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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

Nico Jaffer

Nico Jaffer, Sports Editor

Nico has been a student at Brimmer for 11 years. In his free time, he enjoys singing and skiing. He also enjoys writing articles and interviewing sources.

All content by Nico Jaffer
A student poses in front of the Taj Mahal during Winterim 2019. Photo courtesy of the School.

Winterim to Return After COVID-19 Hiatus

May 31, 2022
The School has plans to relaunch Winterim next year after the pandemic halted the signature program.
Collage by Martin Maynard 22.

Alumni Basketball Players Bring in the Heat

May 17, 2022
On Saturday, the School invited alumni Basketball players back to campus to play in the first-ever Alumni Game.
Luc and Thompson sign their National Letters of Intent in November 2020. Photo courtesy of Brimmer and May School.

Kyrell Luc ’21 and Gianni Thompson ’21 To Transfer to St. Bonaventure, UMass

May 3, 2022

Recent graduate and basketball player Kyrell Luc '21 recently committed to St. Bonaventure University after spending his inaugural year lighting up the court at the College of the Holy Cross.  Luc...

Bryce Ruglass-Dortch ’24 goes in for two.

Okorougo ’22 and Ruglass-Dortch ’24 Win All-NEPSAC for V1 Basketball

April 1, 2022
Quinn Nielson '23 and Ismani Cepeda '22 also won an All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention.
Poll: 90 Percent of Students Surveyed Support Mask Mandate

Poll: 90 Percent of Students Surveyed Support Mask Mandate

February 18, 2022
Despite announcements of school mask mandates lifting in Massachusetts, the School has not followed suit—and most students polled concur.
Banners in the college counseling office. Gator file photo.

Op-Ed: Taking The Pressure Off College Admissions

February 10, 2022
As high school students, it shouldn't matter what our parents or peers think about our college choices.
Students at the School report getting less than 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Photo illustration by Toni Golston 24.

Op-Ed: The Teen Sleep Deprivation Epidemic Needs a Cure

January 13, 2022
Students everywhere are sleep-deprived and burnt out. We need a solution, even if it means changing school and sports schedules.
Jaffer poses with Fantasy Football Club leader Phillip Lull 23 and club advisor Pete Slaski.

Op-Ed: The Thrills of Fantasy Football

November 18, 2021
Fantasy is a unique strategic hobby that doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
Maggie Clifford 24, Chloe Scolnick 25, and Sammie Nudelman 25 hold up a blanket they made in Community Service Club.

Students Take the Lead with Fall Clubs

October 27, 2021
Student-led clubs are making a return. Discover Community Service Club, Fantasy Football Club, Strategic Games Club, and more.
Nielsen dunks at a Mass Rivals game. Illustration by Jackson Ostrowski 23.

Quinn Nielsen ’23: Shooting Hoops at 6’10”

September 29, 2021
While the Varsity I basketball player has already received offers from several NCAA Division I colleges, he hasn't made a decision quite yet.
Harrison Teschke, Ayanna Jefferson, and Emma Goldstone belay peers climbing a 35-foot wall.

Outdoor Education Field Trips Return

June 4, 2021
Now allowing off-campus field trips, the School has found fun ways to build community and make sure students stay active.
Commencement will be held on the Athletic Field this year.

School Prepares for In-Person Commencement

May 25, 2021
Adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols, The Class of 2021 will experience a modified, in-person Commencement ceremony.
Upper School History Teacher Ted Barker-Hook gives a lesson on The New York Times.

Curriculum Modified During COVID-19

April 27, 2021
Educators have had to adapt to various challenges during COVID-19, including teaching in-person and concurrently.
Gator file photo.

Community Members Reflect on Pandemic

April 12, 2021
While safety protocols are still being enforced, campus is starting to return to normal.
Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Q&A: Murray Reflects on Jeopardy!

February 23, 2021
Dean of Students Paul Murray reflects on his appearance.
Natalie Kozhemiakin 23 washes her hands before entering the Chase Building.

Community Reflects on Safety Protocols

February 2, 2021
Mask-wearing and hand-washing are now a part of people's everyday routines.
Sophia Spring 22 receives a PCR test.

Op-Ed: Weekly Testing Will Keep Campus Safe

January 19, 2021
Weekly COVID testing for students and faculty is a great way to keep campus safe.
Basketball going through the basket at a sports arena (intentional spotlight)

How COVID-19 Hurt Professional Sports

December 14, 2020
While I love watching sports, nobody's life should be at stake.
Gator file photo.

Students Share Thoughts on COVID-19 Testing

November 20, 2020
Students share their take on being tested.
Image courtesy of Alperin 21.

Alperin ’21 Files Patent on Problem Solving Project

November 16, 2020
Alperin hopes to patent her design, which helps stabilize walkers.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Students Enjoying One Schoolhouse

October 27, 2020
The partnership allows Brimmer to continuing offering lower enrolled but critical courses.
Photo Illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Schedule Restructured to Ensure Safety

October 1, 2020
The updated schedule is adaptable to all learning environments.
Exam sheet. Photo illustration purchased from

College Board Adjusts AP Exams

May 16, 2020
Advanced Placement exams have been restructured due to COVID-19.
Jordan Minor 19 interned with Athletic Director Jeff Gates for his Senior Project, helping in a Lower School gym class.

COVID-19 Forces Senior Project Restructuring

May 6, 2020
Many students are pursuing alternative options.
Photo illustration purchased from

Op-Ed: How it Feels with Parents on the Front Line

April 16, 2020
Not everyone has the option to self-quarentine.
Nico Jaffer 23  (center) hugs his team after winning first place at the championship.

Op-Ed: The Path to Curling Success

March 9, 2020
We were down to the last throw of the match. The climactic ending to a crazy and unexpected season that culminated in a seven-and-a-half end final match.
Gator file photo.

Guild Announces Plans for New Gym

February 26, 2020
The changes will be in place by 2026.
Photo illustration by Nico Jaffer 23.

Op-Ed: How I Learn Through Music

January 30, 2020
Student shares passion for the Boston Children's Chorus.
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