Upper School | Gr. 9–12
Student Life

Student Leadership Opportunities

The Peer Leadership Program allows seniors to help underclassmen navigate the academic, social, and co-curricular commitments at Gill St. Bernard’s. Peer Leaders pay specific attention to ninth grade students, helping them to manage the transition into the GSB Upper School. Peer Leaders will regularly mentor freshman advisory groups and are selected by the Office of Student Life. The application process involves a formal application, an essay, an interview and a review of the applicant’s experience to date at GSB. On and off campus, Peer Leaders are expected to model the school’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Compassion and Excellence.

Student government is important to the success of each school year. Working with the Office of Student Life, an active, responsible student government offers its members opportunities for leadership and provides the rest of the student community a forum in which to address issues of concern. Membership in the student government includes a president from the senior class and a vice president from the junior class, to be decided by a student vote, as well as three members from each grade level, elected by the respective grades. Meetings are held weekly and it is expected that student representatives will provide regular updates to their respective grade-level deans. On and off campus, elected students are expected to model the school’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Compassion and Excellence.

Student Government President & Vice President

Kaitlyn Sleyster is the Student Body President for 2016-17. At GSB she is an Admission Ambassador, keynote speaker at TEDx events, and member of the lacrosse program. She plays lead roles in the choir and theater and is president of our Environmental Club. Kaitlyn’s community service includes work with the blood drive, fund raising for a camp in Nicaragua, and ReLax Collections, a group that redistributes lacrosse equipment internationally.

C.J. Licata is the 2016-17 Vice President of Student Government. He is a standout on our Track and Field team, excelling in the throwing events, and he’s taken on a leadership role in the Blue Crew, a group dedicated to promoting school spirit. C.J is a regular presence at Admission Open Houses and he provides extensive community service as a member of the GSB (Give Something Back) Club.

Student Government Representatives

Grade 12:
Lila Birnberg, Nyla Mulcahy, Kelly Schiesswohl

Grade 11:
Nour Marzouk, Will Orazietti, Noah Steinbaum

Grade 10:
Andree Aloise, Mark Giordano, Anna Tulenko

Grade 9:
Robert Brandl, Adrian Meyers-Massuet, Teresa Zimmer

Honor Board

To support the honor system and the values inherent to it, Gill St. Bernard’s has established a student/faculty Honor Board in the Upper School. This Board hears individual cases concerning specific disciplinary allegations and, in a larger context, serves to educate the community about the importance of our core values. The Honor Board is comprised of the following people: the Dean of Student Life; one additional representative from the Office of Student Life; the Upper School Director; a grade-level dean; five senior students chosen by the Office of Student Life. Student members of the Honor Board are selected after a process that involves a formal application, an essay, an interview, and a review of the applicant’s experience to date at GSB. On and off campus, members are expected to model the school’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Compassion and Excellence.

In addition to impeccable academic resumes, all of the student members of the Honor Board have been actively engaged in and make critical contributions to all aspects of life at Gill St. Bernard’s School.

Honor Board Members

Allison Coffey has represented Gill extremely well on our athletic teams as a captain in both basketball and lacrosse. She helped create the Victoria Riola Coffey Foundation for cancer research and awareness, and traveled to Guatemala as part of the “Houses to Homes” program. Allison is also a seasoned lifeguard who worked her way up to Pool Manager at Trump National Golf Club.
Andres Gonzalez is a Peer Leader, Admission Ambassador, and a key member of the Model United Nations Club. As a community servant, he volunteers at the Morristown Soup Kitchen and also journeyed to Guatemala for the “Houses to Homes” program. Andres served a summer internship at the Monmouth Medical Center and works part time for the Blue Sky Auto Group.

Mary Fran Howard is heavily involved with several service organizations, as a volunteer counselor at LifeCamp in Pottersville, a church lector at St. Brigid-St. Elizabeth in Far Hills, and a provider of equine therapy at ManeStream in Basking Ridge. At Gill, Mary Fran is an all-conference fencer, event chair for “Relay for Life,” contributing editor of “The Voice,” and Peer Leader.

Jack Riccardo is active in a wide array of clubs and activities at GSB, including Gill for Diversity, Gay Straight Alliance, Literary Magazine, Student Government, and “Relay for Life.” As a student-athlete he’s a captain on the fencing team. Jack is also a regular volunteer at the Zarepath Health Clinic and helped organize a day of child care for the “Children on the Green” project in Morristown.

Christian St. Germaine is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and an active member of the Mendham First Aid Squad. He’s a two sport student-athlete and an integral contributor to the Gill Robotics team. Christian is a student government representative and as a member of the GSB (Give Something Back) Club, he has volunteered with several “Relay for Life” events.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.