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Seniors are off to great places!

Penny Townsend
It’s been an amazing seven days. Last Friday 141 seniors graduated in the Lewis Auditorium; 141 talented and ambitious individuals who modeled intellectual vitality, courage and genuine concern for others. United by deep friendships, they crossed the stage slightly nostalgic about what they were leaving behind but full of excitement for what lay ahead. Diverse in their interests and aspirations, they will matriculate at no fewer than 65 schools in 23 states and three countries 

Full matriculation list below
On May 29, I observed our rising ninth graders as they took their places on stage in the Lewis Family Auditorium for our annual Eighth-Grade Send-Up. “It is so unbelievable to think that three years ago, most of us were strangers,” Class President Natasha Rodriguez ’23 said from behind the podium. Indeed, the Class of 2023 came from more than three dozen elementary schools. Now they are each other’s biggest fans: “The people you see here,” she continued, “provide an escape from cruelty and rejection, and open a window to acceptance and love.”

These adolescents, preparing to move to the Upper School, already understand what a great community looks like. Ian Barnett ’23 helped explain the concept through music, composing a song called “Our Journey” that was a focal point of the send-up. Like the seniors that preceded them several days before, these students are simultaneously unique and united. 

On May 30, I witnessed more community spirit at the last RE board of trustees meeting of the year. Our board has 31 members, a third of whom are alumni and all of whom are incredibly devoted to Ransom Everglades. One, Harry Anderson ’38, has served since just after World War II and turns 98 on June 2. Several trustees, including board chair Andy Ansin ’81, arrived on campus yesterday morning for a committee meeting, then returned later in the afternoon for a tour of the STEM site followed by the full board meeting that ran well into the evening. And this is volunteer work; no remuneration!

The members of the board of trustees devote time to RE because they love their school and believe in the community that makes it special. At their final meeting they heard from the senior leadership team, which shared the progress we have made this year on many fronts, from our diversity, equity inclusion initiative to our climate change symposium to our evolving curriculum. In the words of our capital campaign, we are REinventing Excellence every day – but we are not reinventing the school. We are putting various talents, ideas, perspectives, hopes and dreams together. We are joining forces to make RE an even stronger community.

Which brings me back to our seniors.

The Class of 2019 did its part. Our seniors negotiated a challenging final year at RE with grace, persistence, support for one another, open minds and generous hearts. They weathered a campus under construction and they shared parking spots – a dramatic change to the much-anticipated senior privilege of having one’s own spot. They approached the college process with conviction, seeking schools that will bring out the best in each of them over the next four years. They set a terrific example for the students who will follow them.

As a class, they accomplished much. Individually, their prospects are limitless. Their time as RE students concluded with the May 24 commencement, but their lives are just getting started. We are so proud to send them out in the world. 

And we can’t wait to welcome them back as alumni.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Penny Townsend
Head of School

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2019 Matriculation List

American University, DC (2)
Auburn University, AL (1)
Babson College, MA (2)
Bard College, NY (1)
Belmont University, TN (1)
Bentley University, MA (1)
Boston College, MA (3)
Brandeis University, MA (1)
California Institute of Technology, CA (1)
Carleton College, MN (3)
Carnegie Mellon University, PA (1)
Clemson University, SC (1)
Colorado College, CO (1)
Columbia University, NY (4)
Cornell University, NY (10)
Dartmouth College, NH (1)
Drexel University, PA (2)
Duke University, NC (1)
Florida State University, FL (5)
Furman University, SC (1)
Hamilton College, NY (1)
Harvard University, MA (6)
Indiana University, IN (1)
Lafayette College, PA (1)
Lehigh University, PA (1)
Lewis & Clark College, OR (1)
Loyola Marymount University, CA (1)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (3)
Middlebury College, VT (1)
New York University, NY (5)
Northeastern University, MA (2)
Pace University, NY (1)
Pitzer College, CA (1)
Purdue University, IN (1)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY (1)
Sewanee: The University of the South, TN (1)
Skidmore College, NY (1)
Southern Methodist University, TX (6)
Stanford University, CA (2)
Swarthmore College, PA (1)
Syracuse University, NY (1)
The George Washington University, DC (2)
The Juilliard School, NY (1)
The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, England (1)
Tufts University, MA (9)
Tulane University, LA (6)
Universidad CES, Colombia (1)
University of California, Irvine, CA (1)
University of California, Los Angeles, CA (1)
University of California, San Diego, CA (1)
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (1)
University of Chicago, IL (3)
University of Colorado at Boulder, CO (3)
University of Denver, CO (1)
University of Florida, FL (1)
University of Miami, FL (6)
University of Michigan, MI (2)
University of Pennsylvania, PA (4)
University of Richmond, VA (1)
University of Southern California, CA (2)
University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1)
Vanderbilt University, TN (6)
Wake Forest University, NC (1)
Washington University in St. Louis, MO (2)
Yale University, CT (1)
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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 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.