Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing alumni Ethan Abramson, Eugenie Carabatsos, Kirsten Judson, and Devon Leaver; students Kate Nelson, Jack Boyland, and Sam Kramer; and teachers Carrie Clark, Gerard Doyle, and Dave Morgan. Please send your submissions to news@ross.org.

Kate Nelson and Carrie Clark Senior Kate Nelson received a $20,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for her outstanding leadership, community involvement, and academic achievement. More than 100,000 students around the country applied, and Kate was one of 50 who was awarded this national scholarship. In addition, “Unlike a lot of other scholarships where it just recognizes the student, Coca-Cola believes that someone helped the student get there, and so they asked each of us to select an educator of distinction,” Kate explained. With that in mind, she named cultural history teacher Carrie Clark as her most influential teacher. Carrie was given an award for exemplary dedication to the field of education. Kate will be going to Stanford University in the fall.

Sam Kramer Senior Sam Kramer performed with other East End students as well as visiting college students in a benefit concert for Katy’s Courage at Guild Hall on May 3. Katy’s Courage is a non-profit organization which supports pediatric cancer research. Works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Albeniz, and Beethoven were performed.

Jack Boyland Eighth grader Jack Boyland represented Ross in a Suffolk County Golf Tournament at Indian Island Golf Club in Riverhead on May 20. Jack earned a spot in the tournament by placing in the top 24 in the League VIII qualifying tournament last October. At Indian Island, Jack had a great day, shooting a 46 on the front nine and 44 on the back. According to varsity golf coach Shelby Raebeck, "We are thrilled with Jack's performance this year. What a treat to see so much talent and composure in a player his age!"

Dave Morgan Dean of Science and Director of Innovation Lab @Ross Dr. Dave Morgan contributed a chapter on time travel to the recently published Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike. The book is the latest in a series that examines philosophical ideas through the lens of pop culture. Prior entries in the series explored subjects ranging from Monty Python to Facebook. In his contribution to this collection of essays, Dave examines both the physics of time travel and the philosophical paradoxes that arise in the Planet of the Apes series. The experience of contributing to the series was such an enjoyable one that Dave has already signed on to contribute a chapter on chaos theory to an upcoming collection on Jurassic Park and Philosophy.

Gerard Doyle Gerard Doyle received another "Earphones" award from AudioFile magazine for his reading of Septimus Heap, Book 7: Fyre, by Angie Sage. Gerard has narrated the series since Book 2, and “meets the challenge of narrating the wide range of characters with his usual flair—from the sharp voice of ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand to the deep rumbling of Alchemist Marcellus Pye. Doyle's skill is evident with both the male and female voices,” according to AudioFile.

Ethan Abramson Alumni Ethan Abramson ’02 has added four new pieces to his handcrafted furniture line. As part of the launch of this new series, Ethan talks about his work, inspiration, and environmentally conscious shop practices in an interview on Fab, the popular design-based site. In addition, Fab is featuring Ethan’s furniture through June 6.

Eugenie Carabatsos A new play by alumna Eugenie Carabatsos ’06, After Eternity, was performed at the True False Theatre in New York City recently. The play explores life after eternity, where a woman has willed her own palace into existence. Her world is turned upside down when a guest suddenly appears and they are forced to live together as the world around them starts to crumble.

Devon Leaver Alumna Devon Leaver ’11 appeared in the second season of A YoungArts MasterClass on HBO on May 22. The Emmy-nominated series features James Rosenquist, Bruce Weber, and Kathleen Turner working with select YoungArts winners from across the nation. Devon and five other students in Miami and New York City worked with photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber.

Kirsten Judson Alumna Kirsten Judson ’09 graduated magna cum laude in the Honors program with a BS in Communications from Emerson College in Boston.