When upper school student editors of TheCatalyst newspaper realized the business shutdown caused by the pandemic would prevent them from obtaining a printed spring newspaper, they decided to take the paper online. The result is a gleaming new website populated with engaging and frequently updated stories.
When Ransom Everglades' four retiring faculty members answered their doors on May 29, they were greeted by grinning students bearing bags of gifts and congratulatory signs. The students partnered with the Ransom Everglades Parents' Association to recognize departing English teacher Mike Townsend (44 years in teaching, five at RE); world languages teacher Maria del Carmen Naranjo (18 years at RE); world languages teacher Guillermo Urbina (28 years at RE); and physical education teacher and coach Penny Matthews (34 years at RE).
Asher Lieberman ’20 and Charith Reddy ’20 received honorable mention in the Miami Herald’s 2020 Silver Knight Awards competition, earning recognition for digital and interactive media and mathematics, respectively. Ransom Everglades nominated 12 students for the annual program that honors community service and academic achievements. The results were announced during a May 28 virtual ceremony.
When RE computer science students realized last December that shark researchers at Miami's Field School were using pen, paper and clipboards for data intake while on tagging sharks, they got to work. By May, the students had unveiled a user friendly Shark Data Recorder App to automate the data collection process that the shark researchers immediately implemented.
Students in Greg Cooper's Roots and Legacy of 9/11 class compiled an oral history of the September 11, 2001, attacks, conducting virtual interviews with RE alumni and faculty to collect their recollections. The students then added an "In Their Words" section to the class's roots and legacy website, which had been assembled by the previous year's class.
Colleges and universities are “desperate” to open their doors and have strong financial imperatives to do so, but students heading off to college in the fall will likely see dramatic changes in campus life, a higher education consultant from McKinsey Miami – Andre Dua P’22 ’24 ’27 – told RE families during a webinar on May 28.
Upper school art students offer this virtual showcase of drawings, portraits, photographs and wooden skateboard blanks from their REmote RE art classes under Visual Arts faculty members Astrid Dalins, Jorge Guzman and Matt Stock. Click here to enter the art exhbition.
Ransom Everglades Middle School won first place in Dream in Green's 2020 Green Schools Challenge in recognition for year-long sustainability efforts that culminated in a successful student-run campaign that eliminated juice boxes from the Everglades Campus. Third-place winners last year, RE topped some 110 entrants from middle schools throughout South Florida.
The virtual awards ceremony held on May 28 also gave special recognition to the efforts of four RE students – Anya Bhandari '25, Luciana Pardo Munoz Ledo '25, Adriana Carvalho '25 and Ale Leiser '25 – and faculty member Brooke Gintert. All were honored for the leadership, dedication and drive.
Ransom Everglades named Sophia Antezana '20 and Robert Moret '20 overall outstanding athletes for 2019-20 and awarded scholar-athlete honors to Claudia Pinilla '20 and Danny Mendoza '21 during RE's annual end-of-year athletics ceremony, which was held virtually on May 18. Eight other student-athletes earned special awards, and RE recognized graduating seniors, those continuing to pursue athletics in college, and retiring coach and faculty member Penny Matthews for her 32 years of service at RE.
The morning after Ransom Everglades' virtual commencement, members of RE's faculty ventured out across Miami to hand-deliver diplomas to members of the Class of 2020 – adding a personal touch to a spring of social distancing.
More than 30 faculty members and Head of School Penny Townsend selected seniors they wished to personally congratulate and showed up on their doorsteps on May 23, bearing diplomas, senior awards and, in some cases, confetti guns.
Ransom Everglades honored the Class of 2020 on its originally scheduled commencement day with a virtual ceremony that included an address from retired National Basketball Association star Shane Battier P’26 and speakers from Israel and California. The May 22 event offered every element of the 116 previous commencements at RE, only this one was shared via Zoom livestream with the 135 graduating seniors and their families.
Two of Miami’s most prominent female business leaders – Jessica Goldman Srebnick P’21 ’23 ’25 of Wynwood development fame and Lourdes Lopez P’19 of the Miami City Ballet – discussed the significant challenges of navigating what is expected to be months of continued social distancing and safety precautions in the aftermath of COVID-19, and the particular impact in the arts world, which thrives on vibrant gatherings in galleries, theaters and concert halls.
Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, and Lopez, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet, addressed the Ransom Everglades community virtually during a Paul Ransom Digital Podium event on May 19.
Ceiling panels, track lighting, interior glass walls, lab cabinetry and multipurpose room finishes and seating have been installed inside the STEM Center in recent weeks, bringing the project ever nearer to completion. See the latest photos from inside the building.
Members of the Class of 2020 waved from car windows, poked out of sun roofs and honked horns with abandon as they drove in decorated cars past cheering faculty and staff – all wearing masks and standing more than six feet apart – on the upper school campus on May 17.
COVID-19 hasn't stemmed the creativity of Ransom Everglades' middle school students, whose art work could fill a museum – and, in fact, fills this virtual one. Middle School Visual Arts Department Coordinator Elsa Munoz assembled this remote gallery of paintings, photographs and other art so the RE community could enjoy the creations of RE's sixth through eighth graders without visiting campus. See it here.
The 2019-20 yearbook was dedicated to the memory of Antonio Tsialas '19 during an emotional May 11 online upper school assembly that included Tsialas' parents. Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Sophia Antezana '20 called Tsialas, who died last fall during his freshman year in college, an inspiration to the entire school.
RE Middle School Musical Theater students under Cecilia Gonzalez have launched a series of conversations with Broadway stars designed to provide real-world insight into the exciting, competitive and demanding world of professional performing. They met virtually with stage and film actor Sean Patrick Doyle on April 30 and Broadway actress Mariand Torres of Wicked fame on May 5.
The heads of Miami’s longest-lived and most iconic restaurants – Stephen Sawitz ’75 of Joe’s Stone Crab and Shareef Malnik P’19 ’22 of The Forge – offered frank assessments of COVID-19’s toll on the industry, yet noted to a virtual audience on May 6 that crises are nothing new for their century-old establishments. To an audience of parents, alumni and other members of the RE community. Sawitz and Malnik reminded that The Forge and Joe’s have survived wars, hurricanes, financial crises, fires and the foibles of previous operators.
Ransom Everglades conferred awards on several dozen upper school students; recognized four retiring faculty members and a teacher of the year; honored Cum Laude Society inductees; and announced the senior class valedictorian and salutatorian – Natalia Lopez ’20 and Dylan Tie-Shue ’20, respectively – during the virtual 2020 Upper School Awards Ceremony on May 7.
Our transition to REmote School in March preempted the announcement of our Class of 2021 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities. It gives me great pleasure to report to you now on the fourth group of scholars to whom we have awarded this fellowship to support advanced summer study in the humanities: Isabel Almada-Sabate '21, Sebastian Hicks '21, Ricky Andrade '21, Valeria Solorzano '21, Shuli Rosenfeld '21, Emma Rosenthal '21, Brooke Scott '21, Mateo Jolivert '21, Yuhan Liu '21 and the team of Danny Amron '21 and Kiran Desai '21.
Members of the Class of 2020 have been deprived of their senior prom, their final weeks on campus, a commencement-as-scheduled and other elements of their senior spring. Yet the 11 seniors who appeared at Senior Panel on May 4 exuded gratitude rather than disappointment, a contagious school spirit, a powerful sense of community and abiding enthusiasm about their years at Ransom Everglades.
Sofia Dimitra Paraoulaki de Miranda '23 finished among the top 149 female students across the nation on the tenth-grade American Mathematics Competition exam, earning an inaugural Maryam Mirzakhani AMC 10 Award from the Mathematical Association of America, the organization announced in March. She took the exam under upper school math team coach Karen Key.
Six honor societies inducted nearly 300 new members from Ransom Everglades during consecutive virtual ceremonies on May 3 that drew student honorees – with candle apps on their phones – and their families. The National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta each welcomed nearly 100 inew members as the science, French, Spanish-Portuguese and Chinese honor societies each inducted more than a dozen RE students.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Nik Varley from Coral Restoration Foundation spoke virtually to sixth- and seventh-grade science classes about CRF's work growing critically endangered corals in offshore nurseries and outplanting fragments onto reefs in the Florida Keys to help restore our declining barrier reef system. Earth Day celebrations continued as the Middle School Green Team organized an Earth Day Poster Competition.
We have seen Ransom Everglades community members come together more than ever during the coronavirus outbreak — in support of one another and the communities in which they live. One way we can help each other during this time is by supporting RE community businesses. To that end, we are assembling a directory of these businesses. If you would like your business to be included in a list on the school's website, please complete this form.
One of the many examples of RE faculty members finding opportunity in the challenges presented by REmote School can be seen in the upper school architecture classes of longtime art teacher Astrid Dalins. Her architecture students transitioned into virtual learning seamlessly, relying on their ingenuity, a little help from Blick Art Supply and household items they put to academic use. Keep reading to learn more.
Ransom Everglades volunteers helped distribute weekend food bags to 200 families with children from Frances S. Tucker Elementary and other parts of Coconut Grove on May 1, launching a seven-week program supported by the RE community and organized with help from City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell and leaders at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
Each year, Studio Art breaks away from traditional media of canvas, paint, paper and pencils to create a self-expressive piece of art using an alternative medium, material or base. In the past, students have done works of art on chairs, made a giant mosaic of Mona Lisa out of peas and beans (dubbed Frijolisa), adorned Earth globes, as well as reinterpreted masterpieces using glitter rather than paint. This year the students chose wooden skateboard blanks for their project.
RE seniors celebrated National College Signing Day on May 1 by planting virtual flags to mark their college matriculation decisions on the REmote College Destinations map. With nearly every decision in, the Class of 2020 is heading to 64 different colleges in more than 25 states. The flag celebration, organized by the school's college counseling office, honored the theme of the senior class: Quality over Quantity.
Gleaming on the outside, the STEM Center is nearing completion on the inside. Interior finishes are in process on all three floors, and the retractable seating in the multipurpose room is being installed. Meanwhile, workers are carving out pathways and putting benches in place in the tree-filled new quad.
Two highly regarded figures in Miami's medical community examined the global impact, economics, management and future course of COVID-19 during the first Paul Ransom Digital Podium, a series of remote roundtables designed to bring together, engage and inform the Ransom Everglades community.
Dr. Allan Feingold, Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Baptist Health South Miami Hospital, and Dr. Steven Ullmann, Director of Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami, addressed some 230 virtual attendees on April 28 with a talk that can be found here. RE parent Dr. Stephan Baker and Head of School Penny Townsend moderated the discussion.
Ransom Everglades juniors and their parents received an inside look at the college admission process during the College Admission Case Study night, a virtual event that enabled families to work side-by-side with 10 college admission officials from around the nation to evaluate a handful of mock applications.
Outplanting nursery-reared corals on local coral reefs and visiting the hurricane wave simulator at the University of Miami are just two of the virtual experiences the upper school students in RE's Marine Field Research course enjoyed in April.
Ransom Everglades' longtime Poets in Residence, Kane Smego and Giddy Perez, offered their usual blend of spoken-word instruction, entertainment and encouragement during a number of poetry workshops during the week of April 20. They addressed all upper school students at a virtual assembly, visited classes and held an all-school after-school poetry workshop.
Ransom Everglades seniors discovered large personalized signs – their senior yearbook pages – when they emerged from their homes or apartments on April 18. Head of School Penny Townsend and other members of the administration fanned out across South Florida throughout the day to plant the signs in seniors' yards or hand-deliver them to apartment-dwellers.
Georgia Crosby '21 was named the 2020-21 student body president at Ransom Everglades during a virtual upper school assembly on April 17. Crosby, currently a Student Government Association representative for the junior class, succeeds departing senior Preston Edmunds '20. Officers for the senior, junior, sophomore and classes were elected later in April.
The blue protective covering that covered the STEM Center windows for months has come down, signaling the near-completion of external building work and allowing a view into the classrooms and labs that are taking shape. Meanwhile, nearly all of the trees that had a temporary home behind the La Brisa home have been moved to their destinations in the new quad and parking lot.
Three Ransom Everglades soccer players – Preston Edmunds '20, Lindsay Gould '21 and Joseph Gross '20 – earned first-team All-Dade honors for winter sports from the Miami Herald, which recognized 20 Raiders from the school's basketball and soccer teams.
While RE students learn remotely, construction continues at the upper school. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the entry parking lot and have laid herringbone pavers and installed lighting to complete the driveway to the La Brisa house, creating an attractive access way.
The coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the last of three performances of The Giver by RE’s middle school drama students, but it did not diminish the impact of the powerful play. Myles Heller ’24 and Fiona Oberg ’24 led a talented and well-rehearsed cast in the production, which featured a 12-year-old boy (Heller) who partnered with an old man, The Giver (Oberg), to bring humanity to a not-quite-utopian society.
More than 300 Ransom Everglades parents, faculty and friends jammed the middle school gymnasium March 7 for an evening of dining, dancing and bidding to support the school’s $5 million annual financial aid program. The 37th annual auction of the Ransom Everglades Parents’ Association (REPA) – dubbed the Boho Beach SoiRÉe – drew more than 300 partygoers in boho-chic attire who enjoyed a delectable buffet of modern Lebanese cuisine supplied by the soon-to-open Amal restaurant. Photo Gallery
Ransom Everglades' boys' varsity basketball team highlighted a strong winter for RE's upper school teams with a record-breaking effort that included an 18-game season-opening winning streak and the team's first regional playoff appearance in seven years. The team also tied the school record for regular-season wins with 22. Boys' and girls' varsity soccer also posted great seasons, each advancing to regional playoff play.
A group of ninth-grade and middle school French students participated in a trip to discover the rich French heritage of Montreal and Quebec City during President’s Day weekend. They visited le Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, the Montmorency Falls, a sugar shack (where they witnessed first-hand the production of maple syrup) and the famous Palais de la Glace, the site of the Carnaval de Quebec. French teachers Maria Eugenia Abrante, Dominique McKenna and Patrick Hession accompanied the students.
The bridge built by Yuhan Liu ’21 finished first in Ransom Everglades’ highly anticipated annual bridge-busting competition at the Lewis Family Auditorium, outperforming the other four finalists as each bridge was loaded with weight until it splintered dramatically to shouts and applause by students.
Check out the scene in the Lewis Family Auditorium as Yuhan Liu's bridge is testedhere. Watch the video (RE Builds) produced last year on the competition here.
Three Ransom Everglades juniors who love their dogs and want to ensure their pets’ long-term wellbeing devised a harness equipped with electronics to monitor a dog’s health and location. Their plan for PetFit, unveiled during the 7th Annual Business Plan Challenge March 2 at the Pagoda, proved the favorite of an alumni panel of judges and advanced to the Innovate South Florida 2020 High School Business Plan Competition.
Ransom Everglades benefits from the time and talents of more than 500 volunteers each year. Whether serving in formal volunteer roles or as occasional helpers, their contributions elevate RE programs while building a phenomenal community in support of the school.
Four RE math students scored in the top one percent in the nation on American Math Competitions exams to advance in a prestigious national math competition. Dylan Tie-Shue '20 and Stephen Garrett '20 advanced after taking the American Mathematics Competition 12 test; Alex van Lidth '22 and Sofia Paraoulaki de Miranda '23 advanced after taking the AMC 10. They excelled among some 300,000 students from 6,000 schools.
A robotics team from Ransom Everglades advanced to the 2020 VEX Robotics World Championship by winning a top award – the Think Award – at the South Florida regional championship at Florida International University on Feb. 29. The "Dark Matter" squad of Alex Van Lidth '22, Andre Joseph '22, Max Vallone '22, Dashielle DeStefano '22, Jonah Bennett '21 and Felipe Clavijo '21 finished fourth overall among 57 teams.
RE drama students offered a modern take on a series of ancient myths in Metamorphoses, an 11-act play based loosely on the eponymous work by the Roman poet Ovid. Each member of the cast of 10 performed multiple roles in the play, which focused on transformation and was set around a pool of water. Photo Gallery
The STEM Center's labs and classrooms are starting to look the part as workers outfit them with expansive white cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. They also have placed acoustic wood panels and ceiling lighting in the reconfigurable multipurpose room that will eventually have retractable seating for 200.
Psychologist and best-selling author Lisa Damour advised Ransom Everglades parents on how to weather – and better understand – the teenager’s bumpy journey from childhood to adulthood, offering a mix of hard-core research and hilarious anecdotes during her Feb. 26 appearance at Swenson Hall. Damour’s primary message: the adolescent years are inherently stressful. And that’s okay.
Florida Grand Opera members turned Swenson Hall into a musical classroom on Feb. 25, performing arias in German, English, Italian and French and explaining the music between songs. The "studio artist informance" for RE's middle schoolers was a multi-cultural event organized by the World Languages Department.
Award-winning poet Aja Monet shared her personal story with RE's upper school students, describing how poetry helped her cope with the isolation and injustice she experienced growing up in Brooklyn with a single mother. The Caribbean-American artist encouraged students to use their words and voices to help shape the culture around them. A good way to start? Carry a journal, she said, and use it.
Ransom Everglades parents heard from a national expert on standardized testing who offered tips on how they and their children could successfully – and calmly and efficiently – navigate the standarized testing challenges that accompany the college admission process. Adam Ingersoll, principal at the Compass Education Group, addressed a packed Pagoda on Feb. 25, making it clear that, when it comes to the ACT and SAT, more labor doesn't mean more success.
In a replay of their success at a competition at Ransom Everglades in January, RE's varsity and JV academic teams each won first place in the 2020 South Florida History Bee and Bowl Championships at Belen Jesuit February 15, with a team of RE middle schoolers finishing second in the JV division – losing only to the eventual JV champion.
Thirtee Ransom Everglades’ speech and debate students qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament during a pair of district qualifiers in late February and early March. Meanwhile, a young team of RE speech and debate students excelled at the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Tournament.
Ransom Everglades grandparents showed up in happy, loving droves for Grandparents Days Feb. 12 at the middle school and Feb. 13 at the upper school. More than 500 grandparents descended on one or both campuses, enjoying a light breakfast with other attendees, hearing from school leaders and then attending classes with their grandchildren.
Three golfers – Jake Beber-Frankel '20, Phoebe Beber-Frankel '20 and Rachel DeAngulo '20 – and two volleyball players, Mia Balestra '21 and Dani Ortiz '21, won all-Dade first-team recognition for fall 2019 from the Miami Herald as four football players made the Herald's first All-Independent Football Team. Find the all-Dade report here and football listing here.
The RE Combo performed in the National Jazz Festival in Philadelphia on Feb. 15 and earned second place overall in the Small Ensemble Division I classification. Tenor Saxophonist Connor Munroe '21 won the Judges Choice Solo Medal and also took top honors in his division with the Superior Musicianship Award.
The RE Combo qualified for the state band competition for the 10th straight year with its performance at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 20 Jazz Music Performance Assessment Feb. 7. The RE Combo and RE Jazz Band each earned the highest rating of Superior at the assessment at Coral Shores High School.
Two middle school REbotics teams earned special awards and four finished in the top four of the Best in Southwest robotics event in Nables on Feb. 8, 2020. The RE team of Joey Buttrick '25, Erick Gross '24, and Varun Raju '24 won the Design Award and finished second overall, leading the way for Ransom Everglades. Team members Myles Heller '24 and Vicky Pinilla '25 contributed to the team's robot but were not present.
Sebastian Hicks ’21 won the Judges Choice Award at the Junior Orange Bowl Photography Competition, as Ransom Everglades photography students claimed five of six first-place awards and 15 of 25 overall. More than 140 students from across Miami-Dade County entered the competition that concluded with the awards gala Feb. 8, 2020, at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition.
Lucia Rose Dahn '23 and Anya Dua '22 each won the highest award – a Gold Key recognition – in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, joining a distinguished group of alumni award winners that include acclaimed authors Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates. Dahn is taught by RE English teacher Elisabeth Anderson and Dua by Mike Townsend.
Ransom Everglades Upper School Festival Concert offered a delightful combination of the usual: incredible talent, strong training and thoughtfully chosen music under performing arts director Jon Hamm. Three RE bands unveiled selections they've been preparing for upcoming festivals, and the audience at the Lewis Family Auditorium Jan. 31 offered its approval and appreciation. Photo Gallery
The Class of 2023 traveled to the Everglades in two waves in January, keeping alive a 30-plus-year-old tradition and surviving what is an annual rite of passage for freshmen at Ransom Everglades. The first group of freshmen traveled through the Ten Thousand Islands on Jan. 13-17 and enjoyed balmy, sunny South Florida weather. The second wave (Jan. 21-25) was met with unseasonably cold weather and high winds upon arrival, but pleasant conditions thereafter.
The middle school winter sports season featured South Florida Middle School Conference champions or runners-up in basketball and soccer, and thriving junior varsity teams in both sports. RE Middle School Athletic Director Deb Savino and faculty and coaches contributed their time and expertise. For a look inside the middle school athletic program, see summaries for each sport.
RE Dance displayed its rapid growth and rising polish and flair under the direction of performing arts teacher Desiree Masucci with "cREate," the Dance Winter Showcase Jan. 23-24. The two-day event featured solos by Kira Oglesby '22 and Becca Fisher '20, a 2019 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellow in the Humanities.
All of RE's varsity winter sports teams have advanced to district competition. The girls' soccer team plays for a district championship today – Feb. 4 – at 3:30 p.m. at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart as the boys' soccer team competes in a district semifinal at Palmer Trinity at 1:30 p.m. In basketball, the girls play in the district semis at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Miami County Day. The boys' basketball team, which posted an 18-game win streak during the regular season, opens districts at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Riviera Prep.
Members of RE's REscue Club visit animal shelters after school or on weekends. Students help out where they can, cleaning cages, bathing animals and exercising them. They also lob plenty of love and affection on the once-neglected or abandoned pets as they help the shelters prepare them for adoption. For a glimpse of their work on Super Bowl Sunday, watch this short video.
Three Ransom Everglades senior drama students stepped out of the spotlight and moved behind the curtain to present the 2019-20 Senior Directing Showcase, a special night of student drama at RE. Viviana Freyer '20, Abigail Aldrich '20 and Asher Lieberman '20 each assembled student-actors, selected and staged plays and, in Freyer's case, even wrote her own script.
As members of the Ransom Everglades community, we all have cherished memories we’ve collected during our years here. A favorite teacher. Relaxing on the Quad. Making lifelong friends (that goes for students and parents!). The class that changed everything. When it comes to what we love about Ransom Everglades, that’s just scratching the surface.
Ransom Everglades academic teams swept the South Florida Winter History Bee and Bowl team titles on Jan. 25, with Victoria Davis '21, Howard Scharlin '20, Jake Quanstrom '20, Lucas Miner '20 and Tim Sucher '20 claiming the varsity title and Javi Kumar '22, Lucas Fein '23, Gabe Mora '22 and Nico Civantos '22 earning the JV title – by defeating an overachieving team of RE middle schoolers.
The upper school math team earned fourth overall at the Golden Gate Region 5 February Regional 2020 in Naples, Fla., Feb. 1, as two juniors – Viviana Vela '21 and Yuhan Liu '21 – claimed top-10 individual finishes and teams in statistics, calculus and pre-calculus each finished in the top four in their events.
Ransom Everglades speech and debate students won four events, claimed 13 top-three finishes and earned nearly 50 qualifications to state championships during the annual Florida Forensic League Art Deco Regional Tournament on Feb. 1. Zoe San Martin ’20, Joan Joseph ’21, Mather Davidson ’22 and the team of Nicole Rodriguez ’22 and Dori Schurr ’20 led RE with gold-medal finishes in the event that brought 15 schools and 200 competitors to the Everglades Campus.
Two middle school students finished in the top 10 of the 2020 Mathcounts Miami Chapter Competition, with Solon Sun '25 winning first place individually, topping some 270 students from 41 schools, and Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24 earning seventh place. The pair led RE's math team, which included Ethan Thomas '25 and Robert Li '26, to a fourth-place overall and qualification to the state Mathcounts competition in March. The team was led by math teacher Ginny Onorati.
Ransom Everglades students spent last summer engaging in summer work in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to medicine to law to construction. They did hands-on research, assisted scientists and physicians, wrote code, prepared proposals, taught math classes and offered music instruction. Many shared details of their work during the Ransom Everglades Internship Forum at the Lewis Family Auditorium Jan. 30.
Workers are nearly finished installing wood-effect ceiling panels above the monumental staircase of the STEM Center, bringing the center a step closer to completion and adding warmth and color to the striking glass-and-cement exterior.
Ransom Everglades robotics teams collected a host of titles at back-to-back tournaments in South Florida. The "Dark Matter" team of Alex Van Lidth '22, Andre Joseph '22, Max Vallone '22, Dashielle DeStefano '22, Jonah Bennett '21 and Felipe Clavijo '21 won major awards and scored top finishes at both events to lead RE.
During the annual weeklong exchange between Ransom Everglades School and Booker T. Washington Senior High, students from both schools welcomed their partners from across town, stepping out of their comfort zones to look at school life from a new vantage point. The student ambassadors attended classes together, shared stories and laughs, and built friendships.
Ryan Sears '18 returned to a familiar spot at Ransom Everglades: behind the podium on the Lewis Family Auditorium stage. There, where he had opened so many upper school assemblies as student body president during his senior year, Sears addressed RE students on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and urged them to extend that legacy with thoughtful action. At the conclusion of his talk in honor of the MLK holiday, he received a standing ovation.
Four Ransom Everglades sixth graders – Manav Saigal '26, Matteo Bloom '26, Michael Goff '26 and Nicholas Juhasz '26 – teamed up to win a middle school chess competition on Jan. 11, topping teams from Miami Country Day, Belen Jesuit and John F. Kennedy Middle School. Saigal finished second individually and Bloom, fifth, in the field of 17 at the 2019-20 Miami Country Day Scholastic Grand Prix #2.
A conscience-stricken son of a Nazi soldier, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger shared with upper school students his long, emotional quest to make some amends for the atrocities of the Holocaust during a talk at the Lewis Family Auditorium in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan 27.
College admission officials from six institutions – Brown University, Caltech, Cornell University, Hamilton College, Rice University and the University of Virginia – offered guidance and advice to Ransom Everglades juniors and their families during a wide-ranging symposium on Jan. 11 that served as an informal launch of the college process for RE's Class of 2021.
New faces and young talent highlighted the Jan. 8 Upper School Chamber Orchestra Concert at Rehearsal Hall, a winter strings showcase that offered the debut of seven freshman musicians and director and new performing arts teacher Scott O'Donnell. Photo Gallery
Ransom Everglades boys’ varsity basketball team has opened its season with a 12-0 record under new coach Scott Berman, its best start in at least 14 years. With more than half the season remaining, the Raiders already have surpassed their victory total (11) from the previous two seasons combined. Guard Neil Schiff ’21, the state’s most prolific three-point scorer in Florida among all 98 teams in Class 3A, has led the turnaround.
Happy New Year! We send our best wishes to your family for health, peace and good fortune in 2020. We are so grateful for the support our community has shown our students and faculty so far in 2019-20 with gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. To date, we have raised more than $2.2 million from 850 alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends. We are particularly proud to share that 53 percent of parents have made a gift or pledge, with our eighth-grade families leading the pack!
As 2019 came to a close, workers began the final stages of construction on the parking lot that will soon connect the Ransom Campus with the La Brisa property, beginning to level the ground to prepare it for paving and the mounting of light poles.
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 mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. 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.