During his tenth-grade year, Eli Shifrin ’23 was fly fishing in the Webb River in Weld, Maine, and witnessed a lot of pollution. It got him thinking about native brook trout and how this pollution might affect their habitat and water quality. He was taking Research Methods in Science with Peter Southam then and made water quality the focus of his research. He discovered how the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) monitors rivers, and he learned about Edmund Muskie, the Clean Water Act of 1972, and the restoration of the Androscoggin River during his research. This planted the seed for his Senior Four Point project, three years in the making.
Gould Academy is excited to announce that Mark Godomsky will return to Gould as Director of Athletics effective August 1, 2023. As Director of Athletics, Godomsky will oversee all athletic offerings at Gould, from the school’s premiere on-snow competition program, based primarily out of Sunday River Resort as a winter satellite campus, to the top-tier mountain biking and cycling program, as well as all of Gould’s traditional field, court team sports, and co-curricular activities.
Byron An ’23 says people in his home city of Guangzhou know about the “Floating Population” crisis in China. Still, very few people have taken action to do anything about it.
For his Senior Four Point project, which has been three years in the making, Gould’s 2023 Valedictorian set out to advocate for fair access to education for “floating families” and build a more equitable education system in China.
With great pleasure and excitement, we announce the promotion of Anna Yoshie Yamada to Snowboard Program Director! Anna's hard work, extensive snowboard resume, ability to develop athletes and all-in attitude, when it comes to the holistic development of our boarders, will continue to drive our program to new heights. Anna is the right person for the job as KC Gandee transitions over to become Gould's Head SBX Coach. This move allows KC to focus even more on the day-to-day development of our athletes while allowing Anna to further develop our snowboard pipeline. As KC says, "After mentoring Anna for the last few years, I'm so stoked for Anna to take the lead on the program – this will allow me to focus a lot more of my time on athlete training, which is the part I really love about this sport." KC's steadfast commitment to excellence and devotion to Gould has helped us create a world-class snowboard program. Now, all of KC's focus will be on long term athlete development, comp season planning for FIS BX athletes, and daily coaching. Anna will continue to focus on coaching, but spend more time on whole-program planning and administration, long term strategic planning, weekend program management, and staff development. Anna and KC have worked together on a comprehensive transition plan that will be implemented over the Spring and early Summer. This power-house duo, along with Coach Dustin Holzweiss, will take our snowboarding to the next level.
Gould eleventh-grader and astronomy student Mac Connor is staring down at a chunk of Mars in his hands the size of a sandwich. He’s visibly excited, as is his classmate Mary Eggert ’24. The students are at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum (MMGM) in downtown Bethel, Maine, a treasure trove of celestial artifacts.
Gould Academy is proud to welcome Alex Myers, a celebrated writer and transgender activist, to its community for the Richard Blanco Readers Series on Thursday, April 13. The reading is in Bingham Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., is open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments and a book signing in the cafe on the lower level of Hanscom Hall. Books will be available for purchase.
Four athletes from the Gould Snowboardcross team will be representing the United States at the FIS Junior World Championships in Passo San Pellegrino, ITA on March 30 and 31. The team is made up of the six fastest males and the six fastest female racers in the country under the age of 20. In addition to the athletes the U.S. team also invited two Gould coaches, Snowboard Program Director KC Gandee and Snowboard Coach Anna Yoshie Yamada, to join the team in Italy.
Gould Nordic teams swept the 2023 NEPSAC Championships hosted by Holderness School on Saturday, February 25, taking the top spot for both Boys’ and Girls’, capping off a phenomenal season that began with dryland training last summer.
The season also produced four Junior National Championships qualifiers. Lucas Barstow ’25, James Crowley ’25, Reese Furneaux ’25, and Ellis Slover ’24 will all compete in Fairbanks Alaska starting on March 13, 2023.
Gould’s snowboard cross team was in the Adirondacks in early February for a series of North American Cup (Nor-Am) races at Gore Mountain. So was U.S. Snowboard Cross team head coach, Rob Fagan. Prior to her first race of the week, Fagan approached Gould junior Brianna “Bri” Schnorrbusch with an exciting question: would she like to go to the FIS World Championships with the U.S. team? Her answer, “Yes!”
In the center of the Gould Academy campus lies Bingham Hall, home to both a gymnasium and auditorium. Just outside is The North Quad. This building and this outdoor space are both the literal and figurative center of campus and essential to building community at Gould. For the next year, these spaces will be transformed, thanks to several generous donations.
Lily Winch ’23 has always loved origami. For Lily, the Japanese practice of folding paper into tiny pristine sculptures is soothing and a perfect stress reliever. She likes that at the end of the process, you have also produced something beautiful. Her parents recognized her talent and encouraged her to sell her sculptures in the past, but she was reluctant. When it came time to choose a Senior Four Point Project, it only made sense that she would pick something she loved. The project, after all, would require a significant commitment.
The heat and humidity were oppressive. It was the type of Maine summer Sunday where most vacationing high school students might head to the beach or lake to escape the relentless sun. Mark Brown ’23, a Gould senior from Bethel, Maine had instead opted to join Civic Engagement Coordinator Adam Leff P’15,’17 in a packed box truck bound for the inland Maine city of Lewiston.
Ethan Bouchard ’23 is currently competing in the 2023 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. With Irish citizenship, Ethan is competing in alpine events for Team Ireland from January 21-28.
“This will allow me to see where I stack up on a world scale. Beyond that, it'll give me opportunities in college, and it gives me more exposure,” says Ethan. “It's a great opportunity to train against some of the best kids in the world and prepares me for representing Ireland at future events like World Juniors, or maybe in the Olympics, who knows.”
Keep reading to hear from Gould Athletic director Ben Kamilewicz ’95
Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte is an author, lecturer, lawyer, and human rights advocate who arrived in the United States as a refugee in 1992. She delivered the keynote address during Gould's Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming this year on Wednesday, January 18, sharing her unimaginable and harrowing story of surviving the ethnic cleansing of Armenians in Azerbaijan as a child.
Anna was both emotional and passionate in her address.
“They can’t destroy us because we know who we are.” -Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte
Mrs. Astvatsaturian Turcotte is an author, lecturer, lawyer, business woman and a human rights advocate. She is an Armenian refugee from Baku, Azerbaijan. After fleeing Baku, Azerbaijan in the fall of 1989 due to a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Armenians, Mrs. Astvatsaturian Turcotte and her family spent three years in Armenia as refugees before coming to the United States in 1992.
Students will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday as a call to action, a day of service focused on making the communities with which we engage more equitable in order to facilitate the "Beloved Community" of Dr. King's dream.
“Bethel Living” magazine interviewed Gould's Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Stephanie Montgomery for its December/January issue. The article “Moving Beyond Status Quo with Gould Academy” represents an example of ongoing efforts and outreach between Gould and the Bethel community. Gould's ski and snowboard building class is also featured in the article with contributions from Chris Hayward, P'16, '19. 🔗 Read it here (opens in a new window)
Gould is a small, co-ed, independent boarding school for grades 8-PG. We are passionate about preparing academically motivated students for college, helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.