Gould’s Top 10 Moments of 2019 [Plus a Bonus Pick]

December 30, 2019

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to remember a few of the highlights of 2019. Clicking each image with give you more of the story.

We won’t have space to list them all, but we invite you to scroll through our mashup page to see some other things that happened this year. What were your 2019 Gould highlights? Please share in the comments below.


Laurin Parker ’94 offers a new science elective/co-curricular that combines ecology and fly fishing.

Fishing on the wild - Top Ten of 2019
Cast for class

The plastic bag ban orchestrated by Maddie Williams ’19 passes in Bethel.

plastic bag ban - Top Ten of 2019
Read more about this impactful Senior Four Point project.

“Donny” (aka Olympian Troy Murphy ’10) pulls a bottle of Moxie from the podium at graduation.

Donnie Pelletier at the Podium - Top Ten of 2019
Make mine a Moxie, bub

Mookie gets his official campus therapy dog credentials.

Mookie the service dog
We don’t deserve dogs

Ian Dorsey ’04 at Mast Landing in collaboration with Allison Stevens ’99 releases Alumni Weekend, a custom-brewed American pale ale, for Alumni Weekend replete with Lauren Head design.

Alumni Weekend Mast Landing Pale Ale - Top Ten of 2019
Mast Landing & Thirsty Pig: a match made in culinary heaven

Wish your year was this eventful?


The board of trustees names Tao Smith ’90 as next head of school, starting July 1, 2020.

Incoming Head of School Tao Smith
Tao addressing students on one of his first visits back to campus.

Students use their underwater drone to help the Portland Water District locate the original 1868 intake in Sebago Lake that had been abandoned in 1952.

Using the Trident - Top Ten of 2019
Logging hours on the boat with the Trident

Bethel is named “Best Ski Town” by USA Today.

Best of Bethel, Top Ski Resort Town in North America
No argument here. Hey, look, it’s Cait Bourgault Fitzgerald!

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum officially opens.

The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum Lab in action - Top Ten of 2019
The museum will bring countless visitors to the area, and the lab and geologists are a tremendous resource for students.

Gould’s new T-bar on the competition venue at Sunday River makes its inaugural run.

The Surface Lift is up and running! - Top Ten of 2019
As Ethan ’23 can attest, Gould athletes can now maximize their training.

Bonus Pick! Jim “MC” McLaughlin makes a surprise appearance at Yulefest after a year of medical leave.

Jim McLaughlin returns to Gould - Top Ten of 2019
Jim brought down the house with his stunning rendition of Jimmy Webb’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

What does 2020 have in store for us at Gould? Follow us on social and watch as events unfold!


Make our 2020 even better.

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