Zachary Bodnar, an upcoming senior at The Gunnery in Washington, has been named the Gunn Scholar for 2010-2011.

The program, in its ninth year, chooses a four-year senior to pursue a year-long project of original historical research based on the contents of the school's archives.

A review panel of faculty chooses the recipient from study proposals submitted by the students in the spring of their junior year.

Zack will pursue a well-developed passion for history, particularly for military history, through the Civil War letters of soldiers from The Gunnery and the town of Washington.

His project is pertinent as the United States begins to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in April 2011, which is the occasion of the firing on Fort Sumter.