• The 2023 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities

    Eleven juniors named 2023 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities

    Eleven Ransom Everglades rising seniors will undertake summer explorations in a variety of fields and at destinations across the globe with the support of 2023 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities. Christine Keedy Brown '24, Leah Croom '24, Emma Dvorkin '24, Daniela Gardiner '24, Trinity Haish '24, Camille Lugo '24, Skye McPhillips '24, Elisa Sotero '24, Julia Torto '24, Jude Yeo '24 and Mike Zoi '24 were named recipients of Bowden fellowships in late April after the most competitive selection process in the fellowships' seven-year history.
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  • David

    Serra wins two state championships in track and field

    In just his second year competing in track and field, David "Chuli" Serra '24 won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Florida High School Athletic Association Outdoor State Finals in Jacksonville on May 19 – one of the best performances in RE track and field history – with dominant finishes in both events. A former soccer player, Serra finished the 1,600 in four minutes, 12.10 seconds, more than six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, and he won the 3,200 with a time of 9:06.66, nearly seven seconds ahead of the silver medalist.
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  • Ian Barnett '23

    Student musician wins Silver Knight Award

    Ian Barnett '23 was one of 15 students in Miami-Dade County to win a Silver Knight Award May 25 at the 65th annual event that honors academic excellence and commitment to service. Barnett, the music award recipient, earned recognition in part for a two-week course on the art of composition he created for and taught to young musicians. The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald Silver Knight Awards ceremony at the James L. Knight Convention Center drew 750 nominees from more than 100 schools in South Florida.
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  • Photography and ceramics in Solomon Gallery

    Student works on display at end-of-year visual art show

    Student works in ceramics, painting, architecture, photography, etching and drawing were featured at an end-of-year Upper School Art Show that stretched from the Solomon Gallery to the Bowden library in late May. Faculty members Astrid Dalins, Jorge Guzman and Matt Stock guided RE's students throughout the year and assembled the works for the show, which was open to visitors before and after commencement on May 19.
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  • Little Inklings 2023

    Students release end-of-year publications

    Students released end-of-year art and literary publications featuring student works. The literary magazines Inklings (upper school) and Little Inklings offered anthologies of students' poetry, prose, photography and artwork. The art magazine PEEL showcased student' art and photos. Throughout the year, student journalists contribute to The Catalyst newspaper and the Conscience science journal.
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  • TEAM GIGI, winner of the Heaviest Combined Weight category

    Eighth grader wins REEF tournament

    RE middle schooler Tyler Grossfeld ’27 caught a 17.2-lb. dolphin during the 11th annual Ransom Everglades Epic Fishing (REEF) tournament on May 6, winning the prize for heaviest dolphin and the junior angler title while also helping propel his team’s boat – Gigi – into first place in the team competition for heaviest three dolphin. Photo Galleries
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  • Kathryn Serra '23 and Florine Lijesen '23

    Seniors win national title in rowing

    Kathryn Serra '23 and Florine Lijesen '23 won a national title in the girls' varsity double in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championship Regatta May 26-27 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., continuing a season of dominance and giving Ransom Everglades one of its biggest victories ever in the sport. The prestigious championship regatta drew 414 entries and 137 teams from across the nation.
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  • The Class of 2027 at Eighth-Grade Send-Up

    Eighth graders enjoy a spirited send-up

    The eighth-grade class that entered RE during the height of the pandemic – many meeting one another via laptop screens – took seats on the Lewis Family Auditorium stage to celebrate their successful advancement through the middle school and look forward to their next great joint adventure: RE’s upper school. During the annual Eighth-Grade Send-up on May 26, some members of the RE Class of 2027 received awards, several participated in performances and all heard their names announced during a roll call at the event’s conclusion. Photo Gallery
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  • Ransom Everglades' Class of 2023

    Celebration and reflection at RE's 120th Commencement

    The 120th Commencement at Ransom Everglades offered a time for celebration and reflection. The May 19 event at the Lewis Family Auditorium recognized the graduating Class of 2023: “154 of the most talented  and amazing young people anywhere on the planet,” in the words of board chair Jonathan Fitzpatrick P’20 ’23. It also honored professor and author Christina Proenza-Coles ’88, the winner of the 2023 Founders’ Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community.

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  • Performing arts award recipients

    RE honors more than two dozen current students and founding alumna

    Ransom Everglades bestowed special academic awards on more than two dozen 9-11th graders and recognized the second recipient of the 2023 Head of School's Award, Jourdan Moore Houston '62, at the second Upper School Awards Ceremony May 23 in the Lewis Family Auditorium. Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez opened the event by welcoming students, and also lauded Moore Houston for her commitment to RE since her days as a founding member of the Everglades School for Girls.
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  • The new Raider Nation has arrived!

    The New Raider Nation Has Arrived

    The new Raider Nation has arrived! More than 1,500 Ransom Everglades students and alumni voted in late April for a new Raider logo, jointly choosing a striking and sleek silhouette that makes one thing clear: in the RE community, everyone can be a Raider. Check out this short video to see how the new Raider looks on James Brown-Urmeneta '24, Alexandra Leiser '25, Varun Raju '24, Kiera Rampersad '25, Santiago Sauceda '24 and Adaya Yang '25.

    New Raider gear will be available soon.

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  • Class salutatorian Theodore Ma ’23

    Senior Send-off begins countdown to commencement

    The Class of 2023 began the countdown to commencement with the traditional bricklaying, words of wisdom and encouragement from class salutatorian Theodore Ma '23 and a party in the gymnasium during the annual Baccalaureate/Senior Send-off. The event on May 13 also included a performance of "The Climb" by Natasha Rodriguez ’23, who dedicated the song to her classmates, and recognition of "legacy" seniors – those with RE alumni parents. Photo Gallery
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  • Combined bands and vocal ensemble perform final tribute to the departing eighth graders – “Everything is Awesome”

    A joyful conclusion to a great year for MS band and vocal ensemble

    Ransom Everglades middle school band and vocal ensemble students exuded joy down to their colorful socks – they were told they could forego the usual black socks in favor of more spirited versions – at their final concert of the 2022-23 school year, “Let’s Make Some Joyful Noise!” The concert on May 11 at Swenson Hall illustrated not only the students’ progress as musicians and singers, but also the fun they have had participating in the middle school music program.

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  • Therapy dogs pay a visit to RE

    Ransom Everglades upper school students enjoyed engaging with lovable certified therapy dogs midway through the AP examination period. Students thronged to the school's wellness tents during the mid-day break on June 8 to meet the friendly dogs from Heel 2 Heal, a South Florida non-profit agency. Grace Burke '24, the vice president of the Student Wellness Board and Council, arranged for the visit as a means of providing students a respite from the rigors of exams. Students petted, hugged and photographed the dogs.
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  • 2022-23 REPA President Javier Lugo with incoming REPA President Soledad Awad

    RE honors dozens of parent volunteers

    Nicole Murray received 2022-23 Volunteer of the Year recognition from Ransom Everglades as the school honored dozens of parent volunteers and welcomed the new Ransom Everglades Parents' Association Executive Committee into office. Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez offered special thanks to outgoing REPA President Javier Lugo and The Fund for RE Chairs Eleanor and Chris Barnett as she lauded more than 80 parents at the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove May 2 for sharing their time and talents for the benefit of Ransom Everglades.

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  • RE's third-place team in National History Bowl for varsity

    Academic team's big weekend includes third in National History Bowl

    Members of RE's Academic Team scored more than 20 top-10 finishes in a variety of national academic competitions in Arlington, Va., April 27-30. The most notable successes: RE's team of Leo Fein '23, Daniel Figueroa '24, Parker Jelke '27, Jonathan Pollak '23, Isabel Chong '24 and Mikey Zoi '24 won third place for the second straight year in the National History Bowl as the JV team of Chase Dubovy '25, Jaz Puri '28, Jacob Aronow '26, Charlie Reizenstein '26 and Nicholas Juhasz '26 finished in ninth place in the JV bowl. Fein also won fifth place in the varsity National History Bee as Jelke claimed fourth in the JV National History Bee. 
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  • James Brown-Urmeneta '24 speaks to peers during assembly

    Brown-Urmeneta '24 elected to SGA presidency

    Upper school students elected James Brown-Urmeneta '24 as the new president of the Student Government Association, choosing him to replace departing president Loriz Arencibia '23. A member of the crew team, Portuguese and Lusophone Club and Health Information Project (HIP), Brown-Urmeneta promised classmates he would be an active listener, extension of their ideas and bridge between students and the school administration.
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  • Tara Narula '93

    RE announces 2023 Commencement speaker: Tara Narula ’93 

    In the 30 years since she graduated from Ransom Everglades, Tara Narula ’93 has founded a juice company, worked as a medical correspondent on two major networks, won an Emmy Award and earned an associate professorship – and she currently works as a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. It is for her diverse contributions and service to medicine and society that she was selected as the 2023 Commencement speaker, Ransom Everglades announced on May 2.
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  • RE’s Class of 2023 will be matriculating at 83 colleges and universities in 23 states and seven countries in 2023-24

    Class of 2023 heading to 83 colleges in 23 states and seven countries

    [Updated May 16, 2023]: RE’s Class of 2023 will be matriculating at 83 colleges and universities in 23 states and seven countries in 2023-24. Ransom Everglades seniors not only will attend traditionally sought-after schools – including all of the Ivies, MIT and Stanford – they also will matriculate at highly selective liberal arts colleges, acclaimed research institutions, extremely competitive drama/music schools, highly regarded international institutions and universities with renowned specialty programs.
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  • Dancers conclude 2022-23 season with REplay showcase

    More than 85 middle school student dancers and 11 members of the RE Dance Team showed off a range of dance styles – from ballet to tap to hip-hop – at the All-School Spring Dance Showcase: REplay on April 27 at Swenson Hall. Under the direction of dance teacher Desiree Masucci and guest choreographer Tess Guidry, the students performed more than 35 pieces, all designed around the theme of nostalgia.
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  • Olivia Rubell '23, Lucy Fitzpatrick '23, Daniel Stancioff '23, Gabriel Menendez de Alencar '23, Marco Zhao '23 and Karyna Steele '23

    Senior Panel: Six seniors share insights on student life at RE

    Olivia Rubell '23, Lucy Fitzpatrick '23, Daniel Stancioff '23, Gabriel Menendez de Alencar '23, Marco Zhao '23 and Karyna Steele '23 offered insights on student life at Ransom Everglades to RE parents during the annual Senior Panel on April 25. The students showed poise and gratitude for their time at RE as they took questions from COO and Interim Head of the Upper School David Clark '86 in the Posner Lecture Hall at the Fernandez STEM Center.
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  • Projects were featured in classrooms on all three floors of the STEM center

    Some 400 students' projects featured at RE Climate Symposium

    The seventh annual Ransom Everglades Climate Symposium showcased the best thing going for our climate-in-crisis: smart, motivated, activated youth. Hundreds of Ransom Everglades middle schoolers and many upper schoolers displayed and discussed their solution-oriented projects during “a sustainable, eco-friendly celebration” – in the words of Director of Environmental Sustainability Kelly Jackson – April 26 at the Fernandez STEM Center.
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  • RE Symphony Orchestra

    RE musicians display range and skill at Major Works Concert

    From a light-hearted opening piece by the Advanced Chamber String Quartet to a rousing encore by the new RE Symphony Orchestra, Ransom Everglades' Major Works Concert displayed the growing range, skill and depth of the school's upper school performing arts program. Winds, strings, brass and percussion musicians and vocalists performed highly regarded works in small groups and large ensembles, culminating in three pieces from the new 50+-member orchestra. 

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  • David Arnold '86 and Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    Dozens of awards presented at upper school award ceremony

    Ransom Everglades announced the Class of 2023 valedictorian and salutatorian; presented more than 40 upper school student scholastic, service, music and athletic end-of-year awards; and also honored chief surgeon and professor David Arnold '86 as a co-winner of the 2023 Head of School's Award for Distinguished Service to the School during an upper school awards ceremony at the Lewis Family Auditorium April 24.

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  • 2023 TEDxRansomEverglades sponsors and students

    Students go between the lines at TEDxRansomEverglades

    Extraordinary student talent and great ideas were on display at TEDxRansomEverglades at Swenson Hall April 22. Six student presenters, two emcees, one organizer and nearly two dozen other students planned, produced, marketed, performed and recorded an event that featured six live talks on the theme of "Between the Lines." Speakers Liv Steinhardt '23, Sophia Romanov-Imber '24, Skye McPhillips '24, Alicia Medina '26, Lucas Lippey '25 and Eliza Arnold '24 each offered thought-provoking messages, and Lucia Rose Dahn '23 and Francisco Gomez Rivas Vazquez '24 served as emcees.
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  • Sixteen individual district titles for Ransom Everglades

    Raiders score more than a dozen district titles

    Ransom Everglades boys' and girls' track and field team members won 16 individual district titles – one of the best performances in school history – at the Florida High School Athletic Association 2A District 15 Championship at Tropical Park in Miami April 19. Latrice Nelson '25 captured four gold medals in the 200 meters, long jump, triple jump and girls' 4x400 relay, and David "Chuli" Serra '24 earned three in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Sophia Linfield '26 (1,600, 3,200) and Liam Malik '24 (discus, javelin) each won a pair of golds. The girls' team, which claimed 14 out of 15 top-three finishes in the running events, won its 16th team championship in the past 18 years under coach Mike Becker.
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  • RE's upper school math team

    Upper and middle school math students excel

    Andrew Gedde '25 won first place in the Open Probability competition of the Florida math state championship April 14-15 in Orlando, leading a team of Ransom Everglades students that scored top-10 finishes in six team events and top-20 results in seven individual events.

    In news from the middle school, Maxie Wu '28 received a Young Women in Mathematics Award after scoring among the top eight girls from Florida and 142 girls nationwide on The Mathematical Association of America American Mathematics Competition 8 exam.
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  • Brazilian Indigenous leader, preservationist and activist Arassari Pataxó

    Indigenous leaders urge students to take action to protect the Earth

    Brazilian Indigenous leader, preservationist and activist Arassari Pataxó shared the traditions and travails of the Pataxó Indigenous tribe – one of 380 tribes in Brazil – on both RE campuses during Earth Week to inspire students to take action to protect the Amazon and the Earth. Wearing traditional dress and speaking in Portuguese through a translator during his April 18 visit, Pataxó explained that he spoke on behalf of his tribe's elders, who "are very worried about the destruction of the environment."
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  • Champions: Jordan Gonzalez '24 and Bryce Sadler '24

    Plan to help Alzheimer's patients wins RE Business Challenge

    Jordan Gonzalez ’24 and Bryce Sadler ’24 unveiled a plan to combine virtual reality and artificial intelligence to improve the cognitive ability of those with Alzheimer’s during the 10th annual Ransom Everglades Business Plan Challenge on March 7. Their business plan – Remembered Reality – earned first place from the RE alumni judging panel, topping proposals from four other finalist teams. Their plan also prevailed at the Innovate South Florida 2023 High School Business Competition on April 19, winning the top prize among entries from eight private schools in South Florida.
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  • RE's crew team

    RE wins three state championships in crew

    Ransom Everglades rowers won three state titles in sculling at the 2023 Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling Championships April 15-16 in Sarasota. Kathryn Serra '23 and Florine Lijesen '23 won the girls varsity double and Malena Tewari '23 claimed the title in the girls lightweight single, leading RE to a fifth-place finish overall among 20 scholastic teams.
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  • Lucia Soto '24, Emma Holtzman '24, Natasha Rodriguez '23 and Jaerla Sajous '25

    Student performers soar in Cinderella

    Just over midway through the upper school musical, Natasha Rodriguez '23 – RE’s Cinderella – sang "all your life you'll dream of this lovely night." Those lyrics not only advanced the plot of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, they also captured the delight all around – live music, a cast talented beyond their years, brilliant costumes and stage design, fun musical numbers and witty one liners. The execution of the classic musical at the Lewis Family Auditorium demonstrated the vastness of talent in the program and thoroughly engaged the hundreds who attended the April 13-15 performances. Photo Gallery
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  • Rosie Prohías Driscoll '86

    Poet returns to RE in honor of National Poetry Month

    Rosie Prohías Driscoll '86, a poet and educator, didn't become serious about writing poetry until her late 30s. Her first book on poetry, Poised for Flight, was released just last year. As part of RE's celebration of National Poetry Month, Driscoll returned to the campus she spent her own high school years to let students know that if she could write poetry, they could, too. At an upper school assembly on April 11, she urged them to pause, look around, be astonished – and write.

    "When you pause and pay attention, you will find wonder," she said. "When you find wonder, you will find poetry."
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  • Second Annual Social Psychology Symposium

    Second social psychology symposium draws a crowd

    At Ransom Everglades' Second Annual Social Psychology Symposium. AP Psychology students shared projects that examined how social psychology theories apply to current events, trends or developments, tackling a range of topics from the emergence of ChatGPT to Gov. Ron DeSantis' feud with the College Board to Chinese spy balloons. The April 4 event in the lobby of the Lewis Family Auditorium drew dozens of students, faculty members and students' parents during the midday break.
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  • Members of Guitar I

    Jazz and guitar concert highlights rising programs at RE

    Ransom Everglades demonstrated the breadth of its jazz program and burgeoning talent in its guitar ranks with a Jazz and Guitar Concert at Posner Lecture Hall on April 4 co-conducted by Director of Arts Shawn Costantino and Director of Instrumental Music Jon Hamm. Drummer and RE Combo Band Leader Max Bast '23 was the only senior among the 12 jazz musicians and 14 guitarists from the upper school who performed, making it clear the future is bright for both programs. Photo Gallery
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  • Ethan Thomas '25

    Sophomore finishes second in state science fair

    Ethan Thomas '25 earned second place at the 68th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida in Lakeland, April 4-6 for his AI project involving heart health Thomas competed in the Intelligent Machine, Robotics and System Software category. More than 800 students from across the state competed in a number of categories including Health Science, Environmental Science, Physics and Engineering, presenting their projects before expert panels. STEM Department faculty member Susan Mactye has served as his advisor.
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  • Sofia Rua '24

    Three soccer players named to all-county first team

    Soccer players Sofia Rua '24, Christian Sosa '23 and Martin Piedrahita '24 earned first-team all-county honors from the Miami Herald for winter sports in 2023 as more than 15 varsity Raiders received recognition. A midfielder, Rua scored seven goals and had eight assists for the Raiders, regional quarterfinalists. Sosa, a defender, scored seven goals and had four assists, and Piedrahita, the Raiders' goalkeeper, posted a 0.667 goals against average.

    Read the full Herald report here.
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  • Singapore

    Chinese-language students spend spring break in Asia

    Nineteen students in RE's upper school Chinese classes traveled to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore during spring break from March 15-25, practicing their Chinese-language skills while immersing themselves in local culture and history and enjoying traditional cuisine. Under world language department chair James Monk and faculty member Xiaohong Teng, the students visited religious sites and museums, sampled street food, explored local neighborhoods and experienced the rhythms of daily life.
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  • Valorie Kondos Field and Natasha Rodriguez ’23

    Gymnastics coach at RE: 'Success is what lasts beyond the win'

    Legendary UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field encouraged RE upper school students. She challenged them, questioned them, called on them, listened to them. And, clearly, she inspired them; after her motivational address during assembly on March 30, she received a rousing standing ovation. A featured speaker in the Holzman Center of Applied Ethics Speaker Series, Kondos Field also met over lunch with upper school coaches in the Pagoda to share coaching strategies.
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  • Two water polo district titles in one night

    Ransom Everglades boys' and girls' water polo teams each raised championship trophies after victories on the same night over the same school in the same pool. The girls' earned their 17th straight district title with a 12-7 defeat of MAST Academy March 29 in the Florida High School Athletic Association District 14 championship at the Ansin Aquatic Center led by a six-goal, four-steal performance by Holly Alesandro '23. Fewer than two hours later, the boys defeated MAST Academy by a 12-4 margin led by four-goal performances by Paolo Rebessi '23 and Carson Stanton-Sharpless '23.
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  • Ethan Sullivan '25 and Taylor Smith '25

    Students win visual arts and creative writing recognition

    Three RE students – Taylor Smith '25, Ethan Sullivan '25 and Olivia Gomez '27 – received top honors at prestigious Junior Orange Bowl art competitions, headlining a strong showing by Ransom Everglades students at simultaneous arts and photography events March 11 at Westchester Regional Library as well as at others throughout the county. In all, more than 20 RE art students from the middle and upper schools earned recognition.
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  • Ninth graders enjoy annual Everglades Experience

    RE's ninth graders have returned from five-day, four-night treks through the Ten Thousand Islands as part of the annual Everglades Experience. Departing in four waves from January to early March of 2023, the students paddled canoes through the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, relying on compasses and peers traveling with them to find their way from various locations to base camp. They faced difficult paddles through mangrove tunnels, spent nights sleeping on "boarded-up" canoes, endured rain and wind, and enjoyed opportunities to watch the sun rise. Photo Gallery
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  • RE Symphony Orchestra performs under conductor Jon Hamm

    RE musicians earn strong ratings

    The brand-new RE Symphony Orchestra put forth an impressive effort in its first-ever district music performance assessment in March, highlighting a strong month for RE's upper school student musicians at four district events. The 54-member symphony under the direction of Jon Hamm and Scott O'Donnell received superior and excellent ratings from judges and an overall Excellent rating at the Florida Orchestra Association Middle School and High School Concert Music Performance Assessment for District 16 on March 13-16. At that event, RE's 17-member Advanced Chamber Ensemble earned straight superior ratings and an overall rating of Superior under the direction of O'Donnell.
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  • Eduardo Michelsen ’25

    RE students score at speech and debate states

    Four Ransom Everglades students posted top finishes at the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championships in Orlando on March 4-5. Eduardo Michelsen '25 earned fifth place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Daniela Garcia '26 and Miranda Silva '26 scored sixth place in Duo Interpretation and Andrew Gedde '25 claimed sixth in Informative Speaking.
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  • The top five in bridge efficiency and the top two in aesthetics

    Junior wins 2023 bridge competition

    Delio Gonzalez '24 was mobbed by frenzied fellow juniors after his 21.74 gram matchstick bridge held 41.0 pounds before finally splintering in the Ransom Everglades' 2023 bridge competition. With an efficiency of 909.7, Gonzalez's bridge showed the best combination of size and strength of any of the more than 200 bridges entered in the annual competition, including the 18 finalists tested in front of the entire upper school student body during a raucous event on March 14. Max Wiesenfeld '23, last year's champion, won first and third place in the aesthetic competition. Photo Gallery
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  • Cast of Matilda

    Matilda is magical at Swenson Hall

    The musical Matilda was a smash hit on Broadway, a streaming success on Netflix and, as of March 8-10, a sensation at Swenson Hall. RE’s middle school drama students performed Matilda for three straight nights and during a matinee for students from CARE Elementary and Comstock Elementary. With colorful sets, vivid lighting and adorable costumes, RE’s drama students provided a distinctly Raider rendition of the famous Roald Dahl story that showcased more than 25 student-actors, a handful of crew members and the charming Matilda, played by Flavia Contreras ’28. Photo Gallery
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  • Olivia Drulard '23, Crystal Wagar and Femke Tewari

    Former mayor and photographer headline International Women's Day

    Former Miami Shores Mayor Crystal Wagar and Dutch photographer Femke Tewari P’23 ’25 headlined RE’s celebration of International Women’s Day by sharing their thoughts on women’s advances and achievements – and the work yet ahead – during an upper school assembly March 7.

    Wagar, an attorney who was the first African-American female to be mayor of Miami Shores, and Tewari, who authored the coffee-table book Miami Women, joined Women Empowerment president Olivia Drulard ’23 on the stage of the Lewis Family Auditorium and reflected on their careers, lives and the state of women in the world.
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  • 6th-grade history bee champs

    RE students dominate in regional history and geography bees

    Ransom Everglades students swept the top three places in every division of the South Florida Regional Finals of the National History Bee and International Geography Bee, both of which took place at Ransom Everglades on March 5. Parker Jelke '27 earned first place in the eighth-grade division of both events; Jaz Puri '28 earned first place in the seventh-grade division of both, and Noah Veras '29 earned first place in the sixth-grade division of both.
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  • Celebrated author highlights OBODOS

    Acclaimed author Christina Soontornvat shared the inspiration for her children’s books, passed on writing tips and offered support and encouragement to Ransom Everglades middle schoolers during the fifth annual One Book, One Day, One School (OBODOS) event on March 2. Soontornvat’s appearance on the Swenson Hall stage provided the highlight of a multi-faceted, day-long celebration of reading, which centered around her John Newbery Medal-winning A Wish in the Dark.
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  • RE's top 10 finishers

    MS mathletes win first place at Mathcounts

    RE's middle school math team won first place in the 2023 Miami Mathcounts championship Feb. 17, earning a berth in the state tournament. Five RE students finished in the top 10 of more than 200 competitors from 31 school teams. Joshie Khohayting '28 finished second. Daniel Li '28 earned third place; Ella Wang '27, fourth; Maxie Wu '28, fifth; and Alex Tevelow '28, seventh. The students were led by coaches Jessica Merrick and Ed Lally.
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  • L-R: Varun Raju '24, Will Malone '24, Isabel Chong '24, Ari Bennett '24, Santi Sauceda '24, Martin Piedrahita '24, Max Bast '23, Griffin Nelson-Montet '25, Sofia Rakhimi '25, Carlos Horcasitas '25, Eric Wilson '24, and Miguel Arango '24

    RE jazz program sets milestones in February

    Two Ransom Everglades jazz combos – the RE Combo and the Blue Note Combo – qualified for the state performance assessment for the first time in school history as the RE Combo earned its 12th-straight bid. Both groups earned the top rating of Superior at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 20 Music Performance Assessment in mid-February in Tavernier, Fla.
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  • Bahamian junkanoo band at the celebration

    RE community enjoys Black History Month Celebration

    Whether clapping, foot-tapping or dancing to the beat of a Bahamian junkanoo band, a Trinidadian steel drummer or a marching band from South Dade Senior High, RE's faculty, staff and students enjoyed the rhythms of Black History Month Celebrations on both campuses. They also visited art and jewelry displays, author tables and hair-braiding booths, and enjoyed African/Caribbean cuisine prepared by Sage Dining.
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  • Kwame Anthony Appiah addresses students at the Lewis Family Auditorium

    Ethics philosopher addresses RE community

    New York University Philosophy Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah addressed "Ethics in Theory and Practice" during a special assembly with RE students on Feb. 16 and "What is College For?" in an evening event with RE parents; both talks were part of the school's Holzman Center of Applied Ethics Speaker Series. Appiah, also The New York Times ethics columnist, explored what it means to live well and the value of a liberal arts education.
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  • Entrepreneur and RE trustee Chris Torto P’24; Rejane de Paula P’26 of the BrazilFoundation, Ambassador André Odenbreit Carvalho of the Consul General of Brazil in Miami

    Why Brazil? Ambassador, non-profit leader and entrepreneur advocate

    A Brazilian ambassador, non-profit foundation leader and successful entrepreneur addressed RE upper schoolers on Valentine’s Day, sharing their love for Brazil and making a pitch for learning Portuguese and exploring the culture of a nation with 125 companies and some 40,000 registered voters in Florida.

    Students in RE’s Brazilian and Lusophone Club invited the panel of speakers: Ambassador André Odenbreit Carvalho of the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami; Rejane de Paula P’26 a member of the Advisory Committee for BrazilFoundation; and Chris Torto P’24, an entrepreneur who founded successful cable and data center businesses in Brazil.
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  • Edwidge Danticat speaks to upper school students

    Haitian-American novelist shares her personal story

    Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat addressed upper school students on Feb. 7 in honor of Black History Month by doing what she does best: She told stories. She described her journey from Port-au-Prince to New York City as a youth, explaining how her childhood memories, experience as an immigrant and connection to previous generations inspired and shaped her writing.
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  • Former NASA astronaut and Coconut Grove native Winston Scott

    Astronaut Winston Scott launches Black History Month at RE

    Former NASA astronaut and Coconut Grove native Winston Scott launched Ransom Everglades’ celebration of Black History Month with out-of-this-world talks to Ransom Everglades students on both campuses, telling stories about his days as an astronaut – specifically a space walker – on two space shuttle missions.
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  • Sage Dining Services employee composts vegetable scraps

    Composting tally: 10,700 lbs. in four months

    Ransom Everglades composted 10,700 lbs. of food scraps in the first four months of the 2022-23 school year. Sage Dining Services staff members have administered the program, depositing fruit and vegetable waste into new pink collection bins on both campuses. Led by Director of Environmental Sustainability Kelly Jackson, the composting is part of RE's growing commitment to operating green campuses. Food that is composted does not end up in landfills, helping to reduce harmful methane emissions.
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  • Dylan Miner '23, Alexis Tie-Shue '23, Ryan Berkshire '23 and Elise Echarte '23

    Four seniors nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

    Ryan Berkshire '23, Elise Echarte '23, Dylan Miner '23 and Alexis Tie-Shue '23 were named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program by the U.S. Department of Education, one of the highest honors bestowed on graduating high school seniors. They were among some 5,000 students from around the nation invited to contend for 161 U.S. Presidential Scholar recognitions that will be awarded this spring.
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  • RE speech and debate team

    RE speech and debate team on to states

    More than three dozen RE speech and debate students advanced to the Florida state championship by finishing in the top six in their events at the Region 5 Varsity State Qualifier at North Miami High School Feb. 3-5. Ryan Berkshire '23 (Original Oratory), Eva Bricker '23 (Dramatic Interpretation of Literature), Daniela Garcia '26 and Miranda Silva '26 (Duo Interpretation of Literature), Eduardo Michelsen '25 (Extemporaneous Speaking) and Hannah Risin '25 (Improvisational Speaking) – led the great day for Ransom Everglades, finishing in first place in their events.
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  • Gillian Carvalho '29

    String musicians excel at music performance assessment

    An RE sixth-grade violinist – Gillian Carvalho '29 – earned a Superior with Distinction rating and 19 fellow Ransom Everglades musicians garnered Superior ratings from adjudicators at the Florida Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Jan. 27-28 at Robert Morgan Educational Center. All of Ransom Everglades' musicians earned Excellent or better ratings under the direction of performing arts faculty member Scott O'Donnell.
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  • Girls Who Code CEO and founder Reshma Saujani onstage with Lee Harper '29, Dottie Spencer-Funchion '29 and Sofiya Dewan '29

    Middle schoolers welcome Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani

    Girls Who Code CEO and founder Reshma Saujani visited the Ransom Everglades Middle School on Feb. 2 and answered questions from panels of middle schoolers about her upbringing, approach as an author (she wrote Brave, Not Perfect) and experience working with teen girls through Girls Who Code, the non-profit she founded to help close the gender gap in computer science.
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  • Student-athletes committed to continue their athletic careers in college

    Nine seniors commit to play sports in college

    Ransom Everglades held a signing ceremony Feb. 2 at the Anderson gymnasium to recognize the nine senior student-athletes who committed to continue their athletic careers in college: Sophia Adams '23 (sailing, Tulane), Olivia Drulard '23 (sailing, Dartmouth), Alexa Geller '23 (crew, University of Miami), Florine Lijesen '23 (crew, Duke), Jackson McAliley '23 (sailing, Penn), Thomas Segrera '23 (crew, Georgetown), Kathryn Serra '23 (crew, Harvard), Karyna Steele '23 (soccer, Macalester) and Sarah Velazco '23 (water polo, McKendree).
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  • Dylan Kantesaria ’29, Sidney Schwartz ‘29 and Porter Sanderson ‘29

    Teamwork award for middle school robotics

    The middle school robotics team of Dylan Kantesaria ’29, Sidney Schwartz ‘29 and Porter Sanderson ‘29 won the Teamwork Champion Award on Jan 29 at the 4th Annual Riviera Rams Robotics Open in Miami, advancing to the South Florida Regional Middle School VEX IQ State Championship on March 5. They will be accompanied by coaches Gus Palacios and Nelson Milian.
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  • Flavia Contreras ’28 and her seventh-grade classmates

    Dancers take audience back in time

    Ransom Everglades student-dancers danced through the decades during the REwind: All-School Dance Showcase on Jan. 27, donning period-appropriate costumes and performing to some of the most famous dance tunes of the last 65 years. Photo Gallery
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  • Andrew Srebnick '23, Rabba Myriam Gollan, Eden Harris '24, speaker Caryn Shapiro-Pardo, Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez, Reid Rosenberg '25

    Speaker urges RE students to never forget the Holocaust

    The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor shared her grandfather’s story of tragedy and survival with Ransom Everglades upper school students in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Brought to campus by RE’s Jewish Students Association, Caryn Pardo detailed the horrific childhood journey of her “Zaida” – Harry Feldzamen – through five concentration camps.
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  • Student works showcased at US Winter Art Show

    Student art – drawings, ceramics, photographs, painting, sculptures and structures – appeared across the Ransom Campus with the opening of the Upper School Winter Art Show on Jan. 27. Works from classes taught by visual arts faculty members Astrid Dalins, Jorge Guzman, Fabienne Rousseau and Matt Stock remain on display in the Solomon Art Gallery, the Bowden library, the Cameron Hall lobby and exterior walls of the Visual Arts Building.
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  • Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez opens the celebration on the Touzet Patio

    Celebrating the Lunar New Year at RE

    Ransom Everglades rang in the Lunar New Year with educational and memorable celebrations on both campuses that were organized and executed by members of RE’s Chinese community. The Chinese Parent Committee, the Chinese Culture Club and RE’s Chinese language students joined forces to organize fun festivals of food, dance, acrobatics and music that brought RE students and families together on both campuses Jan. 24-25.
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  • Leo Fein '23, Max Weisenfeld '23, Jack Touby '23 and Jonathan Pollak '23

    Many victories at South Florida History Bee and Bowl

    Ransom Everglades teams won the South Florida History Bowl varsity and JV competitions held at the upper school on Jan. 21, with Leo Fein '23, Max Weisenfeld '23, Jack Touby '23 and Jonathan Pollak '23 earning first place in the varsity event and the middle school team of Lucas Gonzalez '27, Parker Jelke '27, Zach Corbin Cheah '27 and Jaz Puri '28 topping teams of ninth and 10th graders in the junior varsity event.
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  • Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key recipients: Chloe Alfonso '24, Natasha do Valle '23, Nicolas Maynulet '23, Andrew Gedde '25, Nicolas Imery '24 and Parker Martorella '23

    Six students win Gold Key awards; dozens more honored

    Six Ransom Everglades students – Chloe Alfonso '24, Natasha do Valle '23, Andrew Gedde '25, Nicolas Imery '24, Parker Martorella '23 and Nicolas Maynulet '23 – each won a prestigious Gold Key in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Regional Competition for 2023, a distinction that advances them to the national round of the annual competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. RE students also claimed 10 Silver Keys and 28 Honorable Mentions, and many earned multiple awards in the competition honoring excellence in various forms of writing, photography, ceramics and multiple art styles.
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  • Ten musicians from RE's Combined Symphonic Band have been named to the 2023 District 20 Honor Band

    Ten upper school students named to district honor band

    Ten musicians from RE's Combined Symphonic Band were named to the 2023 District 20 Honor Band and performed on Jan. 21 at Westminster Christian School. The RE student-musicians are enrolled in RE's jazz band, RE combo or symphonic band classes at the upper school, and they train under faculty member Jon Hamm.  The district includes 10 of the top high school programs in South Florida.
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  • Seven new college counselors and an essay writing specialist join the college counseling office

    A REimagined college counseling office at RE

    Rachel Rodriguez
    Message from Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez to the RE community on Jan. 20, 2023:
    It is my great pleasure to announce the unveiling of a reimagined college counseling office at Ransom Everglades, a goal of Executive Director of College Counseling Jason Locke since he arrived to RE this past summer. With the support of Ransom Everglades’ dedicated board of trustees, we have appointed seven new college counselors and an essay writing specialist, moves that not only will more than double the size of our current office to 12 counselors, but also will transform the services and opportunities we provide to our families to ensure that we elevate RE students in the college process. 
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  • Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, national best-selling authors of the book The Self-Driven Child

    Bestselling authors advise RE parents

    Mixing humor, anecdotes, scientific data and experience from years of working with children, clinical neuropsychologist William Stixrud and tutoring specialist Ned Johnson – co-authors of the best-selling book The Self-Driven Child – shared with Ransom Everglades parents the science and sense of giving adolescents more control over their lives.
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  • RE students making dresses for girls in Haiti

    RE community joins MLK Day of Service

    More than 175 members of the RE community and friends joined Ransom Everglades' annual day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, making dresses and shirts for children in Haiti, packing meals for local food banks and picking trash from the mangroves. Students, parents, faculty, administrators and friends arrived to the upper school throughout the day on Jan. 16, participating in the local, international and environmental service projects.
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  • L-R: Carla Hill, Francisco Gomez Rivas-Vazquez ’24, Daniel Figueroa ’24, Mackenzie Buckner ’24, Karyna Steele ’23, Malena Tewari ’23, Eleonora Cavallini ’23

    Students reflect on diversity leadership conference

    The six Ransom Everglades students who attended the 2022 Student Diversity Leadership Conference took the stage at the Lewis Family Auditorium Jan. 17 to share their experiences with their upper school peers and encourage RE to become a more welcoming and accepting community. During a roundtable discussion, the students – Mackenzie Buckner ’24, Eleonora Cavallini ’23, Daniel Figueroa ’24, Francisco Gomez Rivas-Vazquez ’24, Karyna Steele ’23 and Malena Tewari ’23 – explained how they benefited from the multiracial, multicultural gathering in San Antonio of upper school student leaders from across the nation. 
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  • Members of the NASA Techrise Student Challenge: Nelson Manstein '26, Chloe Alfonso '24, Connor Alfonso '26, Annabella Miki '25, Dieter Manstein '25 and Derrick Ma '24

    NASA selects student experiment for high-altitude balloon launch

    For the second straight year, NASA selected a science experiment proposed by a team of Ransom Everglades students for a launch on a NASA-sponsored craft. After last year's project won a ride on a rocket, this year's team of Annabella Miki ’25, Chloe Alfonso ’24, Connor Alfonso ’26, Derrick Ma ’24, Dieter Manstein ’25 and Nelson Manstein ’26 learned today that their proposed experiment measuring the impact of ultraviolet light on DNA will be tested aboard a high-altitude balloon sponsored by NASA.
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  • Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee

    Workshops designed to build a more inclusive community at RE

    A nationally recognized diversity trainer held interactive workshops with various Ransom Everglades constituents from Jan. 9-11 with the goal of advancing the school’s mission and values in an ever-changing world. Visiting speaker Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee met separately with students, faculty, leadership team members, trustees, alumni and parents over three days, offering age-appropriate sessions designed to further RE’s long tradition of fostering students’ cultural and character development and sense of identity and community to help them lead productive lives.
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  • Gus Palacios, Kelly Jackson, Robin Escobedo, Renee Rodriguez and Brooke Gintert

    Five middle school teachers featured at national conferences

    Five middle school teachers will be featured speakers at three national conferences in the coming months, sharing their classroom successes and highlighting elements of the exceptional teaching that takes place on RE's campuses every day. STEM faculty member Robin Escobedo will present research at the National Science Teaching Association National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta in March; world languages teacher Renée Rodriguez will speak at the 105th American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Conference in Salamanca, Spain, in June; and science teachers Kelly Jackson, Brooke Gintert and Gus Palacios will share information with peers at the Green Schools Conference in New Orleans in March.
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  • Angela Herrera Canfield of Cornell University, Rob Springall of Penn State University and Art Rodriguez of Carleton College at RE

    College admission officials share insights with RE families

    A trio of university admission officials offered guidance on the college process to RE juniors and their families during the College Admission Symposium Jan. 7 at the Lewis Family Auditorium. The morning-long program, called "Reimagining the College Search Process," featured presentations by Angela Herrera Canfield of Cornell University, Rob Springall of Penn State University and Art Rodriguez of Carleton College, and it concluded with a roundtable led by RE Executive Director of College Counseling Jason Locke. Locke and Director of College Counseling Patrick Tassoni introduced the event, one of many programs at Ransom Everglades designed to assist the Class of 2024 and their families as they journey through the college search process.
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  • Panelists Connor Sahs '20, Yasmina Haddad '20, Jack Fitzpatrick '20,  Olivia Byrd '20 and Marlon Ly '20

    Collegiate alumni visit campus, meet with juniors

    Five collegiate RE alumni participated in a frank and wide-ranging – and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny – panel discussion about the college application process with RE's juniors, helping the Class of 2024 kick off their college search process. Olivia Byrd '20 (Southern Methodist University); Jack Fitzpatrick '20 (Wake Forest University); Yasmina Haddad '20 (University of Michigan); Marlon Ly '20 (Vanderbilt University); Connor Sahs '20 (Bates College) told stories, offered advice and most of all urged RE juniors to support one another through the process and enjoy their senior year.

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  • RE's AIME qualifiers flanked by math team coaches Karen Key and Jessica Merrick

    US and MS math students excel in national math contests

    Seven RE students – the most in school history – each posted top scores nationally on the annual American Mathematics Competition examinations for 10th or 12th graders and advanced to the next stage of the major scholastic math competition. Six upper schoolers and one middle schooler – Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24, Maya Shaked '24, Minnie Zhou '24, Andrew Gedde '25, Solon Sun '25, Gabriel Karsenti '26 and Joshie Khohayting '28 – qualified to take the Feb. 7 American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).
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  • RE hosts mangrove experts from nations in central Africa

    RE hosts central African mangrove experts

    Kelly Jackson, Ransom Everglades’ Director of Environmental Sustainability and Will Charouhis '24, a climate activist and member of RE's Environmental Sustainability Committee, exchanged ideas and information with a cohort of mangrove experts from central Africa during winter break as part of a cooperative program on Mangrove Ecosystem Management and Environmental Protection.
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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.