"RE taught me to love to learn and to be open and respectful to different perspectives."
—Enrique Conde '97, 2019-20 President of the Alumni Association Board
Q. What made you interested in this position?
EC: I really enjoyed my time at Ransom Everglades and was very appreciative of the experiences I had here. I made some great friends and memories, so when I moved back to Miami after graduating law school, I wanted to give back to RE in some capacity. It has been amazing to see how the infrastructure of the school has changed since I first stepped onto the middle school campus in 1992, but the RE spirit remains the same. The Alumni Board has allowed me to stay connected to the campus, friends and faculty that have been so important to me over the years.
Q. What's your fondest memory from your days at Ransom Everglades?
EC: My fondest memories of my days at Ransom Everglades are definitely the long hours and miles I spent on the cross country (REXC) and track teams. We were a very close team and had some great times during our runs through the Grove; our 6 a.m. Saturday morning Parrot Jungle practices followed by team breakfast at either JJ’s Diner or Denny’s; Sunday nights practices at the UM field; the road trips and countless other times. The highlight was when we won the state championship in 1995 during my junior year against our arch-rivals, Pensacola Catholic. I still keep in contact with many of my fellow REXC alumni and we sometimes even go out for a (much slower) run!
Q. Who was your most influential teacher?
EC: I had so many great teachers and coaches during my time at RE, it would be hard to choose! However, Mrs. [Kitty] Proenza and Mrs. [Buzzie] Borona definitely taught me to love reading and English literature. Also, I would be remiss not to mention Coach [Don] Kappelman (my middle school REXC coach)!
Q. What skill or lesson did you learn at RE that has helped you most in the world?
EC: RE taught me to love to learn and to be open and respectful to different perspectives. I learned so much from both the faculty and my friends during my time at RE, which helped me in college, law school and the world in general.
Q. What advice do you give to RE graduates of today?
EC: I would advise RE graduates to find a good mentor and be a good mentor. There is always someone that you can learn from that is in a current situation, either educational, professional or personal, for which you strive. You would be surprised to learn how many people are willing to help if asked. Similarly, always be a mentor to the people coming up behind you. No matter your current situation, your experiences and advice could definitely help someone reach their goals.