Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month we’re recognizing students Emma Engel ’16, Elizabeth Burdge ’17, Nicole Betuel '15, Olivia Cohen '15, Inga Cordts-Gorcoff '15, Jeong Ho Ha ’15, Yeon Woo Jung ’15, Will Greenberg ’15, and Harrison Rowen ’15; alumni Sophia Do ’14, Orrin Frazier ’14, Sylvia Channing '10, Levin Chaskey ’02, and Claire Lucido ’08; and faculty and staff Dan Roe ’04, Chris Engel, Jon Mulhern, and Jennifer Cross.

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This month, Ross alumnus Levin Chaskey is opening the Charlotte Star Room, a music and video production studio in Charlotte, NC. The full-service production studio will focus on music, video and the performing arts. Levin and his fiancé, Alexis Jo Bruce, will offer programs for aspiring singers, songwriters, producers, and actors looking to explore their talents and/or maximize their exposure.

This past spring, Nicole Betuel, Olivia Cohen, Inga Cordts-GorcoffSophia Do, Orrin Frazier, and Yeon Woo Jung received AP Scholar Awards, which recognizes students who achieve a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Will Greenberg and Harrison Rowen were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor for scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Jeong Ho Ha earned AP Scholar with Distinction for a score of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

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Emma Engel has been accepted again this year to perform with the Martha Graham Company in the All-City Panorama, a classic dance by Graham from 1935. Elizabeth Burdge has also been accepted; this will be Elizabeth’s first time with the company. Both students are honored to receive this prestigious placement out of hundreds of students in the tri-state area.

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Ross alumnus and Media Studies Teacher Dan Roe’s short film, Weenie, premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October. The film, about a 16-year-old who is grounded but sneaks out to join a party, stars Ross alumna Claire Lucido. The majority of the movie was filmed on the East End of Long Island.

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Ross alumna Sylvia Channing was named Master Farmer by The Slow Food Education Committee. The position recognizes her expertise and commitment to education. In this new role, Sylvia will help local schools including Ross, Springs School, East Hampton High School, John Marshall Elementary School, Child Development Center of the Hamptons, and Montauk High School grow their gardens.

Sylvia, a graduate of Oberlin College, was instrumental in getting the Ross garden off the ground when she was a student at the Upper School. She was responsible for organizing and fundraising with a group of students, which made it the first student-run garden on the East End. She is currently involved in the Ross after-school garden program and summer garden camp initiatives and has been very involved in environmental education, most recently with Cornell in Hawaii.

Artwork by Chris Engel, director of Community Programs; Jon Mulhern, Visual Arts teacher; and Jennifer Cross, dean of Visual Arts, was featured in the Local Abstraction exhibit in October at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton.

Congratulations to all!