Four math team members – Anna Mistele '19, Dylan Tie-Shue '20, Joseph Gross '20 and Stephen Garrett '20 – finished in the top five percent of students nationally on the American Mathematics Competition examination, qualifying them to sit for the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination. The students under math team coach Karen Key were the first from RE to qualify since 2017.
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.
RE's strings students celebrated their progress in 2018-19 under director Jessica Carrasquillo with a lively spring concert that also recognized the program's graduates: senior violinist Ashlyn Cowgill '19 and the 16 eighth graders moving from the Middle School to the Upper School. The musicians also surprised Carrasquillo, who is expecting her first child in April, with a basket of baby goods presented by Mary Logan Woolsey '22. Photo Gallery
Novelist, syndicated columnist and Cuban immigrant Ana Veciana-Suarez spent a special day at the Middle School for the second annual One Book, One Day, One School (OBODOS) event, sharing her personal story, providing insight into her life's work, and explaining the inspiration behind her novel Flight to Freedom.
Middle School drama students merged their musical gifts and comic timing in the spring musical Freaky Friday, a laugh-out-loud funny show that showcased more than two dozen student-performers during jam-packed performances at Swenson Hall March 6-8. Adriana Carvalho '25 and LivSteinhardt '23 played the daughter-mother lead roles and were joined by a host of other talented middle schoolers in the show directed by faculty member Cecilia Gonzalez. Photo Gallery.
Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, gave an emotional address to the Upper School student body on March 7, sharing his painful journey from bereaved father to gun violence activist. Guttenberg, invited to RE by the Students Against Gun Violence club, told students they had the power to make a difference and urged them to fight for change.
RE's academic team continued its excellence this season as RE's varsity team of Lucas Miner '20, Justin Lopez '19 and Alex Boehm '19 finished second in the varsity bowl and Javier Kumar '22 and Victoria Davis '21 won the JV bowl at the 2019 South Florida History Bee and Bowl Championships at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Feb. 23. Miner also finished second in the varsity bee as Kumar and Leo Fein '23 scored the top two places in the JV bee.
Holly Steinberg '19 and Nicole Bremer '19 won the Sixth Annual RE Business Challenge on March 4 at the Pagoda with Steinberg's clear and persuasive pitch for CamBlock!, a sleek, movable cover for laptop cameras designed to thwart cyber-mischief. The pair will represent Ransom Everglades at the Innovate South Florida competition at Miami Dade College-Wolfson in April. Luisa Guarco '19, Makenzie Love '19 and Khushi Shah '19 finished second with SpoonAble, a design for an innovative spoon to help people with hand tremors.
Eight RE speech and debate students placed in the top four in the state at the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Tournament March 2-3 as team coach and teacher Kate Hamm received FFL Coach of the Year recognition. The teams of Dori Schurr ‘20 and Oliver Stern ‘19, and Marley Rywell ‘19 and Brianna Kerr ‘19, accrued top finishes in public forum as four individual competitors advanced to semifinal rounds during the championship at West Broward High.
Every year, Ransom Everglades students strive to build structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing bridges out of basswood sticks, and the strongest structures advance to the the annual bridge-busting competition at the Lewis Family Auditorium.
There, each student’s hard work is transformed into a heap of shattered sticks.
Mike Hannan ’19 earned victory in this year’s splintering spectacle, as his svelte 16.04 gram bridge withstood a force of 37.01 pounds before collapsing (1,119.8 efficiency). He topped Joseph Kodsi ’20, whose 23.83 gram bridge managed a weight of 53.81 pounds before reaching its breaking point (1073.5 efficiency), and Jennifer Lin ’20, who finished third (15.42, 33.81, 1070.7) – and also won second-place in the aesthetic competition.
RE's all-girls calculus team of Anna Mistele '19, Yiduan Zheng '19, Huiyi Lin '20 and Valeria Vela '19 finished fifth among more than 50 teams at the Cypress Bay Regional March 2, lifting RE to a fifth-place finish overall among 38 teams as it prepares for the April state championships under coach Karen Key. RE's calculus squad, the only all-girls calculus team at the event, anchored a quartet of top-10 finishes by RE's teams in statistics, calculus, pre-calculus and geometry.
Scientist Tiffany Vora, an expert in the field of biotechnology, will provide the RE community with a view into the likely effects of exponentially growing technologies on the future and a glimpse of cutting-edge work at the intersection of biology, technology and genetics. Vora, the Faculty Director and Vice Chair of Digital Biology and Medicine at Singularity University, will address the Ransom Everglades community at 7 p.m. on April 2 at the Lewis Family Auditorium
Liv Steinhardt '23 won second place in the 79th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee at the University of Miami's Donna Shalala Student Center on Feb. 19, distinguishing herself in a field of 166 spellers from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Steinhardt prepared for the bee under English Department Coordinator Jody Salzinger.
Prevention specialists from Freedom from Chemical Dependency met with Ransom Everglades parents on March 4 and shared insight into their approach with RE students during their campus visits in 2018-19; provided information on vaping, marijuana, alcohol and other substances; and urged them to communicate clear boundaries to their children.
RE's Middle School math team of Arjun Badwal '23, Ryan Berkshire '23, Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24 and Solon Sun '25 earned a second place and state-championship bid at the 2019 Miami Chapter Mathcounts Competition at Miami Dade College. Miranda also achieved an eighth-place finish overall in a field of more than 250 students. The students, who will compete at the state event March 22 in Orlando, were led by math teacher Ginny Onorati.
I am pleased to introduce Patricia Sasser, who will assume the role of Head of the Upper School at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year. Patricia will replace Kenneth S. Mills, who is departing Ransom Everglades to become Head of School at the Gifft Hill School in St. John, V.I. We will miss Ken’s contributions as a scientist, teacher and administrator, but we are very excited to welcome Patricia to our team.
The RE Combo along with vocalist Isa Pena '19 will perform live on WDNA radio (88.9 FM or www.wdna.org) at 7-8 p.m. on March 11. The show is also free and open to the public at WDNA studios at 2921 Coral Way, Miami. RE Combo director Jon Hamm helped arrange for the performance, which will include drummer James Gerrard '19, leader and tenor saxophonist Connor Munroe '21, multi-saxophonist and musical director Alex Otero '19, bassist Danny Sauceda'19, trombonist Will Mathes '19, and pianist Max Vallone '22.
The Middle School REbotics team of Pablo Rodriguez-Russowsky ’23, Victor Perez ’23, Luca Trebotich ’23 and Diego de Lope ’23 won the Create Award and third place in the teamwork event at The South Florida VEX IQ Middle School State Championship at G. Holmes Braddock High on March 2. The results in a field of more than 40 teams earned REbotics a bid to VEX IQ World Championships in Louisville, Ky., in April.
Seniors kicked off the Raider Day of Giving as soon-to-be-alumni by making four-year pledges after meeting with Alumni Board President Agustin “Konky” Arellano ’90 on the eve of the annual fundraising day. Arellano shared his passion for RE and promised that the alumni board would donate $20.19 on behalf of every senior who contributed. Andres Badia ’19 made the first pledge on the spot, urged on by his classmates. Give NOW!
More than 400 members of the RE community donned heavy metal T-shirts, leather jackets and black – lots of black – make-up, nail polish and temporary tattoos for the 35th annual Ransom Everglades Parents' Association auction, this one bearing the theme: RE Rocks: Party through the Decades. The Feb. 23 event, an important fund-raiser for the school’s financial aid program, delighted the decked-out throng and showed early returns of more than $200,000 from ticket sales and bidding. Photo Gallery
Upper School drama students entertained and interacted with the audience at the spring play, Murder's in the Heir, performing a concluding act only after polling the crowd on its preference for the evening's villain. The lively show Feb. 21-22 at the Lewis Family Auditorium featured new faces from the senior and freshmen classes and many familiar names from the drama program under director Sam Shapiro.
Two REbotics teams from the Middle School won top awards at the VEX IQ Robotics Tournament on the Everglades Campus on Feb. 10, with the all-eighth-grade team of Pablo Rodriguez-Russowsky ’23, Victor Perez ’23, Luca Trebotich ’23 and Diego de Lope ’23 earning the Excellence and Teamwork Awards as well as an automatic bid to the state championships in March. The all-seventh-grade team of Joseph David ’24, Varun Raju ’24, Erick Gross '24, Myles Heller '24 and Daniel Figueroa '24 won the Amaze Award.
Some 450 grandparents visited Ransom Everglades for Grandparents and Special Friends Day, which took place at the Middle School Feb. 13 and at the Upper School Feb. 14. A morning rainstorm did not deter more than 260 grandparents and friends of RE's sixth through eighth graders, and construction at the Upper School did not thwart nearly 200 Upper School visitors. Those who made it were treated to a trio of classes with their grandchildren and coffee and dessert with Head of School Penny Townsend, who also welcomed guests at a morning assembly.
The RE Middle School geography team – Leo Fein '23, Diego de Lope '23, Daniel Figueroa '24, Mikey Zoi '24 and Henry Berler '25 – went undefeated to win the Independent Schools of South Florida Geography Bee on Feb. 12 at the Women's Club of Coral Gables. Less than a week later, RE middle schoolers scored five podium finishes at the South Florida Regional History Bee and Academic Bee in Pompano Beach.
Some 150 ninth graders spent five days and four nights in Florida's 10,000 Islands in late January, participating in Ransom Everglades' annual freshman adventure that illustrates the school's commitment to experiential learning and fostering an appreciation of the natural world. The freshmen broke off into teams of eight students each and undertook separate journeys through the region's waterways with guides from the North Carolina-based Outward Bound. Photo Gallery
Ransom Everglades finished fourth overall at the Golden Gate regional math competition in Naples on Feb. 2. For the first time in team history, all four RE teams placed in the top five. Margo Squire ’19 claimed her first individual trophy in statistics while helping RE's statistics team to a third-place overall.
Twelve orchestra students earned superior ratings and Ian Barnett ’23 claimed a “superior with distinction” for their performances at the Florida Orchestra Association District 16 Solo/Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Feb. 1-2 at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High under orchestra director Jessica Carrasquillo.
Four RE students – Nicole Bremer ’19, Arianna Gonzalez ’19, Isabella Cofresi ’19 and Fernanda Garcia Moreno ’20 – won awards at the Model United Nations international competition in Bilbao, Spain, known as MUN Bilbao from Jan. 24-27.
Two dozen RE students paired up with students from Booker T. Washington Senior High for the schools' annual weeklong cultural and educational exchange, with half of the students meeting up on the BTW campus and half connecting at RE. The partners attended classes and experienced campus life together from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, ending with an emotional dinner at RE and thoughtful program on social justice at Florida International University.
RE speech and debate coach Kate Hamm earned regional coach of the year honors for the second straight year as four RE students scored first-place trophies at the 2019 Florida Forensic League Art Deco Region Qualifying Tournament Feb. 2 at Ransom Everglades Middle School. More than 40 RE students won invitations to the state championship tournament by finishing in the top seven in their events.
Six Ransom Everglades seniors were recognized as National AP Scholars, the highest honor awarded by The College Board. Tomas Graglia '19, Makenzie Love '19, Anna Mistele '19, Isa Pena '19, Valeria Vela '19 and Ilija Wan-Simm '19 each earned an average score of at least four on all AP exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of those exams.
Most people spent their summers trying to escape mosquitos. Maya Rosen '21 collected the pesky insects in traps in her backyard, stored them in plastic containers in her parents' freezer, then took them each day to a lab at Florida International University. There, she sorted them under a microscope by sex and species to assist scientists researching the neutralization of viral transmission of mosquitos.
Her 2018 internship was one of about 20 featured at the Lewis Family Auditorium Jan. 31 during the fifth-annual Ransom Everglades Internship Forum.
Former RE board member and parent David Lawrence Jr. admonished Upper School students to lead lives of energetic purposefulness during a Jan. 29 assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium. Lawrence, who retired as publisher of the Miami Herald at 56 to become one of the nation's leading proponents of childhood welfare and education, detailed a personal journey that began on a chicken farm in New York and included two full and productive careers in newspaper publishing and children's advocacy.
The RE Combo and vocalist Isa Peña '19 combined their talents to bring home an unprecedented four trophies from the 2019 Berklee High School Jazz Festival Jan. 26 in Boston. Peña won first place in the Jazz Singers Showcase and was invited to open the evening's awards program, where she sang "Almost Like Being In Love" to a packed house of 4,000 at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Connor Munroe '21 claimed the Outstanding Musicianship Award for his class, and the RE Combo under Jon Hamm claimed second place – its best finish ever – in its class.
Five RE athletes won first-team All-Dade recognition from the Miami Herald on Jan. 24 as more than 30 Raiders earned spots on the newspaper’s annual fall sports awards list. Jake Beber-Frankel ’20, Phoebe Beber-Frankel ’20 and Rachel DeAngulo ’20 won first-team honors in golf; Ellie Carrera-Justiz ’19, in volleyball; and Madison Munroe ’22, in cross country.
Ransom Everglades Middle School students, faculty and administration performed a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, using sewing machines and their artistic talents to convert ordinary pillowcases into beautiful dresses that will be delivered to under-resourced children in Africa through the non-profit Little Dresses for Africa.
Ransom Everglades students excelled at the RoboSLAM III Miami robotics event at Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Arnold Hall Jan. 12. Adam Kaplan '21 went undefeated and won the 3 lb. division in the BattleBots tournament, and RE’s powerhouse freshman team led by Max Vallone ’22 and Dashiell DeStefano ’22 claimed the Create Award and second place overall in the VEX Robotics Competition. More than 40 teams participated.
Eight seniors presented plays they selected, cast with fellow students and directed during the Senior Directing Showcase on Jan. 18. The drama night in the Acting Studio showed the seniors' maturity as drama students and their peers' range of theatrical gifts as they performed eight pieces in front of a crowd of family and friends that jammed the studio. Photo Gallery
RE’s speech and debate students claimed a dozen podium finishes at a pair of end-of-year South Florida Catholic Forensic League events, and distinguished themselves at the highly competitive 2019 Sunvitational, a Jan. 11-13 tournament in Fort Lauderdale that attracted teams from around the nation.
Five college admission officials representing a wide cross-section of schools shared advice on navigating the college process during Ransom Everglades' annual College Admission Symposium at the Lewis Family Auditorium Jan. 17. RE's Director of College Counseling Claudia Jolivert led the roundtable discussion with representatives from Berry College, Columbia University, Florida State University, Oberlin College and Texas Christian University.
Ransom Everglades is installing 15,000 square feet of permeable pavers to create an attractive new drop-off loop at the Upper School entrance. The loop, which runs between the Lewis Family Auditorium and Ransom Cottage, has been under construction since late December and will be open for use in the coming weeks. It includes charcoal, gray and off-white pavers in a herringbone layout.
Ransom Everglades completed a near-sweep of titles at the 2019 Southern Florida Winter History Bee and Bowl at RE on January 12, with a team of middle schoolers winning the junior varsity bowl and RE students earning victories in the individual varsity and junior varsity bees. RE also scored a second- and third-place finish in the varsity bowl on a day that many RE students qualified for the national championships in Arlington, Va., in April.
RE's athletics and physical education department raised money for California wildfire victims and collected clothing donations for local elementary school children through a pair of holiday drives that got athletes and non-athletes involved. Preston Edmunds '20 and Jake Schwartz '19 spearheaded the sale of vintage RE jerseys and jackets on the Quad to raise nearly $900 for the California Fire Foundation, and winter athletic teams – girls' and boys' basketball and girls' and boys' soccer – donated dozens of sweaters and jackets to The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove's Heartwarming Holidays campaign.
Ludington Room Eleven was dedicated on Dec. 21 in memory of Francisco Triana '09. Francisco's family chose to honor his memory by making a special gift to name the room in which he led Student Government Association meetings as president, and in which the SGA continues to meet.
Solon Sun '25 was honored for scoring in the top five percent of students nationwide on a nationwide math contest for middle school students, the American Mathematics Contest 8, which was administered on Nov. 14. Sun was also recognized for his top score among his RE peers. Ryan Berkshire '23, David Luan '25, Hudson Kaplan '25 and Alexander Tong '24 earned second-place recognition. The third-place winners were William Charouhis '24 and Ethan Thomas '25.
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.