Ransom Everglades named 10 juniors to its third class of Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities, awarding grants and support for a range of ambitious summer projects. Associate Head of School John A. King, Jr., congratulated the 2019 fellows – Olivia Byrd '20, Mia Williamson '20, Jolie Dreiling '20, Diego Duckenfield-Lopez '20, Becca Fisher '20, Mia Landman '20, Kate Menninger '20, Sofia Mora '20, Charith Reddy '20 and Zoe San Martin '20 – and provided details about the journey they will undertake this summer during a meeting in the Ransom Cottage on March 14.
The fellowship program, which was established in 2016 with a donation from former Bowden student Jeffrey Miller '79, honors the legacy of the legendary educator, who spent 63 years at Ransom Everglades School before his death last September. The fellowships are designed to allow rising RE seniors to engage in advanced summer study that explores various realms of the humanities.
"We are extremely excited about our 2019 Bowden fellows," King said. "Their proposals demonstrate great creativity, thoughtfulness and the desire to passionately pursue what makes us human. We expect this year's fellows to conduct meaningful work in their chosen areas of study, and share what they have learned with the Ransom Everglades community in the fall."
The Bowden fellows, who were selected after a rigorous application process, have been meeting with members of the Bowden Fellowship Committee to refine their project ideas and solidify their summer plans for the last month. They will be supported by RE faculty members throughout the summer.
The fellowships represent a core piece of the Dan Leslie Bowden Endowment in the Humanities, which when fully funded will expand to support two full-time faculty members in the humanities and a future gathering area in a new humanities building. (For information about how you can support the endowment, contact Director of Advancement Greg Pollard.)
2019 Bowden fellows and their projects
Olivia Byrd '20 and Mia Williamson '20
Finding Humanity in Tragedy: Lockerbie 30 Year Remembrance
Jolie Dreiling '20
The Humanization of Business
Diego Duckenfield-Lopez '20
Program: New York Times Student Journey to the American South
Becca Fisher '20
Dance: A Deeper Meaning
Mia Landman '20
Anti Semitism in Paris, France
Kate Menninger '20
Clay: A Reciprocal Relationship
Sofia Mora '20
The Spirit of Puerto Rico
Charith Reddy '20
The Impact of Eyesight on Improving Children's Lives
Zoe San Martin '20
Bridging the Gap (documentary about the strength of Cuban culture and people)
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.