Ransom Everglades juniors and seniors met with freshmen in small groups during the mid-day break on October 22, launching a series of student-led health-and-wellness sessions that make up the Health Information Project (HIP) program. In its sixth year at Ransom Everglades, the program equips junior and senior students to lead frank discussions with ninth graders while providing accurate and important information about drugs, alcohol, anxiety and other matters related to health and wellness.
Faculty members Karen Key and Tyrone Croom, the advisors for HIP, have overseen weeks of training for the more than 50 juniors and seniors – peer health educators – who lead the sessions. The health and wellness training is a key component of a coordinated effort at RE to support ninth graders as they continue their transition to high school.
A Miami-based non-profit, HIP was created in 2009 is designed to empower high school students to create school environments where talking about health issues is safe, acceptable and mainstream. HIP has partnered with more than 85 schools across the state of Florida, has taught over 260,000 students since its founding.
RE's Peer Health Educators Seniors Caroline Sosler '22, President Dina Kaplan '22, Vice President Alessia Mantilla '22 Amanda Harris '22 Ana Maria Tovar '22 Andre Joseph '22 Cecilia Granda-Scott '22 Christian Sosa '22 Clara Villalba '22 Dhilani Premaratne '22 Dylan Stone '22 Ella Di Gasbarro '22 Erik Lavandeira '22 Jake Meyer '22 Joseph Moskovitz '22 Juliana Williamson '22 Kati Ortega '22 Levi Gans '22 Nicky Falero '22 Nicolas Civantos '22 Nikhil Kumar '22 Noah Gold '22 Paisley Verea '22 Rylan Sadler '22 Sabrina Shipley '22 Sol Cuello Robert '22 Zoe Punjwani '22
Juniors Andrew Srebnick '23 Carmen Sanchez-Tembleque '23 Chiara Elbaz '23 Daniel Luca '23 Denise Suarez '23 Eleonora Cavallini '23 Jack Harris '23 Joaquin Palacino '23 Jonathan Pollak '23 Justin Saphier '23 Kyler Pace '23 Laura Teofilo '23 Leticia Crosby '23 Lila Diamond '23 Lily Landman '23 Loriz Arencibia '23 Lucia Rose Dahn '23 Marco Zhao '23 Natasha do Valle '23 Natasha Rodriguez '23 Olivia Rubell '23 Ricky Sucre '23 Rogelio Munoz '23 Ryan Courey '23 Tamia Beckford '23 Trent Mopsick '23
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.