 28, 2021

Student reflecting on alternative graduation attire. Illustration by Karly Hamilton '21.

Vaccine passports may be required for air travel. Digital illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Photo | Op-Ed: Vaccine Passports To Aid Return to Normal

April 14, 2021

Vaccine passports may be required for air travel. Digital illustration by Karly Hamilton '21.

Digital illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Podcast: Fighting the Pandemic with Dr. Kathy Taylor

March 31, 2021
Dr. Kathy Taylor comments on the vaccine rollout, different types of vaccines, and vaccine hesitancy. 
Senior citizens and teachers line up to receive a vaccine. Digital illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Photo | Teachers Respond To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

March 11, 2021

Senior citizens and teachers line up to receive a vaccine. Digital illustration by Karly Hamilton '21.

Women have the right to decide to be a mother of a child, pet (or neither), no matter what society dictates. Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

Photo | Op-Ed: Societal Standards Aren’t Everything

March 2, 2021

Women have the right to decide to be a mother of a child, pet (or neither), no matter what society dictates. Illustration by Karly Hamilton '21.

Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21.

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

February 23, 2021

Illustration by Karly Hamilton '21.

Families are spending more time with each other, due to the pandemic. Illustration by Karly Hamilton 21. Concept inspired by: (https://www.vecteezy.com/vector-art/208237-family-on-dinner-table).

Op-Ed: Pandemic Changes Family Dynamics

February 18, 2021
The pandemic has shifted the way we interact with others.
Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

New Semester Brings Proposed Schedule Update

January 25, 2021
Upper School students will have the choice to be on-campus four days a week, with all students learning remotely on Wednesdays.
A view of Loon Mountain. Photo by Karly Hamilton 21.

Photo | Op-Ed: Skiing During COVID-19

January 13, 2021

A view of Loon Mountain. Photo by Karly Hamilton '21.

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.
Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Gator Holds Forum on Role of Media Today

January 7, 2021
The free and public event will last from 1:00-to-1:40 p.m. Friday.
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Op-Ed: Teaching and learning amid false claims of voter fraud

January 7, 2021
Disagreement can be civil. I know because I often have views contrary to those of my classmates, and we can communicate and listen to each other with respect and open-mindedness.
College counseling class in 2019. Classes look different this year with social distancing in place and some students learning remotely.

College Counseling Adapts to COVID-19

December 15, 2020
Both the class and application process have faced changes this year.
Photo illustration purchased from Bigstock.com.

School Announces Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Community

December 14, 2020
Students will now be tested weekly as well.
Photo illustration of a woman making a shhh sign purchased from BigStick.com.

Op-Ed: I’m a Conservative (There, I Said It)

December 9, 2020
Unfortunately, I have found myself faced with situations where, as a young conservative, I do not feel safe voicing my opinion.
Karly Hamilton 21 has spent time taking her cat outside while quarantined.

Photo | Pet Adoption During COVID-19

December 8, 2020

Karly Hamilton '21 has spent time taking her cat outside while quarantined.

Hamilton at her cousins bat mitzvah with her great-grandmother in 2014.

Op-Ed: Coping with Loss During COVID-19

November 17, 2020
Honoring those we have lost looks different during the pandemic.
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School Announces Updated Testing Plan

October 27, 2020
The School is asking students to be tested before returning to campus.
Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: A New Era of Voting

October 22, 2020
Voting this fall will look different than years past.
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Op-Ed: Applying to College During COVID-19

October 7, 2020
The pandemic has significantly impacted the application process.
Gator file photo.

School Receives Historic $5 Million Donation

September 23, 2020
The gift will go toward faculty compensation and retention.
Screenshot of the @blackatbrimmer Instagram account.

School Responds to Claims of Racism, Bias

July 28, 2020
Students take to social media, as School pledges change and acknowledges a long history of institutional bias and racism.
Payroll Protection Program application. Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com

School Receives Federal Loan Amid National Controversy

May 29, 2020
Private schools are stirring controversy by applying for forgivable federal loans.
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Op-Ed: Are We Really Staying Connected?

May 6, 2020
Social media can help people stay connected, but it's not the ideal place to find emotional fulfillment.
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Q&A: Remote Learning Updates

April 9, 2020
Neudel provides further insight into the School's plans.
Word Cloud: COVID-19

Word Cloud: COVID-19

April 7, 2020
The Gator conducted a survery asking what words community members associate with "COVID-19" or "coronavirus."
The parking lot was empty at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday morning, when most students typically arrive. Photo by David Cutler.

School Begins Remote Learning

April 1, 2020
After Governor Charlie Baker extended the State’s previous three-week school closure, teachers will be conducting virtual classes over Zoom through May 4—possibly longer.
History teacher Ted Barker-Hook engaging with his students. Photo by David Barron.

School Launches Virtual Revisit Days

March 29, 2020
In lieu of on-campus events, online sessions will be held.
Image purchased by BigStock.com.

Q&A: Neudel Addresses School Year Future

March 20, 2020
As the School prepares to transition to remote learning for at least a week at the conclusion of March break, Head of Upper School Joshua Neudel responded to questions that many have been asking.
Op-Ed: Do Your Part to Save Lives, Stop Gathering!

Op-Ed: Do Your Part to Save Lives, Stop Gathering!

March 16, 2020
As the coronavirus continues to spread, social distancing is becoming increasingly important, but younger generations—including some students here—aren't cooperating, endangering themselves and others as a result.
School Responds to Coronavirus

School Responds to Coronavirus

March 10, 2020
The School is taking precautions to combat the coronavirus, canceling events and trips while also preparing for distance learning in case of a prolonged closure.
Head-to-Head: Student Politics

Head-to-Head: Student Politics

March 2, 2020
Two students debate the upcoming Democratic presidential primaries.
Student engage with their devices rather than each other during a free period.

Op-Ed: Ditch the Electronics, Step Outside

February 26, 2020
Lack of sun exposure can cause serious health problems.
Op-Ed: Medias Role in 2020 Politics

Op-Ed: Media’s Role in 2020 Politics

January 28, 2020
Instead of being swayed by media, rely on personal beliefs.
Cartoon purchased from BigStock.com.

The Rise of Cyber Snow Days

January 10, 2020
More schools are embracing technology to combat cancellations.
Virginia Beech poses with a Lower School Student, who served as Head of School for the day in October.

LS Receptionist Virginia Beech to Retire After 30 Years

December 12, 2019
After three decades of service, Beech leaves behind a legacy.
The team celebrates after its victory against Gann Academy, while also showing off fan signs. Photo by Dr. Nathalie Boileau

V. Boys’ Soccer Triumphs Against Gann Academy

November 14, 2019
Despite the cold weather, the team rallied.
Photo by Paul Murray.

Quiz Bowl Team Makes it to Semi-Finals

November 7, 2019
The team fell just shy of making it to the main tournament.
Gray cat sitting on the balcony against a tree. Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Beware, Cats Suffer from High-Rise Syndrome

October 17, 2019
As buildings around the world continue to increase in height, more cats have been suffering from high-rise syndrome.
Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background. Banning flavored vaping products to discourage people from smoking electronic cigarettes. Health risk concept.

Op-Ed: Vape Ban Helps Black-Market Products Thrive

October 3, 2019
Young people now face even greater health risks.
A students visa is revoked, representing the increased scrutiny that international students face. Cartoon illustration by Jennifer Ngo 22.

Visa Crackdown Targets International Students

September 20, 2019
With the trade war escalating between the United States and China, international students seeking visas are facing increasing delays and denials—including at least three accepted students here, according to the administration.
Photo illustration from Bigstock.com.

Op-Ed: The Controversial Politics of 2020

May 29, 2019
The primary season is sure to be an interesting one.
Exam test sheet with pencil. Education concept. Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

School Implements New AP Class Protocol

May 9, 2019
The School will update its profile for college and universities.
Jussie Smollett at the Los Angeles special screening of Alien: Covenant held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, USA on May 17, 2017.

Op-Ed: Smollett Should Be Behind Bars

April 19, 2019
The actor has provided hate crime perpetrators with cover to deny accusations.  
Grade Inflation at Private Schools

Grade Inflation at Private Schools

March 6, 2019
From 1998-2016, GPAs at independent schools increased by 8 percent.
Newsies go on strike. Photo by David Cutler.

Buy Tickets: ‘Newsies’ Promises to Deliver

March 1, 2019
Extra! Extra! Seize the Day.
Photo illustration by Michelle Levinger 19.

Op-Ed: Don’t Take Our Guns

February 7, 2019
Weapons should not be taken lightly, but they shouldn't be taken away.
Fuller to Retire after 25 Years as Lower School Head

Fuller to Retire after 25 Years as Lower School Head

January 30, 2019
"Students are my lifeblood," says the career educator.
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