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Alumni Newsletter

Dear RCDS Alumni,

We are just two weeks away from the first-ever Alumni Giving Challenge, April 17-19, #3DaysForRCDS! To celebrate our 149th year, our goal is to reach 149 alumni Annual Fund donors in THREE DAYS. If we succeed, a generous member of the RCDS community will donate $50,000!

A gift of any amount during the Alumni Giving Challenge will honor our rich history, celebrate our alumni community, and ensure a bright future for generations to come. Save the date and plan to give April 17-19 online or be an early bird and mail in your gift today! #3DaysForRCDS

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Looking forward to making history with you this month!

The Office of Alumni Affairs

P.S. We will be sharing exclusive #3DaysForRCDS content and providing updates throughout the challenge through our private alumni Facebook group. If you aren't a member yet, please join by clicking here and then clicking "Request Membership." We look forward to connecting with you.

Campus News
THE SEATS ARE IN
The renovations on the Dunn Performing Arts Center are nearing completion. Stay tuned for an announcement about the official opening.
RCDS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN NATION-WIDE MOVEMENT
Knowing that RCDS would be on spring break during the nation-wide walkout, RCDS students planned a 17-minute walkout on March 2. In addition, Headmaster Scott Nelson joined other New York Independent School Heads in an open letter to the New York Times speaking out against gun violence.
PIPPIN!
The Upper School staged an outstanding production of Pippin! This is the third time RCDS has put on Pippin. Did you know that this favorite musical was written by an RCDS Parent?
RCDS JUNIORS WIN AWARDS AT SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING COMPETITION
Maddie Mandell '19 was awarded the Society for In Vitro Biology Award in recognition of her outstanding research in the areas of tissue or cell culture of plants or animals in the Microbiology category. James Chen '19 competed in the category of Health & Medicine and was awarded the Excellence in Medical Research Award donated by the Westchester Academy of Medicine for projects that aim to improve quality of life and make people healthier.
200+ STUDENTS TRAVELED FOR SPRING TRAINING
More than half of the Upper School student body took part in spring training trips over spring break. Locations included Florida, South Carolina, Nevada, and Arizona.
Alumni News
RCDS on the Road to Boston. Boston area alumni and friends are invited to a reception this Thursday, April 5, at the Boston College Club. Join Headmaster Scott Nelson and current and former faculty members Jeff Bates, Gil Castagna, Johnny Flynn, Lauris Khan, and Dick Pike to learn more about RCDS today and our plans for the future. Register here: www.ryecountryday.org/boston
Special thanks to dance teacher Barry Elizabeth Brinker '81 for presenting a fabulous workshop to the 7th & 8th grade Theater Jazz class!
Thanks also to Cory Belnick Kercher '97, a pediatrician in New York City, who was the featured guest at a gathering of the Upper School science teacher's group, Women in Science and Engineering.
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Joshua Bennett '06 says this about his powerful and beautiful new poem, "I have a new poem—about my father, who was one of the first black students to attend, and graduate from, his high school in Alabama back in the late 60s—featured in this most recent issue of The Nation. Today, and every day, I am immensely grateful for his courage, his example, and his abiding love." Click here to read Josh's poem.

Congratulations to Blythe Keeler Robinson '93 who was honored on March 29, 2018 by the Atlanta Tribune at their 2018 Women of Excellence event. Click here to read more.

On Sunday, March 25, Carolyn Binder '13 was featured in The Journal News in a local high school sports retrospective. Click here to read more.

Now in previews at Lincoln Center is a revival of the iconic show, My Fair Lady, with our own John Treacy Egan '80 in the cast. Learn more about this show here.

Julia Hicks de Peyster '82 and her family received their favorite holiday gift from actor Tom Hanks, after learning of his passion for vintage typewriters. Click here to read this story from the Boston Globe.

Cary Estes Leitzes '90 was featured in the inaugural issue of Missionmag.org
Click here to read the story.

James McPhail '14 is one of six seniors who have been named recipients of the University of Pennsylvania President's Engagement Prizes, which provide $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
Read about James's project here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
APRIL
5
Boston Alumni and Friends Reception
Boston College Club
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
RSVP here
APRIL
17-19
RCDS Alumni Giving Challenge
#3DaysForRCDS
Learn more
MAY
16
Alumni Executive Board Meeting
Location on campus
7:00 p.m.
MAY
30
Blue and Gold Dinner
Manhattanville College
In honor of the Class of 2018
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