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Volume 6窶認all 2008

The Alumni Magazine of Ranney School


From left: Alexa Ploskonka ’20, Maria Natsis ’20, Olivia Knoop ’20 and Aidan Smires ’20 go under the rainbow in RSPA Panther Hall.


The Alumni Magazine of Ranney School Editor-in-Chief Kristin H. Geisler Contributing Writers Katie Adams ’09 Maureen Collins John Doyle Russell Gartz Kristin Geisler Kimberly Gittines Daniel B. Goldberg, M.D. Marnie Jones John Lewis Bridget Looney Jen McDermott Maureen McGreevy Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ed.D. Betty Williams Alex Winnicker Contributing Photographers John Doyle Gary Gellman Kevin Monko David Vickery Photo Editor Kristin Geisler Creative Consultant Heather Rudisi Special Thanks Christine Bruno Diane Gribbin Tracy Mutchiga

Columns is published annually for the alumni, parents and friends of Ranney School by the Ranney School Publications Office.

Volume 6—Fall 2008

Table of Contents From Head of School

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A Campus Transformed

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Fall Convocation 2008: A pathway to vision and leadership

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Responsive Classroom: Creating safe, challenging and joyful classrooms

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Spotlight on Science

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Athletic Fundamentals: Learning to run, swim and kick allows Ranney athletes to fly

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The Importance of Performing Arts Education

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Japan Fulbright Teacher Program

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Family Ties

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Celebrations, Dedications & Ribbon Cuttings

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New Director of Institutional Advancement

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Class Notes

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Ranney Reunion

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On the Shelf: New books from Ranney Alumni

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Recent Ranney Awards

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School Days

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FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL Embracing Community We live in challenging times. The world is becoming, as The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman describes it, “hot, flat and crowded,” in need of bold, new ideas and transformational change. In times such as these, it is comforting to return to the shared values and time-honored traditions that help us to feel safe and grounded; the love and support of family, the encouragement of friends and the warm, welcoming embrace of community. I was reminded of this recently as I watched our students participate in one of Ranney School’s most beloved traditions, the “Passing of the Torch,” a wonderful ceremony that occurs during our annual fall convocation. At the start of the event, members of the senior class process into the room hand-in-hand with the youngest members of the Ranney community, our 3-year-old Beginners, to present them with sashes and pins, symbols of the 15-year continuum of learning at Ranney School. Often the younger children are shy and reluctant, but the seniors offer them a steady hand and a warm smile, and tentatively, they step toward the front of the room. This is the essence of what we do every day at Ranney; challenge our students in a safe and nurturing environment, guide them through the sometimes turbulent years of adolescence and then, stand with them as they take that final giant step into the world beyond Ranney School. In this issue of Columns, we sought to capture the essence of our vibrant and dynamic school community and provide some insight into the inspiring individuals who make Ranney such a meaningful place to teach and learn. You will read about the many activities that have taken place inside our brand new RSPA Panther Hall, the centerpiece of our much-anticipated Lower School Academic Complex. Since its opening in September, this new facility has served as the educational, social and cultural hub of our entire community.

With its dramatic, sweeping arches and towering ceilings, RSPA Panther Hall is a visual feast that heralds a new age of creativity and innovation. Bridget Looney, the new Lower School Curriculum Coordinator, further articulates this point of view in an article that delves into a new teaching initiative designed to enhance the classroom experience. At Ranney, we also understand that community extends beyond the classroom, so we continually seek ways to introduce a larger, global perspective to the learning environment. World-renowned The New York Times science reporter Andrew Revkin brought the issue of global warming to the forefront during our annual fall leadership speaker series. Here, in Columns, John Lewis, Head of the Upper School, explains how Mr. Revkin’s visit opened our eyes to the problems affecting our planet. You will also read how Middle School drama teacher, John Doyle, brought his global experience as a Japan Fulbright Scholarship recipient back to Ranney in the form of a brand new theatrical technique, Black Box theatre. Programs that encourage creative, intellectual and physical development are key aspects of a well-rounded Ranney education. We endeavor to expose students to a variety of sports at a very young age and give time to developing their skills before moving ahead to competition. Alex Winnicker, our Strength and Conditioning coach, delves into the secret behind Ranney’s successful athletic program which is reaping tremendous benefits. Despite our recent growth, Ranney remains, at its core, a school that is deeply rooted in tradition and committed to its mission. As you read through the biographies of our new “Ranney Lifers,” students who have been at Ranney for ten years or more, you will recognize how our core values of knowledge, vision and honor weave throughout these stories. Remember, you too are a part of this equation. Your encouragement and support of this institution are essential to its success and insures that we can continue to “pass the torch” to the next generation of Ranney students.

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A CAMPUS TRANSFORMED NEW BUILDING USHERS IN NEW ERA OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION By Kristin H. Geisler

s the world advances, so must Ranney School. After just 15 months of construction and anticipation, the long-awaited opening of the Lower School Academic Complex and RSPA Panther Hall provided a stunning beginning to the academic year. As they entered the new facilities for the first time, nearly 300 Ranney Lower School students in grades one through five got their first glimpse of the wide hallways, spacious rooms, new science and technology labs and RSPA Panther Hall, a lofty 4,000 square foot, 450 seat performing arts hall that is one of the most significant – and widely used - features of the new Lower School Academic Complex. RSPA Panther Hall is a welcome addition for the entire Ranney student body. Here, students and members of the Ranney community gather for theater and musical performances, art shows, assemblies, lectures, conferences, and other events that enrich learning and student life. Collaborative learning, technological resources for global connectivity and laboratories for practical application aside, the space drew many “oohs and “ahhs” from Ranney School’s younger student body.

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From left: Brooke Findel ’19, Richard Lazzaro ’19, Raza Zaida ’19 and Ana Castro ’19 break into groups and get to work!

Above (from left): Ruchi Raval ’16 and Francesca Lionetti ’16 in the new iMac Lab

Second grade teacher Miriam Pfleger at the SMARTBoard

With its contemporary accents, the new Lower School classrooms are large technology-infused spaces where modern teaching methods meet a rigorous and diverse academic program to accommodate various learning styles.

To become proactive learners in an age where access to information is unlimited, these Lower School “millenial” children must be comfortable acquiring and processing vast amounts of knowledge at an earlier age than ever before. New Lower School inclusions such as SMARTBoards and computers are standard in every classroom and a new iMac technology lab assists in providing technical fluency which is essential for today’s students. Featuring the latest in distance learning capabilities to enable student collaboration using resources from around the world, technology has effectively broken down the four walls of the classroom. To further meet this technical

reality, we have built an enormous science lab that allows ample introduction to more extensive course material, thoroughly preparing students for more in-depth study in Middle and Upper School, thus supporting a significant aspect of the school’s mission: the seamless continuum of learning. As elementary students transition to the upper grades, they will be well-prepared to meet new challenges and expectations, already accustomed to advanced technologies and updated resources that have become second nature to Middle and Upper schoolers. Students at Ranney embark on an educational journey of self-discovery where academic study comes to life as students take true ownership over their academic performance.

A Ranney education is a unique, student-centered experience where students take advantage of one-on-one instruction, and teachers tailor each student’s education according to his or her aptitudes and talents.

To that end, the Lower School Academic Complex is a facility boasting state-of-theart design and innovation that encourages students to explore, inquire and appreciate the arts and sciences, thus moving Ranney into a new realm among independent schools. Complementing the building’s vibrant public spaces are classrooms that encourage child-centered activities. “Interaction has a significant impact on a child’s academic, social and emotional development,” explained Mrs. Patricia Marshall, Head of Lower School.

“We now have a nurturing and creative learning environment through a circular system of ‘learning neighborhoods’ or clusters of classrooms by grade, all surrounding a common space. Children feel like they are part of a community.” —Patricia Marshall Head of Lower School On Tuesday, September 9, the entire Ranney community of more than 1,000 Ranney School students, parents and teachers celebrated the opening of the brand new $14 million dollar Lower School Academic Complex and RSPA Panther Hall. “In this new facility, the Ranney torch will shine brightly, inspiring teachers to stir the great minds of Ranney children, arousing all the infinite potential of knowledge, vision and honor,” announced Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff, Head of Ranney School. Together with the former Head of School Mrs. Margaret Mahon, Lower School Head Mrs. Patricia Marshall, Board Trustee Mrs. Josephine Esquivel and selected student performers, Dr. Sykoff dedicated the new facilities on behalf of the Charles LaFitte Foundation, a charitable organization founded and run by Ranney parents

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Luke Grover ’18 and Meilina Amaral ’18 (background)

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Jeffrey and Suzanne Citron. The Citrons helped chair the school’s highly successful Foundations for Learning~Phase II capital campaign, which funded the construction of the Lower School facility. “Jeffrey and Suzanne’s pledge of support at the inception of this campaign served as a catalyst, prompting others to share in the vision,” Dr. Sykoff said. “Because of them, Ranney School is poised to enter its next half-century of learning, bigger, bolder and better prepared to handle the challenges of a changing world.” Eleventh grader Peter Giovine, a member of the Ranney Thespian Society, said the new performance hall opens up a world of possibilities. “I know that just as Panther Hall will inspire us, it will also inspire the Ranney Community.” Two members of Ranney School’s Forensics team, eighth graders Madison Price and Veronika Fischer, also expressed similar enthusiasm for the new facility. “For the first time in Ranney history, we will have the capability to allow all our friends, parents and guests to sit together as one unified audience,” said Veronika. Madison used his forensics skills to articulate a dramatic ending to their speeches, “We will now anticipate the rising of RSPA Panther Hall’s blue velvet curtain in the next act in the history of Ranney School.” Although gray on the outside, the new building is most decidedly “green” in terms of sustainable design elements. The position of the school was determined to Michael “Mikey” Callahan ’20

maximize its southern exposure, allowing natural light to cascade through the building’s interior, reducing energy use and costs and many of the materials used in the construction of the facility were made from recycled materials.

There is simply no substitute for the daily encounter between a small group of students, a strong curriculum and gifted teachers who truly care about children. —Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff The completion of the new Lower School also marked a significant benchmark for enrollment this year with Ranney School reaching a record enrollment of 818 students, a figure that has nearly doubled from a decade ago. Ranney Trustee Mrs. Esquivel praised Dr. Sykoff for his vision, leadership and strategic planning that has brought Ranney students to a new level of achievement: “We thank you for the legacy you have created for our children, and for generations of children to come.” The next week, the interior of the new Lower School Academic Complex was transformed into a gala showplace on the evening of Friday, September 19, providing a convivial atmosphere to an evening that was set aside to honor the Ranney community for its tremendous support of Foundations for Learning~Phase II,

the most successful fundraising endeavor in Ranney School history. Hundreds of Ranney School parents, faculty and community leaders strolled through the halls of the 36,000 square-foot building and saw, many for the first time, the spacious, technology-infused classrooms and laboratories and enjoyed the student art exhibits in the two North and West galleries. Dr. Sykoff joined members of the Board of Trustees and the Ranney School Parents’ Association on stage in RSPA Panther Hall to offer brief remarks, praising Dr. Daniel Goldberg, President of the Board, for guiding the school through two major expansion projects in less than ten years. “I always found Dr. Goldberg to make important decisions by following this one guiding principle: if it’s right for our school and the students, then it’s the right direction.” He also thanked the Ranney “dream team” of architects, engineers and builders who completed the building “on time and under budget,” but reserved the biggest thanks for the parents. As part of their pledge toward the completion of RSPA Panther Hall, the Ranney School Parents’ Association presented the school with a check for $450,000. “The invest ments we continue to make in our children are yielding dividends that remain priceless because there is simply no substitute for the daily encounter between a small group of students, a strong curriculum and gifted teachers who truly care about children. That is where the greatest rewards come,” Dr. Sykoff said.

Jackie Erler ’18, Sophia Jackman ’16 and Meilina Amaral ’18

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THE FALL CONVOCATION: A PATHWAY TO VISION AND LEADERSHIP

by John A. Lewis, Head of Upper School

Of the three words in the Ranney School motto—Knowledge, Vision, and Honor—it is “vision” that is the most complicated to teach. While there are complex abstractions involved in the teaching of knowledge and honor, nothing compares to the challenge of teaching students how to see beyond their present circumstances, and persuading them that envisioning the future means more than predicting what might happen, but how they can contribute to what can happen. It is only by suspending assumptions and igniting the imagination that students create a mental map of a future for themselves and for the wider community, and at Ranney School, our aim is to educate young people who will shape a future resulting in a more caring, just and healthy world. Perhaps the most effective way to teach students to envision the future is by providing them with opportunities to interact with individuals who have already proven their worth as “visionaries”—those who have made a significant and discernable impact upon the wider world because of their innovative and pioneering deeds. Each year, our Fall Convocation is the primary forum through which we expose our students to these visionaries; the emphasis of the annual Convocation is leadership, and vision is an essential component to leadership. While the keynote speaker and theme of the Fall Convocation changes from year-to-year, the impact on our students is the same: they gain a deeper understanding of both themselves and the wider world.

Dr. Lawrence Sykoff, Head of School and Mr. John Lewis, Head of Upper School, take a moment with The New York Times science writer Andrew Revkin before the Fall Convocation ceremony.

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Indeed, it was in an unusual place that I discovered the impact of this year’s Fall Convocation. It wasn’t as I listened to the keynote address by the renowned author and The New York Times environmental columnist Andrew Revkin, nor as I watched our seniors “pin” our Beginners during the Passing of the Torch ceremony,


From left: Aaron Absatz ’09, Katie Adams ’09, Manu Sharma ’11, Will Miller ’10, Lauren Hoffman ’09 and Mohamed Albana ’09 pose with Mr. Revkin (center) after a Q&A session.

nor during the question and answer session at the post-Convocation luncheon. No, it was discovered in the late afternoon following the main Convocation events as I chatted with a group of sun-worshipping eleventh grade boys who lay happily in the grass near the side door of the Upper School, awaiting their rides home. I asked one of them, “So, what did you guys think of this year’s Convocation?” One answered, “I thought it was great. It’s really amazing what that guy Andrew Revkin does, and the same with the National Geographic photographer guy from last year—what’s his name?” “Steve McCurry,” I reminded him. “McCurry, right. Both of those guys are incredible. They spend their lives travelling around the world. One of them takes these cool pictures, and the other writes these cutting-edge science articles that thousands of people read every time he writes them. I could see myself doing that.” “The photography or the writing?” I asked. “Both. Either. I’m not sure. They just seem to live interesting lives.” When a student says, “I can see myself doing that,” it means they have projected themselves into the future and created an imagined future self. It is difficult to

overstate how important it is for students to mentally project themselves into the future. Doing so is an impetus for selfdevelopment, a motivational catapult, and the genesis of a sense of personal purpose. In his recent book “The Path to Purpose,” (2008) Stanford psychologist William Damon notes that it is a sense of purpose that marks a healthy adolescent, and he says that “purpose can organize an entire life, imparting not only meaning but also inspiration and motivation for ongoing learning and achievement.”

While one student might imagine becoming a journalist or photographer, another will see different but no less important life pathways as a result of the Convocation. The Fall Convocation consists of a number of important elements, each infused with its own special symbolism. The event commences with one of the most touching and heartfelt ceremonies I have had the pleasure to witness: The Passing of the Torch Ceremony. As the entire Upper School student body looks on (accompanied by senior and Beginner parents), our youngest Ranney students—the threeyear-old Beginners—are escorted down the aisle of RSPA Panther Hall by members

of the current senior class. When the end of the aisle is reached, each Beginner is presented with a sash and a torch pin, symbolizing the beginning of their fifteen-year odyssey at Ranney School. After the Beginner is “pinned,” the school presents each senior with a Ranney School vest, monogrammed with their name and the school’s seal. The “vesting” marks the formal ascension of the senior class to the mantle of senior leadership, identifying them as holding special status and leadership responsibilities within our community. These dual ceremonies not only celebrate the continuity of the Ranney School experience, but they provide “vision” of another sort—they allow all of the audience members to see how a 15 year journey through Ranney School fosters, as our Head of School Dr. Lawrence Sykoff frequently calls it, “the exquisite balance of scholarship and character.” Indeed, following the Passing of the Torch ceremony, Dr. Sykoff welcomes the entire community to the Convocation and shares his reflections on leadership as well as his vision for the academic year. In his remarks, his message to students is always clear: the world needs responsible, capable, and ethical leadership, and it is a responsibility of each Ranney graduate to practice this inspired leadership in whatever field they choose to pursue.

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tour of the most exotic and fascinating locales on the planet. And this year, The New York Times writer Andrew Revkin outlined the environmental challenges our generation will be facing over the next few decades, and inspired our community to make a difference.

This year’s ceremony was especially meaningful because it was the first year we were able to host the event in RSPA Panther Hall, a majestic and inspiring space that matched the grandeur of the ceremony.

The highlight of the Convocation is the keynote address, and over the years Ranney School has been visited by a rich variety of speakers. With the theme of leadership in mind, we invite recognized leaders from all walks of life, based on the notion that leadership is elemental in all fields of endeavor. Over the past few years, we’ve heard Frank Deford—the distinguished sportswriter of Sports Illustrated and commentator for NPR and HBO—speak about the relationship between athletics and leadership; Dr. Melinda Staiger, a national leader in

breast cancer research, and the director of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical, outlined the challenges of leadership in medicine; State Senator Tom Kean shared his vision of political leadership; and Jamie Price, a Ranney School parent and board member, articulated the relationship between leadership and finance. Last year, National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry delivered a keynote address, but it was the slide show of his images (many of them iconic) that held the audience at rapt attention as he took us on a

Ranney School is guided by the belief that leadership is a teachable skill, and the Fall Convocation is but one piece of our overall leadership curriculum framework. From leadership opportunities available through student government, clubs, and athletics, to the annual Upper School Leadership Institute–a two-day leadership retreat held in August for student leaders–we work consciously and actively to nurture these leadership skills in our students. It is our experience that when students believe they are capable of assuming leadership, a new outlook begins to develop in them with the future becoming a place of limitless opportunity. All of this begins with the phrase: “I can see myself doing that.”

Pictured right: 1. From left: Jessica Sugarman ’09, Andrew Pepe ’23, Mary Walker ’09 and Dan Turtel ’09 2. From left: Alyssa Flashburg ’09, Danny Egan ’09, Michael Fiorito ’23 and Jesse Feldmus ’09 3. Caroline Chitty ’09, Tomas Mora ’23, Marielle Cartagena ’09 and Olivia Clancy ’09 4. From left: Kelli White ’09, Katie Weinstein ’09, Ella Zraly ’23 and Jessica Watkins ’09 5. From left: Kim DiMaggio ’09, Scarlett Hoagland ’23 and Kelly Diggins ’09 6. Jill Giunco ’09 and Colette Cipriano ’23

A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE RANNEY LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES

Steve McCurry 2007

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Dr. Melinda Staiger 2006

Senator Tom Kean 2005

Paul G. Gaffney II 2004

Frank Deford 2003

Jamie Price 2002


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Developed by the Northeast Foundation for Children, the Responsive Classroom approach is a set of strategies addressing the social and emotional aspect of learning. Teachers apply their understanding of self-determination theory and attachment theory in an intentional, organized and consistent way. Self-determination theory argues that humans are intrinsically motivated by the need for autonomy. Expert teachers meet this basic need by providing children with frequent choices throughout the school day.

Allowing children to choose helps them become independent. Children who are given regular opportunities to make choices, learn how to make good choices. Teachers frame learning goals and provide appropriate options for students to meet them, resulting in students who are more engaged, self-directed and proud of their work. They are self-confident and eager to take on more challenging tasks. Noah Ayers ’17 and Teddy Montalbano ’17 listen attentively as Mr. Sean Lang makes his point.

THE RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM By Bridget Looney, Lower School Curriculum Coordinator

A good school maintains a continuous cycle of reflection and renewal. This year, Ranney School has not only renewed itself physically with a brand new Lower School; it has also reinvented itself intellectually! Housing all the brilliant minds of the Lower School faculty in one academic complex has triggered a rapid-fire spread of ideas. Teachers, finding themselves in a facility that fully supports 21st century teaching and learning, are now able to focus their restive and creative spirits on further developing exciting new approaches to instruction. One initiative that has become epidemic this year at the Lower School is the Responsive Classroom approach. 12

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One of the most valuable and far-reaching elements of Responsive Classroom is the Morning Meeting, a daily routine that builds community and creates a climate of trust and support. Education researchers have identified a strong correlation between a child’s sense of belonging and academic success and motivation. Morning Meeting consists of four main components, including: news and announcements, greeting, activity and sharing. Every morning at 8:40 a.m., one of Mrs. Wendy Martinez’s pre-K students begins the day by ringing a cheerful, rhythmic chime, a familiar four-beat melody that all of her students recognize. Students make their way to the carpeted section of the floor where the teacher sits. All students have already read and responded to the News and Announcements chart


as their first responsibility of the day, and they wait eagerly for Mrs. Martinez to help them connect the contents of the chart to the day’s lessons. The students prepare to go around the circle greeting each other with a welcoming phrase, eye contact and physical touch. All elements are intended to elicit a sense of relatedness and to provide daily practice in respectful communication. Lily starts the greeting. She turns her body slightly toward Margot, who responds in turn, anticipating a handshake. “Good morning Margot.” “Good morning Lily.” The two shake hands and Margot turns to the next child…

As the greeting continues, the children’s eyes soften, their shoulders relax and they lean back into the comfort of their group identity. This is their in-school family. They respond calmly to the gentle firmness of their teacher’s voice and know they are safe under her watchful guidance. “Okay, for our activity today, we’re going to play ‘Just Like Me.’ If you hear something that sounds like something you like to do, raise your hand and say, ‘Just like me!’ Okay, Sophia, would you like to start?” Still adapting to sharing thoughts aloud, Sophia takes a moment to think and responds hesitantly: “I like to play on the playground.” A chorus: “Just like me!” The next child continues, “I like to go out and get sprinkles with ice cream!” Another chorus: “Just like me!” This activity component of Morning Meeting encourages cooperation and inclusion in an atmosphere of fun. It also provides another way for students to ease into the day, build excitement

With the help of a friendly teddy bear, Mrs. Leslie Mildenberg engages her young students during a morning meeting. From left: Alexis Najmy ’22, Cynthia Clark ’22 (in pink sweater) and Joseph Amaral ’22

about learning and reinforce skills. These four-year-olds are now ready for their first academic lesson of the day, a math lesson that allows them to count, categorize and sort. By implementing the Responsive Classroom approach, Lower School teachers demonstrate a commitment to teaching the whole child and provide consistency for the students as they move from grade to grade and classroom to classroom. The Responsive Classroom approach echoes Ranney School’s mission and encapsulates best practices in education: a commitment to individualized teaching and learning within a supportive community. Appropriate scaffolding and coaching ensure that all children can feel the pride of reaching a high bar and social skills are flexed to maintain a positive school ethos. Character education also enables children to create trusting, ethical communities elsewhere.

Edward Tucker Scott ’22

In a Responsive Classroom, Ranney students learn not only to be good scholars; they learn to be reflective and considerate leaders that contribute to the common good. To put it simply, Ranney School embraces the Responsive Classroom approach because another hallmark of a good school is that it strives to produce good people.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE With the new Lower School science lab, prestigious professional development opportunities at Princeton University and an appearance by acclaimed The New York Times science writer at the recent Upper School Fall Convocation, science at Ranney School has come front and center. With a focus on scientific inquiry, hands-on activities and writing across the curriculum, the science departments across all three divisions have impacted science education. Three science teachers from each division explain the importance of cultivating a scientific mind in this global age of sustainability.

Front: Ashleigh Conroy ’16 Back (from left): Karl Brand, ’16 Rachel Staats ’16, Connor Wilson ’16 and Arianna Palmeri ’16

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LOWER SCHOOL SCIENCE LAB TAKES QUANTUM LEAP By Jen McDermott

The Lower School students love visiting the new science lab! Environment plays a large part in the learning experience, especially in science, and the new Lower School science lab has allowed us to take elementary science education to a new level. To make a hands-on lab experience a reality, it is critical to have the proper amount of space and a separate prep area. The size of our new lab is the perfect environment for projects, experiments, aquariums and technology. In addition, the abundance of counter space and cabinets allows for ample storage that gives easy access to materials, critical to the productive operation of a science lab. The new space also allows me to move around better and interact with my energetic young students, who now have the room to spread out and experiment in groups. We also have an area where students can study and investigate tanks full of live creatures with their own hands! Environmental issues remain at the forefront of our science curriculum. Starting in Kindergarten, students learn to respect and protect the Earth. Topics covered include conserving, recycling, composting, pollution and making better choices. This fall, Lower School students collected a staggering 20,000 plastic bottle tops for Clean Ocean Action that will be recycled into new plastic tops. The children were thrilled to make a difference in their From left: Priscilla Emma ’21, Morgan Rice ’21 and Dylan Warren ’21

world. We also encourage students to join the Science Club that is dedicated to making Ranney School “greener.” These students educate their peers and teachers on how to properly use the recycling containers and have been instrumental in placing them around the Lower School. I am proud to report that our budding scientists in the fourth and fifth grades will be forming the first Science Olympiad

From left: Aidan Oster ’21, Jordan Abraham ’21 and Morgan Rice ’21

team in the Lower School. The annual Lower School Science Fair will be held this spring for Beginners to fifth grade students and gives fourth and fifth grade students the opportunity to learn about a specific scientific topic that interests them. Students are guided through the scientific process and the topics covered are just as varied as our students’ personalities.

To make a hands-on lab experience a reality, it is critical to have the proper amount of space. The size of our new lab is the perfect environment for projects, experiments and technology. It is my mission to present science in such a way that peaks their imaginations and I have a tremendous advantage because the lab allows me to introduce scientific concepts to address all learning styles. Students learn very quickly that in the lab, getting the wrong answer or “messing up” the experiment is just as much of the process as finding the solution. They know it is a time to explore, create, question and have fun!

From left: Mackenzie Schultz ’19, Ariana Mangano ’19 and Richard Lazzaro ’19

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STUDYING THE UNIVERSE AND THE THRILL OF DISCOVERY By Betty Williams

Science is all around us and students in the Middle School are introduced to science concepts through experiences in their daily lives. Using these everyday experiences as a springboard for many classroom discussions provides the opportunity for our students to be active learners and make real world connections to what is happening in the science lab. These connections present a strong foundation in the basic concepts of the process of science in our science program: students study the patterns on Earth and in space in Earth Science (sixth grade), learn about all living things in Life Science in seventh grade and develop a sensitive awareness of the interaction of energy and matter in Physical Science in eighth grade. This comprehensive program shows the students how science is the process of discovery and explains the order of nature and how its parts connect to one another. Mathematics and scientific measurements are the tools of good science and middle schoolers begin to understand that math is the language of science. An eighth grade class enjoys calculating speed during the “Friction 500” lab as they learn about the mechanics of motion. The sixth graders explore mapping skills as they use the laptops in the science lab to look at satellite images of their home from a

National Geographic web site. In the life science lab, students look at cell structure under microscopes and note the patterns discussed in the Cell Theory. By using this active learning approach, students are motivated and gain a lasting appreciation for the process of science. Students enjoy interactive exercises with graphics, animation and movie clips to demonstrate key concepts, participate in virtual labs and go on field trips, all valuable learning strategies that are designed to grab and keep a student’s attention. Laboratory skills are reinforced to help

Middle School students lean in to get a better look during the Science Olympiad presentation.

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students think critically, problem solve, analyze data, and communicate ideas through oral and written presentations. Science Olympiad is a popular academic exercise for seventh and eighth graders. Students who make the award-winning team compete in two off-campus tournaments a year and have won recognition among our Middle Schoolers as being a “fun experience while making and doing cool and challenging stuff.” A muchanticipated event is the robotics event called Robo-Cross where budding scientists design a robot capable of moving objects and manauvering around an obstacle course in a timed period for maximum points! Science Olympiad allows students to excel outside the classroom and, most importantly, has generated excitement in science among the Middle School set.

Math is the language of science. Science Olympiad is valuable on so many levels because it brings science to life and allows students to demonstrate their skills through problem solving, hands-on activities and cooperative learning. Best of all, our students begin to make exciting scientific connections to the real world.

Sam Tkach ’12 demonstrates the dexterity of his award-winning robot.


ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: INQUIRY, RESEARCH AND ACTION By Marnie Jones

It is an exciting time in the Upper School science department with many inspiring changes and enhancements this past year. Research shows that an increase in hands-on experiences not only stimulates interest in various science disciplines but also increases critical thinking skills. With that, several additions have been added to our extracurricular schedule including a new Upper School Science Olympiad, a Robotics Club and a Ranney Research Club. In addition, the Ranney Research Club together with a select few students will show their hard work in the First Annual Upper School Science Fair which will be held this April in RSPA Panther Hall. This past summer, as part of the Ranney School’s professional development initiative, I had the esteemed pleasure of attending a two week program at Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology. Designed to bring cutting edge biotechnology to the classroom, I used sophisticated techniques and equipment to perform procedures such as DNA polymerase chain reactions (PCR), bacterial transformation and DNA sequence analysis. During the workshop, I was able to extract DNA from soil samples and to analyze it for known and new species of bacteria, to test foods to see if they were genetically modified, and even to analyze my own DNA fingerprints from cheek

cell samples! One of the highlights that I will always remember was the opportunity to interact with leading researchers at Princeton University including a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner and a Nobel Laureate.

In this time of environmental awareness, ESTA, Environmental Students Taking Action, has been spearheading many great environmental movements here at Ranney.

Adam Nickel ’12 measures the rate of diffusion in a cytoplasm-like material.

They are the driving force behind environmental awareness on campus. ESTA started a very successful battery recycling campaign throughout the divisions and sponsored a “Day Without Electricity” which occurred last April to kick off the Earth Week Festival. This was a high profile experience at the school which was filmed by NJN News and showed how we as individuals can cut our carbon dioxide emissions and reduce greenhouse gases. Continuing with this theme of sustainability, Andrew Revkin, a science and environmental reporter for The New York Times, was the keynote speaker at this year’s Fall Convocation. His words will echo throughout this year as ESTA works to reduce the amount of styrofoam used in the Dining Hall by replacing plastic utensils with biodegradable materials and plastic bottles in the school with reusable water bottles. ESTA will continue to increase the use of canvas bags and reduce the amount of plastic bags used by members of the community. Lastly, ESTA will be presenting to the faculty, staff, and students the proper way to recycle on campus so that we are environmentally conscious and GREEN!

Jaya Sondhi ’12 and Louise Cerami-Guarino ’12 observe how the rate of diffusion is affected by temperature.

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ATHLETIC FUNDAMENTALS

By Alex Winnicker, Strength and Conditioning Coach

hampion athletes do one thing that less successful athletes fail to do; they make the skills of their sport look easy. Their movements look effortless and they inherently know how to turn the right muscles on and off at the appropriate times. Champions know how to use their whole body to incorporate the skills of their sport. They learn these skills early on in their lives, and then master these skills by performing thousands upon thousands of repetitions at the speed needed in competition. At Ranney, we have the unique opportunity to teach and train students from an early age, giving them every opportunity to become champions. 18

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LEARNING TO RUN, SWIM AND KICK ALLOWS RANNEY ATHLETES TO FLY Superior athletes display the qualities of strength, power, speed, agility, mental toughness and a will to succeed. There is also a relationship between effort, performance and rewards. Our goal, regardless of sport, is to introduce, skill build, provide the proper tools and maximize athletic potential. Ultimately, by teaching and improving the technical sport skills of the students, we can strengthen the effort-performance relationship, and enhance the overall motivation of the students toward all sports and athletic activities in general. Athletes are initially drawn to a sport because it is fun. They become champions through dedication and hard work, both on and off the field of play. We understand enjoyment plays a

large part in initial success and, understanding this reality, we are mindful to make sports fun and challenging right from the start. We also strive to expose students to a variety of sports and encourage them to participate in sports that emphasize their personal strengths and skills. At Ranney, a student’s athletic career begins quite early, spanning from RSPA Panther Cubs through the end of Upper School, so teaching the fundamentals and lighting their competitive athletic fires is a necessity. Once the students are old enough to join teams and competition begins, they learn that athletic excellence requires effort as well as ability and coaches, in turn, create the delicate balance between having fun and strengthening athletic skills. We want athletes to crave

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the next practice, knowing that they are becoming more productive with each passing day, poised to win, and winning, while certainly not everything, is a lot of fun! When a team works out together, they develop chemistry, leadership skills and learn how to support each other in an environment of friendly competition. At the Middle and Upper School levels, our teams engage in sport-specific, supervised workouts. In addition, we have an exciting new partnership with the EDGE Sports Academy for off-season athletes to train with their teammates. All of this individualized training improves athleticism, motivates athletes, builds team spirit and attitude, and, of course, reduces the instances of injury! Training programs

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give athletes an organized “plan of attack� for their workouts, emphasizing correct technique, mental toughness, discipline, focus, and most of all, hard work. The focus is to steadily improve performance in all areas, every day.

Just like the champion student, the champion athlete evaluates their own performance and does what is needed to become more competitive. The success of any athlete on the field has much to do with what he or she does between games. Engaging in continued workouts and exhibiting healthy habits in terms of diet, sleep, study and social life

all play an important role in the athlete’s success. Simply put, athletes make a concrete decision to make themselves championship material. At Ranney School, we are committed to instilling the proper beliefs early, reinforcing fundamental skills and giving everyone the best opportunity to become a champion in their own right. Athletics are an integral part of the Ranney experience. Sports are not simply about the excitement of the game, but about the bridge building between people of all types, ages, cultures and interests. Sports are about sharing in the pursuit of a common goal and striving to achieve outstanding performance, teamwork, communication, leadership and, ultimately, success.


SWIMMING AT RANNEY SCHOOL Swimming is a wonderful way to build and maintain athleticism. Whether for competition or pleasure, swimming offers a workout for the entire body that is appropriate for all ages. Even through stages

of life when some other forms of activity may be difficult, swimming is comfortable, safe and amazingly effective for elevating the athleticism of a student. The

From left: Sofia Wahba ’19, and Luke DenverMoore ’19 receive instruction from Emmett Walling

low-impact and essential nature of the activity makes it an extremely important skill to learn early in a child’s development. Ranney’s excellent aquatic facility allows us to focus much of our early athletic endeavors in the pool, beginning several days a week with the Lower School and offering skill development right on through the Upper School.

Front to back: Olivia Nisbet ’17, Rebekah Lo ’17, Evan Kumar ’17 and Austin Dobrzynski ’17

CIRCLE OF RANNEY CHAMPIONS

Above: Middle School Boys Soccer Central Jersey Athletic League (CJAL) Champions! Left: Girls Varsity Tennis are New Jersey State Interscholastic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public B South Sectional Champions!

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From left: Jacqueline Erler ’18, Eric Stavola ’18 and Derek Gordon ’18

Front: Jillian Villany ’15 Back: Alexandra Shay ’15, Nikki Short ’15 and Elisa Stavola ’15

From left: Matthew Simpson ’10, Evelyn Giovine ’12 and Peter Giovine ’10

THE IMPORTANCE OF PERFORMING ARTS IN EDUCATION By John E. C. Doyle

AND ITS IMPACT ON GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND LIFELONG LEARNING is well documented by the media, teacher associations and educational leaders that visual and performing arts budgets are at risk. The same educational sources also report on the importance of teaching to the whole child as a vital part of a balanced education.

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Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences proposes that every learner has a range of intelligences and learning styles. The theory states that students do not learn just through linguistic and

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logical-mathematical intelligences, but through a varied collection of intelligences. Because performing arts naturally lends itself to engaging the mind and body of students, it aligns itself well with Gardner’s theory: creating and performing dance and movement is an exercise in kinesthetic learning; students hone their visual and spacial skills by working on set, costume and light design; playing instruments and singing calls upon students to use rhythmic intelligence; participating in and producing performing arts events requires students to cooperate, using interpersonal skills to communicate their ideas and emotions, giving them a vehicle for intrapersonal self-expression. Performing arts experiences are enhanced by teachers who incorporate different

modalities that are more likely to engage all of a student’s learning styles. Those performing arts modalities include role playing, making music, dancing, acting, set design, lights, costumes, props and stage management.

Academics are the foundation, Arts are the inspiration. During drama, music and public speaking classes, students become self-confident, motivated and culturally aware. They begin to balance spontaneous selfexpression with patience and focus, the very essence of poise. As theater students mature, they begin to communicate more effectively, using both verbal and nonverbal skills to express themselves.


Additional benefits of performing arts are the social skills developed by belonging to a group working toward a common goal. Student performers establish healthy and rewarding connections: they learn how to work together in an ensemble and how to relate to others from different cultures and backgrounds. They learn how to be caring, with concern and respect for their fellow performers that, ultimately, extends into society. These interpersonal skills, in turn, allow them to deal with conflict in non-aggressive ways. They further develop empathy by identifying and understanding the thoughts and feelings of their characters. Self-awareness matures as they identify their emotions and selfconfidence boosts as they recognize their unique strengths and abilities.

Theater as living literature also models societal morals and expectations. Drama students develop an understanding of how society works as they observe and experience situations through acting. Performance allows students to develop positive character traits that lead them to develop the skills needed to make sound moral decisions. Studies also reveal that students involved in the arts develop higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation which support reading, writing and math skills. A 1995 College Board profile showed that students who had studied the arts for more than four years scored significantly higher on the SAT. Performing Arts provide students different approaches to all subjects. Theater, music and dance open new venues to understanding our global society and are valuable forms of expression, both for the performing student and the student in the audience.

RANNEY’S INAUGURAL BLACK BOX PRODUCTION OF NAGASAKI DUST AND JAPAN FULBRIGHT MEMORIAL FUND EXPERIENCE By John E. C. Doyle

From left: Sophie Wilkus ’09, Yasmin Meleis ’12, Danny Egan ’09, Evelyn Giovine ’12 and Jon-Michael Coscia ’11

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund requires teachers to include a follow-up plan outlining how they will share the experience and knowledge gained during their Japan visit with their community. The Upper School production of Nagasaki Dust by W. Colin McKay allowed me to apply, not only what I learned about traditional Japanese music, theater and Buto style dance, but knowledge gained from the Peace Education Seminar that was presented by Keijiro Matsushima, a survivor of the bombing of Nagasaki. During the seminar, Matsushima-san related his survival in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 with a statement that was powerful in its simplicity, “We do not hate the Americans but hate theAtomic Bomb.” Tomoko Yanagi, a second generation A-Bomb survivor also provided valuable insight that day. Nagasaki Dust is the story of American John Okui who returns to his father’s homeland to bury his mother’s ashes on her native soil and to come to terms with his Asian ancestry. While in Japan, Pearl Harbor is bombed, and Okui is drafted into the Japanese army, and soon he is in charge of a Nagasaki POW camp! When the war ends, he finds himself on trial for his life before the American army.

As part of my direction of the play, I built into the rehearsal schedule time to teach the cast Japanese history that is critical to the story. The main characters John Okui and Lieutenant Randolph find themselves in a situation that was put in motion by historic events completely beyond their control. The cast of ten portray 19 characters that reveal the truth behind Okui’s involvement during the war through flashbacks, Okui’s nightmares and courtroom scenes. The actors, through Buto style dance, also become American and Japanese soldiers as well as victims of the Atomic Bomb. It was vital for the actors to understand critical historic events leading up to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor, America’s treatment of JapaneseAmericans and their internment in camps, Japan’s Imperial History, and its effect on their war mentality in order to develop strong characters and believable relationships.

The Ranney Black Box Theater in The Commons lends itself well to this production. The intimacy of the space allows the audience to examine the characters closely, becoming part of the story with their attention. The space also reflects the simplicity of traditional Japanese stages: theater conventions of Kabuki, Kyogen and Noh demand audiences to accept simplified sets, visible stage hands, masked characters and multiple characters played by a small company of actors. My goal as director of Nagasaki Dust is to hold a mirror up to the failings of human beings in the historic past of America and Japan and let that reflection contribute to a global understanding that we must learn from our past to keep peace in our future.

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JAPAN FULBRIGHT MEMORIAL FUND TEACHER PROGRAM – JUNE 2008 By John E. C. Doyle

buildings of glass and steel share space with 600 year-old temples. It is a city where business men and women go to work in gray suits and older “aunties” shop in traditional yakata. Yokkaichi boasted of its petrochemical plants yet was equally proud of their sea coast fishing industries. They balanced a fast paced industrial history with a respectful bow to their cultural heritage: a city-owned traditional tea house sits proudly in the middle of a meticulously manicured city park and city-supported museums of art and history dot the landscape.

Summers away from the Ranney campus have always afforded me the opportunity to become a student once again. These opportunities expand my knowledge, understanding and general education, and of course, help me to become a better teacher. In the past, I have spent summers in fused glass classes, real estate seminars, market investment courses, specialized workshops such as Shakespeare for teachers, teaching to the whole child and museums as classrooms. June 2008 was no different in that I attended various classes, seminars and workshops, but it did differ in one major way – I was in Japan!

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The road to Japan began in December 2008, when I applied for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teachers program. My application was one of 1,500 submitted by teachers from all over the United States and only 160 teachers would be selected as guests of the Japanese government. The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund’s goal is to advance understanding between the American and Japanese people. Those selected would enjoy seminars, tours, cultural explorations, school and university visits and a home stay with a Japanese family. I received the happy news over spring break that I would be leaving on June 7. The entire trip included an orientation day in San Francisco, two weeks in Tokyo and one week in Yokkaichi in the Mie prefecture.

Tokyo was a study in contradiction, powerful yet calm, modern and ancient, gray buildings with green parks, the city was everything you hear about in the media. It is a modern city that hustles with sophisticated energy. It is also a city that surrounds the Imperial Palace, the official residence of the emperor. It is a city where

We attended seminars on Japan’s government, history, Japanese traditional theater and music, peace education, Japanese paper arts, and Japan’s national recycling program. Touring with guides and independently, we explored places both on and off the beaten track: breathtaking temples and shrines, the Japanese Diet, the Ginza, the Supreme Court, 100 yen stores (Japan’s answer to the Dollar Store), Kimono thrift shops and museums that included Tokyo National Art Center, Matsusaki Castle, Samurai homes and the Takeshima Military Museum.

A highlight of the trip was an invitation to dine with the Japanese Consulate General at his residence where we had the honor to meet the Mayor of Yokkaichi City and the Superintendent of Yokkaichi Board of Education. It was a thrill to discuss world politics with Diet members and listen with awe and respect to survivors of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. We also spoke to parents about American special education, and we were entertained by koto, samisen and shakuhachi musicians, Kabuki dancers, and Kyogen comics.


We visited schools at each grade level; Chubu Nishi Elementary School, Minato Junior High School, Mie Prefectural Technical High School and Mie University.

We observed classes, teaching methods and had the extraordinary opportunity to discuss American/ Japanese educational pedagogy with Japanese teachers and administrators. These open discussions examined differences in class sizes, the education of children with special needs, the importance of the arts in education, technology education, as well as the need to teach students how to be independent.

The experience of teaching English to a classroom full of 40 eager and excited Japanese students was amazing. Those same classes erupted into smiles and giggles as American teachers tried speaking Japanese and the students became the sensei. I can personally attest that the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund succeeds in its mission of fostering better understanding between our two nations. The program provided learning opportunities for me unavailable in any other venue. Through my experiences in Japan, I have been

able to enhance my drama academics and extracurricular program, bringing to my students and the Ranney community a greater understanding of the Japanese people, their history and culture. I will be forever grateful to JFMF and the Japanese Government for giving me personal experiences that have altered my life and the way I view the world as well as presenting me the gift of new friends in Japan, my fellow JFMF brothers and sisters and our host families who opened their homes and their hearts.

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FAMILY TIES Nineteen lessons learned from Ranney School’s “oldest” children. Together, these Lifers draw from 251 years of experience.

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ineteen out of the 60 members of the graduating Class of 2009 have attended Ranney for ten or more years. They have witnessed significant changes, welcomed new friends, made lasting memories – and now it is time to finally say goodbye! Undoubtedly, Ranney has become a second home for these seniors who have grown up on this campus and, while every student has been an equal part of the community, the 2009 Lifers have each found a niche and formed their own identities, making them the diverse, well-rounded and passionate group of young adults that they are today.

Perhaps the strongest bond between Ranney students is the one among the Lifers. They have become family. They have also come a long way since learning the ABC’s with the “letter people,” mastering Worldly Wise throughout Lower School and attending their first Middle School dance. From recess to AP exams, Ranney School has certainly left a lasting impression. These students are confident in their abilities to embark on a new journey in college, with memories of their Ranney careers always dear to their hearts. While the Lifers have been thankful for their experiences over the last decade, Ranney is also grateful to have such dedicated, mature and spirited members of the community whom they can call “family.” — Katie Adams ’09

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Katie Adams, 15 years

Fares Ani, 14 years

Margaux D’Onofrio, 14 years

“Ranney offers so many leadership opportunities that everyone is given the chance to shine in their own way. My classmates are talented, motivated and definitely show respect for their peers. I appreciate their dedication whether as captains of sports teams, members of student council, or any other leadership positions. By playing multiple sports, participating in clubs and extracurricular activities, I have learned to manage my time and maintain a balance between work and play that will stay with me throughout my college career.”

“Of all the great things that I have experienced at Ranney, I will miss the friendships I have made as well as the small classes and extraordinary guidance that I have received from my teachers. Ranney has taught me how to be an effective essay writer in all academic disciplines. I also enjoy how the entire community is visible at pep rallies, carnival, semiformals, sports events and the junior and senior proms. Whenever I am anywhere on campus, I always see familiar faces.”

“ One Ranney memory that will be forever in my mind happened in first grade. We were learning about the butterfly life cycle and were all given our very own caterpillars. Every day we checked on our caterpillar, watching it form into its cocoon until it eventually broke free. When it became a butterfly, we all went outside and let them go. Last year, I volunteered for the Lower School internship program and worked with a first grade class once a week. One morning I visited the class and they were starting a new project. They were growing their own butterflies just like I had done when I was in first grade!”

Ian Bamberger, 13 years “It has been a privilege to have been a part of the Ranney community where every student enjoys setting a positive example for the underclassmen. My whole Ranney experience from kindergarten to my senior year has been rewarding and unforgettable. The social diversity and closeness have shaped my personality.”

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Daniel Egan, 14 years

Jesse Taylor Feldmus, 11 years

Jill Giunco, 11 years

“My Ranney experience has really helped me to understand the best way that I can study. I know what works best for me.”

“Being a leader at Ranney has been quite an enriching experience. Every week as president of Habitat for Humanity, I get to demonstrate the skills and qualities that Ranney has taught me over the years. Out of all the memorable experiences I have had, I will always remember the entire school gathering for a photo to celebrate Ranney’s 40th anniversary. I remember sitting on the bottom row, looking up and seeing all of the “big kids” and now I am that kid! This constant reminder of my Ranney years will stay with me for years to come.”

“The leadership role that I assume at Ranney has helped me to develop into a strong person. I have also been able to take advantage of so many opportunities at Ranney, including AP classes. Ranney has taught me how to be organized and have a good sense of time management due to the many day-to-day responsibilities.”

Max Knopf, 15 years “Time management and the hunger for success are two things that Ranney has melded into my personality. I am 100% ready for the challenges that await me next year. I have also enjoyed the life-long friendships and warm atmosphere that Ranney is all about. I will greatly miss my teachers, friends and the supportive atmosphere that Ranney has given me.”

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Ankit Goel, 11 years

Hannah Goldstein, 14 years

Alyssa Flashburg, 13 years

“I will never forget entering the new high school for the first time. I will miss the teachers and students the most at Ranney.”

“The things that I will miss the most about Ranney will be the teachers who know me, even before I introduce myself. They know my family history from my older brother, and they will continue to know it for my little brother, Noah, who is in seventh grade. I will miss that. Being a leader at Ranney has been like being an older sister at home. It gets frustrating sometimes, having to be the role model for a large amount of younger students, but it is also gratifying to know that there is that large amount of children who are looking up to me. It’s like my little brother, always present, always on my mind, and keeping me in check.”

“I will miss the close friendships that I have developed throughout my years and the close relationship with my teachers who teach with such passion. Ranney has also taught me organizational and time management skills. Through my hard work and determination, I know that I am prepared for college.”

Mayur Gourkanti, 14 years “Being a leader at Ranney has felt pretty natural. Ranney has taught me the values of working hard and always trying my best on the toughest tasks. I will always remember how comfortable and welcomed I felt in the Ranney community.”

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Steven Jow, 13 years

Michael Marlys, 14 years

Anna Mrzyglocki, 14 years

“My most memorable Ranney experience was the senior Retreat. We knew that we would not be together after this year and we interacted more than ever. Knowing my peers for so long has made Ranney feel like a second home. I have also enjoyed watching Ranney School progress with new technology and beautiful new buildings.”

“I have known some of my Ranney friends for 14 years and it has been a great experience growing up with them and learning together. I will miss my fellow peers and the faculty the most. It has been a pleasure to know the unique and diverse people at Ranney. Performing at the coffee houses has been memorable because it gave me the chance to perform my music on stage with my friends.”

“I will definitely miss my friends that I have spent many, many years with. I will also miss the music room in the Commons because I grew up there, singing and playing flute. I first got involved in music at Ranney and music has become one of the most important aspects of my life. I have performed at every single Ranney School coffee house since the sixth grade! They have given me the opportunity to express my creativity outside the school day. I sang and played the first song I ever wrote in the ninth grade, and I have been writing and performing my own songs ever since.”

Jonathan Yu, 15 years “I have had a solid education. The rigorous courses have challenged me intellectually every day.”

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Greg Stormes, 13 years

Katie Weinstein, 10 years

Alyson Halpern, 13 years

“The College Guidance Office has been a constant reminder about what needs to be ready when applying to college. This has prepared me for actually applying and being accepted into college. Ranney has also prepared me for the actual college experience because I have taken rigorous classes every year. One of my most memorable Ranney experiences has to do with athletics, when I went with the fencing team to the state competition the first year. I did not win any medals that day, but I fought well against the other fencers. For me, it was the time spent with my friends that was the most fun.”

“I enjoy the friendships I have had for so many years and will miss the connections that I have made here. One of my most memorable experiences occurred in second grade on the playground. We were all taking turns on the slide when we noticed an enormous bug with wings and horns. We were all terrified, excited and curious and Katie Adams and I still talk about that odd-looking insect almost 11 years later! That bug brought a sense of togetherness for all the lifers as most of us have this funny memory in common.”

“Being a captain of the field hockey team for the past two years has allowed me to experience first-hand what it is like to be a leader and be someone who the team looks to set a good example. I also enjoy the strong friendships and memories that I have made over the years. Just like Katie Adams and Katie Weinstein, I, too, remember discovering that now famous dragon caterpillar on the playground so many years ago!”

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A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

DEDICATIONS, CELEBRATIONS AND RIBBON CUTTINGS “Ranney School is, and always has been, an enormous source of pride for me and I hope for all of you.” — Dr. Daniel Goldberg he month of September 2008 brought a whirlwind of activities and celebrations, as the new Lower School Academic Complex and RSPA Panther Hall opened its doors to Ranney students, families and extended community. Because of the hard work and efforts of many, this phase of the Foundations for Learning capital campaign was completed on time and under budget! We mapped out a plan of action, assembled a highly competent crew and then began the journey forward, focused on the mission of Ranney School. I am delighted to report that every student and teacher was thoroughly impressed and in love with their new classrooms and learning facilities. Within these walls, students are now empowered to reach their full potential…with expanded opportunities for learning in the arts, sciences and technology.

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Dr. Daniel Goldberg, President of the Ranney School Board of Trustees, welcomes parents, faculty, administration and community leaders to the Grand Opening Celebration held in September.

Students, parents, friends and teachers gathered in early September to dedicate the Lower School Academic Complex. Amidst a wave of blue and white pom-poms and euphoric cheers, school officials and benefactors made it official and cut the ribbon on Ranney School’s brand new $14 million building. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Jeffrey and Suzanne Citron and Peter and Kristen Gerhard who co-chaired this phase of the highly successful Foundations for Learning capital campaign.

to parents, alumni, faculty, administration and friends, for their tremendous contributions to this capital project, the most successful fundraising endeavor in the school’s history. It was an honor to be among friends and to celebrate that moment with all our community members. This year is most certainly a defining moment in the life of the school. Serving in my 11th year on the Board of Trustees, I can tell you that Ranney School is, and always has been, an enormous source of pride for me and I hope for all of you.

Ranney School parents, faculty and community leaders also met in the new building for a Grand Opening celebration. The evening was a fitting tribute to honor each and every member of the Ranney community, from the Board of Trustees

Sincerely,

Daniel B. Goldberg, M.D. President, Board of Trustees


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RANNEY SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES

2008-2009 Daniel Goldberg, M.D. President

RANNEY SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Dear Alumni and friends,

Marshall Knopf First Vice President

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the new Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Ranney School. I am elated to be a part of the Ranney community and lending my skills to the success of this fine institution. For those who I have not yet met, I look forward to seeing you in the coming months at any number of alumni events we have planned for this year.

Jamie Price Vice President Patricia Kurdyla Secretary Jack McEnery Co-Treasurer Albert Rodriguez Co-Treasurer Josephine Esquivel Financial Advisor Thomas Frystock Kristen Gerhard Paul Guidone Thomas Karagianakis Carol Martin Stephen Papetti Douglas Roberts ’79 Albert Tedeschi, M.D. Brian Torpey, M.D. Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D. Head of School Ex Officio Michele Karagianakis President Parents’ Association Ex Officio

Since my arrival on campus in August, there has been a tremendously high level of energy in the air. The start of the new academic year, combined with the opening of the new Lower School Academic Complex, has energized and inspired the staff and community. The campus renaissance is something you should plan on seeing for yourself because it is truly remarkable. We have more than 15 alumni with children at Ranney School today. Ranney’s solid reputation has been built by you and as alumni; we want to partner with you to build its future as well. As the year unfolds, I look forward to working closely with you to enhance the vision and mission of Ranney School. The advancement office has a team of dedicated professionals who are here to make sure that you are part of our success at Ranney. I invite you to show your Ranney pride as contributing alumni. Please call us or visit us and share your achievements with our students or even become a mentor! There has been monumental success in the last 49 years and I envision the next decade to be even bigger and better, producing students who will continue to have an impact on our society. These are students who you will be proud to live and work with as fellow Ranney alumni. Thank you again for this opportunity to be a part of the Ranney community. Our work together promises to make Ranney School the best independent day school in the region. Warmest regards,

Russell Gartz Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Ranney School

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Class of 1969 Scott Williams ’69 writes: “Greetings Ranney School students, staff, and alumni. Hope you’re all doing well. I have many fond memories of my time at Ranney. I can’t believe it was 40 years ago that I was a senior.” Scott moved to Colorado soon after graduation and lost touch with his classmates. He says, “I still have my class yearbook and take it out from time to time to reminisce. I am living in Wyoming now and love it here. Take care and be well.”

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Class of 1966 Ron Beecher ’66 has lived and worked in Chicago for the past 28 years. He was in the financial industry for nearly 34 years, went to culinary school four years ago and currently works for Brooks Brothers. He says, “I have four wonderful kids, of whom I’m enormously proud: Dr. Henry G. Beecher – Gastroenterologist, practicing in Stamford, CT (and father of my two darling granddaughters); Olivia S. (Mrs. David Riddiford) – managing real estate in Florida; Lucy G. (Mrs. Brad Nelson) – professional artist and art instructor (soon, with Brad, to join the staff at Verde Valley School, Sedona, AZ as co-art instructors) and Daisy P. Beecher – currently teaching at Peabody Terrace, Cambridge.” Ron’s hobby is writing and he has written a number of articles on Chicago points of interest and numerous short stories. He is currently working on a long story.

Class of 1967 Gary Mininsohn ’67 writes: “I am living in the DC area with two great kids. My son, Seth, is an Arizona State grad and is working here in Rockville, MD, for a marketing and PR firm as a public relations specialist. My daughter, Randi, graduated from the University of Florida with honors. After working for Diane von

Furstenberg for about a year, she opted for the academic life and will be completing her Masters at NYU this spring.” Gary is still playing rugby for the Washington Poltroons. “I did have the pleasure of seeing Holly Hindle ’67 for the first time since our graduation. We visited in Tampa last winter where she is happily working as a medical assistant. She is the mother of a lovely young lass who graduated this past spring from Old Dominion University and who seemed to delight in the fact that her mother was once a teen herself and has friends who still care to stay in contact after a gap of say 40 years. We rapped about the Ranney years and had a toast or two to Mr. and Mrs. Ranney, Dr. Searle, Dr. Beispiel, Ms. Broderick, Dr. Pike and Ms. Anick. I know we were grateful to a lot of other teachers, educators and various other Ranney personnel for the efforts they invested in trying to prepare us for the future.”

Class of 1968 Beth Rubin ’68 is a professional photographer in New Jersey, specializing in weddings, family, friends and scenic photography (www.digitalbybeth.net). She writes: “I had a great time with Eric Rice ’68, celebrating the 40th Class Reunion at the Ranney Luau last June!”

Nick Cataldo ’71 is a gynecologist in Birmingham, AL, where he moved four years ago after 24 years in the San Francisco Bay area. He lives with Karen, a nurse practitioner and two cats and still enjoys gardening. His three sons are all in southern California, where one is a senior in college and the other two are in high school. Although he no longer has family in New Jersey (his mother also lives in Birmingham now), he recently visited Ranney and was impressed by the many changes on campus. He writes: “The Administration building, which was the high school back then, was still recognizable, but changed in many ways. The new high school classrooms and library were especially impressive, as were the athletic facilities.”

Class of 1972 Steven Lance ’72 remains a steadfast Monmouth County, New Jersey resident and continues his practice as a Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in stress and stress-related health concerns. Steve is an Associate Practitioner at the Integrated Health and Wellness Center, LLC (Manasquan, NJ), and the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness (with offices at Premier, MD and Bridgewater, NJ). When not on the

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lecture circuit, he continues the research for his First Book of Tea. As mentioned in a previous Columns, Steve is also continuing to jog his memory and take notes for his book of English as taught to him by Ranney School’s Mr. Kevin A. Quinn. He also reminds us that he wants to hear English tips from Mr. Quinn’s other students for inclusion in this very special project (and it’s also how you can get your name in the book’s acknowledgements). Getting back to his show business roots, as a radio broadcaster and actor in Star Trek and Woody Allen films, Steve’s latest project is a weekly 30-minute podcast–“Planet Showbiz with Lance and Marconi,” which is scheduled to air over the Rutgers WCCR network beginning this December. To contact Steve, please visit his web sites, www.PlanetShowbiz. com and www.StevenLance.com.

Class of 1973 Kenneth Yokelson ’73 encourages you to check out this web site (www. atlantabritishmotorcarday.com). He writes, “I’m involved with this classic car show!”

Class of 1974 Helen Pike ’74 just published her eighth book entitled New Jersey: Crossroads of Commerce, a 300-year survey of business from Dutch traders to the dot.coms. She is now at work on the family history of a retired state senator and lectures on the Development of Mass Media at RutgersNew Brunswick.

Class of 1975 Carol Hartvigsen Marion ’75 celebrated her twentieth wedding anniversary in May. Her oldest daughter, Christina, is a freshman at the University of Richmond and their younger daughter, Lauren, is applying to Carnegie Mellon and Virginia Tech looking to study architecture.

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future. Doug has continued to lecture around the world, visiting 20 nations in 2008 – including Chile, Egypt, Iceland, Latvia, Lebanon and Vietnam. Topics are as varied as archaeology, parenting, philosophy, theology and leadership. In addition, every year he leads a tour to a place of historical and biblical interest. This summer he led 165 people to the Middle East, where he enjoyed dinner with Donald Radlauer ’77. Next year’s group will visit Rome and Pompeii. He has published new books, his web site has grown to 8,000 pages, and a new component in his diverse work has emerged: public debate. The most recent event took place at Safra Synagogue in Manhattan on November 11. His opponents: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Imam Shabir Ally – a three-way debate. The topic: “Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Which is the True Religion of Peace?” Doug and his wife, Vicki, celebrated their 23rd anniversary, and two of their children are now in college, so the nest is emptying. Please feel free to contact Douglas through his web site, www.douglasjacoby.com. (He promises to reply.)

Class of 1978 Charlotte Aylor-Diaz ’78 and her husband, Dan, live in Brick, NJ with their menagerie of furry “children.” She writes: “Due to a few unexpected losses in the past year from old age and illness, their family currently includes only three furkids – Dulcie (cattledog mix), Diego (cocker spaniel mix) and Daphnee (bunny).” Charlotte is now working at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, supporting all corporate Human Resources contracting. Her true calling continues to be working for the betterment of the treatment of animals, especially domestic animals, in her community and beyond. Charlotte volunteers for many animal rescue groups and provides additional services to animal non-profits through her firm, Extra Paws Consulting (ExtraPaws.org). Charlotte and her family enjoy supporting animal

non-profit fundraising events and competed in several Halloween costume contests this fall, taking first prize in each they entered. In this photo… Charlotte and her family in their winning costumes! Susan Osborn ’78 lives in downtown Chicago, teaching keyboard skills to college students and private piano lessons to children. In addition, she is a Docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, giving Riverboat Tours in her “spare” time. During the summers, she teaches piano at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. She is a developing photographer who would love contact with Ranney classmates!

Class of 1979 Joy Vastola Mangano ’79 writes: “Hello Gang! Not a day goes by that I don’t think of one of you as I travel the Ranney campus. Whether it’s dropping off or picking up Ariana ’19 (my daughter, now 7 and here for five years already) Blake ’18 and Derek ’20 (my sister’s boys, 8 and 6), coaching Panther Cubs Soccer with my husband, running to the nurse or bringing misplaced books back to the Searle Library - I inevitably flash back to some moment spent with one of you in the 70s. I do see Eric Casriel ’78, Sherrie (Farber) Haas ’79 and Lisa Chirichillo (’81) and their beautiful families floating around too. Here are two photos to show you how much fun we are still having at Ranney. Come back and visit! Love, Joy. P.S. Thought everyone might get a kick out of these photos. Thanksgiving Feast for the first grade with Lisa Chirichillo as the pilgrim and me as the Indian. And Derek, Ariana and Blake at soccer.” John Wesson ’79 recently joined the brokerage firm J.P.Turner & Co. LLC based in Atlanta, GA and has a branch office in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ where he has been located for the past five years. He lives in Mantaloking, NJ and enjoys


seeing Doug Roberts ’79 and Hillary Kramer ’82 on the financial networks. He writes, “Congratulations to both of them.” He hopes to make it to the 30th reunion this year. Doug Roberts ’79 and his wife, Nancy, are the proud Ranney parents of Alexander ’18 and Elizabeth ’15. He recently released his first book, Follow the Fed to Investment Success-The Effortless Strategy for Beating Wall Street. Published by Wiley in May, this book skillfully outlines a proven approach to investing that is based on the idea that there is a direct correlation between stock market performance and the actions of the Federal Reserve Bank. For those who want to build true wealth in today’s markets, Follow the Fed to Investment Success offers an easy-to-understand approach to investing that anyone can implement—with little effort and even less time. You can find more information at www.followthefedthebook.com.

Class of 1980 Jennifer Arnold-Delgado ’80 writes: “I was really overwhelmed by the wonderful accomplishment of the new RSPA Panther Hall. It is beautiful and the acoustics are incredible. Dr. Sykoff has really done beautiful things with the school. Some of the families that I photograph are sending their kids to Ranney, and the children are all so lovely and well spoken. Ranney School has gone from being a great educational environment to becoming a truly nurturing environment. What a wonderful progression! I am off to Oahu to visit my older daughter. She is going to college, surfing and playing her music. Art and music are close to my heart, and I will be bringing some of my surf art to display at the Wyland Gallery in Haleiwa. It’s been really nice through the years seeing people from school, and feeling that connection of the specialness of what we experienced. Being part of such a special family has truly been a blessing for me. I also continue to work for my favorite cause, the Monmouth Conservation Foundation.”

Robert Farber ’80 has both his children attending Ranney School- daughter, Sarah ’20 is active in gymnastics and son Ian ’15 plays Pop-Warner football (defensive line). His team, The Jersey Shore Blue Devils (Jr. Midget Division), came in first place in their division and first place in the regional division! He and his wife, Isabelle, are happy to be at Ranney, as are the kids. He is still practicing law, and his firm is in the resurgent Asbury Park.

Class of 1981 Tom Carchman ’81 lives in Boca Raton, FL, with his wife Stacy, daughter Danielle, a Maltese Poodle, two fish, hermit crab and exotic bearded dragon. He keeps in touch with Cary L., Mark K., Scott S. and some other Facebook junkies. He says, “Life is good, I own my own business and also work in operations for a boutique estate planning firm.”

Class of 1982 Beth Siprelle Rine ’82 writes: “In June of 1984, I married my best friend, Phil. Scott Schedivy ’84 introduced us! I have four children: Phil, 22; Nick, 20; Jess, 19 and Christian, 12. Hmmm, I must be old! In 2001, a terrible car accident caused by a driver under the influence of drugs left me with three brain surgeries and two back surgeries. The recovery was long, but I came to understand that what is REALLY important in life are relationships with family, friends and God. So you see, there really is good in every situation. I keep busy with my kids, working part-time in a law office and running my own party decorating business. I recently joined Facebook and would love to hear from some of my classmates and teachers.”

Class of 1984 Marci Alboher ’84 writes: “Like many of my Ranney School classmates, I have come to appreciate the rigorous training I received in all things having to do with language. That background has come in handy for my current work as a columnist and blogger for The New York Times. I have yet to meet an editor who has a command of grammar rules equal to that of our old taskmaster Russell G. Ranney!

I had a big thrill last spring when Ranney invited me to speak about my new book, One Person/Multiple Careers, during Career Day. As a result of that trip back to Ranney, I met Sara Jane Berman ’09 who worked with me this summer as an intern. Years ago, I got my first taste of New York City through bus trips with my Ranney classmates for the annual honor roll and Spanish club outings. I have loved the city ever since and have recently settled into a new home in the West Village with my beau, Jay, and our French Bulldog, Sinatra. I still keep in close touch with Carrie Lane ’85, now an art consultant living in New York City, and Beth Fishman ’84, who is a glass artist in Seattle.” Jay Connelly ’84 is a partner in the law firm of Ronan, Tuzzio & Giannone in Tinton Falls, NJ. His primary practice is civil and commercial litigation as well as the handling of patent and trademark matters. He also serves as the municipal prosecutor in Shrewsbury, NJ. In addition to his law practice, Jay has partnered with Robert and Suzanna Stein in the operation of several LA Boxing fitness clubs in Shrewsbury, Marlboro and coming soon to Middletown, NJ. They anticipate expanding their company, Barbarian Ventures LLC, to include the representation and promotion of amateur and professional fighters and to develop LA Boxing clubs in other states as well. Beth Fishman ’84 writes: “I am alive and well and living in Seattle. I celebrate life every day. I am married to a wonderful man from Dublin. I spend my time blowing glass, doing yoga, eating whole foods and trying to be fully present and positive. I hope all of my Ranney classmates are keeping well!” Rona (Weisburg) Gofstein ’84 is moving forward with her writing career now that both her boys are in school full time. She had a dark fiction short story in the anthology Terrible Beauty, two articles in the Merrimack Magazine and is working on finishing the third book of a three book contract with Ravenous Romance for whom she has also completed three short stories. COLUMNS

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Jonathan Rosen ’84 with his wife, Alyssa, his daughter, Anne ’21, and their son, Jack, enjoy the traditional Ranney Halloween Parade.

Class of 1985 Laura Epstein Belmuth ’85 writes: “I now live in Sandy Hook, CT and have been married five years to my husband, Jack. I am looking forward to seeing what my class has been up to for the past 23 years. These pictures are of my two sons, Ben, 3 and Daniel 2.”

Class of 1987 Dorothy McCann ’87 reports: “Both work and Thaddeus keep me pretty busy these days. But I was lucky enough to spend some time with Maria Tripi (Sebollena) ’88 who was visiting NYC from Austin, this summer. She and her two sons, Alec and Cole, met up with us at the Diana Ross playground at 81st Street. While our boys cavorted, we had a chance to catch up. Also this summer, Thaddy made his first trip to Europe to visit his grandparents in Poland. Traveling with a toddler is challenging, but in the end we all had a great time.” Don Hicks ’87 has kept busy since leaving Ranney in 1987. He has been an active member in the United States Army Reserve since 1985. He went to college in Missouri where he played on the men’s soccer team and was one of the selection candidates for the Major League Soccer’s (MLS) inaugural season with the onetime Metro Stars, now known as the NY Red Bulls. In 1999, Donald married his girlfriend of ten years, Catherine. They relocated to the Carribean where he secured a position with an International Airline. Growing sales and marketing

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revenues beyond the company’s expectations, he became recognized in the tourism industry, managing government relationships between the United States and Europe, as well as business development in North and South America. Remaining active in soccer while living abroad enabled him to visit, compete and meet with some of the worlds’ finest sports figures. He recently returned to the U.S. with two beautiful children, Courtney Brazil, 6 and Aiden Lawrence, 4. He currently manages a team and department of consultants who specialize in personal financial planning and housing/mortgage initiatives nationwide. The position has been demanding as he describes it, but extremely rewarding. He was fortunate to meet President George Bush on national network coverage, and participated in roundtable discussions with journalist Dan Rather, and was also covered in HDTV news. Donald attributes his early adult development, work ethic and discipline to two entities: Ranney School, from fourth grade to graduation, and the military for how it’s shaped his character. He keeps a family home and residency in the Cayman Islands, a British Territory in the West Indies, where his wife and children also call home. However, they’re all delighted to be back in New Jersey where Donald’s roots began.

Class of 1988 Paul Stonick ’88 and his wife, Esther, welcomed their first child, Maximilian Gabriel, on November 27, 2007. Perhaps a future Ranney student! Paul has been working for Bloomingdale’s as the Senior Online Art Director out of their corporate offices in New York and is responsible for the conception, design, and onbrand execution of visual materials for both Bloomingdales. com and bloomingdales.weddingchannel. com. Esther runs a personal training business out of their home in Holmdel. They recently joined the marathon and triathlon circuits and have competed in several

events. Paul regularly speaks with Ignacio Aliaga ’88 and sees him on the train during their commute. He would love to hear from other classmates. Amy (Kurdyla) Uroskie ’88 reports: “My husband Jon and I have been living in the Boston area for six years now. We have four children, ages 1 ½ to 10. During my trips back home to New Jersey, I try to get together with Heather (Daesner) Cadranell ’88, Jody (Armstrong) Turco ’88, and Alisa (Fallaci) Vandenbrouck ’88 who are all doing well. All our children are getting to be good friends too!”

Class of 1989 Steve Austin ’89 is currently stationed in Atlantic City as an Equal Opportunity Advisor. He writes: “I had a very successful year tour with the 250th personnel services battalion from Fort Dix, NJ. I was a detachment sergeant in charge of 54 Soldiers in four different countries. Attached is a picture of me during my wonderful scenic tour in Afghanistan!”

Class of 1990 Lisa Wolfson Copeland ’90 is serving as president of the Junior League of Central Westchester, a nonprofit women’s organization that trains volunteers and works to improve communities. She is still living in Scarsdale, NY with her husband Jordan and her two sons, Caleb, 6 and Henry, 2 ½. Lisa keeps in touch with Debbie Feiner ’90, who also has two little boys, Asher, 4 and Isaac, 1. You can visit Lisa on Facebook, where she has recently connected with a number of Ranney Alumni!

Class of 1991 Nicholas Aliaga ’91 writes: “All is well here in San Francisco, where I moved after graduating from Tufts University back in ’95. Shortly thereafter, I began my career as an opera singer. I have sung for just about every opera company in the Bay Area and also sang in Switzerland for six months. I have started to expand my career to include stage directing operas.


Through it all, I appreciate my wonderful Ranney education. I keep in touch with fellow Ranney graduates Kyle Barr ’91 and Lisa Wolfson (Copeland) ’90. The life of a classical performer is rarely stable, but I’m happy. I get home to New Jersey twice a year to see my parents and my brother, Ignacio “Iggy” Aliaga ’89. Best wishes to my fellow Panthers.” Dr. Walter Greason ’91 is an assistant professor of American History at Ursinus College and coordinator of the African American and Africana Studies program. He has published articles in the Journal of American Ethnic History, the Journal of African American History and the Planning Perspectives journal over the last year. He also presented his paper on the history of Asbury Park, NJ, at Monmouth University’s conference on race relations this past month. Greason lives with his wife, Janiece, and son, Duende, 6, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Jennifer BanzonGrillo ’91 writes: “After graduating from Northwestern University in 1999, I eventually became a software instructor. Today, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, Dan, and stay at home with our two children, Anna and Sam. We just celebrated Sam’s first birthday in September and are looking forward to celebrating Anna’s fourth birthday in December. This photo was taken during Sam’s birthday.” Kanchan Patel ’91 and her husband, Hitesh R. Patel are so proud to announce the birth of their brand new baby girl, Tara, who joins her two big brothers, Rohan, 4 ½ and Aryan, 2. Tara joined the Patel family on August 25, 2008. Kanchan says, “The house is crazy, but so much fun!”

Shoshana Schiff ’91 is a partner with the law firm Trenk, DiPasquale, Webster, Della Fera & Sodono in West Orange, NJ, specializing in bankruptcy law. She is married to Warren Usatine and has two children Michael, 5 and Rachel who is 4. She would love to hear from former classmates and catch up with them.

Class of 1992 Howard Chen ’92 After 10 years with Citibank Taipei Branch and Deutsche Bank Taipei Branch as a vice president of corporate banking, Kuan-Hao Howard joined UMC Capital Corporation in April 2008 as a director of venture capital business. He and his family (wife, Cynthia, and two sons, Christopher and Travis) relocated from Taiwan to Shanghai, China on September 29, 2008. He is responsible for his company’s venture capital investment in China. Jamee Lattman ’92 writes: “My husband and I are celebrating our sixth anniversary in November. My son, Maxwell, just turned 4 and my daughter Alexis is 1 ½. I am a stay-athome mom and love it!” Marc Pico ’92 is vice president at Lenox Advisors in New York City. He writes… “How happy and lucky we were to have Alex Stolarz ’10 do an internship here this summer at Lenox. Alex is currently a junior at Ranney and although he is only 16 years old showed knowledge and maturity far beyond his years. Alex gained practical knowledge of the asset management and risk management businesses at a time of unprecedented financial instability. We would look forward to having other students join us in the future. We are committed to helping educate students about financial planning etc. and would always welcome future opportunities to do so.” Dr. A’ndrea Van Schoick ’92 (BS Cornell University ’96, BS University of Illinois ’98, DVM University of Illinois ’00) is a veterinarian in northern Virginia. She currently divides her professional time between the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, where she is a Staff Fellow, and

private small animal clinical practice in a variety of locations throughout northern Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. A’ndrea is active in the Cornell Alumni community, having served on the Cornell Annual Fund committee and as a regional Chair for the Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. Currently, she is vicepresident of the Cornell Class of 1996 and serves on the board of the Cornell Club of Washington. Professionally, she is active with the Virginia VMA, AVMA, and is vice-president of the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She would love to reconnect with former classmates and can be reached at avsdvm2000@yahoo.com. Pictured above: A’ndrea enjoyed an evening with Dr. and Mrs. Sykoff at the City Club in Washington, D.C. this past October.

Class of 1993 Victor Kong ’93 graduated from Columbia undergrad and dental school, and finished orthodontic training in Maryland. He really enjoys his small private practice setting in Sea Girt where he can spend time getting to know families, which is not possible in larger group practices. He works with patients mainly from Wall and Manasquan, but can’t wait to have his first Ranney patient! He currently lives in Ocean Grove.

Class of 1994 Phillip Kurdyla ’94 married Mary Alice Lombardy of Spring Lake, on June 23, 2007. The wedding took place on the beach in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic in front of 75 family members and friends. He writes, “After earning my BA from Dickinson College, I worked in every aspect of the motion picture industry and qualified for membership in the Directors Guild of America. I have a varied list of credits in film, television and cable. I am currently

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ALUMNI PROFILE 2008 Nate Ravitz ’95 (center) is joined by family and friends at his wedding. From left: Abigail Zapanta ’96, Dan Paulus ’95, Tracy Kramer ’95 and Natalie Ravitz ’97.

NATHAN RAVITZ WINS AN EMMY Please give us a description of your award and what you did to earn it. The award was a Sports Emmy for the ESPN.com live show Fantasy Football Now, which aired every Sunday during the 2007 NFL season from noon to 1:00 pm. We won in the Outstanding New Approaches (Coverage) category. The show provided lastminute fantasy football news and analysis, and was the first ever live studio show broadcast on ESPN.com. Actually, we had a second show, Fantasy Focus, which was a daily 10-minute baseball show on ESPN.com, nominated in the same category. For both shows, I was an on-air performer as well as behindthe-scenes writer. When you were a student at Ranney, what did you want to be “when you grew up?” Everything from a sportscaster to a lawyer to a writer. I guess I accomplished two of the three.

What was your major in college? Give us a general idea of your career path, and how you arrived where you are today. I majored in English in college after my school (University of Michigan) eliminated its Journalism program during my freshman year. In some ways I fell into my career. I answered an ad in the school paper for a sportswriter the summer after my junior year. That was a part-time gig with an internet start-up fantasy sports company, and I started full-time the Monday after graduation, putting off plans to go to law school. The company took off, and I eventually gained an equity stake, cashing in when we sold in early 2001. The new parent company had a relationship with USATODAY, which gave me major exposure as a weekly online chatter and also editing for a high-traffic website. Then last spring, I made the leap to ESPN. Did Ranney help prepare you for this experience? I’ll say that I forged some great and long-lasting relationships at Ranney, and the ability to form and nurture relationships has helped me tremendously in my career. And I’m proud of the fact that I’m still close to so many Ranney-ites. Three of them even made the trek to Costa Rica for my wedding.

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involved in the development of cutting edge internet and mobile media technology. Mary Alice and I live in Shrewsbury.”

Class of 1995 Kamilla Chaudhery ’95 writes: “On May 31, 2008 I married Paul Keyerleber in Naples, FL. Sonya (Schiff) Linton ’96 was my matron of honor, but could not attend because she’d just given birth to her second child (Henry). Paul is originally from the suburbs of Cleveland and we met when we were both working at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; we’re both attorneys. We live in NYC.” Jon Gordon ’95 reports that he and his wife Mimosa have adopted a rescued mutt named Moose. They still love her, even after she ate half of Jon’s copy of “Heart of Darkness” that had all of his notes from Mrs. Van Buren’s 11th grade literature class. Kedar Mate ’95 married Dr. Meera Pahuja on April 5, 2008. Meera is originally from Richmond, VA. Kedar finished his residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is currently working as a consultant for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Elizabeth Quinn ’95 writes: “I am living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Working in the development department of a nonprofit called FoundCare. I am currently working on an $8 million Capital Campaign and planning special events for FoundCare. FoundCare is raising money for a brand new state-of-the-art Community Health Center which will provide affordable access to quality health care with primary medical, dental and preventive services to children and families in Palm Beach County. The Community Health Center will serve all patients – including the uninsured and underinsured.”

Class of 1996 Sonya Schiff Linton ’96 and her husband, Kit Linton, recently celebrated the birth of their son, Henry Calvin Linton on May 21, 2008. Henry joins his four-year-old sister, Viola Mae Linton. The family lives in Durham, North Carolina where Sonya is an attorney.

Class of 1997 Christopher Flynn ’97 knows a lot has changed in the 11 years since he graduated from Ranney, but still looks back with fond memories. He says, “Truthfully there are more things I learned at Ranney that I still apply to my life than anything I learned in college!” He is now the Venue Manager for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and oversees the production of the OGCMA’s summer concert series, church services and various meetings and conferences during the winter months. He also is now working as the Assistant Tour Manager for Peter, Paul and Mary. The tour has a number of dates in the NY/NJ/PA region.

Class of 1998 Noraan Sadik ’98 writes: “After graduating from Penn in 2002 and Stanford Law School in 2005, I returned to the East Coast. I currently live in NYC and practice corporate law at Latham & Watkins. I married Stephen Haskins (Yale ’04/ NYU Med ’08) on May 25, 2008 in NYC. Ranney Alumni Eric Adams ’98, Cory Patsner Rosenberg ’98, Salem Samra ’98, Omar Elsayed ’01, Mona Elsayed ’04 and Fares Samra ’04 were all in attendance. Siobhan Jones ’21 was our adorable flower girl.”

Class of 1999 Keith Bowden ’99 received his MBA from Emory this past May. He is shown here with his parents, Joseph and Margarita, at Emory University’s graduation ceremony in Atlanta, GA.

Marissa Congemi ’99 is currently living in Hoboken, NJ and working as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck & Co. She is very active in the Hoboken community and enjoys chairing the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event in Hoboken. Tara Fey ’99 was the Executive Producer on an Independent Film “Flashover.” The film premiered on June 13, 2008 at the Boston International Film Festival www. Flashoverfilm.com.

Class of 2000 Melissa Banzon ’00 graduated from Wellesley College in 2004. After working for a few years, she has decided to pursue graduate education in the medical field. Michael Kuskin ’00 received his M.B.A. from Fordham’s Graduate School of Business in 2007 and began working for his family’s company, Sonetronics, which designs and manufactures premium military audio equipment. In his spare time, Michael writes, directs and produces his own independent films. His first film “The Weekend” is available on Warner Bros. Home Video. Check it out at Amazon or Netflix to get your own copy of the film and try to identify all the Ranney grads.

Class of 2001 Siobhan Sanford ’01 writes: “That’s me holding up the Boston Celtic’s NBA Championship trophy just a few minutes after we beat the LA Lakers 131-92 on June 17, 2008. I have been working for the Celtic’s Front Office in Premium Sales since 2005. Words can’t describe how exciting this experience was for me. The entire season was off the charts but the playoffs were an extremely intense and emotional experience. At Game 6 of the NBA Finals, while I was sitting in my seat with my fiancé, George, surrounded by my

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co-workers, I can speak for most of us when I say we wanted this more than anything in the world. When the game was over, the Boston Celtics were crowned World Champions for the 17th time. We all proceeded down into the Courtside Club where we were immediately showered with champagne. Our President, Rich Gotham, came in with the most prized possession we could ask for, the Championship trophy. Each one of us was able to hold the trophy and bask in glory for about a minute. Two days later, we all took part in the biggest parade Boston had ever seen. We rode in the duck boats with over a million fans cheering and confetti streaming down from the high rises. On Opening Night against Cleveland we will raise Banner # 17 and present the players with their Championship rings and I will receive my very own ring, as well! I have never been more proud to be a part of such an amazing experience. GO CELTICS!” Daren Tedeschi ’01 spends most of his time in NY working for the Federal Reserve and recently attended the wedding of fellow classmate Maher Samra ’01. Sarah Widman ’01 attended Rutgers College and received her degree in Philosophy. One month later, she moved to Syracuse, NY and began her Masters in Advertising at the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. After graduation, she started her career selling print and online advertising at The New York Times / NYTimes.com. Sarah was then promoted to Advertising Sales Manager, responsible for a team of inside sales reps and advertisers such as her alma maters Rutgers and Syracuse University. Currently, Sarah is still at The New York Times living in NYC with her beagle Josephine.

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Emily Knopf Kuskin ’01 graduated from Fordham Law School in 2008 and accepted a job clerking for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. She and husband, Michael Kuskin ’00, just celebrated their first wedding anniversary. They live in Lincroft.

Class of 2003 Matt Guidone ’03 is getting ready to defend us in Afghanistan or Iraq in a few short months. We send him our best thoughts.

Class of 2004 Danielle Banzon ’04 is living in Baltimore. She graduated from Loyola College in Maryland last May. Lauren Betesh ’04 writes: “I studied abroad in Florence during my junior year at NYU. It was there that I learned to relax, be more passive and enjoy the laid back lifestyle. I returned home that May and I felt changed by Florence, my perspective redefined and shifted. My senior year came and went in a flash. For the first time in seven years, I did not arrange an internship and I focused on my grades. When the time came, NYU students filled the stands at Yankee Stadium for graduation. Michael Strahan spoke, purple caps and gowns dominated, and with a double major in Journalism and Sociology and a minor in Producing, I graduated Cum Laude. This past summer I spent time in London. My desire to be entrepreneurial made me consider running “LOTS” a guide to parking in New York City that I helped develop in 2006; my interest in sales and marketing led me to BanyanLink, an online start-up company and career services web site that allows students to better enhance their portfolio. All options are appealing, but I have yet to settle.”

Christopher Frystock ’04 graduated from Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) in Philadelphia in May 2008 with a BS in Business Administration, major in Finance and a minor in Economics. Presently he is attending SJU’s Haub School of Business graduate school. In his spare time, Chris is a third time RA, and a graduate assistant working with freshmen. Adam Metzger ’04 writes: “Hope everyone is well in the Ranney community. I graduated in May and am several months into my first real job. I work for Deutsche Bank providing investment banking services to real estate, casino and hotel companies. It has been a turbulent time in the market, but thanks to the conservative policies of the Bank and diversified funding, we are thriving. My group and I are working very hard to remain a pillar of support for our clients who truly need us as some struggle to pay the interest on their loans. I am really enjoying my job, my friends in NY, and learning as much as I can in this fascinating time. All the best to everyone.”

Class of 2005 Sandy Shelton ’05 writes “I will be graduating from the University of Tennessee this spring with a BA in College Scholars, web.utk.edu/~scholars. My program title is “The Business of Dance Production and Performance.” While here at UT, I have been playing lacrosse for the Men’s Club Team. I joined the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. I’m also a member of the UT Dance Company. In Fall 2007, I was elected UTDC President. I used this position to lead the re-establishment of a student organization called the Dance Society, which now boasts 175 members. I routinely perform in community productions with various Dance Companies around Knoxville. Last Semester, I was initiated into the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and was elected to an executive office as webmaster/historian. Currently I am finishing my Senior Project, producing a


showcase of student choreography that is part of a year-long creative process of facilitating constructive feedback to the students from professional artists in the field of dance.” Erin Wilkus ’05 is currently attending Reed College. She writes, “I have been studying in South Africa this semester. The program I am in involves traveling throughout Kruger National Park studying biodiversity and conservation in the South African National Park system. I have researched the affects of large termite mounds on the surrounding vegetation and animals, as well as a particular type of muscle in tide pools. The program has been an unbelievable experience and a wonderful opportunity.”

Class of 2006 Evan Gassman ’06 is a junior attending the Catholic University of America. He is majoring in Politics with a focus on American Government and minor in media studies. Currently, Evan is interning on Capitol Hill for Congressman Scott Garrett, the Representative from New Jersey’s 5th District. He is also interning at the nationally syndicated conservative talk show The Laura Ingraham Show. It is the fifth most listened to radio show in the world. Evan served as the CUA College Republicans Public Relations chairman and is currently the vice chairman of the DC Federation of College Republicans. Involved in many campaigns and conferences, Evan is now regarded as one of the top sponsors for conservative activism by the party. Evan resides in Washington, D.C., in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, where he plans to live for the

remainder of his college years until he can attain a position as a lobbyist for a defense contractor. Voted “Most Likely to Be President” in 2006 by his former peers, Evan has left the option of running for public office open. Timothy LeComte ’06 writes: “There is a difference between finding your place in the world we keep turning and finding yourself in the person we keep changing. The significance in the connection of these is being proud of who you are. No one has rushed me through the welltraveled path of college life and this pace has given me a comfortable, open and personal view of where my talents can flourish. I am currently writing, perfecting rhymes and poetry in hopes of making music; still painting, stressing my imaginative and creative side; and living and eating healthy to become the best Mixed Martial Arts athlete I can be. I also regularly participate in Kickboxing and Jujitsu.” Alexandra Betesh ’06 writes: “I am a junior at the NYU Stern School of Business. I am double-majoring in Finance and Accounting, and am minoring in Producing. So far, junior year has proven difficult. A heavy workload and a demanding internship at News Corporation don’t allow much free time. At News Corp, I work for their financial department, dealing with subsidiaries (i.e. Fox News, MySpace, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones) on a daily basis. Working in finance during these harsh economic times, makes work very interesting. Although challenged, I am enjoying my time and look forward to an exciting year. I plan to head to Hong Kong this year for Stern’s International Studies Program. There I will be studying foreign companies. I love to travel and learn about new cultures. This past spring semester, I was abroad in Florence, Italy, at NYU’s campus. Although my experience in Hong Kong will not be as long, I still hope it will be as rich. Perhaps when I return I will be able to cook both cuisines and continue one of my favorite passions–cooking for my friends and family!”

Class of 2007 Tom Banzon ’07 is currently studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Megan Klein ’07 writes: “The first year of college was very challenging but even more because I spent it at NYU in London. The years at Ranney really prepared me well to adjust and meet this challenge. I am in my sophomore year at NYU, studying Psychology. It was great meeting and chatting with Mr. Materasso and Ranney seniors on Nov. 14 when they visited NYU! I am also quite amused to see my mom in a new role at Ranney, as the one of the school nurses! Perhaps we will both end up being “Ranney Lifers.”

Class of 2008 Dustin Molina ’08 is competing on the Vassar Men’s Swimming and Dive team. With a strong performance in the 1-meter diving behind them, the team finished by tying for third in the season opening Union Relays. Dustin competed in the 3 x 100 backstroke. Jena Moriau ’08 attends East Carolina University. She writes: “College has been a new experience, with its ups and downs, especially with our football team being nationally ranked for a few weeks. However it hasn’t been as stressful as I thought it would be. Ranney prepared me greatly, especially with writing. Now, instead of dreading those papers, I know I am fully prepared to write them.” Wes Powell ’08 tallied his first career goal in dramatic fashion, scoring in the 100th minute to lift the U.S. Naval Academy men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Adelphi in the first game of the UMBC Adidas Kickoff Classic. This was the Navy’s first of the year and pushed the Mids’ record to 1-1-1 overall. Here he is with Dr. Sykoff, who visited Wes at the Naval Academy while in town for a conference. COLUMNS

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ALUMNI REUNION LUAU 2008 On Saturday, May 30th, more than 30 Ranney alumni, teachers, administrators and friends gathered in the Paulus Library to celebrate Ranney’s Annual Alumni Reunion. Reunion 2008 was a complete delight from start to finish. Amid bamboo and hibiscus, alumni had the chance to enjoy each other’s company and share stories from their Ranney days. Alumni came back to a campus that has changed drastically since their last graduation. To witness the new Lower School Academic Complex in the midst of construction was special for all our graduates.

RANNEY ALUMNI REUNION ’09 May 30, 2009 Every year, Reunion is a celebration of alumni from all classes. Come back to campus to celebrate with family, friends and favorite teachers! The party will be on Saturday, May 30th in the new RSPA Panther Hall. Celebrate the milestone reunions for the Classes of

1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 & 2004! Tour the campus and see how we continue to grow. From the new Lower School Academic Complex to our state-of-the-art track, field and tennis complex. Come experience Ranney School today! All alumni are invited to attend! As a special kick-off to the weekend, please join us on Friday, May 29th, for an alumni round of golf. Watch the web site for more information. Interested in helping plan your Class Reunion? Please call Kimberly Gittines in the Alumni Office at 732-542-4777 ext 1187, or e-mail at kgittines@ranneyschool.org. 44

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rate their 30th Reunion. Beth Rubin ’68 and Eric Rice ’68 celeb

Heather Cad ranell ’88 and Paul Stonick celebrate thei ’88 r 20th Reunio n.

Left: Alumni tour the RSPA Panther Hall as construction is underway. Pictured here are Eric Rice ’68 and guest, Beth Rubin ’68, A’ndrea Van Schoick ’92, Paul Stonick ’88, Jonathan Rosen ’84, Dr. and Mrs. Sykoff, Jennifer Delgado ’80, Kimberly Gittines, Associate Director for Alumni Relations, Tara Fay ’99, Leslie Cannon, retired teacher, Salem Samra ’98, Heather Cadranell ’88

at the donor Salem Samra ’98 looking wing. ool wall in the Middle Sch

Tom Moriau, Direc tor of Athletics, and Dr. Sykoff talk with retired tea cher Leslie Cannon.

Heather Cadranell ’88 and A’ndrea Van Schoick ’92

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ON THE SHELF NEW BOOKS FROM RANNEY ALUMNI Follow the Fed to Investment Success Doug Roberts ’79 In Follow the Fed to Investment Success, Doug Roberts skillfully outlines his proven approach, takes you step by step through implementing his strategy, and reveals how easy it can be to create true wealth in today’s market. Roberts also offers brief, but fascinating insights into the creation of the Federal Reserve and how it works. Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, this engaging guide will change the way you think about your money and your future, as it: Discusses the best ways to integrate the Follow the Fed strategy into your own portfolio, even if you are limited to a 401(k) or other retirement vehicles. Presents 22 essential lessons that will help you navigate today’s dynamic investment environment, while taking back control of your money and your life. Offers an insider’s look at how Wall Street works and why the odds have been stacked against you and much more. Ocean Grove in Vintage Postcards Christopher M. Flynn ’97 Ocean Grove in Vintage Postcards explores the history of one of America’s first planned Victorian communities and one of the most successful camp meetings ever founded. It chronicles the story of this unique Jersey Shore community, using postcards that bear not only rare pictures

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but also fascinating messages. Thus, the book sheds light on both the place and the vacationers who came here by the tens of thousands. For more than 135 years, people have journeyed to Ocean Grove, seeking both the religious and the secular.

sonable (Russian version) won first prize in the St Petersburg (Russia, of course!) book fair. Also, several of my books are coming out in Spanish. Others are translated into Russian, Chinese, French, and other languages. Visit www.douglasjacoby.com for more!

Author Bio: Ocean Grove residents Wayne T. Bell and Christopher M. Flynn are two of the community’s prominent historians. Bell is the author of the first Arcadia book on Ocean Grove, and Flynn is a writer who specializes in carousel history. Their love of the town and their knowledge of camp meetings, resorts and popular amusements combine to give Ocean Grove in Vintage Postcards a lively and timeless spirit.

Written Out of Television Steven Lance ’72

True & Reasonable Douglas Jacoby ’77 Addressing such topics as the existence of God, the so-called “contradictions” of the Bible, other world religions, miracles and more. This revised and expanded edition of True & Reasonable contains much new material throughout the text. A new appendix covering the manuscript transmission of the Bible, including material about the Dead Sea Scrolls, also deals with the allegations of Islam concerning the corruption of the Bible. An additional appendix discusses specific insight in the Scriptures, and a third features an expanded reading list. Harvest House Publishers (one of the largest Christian publishers in America) is acquiring the book. We signed the contract in October. In fact, True & Rea-

The Lone Ranger, Lois Lane, Darrin Stephens, The King of Cartoons and even Zorro all have one thing in common-they were all played by more than one actor. Sometimes instead of replacing the actor, a new character is introduced to serve the same function in a series (like Woody replacing Coach on CHEERS). Why were these actors replaced? How were their replacements chosen? What are the difficulties of playing a character created by another actor, and how were these “switches” explained to the audience? Written Out of Television: A TV Lover’s Guide to Cast Changes and Character Replacements answers all of these questions and more through meticulously researched entries that include dozens of exclusive interviews with the actors, writers and producers of programs from the golden age of television–right through the nineties. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave Steve’s popculture book a B+ and wrote that it was “both frequently funny and revealing.”


New Jersey: Crossroads of Commerce Helen Pike ’74 Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazano got it right in 1524 – what would become New Jersey represented unlimited opportunity. Yet he could not have foreseen the explosive diversity and wealth that would unfold in the Garden State in the centuries to come. Inspired equally by worldwide investment and home-grown ingenuity, successive waves of discovery broke new ground in medicine, agriculture, communications, higher-education research, and even the arts and entertainment. Author Helen Chantal Pike takes readers on a fascinating trek through nearly 500 years of unparalleled innovation that continues to tap the state’s enormous range of natural and intellectual abundance. The ubiquitous light bulb, organic cures for life-threatening diseases, far-reaching satellite technology, and the lead role in the country’s burgeoning green movement: the Garden State’s record of high achievement is beyond compare in its scope and breadth. Solutions to the humankind’s most urgent challenges are generated here by the world’s foremost thinkers who are attracted not only by the prospect of working with their peers, but also by the resources offered them. The state’s two port cities put New Jersey in the vanguard of inter-model transportation logistics. Point of fact: As the nation’s most strategic crossroads location, New Jersey offers unrivaled access to influential foreign and domestic economies as well as to leading financial and consumer markets. Its commitment to surface and air transportation is unequivocal. Blessed with a temperate climate, defined by two rivers, buffered by two bays and the Appalachian Trail, and fronting an extensive ocean coastline, the Garden State offers a superb environment in which to work and live. Executives from multi-national corporations find the lifestyle rewarding, the educational systems outstanding, the cultural offerings at once cosmopolitan and original, and access to health care superlative.

DR. LAWRENCE S. SYKOFF HONORED BY COUNT BASIE THEATRE Ranney Head of School Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff was recently honored by the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank for his continued support and ongoing commitment to the theatre and performing arts education. Dr. Sykoff was named Grand Re-opening Gala Honoree during the historic theatre’s opening performance on Friday, November 7. He was joined onstage by actor and performer Tony Bennett. The Count Basie recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, restoring the New Jersey landmark to its original Art Deco glory. The Count Basie honor comes on

the heels of several other significant milestones for this distinguished administrator. Earlier this year, Dr. Sykoff co-authored his second book, A Trustee’s Primer on the Strategic Process, published by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The book is designed to help independent trustees lead the strategic visioning for their schools toward long-term sustainability and relevance for the 21st century. His first book, The Strategic Process: 10 Steps for Planning Your Independent School’s Future in which he highlighted the Ranney School model, was released last year. In addition, Dr. Sykoff recently received Congressional and Senatorial commendations for celebrating fifteen years of service as Head of Ranney School. Congratulations Dr. Sykoff!

RANNEY SCHOOL RECEIVES BEST IN SHOW AWARD AT JASPERS FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATIONS WORK Childhood Education Program (Gold); Upper School Capstone Projects brochure - Excellence in Writing (Silver); and Ranney Life 2008 A Commemorative Graduation Issue – Brochure (Silver).

From left: Patricia Marshall, Head of Lower School; Kristin Geisler, Director of Publications and Multimedia and Heather Rudisi, Associate Head of School, Admissions and Marketing. (not pictured: John Lewis, Maureen Collins and Louise Dewar)

This year, the Communications department was honored with five JASPER Awards, including two gold and two silver in four different categories at the 34th Annual Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association (JSPRAA) Awards Gala held in October at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Ranney also received top honors of the evening when the Early Childhood Education brochure won the prestigious Helen Hoffman Best in Show Award with an unprecedented perfect score. The award-winning projects included: Ranney School Viewbook – Special Purpose Print Material (Gold); Early

Established in 1974, the JSPRAA awards, also known as the JASPERS, honor excellence in communications. This year, JSPRAA accepted more than 392 entries in 105 categories that included writing, design, marketing, public relations and multimedia. The competition invites participation from all JSPRAA members and non-members who conduct business in New Jersey. Judged by a panel of experts from the tri-state area, the entries that received the highest score in their category were given either a Gold or Silver Award. Entry fees support the James R. McCormick Scholarship Fund, which was established in 1983 to deliver financial assistance to students who show promise in the communication and advertising disciplines.

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HERE IS A PHOTO OF THE CLASS OF 1965 FROM THE RANNEY SCHOOL ARCHIVES FIRST ROW (FROM LEFT): DIANE WILSON, PETER TATUM, JOHN UHDEN AND PATRICIA MURRAY BACK ROW (FROM LEFT): HARLAND RANNEY, MILES WINDER, III, RUSSELL SEITZ AND CARL SOHL

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