Eighth grader wins REEF tournament

RE middle schooler Tyler Grossfeld ’27 caught a 17.2-lb. dolphin during the 11th annual Ransom Everglades Epic Fishing (REEF) tournament on May 6, winning the prize for heaviest dolphin and the junior angler title while also helping propel his team’s boat – Gigi – into first place in the team competition for heaviest three dolphins. Photo Galleries
Anglers of all abilities participated in the annual tournament, fishing on nearly 20 separate boats all morning and afterwards enjoying friendships, fish tacos and art teacher Astrid Dalins’ legendary cake at the Harry Anderson ’38 Waterfront. The tournament raised money for Breakthrough Miami – recently recognized as the 2023 Program of the Year by the Children’s Trust – and the school’s waterfront.

Robbie Barnett ’23
hauled in the second-biggest dolphin at 14.2 lbs., and Angel Febres P’26 claimed third place with his catch at 13.4 lbs. In the junior angler category, Harlan Hoenig ’28 finished second and Camilo Miguel ’28, third. Ellie Stokes ’26 won first and second place in the lady angler category with her 5.8 and 5.6 lb. catches, and Olivia Drulard ’23 earned third place with her 3.8 lb. fish. In the junior angler category for non-dolphin, Connor Klevan won first prize with his 23.6-lb. tuna.

After weighing their fish and sampling the fish tacos made by SAGE Dining, participants snacked on Dalins’ reef cake and meandered by tables manned by Miami Waterkeeper, Nova Southeastern University and shark expert (and RE faculty member) Dr. Kristine Stump.

The event was put together by RE’s advancement office along with REEF Committee Chairs Elana Oberstein-Harris ’93, Peter Diamond ’92, Pearce Klevan ’97 and Kevin Grossfeld ’95, as well as student chairs Barnett, Tyler Grossfeld, Jack Harris ’23, Eden Harris ’24, Finn Falk ’25 and Izzy Diamond ’28.

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.