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Dr. John Griffith

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Board of Trustees 2013–2014 John Griffith, Ph.D., Head of School, Ex Officio Jamie Price, President (Madison ’13) Marshall Knopf, Sr. Vice President (Emily ’01, Jennifer ’03, Laura ’06, Max ’09) Josephine Esquivel, Vice President (Alexandra ’14, Joseph ’14) Patricia Kurdyla, Secretary (Amy ’88, Phillip ’94) Christopher Fitzmaurice, Treasurer (Liam ’17, Shana ’19, Tyge ’23) Brian Torpey, M.D., Strategic Planning Advisor (McCall ’11, Kendall ’13, Matthew ’17, Jack ’18) Robert Chandler (Jillian ’21, Morgan ’22, Brooks ’27) Scott Fischer (Veronika ’13, Francesca ’15, Myles ’17)

Patricia Marshall, Associate Head for Academic Administration/Head of Lower School David Fischer, Head of Middle School (Lauren ’23, Drew ’25) Paul Zanowski, Head of Upper School Charles Zalewski, Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Deeken, Director of Student Support Services and Summer Study (Tessa ’05) Valerie Francois, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications (Nicolas ’22) Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development (Molly ’25) Lee Bostic, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


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During the interview process, Dr. Griffith noted that Ranney students had an enormous impact on his decision to join the school community with his wife Dana and their 4-year-old daughter, Claire. The family, pictured below, recently relocated to Monmouth County and is looking forward to becoming Panthers.

A Fond Farewell for the Class of 2013


Team Highlights

Senior Class High Honors


A major goal for the school, he said, is to enhance the alumni program at Ranney, and to build a network with strong bonds that exist between Ranney and its graduates. Dr. Griffith noted that, as careers increasingly become more mobile, he hopes that Ranney becomes the connective tissue that binds alumni to the school and to each other.

Growing the Panther Fan Base

Eighth-Graders Rise


Ranney’s Young Athletes

Kindergartners Move Up/ Fifth-Graders Cross the Lawn


Shore Conference Update Ranney 2012-2013 Champions

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out our 2013-2014 All-Division Handbook and Curriculum Guide for details pertaining to the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools about upcoming events and key dates for the 2013-2014 school year

Honoring Our Faculty & Coaches


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Dr. Griffith also remarked that he is excited about leading Ranney School in its continued growth and boundless potential. He thanked his predecessor, Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff, who retired in June, the Board of Trustees (pictured at left) and school community for their warm welcome and support during his family’s transition. Dr. Griffith joins Ranney School from Battle Ground Academy in Tennessee, where he served as Headmaster working with the President of the School and, for the past four years, in the traditional role of Head of School. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in English, a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in English from Oxford University and a M.A. from Columbia University in Educational Leadership. In addition to receiving the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads, the National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend faculty development institutes and seminars, and a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship, Dr. Griffith was selected for the Klingenstein Heads of Schools program for 2013. According to Board of Trustees President Jamie Price, who led the five-month search process for Ranney’s fourth Head of School, “Dr. Griffith has a track record in creating environments that help young people flourish—in academics, the arts and athletics. His own character and values are aligned with our school’s mission, and he has the desire to pursue our firm commitment to excellence.”


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Ranney Welcomes Dr. John Griffith as its New Head of School Graduation day marked the Ranney School community’s first official welcome to its new Head of School Dr. John Griffith. Speaking to the Class of 2013, he said, “Commencements mark that transitional space between endings and beginnings; inevitably we look back to look forward, and that this is something that connects me with this class.” Dr. Griffith remarked on the success of the graduating students, saying, “Although I regret I did not get to know you as students, I certainly hope that I will get to know you as alumni.”

Athletic Year in Review

John Griffith, Ph.D., Head of School

M. Michael Jones, M.D. (Siobhan ’21, Gavin ’25)

Douglas Roberts ’79 (Elizabeth ’15, Alexander ’18)


Headmaster’s Cabinet

Kristen Gerhard (Peter ’15, Madison ’18)

Stephen Papetti (Julia ’07, Anthony ’12)





Welcome Dr. John Griffith!

Dr. Griffith’s experience at Battle Ground Academy, a K–12 coeducational day school similar to Ranney in size and structure, included campus expansion, program development, and the creation of new technologies in teaching and learning. He also guided the school through two successful strategic plans. Before his role as Headmaster at the academy, his experience was rooted in academic leadership as Upper School Head at the Miami Valley School in Ohio. Over the summer, Dr. Griffith met with the school’s leadership team, faculty and staff as he and his family settled into their new community. His official induction ceremony will take place on the Ranney School campus September 17.

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“We must harness the grand opportunity that we’ve been given and all of the great tools we have to attain success in the future.”

In traditional Ranney style, a musical performance by students was incorporated into the commencement ceremony. Singing and playing U2’s “Beautiful Day,” performers included Peter Bontempo, Matthew Callahan, Calvin Celebuski, Leah Chaise, Arnab Neil Chatterjee, Luciano Cioffi, Alexandra DeMarco, Conor Keenan, Alyssa Mullally, Molly O’Neill, Benjamin Puvalowski and Paul Sondhi.

Congratulations Graduates! To view the senior celebration video and the service day video, visit the Ranney School Media Gallery at

–James Soldati, Valedictorian

The seniors spent one of their last official mornings on campus with the three-year-olds in the Class of 2027 for a Senior–Beginner Breakfast, in which they shared precious moments with future Ranney “lifers.”

Members of the Class of 2013 paid thanks to the community by spending a “senior service day” clearing the grounds of the nearby Crawford House, a historical landmark from the 19th century in Tinton Falls. All 50 students volunteered their time to remove nails, move mulch, pull weeds and more.

The class presented a gift to the school: a concession stand for the outdoor athletic complex, which along with the new Grandstands and Press Box, is aimed at growing the Panther fan base. The senior shield created by senior Molly O’Neill was also bestowed to the school.


Referred to as the “51st senior” of the Class of 2013, retiring Head of School Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff also received an honorary diploma during the ceremony. In addressing the graduates, he offered words of wisdom and encouraged them to imagine. “Imagine what you can do in college with an eye focused on what you will contribute in this life. Imagine the possibilities that come from hard work and contribution. Imagine how much better our lives are when we offer and receive kindness and encouragement. Those qualities are embedded in your diploma today,” he said. “I could not have received any greater honor than to graduate with you today.”

Before leaving the Ranney gates, the members of the Class of 2013 celebrated their final months at the School with several unique and traditional events, including the Senior–Beginner breakfast, two Senior–Senior Proms, the Senior March and Celebration Dinner, and Senior Service Days. This fall, these graduates will continue on to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities (see page 25 for the full list).



“You leave here today with your own unique voice, inspired to reach your full potential and give back to others,” said Board of Trustees President Jamie Price. “This is your gift to the world, and embodies the school’s mission statement and mission-promise to you.”

Before receiving their diplomas, Patricia Adams, a graduate of the Class of 2002 and now an associate with New York City legal firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, delivered the commencement address. Adams, the eldest of four siblings who attended Ranney, shared experiences from her time at Ranney and described how despite the upgrades in technology and addition of new facilities, many things about Ranney have not changed. “I continue to be astounded by the generosity of the Ranney community and its students today,” she said. “At Ranney, you learn to take initiative, you learn to be passionate and you learn to give back to your community. Remember that as you embark on your next four years.”


The 50 seniors of the Class of 2013 received their diplomas at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theater on June 14, surrounded by more than 650 family members, friends, faculty, administrators, the Board of Trustees and alumni. There, they celebrated success at a s c h o o l t h at h a s o f f e r e d f o n d m e m o r i e s , n e w f r i e n d s a n d a well-rounded education for as many as 15 years.

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At the close of the 2012–2013 school year, the following seniors were honored by individual departments for their hard work and commitment to specific academic disciplines as well as in the areas of extraordinary athleticism and service.


Economics: Rachel Burstiner L.C . Lane English: Kendall Torpey Science: Rishi Sharma Mathematics: Paul Sondhi and Taylor Veralli French: Christina Kalinowski Spanish: James Soldati Music: Leah Chaise (vocal) and Luciano Cioffi (instrumental) Theater: Matthew Callahan (technical) and Benjamin Puvalowski (performance) Visual Arts: Molly O’Neill and Peter Bontempo


–Christina Kalinowski, Salutatorian

Seniors took part in the traditional Ranney “senior march”—in which they walk the campus sidewalks lined by lower classmen and family members for a final farewell. At the end of the line, teachers, college guidance counselors and administrators handed the seniors a small gift and their yearbook, amidst many goodbye hugs and words of thanks.

Ram Sheila Bharara Communications Award: Benjamin Puvalowski AP Scholar Awards: Jordan Hesslein, Alyssa Mullally, Benjamin Puvalowski, Alexandra Seneca, Ashleigh Shay and Jesse Zucker AP Scholars with Honor: Rachel Burstiner, Veronika Fischer, Roey Hadar, Christina Kalinowski, Julia Palecki and Madison Price

President’s Award for Educational Excellence: Yehia Awad, Jake Bassinder, Peter Bontempo, Rachel Burstiner, Veronika Fischer, Roey Hadar, Jordan Hesslein, Omar Hozayen, Christina Kalinowski, Danica Lenge, Alyssa Mullally, Molly O’Neill, Julia Palecki, Montana Pflaster, Madison Price, Benjamin Puvalowski, Victoria Renner, Tara Rogan, Alexandra Seneca, Erika Serhus, Rishi Sharma, Ashleigh Shay, James Soldati, Paul Sondhi, Kendall Torpey, Taylor Veralli, Catherine Wolfe and Jesse Zucker Scholar-Athletes: Madison Price and Erika Serhus Ranney School Parents’ Association Panther Prize Awards: Jordan Hesslein ’13 and Montana Pflaster ’13. Junior classmen were honored as well: Maddie Young ’14, Alexandra Shay ’15, Brandon Gioggia ’16 and Jennifer Wicks ’16 Excellence in Citizenship Awards: Matthew Callahan ’13. Junior classmen were honored as well: Steven Parlamas ’14, Caitlin Mullally ’15 and Jacob Wahba ’16

In addition, the following awards were bestowed during the Class of 2013 commencement ceremony: The Headmaster’s Cup: James Soldati The Gershom Tomlinson Humanitarian Award: Peter Bontempo and Alexandra Seneca The Faculty Prize: Kendall Torpey and Roey Hadar

The Ann Kappel Citizenship and Service Award: Molly O’Neill The Robert Paulus Leadership and Perseverance Award: Matthew Callahan The Margaret Mahon Award: Veronika Fischer The Ranney School Leadership Award: Jordan Hesslein

The Lawrence S. Sykoff Award: Benjamin Puvalowski and Rachel Burstiner

To listen to speeches from the spring 2013 Convocation and Cum Laude ceremonies, please visit the Media Gallery at

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“The bond between us is rooted in the attributes of dedication, compassion, ambition and willingness to collaborate.”

National Merit Scholarship Program commendations: Roey Hadar, Paul Sondhi, Kendall Torpey and Catherine Wolfe

Cum Laude Society: In addition to Faculty Honoree Barbara Levine and The Bharara Family, these seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society before graduation: Rachel Burstiner, Roey Hadar, Christina Kalinowski, Molly O’Neill, Erika Serhus, Rishi Sharma, James Soldati, Paul Sondhi, Kendall Torpey and Taylor Veralli.


Art History: Alexandra Seneca

AP Scholars with Distinction:

Jake Bassinder, Omar Hozayen, Erika Serhus, Rishi Sharma, James Soldati, Paul Sondhi, Kendall Torpey and Taylor Veralli


History: Jake Bassinder and Roey Hadar


Inside the Class of 2013



Jillian Ross, Joseph Mahoney and James Wolfe

The Tushar Bhatnagar Award: Liam Fitzmaurice and Taylor Gill

The Middle School Leadership Award: James Wolfe and Aidan Denver-Moore

The Ann Kappel Memorial Award:

Max Chalnick, Evan Schultz, Christopher Nivera and Leigh Brandt

The Middle School Panther Perseverance Award:

The ceremony included several performances, including Christopher Nivera playing “Fantasy in D Minor” by Mozart on the piano and Evan Schultz singing “A Change in Me,” as well as readings by Leigh Brandt, Pooja Nayyar, James Wolfe, Aidan Denver-Moore and Julianna Poupard. “Think about all of the challenges you have overcome—from academics, community service, performing arts, intense athletic practices and Capstone Projects,” said Head of the Middle School David Fischer. “I have been amazed by your growth and maturity over the years.” Student Council President and graduating senior Jordan Hesslein ’13 addressed the Class of 2017, saying, “As you embark on this next journey, keep these three things in mind,” he said. “Don’t be afraid of a challenge, get involved in all of the opportunities that are offered to you and finally, get to know your teachers and advisors for they will be your support system over the next four years.” As part of their end-of-year celebrations, the eighth-graders also gathered with their peers to reflect on their Middle School years at the annual Blue & White Eighth Grade Dinner. In addition, the class’s gift fundraising co-chairs, Brittany Hofferber and Kyra Conley, presented the school with a check for $2,500, which the class had raised during the course of the school year, to contribute to the Student-to-Student Scholarship Fund. Acknowledging their bright future, Head of Upper School Paul Zanowski said, “The next four years will bring you profound changes and endless opportunities to succeed.”


In the National Science League Exam for 2013, Middle School students earned a rank of ninth in the nation and first place in the state of New Jersey. In the 2013 National French Contest, eighth-graders were among 24,000 students in the nation who completed the Level 1 exam in March. Of the 18 Ranney students who took this exam, nine finished within the 20 ranks in the nation. Two students placed fourth and ninth in the nation and seven students placed 12th–18th in the nation. In the National Spanish Exam, one student received top honors and placed third in the state; four other students received Silver and Bronze awards by placing in the top 10% in the nation, and another 10 students received Honorable Mention. Math students participated in the annual CBA math competition, the Continental Math Contest, the Sigma Math Contest, New Jersey Math League and the American Math competitions. The Middle School Forensics Team members showcased its talents at two assemblies and a special evening presentation for friends and families, and also at the annual Ranney Forensics Festival where they garnered 18 awards for their outstanding performances. The Middle School Chorus and Orchestra earned first place in the regional 2013 Music in the Parks Festival competition for the second year in a row. The MAG 2011–2012 Volumes 1 (“Origins”) and 2 (“The Future of Technology”) earned First Place with Special Merit from the American Scholastic Press Association’s national contest for private school literary art magazines. Art students participated in the Middletown Arts Sandy Relief fundraiser “Draw the Shore—the shore through the eyes of a child” contest. Students produced work in water color, chalk and oil pastels to raise money for victims of the hurricane. Art students also participated in the US Science Fair with their STEAM projects. Projects which incorporated a cross-curricular approach to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  The Science Olympiad Team advanced to and competed in the state competition at Middlesex County College.  Members of the Class of 2017 presented three evenings of scheduled performances for the Middle School musical, “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.”  Eighth-graders helped Ranney’s Community Service Clubs raise over $500 for local and global service initiatives, as well as collecting gifts for 38 local adoptive families with our gift drive. They also collected more than 1,800 non-perishable items, which were distributed through Lunch Break to local families in need.  Every eighth-grader successfully completed a Capstone Project, highlighting his or her individual interests and talents. * Middle School athletic highlights can be found on pages 12-17. 

Additional individual student achievements can be found in our monthly Panther Pride newsletter, at

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Congratulations Class of 2017!


Alanna Boland, Craig Callahan, Leigh Brandt and Anthony Moscato

The students of the Class of 2017 celebrated the completion of Middle School at the Eighth-Grade Rising Ceremony held in RSPA Panther Hall in early June. One by one, the 77 students that make up the class processed into the hall, while their families, friends, teachers and administrators watched them with pride.



The Trustees’ Award for Excellence:

Eighth-Graders Rise

Notable Middle School Accomplishments, 2012–2013 C E L E B R AT I O N S


Eighth-Grade Promotion Awards


Added Associate Head for Academic Administration and Head of Lower School Patricia Marshall, “I am excited to begin this new adventure with them and watch them discover and have new experiences as they enter first grade and prepare for the rest of their years in the Lower School.”


“Because of who the students in the class of 2020 are, and because of how they work and play together, the Lower School is a better place,” said Associate Head for Academic Administration and Head of Lower School Patricia Marshall. The fifth graders also celebrated the end of their Lower School years with a Luau party. They spent an afternoon enjoying Hawaiian-themed hors d’oeuvres, hanging out with friends and dancing.

In welcoming the class to Middle School, Head of Middle School David Fischer said, “The skills and talents you have developed through your years in the Lower School will serve you well as you begin the next stage in your educational journey.”

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Eight fifth-grade students competed on the Math Olympiad team, with one second-place winner and another four students placing in the top 50% of all competitors worldwide. Lower School students competed in the second annual Math League competition on Pi Day 2013. Members of the Class of 2020 drew in a historic 800-plus audience over two evenings of scheduled performances for the Lower School musical, “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Ten fifth-grade students competed in the annual National Geographic GeoBee at Ranney School; our top three winners were fifth-graders. The Lower School’s Science Olympiad team, comprised of 11 fifth-grade students, competed against 10 other schools across New Jersey, earning medals in nine events. Several fifth-graders were invited to join the Central Jersey Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival and an additional group of students were awarded a certificate for their iPad-created self-portrait during the Monmouth County Art Exhibition. Fifth-graders presented their capstone projects, a multimedia and research presentation focused on significant inventions that impact daily life, and served as the core of the Lower School Community Service Club, which held several events and drives throughout the year.

** Lower School athletic highlights can be found on page 19.

Additional individual student achievements can be found in our monthly Panther Pride newsletter, at

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Many of these kindergarteners started at Ranney School at age 3 in our Beginners’ program and will continue on to become Ranney “lifers.” The experiences they learned in the Early Childhood program, from hands-on math and science to literacy and handwriting to foundational sports and swimming, will carry with them as they move through the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

During the ceremony, attended by the students’ family, friends, teachers and administrators, the fifth-graders recited “I Am Poems” in which they described their passions and characteristics. The students had an exceptional year in the Lower School, utilizing new spaces for music and art, launching a winning robotics program, participating in community service as well as the school’s spring musical production, and taking advantage of new technology in the classroom and beyond.

Fifth-grade French language students scored nationally among their elementary peers across the United States on the Elementary Level National French Exam. Five students scored in the top 10% of the nation.


“Whether your child has been here for one year, or we have had the pleasure of watching them grow over the past three years, they have all successfully completed their time in the Early Childhood Education Center,” said Early Childhood Director Stephanie Katzman of the 35 students who made up the classes of Mrs. Martinez, Miss Atwood and Mrs. Fischer during the 2012–2013 school year. “They are recognized for their dedication to learning, hard work and their astounding social and emotional growth.”

The crossing from the Lower School building over the campus’s Great Lawn to the Middle and Upper School Academic Complex has become a tradition at Ranney School, marking the important transition and growth that occurs between the elementary and middle school years. Children in other grades throughout the Lower School line the sidewalks during the “crossing” to congratulate and wave goodbye—at least for the time-being— to their graduating friends.



Ranney’s rising first graders, the Class of 2025, welcomed their parents, family and friends to RSPA Panther Hall in June for the Kindergarten “Moving Up” Ceremony, where they sang songs and recited poems with their teachers. In a unique part of the ceremony, the kindergarten students showed off their World Language skills, having been introduced to French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish during the school year. To share what they have learned, the students performed “Old McDonald” in all three languages, sang the days of the week and months of the year in French, counted to 10 in Mandarin and translated aloud phrases from English to Spanish.

Fifth-Graders Cross the Lawn

Notable Lower School Accomplishments, 2012–2013 C E L E B R AT I O N S


Kindergarteners Move Up


Ranney teachers make creativity a renewable source of inspiration. They instinctively know how to kindle the spark of adventure and imagination in children, and because of them, the education at our school is like no other. Because of them, our curriculum brings out the best in our students. These were the words of former Head of School Lawrence S. Sykoff at the June 2013 Faculty Honors Dinner. The evening consisted of milestone recognitions, high achievements and acknowledgement of the continued efforts by a dedicated staff to advance the school’s mission–promise that E V E RY C H I L D W I L L B E K N OW N A N D V A LU E D .

The coaches at Ranney serve as the backbone of our school’s unique focus on the scholar–athlete and uphold the lifelong values of leadership, sportsmanship and responsibility for which our students strive. Their support, mentorship and training provide focus in young people’s lives, enabling them to learn, compete and have fun in a safe environment. Over the years, Ranney’s coaches have experienced both wins and losses, both defeats and championships—and no matter the outcome, they carry with them each day the torch of true Panther pride.

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… that several faculty members completed professional development fellowships and grant-based research projects during the summer of 2013. For example, Spanish Teacher Jeannette Cordero spent a week at the Annual Conference for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San Antonio, Texas, to present on the use of the flip camera and Skype in the elementary classroom as a way to enhance and develop students’ communicative skills while assessing their performance in language development.

Congratulations to the following award recipients: Joan Fernandez, for the Carol Ann Presley Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching


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Faculty and staff members were also inducted into “lifer” circles for their years of service to Ranney School. Reaching the 10-year mark are: Daniel Cushing, Susan Freedman, Barbara Levine, Wendy Martinez, Adam Materasso, Tracy Silverio at Mutchiga, Dennis Myers and Rita Silverio; 15 years: Lorraine Benditt, Connie Congemi and Jennifer McDermott; and at 25-plus years: Doreen Fowlkes and Tom Moriau.

Emmett Walling, Director of Aquatics, garnered recognition for his 30-plus years of service as Ranney’s head swim instructor with the naming of the Walling Aquatic Center in his honor last fall. Since 1980, Coach Walling has been the first person in and the last person out of Ranney’s 25-meter indoor pool each day. He established the school’s varsity swim team with 16 swimmers, a team that now has 20 girls and 13 boys on the roster. Not only did the swim teams at Ranney grow each year under his mentorship, but they also became more talented, winning the Patriot Conference Championship in 2004 and multiple Middle School swim invitational tournaments. Hundreds of children have learned to swim and be safe in the water under Coach Walling’s tutelage and going forward, future swimmers will proudly see his name when they walk into the facility. Brian Dolan has taught physical education from age 3 Beginners through Upper School at Ranney since 2006, and also serves as a head baseball, swim and soccer coach. With a background in jazz and concert bands, including performances for Pope John II and President Clinton, Coach Dolan has become well known among the school community for his leadership and energy at sporting events and Panther pep rallies as well, where he often serves as the school’s master of ceremonies. Between 2006 and 2013, Coach Dolan’s soccer teams have won the Central Jersey Athletic League Championship five times and he has captured four invitational championships in swimming. Many of Coach Dolan’s teams have had swimmers move on to swim at the collegiate level and beyond. He stresses hard work, dedication and commitment at all practices and meets and is commended by the athletic program and Ranney community.

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… that Ranney faculty have represented the school at the regional and national level through expert speaking engagements for conferences and workshops hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools, the National School Public Relations Association, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the New Jersey Association of Foreign Language Teachers and the New Jersey Association of Art Educators, among others.


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… that nearly 50 faculty members have served the school for 10 or more years as of 2013, earning “lifer” status.


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… that approximately 50% of faculty and administrators hold graduate degrees; seven have doctorates and two are pursuing doctorates.


Barbara Levine & Tom Allen, for the Blue Ribbon Award


Lillianne Torrente, for the Daniel B. Goldberg, M.D. Mission-Promise Award

The Ranney School Parents’ Association (RSPA) Executive Board, for the Head of School Award for Outstanding Leadership

Tom Moriau, Director of Athletics, Director of Summer Camp and Head Coach of the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team, had much to celebrate in the 2012-2013 school year. Not only did he achieve his 400th coaching career win, but the 25-year Ranney lifer also was named the Shore Conference Coaches Association “B Central” Coach of the Year. During the past 25 years, Coach Moriau has been a leader, coach, mentor and friend to all who have entered the Ranney campus. His passion for coaching is evident. Whether it is on the basketball court cheering on the Varsity Girls’ team or on the field supporting the Varsity Girls’ Softball team, he always puts his players and Ranney students first, providing them with the highest quality athletic experience. Mr. Moriau provides young athletes with the developmental skills they need to play, and then builds on those skills year after year to prepare them for the highest levels of competition. Under his direction, the athletic program has entered into and won titles in several championship leagues, including the recently entered Shore Conference.


Connie Congemi, for the Lawrence S. Sykoff Faculty Fellowship Award


Meg Moruzzi, for the Faculty Panther Prize

Congratulations to the following Ranney coaches:



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The Middle School Baseball team had an outstanding season, finishing with a solid 4–2 record that included wins over Rumson Country Day, Lavallette and Keansburg. The Panthers worked hard on their skills during practice and therefore played solid, sound baseball all season long. The players and coaches stressed hitting, situational play and defense during practices and were one of the best prepared teams in the conference. The players were respectful of opponents and officials, and according to their coaches, were an absolute pleasure to coach. The hustle and leadership of the eighth-graders over the past three years has been oustanding, they said.

The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team ended its season with a 17–10 overall record, marking the finest season in the history of Ranney girls’ basketball. The Panthers kicked off their season with a trip to Orlando, Florida, for the KSA Tournament. After finishing fourth in an eight-team bracket, the team brought the momentum back home and won the 2013 Panther Classic Tournament for the fifth year in a row. Senior Brynn Bresnahan was named to the First Team, Shore Conference Coaches Association “B Central” basketball team. Throughout the season, the team fought hard against multiple Shore Conference members. Their determination and teamwork led to a fourth-place finish in the conference and qualification for the conference tournament. The Panthers were able to give Head Coach Tom Moriau his 400th career win and qualified for the eighth seed in the NJSIAA State Tournament as well, where they set a new school record by advancing to the second round. The Varsity Boys’ Basketball team finished the season with a record of 5 wins and 20 losses. Seniors Jesse Zucker, Omar Hozayen and Madison Price completed their third and final season under Coach Schmelz. Omar led the team in rebounds and Jesse led with assists and steals. Junior Shooting Guard Joseph EsquivelMurphy led the team with 312 points at 13ppg giving him 714 in his 3-year career. James Geraghty was one of the top freshmen on this Shore Conference varsity team, scoring 223 points at 8.92 per game. Junior Point Guard Will Rotolo led the team in assists before injuring his shoulder halfway through the season. He will return along with Joseph Esquivel-Murphy as senior captains next season. The Middle School Girls’ Basketball team achieved tremendous success this season, both as a team and individually. Half of the players on the 20-person roster had never played basketball prior to this season. The coaches emphasized well-rounded skills, making fundamentals a priority. Every day, the girls remained focused and vigilant as they strengthened their dribbling and passing skills. As they improved, confidence became visible on the court. During the last week of the season, the team defeated Seashore in the first round of the playoffs, securing a trip to the semifinals at Rumson Country Day. The Middle School Boys’ Basketball team had its most successful season in years ending with an undefeated record of 18–0. The team also captured the CJAL Championship in a close and hard-fought game against Rumson Country Day School, winning by five points. The team members gave it their all on the court, whether they were in practice or in a game.

The Varsity Cross Country team had a season of growth. With a core group comprised of freshmen and sophomores, the team spent the season developing its competitive skills. The boys’ team whittled a combined 38 minutes off their personal records, while the girls cut 23 minutes from their best times. For our boys’ team, Marc Owitz ’14 led the way for most of the meets, followed closely by Dean Parker ’16, who moved into first at season’s end. The girls finished 2–3, led by Madison Boyan ’14.

Our 25 very dedicated rowers and coxswains practiced until 6:15 p.m. each day and committed countless hours to regattas. Almost every single rower set a new personal record on their 2k this season (1.24 miles), and two rowers set new Ranney School records on the erg. On the girls’ side, senior Taylor Veralli pulled a 7:56.6 on the last 2k of her career at Ranney. She is the school’s first female to break 8 minutes. On the boys’ side, freshman Brandon Gioggia pulled a 6:59.1 on his 2k and is the school’s first male to break 7 minutes. These strong times and new personal records left the team feeling very confident as we headed to the water.

The team competed in the North Jersey Rowing Championship, the Fifth Manny Flick on the Schuylkill River, Garden State Rowing Championships, Cooper Cup on the Cooper River and the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Championships on Lake Mercer. Racers improved their technique and time at each regatta. The highlight of the season came during the last race at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Championships, where our girls’ novice team finished third and received the bronze medal.

The Middle School Cross Country season had a strong participation level with 34 members: 17 of which were sixth-grade runners. The team participated in five meets ranging in length from 1.5–2.1 miles. This season was notable for the individual improvements of the runners. Of the 34 athletes, nine competed in every meet and practice. Although the team struggled against stiff competition, every runner made significant improvements to his/her times. Liam Fitzmaurice ’17 proved to be the fastest boy on the team, finishing first for Ranney at every race, and his sister, sixth-grader Shana Fitzmaurice, was the first Panther girl to cross the finish line at each race as well. With many team members running cross country for the first time this season, it was challenging to build endurance and learn the ins and outs of running in a meet, but they all persevered. For example, firstyear runner and sixth grader Ryan McCarthy improved his 1.5 mile time by more than a minute over the course of the season. With the strong showing from sixth- and seventh-graders, Ranney Panthers will be running fast in years to come.

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Fencing COACH: Agota Balot

The Panthers’ Varsity Fencing season came to a strong conclusion with the NJSIAA Individual Championship in March, where freshman Nicole Vaiani earned the silver medal in Girls’ Foil at the most prestigious individual event of the year. Nicole was among the 18 best New Jersey high school fencers who qualified, and her second-place finish was the first NJSIAA podium for a female Ranney fencer. After two preliminary rounds, nine girls fenced for the title in the final round. At the NJSIAA District #2 Championship, 12 girls and 13 boys competed in a very strong field. The young Ranney girls’ squad came in third with impressive and focused fencing, qualifying for the Squad Championship, where they finished fourth among the best 16 Foil Squads across New Jersey. At the Prep State Championship, Ranney fencers finished with two gold medals in Girls’ Foil and two individual silver medals in foil (Natalie Yang ’16 and Jake Bassinder ’13) and one individual seventh place for Robert Odell ’16. The small Ranney team overcame adversity in numbers and proved to be strong. The future looks bright for the team, as it prepares to compete again next year against the 52 New Jersey high schools that have varsity fencing programs.

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Although the Varsity Baseball team did not win many games, the team members handled themselves well both on and off the field. Even during the toughest of games, they found ways to be competitive and have fun. The team played well against St. Rose and Mater Dei, and had two big wins versus Asbury Park. Senior catcher and outfielder Madison Price was the recipient of the 2013 Shore Conference Sportsmanship Award. Freshman Corey Natofsky finished the season with a team high .366 batting average, while classmate James Geraghty completed the season at .354. Sophomore John Mejia was a solid contributor on the mound picking up a win and a save while batting a solid .349. The team finished its inaugural season in the Shore Conference with a 2-15 record and looks forward to having a comeback season in 2014.

COACHES: Tyler Schmelz and Ian McNamara,Varsity Boys; Tom Moriau and Christine Repoli,Varsity Girls; Ian McNamara, Middle School Boys; Eileen McEnery and Alexis Snyder, Middle School Girls

The Varsity Crew team enjoyed a new “home” on the Shrewsbury River this past year. Our rowers rowed out of the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, and it was a tremendous advantage for our team to have such wonderful facilities. The entire rowing program took a huge step forward as team members remained committed to becoming the best rowers possible.


COACHES: Brian Dolan and Daniel Lippiello,Varsity; Brian Dolan and Brian Daly, Middle School

COACHES: Nancy King,Varsity; Madeleine McCarthy, Middle School



COACHES: Christine Repoli and Joshua Prown



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After a tough 2012 campaign, the Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse team came back this season with renewed dedication and tremendous team leadership. The boys opened the season with non-Shore Conference matchups, winning their first three games. As the bulk of their Shore Conference schedule then met them head on, the 17-player team lost the next six of seven games, but battled hard against the larger conference teams, many of which had 30 or more players. They finished the season winning four of their last five games. They should be more than proud of their accomplishments as scholarathletes and of the strides the team made over the course of the season.

The Varsity Boys’ Soccer team finished with a final record of 7–9–1. The team’s first year in the Shore Conference was an outstanding success as players triumphed not only over local teams such as Henry Hudson High and Point Pleasant Beach, but even in their losses when the competition was fierce. In fact, six of the team’s nine losses were within one goal and three of those games went into overtime. The team focused on consistent off-season training for returning players, beginning with a one week pre-season training camp, which allowed for an increase in the positive chemistry and skill of the team. The tenacity of play by all team members, and the thrill and excitement of last-minute battles on the field were reflective of the entire season.



The Middle School Field Hockey team overcame a small roster and worked extremely hard all season long with an overall record of 1–6–1. The team members put in a lot of effort and time working together to play the best they could at every game. They worked to perfect their stick skills and proved to have a successful offense and defense. Each girl should be very proud of putting up a good fight against tough teams.

COACHES: Ian McNamara and Christopher Payne,Varsity; Ian McNamara, Middle School

The Varsity Golf team enjoyed its most successful season in recent years ending the season with a combined record of 8–9, after coming off a 2-win season last year. Even more impressive was the team’s record in the Shore Conference: 6–4. The co-ed team continues to grow with 17 players on this year’s roster, making competition for the five starting positions even more difficult. Course management was the team’s core focus this year which paid off with far more consistent scoring. The team’s captains, seniors Kyle Woolley and James Soldati, led by example with consistent scores in the mid- to high-40s; they won’t be forgotten next year. The team is happy to have had two star freshmen golfers on the team this year as well, Dan Blumenkrantz and Michelle Krameisen. The future of the Ranney golf program looks bright with so much young talent. The Varsity Girls’ Golf team, which was just established last year, also had a successful season. The girls fielded a full team that kept pace with every opponent, finishing the season with a record of 1–2. The team members should be extremely proud as they have set the stage for an everincreasing interest in girls’ golf at Ranney School. The Middle School Golf season proved to be both an introduction to the sport for our firstyear players and a continuing education experience for second- and third-year players. Students practiced and played on campus with primary focus on swing dynamics and the fundamentals of the game. We took these fundamentals to the course at Suneagles Golf Club, where the 15-member team was able to put what it had learned into practice on the range.

During spring 2013, the Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team had its first opportunity to compete in the Shore Conference. Although ending with an overall record of 2–15, the experience gained was challenging, enlightening and rewarding for all involved. The senior captains were instrumental in leading and motivating the team both on and off the field. Despite a few tough losses to highly ranked teams, the Lady Panthers were able to gain insight and learn through those experiences, thus allowing for greater improvements and results the second time they faced each opponent. Although the seniors will be greatly missed, we look forward to continued success with the dedication of the returning and new players. The Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse team exceeded all expectations this season. After starting the year with two wins and one loss, the team rattled off seven straight wins to conclude the season with nine wins and one loss. The highlight wins of the season were against local rival Rumson Country Day School, which Ranney played twice and beat twice. The boys truly played as a “team” all season long, always putting the success of the team before the individual. All players contributed at both practice and during the games. Overall, the lacrosse program’s future looks bright with many Middle School team members moving up to the high school team and a core group of seventh- and eighth-graders returning for the 2014 season. The Middle School Girls’ Lacrosse team had a roster of 15 talented young women and started off the season with a win against Old Bridge, finishing with an overall record of 6–2. The team members exhibited outstanding defense and offense as well as control of the field throughout the season. In addition, goalie Caroline Billyard ’17, had a total of 67 saves as well as one recorded offensive goal. The Lady Panthers trained hard, got through tough practices and played every game to the best of their ability.

The Varsity Girls’ Soccer team was tested in the new Shore Conference league and came out with a successful season. The players worked hard to step up to a new level of competition. Despite some tough losses early in the season, the girls never let up and won three of the last five games for a final record of 4–10. The girls showed continued improvement during every practice and game. With 15 players returning in 2013–2014, the upcoming season shows great promise for our girls’ soccer program. The Middle School Soccer Boys’ Blue team finished the season with an 11–0 record; the season came to an early close at the end of October, when Ranney won its second playoff game against Seashore School in Long Branch before Hurricane Sandy hit. During team practices, the group worked on dribbling techniques, passing, shooting, explosive power and overall fitness. Ranney continued to be one of the best conditioned teams in the league. The Ranney Middle School American and National Boys’ teams had a very productive fall season. The Panthers completed their seasons with a combined 3–3 record, and earned a trip to the league championship game despite a few weather cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy. The teams stressed hustle, hard work and commitment throughout the year and are determined to continue their successes into next season. With well over 60 participants, students in the Middle School soccer program continue to create a fun, enjoyable experience, which will be competitive with area schools for several years to come. The Middle School Girls’ Soccer team had an amazing season. The girls finished with 10 wins, one loss and one tie. Of the 10 wins, eight were shut-outs. This year’s team was comprised of a core group of skilled and experienced players as well as some newcomers to the sport. The returning players were eager to help those who were either playing for Ranney for the first time or simply playing soccer for the first time. Despite not being able to play the championship game because of Hurricane Sandy, the girls had a great season, truly exemplifying hard work and dedication.

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COACHES: Michael Ling,Varsity Boys; Ian McNamara,Varsity Girls; Brian Dolan, Middle School Boys; Alexis Snyder, Middle School Girls


COACHES: Joseph Tweed and Mark Digiovanni,Varsity Boys; Michael Ling,Varsity Girls; Steve Carcaterra and Dave Zoni, Middle School Boys; Alexis Snyder, Middle School Girls


COACHES: Eileen McEnery,Varsity; Rosemarie Grippo, Middle School




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The Varsity Field Hockey team had an exciting season with its entrance into the Shore Conference. After a slow start, the girls became more comfortable playing with one another and began to dominate on the field. Each player understood her role and was committed to achieving success. Team members were confident in their skills and never let intimidation rule. Ranney qualified for the NJSIAA State Tournament for the second consecutive year. Despite losing in the first round, the team had its most successful season in the program’s history, finishing with an overall record of 7–7–1.



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COACHES: Tom Moriau,Varsity; Karen Britto and Madeleine McCarthy, Middle School

COACHES: Heidi Bonney,Varsity Boys and Junior Varsity Girls; Christel Contrera, Varsity Girls; Barbara Bongiovanni and Anna Lazic, Middle School

COACHES: Nancy King, Winter and Spring Varsity; Eileen McEnery, Middle School

The Varsity Softball team not only concluded its first year as a member of the Shore Conference but also had some of the largest turnouts in recent Ranney history. This year’s team worked each day to improve on its skills. Ten of the 15 players were new to varsity softball but were amazingly dedicated to the sport. The team members played in a very competitive division in the Shore Conference but never gave up or complained. With strong leadership from their captain, the girls came to practice each day, working harder than the day before. With emerging freshman pitcher Sophia Calve, potentially one of the greatest pitchers Ranney has had, the Ranney softball program has many strong seasons ahead.



The Varsity Girls’ Swim team ended its season with a 4–7 record and the Varsity Boys’ Swim team ended at 3–8. This was the first year that the varsity swimmers competed in the Shore Conference and they all performed competitively throughout the season. Four members of the girls’ swim team covered all eight individual swim meet events and served on relay teams holding school records. On the boys’ team, our swimmers were versatile in their representation at the Shore Conference Championship and one student placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle and 5th in the 100-yard freestyle. Our freshmen swimmers on both teams were committed, dependable and had positive impacts on the team. The Middle School Swim Team had an incredible season, finishing with an impressive 11–0 record. This season marked the fourth straight year that the team has gone undefeated, compiling 41 consecutive victories, four Boys’ Invitational Championships and two Girls’ Invitational Championships during that span. As a co-ed team, Ranney was a top competitor in the division. This year’s team was made up of 26 males and 23 females who competed against area schools from nearby towns such as Tinton Falls and as far as Livingston and Montclair. The team committed several hours a day to practice, concentrating on conditioning, stroke technique and race tactics. By the end of the season, many of the swimmers reached their true potential and accomplished several individual goals in the pool.

The Middle School Girls’ Tennis team had a successful season, ending with a record of 5–1. The girls once again proved that practicing and competing during the off-season, as well as in-season pays off. The team defeated Rutgers Prep twice, among other competitors. The team captains led in singles and all of the players’ talent, enthusiasm and love of the sport were evident during every match. The team’s doubles players were also instrumental in the team’s overall success, lending their skill and outstanding teamwork to numerous shut-outs as well as some hard-fought battles this season.

The Varsity Girls’ Indoor Track team was comprised of mainly sophomores and freshmen who worked to build a strong foundation season for future Panther teams. The girls put forth their best effort at seven invitational and championship meets. Alexandra Natsis ’15, already the school record holder in the indoor 400 and 800, set a school record in the indoor 300, while Pauline Braka ’15 did the same in the 1000. While the team will miss its sole senior, Erika Serhus, a team member for the past four years, the youth and competitive spirit of the team promises stronger finishes in the coming winter seasons. The Middle School Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field team competed in several meets and hosted its first home meet in three years. The girls’ team lost a tough battle, 48–49, against North Plainfield, but seventh-grader Abby Boyan set a new school record in the 1600, running 5:38. The boys’ team also was defeated; however, Toby Savage, also a seventh-grader, set two Middle School records in the shot put and discus. As the season came to a close, the team traveled to Gill St. Bernards to participate in the Annual Silver Spike Invitational, which is the elite championship meet for Middle School Students. Only three athletes from each school were allowed to enter each event. The girls’ team took fifth place out of a total of 14 schools. The boys’ team ranked eighth overall with medals in the 4 x 100 relay. It was at this meet where many Ranney athletes reached personal and school records. Overall, they accomplished 32 personal records, 28 top-3 finishes, set two new Middle School records and even one varsity record. Middle School Winter Indoor Track is a club sport focusing on the skills associated with competitive Indoor Track: the 55; hurdles; the 400, 800 and 1600; high jump; and shot put.This year’s team consisted of several newcomers looking to enjoy the outdoors and explore the sport. After many hours of practice, members of the Middle School Winter Track club were able to compete in intrasquad competitions held in December 2012 and February 2013.

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The club members, led by captain Ashleigh Conroy-Zugel ’16, compete throughout the

tri-state area year-round. In March, Ashleigh and her horse Rolex, came in sixth in a class composed of mostly adults at Florida’s Jim Brandon Equestrian Center’s national Junior level team competition; she ranked first among the juniors. She also placed fifth at the Global Dressage Festival in February, which also took place in Florida.

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COACHES: Emmett Walling,Varsity; Brian Dolan, Middle School

The Middle School Boys’ Tennis team started the season strong and confident following shut-outs against Red Bank and Wardlaw Hartridge. However, as anticipated, the wins did not always come easily. Following their 2–0 start, the team lost in a close 2–3 match against St. Catherine’s. As the season progressed, the boys defeated two other competitors and ended the season with a record of 6–3. The team was led by three outstanding singles and doubles players and all members proved to be fierce competitors, always setting high standards for themselves.

When the Varsity Boys’ Indoor Track team was established in 2005, it competed in one meet per season and relied on practices and intra-squad competition. This season, the team competed in more races and proved to be strong in several events. Ryan Eaddy ’15 had a noteworthy season, taking the third place medal in the 300 at the Egg Club Classic and finishing second at the NJSIAA Prep B Meet in the 400. He was able to set a new school record for the indoor 400 at the start of the season and continued to beat that record each time he competed. Senior Rishi Sharma, who holds the school record in the indoor 200, finished his last season for the Panthers with a personal record in the 55-meter dash, qualifying for the final in the NJSIAA meet as well, Steven Jacobson ’14 lowered his school record in the 55 hurdles, while running for a personal record in the 55. Ian Farber ’15 also set a personal record in the 55.

One of the many great aspects of Ranney School is the variety of athletics that students are able to choose from. At the beginning of the 2012–2013 school year, for example, the school had 35 different teams—but one sport was missing: horseback riding. With the help of 24 determined students who shared a common passion for riding, the Ranney Equestrian Club became an active addition to the athletic program in October 2012. The club is open to anyone who holds a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) number and rides horses or ponies, of any riding style, on a regular basis.



The Varsity Boys’ Tennis team also had a successful season this year with a record of 10–6. The boys improved immensely over the fall, working together to ensure success. They were a spirited group who always looked out for one another and offered encouragement and advice for improvement. The players started their season with an undefeated record of 3–0 and played in two tournaments, one of which was in the Shore Conference. Even during losses, the team members learned new lessons and played their hardest. They are sure to have continued success next season.

The spring Varsity Track and Field season was filled with new school and personal records. Peter Bontempo ’13 reached the records book in his third and final season as a thrower, throwing the discus 101`, and missing setting a new shot put record by inches. Ryan Eaddy ’15, set and re-set school records in the 400, 53.4, and the 200, 24.0, as he raced to a fourth-place finish at Prep States in the 200, and took seventh at NJSIAA Sectionals in the 400, to advance to the Group Championships. Kate Crilly ’16, leapt for a new school record in the triple jump, 32`9”, and finished the season just shy of a new record in the 100 hurdles. In the hurdles, Co-Captain Ronnie Geraghty ’14, consistently lowered his personal records in the 400 hurdles and 100 hurdles, while high-jumping 5’. Ronnie also entered the 3200 in a dual meet to help boost team scoring, winning the event. In the 100 and 200, Brooke Fromkin ’15 and Mostafa Meleis ’14, were regular scorers in dual competition, and both placed at Prep States, Brooke finishing fourth in the girls’ 100, and Mo finishing sixth in the boys’ 100. Brooke also reached the 100 final at the Monmouth Ocean Girls Frosh Novice Championship, finishing in eighth place. Both Brooke and Mo routinely lowered their personal records throughout the season. Sabrina Park ’15 had a breakout season with the long jump, reaching a distance of 14’8” and scoring for the team in every dual meet. She also took home the sixth place medal in the long jump at the Monmouth Ocean Girls Frosh Novice Championship. Gillian Veralli ’14, the team’s sole female 400-runner, reached a new personal record in the 400, while supporting the team by throwing the javelin and discus. Co-Captain Hailey Maher ’15 , took on the role of shot putter for the team while continuing with the discus. With only one graduating senior, and the bulk of the team being sophomores, the team’s future is quite promising.


The Middle School Softball team was comprised of amazing players that rose to the challenge of a difficult year. After losing 11 eighth-grade team members, this season represented a year of rebuilding. Many of the players were new to the sport but eager to learn the game and attended practice each day with enthusiasm. The new eighthgraders were determined to get better and to help their younger teammates. The season started with a tough loss to Keansburg, but with perseverance the team experienced a stellar game against Deal winning 15–3. Throughout the game, each player stole at least one base while playing tough defense and amazing offense. Every player worked to improve individually and as a team through selfless devotion, exemplifying the honor and integrity of the Ranney scholar–athlete.

As one of the most acclaimed athletic programs at Ranney, the Varsity Girls’ Tennis team began the 2012 fall season with the goal of continuing its winning tradition as they entered the Shore Conference “B Central.” The team has previously won four consecutive NJSIAA Non-Public B South Championships and held a record of 10–4. The girls worked rigorously to improve their individual skills and set their own personal goals to strive for throughout the season. Although these goals varied from player to player, one goal remained the same for the entire team: to capture the Division Championship. The team persevered throughout the three-day competition and was crowned the 2012 Division Champions. These challenging matches demonstrated the strong mentality and relentless drive of these scholar–athletes.

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–Tom Moriau, Director of Athletics

“Our vision for the future is to enhance the athletic experience at Ranney for our athletes in both the classroom and on the field,” said Director of Athletics Tom Moriau at the dedication. “This grandstand displays how Ranney is moving forward and will give the school the means to host Shore Conference championships and schools throughout New Jersey for NJSIAA competitions.”


Additional upgrades were made to the campus’s athletic facilities over the late spring and summer, including the gymnasium floor and rooftop of the Gerhard Pavilion for Athletics (GPA), which experienced damage after an electrical fire was quickly contained in the spring. Multiple safety checks, including by local fire and police departments, have been performed to ensure ongoing and future safety in the building. The roof was fully repaired and a high-performance floating floor was installed with new school logos. In addition, a new Nevco wireless scoreboard will be installed before the 2013-2014 school year begins.

On Saturday mornings throughout the school year, our youngest athletes also participated in the RSPA-driven Panther Cubs club. This athletic enrichment program for Kindergartners through fifth-graders included learning the basics of soccer, baseball, swimming and other sports in a fun and structured setting that focuses on teamwork and good sportsmanship. The program lays the groundwork for participation in the Middle and Upper School Panther athletic programs and offers students a wonderful way to interact with the school and their families on the weekends.

Ranney cheerleaders filled the school with Panther Pride and smiles this winter season with the return of the Upper School squad and the growth of the Middle School squad. The 2012-2013 Middle School squad (pictured above) was the biggest in Ranney history with 12 sixthgraders, led by eighth-grade captain Evan Schultz, who helped guide her teammates through new and old cheers as well as a choreographed dance routine that they performed at basketball home games. The squad also had the opportunity to learn the basics of stunting from the Upper School squad (pictured at left) led by junior Soroya Dookie. The Upper School squad members showcased their cheers, dance skills and gymnastic stunts at various varsity games throughout the season. They are already planning to compete in local and national cheer competitions this coming winter. Members of both squads attended cheer camp during the summer to train in stunting and tumbling. The teams’ school spirit and pride helped to boost game attendance and increase the Panther fan base throughout the year and made it clear that Ranney cheer is here to stay.

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Students, teachers, coaches and administrators alike celebrated the new fan base by cutting an official ribbon in front of the grandstand and by acknowledging the contributions of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Brand (Karl ’16), Mr. Peter DeLisa ’84 (Isabella ’22), Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gerhard (Peter Jr. ’15 and Madison ’18), Dr. and Mrs. Charles Rizzo (Dana ’13) and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jacobson (Steven ’14), without whom the new addition to Ranney’s athletic facilities would not be possible.

Overall, the experience gained through our Lower School sports program provides a firm underpinning for our young athletes as they move onto Middle and Upper School and also strengthens the overall Ranney athletic program. Children as young as age 5 learn the meaning of sportsmanship and carry the knowledge, vision and honor of being a scholar–athlete with them as they grow.


“Our vision for the future is to enhance the athletic experience at Ranney for our athletes in both the classroom and on the field”

The latest addition to Ranney’s eminent athletic facilities, made possible by generous parent donations, is equipped with a new press box and video platform, along with aisles, rows and walkways. Located near the lacrosse wall, the stadium-style bleachers have the capacity to hold 415 fans and overlook the Karagianakis Field and Guidone Track. The sizable walk-in press box will feature an announcer’s booth equipped with new computers and upgraded technology to tape and broadcast games, record individual athlete and team statistics, offer play-by-play commentary and provide game footage for coaches and players. In addition, this new equipment will provide innovative opportunities for students interested in learning sports’ management and journalism and will serve as a new space for viewing outdoor Performing Arts programs.

During the fall and spring seasons, more than 180 students participated in the program, many of them taking two or three sports each session. Our girls’ field hockey and lacrosse programs, in particular, have grown tremendously, with 14 and 15 students participating this year, respectively. In fact, the lacrosse team (pictured below), competed in the Tri-State Lax Luau where they won two games. They also beat the Holmdel team with a final score of 12–7. Plans are in the works for other Ranney Plus teams to compete in the future.


In April 2013, Ranney School dedicated its new grandstand bleachers before a schoolwide pep rally, ushering in a new era of Panther Pride and helping to further its inspiring vision for the scholar-athlete. Ranney School is now well-positioned to host Shore Conference championships, NJSIAA competitions, provide its college-bound athletes with game highlights, serve as a training ground for future sports reporters and bring scores of fans from across the Garden State to the school’s field of dreams.

The Ranney Plus program serves as the foundation of the school’s overall athletic program by offering students in the Lower School (Grades K-5) the opportunity to build athletic skills and to learn the value of healthy competitive sport. The Athletic Department strongly believes in the need to develop young athletes who practice responsible social behaviors, strive for academic success and appreciate personal health and fitness. Our after-school sports program provides students with one of the most robust and diverse offerings of sport available in any lower school in the state, including: baseball, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and swimming.



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Growing the Panther Fan Base A new grandstand and press box frame Ranney’s

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The decision to join the Shore Conference has brought respect and a new profile to our school. All varsity teams competed in the Shore Conference during the 2012–2013 season. In addition, the girls’ tennis, girls’ basketball, boys’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ swimming and track teams competed in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Although we are a small school compared to some of the schools in the conference, our athletic teams choose to “play big.” Ranney’s commitment to athletics is reflected in its diverse offerings, widespread participation and competitive successes. As the 47th member to join the highly regarded Shore Conference, our Athletic Department and its affiliates have been and will continue to work hard to prepare athletes for this ongoing transition to bring the program to new and exciting levels in the years ahead.

Shore Conference Participation All of Ranney’s varsity teams participated in the Shore Conference during the 20122013 athletic season. Shown here, clockwise from left, are: the Varsity Girls’ Tennis team, which brought home the Shore Conference “B Central” Championship; the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team, which dominated the court with rebounds, assists and steals; the Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey team, which had its most successful season in the program’s history; Shore Conference Sportsmanship Award Recipients Rachel Burstiner `13 and Madison Price `13; and the Varsity Golf team, which had an impressive hitting season.

Finally, Ranney School received the “B Central” Sportsmanship Award for 2012–2013. The Shore Conference presents the Sportsmanship award to one school in each of the Conference Divisions; the award is voted on by the division’s athletic directors.

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Membership in the Shore Conference has already begun to further develop our athletic excellence by providing many benefits to our scholar–athletes. These benefits include local competition and the development of local rivalries, less travel time, more effective and positive exposure for public relations, additional opportunities to bring local student-athletes to our state-of-the-art campus, the opportunity to showcase our outstanding facilities, the development of additional team and individual goals, additional opportunities for conference champions and selection to all-conference teams for our students, and additional exposure to colleges and their athletic programs as college scouts and coaches are present at a number of Shore Conference Tournament games.

Congratulations also go to the Class of 2013’s Madison Price and Rachel Burstiner;; the two graduates received the conference’s Sportsmanship Awards in June. It is the goal of the Shore Conference to display sportsmanship as a means of athletic competition and each year, the conference asks the Conference Athletic Directors to nominate one male and one female student from their school for the Sportsmanship Award. “These two represent a perfect example of what sportsmanship means,” said Director of Athletics Tom Moriau, who also won the Shore Conference “B Central” Coach of the Year Award.


Just over two years ago, Ranney’s athletic program was granted general membership within the state’s renowned Shore Conference, representing a true testament of steadfast improvement in the program as well as the dedication displayed in our scholar–athletes and coaches. Now, one year after being formally inducted into the conference and entering new levels of competition for the first time, there is much to be proud of for Ranney’s athletes and teams. Not only did we bring home our first “B” Central Shore Conference Championship in Varsity Girls’ Tennis, but also, two of our seniors won Conference Sports manship Awar ds a nd R a nne y School ov e r a l l r e ce i v e d the “B” Central Sportsmanship Award (see sidebar, “Shore Successes”).


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Ranney Athletes Shine in Competition



All of our Upper School teams enjoyed success within the Shore Conference (see page 12 for Team Highlights). This success came in different forms as our coaches and athletes came away with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Special congratulations go out to our Varsity Girls’ Tennis team and Coach Christel Contrera—these talented young ladies captured Ranney’s first Shore Conference “B” Central Championship.



Shore Successes


Award of Recognition Dana Rizzo ’13


Eugenie B. Edwards Spirit of Tennis Awards Rachel Burstiner ’13 Golden “R” Prizes Kayla Birde ’13 Madison Price ’13 Jesse Zucker ’13 Headmaster Senior Awards Veronika Fischer ’13 Jordan Hesslein ’13 Junior Coaches Cup Awards Madison Boyan ’14 Joseph Esquivel-Murphy ’14 Outstanding Athlete Awards Abigail Boyan ’18 Liam Fitzmaurice ’17

To view the list of student awardees for the individual fall, winter and spring 2012–2013 athletic seasons, visit Ranney News at

Panther Pride Awards Kenna Conley ’14 Ian Dobrzynski ’17 James Geraghty ’16 Taylor Gill ’17 Ashleigh Shay ’13 Grace Wilgucki ’15 Sportsmanship Awards Leigh Brandt ’17 Shayna Field ’19 Ethan Gavin ’19 Markar Krikorian ’17 Christian Pacifico ’18 Kaitlyn Serpico ’18

Varsity Girls’ Tennis After joining the Shore Conference this fall, the Ranney Varsity Girls’ Tennis team was crowned the 2012 “B Central” Division champion under Head Coach Christel Contrera. The team won the championship with a perfect 10–0 mark (12–5 overall).

Erika Serhus, Scholar–Athlete of the Year Fencing Freshman Nicole Vaiani (at right with Coach Balot) was selected to the New Jersey Interscholastic Association (NJIFA) First Team All-State for Women’s Foil after winning the 2013 District Individual Championship and the 2013 New Jersey Independent School Individual Championship. She also earned the silver medal in Girls’ Foil at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) State Championship. As a team, the foil squad (Emily Brodsky ’15, Niya Klayman ’16, Nicole Vaiani and Natalie Yang ’16) captured the 2013 NJSIAA District Championship, finished fourth at the Squad Championship and also won the New Jersey Independent School State Championship.

Middle School Swimming The Middle School Swim Team finished with an undefeated record of 11–0, marking the fourth straight year the team has gone undefeated. The team also won the Ranney School Swim Invitational for the fourth year in a row.

Scholar–Athletes of the Year This year, Ranney School selected seniors Madison Price (pictured above) and Erika Serhus (pictured top left) as Scholar– Athletes of the Year. Madison served as captain of the Varsity Boys’ Soccer team and won the Shore Conference Sportsmanship award. Serhus served as captain of the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team and also participated in indoor track.

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Athletic Director Awards Madison Boyan ’14 Victoria Cuciniello ’18 Joseph Esquivel-Murphy ’14 Veronika Fischer ’13 Shana Fitzmaurice ’19 James Geraghty ’16 Shane Keenan ’17 Erin Kennedy ’16 Liam Kennedy ’19 Joe Mahoney ’17 John Mejia ’15 Sam Metzger ’17 Olivia Nisbet ’17 Alex Roberts ’18 Grace Wilgucki ’15 Jesse Zucker ’13

Blue & White Awards Rachel Burstiner ’13 Brittany Hofferber ’17 Grace Hofferber ’17 Markar Krikorian ’17 Marissa Mahoney ’17 Matt Torpey ’17


Athletes of the Year Brynn Bresnahan ’13 Madison Price ’13

Middle School Boys’ Basketball The Middle School Boys’ Basketball team proved to be strong after ending with an undefeated record of 18–0. The team also captured the CJAL Championship in a close game against Rumson Country Day School, winning by five points.


Girls’ Varsity Basketball The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team won the 2013 Panther Classic Tournament for the fifth year in a row. Their hard work led them to finish in fourth place in the conference and qualified them for the Shore Conference Tournament before they advanced to the NJSIAA State Tournament making it to the second round.

Middle School & Upper School Students


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Major Athletic Awards, 2012–2013


Ranney School Class of 2013 Matriculation More than 40% of the students in the Class of 2013 are “lifers,” meaning they have attended Ranney for 10 or more years. Approximately 75% of the class was admitted to the college or university of their choice through the Early Action/Early Decision process. As a whole, the class was awarded scholarships totaling $2,558,060 over four years. In terms of specialized programs, senior Jake Bassinder was admitted to the Fencing athletic program at Haverford College, Matthew Callahan earned admittance to New York University’s Steinhardt School to pursue music technology, and both Omar Hozayen and Julia Palecki were accepted into Ivy League schools, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Below is the full matriculation list for the Class of 2013. Babson College

Johns Hopkins University

Stetson University

Rachel Burstiner*

Taylor Veralli

Kathryn Lionetti*

Boston College

Lafayette College

Syracuse University

Christina Kalinowski Jesse Zucker

Kayla Birde

Mitchel Katz*

Lehigh University

Tulane University

Boston University

Yehia Awad

Ruhi Parikh

Muhlenberg College

Bucknell University

Leah Chaise

Alexandra DeMarco Anthony Vivona Kyle Woolley*

Mamoun Chater*

New York University

Union College

Cornell University

Matthew Callahan* Alyssa Mullally Benjamin Puvalowski* Alexandra Seneca Rishi Sharma Paul Sondhi*

Alana Grieco

Northeastern University

University of Notre Dame

Omar Hozayen*

Elon University Gabrielle Bijou*

Emerson College Conor Keenan*

Emory University Jordan Hesslein

Fairleigh Dickinson University Danica Lenge*

Georgetown University Roey Hadar Kendall Torpey*

The George Washington University Alexander Rafiqi* Dana Rizzo*

Haverford College Jake Bassinder

James Madison University Brynn Bresnahan

Molly O’Neill

Northwestern University Catherine Wolfe*

Pace University Matthew de Laive

Quinnipiac University Victoria Renner

The Class of 2013 held its commencement ceremony at Monmouth University in June.

Ashleigh Shay*

University of Miami David Longo Montana Pflaster* Peter Bontempo

University of Pennsylvania Julia Palecki

University of Richmond Madison Price*

University of South Carolina Tara Rogan

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick

University of Southern California

Arnab Neil Chatterjee Luciano Cioffi

Villanova University

Saint Joseph’s University Coury Saker*

Sarah Lawrence College Calvin Celebuski

The University of Georgia

Veronika Fischer* Erika Serhus*

Washington University in St. Louis James Soldati * *Designates Ranney “lifers.”

View our online calendar at for 2013-2014 events and dates.

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