Ransom Everglades student leaders addressed their peers on the issues of academic integrity and ethical decision-making during an upper school assembly on Sept. 19 at the Lewis Family Auditorium. Members of the RE Honor and Disciplinary Committee and Holzman Center of Applied Ethics Advisory Council explained the school's Honor Code and recent changes to the Student Handbook, advising their fellow students to know the rules and lean on peers, faculty members and advisors when they need help making sound ethical decisions.
The RE Honor and Disciplinary Committee includes Fiona Mateo '24, Nicolas Poliak '24, Eden Harris '24, Elle Geller '25, Sirja Joeveer '25, Gemma Bucci '25, Marcus Mustad '26, Ana Gonzalez '26 and Sophia Linfield '26. The Holzman Center of Applied Ethics Advisory Council consists of those students along with Sophia Romanov-Imber '24, Varun Raju '24 and faculty members Matthew Helmers and Jenny Carson '03 and Assistant Head of the Upper School Adriana Sanchez and Associate Head of School John A. King Jr.
The students' presentation emerged from a partnership between the committee and the Holzman Center of Applied Ethics, which was established in 2021 to ensure that Ransom Everglades students enter the world understanding the importance of ethical behavior in all endeavors, and the consequences to individuals and societies when integrity and honor are sacrificed.
Raju and faculty member Helmers shared information about their respective summer experiences in ethical leadership through the RE partner organization Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder.
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.