Alumni Newsletter - October 2019

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Dear RCDS Alumni,

Wildcat Weekend & Reunion is only a few weeks away on Saturday, October 19. We are so excited to celebrate with all alumni. Throughout the day, there will be special activities for all ages, including a 1-mile Fun Run, bounce houses, face painting, varsity sports games, campus tours, makerspace activities, and the 50th Anniversary Golden Alumni Lunch. The day will culminate with the Alumni Cocktail Reception, where we will celebrate reunion classes ending in 4 and 9. This is an event you do not want to miss! Register today to view a full schedule of activities and to see who is coming.

We also want to thank you for your help in making the 150th year of our school a resounding success! From returning to campus to speak with students in Assemblies and Lunch and Learns to your leadership in organizing and participating in Networking events and your phenomenal fundraising skills, your Wildcat Pride came through! Your support during the 150th Anniversary Annual Giving Challenge and Alumni Challenge helped to bring our community together and provided extraordinary support for the School. In the coming weeks, look out for the community-wide 1869-Minute Giving Challenge, which will be held on October 23 and 24!

We look forward to a year of enthusiastic alumni engagement, and we hope to see many of you on campus or at our hosted regional events.

Warm regards,

The Office of Alumni Relations
Campus News
2019-20 School-Wide Theme: Citizenship
Throughout the 2019-20 academic year, the Rye Country Day community will actively engage around the school-wide theme of citizenship, which will be woven into community discussions, curricular conversations, guest speaker events, faculty meetings, advisory group work, and more. Read more.
Wildcats are LIVE!
RCDS has partnered with LocalLive Networks to give families the opportunity to watch athletic games and events live online at You can also download the free LocalLive app (App Store or Google Play) and watch games live directly from your mobile devices. All live events will be password protected (password: Willy1869).
Leadership Column: Planting the Seeds of Citizenship
"Students who feel empowered in their learning are also curious; that curiosity expands their world. These attributes and skills encourage an open attitude and respect for all." Lower School Principal Barbara Shea writes about citizenship and awareness at Rye Country Day. Read more.
High Marks from Niche
Niche, a leading resource for researching U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies, has named Rye Country Day School the #1 Best Private K-12 School in Westchester County, the #1 Best Private High School in Westchester County, the #1 Best High School for STEM in Westchester County, and the #13 Best Private K-12 School in the United States
Alumni News
RCDS Alumni Network: Hannes Boehning '17 had a unique summer internship that was offered to him by alumna Robin Quittell Ponticelli '94. Read more and learn how you too can connect fellow RCDS alumni with networking and internship opportunities.
Four New Alumni Faculty at RCDS: Welcome to Rye Country Day's new faculty and staff, including alumni Jourdan Layne '15, Marlana Moysak '13, Melissa Mahoney Wirth '97, and Julie McCrory '03. Read about all new faculty and staff here.


Congratulations to Joshua Bennett '06 whose poem was featured in The New York Times Magazine: The 1619 Project alongside works by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rita Dove, Sonia Sanchez, and others. Read more.

Vanessa Kroll Bennett '94 will be the first Scholar in Residence at the Bert and Sandra Wasserman Center for Family Life, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Join her on November 7 for her "Conversations on Parenting and Beyond" with the authors of Grown and Flown.

Read more about how Elizabeth Weinberg Smith '70, President of The Central Park Conservancy, is planning the conservancy's largest project in 40 years by revitalizing the northern part of Central Park.

On May 17, 2019, RCDS alum and National Community Activity Activist Will Graves '74 was presented with the 2019 Individual Service Award bestowed on him by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read more.

On November 2, the JDRF Capital Chapter will honor Savills executive and former JDRF International Board Member Adam Singer '78 at the 19th Annual JDRF Hope Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Singer is being recognized for his 40 years of leadership and significant contributions to JDRF's vision of a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Read more.

Congratulations to Nick Kroll '96 on receiving his first Emmy nomination for Netflix's "Big Mouth." Nick co-created the series, and he stars in it too!

Check out this NY Times article on alum and budding comedian Julia Lindon '09.

Voyage Denver recently featured Rachel Rosengarten Euser '98. Rachel is quoted saying, "I am a freelance executive producer. I specialize in producing television, documentaries, and events. I specialize in being a show caller/director/producer for events like the Olympic Games, large corporate events, large scale music festivals, and large event activations. I also produce and direct television shows and documentaries." Read more.

Congratulations to Grant S. Johnson '10 on the release of his second feature film, Nighthawks.

Congrats to recent RCDS graduate, Alexia Hartogensis '19, whose senior project, "The Magician's Daughter," has been chosen as an Official Selection at the 2019 All American High School Film Festival. Being chosen to screen at the AAHSFF is a huge honor! It's the largest HS film festival in the world, receiving nearly 5,000 films from 48 states and 40 countries!. Alexia's film will be screening during the festival on Saturday, October 12, at 4:40 p.m. at the AMC theater in Times Square. Purchase tickets here.

Congratulations to sisters Nicole Jackson Fanjul '02 and Vanessa Jackson '05 who made partner at their respective law firms. Nicole, who is at Latham & Watkins LLP, is a member of the Finance Department and focuses her practice on advising on a wide range of leveraged finance matters. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2009. Vanessa, who is at the firm Davis Polk, is a member of Davis Polk's Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Finance Group. She received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2012.

We are excited to see Janelle McDermoth '10 star in "We're Gonna Die," a one woman show premiering Off-Broadway on February 4, 2020.

Elena Conn '13 shared, "I'm going to be playing drums on stage in my first Off-Broadway show on October 27 and 29 at the MCC Theater. The show is called 'The Wrong Man,' written by triple platinum producer Ross Golan and orchestrated/arranged by Hamilton's three-time Tony Award winner and four-time Grammy Award winner Alex Lacamoire." Purchase tickets.

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