Alumni

Alumni Awards

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  • Meg Daly ’78, recipient of the 2022 Ransom Everglades Founders’ Alumni Award

    2022 Founders' Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community

    For nearly a decade, Meg Daly ’78 has put her heart and soul into the creation of a 10-mile linear park and trails on the underutilized swath of land underneath Miami’s Metrorail system, working to transform it into a lush space for gathering, recreation and art.

    Her steadfast stewardship of the partially completed project known as The Underline, which she founded and directs, has served as a rallying point for many in the Miami and Ransom Everglades communities. That undertaking, along with her faithful commitment to her high school alma mater, merited her selection for the 2022 Ransom Everglades Founders’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Community and commencement speaker.
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Meg Daly '79

“Being able to give back to the community that has given me so much and to be able work alongside my family and fellow alums has been a true gift. I credit Mrs. [Eleanor] Crawford and Ms. [Kitty] Proenza for teaching me to write and communicate effectively. Clear communication and storytelling is one of the best ways to inspire people with a big idea!”

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  • Founders' Award for Distinguished Service to the Community

    The Founders’ Alumni Award recognizes alumni who through service and commitment to the community, have made a service impact at a national level. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about their communities and who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership, fulfilling the vision of the founders of Ransom and Everglades Schools.

    2022 - Meg Daly '78
    2021 - Jeffrey Miller '79
    2020 - Beverly Watson '90
    2019 - Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber ’85
    2018 - Rudy Prio Touzet '76
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Each year, Ransom Everglades selects recipients for alumni awards in three categories: the Founders’ Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community, the Head of School’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the School and the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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  •  Head of School Penny Townsend with Steve Sawitz ’75, who received the Head of School’s Award during an April 23 lunch that served as a centerpiece of an exciting and jam-packed 2022 Alumni Weekend

    2022 Head of School’s Award for Distinguished Service to the School

    Steve Sawitz ’75, the fourth generation in his family to run Miami’s iconic Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant, received the Head of School’s Award during an April 23 lunch that served as a centerpiece of an exciting and jam-packed 2022 Alumni Weekend, the first on-campus reunion event in three years. Head of School Penny Townsend presented the award, lauding Sawitz for his commitment to tradition and innovation and noting the parallels between the 109-year-old restaurant and Ransom Everglades, which she called “two pillars in our magical city.”

    “With your leadership, commitment and service to the school, its students, faculty and alumni,” she said, “you are an inspiration for the entire school community.”

    Chris Moore ’76, who nominated Sawitz for the award, offered remarks during the luncheon, emphasizing his former classmate’s vision: “Steve constantly strived to become better … He took the family business and he launched it to a completely new level … It means so much to everyone in South Florida … You make us proud. Steve, we love you.”
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  • Head of School's Award for Distinguished Service to the School

    The Head of School’s Award recognizes alumni whose commitment and service to the school serves as an inspiration to all alumni. Recipients must have demonstrated commitment to the school’s mission by fostering a sense of “community, personal integrity and values,” and following Paul C. Ransom’s belief that people are “in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it.” Through their leadership, honor, attitude and dedication, they have made an irreplaceable mark on Ransom Everglades School and its future.

    2022 - Steve Sawitz ’75
    2021 - Susan Matson Lampen '71
    2020 - Andrew Ansin '81 and Vanessa Chartouni-de la Serna '90
    2019 - Lili Krech Neale '69
    2018 - Henry H. Anderson, Jr. '38
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.