RAREBITS RUMSEY HALL SCHOOL | 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
RAREBITS 2 Letter from Headmaster Matthew S. Hoeniger ‘81 4 Letter from Board Chair Nicholas N. Solley ‘64 7 Commencement Address 10 Around Campus 17 Annual Giving Report 34 Faculty Profile: Cynthia Hill P’04 36 Bronson Farm 40 Senior Trip 42 History of Rumsey Circle 44 Class & Faculty Notes
from the headmaster As I take a moment to reflect on this past year, I continue to remain grateful and inspired by the loyalty, the generosity, and the many ways our community finds to support our School and expand our students’ opportunities and growth. Each of you help make Rumsey Hall a nurturing, supportive environment where our students’ full range of abilities, creative gifts and compassion can grow. Our Mission and School values of Honesty, Kindness and Respect guide all that we do here at Rumsey Hall. Each day our work is dedicated to educating the whole child. We are committed to ensuring that each of our student’s experience here at Rumsey Hall is guided by the practice of effort, not the expectation of perfection. We value equally the lessons that take place inside our classrooms as well as outside of them. This past year, we continued to add and improve the educational opportunities we provide here at Rumsey Hall School. What follows is a brief report of these opportunities that your generosity allowed for. Additional playground equipment was added to the new Explorer Dome, which provides students of all ages an opportunity to test and develop their gross motor skills in countless ways. There is also a new outdoor learning area that provides students with a space in which to study, learn and explore their environment. This space includes a weather station, raised garden-beds, bird houses and feeders, tables and seating. As a school, we continued our speakers, performances and weekend programming. The following are highlights of those visits to our campus last year: Richard Guerry, the founder of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2). He is a nationally renowned expert in educating students and parents on the relevant issues surrounding digital responsibility and solutions. He offered guidance on how to prevent and avoid digital pitfalls through a dynamic and age appropriate program. Mark Tyler Nobleman joined us to offer creative writing workshops with our Upper School English classes. He is the author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, and Brave Like My Brother. The Viola Question, the premiere improv comedy group at Yale University, performed for our students, as did Take Five, Kenyon College’s a cappella group, where May Chen ’12, was one of the performers. Weekend Art Workshops were offered on Sunday afternoons to expand our arts offerings and weekend activities. These workshops included jewelry making, metal shop, and basic crafts. Additionally, in these weekend workshops, a faculty and student led effort was initiated to create greeting cards for hospitalized children.
“We value equally the lessons that take place inside our classrooms as well as outside of them.”
Our Robotics Program launched the Lego Space Challenge, creating robots and writing code to embark on an imaginative scenario where they rescued a man lost in space, raised a satellite dish, and sent a rover to collect resources. The School was also able to purchase Spheros (spherical robots) which are white orbs wrapped in polycarbonate, capable of rolling around and are controlled by a smartphone or tablet. Students learn basic coding and sequencing to program these robots. The Computer Skills course now includes a graphic design component. Studying the use of lines, shapes, textures and color, students learn how to manipulate images, words, and shapes in Google Drawings. We created a Lower School Skills teaching position. This person works closely with our faculty to identify and support students in their Language Arts and Mathematical development. In addition, we have hired a new Director of Health and Wellness who works closely with our students in both the Lower and Upper School, giving guidance not only to students, but parents and faculty to help ensure the mental health and well being of all of our students. The passion, commitment and caring of students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents suggest to me that service to others is not a hollow phrase meant to make people feel good; rather something ingrained in the bedrock of the Rumsey Hall community that encourages us to be a school that values service and community involvement. This letter is an opportunity to express my appreciation to all those whose service and commitment to Rumsey Hall is reflected in the following pages. The financial results are important, but this report also tells a story of hard work, dedication, vision, commitment, and generosity. I would like to thank our talented and dedicated faculty and staff, our Board of Trustees led by Board Chair Nicholas Solley ’64, and the countless volunteers who support and sustain Rumsey Hall’s culture and commitment to providing an environment that puts Effort, Family and Community at the forefront. It is with these contributions that we are able to sustain a special place, a special school, and a special home. Sincerely,
Matthew Hoeniger ’81, P’11, ’15 Headmaster
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from the board chair It gives me great pleasure to address the Rumsey Hall community for the first time as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. I have been on the Board, without interruption, for 30 years and was elected as permanent Chair at our April, 2018 meeting. I have never been more committed to the exceptional educational experience that Rumsey Hall provides than I am today. My family has deep roots at Rumsey. My sister Nancy began at the School in the Fall of 1951, I started in 1956, and my brother Stephen followed in 1959. Three cousins also attended Rumsey and my mother and my aunt were both Rumsey Language Skills teachers for several decades. I was asked to join the Rumsey Board in 1989 after having served on a separate Development Committee in the early 1980’s. Consequently, the Solley family has experienced the wisdom and leadership of six Headmasters, each of whom have contributed to the School’s growth and identity. While Rumsey Hall has been an important focus of my life, my roles on various Washington town committees, and my part in Solley Brothers, my family business, have given me a deep understanding of both our local and school communities. I am a third generation resident of Washington and for the past 45 years my brother, Stephen Solley ’68, and I have operated the family farm, supplying quality hay forage to the horse trade. In the past, we had a separate excavation company, an experience that taught me the fundamentals of basic house construction, land improvement and landscape design. My essential understandings of property development have allowed me to play a key role on Rumsey’s Board, beginning in the late 80’s when the Board realized that the infrastructure of the School was aging and building maintenance had been deferred for many years. It was at this juncture that the then Board of Trustees, headed by P.W. Tate Brown, took this opportunity to create a Buildings and Property Committee and named me as Chair. This marked the beginning of a 30-year process of rebuilding the Rumsey Hall School. First, “the unseen infrastructure” was upgraded; septic systems, water lines, and three-phase electricity was brought in from Washington Depot; then over the next 25-years dorms were rebuilt, a new dining hall and a hockey rink were constructed, the administration building was razed and rebuilt doubling the original size, three new classroom buildings were added and the gym space was increased complete with a new auditorium. In 1999, the school purchased 42 acres from our neighbors, the Bronsons, which allowed a renovated farmhouse to become the new Headmaster’s house. Two new athletic fields and three new tennis courts were also added. Our most recent, and exciting school acquisition, just happened this past June when Headmaster Matt Hoeniger and I negotiated again with the Bronson family to purchase the neighboring 83-acre valley property to allow for the possibility of further expansion for faculty housing, athletic fields and maintenance facilities. I am proud to add that this 30-year long $40 million-plus campus investment has been done with no long term debt. This is an achievement that was made possible by the strong commitment of Rumsey Alumni and Trustees, Parents both current and past, Washington townspeople and the School’s Long Range Planning Committee. So as your newly elected Board Chair, I bring to the Rumsey community a veteran Board member’s experience and dedication to Rumsey’s Mission and growth. I give my support to our first class faculty and staff, and my assurances for a financially secure institution that is overseen by a dedicated Board of Trustees. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation go out to all of those who help Rumsey Hall School embrace and express our values of Effort, Family and Community. Sincerely, Nicholas N. Solley ’64 Chairman of the Board
Rumsey Hall School is committed to a whole child approach to education and believes that teaching academics and teaching an attitude of mind are of equal importance. The School emphasizes effort as a criterion for success and is dedicated to helping each child develop toward his or her maximum stature as an educated person, a successful member of a family and a contributing member of a community.
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2018/19 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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Vice Chairman Gregory Warner P’17
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Chairman Nicholas N. Solley ’64
Headmaster Matthew S. Hoeniger ‘81 P’11, ‘15 Gretchen Farmer P’99, ’02 Dennis Fulling P’16, ’16 Louis “Skip” Gardella ’72 P’09, ’09 Manuel Grullon ’00 Craig Henrich P’13, ’14 Jeffrey Hugel ’70 Amie Kreisberg P’18 Nicholas Logothetis ’03 Adrienne Lufkin P’20, ’24 William MacMullen P’10, ’12 Gregory Matthews P’18 Alexandra Miller ’00 Murphy James J. Pates Jr. ’47 P’86 Rosemary Sagar P’15, ’17 Thomas Sheehy III P’00 Elizabeth Schereschewsky ’56 Stout Monica Vogelstein P’14, ’19 Ex Officio Treasurer Karen Scodari Business Manager/CFO Assistant Treasurer Brooke Giese P‘23, ‘27 Assistant Head of School, Director of Studies Secretary of the Corporation Julie Fredlund Executive Assistant Tina Couch ‘94 P‘28 Director of Advancement Annual Report 2018 5
Ellie Frisbie ‘19 and Samantha Hill ‘19
Class of 2018 Charter Members and the Kindergarten Class of 2027
Alexis ‘18, Jackson ‘23, and Ryan ‘20 Delmore with family and friends
Mason Conto, Easton Matthews, and Alexander Salvatore
nick cornell ‘08: the commencement address
Thank you Mr. Hoeniger for the very kind introduction and for inviting me to speak today; it is an honor and a privilege to be here. As mentioned, my name is Nick Cornell and I am the Permanent Class President of the Class of 2008. Some of you are from as far away as New Zealand, Korea and Mexico. I, however, had the privilege .... or the curse, of being a student that grew up right here on Romford Road. Rumsey has been a fundamental part of my life. My father, uncles, aunt, brother and sister all graduated from Rumsey, many of whom are here today. My dynamic cousins John and Mary Houldin, or as our family calls them “The Twins”, will also join us today as Rumsey alumni. I am lucky that my grandparents are also here today. Year after year, they have sat through countless Rumsey graduations since 1974. They have all offered me similar advice regarding my speech today that boils down to the following: please keep it short. I’ll do my best to fulfill their wishes. Being a graduate of Rumsey Hall is something I am extremely proud of and I am sure you all will be too. I am so excited to be back at Rumsey today, because this is the place where my story started, just like all of you. I assume my experience here was not much different than all of yours; the old
Rumsey Bell rang at the end of each academic period and Rumsey athletic victories, the loudest ring echoing through the valley after a win against Indian Mountain School. We all memorized declamations each spring from our favorite authors, poets or journalists and recited them in front of English class or Morning Meeting. Mr. Craft led clef club and the annual musical; doing his best to develop eager Justin Timberlake wannabes like myself. As it was in my case, there is sometimes just no hope. We all swam in the river on the first hot day of spring and then uncomfortably sat in senior square soaked in our only clothes. And finally, the annual senior trip was filled with amazing memories and an overdose of sugar from the candy bought at Six Flags. However... some things are bound to change. Mr. Perreault, who was our Athletic Trainer and a bachelor right out of college, is now married with three children, two of whom are students. New Dorm was one of the oldest dorms on campus and was a relic from when my dad was a student. Now that it has been rebuilt, it actually lives up to its name. We had chalkboards rather than SmartBoards and we had to travel to The Gunnery or Taft for hockey practice due to the fact that Lufkin Rink had not yet been built. Mr. Waller was not faculty, but a classmate and great friend of mine whom we nicknamed the Wallabeast, and yes, he also cried at Varsity Banquet like all of you seniors did last Friday evening. And last but certainly not least, I do hear that with the new dining hall, the food offerings are a bit different than what we used to have. On a monthly basis, we were served fried dough, all-you-can eat pizza and, of course, we had fresh chocolate chip cookies each and every day at recess, which I was always first in line for. Unfortunately, this didn’t serve me too well in the weight department. On a regular basis, I indulged in probably far too many cookies. This led to my dad deciding I needed some exercise intervention. His answer to me burning a few extra weekly calories was in the form of dropping me at the end of Romford Road and then continuing to follow me in our family car down the road back to our home, which is just beyond Cottage. Some might call this parental encouragement; I would argue it was more like torture. Geared up with my first generation iPod Nano, I remember listening to a hit song while I was at Rumsey called “No Air” by Chris Brown and Jordan Sparks. The lyrics of the main chorus which asks the listener, “Tell me how I’m supposed to breathe with no Annual Report 2018 7
air” rang a bit too true as I was already winded just a quarter of a mile into this run. Mr. Ketchum and Mr. Kolpak, do these lyrics exemplify ‘irony’ or a ‘coincidence’? As I ran, with the low-beam headlights of my father’s Acura lighting my way, I had absolutely no idea how I was going to make it all the way back to our house. I would periodically pause to look up and find a tree in the distance to focus on. As I struggled to catch my breath and get rid of the stitch in my side, Mr. Tuff’s voice would echo in my head from advice he’d given me one afternoon during tennis practice. Let me give you some background to this advice – while I was a member of the Varsity B Tennis team, Mr. Tuff decided our warm-up one day would be a run to Beaver Pond and back to the tennis courts. For those unfamiliar with Beaver Pond, it’s a picturesque trail that runs through the woods and along the old Washington railroad track
Frankie McAloon ‘27, Atticus & Vesper Wheeler ‘27
Alexander Novak ‘18 with his parents
that is around one and a half miles round trip. I think Mr. Tuff could see the look of terror in my eyes when he gave us this seemingly easy task. He laughed a little and gave me the following advice, “Nick, just focus on making it to the next tree and once you get there, find the next one to focus on, you will be back here in no time”. And from that day on, I did exactly that when I’d be forced into cardio by my dad. Each and every time I’d run, I’d find my tree to focus on, just ahead, not too far, not too close, and I’d get there. This small piece of advice while a bit sappy (pun intended), has stayed with me throughout my life to where I live now in New York City, and ironically loving to run each day in Central Park, not coincidentally the only place in the city that is home to an abundance of trees. This also reminds me of where you all are right now. Right at the start of the next exciting journey in your life, ready to get set and run. Whether you’re looking forward to the run, or you’re feeling as though someone is chasing behind you with headlights, all you need to focus on is the next tree. The next event, the next moment, the next challenge, and the next triumph is only a few strides ahead. The time spent in between each tree will bring you many joys, lots of achievements and successes, but will also be combined with many hardships and challenges to overcome. Rumsey has given you the foundation and the tools you need to be successful for this run, to
overcome any obstacles and appreciate all the successes. You have been given the study skills, learned the proper etiquette, and what I would consider to be the most important, you are a part of the Rumsey family which is filled with lifelong friends to celebrate your successes with and to lean on when times are tough. Just ask Wallerbeast if you don’t believe me. As you continue your jog through life, it’s important to remember the many lessons you learned here, the small moments and the challenges you overcame. These have helped you overcome adversity and leave a positive mark on the trail. I remember being in your position, not sure where the journey would take me next. My advice to you is to look forward to this run, keep a positive attitude and remain calm knowing that you get to choose the course. You get to choose the next tree to focus on and determine
Lauren Brooks ‘18 and Grace Yang ‘18
what this run will look and feel like. Explore new paths and take big risks. Before you know it, you will be where I am, at the beginning of a career. You will get there by discovering and developing your passions, evaluating your strengths and weaknesses and fostering great relationships with family and friends. Albert Einstein once said, “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal.” Without goals, you are destined to become lost. I wish you all the best success and I am confident you will be proud to consider yourselves Blue Dogs for life. Never stop learning, enjoy each moment and always have your next tree in focus. Thank you very much. You should all be very proud for finishing what you have started! Nick Cornell ’08
COMMENCEMENT PRIZES The Edward B. Whitney Prize for Excellence in Declamation: “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything” Eva Millay Evans ’18
The Memorial Award: Hunter Prescott Guillet ’18 The Duff Community Service Cup: Seongha Elina Choi ’19
The Prize for Neatness in School Work Upper Forms: Fangyan Wendy Huo ’20 Lower Forms: Tanya Muangman ’22 The Annual Dining Hall Prefect Award: Renata Ibarra – Rocha ’18
The Alfred L. Hart II ’65 Fine Arts Prize: Hannah Hope Hanson ’18 The Ryan J. Whelan ’89 Memorial Scholarship Prize: Sophia Gianna Maselli ’19 The Award for Excellence: Eva Millay Evans ’18
The Prize for the Greatest Improvement in Scholarship: Aliquea A. Williams ’18
The John F. Schereschewsky, Jr. ’47 Memorial Award: Maegann Mae Thompson ’19
The Richard M. Wachcic Junior Athletic Award: Radley Grace Cherosnick ’22 Kip Michael Stone ’21
The Prize for Outstanding Scholar-Athlete: Mari Hall Leonard ’18 Hanzhong Mei ’18
The Charlotte Underwood Library Award: Yoonji Kelsie Choi ’19
The David Loyd Memorial Prize: McKenna Elise Rook ’18
The Best All-Around Male and Female Athletes: MacQuarrie Stone-Folmar ’18 Mack Scott Segalas ’18
The Marjorie Hull Barr Prize: Samantha Shelden Brooks ’22
The Henry B. Van Sinderen Memorial Award: Ava Eliana Wishkoff ’19
The Lawrence Larkin ’16 Computer Achievement Award: Yunqi Richard Li ’18 The J. Mitchell Magnoli ’77 Memorial Award: Sawyer Cole von Jess ’19
Prize for Perseverance and Worthy Endeavor: Aliquea A. Williams ’18
The Prize for The Boarding Scholars with the Best Conduct Record: Rachelle Ihnhye Cho ’18 Peter Thomas Lyon ’18 Greatest Improvement in Athletics: Alexis Ann Delmore ’18 Jack Kreisberg ’18 The Cody Montana ’08 Memorial Paddle Out Award: Marcus J. Duell ’18
The Scott Evans Seibert ’92 Memorial Scholarship: Chloe Roberts Coffin ’20 The Faculty Cup: Benjamin Adam Weiss ‘18
The Gabriella Bass ’94 Art Award: Benjamin Adam Weiss ’18 The Rose Algrant Memorial Scholarship Award: Victoria Weirich-Freiberg ’20
Award for Leadership: McKenzie Blair Doyle ’18
Award for Merit: Sage Anne Pottbecker ’18 Headmaster’s Cup: Haruka Masamura ’18
CLASS OF 2018 SECONDARY SCHOOL MATRICULATION Avon Old Farms, CT
Kimball Union Academy, NH
Canterbury School, CT (5)
Loomis Chaffee School, CT (4)
Cheshire Academy, CT
Millbrook School, NY
Berkshire School, MA (4)
Putney School, VT
Lawrenceville School, NJ
St. George’s School, RI (2)
Middlesex School, MA (2)
Salisbury School, CT (3)
Community School of Naples, FL
Milton Academy, MA (2)
Suffield Academy, CT
Governor’s Academy, MA
Northfield Mt. Hermon School, MA
Hotchkiss School, CT
Pomfret School, CT
Chase Collegiate, CT
Forman School, CT The Gunnery, CT
Kent School, CT (5)
Miss Hall’s School, MA
St. Paul’s School, NH
Stevenson School, CA Taft School, CT (6)
Trinity-Pawling School, NY
Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
Western Reserve Academy, OH
Portsmouth Abbey School, RI (3)
Winchendon School, MA
Westover School, CT (3)
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1. Morgan Brown ’22, Hezekiah Benson ’22, Henry Shattuck ’22, Caroline Traina ’22, Tanya Muangman ’22 in the IIIrd Form Musical. 2. Senior rock painting: Mary Houldin, Mari Leonard, Georgia Brufsky, Easton Matthews, Grace Yang, John Houldin, Sarah Cai, Hannah Hanson, Robert Altamirano, and Mariana Vivanco 3. Taichi Nguyen ’18 4. Melanie Rundall ’22 collecting stray ducks at the Duck Derby 5. ESL Chinese dinner preparation
6. Track and Field Day, from left to right: Carter Giese ’23, Patrick Lufkin ’24, Truman Brooks ’24, Michael Dell’Aera ’23, Charlie Carruth ’23, Oliver Young ’23, Jackson Delmore ’23, Noah Linley ’23, Gunnar Ough ’23, Jack Murdica ’24, Liam Kinsella ’22 (in front) 7. Justin Victory ’21, Oliver Ramee ’21, Chris Clancy ’21 8. Headmaster Matt Hoeniger ’81 and Director of Admission Ben Tuff with some puppets 9. Georgia Brufsky ’18 and Mari Leonard ‘18 having fun at Senior Dinner
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10. Lauren Bogue and Alex Kenerson ’20 on Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day 11. Talent Show from left to right: Kara Ro ’18, Chelsea Hong ’19, Avery Rubini ’21, Elaine Ma ‘18, Shannon Meng ’19, Kelsie Choi ’19, front: Renata Ibarra-Rocha ’18 12. Hezekiah Benson ’22 enjoying the day at the Lower School Carnival 13. Kori Meissner ’19, Sagely Brenner ’19, Sophia Maselli ’19 celebrating Book Club Day 14. Madelyn Conto ’25 and Jackson Delmore ’23 make some cookies during the Afternoon Enrichment Program
15. Getting ready to say goodbye at the Senior Dinner at Solley House 16. Getting into costume for Egyptian Day: Zachary Kocienda ’24, Patrick Lufkin ’24, Jack Murdica ’24, Edward Kowalchick ‘24 17. Grace Yang ’18, Sophia Maselli ’19, Parker Davis ’19, Sagely Brenner ’19, Emily Lombardi ’18, and Alex Withers-Clarke ’18 18. Preparing the Korean ESL Dinner
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S P R I NG AT H L E T IC S
1. Boys’ Varsity LaCrosse 2. Julia Schneider ’18, Mia Perrucci ’18, Georgia Brufsky ’18 3. Girls’ Developmental LaCrosse 4. Boys’ Junior Baseball 5. MacQuarrie Stone-Folmar ’18 and Ava Wishkoff ’19 6. Varsity Baseball: David Wang ’18 and Ray Kawaji ’21 7. Rumsey’s first Mountain Biking Team 8. Equestrian Team: Juliet Lin ’19,
SPRING SCOREBOARD BOYS’ VARSITY BASEBALL Record: 6-3-1 Coaches: Mr. Perreault, Mr. Dyball Captains: Chandler Coe ’19 & Bradyn Wishek ’19 BOYS’ VARSITY B BASEBALL Record: 7-2 Coaches: Mr. Kolpak, Mr. Anderson Captain: Ryan Delmore ’20
BOYS’ JUNIOR BASEBALL No record Coach: Mr. Buono Captain: Liam Kinsella ’22 GIRLS’ VARSITY SOFTBALL Record 6-5 Coach: Mr. Kinsella Captain: Haruka Masamura ’18 GIRLS’ VARSITY B SOFTBALL Record 1-4 Coaches: Ms. King, Ms. Keech Captain: Yang “YoYo” Cao ’19
VARSITY TENNIS Record 11-1 Coach: Mr. Tuff Captain: Henry Boyle ’18
VARSITY B TENNIS Record 4-1-2 Coach: Mr. Fuhrman Captain: Yoonji “Kelsie” Choi ’19 CREW Gold Medals - Founder’s Day & Lower Boat Regattas Coaches: Mr. Ryan, Mrs. Butler, Mr. & Mrs. Mandl, Ms. Dufresne Captain: Alexis Delmore ’18 10
GIRLS’ VARSITY LACROSSE Record 14-0 Coaches: Mrs. Kappler, Ms. DeGrazia ‘09 Captains: Breese Burlingame ’18 & Sage Pottbecker ’18 BOYS’ VARSITY LACROSSE Record 2-7 Coaches: Mr. Geagan, Mr. Naclerio ‘05 Captain: Colin Kennedy ’18 BOYS’ VARSITY B LACROSSE Record 2-8 Coaches: Mr. Miranda, Mr. Simonelli, Mr. Lord, Mr. Linn ‘10 Captains: John Houldin ’18 & Liam Koval ’19
Instructor Colette Rossiter, Ava Anton ’20 9. Henry Shattuck ’22 10. Kori Meissner ’19, Victoria Weirich-Freiberg ’20, Ellie LaCasse ’19, Alexis Delmore ’18 11. Aliquea Williams ’18 12. Travis Proteau ’19
NEW VARSITY CLUB MEMBERS AS OF SPRING TERM Thomas Belcastro ’18 Breese Burlingame ’18 Molly Clark ’20 McKenzie Doyle ’18 Brett Foster ’19 Eleanor Frisbie ’19 Emily Lombardi ’18 Haruka Masamura ’18 Sage Pottbecker ’18 Alexander Salvatore ’18 Mack Segalas ’18 Annual Report 2018 15
BOARD OF TRUSTEES NEWS
amie kreisberg P’18
Upper West Side residents Amie, principal at JAG interior design, and husband Louis Kreisberg, a principal at Pioneer Wealth Partners, are parents to student Jack ‘18. Amie is a former Board Member of The Town School, NYC as well as Breakthrough New York, a non-profit serving low income students in preparation for college. The couple have three other children: Alexa (currently at Temple Medicine), Gavin (currently at Wharton Business School) and Jeremy Kreisberg (University of Michigan, Harvard Law School). Amie attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from SMU. The Kreisberg Family are large supporters of the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
Manuel A. Grullón ’00 Hernández
With over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience under his belt, Manuel has become a driving force behind the Fintech movement in the Dominican Republic. His innovative work applying technological solutions to the financial sector led to his development of the first mobile payment platform with inclusive financial services in the country. Manuel was recently elected as president of the Dominican Association of Fintech Companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dominican Association of Young Entrepreneurs and as a member of the ICT Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic.
Thank You mary barbour P’14
Rumsey Hall bids farewell to Trustee Mary Barbour P’14 - expressing deep appreciation for her dedication and tireless support. Mary joined the Board in 2013 and served Rumsey until leaving in 2018. Initially, Mary served on the Development Committee. Soon after, she was asked to join the Endowment Advisory Committee, Committee on Trustees and the Finance Committee. Mary most recently chaired the Endowment Advisory Committee as well as serving on the Governance Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Committee on Trustees.
gary Cole P’01
Gary Cole P’01 joined Rumsey’s Board in 2002 and served as Board Chair from 2006-2010. He took a brief hiatus before rejoining the Board in 2012. Gary played significant leadership roles on the Finance, Investment, Governance, and Endowment Committees and retired from the Board in April of 2018. Rumsey is indebted to Gary for his longtime commitment and support and for all that he has done to advance the Mission of the School.
frank “buzz” gavel ’78 p’13,’15
We express our deep appreciation for the dedicated work of Trustee Frank “Buzz” Gavel ’78 P’13,’15. Frank first joined the Board in 2002 until 2008; then rejoining in 2010. Utilizing his financial background and expertise, he served on several committees for the School – ranging from Long Range Planning, Chair of Finance, Audit Committee Chair and Endowment Advisory Committee. His most recent role was Interim Vice Chairman. Frank’s original departure date from the Board was April 2016 but he graciously agreed to stay on as an active all-inspiring Board member until this past April 2018. We thank Frank for his steadfast commitment to Rumsey Hall.
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Ist Formers: Madelyn Conto, Patrick O’Dwyer, Ava Garcevic and Brian DeMague
The Founders’ Circle
The Headmasters’ Council
The Leadership Council
Anonymous P.W. Tate Brown Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ‘89 Shin Hyung You and Jung Min Choi Joohee Ahn and Sunwon Choi Vanessa Duell and Benjamin Duell ‘78 Gretchen and Philip Farmer Laurie Gavel and Frank Gavel ‘78 Stephen Gavel ‘81 Stephanie Grullon and Manuel Grullon ‘00 Kyoung Hwa Lee and Sung Hwan Hwang Fengxia Xu and Shusen Jia Amie and Louis Kreisberg Luhua and Feng Lin Gregory Matthews Fiona To and Eden Ng Wilder and Jason Regalbuto Lisa and Harry Segalas Nicholas Solley ‘64 Xiaocong Liu and Qing Su Margaretta Taylor Cynthia and Mark Thompson Monica and Andrew Vogelstein Tian Chen and Zhangwei Wang Leslie and Gregory Warner Eunhee No and Kwan Woon Yang Jinmei Yu and Lei Zhang Na Jia and Yonggang Zhang
Suhjin Sohn and Heechul Bang Mary and Alfred Barbour Aileen and Foster Birch Lauren and Mark Booth Amanda Taylor and Clifford Brokaw Fan Yang and HongBing Cao Alison Cayne Aixia Cong and Liang Chen Sung Mi Lee and Yoon Sung Cho Yuhua and John Fadely Christine Mastro and Frank Gallipoli Hilary Houldin Peter Houldin ‘88 Susan Hugel and Jeffrey Hugel ‘70 Jinsong Li and Ping Ji Li Li and Haoran Jiang Katherine Kidder and Thomas Kent Yun Zhang and Jin Li Fangying Yuan and Yuesheng Liu Monica Gray Logothetis and Nicholas Logothetis ‘03 Virginia Lopez Eileen Mulrenin and Gregory Loss Adrienne and Dan Lufkin Pamela and William MacMullen Li Sun and Shenjie Mei Xin Nie and Zheng Lian Sumi Kim and Gye Hwan Ro Benlin Liu and Lairong Ruan Harold Salo ‘59 Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Jia Yang and Hyonsok Son Ruifang Bai and Qingfeng Wang Jing Heng and Chenguang Yang
Diane and Joseph Anton Jenny and Thomas Bethel Amy and Richard Brock Kimberly and Matthew Cantor Chad Conway and Mark Drendel Vanessa and Peter Doyle Chris and Allen Finkelson Justine and Gordon Frisbie Jessica De Velasco-Garcevic and Gojko Garcevic Fei Xu and Xiaofeng Gu Mabel and Hugh Holmes Candace and Michael Jemiolo Nicole Russo Kagan and Loren Kagan ‘01 Christina Klemm and Peter Klemm ‘87 Julie Leever and Daniel Leever ‘64 Pilar Santos and Peter Linn Yun Fu and Guoyi Liu Javier Macaya Lieang Chen and Hui Meng Rosemary Sagar Lori and Walter Seibert Li Wang Wei Zhang and Tong Wang Victoria Ward Shannon and Brett Wheeler Huan Wen Lu and Maxwell Yang Donna and Stephen Zehring Tiening Ma and Weizhong Zeng Lili Xie and Xiaoyang Zheng Wenwen Jiang and Qun Zhu
Named in honor of the School’s forebears, to pay tribute to each donor who has combined gifts of $20,000 or more.
Named in honor of the Headmasters who have served Rumsey, and to pay tribute to each donor who contributed $10,000 to $19,999 to the School.
Named in honor of those who have served Rumsey, to pay tribute to each donor who contributed $5,000 $9,999 to the School.
Named in honor of Lillias Rumsey Sanford, founder of Rumsey Hall School, to pay tribute to each donor who contributed $3,000 to $4,999 to the School.
Jan and David Abell Julie and Peter Barrett Kimberley and Kenneth Burns Kathleen and Edward Conroy Amy and Christopher Conto Weiyin Ma and Xiaojun Hu Jean Marie and Douglas Jamieson Jennifer Wu and Steve Louie Alicia and David Lyon Tiffany and Claus Moller Stephanie and Paul Morris Weon Young Lee and Joo Won Park Kara Dowling and Andrew Roraback Sabina and Wilfrid Schlumberger Kathryn and Frank Sherer Ashley and Alexander von Perfall
The 1900 Society
Named in honor of the year Rumsey Hall School was founded, to pay tribute to each donor who contributed $1,000 to $2,999 to the School.
George Baldwin Thomas Bernard ‘69 Anne and Richard Block Laura and Joseph Boffa Anne and Jonathan Boucher Megan and Courtland Boyle Xinli Chen and Zuping Cai Patricia and Christopher Clark Elizabeth Coffin William Coffin ‘82 Mary and Marvin Davidson Angela de Lara ‘62 Annette and Dean DeMague Alexa Geovanos and Michael Devino ‘94 Kate and Chad Doerge Loraine Gardner and Dan Dolgin Michele Eubank Alecia Evans Julianne and Dennis Fulling Grace Badger Phoenix Gallaway Karen Rockey and Louis Gardella ‘72 Yan Qian and Xiaoping Geng Felicia Hoeniger ‘78 Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ‘81 Nina Huffman and Fraser Hunter ‘81 Victoria Alin and Mark Hvidsten Shreve Simpson and Richard Kagan Stacey and Kevin Kennedy Marie and Roger Kimmel William King ‘78 Leonard Littman Vilma Keri and Edward Matthews Susan and Robert McLean Holly and Brian Mellstrom Rose Molder and David Molder ‘80 Anne and James Murdica Alexandra Miller ‘00 Murphy and Drew Murphy ‘00 Gordon Murphy
Kady and Gary Nicksa Catherine and Brendan O’Dwyer Charles Pigott Leslie and Frank Pottow Lorraine Randall and H. Douglas Randall ‘62 Karen and Robert Scodari Betsy and Thomas Sheehy Elizabeth and Everett Smith Carol St. Amand Romer and Lawrence Romer Katherine and Toby Symonds Virginia and Allan Turner Robin and Richard Weiss Camilla and Charles Withers-Clarke Haotian Zhu ‘11
Named in honor of the historic student yearbook, to pay tribute to each donor who contributed $500 to $999 to the School.
Walter Addicks ‘65 Ashley Alexander and David Alexander ‘87 Natalie Dyer ‘80 and Nicholas Benson Elisabeth and Scott Blum Jennifer Hanson Bo and Philippe Bo Lauren and Robert Bogue Tara and Theodore Booth Ridgely and Charles Brode Scarlett Brooks and Truman Brooks ‘89 Tillie Laird and Hunter Brown Kristen and Jamie Browne Ellen and James Burns Elizabeth and Richard Butler John Campbell Deborah Weinberger and Thomas Candrick Jennifer and Jay Cherosnick Lani and Hyatt Choate Margaret and Roger Crain Robert Crary Julia King-Cuba and Wilson Cuba Jessica and Michael Dell’Aera Geoffrey Doughty Mallory Farmer ‘02 Monica Oldakowski and Jason Frase Tanya and Christopher Goodman Ann Gundry and Alex Gundry ‘55 Craig Henrich Dianne Hirsch and Edward Hirsch ‘46 Linda Kenerson Alexandra King Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Jan and Louis Magnoli Stacey and Pels Matthews Elizabeth and Earl McMillen Katharine Mowbray ‘69 Michie and Henry Michie Kathleen and Michael Novak James Pates ‘47 Tamar Ben-Dov and Darrell Rae Molly and Charles Roraback Barbara Reyes de Shattuck and Christopher Shattuck Patrick Sheehy ‘00 Sue and Graham Small Hayden Smith ‘83 Joyce Sopher and Frederic Sopher ‘54 Arlene Stewart
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Lisa Schereschewsky ‘56 Stout and John Stout Suzanne and John Strawbridge Julie Tuttle and William Tuttle ‘70 Marnie Vallely Nancy and Hobart Van Deusen Shirley and George Weaver
The Effort List Named in honor of Rumsey Hall’s philosophy that effort is as important as academic achievement, to pay tribute to each donor who contributed $250 to $499 to the School.
Laura Avery Dana and Paul Bertuglia Janice and Bernard Billick Donnelly and Barry Brokaw Justin Brooks Alice and Richard Butler Carolin and Samuel Buttrick Edward Cole Donna and Gary Cole Lynette and Linc Cornell Otis Damslet ‘83 Mark DeCruccio Valerie and Stephen DiLorenzo Barbara Ensign Julie and Joseph Fredlund Alejandra Pasquel Monroy and Patricio Garcia Muriel Julie and Charles Gifford Karen Goldberg and Jeffrey Goldberg ‘94 Nancy and David Hawley Marcia West Henisz and Witold Henisz ‘83 Kathy and Christopher Hill Nancy Del Percio ‘88 Kaye and Mitchell Kaye Virginia Keeshan and Harry Keeshan ‘72 Judith M. Keppelman and Richard Keppelman ‘57 Reah Mopsik ‘80 Megan and Edward Kowalchick Mary Lou and William MacLeod Erin and Thomas Mathews Kathleen McCann Mary and Edward Mitchell Thanthip and Suphichaya Muangman Amy and Robert Ober Susan Payne and John Payne ‘55 Michelle Parent ‘01 Perry and Daniel Perry Suzanne LaVoie and Jay Przygocki Helen and Russell Pyne Yue Min Liang and Dong Sheng Qin Keefe Rafferty ‘07 Katina Dorton and Ward Ricke Renee Carnes-Rook and Eric Rook Whitney and Francis Ryan Cassandra and Andrew Rydingsword Chandra Salvatore and John Salvatore ‘86 Harrison Smith ‘05 Marina Zatman and Larry Smotroff Patrick Staffaroni Rachel and James Stone Sara Taylor Victoria Thompson and Alexander Thompson ‘86 Janet Vaillant and Henry Vaillant ‘50 Carla and Hendrik van der Merwe 20 RAREBITS
Susan and Paul Van Sickle Jocelyne and George Verrastro Tracy Warner Aili Zhang
The Red and The Blue
Named in honor of the School’s traditional color teams, to pay tribute to those donors who contributed up to $249 to the School.
David Ahouse Megan Aitken and Thomas Aitken ‘85 Elaine and Vic Allessio Carol Aloe Maria and Robert Altamirano Karla Grisi and Patricio Alvarez Morphy Jane and Fred Appel Jane Conn and Mark Averill Hilary and Dutch Barhydt, Jr. Martha Barhydt James Beal ‘56 Deborah and Jonathan Bender Shelly and John Benson Gail Wofford and Albert Bergeret Roza Anthony and Charles Bergeret ‘01 Catherine Cherniske ‘99 Bertazzoni and Peter Bertazzoni Lucia Bryant ‘61 Blanchard and Dana Blanchard Claudia and Rich Bossarelli Alexander Brighenti ‘11 Marian Browning Jodi and Seth Brufsky Thomas Budd ‘09 Nicole and Carmine Buono Nancy and Steve Burzon Betty Jo and Bob Christinat Susan and Richard Clark Tina and Marc Cloutier Chloe Coffin ‘20 Peter Coffin Marsha and Peter Coope Marie and Peter Cotier Elaine Crocker Dougald Currie ‘68 Laura and Tim Daly Jane and David Darby Enrique Darer Emerson Davis ‘08 Jean Davis Rosario DeGrazia ‘07 Charlene and Rosario DeGrazia Jonathan Delmore Christopher DePaola ‘07 Heidi and Theodore DePaola Diana and Phillip deVries Jessilie and Steve Dodge James Doyle ‘75 Jacqueline and John Dufour Jillian Dufresne Deborah Brown and Kirk Dulaney James Duys Natalie Hubbard ‘53 Dyer Susan and Kurt Ekstrand Marcela Bandala Alanis and Alfonso Elias Bornacini
Sarah Brooks and Andres Estrada ‘82 Kathryn and Thomas Farmen Austin Farmer ‘99 Kara Fenn ‘02 Phyllis and James Finn Matthew Finn ‘02 Martha Fish Virginia Boynton ‘55 Fishburne and Francis Fishburne Karen Flynn and Kiernan Flynn ‘85 Mary Ford and Madison Ford ‘70 Debbie Forese Sheila and David Fuente Claire and Charlie Fulford Donna Carter and Michael Gagarin ‘55 JoAnn and John Gardella Paul Garrigue ‘45 Elzabeth and Paul Gedraitis Mary and Joseph George Marjorie and Mark Giddiens Brooke and Gary Giese Belinda and Alex Glijansky Maxwell Gloger Sally and Bill Goshorn Alejandra Saenz and Diego Gutierrez Amanda Halloran and Kyle Halloran ‘02 Kathryn Loomis ‘69 Harris and John Harris William Haskell ‘63 Rachael Ryan and Gregory Hawes Dianne and Patrick Hill Cathy Holligan and William Holligan ’93 Chandler Houldin ‘13 Richard Howe Ning Wang and Ping Huang Annie Hubbard ‘13 Kathleen Hubbard Dana Jarvis Alexandra Kagan ‘14 Jilim Kim and Yeongoo Kang Libby and Chris Kappler Wynne and Brian Kavanagh Eleni Kedros ‘13 Elizabeth Keen ‘02 Paul Keeshan ‘07 Laura Keith ‘90 Jennifer and John Kenerson Peg and Thomas Kennedy Claire and Clayton Ketchum Tina Lee and Heen Yeon Kim Junghwa and Seung-Il Kim Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Erika Harding and John Klein-Robbenhaar ‘82 Amanda Klimak Robin Knauth and Geoffrey Knauth ‘75 Diana and Jeremy LaCasse Susan and John LaCasse John LaCasse ‘17 Pat and Joseph Lahoud Joseph Lahoud ‘97 Nicholas Lahoud ‘02 Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca Hendrik Laverge Tracy Garcia-LaVigne and Peter LaVigne Heather and Michael Leonard Jordan Leventhal ‘05 Cristopher Levy ‘81 Allison Spooner ‘90 Linley and Jacob Linley
Grace Yang ‘18, Haruka Masamura ‘18, and Sarah Cai ‘18
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Parker Davis ‘19 and family on Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
Raynie Murphy ‘18 and family
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Margaret Loery and Gordon Loery ‘76 Mary and Henry Long Doreen Lopez Carrie Loyd ‘02 Susan Loyd Turner Katrina and Peter Luca Patricia Lyon Kelly and Edward Mallon Kimberly and Robert Mandl Eileen Marousis ‘13 Michiyo and Tomohisa Masamura Caroline Lo Faro and Gian Matteo Carol Barrett Maxwell Stacey Vairo and Francis McAloon Mary and Angus McDonald Sarah McNamara Maria and Lorenzo Mendoza Helen Waldron and Marc Mercier Dwight Miller ‘51 Elizabeth and James Miner Lindsay and Matthew Mulhern Hudson Fuller ‘81 and Paul Mosquin Anne Elise Mumford Jaymie Naclerio and Craig Naclerio ‘05 Haig Nargesian ‘74 Gretchen Gulick Neligan and David Neligan ‘72 Gena and Richard Newman Anh Nguyen Patricia Nolan Bonnie and Ken Norris Charles Kelly Nye ‘68 Joanne Nykaza Elizabeth and Robert Ober Julie and Michael O’Connor Elizabeth and Seth Offenbach Raymond Osborne Monica Parisi Jane Gray ‘54 Parker and Gordon Parker Melody and Roger Parker Catherine and Francis Patnaude Marion Pennell Elizabeth Pigott ‘17 Ann and Dana Pike Elizabeth Foote ‘61 Pope and Christopher Pope Candice Tab Porter and Charles Porter ‘94 Priscilla and Steven Price Arleen and Aaron Priest Tami Couch ’01 Rance and TJ Rance Caroline Reid Thompson Stephen Richard ‘95 Lee Rosati ‘57 and Russell Rosati Charles Ryan ‘12 Margaret Ryan ‘16 Patricia Caicedo and Eduardo Salazar Rachel and William SanFanAndre Randall Schwartz ‘77 Bradford Sedito Michelle Shimizu ‘13 Patricia Silvernail Catherine and Chris Silvester Sara and Mark Simonelli Shari and Steven Sitkoff Angela Hart ‘76 Smith and John R. Smith Carol Smith Barbara and Mark Sorosiak Celine and Rick Spooner 22 RAREBITS
Kindies Peter Dyball and Catalina LaPlaca on Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
Downey Stancs Oliver Sterlacci ‘96 Lisa DiMichele-Stokes and Kevin Stokes Heather Stone Lauren W. Sutherland and Francis Sutherland ‘54 Deborah Swigart Ann and George Taylor Nancy Teller ‘56 Michael Tessel ‘97 Ann and Robert Thompson Kathleen Titsworth and Randolph Titsworth ‘66 Carmen and Esteban Torbar Edith and Mark Traina Gretchen and Benjamin Tuff Nicholas Urban ‘09 Barbra and Kenneth Utting Meg Drake Vallely and Todd Vallely Diederik van Renesse Timothy von Jess Maria-Elena and Michael Waller Jamie Watkins ‘97 Maristela Freiberg and Moacir Weirich Patricia Whelan Carol and Ronald Whittle Marguerite Williams ‘62 and Bill Friederich Kathleen and Jere Wilson Renee and Stephen Wishek Sally Woodhall George Wrightson ‘59 Salvator Xuereb ‘81 Danielle Young and Shannon Young ‘89 Kelly Zitzmann ‘83 and Oliver Zitzmann
1940s Paul Garrigue ‘45 Edward Hirsch ‘46 James Pates ‘47 1950s Henry Vaillant ‘50 Dwight Miller ‘51 Natalie Hubbard ‘53 Dyer Jane Gray ‘54 Parker Frederic Sopher ‘54
Francis Sutherland ‘54 Virginia Boynton ‘55 Fishburne Michael Gagarin ‘55 Alex Gundry ‘55 John Payne ‘55 James Beal ‘56 Lisa Schereschewsky ‘56 Stout Nancy Teller ‘56 Richard Keppelman ‘57 Lee Rosati ‘57 Harold Salo ‘59 Clifford Stewart ‘59 George Wrightson ‘59 1960s Lucia Bryant’61 Blanchard Elizabeth Foote ‘61 Pope Angela de Lara ‘62 Douglas Randall ‘62 Marguerite Williams ‘62 William Haskell ‘63 Daniel Leever ’64 Nicholas Solley ‘64 Walter Addicks ‘65 Randolph Titsworth ‘66 Dougald Currie ‘68 Charles Kelly Nye ‘68 Thomas Bernard ‘69 Kathryn Loomis ‘69 Harris Katharine Mowbray ‘69 Michie 1970s Madison Ford ‘70 Jeffrey Hugel ‘70 William Tuttle ‘70 Louis Gardella ‘72 Harry Keeshan ‘72 David Neligan ‘72 Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Haig Nargesian ‘74 James Doyle ‘75 Geoffrey Knauth ‘75 Gordon Loery ‘76 Angela Smith ‘76 Randall Schwartz ‘77 Benjamin Duell ‘78
1980s Natalie Dyer ‘80 Reah Mopsik ‘80 David Molder ‘80 Hudson Fuller ‘81 Stephen Gavel ‘81 Matthew Hoeniger ‘81 Fraser Hunter ‘81 Cristopher Levy ‘81 Salvator Xuereb ‘81 William Coffin ‘82 Andres Estrada ‘82 John Klein-Robbenhaar ‘82 Otis Damslet ‘83 Witold Henisz ‘83 Hayden Smith ‘83 Kelly Carr ‘83 Zitzmann Thomas Aitken ‘85 Kiernan Flynn ‘85 John Salvatore ‘86 Alexander Thompson ‘86 David Alexander ‘87 Peter Klemm ‘87 Peter Houldin ‘88 Nancy Del Percio ‘88 Truman Brooks ‘89 Stephen Brown ‘89 Shannon Young ‘89 1990s Laura Keith ‘90 William Holligan ’93 Allison Spooner ‘90 Linley Michael Devino ‘94 Jeffrey Goldberg ‘94 Charles Porter ‘94 Stephen Richard ‘95 Oliver Sterlacci ‘96
Joseph Lahoud ‘97 Michael Tessel ‘97 Jamie Watkins ‘97 Catherine Cherniske ‘99 Bertazzoni Austin Farmer ‘99 2000s Manuel Grullon ‘00 Alexandra Miller ‘00 Murphy and Drew Murphy ‘00 Patrick Sheehy ’00 Charles Bergeret ‘01 Loren Kagan ‘01 Michelle Parent ‘01 Perry Tami Couch ’01 Rance Mallory Farmer ‘02 Kara Fenn ‘02 Matthew Finn ‘02 Kyle Halloran ‘02 Elizabeth Keen ‘02 Nicholas Lahoud ‘02 Carrie Loyd ‘02 Nicholas Logothetis ‘03 Jordan Leventhal ‘05 Craig Naclerio ‘05 Harrison Smith ‘05 Rosario DeGrazia ‘07 Christopher DePaola ‘07 Paul Keeshan ‘07 Keefe Rafferty ‘07 Emerson Davis ‘08 Thomas Budd ‘09 Nicholas Urban ‘09 2010s Alexander Brighenti ‘11 Haotian Zhu ‘11 Charles Ryan ‘12 Chandler Houldin ‘13 Annie Hubbard ‘13 Eleni Kedros ‘13 Eileen Marousis ‘13 Michelle Shimizu ‘13 Alexandra Kagan ‘14 Margaret Ryan ‘16 John LaCasse ‘17 Elizabeth Pigott ‘17 2020s Chloe Coffin ‘20
Kindergarten Class of 2027 Brooke and Gary Giese Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca Stacey Vairo and Francis McAloon Catherine and Brendan O’Dwyer Shannon and Brett Wheeler
Liam Koval ‘19 and Jorge Shaw ‘20
Pre-Primes Class of 2026 Deborah and Jonathan Bender Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Megan and Edward Kowalchick Anne and James Murdica Kady and Gary Nicksa Danielle Young and Shannon Young ‘89
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Frank Gavel ‘78 Felicia Hoeniger ‘78 William King ‘78
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Primes Class of 2025 Dana and Paul Bertuglia Amy and Christopher Conto Jessica and Michael Dell’Aera Annette and Dean DeMague Jessica De Velasco-Garcevic and Gojko Garcevic Christina Klemm and Peter Klemm ‘87 Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca Catherine and Brendan O’Dwyer Ann and George Taylor Ist Form Class of 2024 Scarlett Brooks and Truman Brooks ‘89 Jennifer and Jay Cherosnick Annette and Dean DeMague Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Megan and Edward Kowalchick Diana and Jeremy LaCasse Pilar Santos and Peter Linn Adrienne and Dan Lufkin Anne and James Murdica Kara Dowling and Andrew Roraback Ann and George Taylor Edith and Mark Traina Gretchen and Benjamin Tuff IInd Form Class of 2023 Dana and Paul Bertuglia Anne and Richard Block Elizabeth and Richard Butler Jessica and Michael Dell’Aera Jonathan Delmore Martha Fish Brooke and Gary Giese Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Christina Klemm and Peter Klemm ‘87 Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Allison Spooner ‘90 Linley and Jacob Linley Catherine and Brendan O’Dwyer Cassandra and Andrew Rydingsword Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Sabina and Wilfrid Schlumberger Danielle Young and Shannon Young ‘89 IIIrd Form Class of 2022 Maria and Robert Altamirano Natalie Dyer ‘80 and Nicholas Benson Scarlett Brooks and Truman Brooks ‘89 Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ‘89 Kristen and Jamie Browne Jennifer and Jay Cherosnick Patricia and Christopher Clark Tanya and Christopher Goodman Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Eileen Mulrenin and Gregory Loss Thanthip and Suphichaya Muangman Gena and Richard Newman Barbara Reyes de Shattuck and Christopher Shattuck Edith and Mark Traina Gretchen and Benjamin Tuff Danielle Young and Shannon Young ‘89 IVth Form Class of 2021 Li Li and Haoran Jiang Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Gena and Richard Newman 24 RAREBITS
Sabina and Wilfrid Schlumberger Rachel and James Stone Ruifang Bai and Qingfeng Wang Huan Wen Lu and Maxwell Yang Vth Form Class of 2020 Diane and Joseph Anton Jenny and Thomas Bethel Aileen and Foster Birch Jennifer Hanson Bo and Philippe Bo Tara and Theodore Booth Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ‘89 Elizabeth and Richard Butler Aixia Cong and Liang Chen Peter Coffin Amy and Christopher Conto Jonathan Delmore Michele Eubank Nancy and David Hawley Jennifer and John Kenerson Stacey and Kevin Kennedy Tracy Garcia-LaVigne and Peter LaVigne Yun Fu and Guoyi Liu Jennifer Wu and Steve Louie Adrienne and Dan Lufkin Erin and Thomas Mathews Stephanie and Paul Morris Amy and Robert Ober Renee Carnes-Rook and Eric Rook Benlin Liu and Lairong Ruan Cassandra and Andrew Rydingsword Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Kathryn and Frank Sherer Marina Zatman and Larry Smotroff Jia Yang and Hyonsok Son Xiaocong Liu and Qing Su Carla and Hendrik van der Merwe Ashley and Alexander von Perfall Li Wang Wei Zhang and Tong Wang Maristela Freiberg and Moacir Weirich Jing Heng and Chenguang Yang Jinmei Yu and Lei Zhang Wenwen Jiang and Qun Zhu VIth Form Class of 2019 Jan and David Abell Suhjin Sohn and Heechul Bang Natalie Dyer ‘80 and Nicholas Benson Lauren and Mark Booth Amanda Taylor and Clifford Brokaw Justin Brooks Kimberly and Matthew Cantor Fan Yang and HongBing Cao Lani and Hyatt Choate Shin Hyung You and Jung Min Choi Joohee Ahn and Sunwon Choi Margaret and Roger Crain Julia King-Cuba and Wilson Cuba Kate and Chad Doerge Yuhua and John Fadely Justine and Gordon Frisbie Christine Mastro and Frank Gallipoli Rachael Ryan and Gregory Hawes Kathy and Christopher Hill Mabel and Hugh Holmes
Victoria Alin and Mark Hvidsten Kyoung Hwa Lee and Sung Hwan Hwang Candace and Michael Jemiolo Jinsong Li and Ping Ji Fengxia Xu and Shusen Jia Katherine Kidder and Thomas Kent Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Diana and Jeremy LaCasse Luhua and Feng Lin Eileen Mulrenin and Gregory Loss Kathleen McCann Lieang Chen and Hui Meng Helen Waldron and Marc Mercier Tiffany and Claus Moller Fiona To and Eden Ng Ahn Nguyen Thuan and Ahn Nguyen Zheng Lian and Xin Nie Leslie and Frank Pottow Rachel and James Stone Katherine and Toby Symonds Cynthia and Mark Thompson Monica and Andrew Vogelstein Timothy von Jess Victoria Ward Renee and Stephen Wishek Eunhee No and Kwan Woon Yang Tiening Ma and Weizhong Zeng Na Jia and Yonggang Zhang VIIth Form Class 2018 Maria and Robert Altamirano Karla Grisi and Patricio Alvarez Morphy Laura and Joseph Boffa Megan and Courtland Boyle Amy and Richard Brock Justin Brook Kristen and Jamie Browne Jodi and Seth Brufsky Xinli Chen and Zuping Cai Alison Cayne Sung Mi Lee and Yoon Sung Cho Amy and Christopher Conto Pia Murphy and Robert Crary Jonathan Delmore
Tim Mei ‘18 and Robin Young ‘18
David Ahouse Elaine and Victor Allessio Anonymous George Baldwin Hilary and Dirck Barhydt Julie and Peter Barrett Gail Wofford and Albert Bergeret Anne and Jonathan Boucher Ridgely and Charles Brode P.W. Tate Brown Marian Browning Ellen and James Burns Kimberley and Kenneth Burns Carolin and Samuel Buttrick Deborah Weinberger and Thomas Candrick John Campbell Edward Cole Donna and Gary Cole Kathleen and Edward Conroy
Lynette and Linc Cornell Marie and Peter Cotier Laura and Timothy Daly Jean Davis Charlene and Rosario DeGrazia Heidi and Theodore DePaola Loraine Gardner and Daniel Dolgin Deborah Brown and Kirk Dulaney James Duys Natalie Hubbard ‘53 Dyer Ashley and Thomas Farmen Gretchen and Philip Farmer Chris and Allen Finkelson Phyllis and James Finn Monica Oldakowski and Jason Frase Julianne and Dennis Fulling Grace Badger Phoenix Gallaway Alejandra Pasquel Monroy and Patricio Garcia Muriel JoAnn and John Gardella Karen Rockey and Louis Gardella ‘72 Laurie Gavel and Frank Gavel ‘78 Yan Qian and Xiaoping Geng Mary and Joseph George Julie and Charles Gifford Fei Xu and Xiaofeng Gu Alejandra Saenz and Diego Gutierrez Craig Henrich Dianne and Patrick Hill Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ’81 Ning Wang and Ping Huang Jean Marie and Douglas Jamieson Dana Jarvis Shreve Simpson and Richard Kagan Virginia Keeshan and Harry Keeshan ‘72 Claire and Clayton Ketchum Katherine Kidder and Thomas Kent Yeongoo Kang and Jilim Kim Marie and Roger Kimmel Pat and Joseph Lahoud Hendrik Laverge Leonard Littman Fangying Yuan and Yuesheng Liu Doreen Lopez Virginia Lopez Susan Loyd Turner Pamela and William MacMullen Jan and Louis Magnoli Kimberly and Robert Mandl Caroline Lo Faro and Gian Matteo Lo Faro Carol Barrett Maxwell Susan and Robert McLean Elizabeth and Earl McMillen Holly and Brian Mellstrom Elizabeth and James Miner Gordon Murphy Patricia Nolan Raymond Osborne Weon Young Lee and Joo Won Park Melody and Roger Parker James Pates ’47 Catherine and Francis Patnaude Susan Payne and John Payne ‘55 Charles Pigott Priscilla and Steven Price Arleen and Aaron Priest Suzanne LaVoie and Jay Przygocki
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Valerie and Stephen DiLorenzo Vanessa and Peter Doyle Chad Conway and Mark Drendel Vanessa Duell and Benjamin Duell ’78 Jacqueline and John Dufour Marcela Bandala Alanis and Alfonso Elias Bornacini Alecia Evans Marjorie and Mark Giddiens Hilary Houldin Peter Houldin ’88 Weiyin Ma and Xiaojun Hu Stacey and Kevin Kennedy Tina Lee and Heen Yeon Kim Junghwa and Seung-Il Kim Amie and Louis Kreisberg Heather and Michael Leonard Yun Zhang and Jin Li Eileen Mulrenin and Gregory Loss Katrina and Peter Luca Alicia and David Lyon Javier Macaya Kelly and Edward Mallon Michiyo and Tomohisa Masamura Gregory Matthews Sarah McNamara Li Sun and Shenjie Mei Maria and Lorenzo Mendoza Lindsay and Matthew Mulhern Anne Elise Mumford Kathleen and Michael Novak Julie and Michael O’Connor Tamar Ben-Dov and Darrell Rae Sumi Kim and Gye Hwan Ro Renee Carnes-Rook and Eric Rook Patricia Caicedo and Eduardo Salazar Chandra Salvatore and John Salvatore ’86 Rachel and William SanFanAndre Lisa and Harry Segalas Barbara and Mark Sorosiak Heather Stone Carmen and Esteban Torbar Tian Chen and Zhangwei Wang Robin and Richard Weiss Camilla and Charles Withers-Clarke Huan Wen Lu and Maxwell Yang
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Helen and Russell Pyne Yue Min Liang and Dong Sheng Qin Wilder and Jason Regalbuto Caroline Reid Thompson Katina Dorton and Ward Ricke Carol St. Amand Romer and Lawrence Romer Rosemary Sagar Bradford Sedito Lori and Walter Seibert Elizabeth and Thomas Sheehy Catherine and Christopher Silvester Sue and Graham Small Elizabeth and Everett Smith Celine and Rick Spooner Downey Stancs Lisa DiMichele-Stokes and Kevin Stokes Suzanne and John Strawbridge Deborah Swigart Ann and Robert Thompson Virginia and Allan Turner Barbra and Kenneth Utting Meg Drake Vallely and Todd Vallely Maria-Elena and Michael Waller Leslie and Gregory Warner Tracy Warner Carol and Ronald Whittle Sally Woodhall Donna and Stephen Zehring Aili Zhang Lili Xie and Xiaoyang Zheng
Grandparents & Relatives Carol Aloe In Honor of Caroline Traina ‘22 Louise Traina ‘24 Jane Conn and Mark Averill In Honor of William Ensign ‘14 Grace Federle ‘15 Jack Mayers ‘17 Alexis Aita ‘20 Martha Barhydt In Honor of Tyler Barhydt ‘05 Charles Ryan ‘12 Margaret Ryan ‘16 Janice and Bernard Billick In Honor of Jack Murdica ‘24 Charles Murdica ‘26 Lauren and Robert Bogue In Honor of Peter Kenerson ‘15 Nicholas Kenerson ‘17 Alexander Kenerson ‘20 Donnelly and Barry Brokaw In Honor of Jack Giles ‘22 Ripley Giles ‘26 Nancy and Steve Burzon In Honor of Samuel Mandl ‘07 Jacob Mandl ‘11 Lily Mandl ‘15 26 RAREBITS
Alice and Richard Butler In Honor of Erin Butler ‘20 Abigail Butler ‘23 Betty Jo and Bob Christinat In Honor of Robert Crain ‘19 Susan and Richard Clark In Honor of Tripp Clark ‘22 Elizabeth Coffin In Honor of Chloe Coffin ‘20 Marsha and Peter Coope In Honor of Griffin Bailey ‘26 Lynette and Linc Cornell In Honor of Christina Cornell ‘06 Nicholas Cornell ‘08 Alexander Cornell ‘11 Sarah Maxwell ‘07 Anna Maxwell ‘15 John Maxwell ‘17 Colby Moran ‘17 Elaine Crocker In Honor of Claire Powers ‘20 Mary and Marvin Davidson In Honor of Henry Boyle ‘18 Jean Davis In Honor of Emerson Davis ‘08 Natalie Hubbard ’53 Dyer In Honor of Katharine Benson ‘19 Hezekiah Benson ‘22 Barbara Ensign In Honor of Robert Ensign ‘04 Timothy Ensign ‘07 William Ensign ‘14 Grace Federle ‘15 Sheila and David Fuente In Honor of Shaina Fuente ‘17 Claire and Charlie Fulford In Honor of John LaCasse ‘17 Eleanor LaCasse ‘19 Finnegan LaCasse ‘24 Sally and Bill Goshorn In Honor of Jack Fauster ‘19 Felicia Hoeniger ‘78 In Honor of Luke Hoeniger ‘11 Lilly Hoeniger ‘15 Richard Howe In Honor of Melody Howe ‘19 Linda Kenerson In Honor of Peter Kenerson ‘15 Nicholas Kenerson ‘17
Alexander Kenerson ‘20 Peg and Thomas Kennedy In Honor of Jack Kennedy ‘13 Shealyn Kennedy ‘16 Colin Kennedy ‘18 Quinn Kennedy ‘20 Susan and John LaCasse In Honor of John LaCasse ‘17 Eleanor LaCasse ‘19 Finnegan LaCasse ‘24 Mary and Henry Long In Honor of Daniel Byrnes ‘00 Margaret Byrnes ‘01 Sadie Lukos ‘06 Patricia Lyon In Honor of Peter Lyon ‘18 Jan and Louis Magnoli In Honor of Nicole Magnoli ‘01 Connor Magnoli ‘02 Skyler Magnoli ‘07 Vilma Keri and Edward Matthews In Honor of Edward Matthews ‘18 Mary and Edward Mitchell In Honor of Anne Lombardi ‘16 Emily Lombardi ‘18 Lucas Lombardi ‘21 Patricia Nolan In Honor of Hailey Lovallo ‘18 Bonnie and Ken Norris In Honor of Jack Norris ‘21 Joanne Nykaza In Honor of Michael Foster ‘17 Brett Foster ‘19 Elizabeth and Robert Ober In Honor of Robert Ober ‘20 Monica Parisi In Honor of Elizabeth Bender ‘26 Patricia Bender ‘28 Marilynn and Louis Reycroft In Honor of Charles Reycroft ‘16 Molly and Charles Roraback In Honor of Andrew Roraback ‘24 Carol Smith In Honor of Evan Smith ‘26 Celine and Rick Spooner In Honor of Noah Linley ‘23 Downey Stancs In Honor of Sabina Stancs ‘08 Luke Stancs ‘11
Current and Former Faculty & Staff Deborah and Jonathan Bender Shelly and John Benson Elisabeth and Scott Blum Nicole and Carmine Buono Elizabeth and Richard Butler Tina and Marc Cloutier Jane and David Darby Diana and Phillip deVries Valerie and Stephen DiLorenzo
Wynne and Brian Kavanagh Claire and Clayton Ketchum Alexandra King Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca Heather and Michael Leonard Jordan Leventhal ‘05 Allison Spooner ‘90 Linley and Jacob Linley Susan Loyd Turner Jan and Louis Magnoli Kimberly and Robert Mandl Carol Barrett Maxwell Mary and Angus McDonald Jaymie Naclerio and Craig Naclerio ‘05 Gena and Richard Newman Catherine and Francis Patnaude Suzanne LaVoie and Jay Przygocki Whitney and Francis Ryan Rachel and William SanFanAndre Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Karen and Robert Scodari Patricia Silvernail Sara and Mark Simonelli Celine and Rick Spooner Sara Taylor Gretchen and Benjamin Tuff Nancy and Hobart Van Deusen Diederik van Renesse
Anna Giese ‘27
Laura Avery Claudia and Richard Bossarelli Mark DeCruccio Debbie Forese Mary Lou and William MacLeod Stacey and Pels Matthews Marion Pennell Patrick Staffaroni Jocelyne and George Verrastro Shirley and George Weaver
Corporations, Foundations, and Matching Gifts
Jessilie and Steve Dodge Geoffrey Doughty Jillian Dufresne Natalie Hubbard ‘53 Dyer Susan and Kurt Ekstrand Alecia Evans Ashley and Thomas Farmen Julie and Joseph Fredlund Laurie Gavel and Frank Gavel ‘78 Elzabeth and Paul Gedraitis Brooke and Gary Giese Maxwell Gloger Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ‘81 Kathleen Hubbard Susan Hugel and Jeffrey Hugel ‘70 Libby and Chris Kappler
A.C. Israel Foundtion, Inc. Arleen and Aaron Priest Family Fund Assured Guaranty Corporation Birch Family Charitable Fund The Bokom Foundation Canterbury School Ceres Foundation, Inc. Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, Inc. Charles Heaven and Company Colgate - Palmolive Company Douglas R. Jamieson Family Foundation Dudley and Constance Godfrey Foundation, Inc. The Edward E. and Marie L. Matthews Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Forman School GE Foundation The Goodman Foundation Grace Badger Murphy Fund The Greater Washington Community Foundation The Gunnery Harry and Lisa Segalas Family Charitable Fund
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Margaretta Taylor In Honor of Katie Konjevod ‘19 Virginia and Allan Turner In Honor of Bradley Turner ‘08 Cody Turner ‘10 Abbey Turner ‘14 Marnie Vallely In Honor of Margaux “Daisy” Vallely ‘13 Tyler Cox ‘17 Susan and Paul Van Sickle In Honor of Robert Ober ‘20 Kathleen and Jere Wilson In Honor of Erin Butler ‘20 Abigail Butler ‘23 Sally Woodhall In Honor of Charles Reycroft ‘16
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Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 Baton Recipients
Ingersoll Auto of Danbury Jewish Communal Fund Kent Greenhouse and Gardens Kent School Kingdon Capital Management LLC The Kula Foundation Lilac Foundation Marandola Fuel Service The Marvin H. Davidson Foundation, Inc. The Matthews Group The Melinda & William J. Vanden Heuvel Foundation, Inc. MJ Losito Electrical Contractors, Inc. The Molder Family Foundation Oliver Rubbish Removal, LLC The Richard and Judith Keppelman Giving Fund Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio Schwab Charitable Fund Signarama Sotheby’s International Realty Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc. Teleflex Foundation U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management Virginia Lopez Foundation Washinton Food Market Washington Liquor Store Wilder Regalbuto Family Charitable Trust The Wonderful Foundation
Gifts in Kind
Julie and Peter Barrett Jenny and Thomas Bethel Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ‘89 Lani and Hyatt Choate Geoffrey Doughty Julianne and Dennis Fulling
Elliot Darer ‘94 Elliot Darer ‘94 Memorial Fund Jane and Fred Appel Enrique Darer Belinda and Alex Glijansky 28 RAREBITS
Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ‘81 Amanda Klimak Elizabeth and Seth Offenbach Ann and Dana Pike Shari and Steven Sitkoff Ryan Whelan ‘89 Athletic Fund Patricia Whelan Clifford Stewart ‘59 Annual Fund Arlene Stewart P.W. Tate Brown P.W. Tate Brown Fund
Auction Donors & Patrons Jan and David Abell Ample Wine Company Christian Anderson Betty Carr and Reif Anderson Anonymous Diane and Joseph Anton asap! Dana and Kenneth Assard Judith and George Auchincloss Averill Farm Lori and Adam Backman Bantam Tileworks Mary and Alfred Barbour Bella Luna Gifts Deborah and Jonathan Bender Shelly and John Benson Natalie Dyer ‘80 and Nicholas Benson Dana and Paul Bertuglia Jenny and Thomas Bethel Janice and Bernard Billick Aileen and Foster Birch Anne and Richard Block Elisabeth and Scott Blum Jennifer Hanson Bo and Philippe Bo Laura and Joseph Boffa Lauren and Mark Booth
Megan and Courtland Boyle Willow and Robert Brenner Amy and Richard Brock Amanda Taylor and Clifford Brokaw Scarlett Brooks and Truman Brooks ‘89 P.W. Tate Brown Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ‘89 Kristen and Jamie Browne Kirby Bunnell Kimberley and Kenneth Burns Nancy and Steve Burzon Elizabeth and Richard Butler Byrde & the b Xinli Chen and Zuping Cai Canine Styles Canterbury School Kimberly and Matthew Cantor Charles Heaven and Company Jennifer and Jay Cherosnick Lani and Hyatt Choate Patricia and Christopher Clark Donna and Gary Cole Kathleen and Edward Conroy Amy and Christopher Conto Lynette and Linc Cornell County Wine and Spirits Rosalind and John Craft Margaret and Roger Crain James Cramphin Robert Crary CulinArt Services Dining Staff Karen and Elliott Davis Dawn Hill Antiques Mark DeCruccio Rosario DeGrazia ‘07 Charlene and Rosario DeGrazia Stacie DeGrazia ‘09 Jessica and Michael Dell’Aera Annette and Dean DeMague Valerie and Stephen DiLorenzo DK Schulman Design Jessilie and Steve Dodge Kate and Chad Doerge Vanessa and Peter Doyle Chad Conway and Mark Drendel
Regine Laverge Schade Lenny’s Flower Shop Heather and Michael Leonard Jordan Leventhal ‘05 Amanda and Jeff Lewis Ali Spooner ‘90 Linley and Jacob Linley Pilar Santos and Peter Linn Monica Logothetis and Nicholas Logothetis ‘03 Ann and Gary Lord Zachary Lord Eileen Mulrenin and Gregory Loss Jennifer Wu and Steve Louie Katrina and Peter Luca Adrienne and Dan Lufkin Alicia and David Lyon Kimberly and Robert Mandl Marandola Fuel Service Erin and Thomas Mathews Gregory Matthews Stacey and Pels Matthews The Matthews Group Carol Barrett Maxwell Dian Griesel and Rory McAdam Stacey Vairo and Francis McAloon Kathleen McCann Amanda McGrew and Jason McGrew ‘89 Sarah McNamara Mine Hill Distillery Minuteman Press Christian Miranda Tiffany and Claus Moller Melinda Cornell ’86 Moran and Kevin Moran Sandra Morgan and Richard Morgan ‘58 Cynthia Hogan and Dan Morrissey Stephanie and Paul Morris Thanthip and Suphichaya Muangman Anne Elise Mumford Anne and James Murdica Alexandra Miller ‘00 Murphy and Drew Murphy ‘00 Pia Murphy Myrta Benet Designs Jaymie Naclerio and Craig Naclerio ’05 New Milford Tennis and Swim Club New Preston Kitchen Goods Newbury Place Gena and Richard Newman Fiona To and Eden Ng Nell Hardee-Nicholas ‘80 and Robert Nicholas ‘79 Kady and Gary Nicksa Nine Main Bakery & Deli Kathleen and Michael Novak Julie and Michael O’Connor Catherine and Brendan O’Dwyer Amy and Robert Ober Oliver Rubbish Removal, LLC Craig Ough Owl Wine Bar The Painted Bird The Pantry Pergola LLC Maryann Pierzga Charles Pigott Elizabeth Pigott ‘17 Plain Goods LLC Pratt Nature Center Diane and Kevin Printz Privet House
ANNUAL GIVING REPORT
Vanessa Duell and Benjamin Duell ‘78 Jillian Dufresne Deborah and Kirk Dulaney Charlie Eaton Susan and Kurt Ekstrand Michele Eubank Alecia Evans Kathryn and Thomas Farmen Jessica Lewis and Tyler Farmen ‘97 Austin Farmer ‘99 Gretchen and Philip Farmer Mallory Farmer ‘02 Mike Fiorito Martha Fish Debbie Forese Forman School Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Monica and Jason Frase Julie and Joseph Fredlund Justine and Gordon Frisbie Jay Fuhrman Jessica De Velasco-Garcevic and Gojko Garcevic Janet Engle ‘05 Geagan and Thomas Geagan George Home LLC Brooke and Gary Giese Joanna and Joseph Gitterman Good Hill Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Tanya and Christopher Goodman Stephanie Grullon and Manuel Grullon ‘00 The Gunnery Nancy and David Hawley Craig Henrich Hermitage Club The Hickory Stick Bookshop High Performance Energy Solutions Kathy and Christopher Hill Cynthia Stubbs-Hill and Hugh Hill Dianne and Patrick Hill Felicia Hoeniger ‘78 Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ‘81 Weiyin Ma and Xiaojun Hu Victoria Alin and Mark Hvidsten Ingersoll Auto of Danbury J. McLaughlin J. Seitz & Co. Candace and Michael Jemiolo Joe’s Salon Nicole Kagan and Loren Kagan ‘01 Emily Kalis Libby and Chris Kappler Virginia Keeshan and Harry Keeshan ‘72 Stacey and Kevin Kennedy Kent Greenhouse and Gardens Katherine Kidder and Thomas Kent Kent School Claire and Clayton Ketchum Marie and Roger Kimmel Alexandra King Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Christina Klemm and Peter Klemm ‘87 Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Jennifer and Douglas Kolpak Megan and Edward Kowalchick Kramer Portraits Amie and Louis Kreisberg Pat Kennedy Lahoud Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca
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Suzanne LaVoie and Jay Przygocki Quassy Amusement Park Tamar Ben-Dov and Darrell Rae Tracey and Paul Ramee Henriette and Marc Rieffel Carol St. Amand Romer and Lawrence Romer Renee Carnes-Rook and Eric Rook Kara Dowling and Andrew Roraback Rumsey Outdoor Adventure The Rustic Country Barn Whitney and Francis Ryan Cassandra and Andrew Rydingsword Chandra Salvatore and John Salvatore ‘86 Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio Karen and Todd Saxe Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Sabina and Wilfrid Schlumberger Karen and Robert Scodari Lisa and Harry Segalas Lori and Walter Seibert Barbara Reyes de Shattuck and Christopher Shattuck Elizabeth and Thomas Sheehy Kathryn and Frank Sherer Signarama The Silly Sprout LLC Silo, Inc. @ Hunt Hill Farm Patricia Silvernail Hayden Smith ‘83 The Smithy Store Marina Zatman and Larry Smotroff Nicholas Solley ‘64 Sotheby’s International Realty Sportmen’s of Litchfield Tara St. Amand ‘03 Patrick Staffaroni Stephen Starr Restaurants Rachel and James Stone Lisa Schereschewsky ‘56 Stout and John Stout Stylehouse: Personal Style Consulting Sweets Ann and George Taylor Sara Taylor Cynthia and Mark Thompson Pilar Tillinger and Lyman Tillinger ‘89 Edith and Mark Traina True Value Hardware of Litchfield Gretchen and Benjamin Tuff U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center Carla and Hendrik van der Merwe Jocelyne and George Verrastro Audra and Joel Viehland Monica and Andrew Vogelstein Ashley and Alexander von Perfall Michael Waller ‘08 Walt Disney World Resort Wei Zhang and Tong Wang Tian Chen and Zhangwei Wang Victoria Ward Leslie and Gregory Warner Warner Theatre Washington Food Market Washington Hairport Washington Liquor Store Washington Supply Company, Inc. Robin and Richard Weiss Shannon and Brett Wheeler
Winvian Farm Camilla and Charles Withers-Clarke Jing Heng and Chenguang Yang Danielle Young and Shannon Young ‘89 Donna and Stephen Zehring Zero Prophet Coffee Wenwen Jiang and Qun Zhu
Auction Giving Levels DOUBLE PLATINUM Vanessa Duell and Benjamin Duell ’78 Gretchen and Philip Farmer Candace and Michael Jemiolo Jon Neuhaus ’87 Lisa and Harry Segalas Monica and Andrew Vogelstein GOLD Sabina and Wilfrid Schlumberger Nicholas Solley ’64 Shannon and Brett Wheeler SILVER Jenny and Tom Bethel Aileen and Foster Birch Amanda Taylor and Cliff Brokaw Jessica De Velasco-Garcevic and Gojko Garcevic Amie and Louis Kreisberg Monica Gray Logothetis and Nicholas Logothetis ’03 Gregory Matthews Anne Elise Mumford Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ’73 Cynthia and Mark Thompson
Friends of the Auction
Mary and Alfred Barbour Dana and Paul Bertuglia Anne and Richard Block Scarlett Brooks and Truman Brooks ’89 Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ’89 Kristen and Jamie Browne Patricia and Christopher Clark Donna and Gary Cole Amy and Christopher Conto Charleen and Rosario DeGrazia Vanessa Duell and Benjamin Duell ’78 Deborah Brown and Kirk Dulaney Michele Eubank Kathryn and Thomas Farmen Martha Fish Monica Oldakowski and Jason Frase Tanya and Christopher Goodman Dianne and Patrick Hill Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ’81 Virginia Keeshan and Harry Keeshan ’72 Marie and Roger Kimmel Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Christina Klemm and Peter Klemm ’87 Dana Martinez and Thomas Kocienda Megan and Edward Kowalchick Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca Allison Spooner ’90 Linley and Jacob Linley Eileen Mulrenin and Gregory Loss Adrienne and Dan Lufkin Stacey Vairo and Francis McAloon
Thanthip and Suphichaya Muangman Kady and Gary Nicksa Catherine and Brendan O’Dwyer Jacob Oliver, Oliver Rubbish Removal, Inc. Parents of the Lower School Kara Dowling and Andrew Roraback Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ’73 Kathryn and Frank Sherer Barbara Reyes de Shattuck and Christopher Shattuck Kathryn and Frank Sherer Robert Morris, Signarama Marina Zatman and Larry Smotroff Nicholas Solley ’64 Lisa Schereschewsky ’56 Stout and John Stout Ann and George Taylor Edith and Mark Traina Shannon and Brett Wheeler
We thank the many volunteers who demonstrate the values and mission of the School with their invaluable contributions.
Debra and Matthew Abel Christian Anderson Emily Armstrong Bridget and William Bartels Jeanine and Nicholas Belcastro Deborah and Jonathan Bender Shelly Benson Anne and Richard Block Scott Blum Tara and Theodore Booth Marcela Bandala Alanis and Elias Bornacini Willow and Robert Brenner Scarlett Brooks and Truman Brooks ‘89 Allison Brown and Stephen Brown ‘89 Kristen and Jamie Browne Brian Bucknam Cheryl Bucknam Kirby Bunnell Nicole and Carmine Buono Nancy and Steve Burzon Elizabeth and Richard Butler Skarlett Casco-LaPlaca and John Paul LaPlaca Theresa Cervero Elizabeth Chadwick Donna and Gary Cole Amy and Christopher Conto Rosalind and John Craft CulinArt Services Dining Staff Jane and David Darby Christine and Bryan Davis Stacie DeGrazia ‘09 Jessica and Michael Dell’Aera Annette and Dean DeMague Tina Couch ’94 and Christopher Desiderio Valerie and Stephen DiLorenzo Steve Dodge Tina Kim-Dowden and Donald Dowden Jacqueline and John Dufour Jillian Dufresne Chrissy and Chris Dyball Jo-Ellen Dzamko Kristen Eaton Susan Ekstrand
Louis Kreisberg and Amie Kreisberg Heather and Michael Leonard Yun Zhang and Jin Li Allison Spooner ‘90 Linley and Jacob Linley Peter Linn ‘10 Pilar Santos and Peter Linn Monica Gray Logothetis and Nicholas Logothetis ‘03 Gary Lord Zachary Lord Katrina and Peter Luca Adrienne and Dan Lufkin Pamela and William MacMullen Kimberly and Robert Mandl Ed Mastrianno David Mastroianni Heather and John Mathews Gregory Matthews Carol Barrett Maxwell Kathleen McCann Angus McDonald Amanda McGrew and Jason McGrew ‘89 Christian Miranda Lindsay and Matthew Mulhern Anne Elise Mumford Anne and James Murdica Alexandra Miller ‘00 Murphy and Drew Murphy ‘00 Jaymie Naclerio and Craig Naclerio ‘05 Kristen and Shaun Nettleton Gena and Richard Newman Kady and Gary Nicksa Cheryl O’Donnell Amy and Robert Ober Paul Oberto Craig Ough James Pates ‘47 Mary Peck Jeremy Pendergrast Heather and Philip Perreault Melissa Phelan
ANNUAL GIVING REPORT
Alecia Evans Jessica Lewis and Tyler Farmen ‘97 Gretchen and Philip Farmer Dawn Ferrari Mike Fiorito Martha Fish Julie Fredlund Jay Fuhrman Julianne and Dennis Fulling Karen Rockey and Louis Gardella ‘72 Laurie Gavel and Frank Gavel ‘78 Janet Engle ‘05 and Thomas Geagan Elzabeth and Paul Gedraitis Thien-Thanh and Marc Genovese Brooke and Gary Giese Elizabeth Gilbert Gerri Gleason Patrice Griffing Stephanie Grullon and Manuel Grullon ‘00 Kathleen and Thomas Hennessy Craig Henrich Cynthia Stubbs-Hill and Hugh Hill Amy Hoeniger and Matthew Hoeniger ‘81 Cynthia Hogan Weiyin Ma and Xiaojun Hu Susan Hugel and Jeffrey Hugel ‘70 Emily Kalis Grace Pennington and Matthew Kandel Libby and Chris Kappler Emily Keech Jennifer and John Kenerson Stacey and Kevin Kennedy Claire and Clayton Ketchum Alexandra King Alicia Mordenti and Sean Kinsella Melissa Holcombe and Petros Kirkiles Christina Klemm and Peter Klemm ‘87 Jennifer and Douglas Kolpak Monica Thornton and Ivan Komaritsky
Faculty members Christian Anderson and Michael Waller ‘08 photobomb Maegann Thompson ‘19 and Lisa Ji ‘19
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Claudia Pilch Isabelle Thibault-Proteau and Steve Proteau Suzanne LaVoie and Jay Przygocki Katie Re’ Scheidt and Eric Scheidt George Rogg Jessie and James Rundall Whitney and Francis Ryan Rosemary Sagar Rachel SanFanAndre Karen and Todd Saxe Emma Risley and Scott Schereschewsky ‘73 Karen Scodari Barbara Reyes de Shattuck and Christopher Shattuck Palma Shea Elizabeth and Thomas Sheehy Patricia Silvernail Erin Simmons Mark Simonelli Hayden Smith ‘83 Nicholas Solley ‘64 Barbara and Mark Sorosiak Stephen Spooner ‘94 Lisa Schereschewsky ‘56 Stout and John Stout Joyce and Edward Stukshis Will Talbot Ann and George Taylor Cynthia and Mark Thompson Gretchen and Benjamin Tuff Carla and Hendrik van der Merwe James Verrastro Keith Vidic Monica and Andrew Vogelstein Timothy von Jess Michael Waller ‘08 Leslie and Gregory Warner Robin and Richard Weiss Shannon and Brett Wheeler Linda and Michel Williams Frankie Winter Sage Witkoski Danielle Young and Shannon Young ‘89 Sophy Zhang
In Honor and In Memorial Funds
Athletic Fund – in memory of Ryan J. Whelan ’89 Elliot Darer ’94 Memorial Fund The Gabriella S. Bass ’94 Award The Peter Carriuolo ’74 Fund P.W. Tate Brown Estate Rose Algrant Fund Scott Seibert ’92 Memorial Scholarship William Horrignan ’92 John F. Schereschewsky, Jr. ‘47 Memorial Scholarship
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Planned Gifts Today
Support Rumsey Students Tomorrow The Rumsey Hall School Heritage Society
Planned gifts to Rumsey Hall School enable you to create a legacy contribution that will have a powerful impact beyond your lifetime – securing the chance for a new generation of students to experience a Rumsey education. Bequests and other forms of planned philanthropy invested in the Endowment remain a permanent part of the School’s financial foundation. A growing number of constituents in the Rumsey Family are including the School in their long-range planning to make a lasting difference. Bequests or gifts may be made through your estate by including a provision in your will or living trust, or by naming Rumsey as a beneficiary of a Retirement Plan or Life Insurance Policy. The amount gifted to the School can be expressed as a dollar amount or as a percentage of the assets to be allocated. No bequest is too small. A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) provides donors as beneficiaries of annual income payments during their lifetimes. The remaining assets will be invested in Rumsey’s Endowment in perpetuity, or for a designated restricted purpose or scholarship. A CRT is an excellent vehicle for gifts of appreciated stock or property, since the trust is tax exempt and does not incur capital gains tax when assets are sold. Please let us know if you have included Rumsey in your estate plans. We would like to thank you for your generosity, make sure the purpose of your gift is understood by the School, and acknowledge your wishes by welcoming you to the Rumsey Hall School Heritage Society. Choosing the right planned gift depends on your personal financial goals as determined by consultation with your financial, tax or legal advisor. Please contact Director of Advancement Tina Couch ’94 to explore your options. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.868.0535, ext. 101)
Anonymous Carlo Bilotti P’08 Hunter Brown and Tillie P. Laird Former Board Chairman P.W. Tate Brown P’76,’77,’78,’81 Shelley Emmer P’98 Christian Frahm ’85 Sang Chul Han P’04,’05 Carl Hilgenberg P’52 Former Trustee Karen Johnson P’07 Margaret T. M. Jones P’68,’69 Barbara and Former Trustee Leonard Littman P’88 Henry Long GP’00,’01,’06 Deborah Schultz ’73 Mulligan Nanci Northway P’04 Thomas Rockwell ’44 William Schutte ’33 Former Trustee Barbara Seibert P’92 Mark Sozzi ’74 Sandra Sparrow P’84 Barbara Utting P’07 Kenneth Utting P’07 Thomas Wolff P’66,’68
Alumni Reunion 2018
1. The Mosch family at the barbeque supper following the annual softball game on Seibert Field 2. Young spectators enjoying the game from their nearby perch 3. Emily Ewing ‘08, Abby Thompson, Nick Cornell ‘08, and Chandler Houldin ‘13 4. Class of 1970’s 5. Wes Pullen ‘62, Charles Nye ‘68, and Doug Chipman ‘68 6. Trustee Manuel A. Grullón ‘00 up at bat 7. The Reds versus Blues softball game. Reds were the winners!
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Cynthia Stubbs-Hill, or as many know her, Mrs. Hill, has worked in the Lower School at Rumsey Hall for over two decades. In that time she has shaped countless lives at the school. Cynthia lives in Kent with her husband Hugh. Her daughter Arvolyn is an alumna and graduated in 2004. This past summer, in the August issue of Litchfield Magazine, Cynthia was honored as one of the 25 most influential people in Litchfield Hills. It was well deserved.
A Long, Happy Career at Rumsey
You have been at Rumsey for over 20 years. What have been
the most impactful moments you have had over that time
working with Rumsey Hall students?
Taking the kids on field trips. To educate a child you need to relate learning to real life experience. Being able to take students to the Yale Peabody Museum, the Pratt Institute or the Sharon Audobon Society has been incredible, for students to learn, and for me to be a part of that process. At the end of each year, I do a project: Children Around the World. Itâ€™s very important for kids to know about other cultures, places and people, and the project enables the students to see how other children are treated and educated around the world and relate it to their own experience. I also want to say that my entire tenure at Rumsey has had a meaningful impact on me. Rumsey is like a family, they helped raise my child, and I have grown through being here. Your daughter Arvolyn graduated from Rumsey. What was that experience like having her at school?
Having Arvolyn (Class of 2004) attend Rumsey was a gift. I was able to see my daughter grow and experience things every day. Not every working mother is able to do that, but being a parent and being at the School you are provided the opportunity to see your child and to know what is going on in their world. I truly feel blessed to have had Arvolyn here. Arvolyn was able to experience diversity, culture, skiing and more opportunities because of the community at Rumsey. The people at Rumsey, particularly Whitney Ryan, enabled Arvolyn to go to Wyonegonic Camp where she enjoyed swimming and camping. What are some of the challenges and joys you face working with students everyday?
The challenge I think is obvious: making sure kids have an adequate education to function in society and to be compassionate human beings. All children should know how to read and I am developing their skills while also teaching them to be a well-rounded person. I also foster 34 RAREBITS
understandings of a studentâ€™s own culture and the culture of others.
There are many postive things – it is a fabulous thing to be around children because they are so full of joy and creativity and have incredible imaginations. Kids have this pure energy and delight all day long. At times, it can be challenging but they are wonderful beings to spend the day with because of their energy. What advice would you give to current students, and young alumni interested in pursuing teaching?
Make sure you like kids. In life, you really have to like what you are doing. Because it’s not just a job, for me teaching is a lifestyle. It takes patience and is something you should be passionate about. Perhaps, not so widely known, is your love and support of the arts. What sparks that love of the arts and how do you incorporate it in the classroom?
Art has been a thread in my life since I was a child. My mother was very creative, my brother was an artist, my sister was an artist. My mother died when I was young, but she was so creative. My mother didn’t paint or anything like that, but there was such beauty and innovation in the way she would cook and bring us together. As a result my greatest passion is finding, helping and supporting artists. That is why I am on the Northwest Council for the Arts. In my home I have more art than I do furniture! I am a big advocate of the arts. My favorite mediums are painting and collage. In the classroom I have led watercolor, collage, origami, knitting, landscape painting, and woodworking as afternoon activities. I also invited Alicia Mordenti P’22, ’23, ’26 (and wife of faculty member Sean Kinsella) to teach my class how to do “air painting”, which involves seeing and painting the scene with your mind’s eye. (Cynthia has just announced that this will be her last year teaching at Rumsey Hall as she will officially retire in June 2019. We’re going to miss her terribly!)
Top: In the classroom. Bottom: Mrs. Hill with some of her students at the parade on the annual Bizarre and Extreme Day.
RUMSEY QUESTIONNAIRE What is the first word that comes to
eyes. What do you treasure most about
but this is a school in a beautiful spot.
mind when you think of Rumsey Hall?
Rumsey? The environment. You don’t
If you were to be given a superlative here
Family. This is where my daughter went
get another place that is better to work
at Rumsey, what would you be awarded?
to school and where I learned so much.
in. I have a fabulous room, with fabulous
Who are your Rumsey heroes? I couldn’t
kids, and a fabulous view. I can use the
pick just one, everyone is a hero in my
landscape to educate. A school is a school
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“We used to grow corn on those fields. Now we grow leaders.” – Howie Bronson Sr.
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A WIN FOR ALL INVOLVED
long known as the Bronson Farm.
In 1999, Tom consummated a deal with Frannie for the 47 acres adjacent
stretched across Sabbaday Lane to the northward bend in the river. The
Seibert Field. At the dedication ceremony, Howie Sr. said, “We used to
n June 12, Rumsey Hall officially acquired the 83-acre parcel
The property was originally part of the larger Swan family farm, which
Swans subdivided the land eventually and bequeathed half to each of their daughters, Frannie Mygatt and Estelle Bronson.
to the school. A year later, that farmland had been transformed into grow corn on those fields. Now we grow leaders.”
After Howie’s passing in 2002, the School and the Bronson family
This deal culminates a 20-year odyssey to acquire the farm, which
continued to foster a collaborative relationship – and their shared
Bronson Sr., wondered aloud to a frequent visitor from Rumsey whether
minds. “Estelle especially liked the idea of having the land she loved
began on a summer afternoon in 1998, when Estelle’s husband, Howie the school might be interested in acquiring his sister-in-law’s old farm
house and corn fields. Looking up from the basket of fresh strawberries she’d just picked, Ashley Farmen said, “That’s a question for Tom.”
commitment to both environmental stewardship and nurturing young so dearly becoming part of the Rumsey campus, forever protected, so it would remain connected to her parents’ original property,” Tom says.
Tom and the Board of Trustees unfurled a special fundraising campaign
She was referring to her husband, Headmaster Emeritus Tom Farmen, who
in 2010 that raised enough to purchase the “Solley House side” back in
something great for the school, for the community, and for the environment.
expresses no surprise about Rumsey alumni largesse: “The small group of
sensed in Howie’s overture a rare chance to preserve the farm while doing “The Bronsons wanted to protect the look and feel of the Bantam River
Valley,” Tom says. “Their attachment to the land, their sense that it must
1998, and then eventually enough for this year’s transaction. Today, Tom people invited to respond to these opportunities were wonderfully generous.”
continue to be nurtured, made these more than mere real estate deals.
MOVING FORWARD WITH PURPOSE
future.” As one current board member explains, “We believe Rumsey’s
property will reflect on our shared commitment to being a great neighbor,
And of course, we wished to be able to secure this land to enhance our
With our great fortune comes solemn responsibility. How we develop the
magic comes from our rural, quiet location – and this ensures that
to preserving the Highlands greenbelt, to nurturing our students, and to
continues. It’s a ‘protect our flank’ move”.
keeping up our cordial relationship with the Bronson family.
“In short, it’s rare and special when a moment occurs for a school which allows it to do something that is right on so many levels, and for so many people.” – Willy MacMullen P‘10, P‘12 Board Member
BALING HAY — AND STITCHING UP COWS The thought of Rumsey students farming the land, developing their
hundreds of bales of hay on the hottest days of summer.”
siblings who grew up on the farm, “The passage of Davies Hollow
the vet would be there for some exciting procedure, like stitching up a
in nurturing. We know the land will be well cared for and that young
Though they may never rescue an ailing bovine, by getting some
own sense of stewardship, resonates with Sarah Bronson, one of three
Farm to Rumsey seems to fit well with my parents’ lifelong interest
“I used to bring friends home on the bus,” she adds, “when I knew
cow for a twisted stomach.”
people will pass their formative years enjoying the beauty of our valley.”
proverbial and actual dirt under their fingers Rumsey students are
childhood. “My favorite memories,” she says, “were riding cows and
respect for the hard work and dedication needed to preserve and
Sarah smiles when recalling the indelible rhythms of her rural
horses around the farm, and of course enjoying the trails through Steep Rock. And coming in for dinner after cleaning the barn and putting in
certain to forge a bond with the farm’s agricultural past, develop nurture a piece of land -- and perhaps create some lasting memories of their own.
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Renata Ibarra-Rocha, Mariana Vivanco and Aliquea Williams
Ben Weiss and Andres Cortes
Class of 2018
Eva Evans and Emily Lombardi
Elaine Ma, Rachelle Cho and Alexis Delmore
Standing left to right: Ben Weiss, Emily Lombardi, Andres Cortes, McKenna Rock, Eva Evans. Front sitting: Peter Lyon and Thomas Belcastro
Senior Trip 2018
The weather was picturesque when they arrived, and students immediately jumped out of the bus, eager to play spike ball, badminton, and beach volleyball. Some students enjoyed peaceful activities such as fishing, sailing and paddle boarding. Day two was spent at Six Flags New England where the group was split between those brave enough to try the roller coaster, Superman, and those who preferred arcade games. The trip concluded with dozens of card games and ping pong tournaments, and some students even dared to play Ga Ga Ball in the rain. Each night ended with sâ€™mores around a campfire.
Just the girls!
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The history of
The spirit of Rumsey Hall is rooted in its family atmosphere, a nurturing home away from home. While Rumsey’s faculty challenge and inspire students both in and out of the classroom, there is another
group of individuals committed to the School and its mission—the Rumsey Circle. In bygone years, the Rumsey Circle, comprised of dedicated parents and grandparents, organized various events designed to bring the Rumsey community together and, in certain instances, to raise valuable funds for the School. Past events included the annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show/Boutique fundraiser, the Tex-Mex Family Supper hosted on the Friday evening before Spring Parents’ Weekend, and the annual Book Fair in May held in Rumsey’s Library. As the needs of the School have shifted over time, so has the role of the Rumsey Circle. Some of their earlier activities have ceased, but others, like the annual Auction fundraiser in the fall, continue to thrive. First held in 1985, the Auction’s proceeds support the students and faculty, as well as the programs that enrich and strengthen the Rumsey community’s shared experience at the School. Many of the Auction’s successes can be attributed to the Lynette Cornell FP’72, ’74, ’84, ’86 and Former Trustee Judith NaviaAuchincloss FP’87 who co-chaired the event for 17 years. When the Fall Term starts to wind down, members of the Rumsey Circle assist with the annual holiday card mailing and then gather to assemble the traditional packages of cookies and other sweet treats on which the faculty have graciously relied to fuel them as they grade students’ exams. Come spring, the Rumsey Circle oversees the refreshment tents during Track & Field Day, serving snacks and beverages provided by the Dining Hall to feed and hydrate the competing students. Today, the Rumsey Circle continues to evolve, adding more and more dedicated parents to the ranks who are willing to contribute their time and energy to the School. The Rumsey Circle Parents Association, as the group is now known, meets monthly to stay apprised of the day-to-day activities that make up life here on campus. As the School communicates its needs and the parents share their interests, opportunities for parent involvement grow and develop, from engaging in outreach to new Rumsey families to planning the Lower School Carnival at the end of the academic year. Want more information about joining the Rumsey Circle Parents Association? Contact Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations Xanthe Hilton at email@example.com or (860) 868-0535. The Rumsey Circle volunteers who helped create the Rumsey Quilt. Standing left to right: former faculty member Jacqueline Ostrander P‘79, ‘80, Diana Hardee P‘79, ‘80, ‘82, ‘84, GP‘01, ‘20, ‘23, Nancy Craig P‘79, ‘80, Deborah Swigart P‘76, ‘79, ‘84, Doris Hoeniger P‘78, ‘81, GP‘11, ‘15, and Paulette Bellin. Sitting: former faculty members Virginia Berberian, Bonnie Haberle P‘80, ‘84 and Jan Magnoli P‘71, ‘72, ‘74, ‘77 GP‘01, ‘02, ‘07; Nancy Ware P‘82, Diana Tagley P‘81, GP‘15 and former faculty member Martha Poskas P‘84, GP‘18
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ENO COMPTON ‘58
“In 2014 my wife Donna and I purchased Vagabond Ranch on which we are now retired. Vagabond has a huge history at Rumsey by virtue of its relationship with Charlie Pavek, a towering personality. Donna and I bump into his ghost daily. Pictured here, in front of the Vagabond Ranch House, left to right, are Eno Compton III ‘58, Laura Compton Treleven ‘00, and Eno Compton IV ‘97.”
JOSH KAIMAN ‘74
Josh moved to Milwaukee, WI in July and started a new position as global category manager for Rexnord Corporation, an industrial machinery manufacturer.
TIMOTHY KNAUTH ‘76 Timothy and his wife live a stone’s throw from the Nautilus Museum and Submarine base in New London, CT. He recently found himself in West Sussex, England where he discovered this 1,500 year old Yew tree, in the Warblington churchyard.
Pictured below at a visit to campus: Jay Przygocki, Celine Spooner, Rick Spooner (Former Associate Headmaster), Lou Magnoli (Former Headmaster), Ali Spooner ‘90 Linley and Matthew Hoeniger ‘81.
JOHN MCDONALD ‘59
“I’m still operating my internet company on Cape Cod and finding it hard to believe that my Rumsey Class of ‘59 was also 59 years ago. For the second year in a row, I visited friends and family in Ekaterinburg, Russia. I went to California with my son Nick in January and visited some of my former clients from rock groups I worked with in the 1960s. I plan to return to Russia in June and spend another month there visiting Nick and some of the former exchange students I have hosted over the years.”
WILLLIAM LEFFERTS ‘62
After a career spent working in public and private secondary schools, Bill
is currently retired. He and his wife Pamela have five grown children and twelve grandchildren. They live in the log cabin of their dreams in the woods of Woodstock, CT. Besides working on their hobby farm, they are spending time traveling through all fifty states, and around the world.
AMY BENTON ‘92
“I’m very happy living in Philadelphia working as a dog walker and pet sitter. I
enjoy knitting, reading and going to my local Episcopal church. I’m happy to have recently connected with some former Rumsey friends via Facebook and I’d love to keep in touch and reconnect with anyone in the Philadelphia or New York City area!” Annual Report 2018 45
WALTER NEIL ‘92
Walter and his wife Laura visited campus with their children Lily, Claire, and Turner.
BENJAMIN LEVY ‘01
Former staff member Benjamin Levy, and wife Rachel are the proud parents of Elena Marie Levy, born February 27, 2018.
ARVOLYN HILL ‘04 MEGHAN ROWE ‘96
“This past April I decided to turn a lifelong dream into a reality and did a solo trip to Japan. I first fell in love with Japanese culture at Rumsey when I took Japanese History with Mr. Spooner in VIIth form. Ever since that class I dreamt of visiting this beautiful country. I was lucky enough to travel there this past April, just in time for peak Cherry Blossom season. In this picture I’m outside Tokyo in a small town that only the locals know about, in the mountains away from the tourists.”
JON NEUHAUS ‘87
KELLY RUSCOE ‘04
Meghan ran into former classmate Syungyoun Nam at the Natural Products Expo West in California.
Former Trustee Gary Cole hosted a fishing trip for Jon Neuhaus ‘87 and Headmaster Emeritus Tom Farmen at his lake house in the Ozarks.
Kelly stopped by campus with his friend Shermin.
Genevieve Zasada is about to upgrade from flying the T-6 Texan II to the T-38 Talon. Her projected graduation from pilot training is June 2019. Afterwards she plans to move to Oregon to fly the F-15C Eagle.
HAYLEY AHOUSE ‘10
Hayley had a baby boy named Leo David, weighing in at 11lbs 3oz. Born on Monday, June 4, 2018. Hayley currently resides in Woodbury, CT.
DEBBIE (SEUNG HYUN) LEE ‘11
Debbie graduated from Boston College and went to work at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Boston in October.
CHANDLER HOULDIN ‘13 JENNIFER BARRETT ‘06
“I moved to California two years ago and now work for WilliamsSonoma doing construction management of store buildouts. My sister Sara Barrett ’04 and I recently bought a house together and are having fun remodeling it. I am also enjoying the opportunity to explore the west coast. In the photo is Sara and I during our recent trip to Seattle.”
“At the beginning of 2018 I was elected to serve as Bucknell University’s Student Body President and lead Bucknell Student Government for the entirety of 2018. In April of this year, I was awarded the Class Award of Excellence for the Class of 2020 for the second year in the row. Finally, I plan on studying in Stockholm, Sweden this coming Spring semester.”
ZOEY ZHENG ‘16 ARIELLE ZWIEBACH ‘09
“Due to the amazing upbringing I received at Rumsey Hall, I have been able to start accomplishing my dreams. Last year my record company AMAX MUSIC debuted on national television and I have signed to broadcast music INC. I have also signed a record deal with universal distribution to Russia/Europe, and I’m currently awaiting my trip to Russia for my first line of concerts! This has been a dream of mine since participating in Rumsey theatre productions. I couldn’t have done it without Mr. Clayton Ketchum, Dr. Ros Craft and Mr. John Craft.”
Zoey enjoyed a dinner with faculty member Jillian Dufresne over the summer. From left to right are Lili Xie, Zoey Zheng and Jillian Dufresne.
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GENEVIEVE ZASADA ‘05
ELLIE KETCHUM ‘17
Over the summer, Ellie completed the first two sections of the Vermont Long Trail with her father, Dean of Students Clayton Ketchum.
ULI LINN ‘24
Fishing the drift on the Housatonic River with alum and former faculty member Rob Nicholas ‘79.
TOM FARMEN COMES BACK TO CAMPUS FOR A BOOK READING Rumsey welcomed Headmaster Emeritus Tom Farmen back to campus to share a reading from his newly released book, Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out, an inspiring story – much of which took place right here on Rumsey’s campus – about a charming, brave, unpretentious chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight. The author chronologically leads the reader from the original diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half-year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism. Both the Lower and Upper School attended the reading, and while all were excited to see Mr. and Mrs. Farmen, the real star of the day was Bessie, who won everyone’s hearts with her kind and playful spirit.
“Bessie reminds me that we are defined more by our spirit and effort than by our results. Resilience is the inevitable trump card that allows us to keep playing long after our skill and youth have simmered and boiled off.” Thomas Farmen
2 Ben Tuff raised $10,000 by competing in the Swim Around Key West in Florida. Ben finished in just over 5 Hours and 30 Minutes and earned second place in his age group. 3 Peter Linn ‘10 took a road trip this summer from Hamburg, Germany to Venice, Italy, stopping in Munich, Milan, Monaco, and the Cinque Terre along the way. “It was a blast and an unforgettable experience! It was a trip I’ve been planning since I was 14 years old with a childhood friend.” Peter is now a teacher at Rumsey, and in the photograph is his younger brother Uli Linn (Class of 2024). 4 Chris Dyball graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from Post University with a concentration in learning design and technology.
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1 Robert and Kim Mandl were interviewed by Jeff Sochrin “Dr. Soc”, on the most listened to radio station in St. Martin, Island 92. We chatted about our trip, the volunteering we did and talked about Rumsey donating soccer balls (thanks to Jay Przygocki and Liz Butler), community service, tech-free time and other aspects of Rumsey.
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1. Alyson Hill ‘04 married Peter Cipollone on May 26, 2018
at the Colony Hotel in Maine. 2. Faculty member Zach Lord and Madelaine Hutchings were wed on June 23rd. The reception was held at Rumsey Hall. In August, Zach and Maddie summited Mt. Whitney in California, the highest peak in the continental United States. 3. Emily Keech married Sean Carney on June 9th. Pictured here: (from
left to right) Christian Budd ’05, Geordy Hale, Christian Miranda, Christian Anderson, Peter Linn ’10, Dale Eriksen, Sean Carney, Kirby Bunnell, Emily Carney, Chelsea Searles, and Jillian Dufresne 4. The Farmens attended the wedding of Mike Parent ‘04 and Bridget Powers, who were married on May 19 at Mystic Seaport, CT.
KATHLEEN LAMBERT EHRET ’12 BRADLEY FRANKLIN LOPEZ ’00
ELLIOT AVI DARER ’94 DUANE HYDE NEWTON, JR. ’43 JOHN B. ZABRISKIE ’43 JAMES A.D. POLLOCK ’41 F. DOUGLAS WINTER ’40 DUDLEY TAFT ’38 SPENCER KELLOGG NEALE ’35
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