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2024

  • Lauren Page '24 and Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24 received honorable mentions at the Silver Knight Awards

    Seniors win recognition at annual Silver Knight Awards ceremony

    Lauren Page '24 and Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24 won honorable mention recognition at the 66th annual Silver Knight Awards ceremony at the James L. Knight Center on May 22. They were among 60 students in Miami-Dade County recognized for academic excellence and community service; Page in the English and Literature category and Paraoulaki de Miranda in Mathematics. Nearly 800 students in Dade and Broward counties were nominated for the prestigious awards in 15 disciplines: ial science, speech, vocational technical and world languages
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  • Salutatorian Elliot Gross '24

    Seniors begin commencement week with the Baccalaureate/Senior Send-off

    The countdown to commencement for the Class of 2024 began with a Baccalaureate/ Senior Send-off on May 19 that featured speeches that inspired – and drew laughs – as well as the traditional bricklaying and class dinner in the Anderson gymnasium. Seniors and their parents gathered in the Lewis Family Auditorium for the salutatorian address by Elliot Gross '24, student performances, goodbyes from school leaders and a huge welcome to the RE alumni community from faculty members Paul Natland '02 and Jenny Carson '03 and Director of Advancement Vicki Carbonell Williamson '88.
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  • Erick Gross '24 and Christine Keedy Brown '24

    Two students named 2024 National Merit Scholars

    Christine Keedy Brown '24 and Erick Gross '24 were named 2024 National Merit Scholars and will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships from the prestigious scholarship program that began in 1955. The students were among 2,500 scholarship recipients selected from about 15,000 finalists.
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  • Core Value Awards, Grade 11

    Dozens of students recognized at the Upper School Underclassmen Awards ceremony

    More than four dozen students earned recognition for academic excellence and living out Ransom Everglades' mission and core values at the Upper School Underclassmen Awards ceremony at the Lewis Family Auditorium on May 21, as class deans handed out the first annual Core Value Awards to five students in each grade.
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  • Ethan Thomas ’25 claimed fourth place at the 2024 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair

    Junior wins fourth place in international science and engineering fair

    Ethan Thomas ’25 claimed fourth place at the 2024 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines division for his research on artificial intelligence and the early detection of cardiovascular disease. The weeklong science and engineering competition in Los Angeles that concluded on May 17 drew 1,800 students from around the world. Thomas and Dieter Manstein '25 advanced to the competition after their successful presentations at regional and state fairs. They worked under RE STEM Department faculty member Sue Mactye. 
     
     
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  • Daniel Li '28 and math team coach Jessica Merrick helped Florida's state math team to a fifth place in the 2024 RTX MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C.

    RE student and coach help the Team Florida math team to fifth place in nation

    Putting a memorable stamp on an incredible season for the Ransom Everglades middle school math team, Daniel Li '28 and math team coach Jessica Merrick helped Florida's state math team to a fifth place in the 2024 RTX MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C., on May 12-13. Merrick served as coach of Team Florida, which included Li and three students from Florida schools (including the individual national champion). Li and Merrick were the first RE representatives to attend the prestigious championship, earning the opportunity after RE's middle school team placed second at the Florida state championship in March, and Li finished third individually.
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  • Members of Art OutREach with children at St Alban's Enrichment Center

    Students provide Art OutREach at St Alban's Enrichment Center

    Ransom Everglades students shared their passion for art with children at St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center several afternoons this spring. Under the leadership of Art OutREach officers Valentina Capote '26, Sophia Martin '25 and Nina Galinsky '26, the RE students took projects and materials to the students at St. Alban's for after-school art enrichment and plenty of fun. Club leaders emphasized to their RE peers that no experience was necessary to join in the classes.
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  • Student volunteers prepare to welcome new middle school students

    RE welcomes new middle school families at spring orientation

    Newly admitted Ransom Everglades students proudly tugged on RE T-shirts as they arrived for the New Middle School Student Orientation on May 1. The joy-filled event served as the first in-person welcome since the students accepted their offers of admission, and it offered a mix of excitement, encouragement and critical information for the fall. New students heard from school leaders and graduating seniors, and they toured campus with current teachers and students. They and their parents benefited from opportunities to learn more about co-curricular options while meeting other new families.
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  • Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel; Edgardo Defortuna, CEO of Fortune International; Daniel Sundheim, CEO of D1 Capital; Leon Shaulov, CEO of Maplelane Capital; and Wade Davis, CEO of Univision join Miami Venturing Entrepeneurs President Eduardo Michelsen '25 on a panel at the South Florida Economic Ransom Everglades conference

    Student-run economics conference attracts financial and business leaders in Miami

    RE students interested in entrepreneurship organized an executive roundtable at the Lewis Family Auditorium that included five of the most respected financial and business leaders in Miami. Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel; Edgardo Defortuna, CEO of Fortune International; Daniel Sundheim, CEO of D1 Capital; Leon Shaulov, CEO of Maplelane Capital; and Wade Davis, CEO of Univision joined Miami Venturing Entrepreneurs President Eduardo Michelsen '25 at the conclusion of the South Florida Economic Ransom Everglades conference.
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  • Australia booth

    Ransom Everglades celebrate the diversity of the RE middle school community at the Cultural Fusion Festival

    Ransom Everglades celebrated the cultural and ethnic diversity of its middle school students and professional community with a vibrant Cultural Fusion Festival on May 3 featuring live performances and 24 booths adorned with nations' flags, artifacts and decorations. The colorful booths, which were manned by RE parents and community members, offered delicious bites and lined the entry to the middle school and path to the Dell, providing a vibrant promenade for students as they left the assembly in the gymnasium to enjoy the mid-day break.

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  • Seniors planning to major in STEM fields

    The Class of 2024 prepares to depart to 71 colleges in 22 states and five countries

    RE’s Class of 2024 will be matriculating at 71 colleges and universities in 22 states (and the District of Columbia) and five countries in 2024-25. Ransom Everglades seniors not only will attend traditionally sought-after schools – they received acceptances to all of the Ivy League schools, MIT and Stanford – they also will matriculate at highly selective liberal arts colleges, acclaimed public research institutions, extremely competitive drama/music schools, highly regarded international institutions and universities with renowned specialty programs.
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  • Rudy Prio Touzet '76 and Head of School Rachel Rodriguez

    Honors shared with seniors and alumnus Rudy Prio Touzet '76 at Senior Awards Ceremony

    Rudy Prio Touzet '76 elicited laughs when he told students in the Lewis Family Auditorium that he was never among the star students summoned to the stage for major awards during his school days at Ransom Everglades. And yet at the 2024 Senior Awards Ceremony on April 30, Prio Touzet was the guest of honor, the recipient of the 2024 Head of School's Award for Distinguished Service to the School. The recognition of the longtime board member, former board chair and parent, alumnus and philanthropist headlined the afternoon’s program, which honored dozens of seniors and revealed this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
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  • The students in the class taught by faculty member Jenny Carson '03

    Students share final projects from Applied Ethics: STEM class

    Students in Ransom Everglades' Applied Ethics: STEM class shared original research posters that explored a variety of current ethical challenges in STEM fields during the 2024 Ethics Gallery Walk on April 29. The students in the class taught by faculty member Jenny Carson '03 delved into topics ranging from artificial intelligence to gene editing to cyberbullying.
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  • RE dancers shine in spring all-school dance showcase

    RE student-dancers sought inspiration from the raw power and beauty of nature for their spring All-School Dance Showcase, "RElements," a performance that drew a huge crowd to the Lewis Family Auditorium on April 26. The evening featured dozens of dances from the Ransom Everglades Dance Team, the upper school Art of Dance class, and all of the middle school dance classes, displaying the students' excellence and progress under teachers Desiree Masucci and Tess Guidry in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop.

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  • The Catalyst editorial team award winners with advisor Matt Margini

    Catalyst editorial team collects honors from the Florida Scholastic Press Association

    The Florida Scholastic Press Association recognized the RE student newspaper – The Catalyst –  editorial staff with a number of honors in its spring 2024 Digital Contest, which drew a record 3,974 entries from across the state. Emma Dvorkin '24, Mia Bouyoucef '25 and Jordan James '25 each earned "All-Florida" recognition and Matias Blanco '25, Kayra Serpenguzel '25 and the entire editorial staff scored "excellent" ratings. The Catalyst newspaper appears in print and online and the students work under English faculty member Matt Margini.
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  • Members of the Senior Panel with Associate Head of School John King, Head of School Rachel Rodriguez and COO and Interim Head of the Upper School David Clark '86

    Eight students share insights and stories during the annual Senior Panel

    Eight members of the Class of 2024 reflected on their years at Ransom Everglades, answering questions and sharing stories with RE parents during the annual Senior Panel on April 24 at the Posner Lecture Hall. The students, Eden Harris '24, Eliza Arnold '24, Noa Abboud '24, Lauren Scott '24, Matias Cardenas '24, Siona Dua '24, Alex Jones '24 and Michael Kaye '24, talked about the many opportunities for students at RE, the support offered by teachers, and the risks they took that paid off. COO and Interim Head of the Upper School David Clark '86 served as panel moderator.
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  • The girls' track and field team celebrates their title

    RE track and field wins multiple titles at the district championship

    Ransom Everglades girls' track and field team won the Class 2A District 15 title and the boys' team earned runner-up honors as RE student-athletes won gold medals in 15 events. In an extraordinary championship meet for RE, the girls swept the 200, 400 and 800 meters and the boys swept the pole vault under coach Mike Becker.

    RE's individual district champions: Alexandra Leiser '25 (100 & 200), Gillian Carvalho '29 (400), Anna Block '28 (800), David Serra '24 (800, 1,600 & 3,200), Sophia Linfield '26 (1,600 & 3,200), Becky Arrastia '27 (100 hurdles), Jude Yeo '24 (pole vault), Latrice Nelson '25 (high jump), Julianne Gallagher '26 (javelin) and the girls' 4x400 and 4x800 teams. Photo Gallery
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  • Jacob Aronow '26, Parker Jelke '27 and Daniel Figueroa '24

    RE's academic team excels on national stage

    Ransom Everglades' varsity and junior varsity academic teams excelled at the International Academic Competitions U.S. History Bee and Bowl in Arlington, Va., April 25-28, with various Raiders contributing to 20 top-10 finishes across more than a dozen events. Daniel Figueroa '24 led RE in his final season with the team, finishing fifth in the U.S. History Bee and earning medals for top-three finishes on two history exams. The Raiders were coached by faculty member Abby Berler and librarian Branly Fontaine.
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  • The RE Symphony Orchestra with Jon Hamm, Conductor and Musical Director of the Symphony Orchestra

    Resounding Major Works Concert concludes Alumni Weekend 2024

    Ransom Everglades performing art students brought an official conclusion to Alumni Weekend 2024 with a foot-tapping, hum-along finale to their spring Major Works Concert performed by the entire 62-person orchestra and 29-member vocal ensemble. The students filled the Lewis Family Auditorium stage for the resounding medley of famous Andrew Lloyd Webber pieces, an arrangement known as "A Concert Celebration."

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  • Class of 1999

    Alumni gather for a fun-filled Alumni Weekend 2024

    Alumni came back home for Alumni Weekend 2024, traveling from as far afield as London and as far back as the Class of 1962. Sharing countless hugs and handshakes, exploring old haunts, and reminiscing over meals, more than 325 alumni across six decades enjoyed a series of special events and activities on both campuses from April 19-21.

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  • Members of the college counseling team working behind the scenes to prepare for Inside the Admissions Committee.

    Parents peer 'Inside the Admissions Committee' at college counseling event

    The mystique surrounding college admissions committees is legendary. The behind-closed-doors deliberations are frequently described as secretive by the media. RE’s College Counseling Office had the opportunity on April 15 to draw back the curtain and shed some light on what admissions committees do during months of application review.
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  • Girls' lacrosse wins the district championship

    Girls' lacrosse wins the district championship

    A young girls' lacrosse team showed the poise of a more experienced squad as it easily won the Class 1A District 16 championship with a 16-10 victory over Westminster Christian on April 16 at Robert E. Walker Field. In what was truly a team effort, five Raider players chipped in at least two goals and goalkeeper Sofia Martin '25 posted 12 saves. Dani Darcangelo '24 and Abby Pollak '26 led the scoring with four goals each, as coach Bridgette Laskey collected her fifth district title as RE's coach.
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  • AP Psychology students share their work during symposium

    Students in RE's AP Psychology classes presented research posters during the 2024 Social Psychology Symposium that examined how social psychology theories could be applied to current events of their choosing. Working in small groups, the students selected topics ranging from the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to the prosecution of Jennifer Crumbley, the mother of a school shooter. All shared their work during the April 16 event during the mid-day break in the atrium of the Lewis Family Auditorium.
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  • Elizabeth Harper ’28, Noelle Dubose ’28 and Brayden Zawyer ’28

    Three middle school students win ISSF Star Awards

    Noelle Dubose ’28, Elizabeth Harper ’28 and Brayden Zawyer ’28 received "Star Awards" from the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) during an April 17 luncheon and ceremony in Miami. Nominated by Ransom Everglades adminstrators and faculty, the students were recognized for setting an example for others to follow; their excellence in academics, community service, citizenship, fine arts or sports; and their effort, dedication and good character. Assistant Head of the Middle School Jess Merrick and Dean of the Eighth Grade Maria Elena Soto accompanied the students to the event.
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  • Upper school silver and gold key award recipients

    Dozens of students honored with art and writing awards

    It's been a great spring for student-artists at Ransom Everglades, with dozens of students earning recognition locally and nationally. The most prestigious award: 14 RE students earned "gold keys" from the regional round of the 2024 Scholastic Awards in Arts and Writing contest, which annually attracts more than 100,000 submissions from students in grades 7-12. Additionally, some students works were selected for exhibition at the Beaux Arts Student Showcase April 24-27, and others won spots in the Bass Museum Teen Art Exhibition that opened at the end of March.
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  • Chicago, W-F Edition

    RE upper school drama program sets a high bar with Chicago

    RE drama students are so talented and accomplished they needed two separate casts for the upper school spring production of Chicago on April 10-13. From the magnificent leads – Gabrielle Lieberman '24, Jaerla Sajous '25, Emma Holtzman '24, Lucia Soto '24, Henry Berler '25 and Armando Segrera '25 – to the brilliant supporting roles and staging, the production made the Lewis Family Auditorium indistinguishable from a Broadway theater. The four performances drew large crowds and showcased the incredible depth and sophistication of drama at Ransom Everglades.

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  • RE mathletes

    Middle school math team finishes second in the state

    Ransom Everglades' middle school math team wrapped up an incredible season with a second-place finish in the 2024 Florida Mathcounts State Competition in Orlando March 29 as Daniel Li '28 finished third individually. Li became the first-ever RE middle schooler to qualify for the national championship, and coach Jess Merrick was named coach of the national team. RE's Joshie Khohayting '28 finished eighth overall, and Alex Tevelow '28 and Maxie Wu '28 each finished in the top 25 percent of competitors. Alternate Sofiya Dewan '29 also excelled, supporting the performance.
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  • OBODOS 2024 author J.C. Cervantes talks about The Storm Runner and her other books

    One Book One Day One School returns for The Storm Runner and author J.C. Cervantes

    Students at Ransom Everglades welcomed a bestselling author to the middle school and spent a school day immersed in activities related to her book during the annual One Book One Day One School (OBODOS) event on April 4. Students read The Storm Runner in advance of OBODOS, then enjoyed a book signing and assembly with author J.C. Cervantes along with a host of activities connected to themes in the book.
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  • Ethan Thomas '25 and Dieter Manstein '25 with other science fair participants

    RE junior finishes third in state science and engineering fair

    Ethan Thomas '25 finished in the top three for the second straight year at State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida. Thomas's project entitled Syncardia: AI at the Heart of Early Cardiovascular Disease Detection, earned third place at the April 2-4 event after his second-place finish last year. In its 69th year, the science fair drew some 900 students from across the state.
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  • Class of 2025 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities

    Seven juniors named Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities

    Seven juniors were named Class of 2025 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities, a prestigious recognition at Ransom Everglades that brings financial and academic support for summer studies in the humanities. Adrian Jagodzinski '25, Jordan James '25, Kenzie Kaplan '25, Beatriz Lindemann '25, Lucas Lippey '25, Ethan Sullivan '25 and Sindhu Talluri '25 were selected by a committee of RE faculty under the direction of Associate Head of School John A. King Jr. They will explore various topics through summer travel and research.
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  • Max Grunwald '26 and Emma Sharp '25

    Two students qualify for National Chemistry Olympiad

    Max Grunwald '26 and Emma Sharp '25 qualified for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad on April 20, joining more than 1,000 students across the nation who achieved exceptional scores on a recent chemistry assessment. The results of the national examination, which will be administered locally, will be used to determine qualifiers for the International Chemistry Olympiad. The students take Advanced Chemistry-2 with faculty member Yuria Sharp.
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  • The RE boys' water polo team celebrates

    RE boys' water polo wins district championship

    Ransom Everglades' boys water polo team celebrated its second consecutive district championship victory – a convincing 12-8 victory over rival MAST Academy – by joyfully lifting the winner's trophy in front of cheering fans at the Ansin Aquatic Center on April 3. Jack Merrick '26 led the Raiders with an eight-goal performance and Oliver Friedland '26 and Milo Gorey '24 each chipped in two goals.
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  • Daniela Garcia '26 and Miranda Silva '26

    More than 20 qualify for speech and debate championships

    More than 20 RE speech and debate students qualified for the 2024 National Speech and Debate Association National Championship with stellar performances at the March 15-18 district qualifying tournament at Ransom Everglades. The national tournament will be held June 16-21 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Under Coach Kate Hamm, 15 Raiders earned first-place finishes: Claudia Colina '25, Carlos Del Cañal Fernandez '25, the team of Francesca Lopez '24 and Hannah Risin '25, Bridget Mestepey '26, Eduardo Michelsen '25, Lilah Murphy '27, the team of Varun Raju '24 and Thomas Crowley '24, and the team of Mia Bouyoucef '25, Luciana Pardo '25, Anya Bhandari '25, Minnie Zhou '26, Jillian Demos-Brown '25.
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  • Guitar I

    Jazz and guitar students shine at an upper school concert

    Ransom Everglades honored nine senior members of RE's jazz combos during a spring Jazz and Guitar Concert at Posner Lecture Hall on March 19. The concert included a first-time twist: table seating offering audience members the feel of a cozy lounge and up-close views of the musicians.

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  • Ryan Weisburd '24, Victor Labaut '24, Tomas Griffin '25, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda ’24,  Alexander Jones '24, Dominique Cederberg '26

    Junior wins annual bridge competition

    Amid cheers, thumping music, dimmed lights and animated play-by-play from physics teacher Paul Natland '02 at the Lewis Family Auditorium, Tomas Griffin '25 won RE's annual bridge competition with structure that held 1,425 times its weight before finally splintering. More than 180 upper school students in RE's physics, engineering, architecture and other classes entered the 2024 competition, and the 15 finalists competed in the raucous finale March 18.
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  • Middle school drama students in The Wizard of Oz musical on March 13-15

    Middle schoolers delight in musical production of Wizard of Oz

    Wearing adorable costumes and performing on a magical set at Swenson Hall, middle school drama students showed their musical range and acting prowess in The Wizard of Oz March 13-15. The spring musical under the direction of drama teacher Cecilia Gonzalez featured Sofie Delic '28 as Dorothy and her charming misfit friends: Ben Brandrick-Morris '29 as Scarecrow; Vivi Pasos '28 as Lion; and Aleko Katsoufis '28 as Tin Man. Izzy Greengrass '30 appeared as Toto, and Cecile Etzbach '29 served as Wicked Witch of the West. Photo Gallery
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  • Roxy Morgenstern '75 addresses the upper school

    'Everglades Girls' return for International Women's Day assembly

    Four Everglades School for Girls alumnae visited RE to mark the school's celebration of International Women's Day, joining an upper school assembly with members of the student club Women Empowerment on March 5. Betty Wiseheart Joyce '70, Beth Kaiser '76 and Karen (Flannery) Jones '72 took seats in the front row of the Lewis Family Auditorium as club president Maggie Seabrook '24 interviewed Roxi Badia Morgenstern '75, and various club members presented history, trivia and traditions of the Everglades School for Girls.
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  • Nicholas Harper '25

    Art students nab prestigious photography awards from Junior Orange Bowl

    Ransom Everglades visual arts students excelled in the 2024 Junior Orange Bowl Photography Contest, earning several top awards. Henry Greengrass '28 won first place in the middle school portrait competition and claimed the prestigious Judges' Choice Award. Nicholas Harper '25 earned a first place in the upper school night category, and four other RE students – Mateo Bernal '27, Taylor Smith '25, Jack Di Gasbarro '25 and Vlad Ponomarenko '25 – earned honors.
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  • Sydney Gould '25 and Rebecca Paresky '25

    Juniors win RE Business Plan Challenge with proposal for concussion glasses

    Sydney Gould '25 and Rebecca Paresky '25 won the 2024 RE Business Plan Challenge with their proposal for NeuroView, special glasses powered by electrochromic technology that alleviate photophobia symptoms caused by concussions. With their selection on March 5 over four finalist student groups, Gould and Paresky advanced to the 2024 Innovate South Florida Business Plan Challenge on April 10.
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  • Twenty-one students participated under coach Joe Mauro

    Raiders dominate the South Florida History Bees

    Ransom Everglades students dominated the South Florida Regional History and Geography Bees on March 2 at the upper school, winning eight of the nine medals awarded in the history bee and sweeping the gold medals in the geography bee. Competing against 99 students from a number of local schools, Alejandro Gonzalez '30 and Julian Jelke '29 won gold medals in the history bee, and Rohan Harihara '30, Noah Veras '29 and Iker Fierro '28 earned gold medals in the geography bee.
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  • Mateo Heitner '25, Ivan Rosenfeld '25, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24, Erick Gross '24 and Gabriel Karsenti '26

    Robotics team wins big at the South Florida Regional VEX Robotics Championship

    The robotics team of Mateo Heitner '25, Ivan Rosenfeld '25, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24, Erick Gross '24 and Gabriel Karsenti '26 put forth one of the most successful performances in RE robotics history at the South Florida Regional VEX Robotics Championship in Miami Springs on March 2. The Raiders won The Excellence Award, the Robot Skills Challenge award and Tournament Finalist recognition, triple-qualifying for the world championships in April in Dallas, Tex.
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  • RE speech and debate team at the 2024 Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championships

    Speech and debate earns four titles at states

    The RE speech and debate team could barely fit the massive trophy haul from the 2024 Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championships on the bus ride home from Wellington, Fla. RE students won four state titles as coach Kate Hamm earned Region 5 Coach of the Year honors at the March 2-3 event. Claudia Colina '25 finished first in Dramatic Interpretation; Eduardo Michelsen '25 finished first in Domestic Extemporaneous; Danny Mendelson '25 and Max Salomon '25 captured the Public Forum Debate title; and Sindhu Talluri '25, Nora Brue '25, Lauren Page '24, Ian Fox '24 and T.J. Malone '25 won the championship in World Schools Debate. 
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  • Neale Villaraos '26, Lucas Blanco '24, Matias Blanco '25, Maya Fern '25, Ellie Stokes '26, Hudson Kaplan '25 and Sofia Martin '25

    Students attend Model UN events in New York and Miami

    Two dozen of RE's Model United Nations team members participated in the National High School Model United Nations event March 9-11 in New York City, engaging in debates with other students and interacting with diplomatic representatives of various countries. They also had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and education activist in front of the Non-Violence sculpture on the United Nations plaza. The trip was guided by Model UN coach Stephen Allen.
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  • Young REsearchers share their work at a professional physics conference

    Seven Ransom Everglades students are among the youngest attendees presenting original research at the annual American Physical Society Conference in Minneapolis March 4-5. Members of RE’s Young REsearchers Program (YREP), Sofia Rakhimi ’25, Paloma Lopes ’25, Michael Mederos ’25, Francisco Gomez Rivas-Vazquez ’24, Dieter Manstein ’25, Carlos Horcasitas ’25 and Mia Campbell ’25 submitted abstracts on their work with RE's portable laser and traveled to the conference physics teachers Dr. Emily Grace and Paul Natland '02.
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  • Beginning String Orchestra

    Middle school strings students show their progress at winter concert

    The Middle School Winter Strings Concert at the Posner Lecture Hall on Feb. 28 felt as intimate as a living-room performance. Strings Music Director Scott O'Donnell addressed the crowd between pieces, sharing his goals for RE's strings students and providing insight into the selection of music for the evening's event. Throughout, he sounded much like a proud parent when talking about the students' progress in 2023-24.
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  • Seniors Band

    RE rocks for Ukraine relief at spring concert

    Ransom Everglades musicians, singers, dancers and production specialists combined their myriad talents for a fundraising concert at the Lewis Family Auditorium on Feb. 29. Hosted in part by the RE student group Rock 4 Relief, the Spring Concert 2024: A Tribute for Ukraine drew a large and enthusiastic crowd, and showed the school community at its best.

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  • The Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year Celebration at La Brisa

    RE launches the 'Year of the Dragon' during Chinese New Year festival

    Ransom Everglades kicked off The Year of the Dragon with a rollicking Lunar New Year festival on a brilliantly bedecked Touzet patio. Tradition, celebration and fun converged at the upper school on Feb. 13 as RE students, parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered to enjoy Chinese delicacies and music, dance and acrobatics performances. The Chinese Parent Committee, the school’s Chinese Culture Club and the many students in the Chinese classes of faculty member Xiaohong Teng organized the events and helped decorate La Brisa with red-and-gold lanterns and silk dragons. Photo Gallery
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  • RE Combined Bands

    Middle school band students practice and perform at winter concert

    Middle school band students participated in a novel winter concert that was part-performance and part-high-stakes practice session. Middle school band director Cathi Leibinger used the Spring Pre-Evaluation Concert on Feb. 13 at Swenson Hall to showcase her students' progress while also putting their burgeoning skills to the test in preparation for an upcoming musical performance assessment. Photo Gallery
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  • Ransom Everglades' Silver Knight nominees

    Twelve nominated for Silver Knight Awards

    Ransom Everglades nominated 12 students who excel in service and various scholastic realms to compete for prestigious Silver Knight Awards in May. The nominees and their award category: Nathan Kaplan ’24, Athletics; Thomas Crowley ’24, Business; Jake Perdigon ’24, Digital Media; Rowan Tolon ’24, Drama; Lauren Page ’24, English; William Charouhis ’24, General; Emma Dvorkin ’24, Journalism; Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda ’24, Math; Christine Keedy Brown ’24, Music and Dance; Kaitlyn Gonzalez ’24, Science; Gabrielle Lieberman ’24, Social Science; Ian Fox ’24, Speech.
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  • The TEDxRansomEvergladesSchool team

    RE students explore 'unbound' ideas at TEDxRansomEvergladesSchool

    Seven Ransom Everglades students – Mia Bouyoucef '25, Nora Brue '25, Sophia Linfield '26, Eduardo Michelsen '25, Luna Molla '25, Emma Perdigon '25 and Nina Rivera '25 – explored breaking barriers and unleashing possibilities through their talks on the theme of "unbound" at TEDxRansomEvergladesSchool on Feb. 9 at Swenson Hall. The entirely student-run event was dedicated to RE parent-of-alumni Tom Bales, who passed away last fall and was credited for inspiring the creation of TEDxCoconutGrove, the predecessor to TEDxRansomEvergladesSchool.
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  • Ten RE seniors commit to continue their athletic careers in college

    Ten RE seniors commit to continue their athletic careers in college

    Ransom Everglades honored the 10 student-athletes who have committed to continue their athletic careers in college with a signing ceremony during the mid-day break on Feb. 9 at the Anderson gymnasium. Photo Gallery
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  • Holzman center speaker Josephine Linden with Associate Head of School John A. King Jr.

    Former compliance officer talks ethics with upper school students

    Core values taught in high school can influence ethical behavior down the line, according to the latest speaker in RE’s Holzman Center of Applied Ethics Speaker Series. Josephine Linden, the former chief compliance officer at Goldman Sachs who is now chair of the board of Lands’ End, told upper school students on Feb. 6 that what she learned during her school days at the Kambala school for girls in New South Wales, Australia, guides her even now.
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  • Coach Kate Hamm was inducted into the prestigious national Golden Key Society for excellence in coaching

    Coach Hamm honored as RE Speech and Debate thrives in 2024 events

    Ransom Everglades' speech and debate team began 2024 with a host of top performances at local and national events. The highlights: more than 70 qualifications to the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championship during an event at RE on Feb. 2, and a notable showing at the Barkley Forum at Emory University in Atlanta on Jan. 27-28. There, coach Kate Hamm was inducted into the prestigious national Golden Key Society for excellence in coaching.
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  • The Art of Dance class performs jazz

    Dozens dance the night away with REmotions

    RE's growing dance program has added a new faculty member (Tess Guidry), a new class (the Upper School Art of Dance) and a new concert format featuring experienced middle school dancers (eighth grade) through high school seniors sharing the same stage. Yet the core of the program remains the same: a group of close-knit dancers who perform with passion and emotion, striving to stir the hearts of the audience. That goal was accomplished at the Lewis Family Auditorium on Feb. 2 with the All-School Spring Dance Showcase: REmotions.

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  • Marine geology field trip to the Peace River

    Marine Field Research class collects fossils on the Peace River

    Ransom Everglades' upper school Marine Field Research class took a marine geology field trip to the Peace River in Ft. Myers, Fla., on Jan. 24, where students waded into the water to search for ~3 million-year-old Pliocene fossils. The class uncovered ancient bull shark teeth, tiger shark teeth, gray shark teeth, snaggletooth shark teeth, mako shark teeth, turtle shell pieces, and other artifacts from when Florida was underwater.
     
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  • Students canoeing in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

    Ninth graders return from Everglades trips with Outward Bound

    RE's ninth graders have completed their annual treks to the Everglades, the five-day, four-night adventures with Outward Bound that are a 40-year tradition at RE. Departing in three waves, ninth graders traveled in January to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where they set off from different locations in small groups, tasked with finding their way back to base camp. They used compasses and maps to navigate canoes through mangrove tunnels, stormy weather and high winds. RE physical education teacher Tim McAllister oversaw the adventures, and ensured that students prepared during their PE classes.
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  • RE sailing team

    RE sailors win SAISA South Point No. 4

    Ransom Everglades’ sailing team won the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association South Points No. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 20-21. The Raiders were led by Ian Fox '24, Griggs Diemar '25, Violet Martin '24 and Kayra Serpenguzel '25 with skippers Garrett Fox '26 and Ava McAliley '26 and crew members Amelia Lazarus '25 and Manolo Campos '25. The Raiders competed under coach Joe Logan and assistant Omari Scott.
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  • Charles Reizenstein '26, Parker Jelke '27, Jacob Aronow '26 won the varsity bowl title

    RE teams win four first places at the Winter South Florida History Bee and Bowl

    RE swept the top awards – four first places – at the 2024 South Florida Winter History Bee and Bowl at Ransom Everglades on Jan. 20 and collected other top finishes. Daniel Figueroa '24 won the varsity bee title and Parker Jelke '27 won the junior varsity bee. RE's Jelke, Jacob Aronow '26 and Charles Reizenstein '26 won the varsity bowl title and Jack Gonzalez '28, Jack Akselrad '28, Jaz Puri '28 and Noah Veras '29 won the JV bowl title.
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  • Middle school robotics team REbotics with coach Gus Palacios

    REbotics wins three major awards at local robotics event

    The middle school robotics team REbotics dominated the 4th Annual STEM Squad VEX IQ Robotics Competition Challenge in Miami on January 27, winning three major awards and qualifying for the state championship in March. The team members, Dylan Kantesaria '29, Sidney Schwartz '29, James Sardina '29, Porter Sanderson '29 and Evan Powe '29 (not present), finished first in the Skills Challenge and won the Teamwork Challenge and Excellence Award, topping a field of more than 40 teams.
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  • Works exhibited in the Solomon Gallery in the Linda S. Frankel Visual Arts Center

    Student art displayed at Upper School Visual Arts Winter Showcase

    An exciting range of student visual art is on display at the Upper School Visual Arts Winter Showcase in the recently christened Linda S. Frankel Visual Arts Center, the Bowden library and Cameron Hall. Works from photography, experimental photography, portraiture, studio art, ceramics, digital art and architecture classes highlight the progress students have made under RE's visual arts faculty at the upper school: Astrid Dalins, Jorge Guzman, Moira Holohan, Fabienne Rousseau and Matt Stock. The showcase opened Feb. 2.
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  • Dieter Manstein '25 and Ethan Thomas '25

    Two students advance to Florida State Science Competition

    Dieter Manstein '25 and Ethan Thomas '25 were chosen as state finalists at the South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 4 and will present their respective research projects at the 69th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida 2024 in Lakeland in April. They were also chosen as finalists for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and will present their projects in Los Angeles in May. 
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  • Middle and upper school math teams

    Math teams at MS and US excel in recent math competitions

    Joshie Khohayting '28 and Daniel Li '28 highlighted excellent results for Ransom Everglades in a pair of recent math competitions, as both earned perfect scores on a national middle school math exam and also finished in the top 2.5 percent on a 10th-grade math exam known as the American Mathematics Competition 10 (AMC 10). RE's middle and upper school math teams also claimed a host of top-five finishes in a pair of regional high school math competitions in late January and early February.
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  • Ransom Everglades' girls' soccer team

    Girls' soccer wins district title

    Ransom Everglades' girls' soccer team capped a thrilling ride through the district playoffs with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in the Class 3A District 15 championship on Feb. 1. Sofia Rua '24 scored the game-winning goal on an assist by Stella Colombo '26 in the second half as goalkeeper Juju Perez Rivera '24 fended off late pressure to secure the victory. Raiders' fans had been holding their breath since the district semifinal a few days earlier; RE won that game against Westminster Christian in overtime thanks to Perez Rivera, who saved the 2-1 victory by stopping three of four penalty kicks.
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  • Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson

    Ransom Everglades launches Black History Month

    Ransom Everglades kicked off Black History Month with a lively festival during the mid-day break after an inspiring morning talk from the Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson, the senior chaplain for the Miami-Dade Police Department and an adjunct professor of religion at St. Thomas University. Upper school students and faculty in the Lewis Family Auditorium gave Richardson a standing ovation, then enjoyed food, music and art rooted in African and Caribbean traditions.
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  • RE's all-county fall sport athletes

    Five Raiders win all-county recognition, more than 30 honored

    Five Ransom Everglades fall sports athletes – Jesse Hellring '25 (golf), Julia Lewkowitz '25 (volleyball), Sophia Linfield '26 (cross country), Kiera Rampersad '25 (swimming) and David Serra '24 (cross country) – earned first-team all-county honors from the Miami Herald as more than 30 RE student-athletes received recognition in the fall sports rankings released in December and January by the newspaper.
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  • RE's Jason Locke, Ryan Hargraves (University of Toronto), Pamela Tan (Cornell University), Adam Sapp (Pomona College) and RE's Patrick Tassoni

    Juniors launch college process at College Admission Symposium

    Admissions directors from Cornell University, Pomona College and the University of Toronto shared insights on the college admissions process with members of the Class of 2025 and parents during the College Admission Symposium on January 13 at the Lewis Family Auditorium. RE Executive Director of College Counseling Jason Locke welcomed juniors to the launch of the college admissions process and Ann Parks, Director of College Counseling Communications, addressed the importance of “expanding the universe of colleges and universities” when building an initial college list.
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  • R-L: Carla Hill, Joe Mauro, Tyira Jackson '24.  Isabel Chong '24, Ron

    Student-leaders share experiences at Student Diversity Leadership Conference

    The Ransom Everglades students who attended the 2023 National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Mo., shared the experience with their peers during a roundtable discussion at the Lewis Family Auditorium on Jan. 16. The students – Jamora Arroyo-Jefferson '24, Kaige Brown '25, Isabel Chong '24, Ron "R.J." Donaldson '25, Tyira Jackson '24 and Anuradha "Anu" Tewari '25 – explained how the event worked and what they gained from it, and they took questions from Diversity Council advisor Carla Hill.
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  • Julia Buckner '20 (Wellesley), Lucia Rose Dahn '23 (Brown), Alex Dray '21 (Duke), Jack Fitzpatrick '20 (Wake Forest), Ana Gonzalez '23 (Princeton) and Yuhan Liu '21 (University of Pennsylvania)

    Young Ransom Everglades alumni return to RE

    Dozens of alumni from the Classes of 2020 through 2023 returned to Ransom Everglades for lunch with students and faculty at La Brisa on January 11, a high-spirited reunion that took place after the Young Alumni College Panel for RE's junior class. That panel discussion on the college process and college life featured thoughtful advice and reminiscences from six alumni: Julia Buckner '20 (Wellesley), Lucia Rose Dahn '23 (Brown), Alex Dray '21 (Duke), Jack Fitzpatrick '20 (Wake Forest), Ana Gonzalez '23 (Princeton) and Yuhan Liu '21 (University of Pennsylvania) in the Lewis Family Auditorium. Photo Gallery
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  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava answered questions from student-body president James Brown Urmeneta '24 and fellow students Tyira Jackson '24, Nina Gumbs '24, Lauren Page '24 and Mikey Zoi '24

    Miami-Dade County Mayor addresses upper school students

    Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava encouraged upper school students to get involved in the community, exercise their right to vote when eligible and take responsibility for bringing about positive change. A past parent at Ransom Everglades, the mayor answered questions from student-body president James Brown Urmeneta '24 and fellow students Tyira Jackson '24, Nina Gumbs '24, Lauren Page '24 and Mikey Zoi '24 during an assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium on Jan. 9.
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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.