Gun­ston cuts the rib­bon on its Heron House and ex­pands ath­letic of­fer­ings

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Gun­ston School re­cently cut the rib­bon for its new stu­dent ath­letic cen­ter — Heron House.

Over­look­ing the Cor­sica River, Heron House in­volved a ma­jor con­ver­sa­tion and ex­pan­sion of the for­mer head­mas­ter’s res­i­dence, a news re­lease states. The space has been trans­formed into a 3,000 square foot fa­cil­ity that in­cludes a fit­ness and work­out space for all stu­dents, team rooms, pro­vi­sions for en­vi­ron­men­tal teach­ing and learn­ing, and event fa­cil­i­ties for Gun­ston’s na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive crew and sail­ing teams.

“Heron House re­flects the essence of our water­front cam­pus, and the vi­sion of our Board of Trustees to con­vert Heron House for ath­letic use was tremen­dous, es­pe­cially with nearly 40 per­cent of our stu­den­tath­letes com­pet­ing in water­front ath­let­ics,” said Jon Mellinger, Gun­ston’s direc­tor of ath­let­ics.

With Gun­ston’s en­roll­ment grow­ing to more than 200 stu­dents, the school will also be ex­pand­ing ath­letic of­fer­ings, the re­lease states. The ad­di­tion of Heron House will fa­cil­i­tate the growth of four new ath­letic of­fer­ings — triathlon and soft­ball will make their de- but in the spring of 2019, while golf and cross coun­try will launch dur­ing the 20192020 school year.

All four of these sports will uti­lize ex­ist­ing cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties as well as wider com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, the re­lease states.

“We’re very ex­cited about these new ad­di­tions,” said Gun­ston Head­mas­ter John Lewis. “Be­tween the ath­let­ics and ad­mis­sions de­part­ments, we’ve spent a lot of time and en­ergy think­ing about our ar­eas of strength and po­ten­tial growth within ath­let­ics. We’ve gen­er­ated a lot of ex­cite­ment amongst the stu­dent body and I am ex­cited to see these of- fer­ings take shape. We’re also ex­cited about the high qual­ity coach­ing that these sports will enjoy. Our Ath­letic Direc­tor Jon Mellinger is a for­mer col­le­giate run­ner at St. Lawrence, and is cur­rently a na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive triath­lete.”

Gun­ston sup­ports 17 in­ter­scholas­tic pro­grams and 7 fit­ness pro­grams for its stu­dent-ath­letes — re­quir­ing all stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in two seasons of ath­let­ics each year, the re­lease states. These of­fer­ings will help ex­pand an al­ready ro­bust of­fer­ing to reach ad­di­tional ar­eas of in­ter­est and po­ten­tial com­pet­i­tive suc­cess.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Gun­ston’s trustees, coaches and build­ing com­mit­tee, join Head­mas­ter John Lewis, Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Caro­line Roser and Ath­letic Direc­tor Jon Mellinger in cut­ting the rib­bon on Heron House, the school’s new stu­dent ath­letic cen­ter.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Gun­ston School re­cently cel­e­brated the open­ing of its new stu­dent ath­letic cen­ter — Heron House.

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