“Gentlemen Ten” Strike Again

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Five of the Gentlemen 10: Tom Banks, Alex Eliasof, Jack Fitzpatrick, Mack Kirby and Noah Herman
Five of the Gentlemen 10: Tom Banks, Alex Eliasof, Jack Fitzpatrick, Mack Kirby and Noah Herman.

Some of you may have heard of a new group at the high school this year. No, it’s not a variation of  Punk or Emo, and it doesn’t involve tattoos or chains.  But it certainly is different: A group of senior boys, led by Jack Fitzpatrick and Mack Kirby, decided that rather than spend their last year of high school terrorizing freshmen and committing random acts of vandalism, that they’d be, well, gentlemanly . Calling themselves the “Gentlemen 10”,  this group of approximately ten seniors arrived for the first day of school dressed in dress shirts and ties, maps in hand, and helped direct freshman to their classes. Throughout the semester the boys have continued to set the tone by wearing their nice guy attire the first Monday of every month, and becoming “superfans” of some of the school’s underpopulated sporting events.

Last Saturday, when the Girls’ Basketball Team played Montclair Kimberly Academy at MKA, something was decidedly different. In contrast to the usual echo chamber that the girls play in (especially this year, when the new conference has made for some lopsided, less than compelling  matchups) there were fans. Lots of them. Verona fans. And not just the usual clutch of players’ parents–these were students, coming out to cheer on their fellow students in an important game. In fact, the entire starting five of the boys’ basketball team was in attendance, and that’s saying something, since there are precious few winter hours when hoops players aren’t in school, practicing or playing themselves.

Turns out that the boyfriend of one of the players (a future marketing whiz, no doubt) sent an Event announcement around on Facebook to remind his classmates of the time and place of the game, and even asked them to RSVP. They responded, they attended, and they cheered on the girls. And though Verona lost in the final seconds, or maybe because they did, I have a feeling the fans will be back,  in force, for the rematch. It’s the last regular-season game of the season, Friday, February 26th, which turns out, appropriately enough, to be Senior Day. No matter what the outcome, I think the girls will  end their season, or high school careers, with happy memories of their days playing basketball at VHS. Thank you Gentlemen 10.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langanhttps://myveronanj.com
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]

5 COMMENTS

  1. As the mother of a freshman, I can tell you that these guys really made a wonderful impression on the first day of school. Thanks, G10!

  2. What an amazing story and an amazing group of Gentlemen. I commend you Gentlemen for being different. You should be proud of yourselves and so should your parents. Thank you.

  3. As a very proud sibling of one of these Gentlemen, I am very excited that they are finally garnering the attention that they deserve, and I hope to hear much more about them in their final semester.

  4. I love to see the bar being raised. I hope this starts a trend for next year’s seniors, too! Keep it up, men!

  5. Thank you all for your appreciation!
    This year has been lots of fun, and a great learning experience for us Gentlemen.
    As soon as the idea clicked in our minds we knew we had to follow through. And this was the best way to leave our mark (not by spray-painting our names) but by spreading our help throughout the school.
    Thank you to all,
    The Gentlemen10

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