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At Ranney, every child is known and valued. This school year, many athletes and students from various grade levels soared to new and outstanding heights. While we recognize the hard work and talent of all students at Ranney, a number of students have recently shared their notable highlights with us, and we congratulate them on these achievements.

CLASS OF 2013 In December, members of the senior class began to hear back from colleges or universities in which they applied “early decision” or “early action.” At this point, students have been offered admission into the following institutions; colleges in bold denote where a Ranney student will be matriculating this fall: Babson College Boston College Bucknell University College of Charleston Cornell University Elon University Emerson College Emory University Florida Southern College Fordham University Georgetown University University of Georgia High Point University Ithaca College Johns Hopkins University Lehigh University

LIM College Loyola University Maryland Loyola University New Orleans Muhlenberg College New York University Northeastern University Penn State University Providence College Quinnipiac University University of Richmond Rutgers University Saint Joseph’s University School of the Art Institute of Chicago University of South Carolina University of St. Andrews (Scotland) Stetson University Stonehill College Syracuse University University of Tampa Tulane University Ursinus College University of Vermont University of Virginia Villanova University Washington College Washington University in St. Louis


Christopher T. Nivera ’17 was honored as one of the brightest middle school students worldwide at a national medal ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). The Center honored Christopher, one of 40,800 participants in the 2012 CTY Talent Search, for his exceptional performance as a middle school student on the college SAT, ACT or similar test. Past participants in the CTY Talent Search include Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and performer Lady Gaga. 1

Shining Bright: Class of 2013 Alyssa Mullally (Red Bank), Benjamin Puvalowski (Matawan), Alexandra Seneca (Colts Neck), Ashleigh Shay (Wall) and Jesse Zucker (Wall) have also had an accomplished school year. They were recognized as AP ith a long list of achieve- Scholars, earning scores of 3 or higher on three AP exams. ments for the 2012-2013 school year, the senior class is looking to Rachel Burstiner leave its mark before graduating (Holmdel), Veronika Fischer (Rumson), Roey Hadar in June. Roey Hadar (Fair Haven), Paul Sondhi (Wall), Ken- (Fair Haven), Christina Kalinowski (Monmouth Beach), dall Torpey (Colts Neck) and Casey Wolfe (Fair Haven) have Julia Palecki (Toms River) been recognized by the National and Madison Price (Red Merit Corporation as Commend- Bank) have been recognized ed Students in the 2012 National as AP Scholars with Honor Merit Scholar Program. The cut- after earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all off score for Commended Students was a selection index score AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or of 200 on the PSAT.


more of these exams. Jake Bassinder (Point Pleasant), Omar Hozayen (Colts Neck), Erika Serhus (Freehold), Rishi Sharma (Colts Neck), James Soldati (Rumson), Paul Sondhi (Wall), Kendall Torpey (Colts Neck) and Taylor Veralli (Holmdel) were deemed AP Scholars with Distinction, an honor that is granted to students who earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Congratulations to these members of the Class of 2013!



An all-girls Lego team made up of 5th grade students Kate Donnelly ’20 (Holmdel), Sara Donnelly ’20 (Holmdel), Corrine Villany ’20 (Colts Neck), Tara Crilly ’20 (Shrewsbury) and 6th-grader Catherine Vucetic ’19 (Holmdel)—also known as “Neon Spirit”—won first place at the Lego Robotics Competition in Delaware in January. This was the girls’ second year participating in the competition.

HISTORY CLUB After reaching the semi-finals in the Southern New Jersey History Bowl in November, the History Bowl A-Team qualified for the 2013 Spring National Competition in Washington, D.C. A-Team members included Jake Bassinder ‘13 (Point Pleasant), Roey Hadar ’13 (Fair Haven), Vincent Morano ’14 (Cream Ridge), Marc Owitz ’14 (Morganville) and Grant Parker ’14 (Toms River). At this competition, Jake Bassinder and Roey Hadar received individual awards along with qualifying for the National History Bee, which will also be held in Washington, D.C. At another competition in January with more than 50 teams, another History Club Bowl Team qualified for Nationals. One team (Jake Bassinder, Steven Jacobson ’14 [Colts Neck] Vincent Morano, Grant Parker, Marc Owitz and Hunter Pearl ’14 [Holmdel]) made it to the octo-finals, while the other team (Roey Hadar, Ian Farber ’15 [West Long Branch], Chris Farkouh ’14 [Rumson], Josh Goikhman ’15 [Morganville], Charlotte DeMarco ’15 [Spring Lake] and Dean Parker) made it to the quarterfinals. Steven Jacobson also qualified individually for the National History Bee. Advisor and Upper School History Teacher Marie Curry attributes the success of the History Club to the teachers and what the students learn in their classes. 2

LYNNA WANG (HOLMDEL) Congratulations to Kindergarten student Lynna Wang ’25 on winning second place at the Crescendo International Piano Competition at the end of November. At the tender age of six, Lynna also performed a solo piece of Bach at Carnegie Hall. Her dream came true and she earned herself the opportunity to play on the grandest stage alongside her older brother, Hubert ’21.

SABRINA PARK (COLTS NECK) Sabrina Park ’15 was accepted into the Central Jersey Regional High School Orchestra. “This is Sabrina’s third consecutive year achieving the honor of joining this group comprised of the most talented string students in our region,” proudly explained All School Orchestra Conductor Dorothy Sobieski.

CHRISSY MICHAEL (SEA GIRT) Chrissy Michael ’15 kept up the Running Club’s 6-year tradition of competing in the Disney World Marathon Weekend by running the Half Marathon (13.1 miles in 2:43) alongside her mother, Holly Basile (2:08). Although the Running Club did not field a team this year, partially due to Hurricane Sandy, Chrissy managed to inspire a new group of runners to join her next year with eight already committed. Chrissy is now in training to run her first full marathon. 3

VARSITY GIRLS’ TENNIS Ranney School’s Varsity Girls’ Tennis team captured the 2012 Division Championship this past fall season. This year’s roster consisted of seniors Rachel Burstiner ’13 (Holmdel), Leah Chaise ’13 (Morganville) and Victoria Renner ’13 (Belmar); junior Giulia DiGuglielmo ’14 (Eatontown); sophomores Pauline Braka ’15 (Eatontown), Kristen Guyler ’15 (Marlboro), Gabriella Mahoney ’15 (Colts Neck) and Sabrina Park ’15 (Colts Neck); and freshmen Skylar Bradley ’16 (Brielle) and Rachel Patel ’16 (Morganville). Congratulations!

MADISON PRICE (RED BANK) In late October, Madison Price ’13 was named a state finalist for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for New Jersey. To achieve award eligibility, all students must be seniors and have a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or higher, participate in at least one of the 27 eligible school-sponsored sports and be known as a leader in the school and community and serve as a role model for underclassmen. Madison is among a selected pool of 1,020 state finalists nationwide (20 from each state plus Washington, D.C.) Each state finalist received a $25 Wendy’s gift card, bronze medal and a Heisman patch.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD HEADING TO STATE FINALS On January 8, 20 students from the Ranney Middle School competed in the Regional Science Olympiad Competition held at Union County College. As result of their outstanding team performance and third place medals in the Forestry Event by Alexa and Ashley Biswal ’17 (Millstone Township), the Middle School Science Team will compete at the state level. The New Jersey Science Olympiad consists of a series of science-based regional interscholastic competitions that include individual and team events that students prepare for during the school year. The Science Olympiad State Tournament will take place on Mar.12, 2013, at Middlesex Community College in Edison, NJ. 4



UPPER SCHOOL CHORUS The Upper School and Performing Arts Department would like to recognize Jamie Shamilian ’16 (Tinton Falls)Soprano 1, George Timmins ’15 (Old Bridge)-Tenor 1 and Noah Goldstein ’14 (Spring Lake Heights)-Bass 2 on their recent acceptance into the 50th Annual All-Shore Chorus. The concert will take place on Feb. 2, 2013, at Neptune High School PAC. All-Shore Chorus is a coalition of Monmouth and Ocean County high school choral directors. The organization sponsors competitive auditions to seek top singers and expose them to master choral works.

BRITTANY HOFFERBER (LITTLE SILVER) The American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) recognized Brittany Hofferber ’17 with an Outstanding Poem Award for her contribution of “Fall is Like a Show.” According to the ASPA, this award was given to only four students nationwide this year. The MAG, Ranney’s Middle School literary and art magazine has also earned recognition from ASPA along with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the “Origins” edition (Volume 1) of The MAG and the “Future of Technology” edition (Volume 2). The MAG received the Gold Award from CSPA, while the ASPA awarded the publication a 1st place award with special merit.

“Fall Is Like A Show” A poem by Brittany Hofferber ’17 The show is about to begin: The leaves change costumes. The announcer hushes the crowd, and the atmosphere turns cold and crisp. Prancing squirrels get their acorns ready. Then, the leaves come dancing around in their bright costumes. You hear the crunches every time they put their ballet slippers down. Now, The Climax is near; The leaf dancers try their best, dancing the last dance of Fall, But, the dance is interrupted. The orchestra crescendos like the different sounds of the wind. A cold, white figure appears; The leaf dancers fall. Their once bright, cheery costumes Turn into horrific shades of amber. The only one left is the whispering wind, Getting stronger and stronger by the moment. At last The wind can make out an odd figure It's the first sign of winter: Snow! And, suddenly, the red drapes come down. The crowd cheers. It's time for the next show, Where snow is the star. 5

JACOB FIELD (TINTON FALLS) Middle School student Jacob Field ’19 was once again selected for Pop Warner All-American Scholars (PWLS) in the 5th-grade Football category. The PWLS All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average. A final score is calculated for each student that consists of up to 100 points: 85% for the student’s grades for the prior school year and up to 18 points (15%) for achievements and activities. Following his recognition, Jacob began the application process for the National Scholar Athlete Award.

NICOLE VAIANI (WALL) The already nationally-ranked fencer, Nicole Vaiani ’16, made her mark internationally back in October. After competing in Budapest, Nicole gained more international points after taking on 32 out of 151 fencers from around the world and moved up to the number 7 spot in the nation.

CAITLIN MULLALLY (RED BANK) Caitlin Mullally ’15 received the Silver Key Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition sponsored by the Montclair Art Museum. A jury of professional artists, curators and arts educators spent 30 + hours reviewing more than 3,400 works of art submitted by more than 900 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey. Caitlin will be honored at a special awards reception at the Montclair Art Museum in February. 6

VARSITY BASKETBALL The Ranney Girls’ Varsity Basketball team captured their fifth straight championship at the Panther Classic Tournament held Jan.11 -12, 2013. Grace Wilgucki ’15 (Freehold Township) was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player for her outstanding play in both games. Carly Ansell ’14 (Shrewsbury) and Erin Kennedy ’16 (Spring Lake) were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Although the Varsity Boys’ team fell to Doane Academy in the finals, Joe Esquivel-Murphy ’14 (Bay Head) and James Geraghty ’16 (Colts Neck) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

SATHYA EDAMADAKA (ALLENTOWN) Congratulations to Sathya Edamadaka ’19 who auditioned on Jan. 26, 2013 for Central Jersey Middle School Regional Orchestra and placed 12th in second violins. One-hundred seventy nine violinists tried out and only 24 were accepted.

JACQUELINE LEE (COLTS NECK) Congratulations to Jacqueline Lee ’15 who sang the National Anthem at the Philadelphia Phillies game on Sep. 25, 2012 against the Washington Nationals. Jacqueline has contributed a great deal to Performing Arts at Ranney through her participation in chorus, school plays, coffee houses and special events such as this year’s Holiday Express benefit concert, where Ranney donated $10,000 to the local charity. 7


“TWELFTH NIGHT” CAST The cast of Ranney’s Upper School production “Twelfth Night” received a critique from the Count Basie Review Panel with an Overall Rating of “Very Good.” Noah Goldstein ’14 (Spring Lake Heights) and Ben Puvalowski ’13 (Matawan) received assessments of “Excellent to Outstanding.”

RACHEL PATEL (MORGANVILLE) Rachel Patel ’16 (left) and her group “Impulse Handbell Ensemble” were recently featured on Teen Huffington Post for their version of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.

TESSA PAYER (WALL) Congratulations to Tessa Payer ’16 (right) for being cast for the role of “Liesl” at Shore Repertory Theatre Company’s production of “Sound of Music” in May 2013. 8

Ranney Student Round-up - January 2013  

Ranney Student Round-up - January 2013