Alumni Newsletter - June 2019

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Dear RCDS Alumni,

It's hard to believe that Rye Country Day's 150th anniversary year is about to come to a close.

Our sesquicentennial kicked off with over 400 alumni attending festivities during Wildcat Weekend. The celebration continued throughout the year with alumni donating their time to present as keynote speakers, lead roundtable discussions, host alumni networking events, present Book Awards, and offer mentoring and internship opportunities to our young alumni and seniors. Our alumni also joined us at receptions in California and NYC.

With only two weeks left in the 2018-19 Alumni Annual Giving Campaign, we have the opportunity to close out this special anniversary year by setting a new record. If 350 new donors make a gift of ANY amount, we can achieve the highest alumni participation rate in RCDS history.

Make your gift today and help us write the final chapter in this milestone 150th anniversary year.


Thank you for celebrating with us!

Warm Regards,

The Office of Alumni Affairs

Campus News
Class of 2019 Graduates: Congratulations to the Class of 2019! On June 7, 98 spectacular students graduated from Rye Country Day School. We are looking forward to cheering them on at the following colleges and universities in the fall.
One of Seven Presidential Scholar Semifinalists in the State of Connecticut: Headmaster Scott Nelson remarks, "Nathalie Felton '19 has achieved tremendous academic success at Rye Country Day. We are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to following her future success at Brown University and beyond." Read more.
Princeton Prize: Faith Hardy '19 and Patricia Bautista '19 were honored with a Certificate of Accomplishment by the New York City Committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Read more.

Wildcat Champions: Congratulations to the RCDS Wildcats on an outstanding spring season! Boys' Track & Field clinched FAA & NYSAIS titles with a winning performance by the 4x100M relay team. Boys' Golf took home the NYSAIS championship, and Boys' Lacrosse was named co-champion of the FAA. Girls' Track & Field, Boys' Tennis, and Girls' Tennis also had players named champions. Read the full recap here.

National Merit Scholarships: RCDS seniors James Chen and Matias Esquivel Losada were awarded National Merit $2500 Scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. James and Matias are two of 2,500 students chosen from a nationwide pool of more than 15,000 National Merit finalists to receive the National Merit $2500 Scholarship. In the fall, James will be heading to Harvard University, and Matias will attend Yale University.
Triple Jump Record Broken - TWICE! The school triple jump record was broken twice in one week this spring season. Class of 2018 alumnus Maxwell Smith had held the triple jump record of 41-3.50, but sophomore Gideon Prempeh broke that record at the JV Westchester County Champs with a mark of 41-5. Two days later, fellow sophomore Greyson Humphrey (pictured) beat THAT record at the NYSAIS Championships with a mark of 41-5.50! Congratulations to both Gideon and Greyson!
HARRIET ROFMAN SUNRISE GARDEN: This spring the RCDS community gathered to thank and honor Harriet Rofman for her many years of service to the Rye Country Day Middle School. The Middle School garden will from now on be known as the Harriet Rofman Sunrise Garden. View photos of the ceremony.

Service Showcased: At the Public Purpose Community Dinner, a wonderful annual tradition, students, families, faculty, and community partners gathered to celebrate the many ways students have made a meaningful difference this year. Dozens of students from across divisions showcased their work to over 150 attendees. Read more and view photos.
Stories Behind the Art: To celebrate this year's All-School Art Show, four RCDS artists were interviewed about their creative process to share the "stories behind the art." Watch videos from each division.
Skills Spotlight: Using your knowledge of physics, create a musical instrument that can produce an eight note scale Eighth graders used materials and tools available in the makerspace, as well as their understanding of physics, engineering, and math to create, test, and tweak musical instruments. In the end, each student had to perform a song in front of the class demonstrating his or her instrument's ability to produce a scale. Read more.
RCDS Faculty Awarded Fellowships through the Institute for Innovative Teaching & Learning: RCDS is pleased to announce five Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning projects for 2019-20 led by 12 faculty. Read more.

ORDER YOUR COPY! Click here to take a look inside Rye Country Day School, a limited-edition commemorative book detailing the storied history of the School and its first 150 years. This visually stunning coffee table book includes the fascinating history of Rye Country Day School, archival photographs, and contemporary photography featuring the campus, students, and faculty as captured by award-winning photographers. Purchase your copy today!
From the Archives
WHERE IT ALL STARTED: The tradition of wearing white dresses for graduation began in the early days of Rye Seminary and still continues to this day. Here you see the women from the Rye Seminary Class of 1912. View larger.
Alumni News
NYC Reception: As part of the 150th anniversary festivities, over 70 alumni joined us for an outdoor reception in NYC to celebrate the kick-off to summer and to toast Coach "C" on his 40th anniversary at RCDS.
ALUMNI PRESENT BOOK AWARDS: Thank you to the 10 alumni who returned for this year's Prize Day to present College Book Awards to members of the eleventh grade who best meet the criteria established by the various colleges and universities: Russell Dritz '97, Ayelén Rodriguez '10, Benjamin Selzer '95, Henry Townley '14, Katie Hunt '02, Maya Rock '98, Emily Duarte '15, Craig Daily '90, Scott Weiss '96, Michèle Lallemand Brazil '92. As Mr. Nelson introduced the alumni presenters, it was hard not to be inspired by each of their college, career, and service experiences. Read more.
SABIA & FRANCELLA RECOGNIZED: At the Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, two-time RCDS Alumni Hall of Fame winner Coach John Sabia was presented with the Maria Effinger Award, and the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Coaches' Award was renamed for retiring PE teacher and coach Denise Francella, who, in her 27 years at RCDS, has exemplified an unwavering commitment to the PE Department and Middle and Upper School teams. Read more.
BLUE & GOLD DINNER: At the Blue & Gold Dinner, the Rye Country Day Alumni Association welcomed the Class of 2019 as the newest members. Newly appointed English Department Chair, Mr. Iain Pollock, addressed the seniors as their chosen faculty speaker.
RIOS '02 ADDRESSES STUDENTS & PARENTS: Francesca Rios '02 returned to campus to share her perspectives on internet safety and social media with fourth - eighth grade students, as well as parents. As an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's cybercrime division, Francesca shared her perspectives on internet safety and social media. Read more and view tips for internet safety here.
SOTO '13 HOSTS LUNCH & LEARN: Over 60 Middle and Upper School students attended a Lunch & Learn presented by Andres Soto '13. Andres, who graduated from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in Applied Math, is now a Google Software Engineer. During the session, Andres reflected on his journey through RCDS as a student of color from an immigrant family, explored applications and intersections of math, physics, and algorithms, and highlighted recent projects focusing on artificial intelligence and machine learning. View photos.
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Eliza McCurdy '13 was featured in a documentary entitled "AFTER RIKERS: Justice by Design" which aired on PBS as a part of 'Justice Week.' Check out the trailer here.

On May 23, photographer Rachel Boillot '05 presented her new book, Moon Shine, a photographic portrait of musical heritage in Appalachia, at the Rye Arts Center. Rachel's work was recently featured in The Guardian, which you can view here.

John Treacy Egan '80 recently appeared in "A Comedy of Tenors" at Olney Theater in Olney, Maryland. Fellow alum Lisa Nevans Locke '81 had the opportunity to attend a performance and shared that as the lead, "he stole the show!"

In early May, RCDS hosted the 4th annual Ryan B. Mahoney Memorial Regatta. Over 30 sailors competed at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, in memory of alumnus Ryan Mahoney '98 who lost his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2012.

Congratulations to Melanie Mandell '16 on being named NESCAC Player of the Year!

Emily Lazar '89 was featured as a keynote speaker at New York Music Month: Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech presented by the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

Variety magazine recently interviewed David Holstein '01. Read the article here.

Sarah Dodds Brown '91 was recently profiled by the American Law Institute. The profile begins on page 12.


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