Ransom Everglades sent six faculty members to the National Association of People of Color Conference and six students to the parallel Student Diversity and Leadership Conference in Seattle Dec. 4-7. RE’s annual participation in the side-by-side events is designed to arm students and faculty with information and transferable skills to continue to foster a welcoming, just and inclusive environment at RE.
Ransom Everglades Programming Team topped the field for the third straight year at the 2019 Miami Country Day School Hackathon Design Challenge, with RE teams bringing home first and second prizes in the senior event. Yuhan Liu '21 and Gaurav Gajavelli '22, won the event, and Jared Gardner '21, Theodore Ma '23, James Furniss-Roe '23 and Dadly Leon '23 finished second.
RE students and faculty contributed thousands of items to the annual Thanksgiving food drives on both campuses, showing their support for the Rolle Neighborhood Center in Coconut Grove and Miami Rescue Mission in Overtown.
More than two dozen Ransom Everglades students and a host of RE families turned out to volunteer on a Breakthrough Miami Saturday Nov. 23, leading dozens of Breakthrough Scholars in a host of electives and academic classes. The scholars learned, played, performed and had a terrific time. Watch RE students share their gifts in this video.
Three RE robotics teams – including two teams of sixth graders competing in their first robotics events for Ransom Everglades – claimed major awards during regional robotics events in November. The sixth-grade teams won Sportsmanship and Think awards, and a team of sophomores and juniors won a Create award.
Six RE speech and debate students earned bids to the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Ky., in April during a qualifying event at Cypress Bay High on Nov. 9-10, giving Ransom Everglades eight national championship entrants at the halfway point of the season.
Ransom Everglades swept the team and individual titles at the 2019 South Florida Fall History Bee and Bowl at Archimedean Academy on Nov. 16 as RE students finished in five of the top six places overall. Lucas Miner '20 and Javier Kumar '22 won first place in the varsity and junior varsity divisions, respectively, leading the tournament champion varsity and JV teams.
Wearing distinctive teal T-shirts and armed with weeks of training, nearly 50 Ransom Everglades juniors and seniors taught health education to freshmen this week through the Health Information Project (HIP), in its fourth year at Ransom Everglades.
Eighteen French exchange students have visited RE’s classrooms, stayed with students’ families and enjoyed a grand tour of Miami during a two-week visit that has advanced Ransom Everglades’ decade-long relationship with the Lycée Alphonse Daudet high school in Nimes, France.
Alex Dray '21 and Danny Jackson '21 earned top-five finishes in a pair of national and state speech and debate events in recent weeks, winning early qualification to the prestigious Tournament of Champions next April in Lexington, Ky., and leading the RE Speech and Debate team under coach Kate Hamm.
RE continued its customary success in middle school robotics as a team of seventh and eighth graders won major awards in two categories at the 4th Annual Junior Orange Bowl VEX IQ Middle School State Qualifying Competition. That team, Joseph David '24, Francisco Gomez Rivas-Vaquez '24, Mateo Heitner '25, Miguel Kumar '25, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24, Chloe Alfonso '24 and Charlotte Kennedy '24 also earned an invitation to the state robotics championship.
Upper school students engaged in the ever-popular Mirthfest pumpkin-carving competition, indoor soccer, a tug-of-war, a lip sync, a robotics competition and more during Spirit Week – which culminated in the Upper School Fall Dance on Nov. 1. See photos from the week here.
Ransom Everglades' academic team won top honors at the 2019 Citronaut Invitational, a regional National Academic Quiz Tournaments event in Orlando. The Oct. 12 event drew 16 teams from the southern half of Florida.
With a $175 loan to a woman in Cambodia who runs a small grocery store, the Ransom Everglades student-run club LEAP (Lending to End All Poverty) moved into eighth place on the all-time lending list among more than 2,000 participating schools according to the non-profit micro-lender, Kiva.
RE's LEAP has made 1,234 microloans for $178,350 – and counting – to individuals or small businesses in 70 countries since the club's start in 2007.
The RE community came together quickly to try to help those suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, engaging in a two-day relief drive for The Bahamas that filled up the art gallery at the upper school and atrium at the middle school with tarps, bottled water, bleach, first aid supplies, toiletries, towels and other items.
RE speech and debate students won three events at an early-season tournament in Fort Lauderdale and performed well at a national event at Yale University, getting the 2019-20 season off to a strong start.
A standing-room-only crowd jammed Robert E. Walker Field and lined the Ansin Pool deck to watch Ransom Everglades varsity football team defeat Palmer Trinity 30-0 on Sept. 13 in the traditional “Battle for the Oar” game. Students – many in “REclaim the Oar” T-shirts – showed up in droves and joined alumni, parents and faculty to cheer on the Raiders during their lightning-delayed victory.
Ransom Everglades upper school students gathered in the Anderson gymnasium on Sept. 10 for a pep rally in support of a variety of sports contests leading up to the Sept. 13 RivalRE games, including the annual "Battle for the Oar" varsity football game against Palmer Trinity. Head of School Penny Townsend rallied students by noting that she has had only her kayak paddle – no oar – for the last year.
Daniel Figueroa '24 finished first in the seventh-grade track of the National History Bee in Chicago June 7-10, giving Ransom Everglades its first national champion in the event. Chase Dubovy '25 finished in the top 10 in the sixth-grade division and Leo Fein '23 claimed a top-20 finish in the eighth-grade division. In the history bowl team competition, Ransom Everglades placed in 13th out of 64 teams with a 4-2 record. Faculty member Joe Mauro led the effort.
RE's yearbook staff dedicated the 2018-19 yearbook to math teacher Karen Key, announcing the choice during an Upper School assembly May 23 and summoning Key to the stage as students responded with a standing ovation. Key was overcome with emotion as she joined yearbook editor Coco Sell '19, yearbook advisor Danielle Ellis and Key's son Pancho Cabrera '17 to celebrate the recognition. The yearbook tribute lauds Key, also the math team advisor, for her warmth, compassion, dedication and inspiration, saying she epitimizes the yearbook's theme: "Get it Done."
Little Inklings, a collection of outstanding RE Middle School poetry, prose and artwork has been released and can be viewed here. Anya Joneja Bhandari '25 served as editor of the publication, and faculty member Kristin Castle served as advisor.
The annual Upper School art magazine PEEL and literary magazine Inklings were released on the Ransom Campus and can be viewed online. The 2019 PEEL was dedicated to Beatriz Carmen Mendoza '98, one of the PEEL founders who passed away last Nov. 21. The 2019 Inklings offers a collection of individual stories designed to present a shared narrative, illustrating what unites us. See them here:PEEL, Inklings.
Ransom Everglades students made the 2019 prom a memorable one by showing up in droves, filling the dance floor and conducting themselves with class and elegance. More than 300 RE students and guests from as far as Italy, Ireland and Canada enjoyed the carnaval-themed event at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami along with more than a dozen faculty and administration chaperones, many of whom also turned out on the dance floor. Entertainment was provided by Hora Loca dancers; the event was organized by Chair of the Science Department Jay Salon and the junior class officers.
RE's eighth-grade robotics team of Pablo Rodriguez-Russowsky '23, Victor Perez '23, Diego de Lope '23 and Luca Trebotich '23 received the Create Award in the engineering division of the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship IQ Challenge in Louisville, Ky., April 28-30. The boys, the only team from RE to advance to the championship, achieved a perfect score of 40 during the teams portion of the competition. They trained under robotics coach Gustavo Palacios.
Ransom Everglades presented special awards to more than 40 students; recognized all of its Cum Laude Society members; and celebrated the entire Upper School student body at its 2019 Upper School Awards Assembly on May 2. Head of School Penny Townsend told the assembled students that although not all of them received awards, “all have contributed this year to the success of our school … and enriched the reputation of our school.” Photo Gallery
Ransom Everglades celebrated more than 150 inductees into seven national honor societies during the Honor Societies Recognition on May 1, summoning each to the Lewis Family Auditorium stage to receive a certificate and congratulations from the various societies' faculty advisors. The students joined RE's highest academic achievers in a variety of disciplines, and were also lauded for their leadership, character and dedication to service. Photo Gallery
Four RE teams won medals at the Robotics Battlebot Challenge tournament at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition on April 7, capturing first and second prizes in the 15-lb. robot and 3-lb. categories. Max Swietelsky ’21, Eric Medina ’21 and Adam Kaplan ’21 (15 lb.) and Gabriel Vianna '21 (3 lb.) landed at the top of the podium. Jacob Wolfe ’21 (15 lb.) and Logan Smith '22 (3 lb.) claimed second-place finishes. The robots of Wolfe and Vianna also were named Best Engineered in their classes. The students were led by robotics coach Bob DuBard.
Traveling poets and educators Kane Smego and Giddy Perez returned to Ransom Everglades for their annual visit, introducing students to spoken-word poetry with high energy and a spirit of inclusion. The duo provided the entire Upper School student body with a survey of the art while working intensively with the school's freshmen English classes. The pair's first visit in 2016 inspired the formation of RE's Poetry Club.
RE's eighth-grade drama students wrote, cast, directed and performed a series of one-minute skits during the Eighth-Grade Drama Show, the annual culmination of students' work in their drama elective under faculty member Gina Montet. The students spoofed their teachers and classes, offered their own take-off on Saturday Night Live, and generally kept the audience in stitches with performances that showed their progress as actors and actresses.
Leo Fein '23 won a pair of middle school titles at the Central Florida Academic Bee and Bowl on March 30 in Spring Hill, Fla. His victory in the bee and bowl events came after he finished second in the junior varsity bee at the 2019 South Florida History Bee and Bowl Championships on Feb. 23 as RE's varsity team of Lucas Miner '20, Justin Lopez '19 and Alex Boehm '19 claimed second in the varsity bowl and Miner second in the varsity bee.
RE's physics team – Tomas Graglia '19, Daniela Zaidenberg '19, Thomas Murphy '19, Samson Bienstock '19, Alex Abinader '19 and Andres Segrera '19 – won first place in the 18th Annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament at Barry University on April 12, winning the lab portion of the competition and finishing second in the oral part. RE's chemistry team earned third place in the chemistry laboratory.
Noah Gold '22 and Zach Marcus '22 helped Ransom Everglades to unprecedented success at the Florida Forensic League Novice State Championship for speech and debate April 6-7 by winning first place – the first victory ever at the championship for a team from RE – in Public Forum Debate.
RE also got top finishes from Alexandra Henriquez '22, who finished third in Dramatic Interpretation of Literature; Paisley Verea '22 and Lauren Zanarini '22, and Katerina Ortega '22 and Ana Martin '22, who were fourth and sixth, respectively, in Duo Interpretation of Literature; and Dashiell DeStefano '22, who finished eighth in Congressional Debate.
Preston Edmunds '20 promised to work to make campus life better for RE students, invigorate school spirit and organize novel service projects as the 2019-20 Student Government Association president. Edmunds, who will succeed current SGA President Henry Schermerhorn '19, addressed the Upper School student body for the first time on April 9 during an assembly.
Ransom Everglades won the 2019 South Florida District Sweepstakes Awards for speech and debate as five RE students won individual or team district titles at the South Florida District Tournament at Miami Beach Senior High on March 9-10. Oliver Stern '19 and Dori Schurr '20 won the title in Public Forum Debate; Alex Dray '21 in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; Georgia Crosby '21, Informational Speaking; and Alexandra Henriquez '22, Dramatic Interpretation. They join Zoe San Martin '20, who last month was named district champion in the Senate.
Kiera Rampersad '25 thrilled her Middle School peers by correctly reciting from memory 215 digits of the mathematical constant pi during an assembly on Pi Day – March 14 (3.14) – surpassing her closest competition by 75 digits to become Ransom Everglades' 2019 Pi Recitation Champion. Rampersad's remarkable performance tied for 459th best in the world, and 190th best ever in the United States, according to the Pi World Ranking List.
Mateo Heitner '25 offered a formidable challenge by reciting 140 digits, and Coren O'Brien '23 finished third by reciting 126.
Four math team members – Anna Mistele '19, Dylan Tie-Shue '20, Joseph Gross '20 and Stephen Garrett '20 – finished in the top five percent of students nationally on the American Mathematics Competition examination, qualifying them to sit for the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination. The students under math team coach Karen Key were the first from RE to qualify since 2017.
RE's strings students celebrated their progress in 2018-19 under director Jessica Carrasquillo with a lively spring concert that also recognized the program's graduates: senior violinist Ashlyn Cowgill '19 and the 16 eighth graders moving from the Middle School to the Upper School. The musicians also surprised Carrasquillo, who is expecting her first child in April, with a basket of baby goods presented by Cowgill and Mary Logan Woolsey '22. Photo Gallery
Middle School drama students merged their musical gifts and comic timing in the spring musical Freaky Friday, a laugh-out-loud comedy that showcased more than two dozen student-performers during jam-packed performances at Swenson Hall March 6-8. Adriana Carvalho '25 and LivSteinhardt '23 played the daughter-mother lead roles and were joined by a host of other talented middle schoolers in the show directed by faculty member Cecilia Gonzalez. Photo Gallery.
Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, gave an emotional address to the Upper School student body on March 7, sharing his painful journey from bereaved father to gun violence activist. Guttenberg, invited to RE by the Students Against Gun Violence club, told students they had the power to make a difference and urged them to fight for change.
RE's academic team continued its excellence this season as RE's varsity team of Lucas Miner '20, Justin Lopez '19 and Alex Boehm '19 finished second in the varsity bowl and Javier Kumar '22 and Victoria Davis '21 won the JV bowl at the 2019 South Florida History Bee and Bowl Championships at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Feb. 23. Miner also finished second in the varsity bee as Kumar and Leo Fein '23 scored the top two places in the JV bee.
Eight RE speech and debate students placed in the top four in the state at the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Tournament March 2-3 as team coach and teacher Kate Hamm received FFL Coach of the Year recognition. The teams of Dori Schurr '20 and Oliver Stern '19, and Marley Rywell '19 and Brianna Kerr '19, accrued top finishes in public forum as four individual competitors advanced to semifinal rounds during the championship at West Broward High.
RE's all-girls calculus team of Anna Mistele '19, Yiduan Zheng '19, Huiyi Lin '20 and Valeria Vela '19 finished fifth among more than 50 teams at the Cypress Bay Regional March 2, lifting RE to a fifth-place finish overall among 38 teams as it prepares for the April state championships under coach Karen Key. RE's calculus squad, the only all-girls calculus team at the event, anchored a quartet of top-10 finishes by RE's teams in statistics, calculus, pre-calculus and geometry.
Children from Arc of South Florida, a non-profit benefitting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, visited RE's Upper School on March 2 for the 2019 RE Carnival organized by the student-led Volunteer Service Organization (VSO). The carnival featured a bouncehouse, clown, boat rides on the bay, grilled picnic items for lunch, and a number of sports and craft activities organized by other student clubs. RE families and faculty/staff families also attended.
RE Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD) arranged for a distracted-driving simulator at the Upper School on Feb. 28 to educate their peers about the dangers of impaired driving. The simulator provided by the Arrive Alive Tour drew the interest of dozens of students, who waited in line to sit behind the wheel of the simulator-car, and WSVN Channel 7. The station sent a reporter to RE, interviewed SADD member Emanuelle Dooreck-Aloni '20 and shared a story on its newscast.
Liv Steinhardt '23 won second place in the 79th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee at the University of Miami's Donna Shalala Student Center on Feb. 19, distinguishing herself in a field of 166 spellers from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Steinhardt prepared for the bee under English Department Coordinator Jody Salzinger.
Middle School drama students conducted a theater workshops with children at Overtown Youth Center on Feb. 23 and fifth graders at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Coconut Grove on Feb. 14. Drama teacher Gina Montet oversaw the RE students – Nico Maynulet '23, Liv Steinhardt '23, Sophia Adams '23, Ryan Berkshire '23, Mason Signorello '23, Carmen Sanchez-Tembleque Wood '23, Zoe Katsoufis '24, Gerry Mena '24, Kate Demos-Brown '23 and Jake Perdigon '24 – as they gained experience in mentoring, leadership and community service.
RE's Middle School math team of Arjun Badwal '23, Ryan Berkshire '23, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24 and Solon Sun '25 earned a second place and state-championship bid at the 2019 Miami Chapter Mathcounts Competition at Miami Dade College. Miranda also achieved an eighth-place finish overall in a field of more than 250 students. The students, who will compete at the state event March 22 in Orlando, were led by math teacher Ginny Onorati.
The Middle School REbotics team of Pablo Rodriguez-Russowsky ’23, Victor Perez ’23, Luca Trebotich ’23 and Diego de Lope ’23 won the Create Award and third place in the teamwork event at The South Florida VEX IQ Middle School State Championship at G. Holmes Braddock High on March 2. The results in a field of more than 40 teams earned REbotics a bid to VEX IQ World Championships in Louisville, Ky., in April.
Siblings from one of Overtown's first families described Miami's segregationist history to RE's Upper School student body during a Feb. 19 assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium in honor of Black History Month. Anthony C. Jennings, the author of the Overtown Cookbook and an instructor at Booker T. Washington Senior High, shared remnants of his family's experience dating back to his great-grandfather's arrival to Miami in 1894.
Jennings said his family worked hard to counter overt and covert racism encountered at segregated restaurants, water fountains, hotels and schools. The family’s refuge was Overtown, a center of business and life in Miami once known as "colored town."
Members of the Middle School student government worked on their leadership skills as they guided the rest of the student body through Middle School Spirit Week, a week of costumes, games and many competitions including marshmallow-building, lip sync, film crew and cake-baking. Student government judges Loriz Arencibia '23, Sofia Paraoulaki de Miranda '23, Olivia Rubell '23, Paolo Rebessi '23 and Kyle Ng '23 presided over the week. After the Raider Run, a 43-person relay, the All the Way UP team was named the victor in the final assembly.
Two REbotics teams from the Middle School won top awards at the VEX IQ Robotics Tournament on the Everglades Campus on Feb. 10, with the all-eighth-grade team of Pablo Rodriguez-Russowsky ’23, Victor Perez ’23, Luca Trebotich ’23 and Diego de Lope ’23 earning the Excellence and Teamwork Awards as well as an automatic bid to the state championships in March. The all-seventh-grade team of Joseph David ’24, Varun Raju ’24, Erick Gross '24, Myles Heller '24 and Daniel Figueroa '24 won the Amaze Award.
The RE Middle School geography team – Leo Fein '23, Diego de Lope '23, Daniel Figueroa '24, Mikey Zoi '24 and Henry Berler '25 – went undefeated to win the Independent Schools of South Florida Geography Bee on Feb. 12 at the Women's Club of Coral Gables. Less than a week later, RE middle schoolers scored five podium finishes at the South Florida Regional History Bee and Academic Bee in Pompano Beach.
Ransom Everglades finished fourth overall at the Golden Gate regional math competition in Naples on Feb. 2. For the first time in team history, all four RE teams placed in the top five. Margo Squire ’19 claimed her first individual trophy in statistics while helping RE's statistics team to a third-place overall.
Four RE students – Nicole Bremer ’19, Arianna Gonzalez ’19, Isabella Cofresi ’19 and Fernanda Garcia Moreno ’20 – won awards at the Model United Nations international competition in Bilbao, Spain, known as MUN Bilbao from Jan. 24-27.
RE speech and debate coach Kate Hamm earned regional coach of the year honors for the second straight year as four RE students scored first-place trophies at the 2019 Florida Forensic League Art Deco Region Qualifying Tournament Feb. 2 at Ransom Everglades Middle School. More than 40 RE students won invitations to the state championship tournament by finishing in the top seven in their events.
Ransom Everglades Middle School students, faculty and administration performed a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, using sewing machines and their artistic talents to convert ordinary pillowcases into beautiful dresses that will be delivered to under-resourced children in Africa through the non-profit Little Dresses for Africa.
Ransom Everglades students excelled at the RoboSLAM III Miami robotics event at Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Arnold Hall Jan. 12. Adam Kaplan '21 went undefeated and won the 3 lb. division in the BattleBots tournament, and RE’s powerhouse freshman team led by Max Vallone ’22 and Dashiell DeStefano ’22 claimed the Create Award and second place overall in the VEX Robotics Competition. More than 40 teams participated.
RE’s speech and debate students claimed a dozen podium finishes at a pair of end-of-year South Florida Catholic Forensic League events, and distinguished themselves at the highly competitive 2019 Sunvitational, a Jan. 11-13 tournament in Fort Lauderdale that attracted teams from around the nation.
Ransom Everglades completed a near-sweep of titles at the 2019 Southern Florida Winter History Bee and Bowl at RE on January 12, with a team of middle schoolers winning the junior varsity bowl and RE students earning victories in the individual varsity and junior varsity bees. RE also scored a second- and third-place finish in the varsity bowl on a day that many RE students qualified for the national championships in Arlington, Va., in April.
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.