A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Alumni Profiles & Interviews

If you are interested in being one of our featured alumni, please contact Melissa Mahoney Wirth ‘97, Manager of Alumni Relations, at melissa_wirth@ryecountryday.org or at 914-925-4525 

Katie hunt '02 

“I discovered that I was madly in love with the creative world of start-ups. When you’re working within a new paradigm, there are no answers, only people who can come up with great solutions.”

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Tim Silverman '89 

"Leadership takes many different forms and makes use of many different strengths. I would say that in order to give back, try to understand both what you have to give and what you hope to gain from an experience so that that you can most help and be helped by the service you choose."

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Ramesh Grandhi ’97

"First and foremost, I will always remember my friends and the bonds that we made over the years. The teachers, a few of whom are still there, were truly gifted and created an amazing environment for academic growth." 

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Dana A. Cates ’03

"[RCDS] taught me the importance of giving back to the community in some way—I specifically chose to give back to my country, but you don’t have to swear an oath to support and defend the constitution to make a difference in your own community, if that’s where you decide to give of your talents."

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René Lumley-Hall ’96

"It is RCDS that helped me recognize that after an extensive corporate career, I could reinvent myself and pursue a career in wellness teaching yoga."

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Zack Tax '10 

“I came into high school extremely passionate about playing baseball in college, but to this day, I still thank Coach Lawrence for giving me the opportunity to play at RCDS, guiding me throughout the entire college process and really growing me into the player I became.”

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Billy Cooper '83 

"I often find myself sharing stories about the RCDS teachers that influenced me ... RCDS has had a huge impact on my career and my life." 

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Nicole Fanjul ’02 and Vanessa Jackson ’05 

"Stay open minded and willing to try new things. Neither one of us thought we would be a lawyer when we were in high school (Vanessa started college as a pre-med student, and Nicole started college as a math and physics major). "

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Dennis Parker '73

“What I learned at Rye Country Day changed my life,” he concludes. “My education involved the human aspect of things and quality of life issues, which I would argue is at least as important as whether you learn calculus. I don’t see myself as a superstar intellect, but I had opportunities at RCDS that I wouldn’t otherwise have gotten, and that has made all the difference.”

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Chiamaka Nwakeze '06

"Not every community and not every space is as welcoming, as warm and as endless with possibilities as Rye Country Day School."

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Marni Aronson ’09

"A big point of reflection for me is what it takes for students to become truly invested in their studies and their growth as learners. I think back on my time at RCDS and try to pinpoint what shaped me into a student who was excited and driven to learn."

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Pamella Jenkins '98

"My most memorable class had to be choir with Ms. Marcell. Her passion for music always inspired us to be the best that we could be for her."

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