Applause! Applause!

Polar Plunge 1 Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing the successes of teachers and staff members Lawrence Alexander, Liss Larsen, Jennifer Morgan, Jon Mulhern, Dan Roe and Ned Smyth; students Phillip Gorodetskiy, Katie Morgan, Frances Sacks, and the eighth grade; and alumni Noah Engel '11 and Peter Reale '08.

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Lawrence Alexander, co-director of Ross School College Counseling, was selected as one of three professionals from the State of New York to attend a meeting of counselors from the United States and Canada at NYU Abu Dhabi. The international colleagues discussed best practices, with the goal of improving programs and guidance for their school's students, toured the campus and the Grand Mosque, and met with members of the NYU leadership team, including President of NYU John Sexton.

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In March, the eighth grade class, along with their teacher Mark Tompkins, participated in the Peconic Polar Plunge at Founders beach in Southold to benefit Maureen’s Haven homeless shelter. Mark organizes the fun (and chilly) adventure each year as part of a continued commitment to help make a positive difference in our community.

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On April 8, Noah Engel and collaborator Tony Giambrone debuted their first LP as Harmony House, “It’s a Powerful Thing.” You can give the album a listen and download for free at Harmony House. Also new on the music scene is the first album from Peter Reale’s band Yeesh. Check it out at yeeshband.bandcamp.com.

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Back in October, eleventh grader Phillip Gorodetskiy finished in the top 15 in the League Championship Golf Tournament, which qualified him to compete in the County Golf Championship on May 19.

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Liss Larsen, assistant director of Communications and Ross house parent, was recently profiled in the Shelter Island Reporter. The article takes the reader through Liss’s childhood memories of growing up on the Island and the continued influence the community has on her work as a professional photographer. Her current series, “Rust,” captures the rare beauty of Shelter Island.

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Ross juniors Katie Morgan and Frances Sacks will be recognized in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program in the fall. The honor is based on the students’ stellar PSAT scores.

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Jennifer Morgan, editorial project manager, was recently selected to compete on the TV game show Jeopardy. The show is being taped in Los Angeles this week and will air in July.

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Political cartoons by Dan Roe, Media Studies teacher and Ross Institute filmmaker, were published in the April 13 and April 27 issues of The New Yorker. The magazine is notoriously difficult to break into, and Dan joins a distinguished group of journalists and artists to achieve this recognition.

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Visual Arts teacher Jon Mulhern will have a solo show, “Impulses,” May 2–May 10, at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 6pm.

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Visual Arts teacher Ned Smyth recently completed casting two 12-foot bronzes of male and female torsos for the new Adler Center for Nursing Excellence building at Ramapo College in New Jersey. The two prototypes were first shipped to China, where the bronzes were cast. Ned traveled to China over the spring break to check the castings, do the patinas, and prepare them to ship back to the United States. The bronzes will be installed when the new nursing school building is completed this summer.

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Congratulations and good luck to all!