Applause! Applause!

Ally_4531 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 seniors Wen-To Chan, Inga Cordts-Gorcoff, Daisy Gallaher, Will Greenberg, and Miguel Monori; juniors Cole Colby, Kendall Scala, Yinggi Zhao, and Jin Zhang; freshman Emily Austopchuk; seventh grader Ally Friedman; Ross second graders; alumna Chelsea Tierney ‘02; teachers Heather D’Agostino, Alicia Schordine, and Shannon Timoney; and staff members Hleb Maslau, Jennifer Morgan, and Simona Weymar.

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At the 2015 Ross School graduation ceremony, the Courtney Sale Ross Awards in recognition of faculty members most exemplary of the Ross School vision of leadership, academic excellence, and personal integrity, were awarded to Upper School Dean of Mathematics Heather D’Agostino and Lower School fourth grade teacher Alicia Schordine. Will Greenberg received the Ross School Board Award for demonstration of outstanding leadership qualities; the Anders G. Holst Award for a senior who demonstrates courage in creativity went to Daisy Gallaher; Wen-To Chan received the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award in recognition of his pursuit of excellence, magnanimity of intention, and personal integrity; and the first Richard M. Dunn Award went to Inga Cordts-Gorcoff for her achievements in the study of literature and journalism.

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At a dinner ceremony on June 18, the editor of The East Hampton Star presented 2015 All-Star awards to Cole Colby, Kendall Scala, Yinggi Zhao, and Jin Zhang in acknowledgement of their academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement.

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2015 Teeny Awards for Outstanding Female and Male in One-Act Plays went to Emily Austopchuk, for her performance in Tassie Suffers, and to Miguel Monori, for his role in Misfortune.

One of Ross School Tennis Academy’s youngest competitors, Ally Friedman captured her first title at the USTA L1B Lynbrook June Challenger (Girls 14s).

Ross alum Chelsea Tierney was sworn in as the East Hampton Police Department’s first female sergeant at a ceremony on May 21. Sergeant Tierney holds a degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal/forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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In late May, the second grade and their teacher Shannon Timoney took a class trip up the Peconic River and saw firsthand thousands of bunker fish that died as a result of nitrogen pollution in local waters. They were inspired to make a positive difference, and organized a school assembly featuring guest speaker Kevin McAllister from Defend H2O as well as a popsicle sale to raise money for the cause. They also produced a powerful documentary about their experience and plan to continue their important efforts in the new school year.

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Earlier this month, Ross Tennis coaches Hleb Maslau and Simona Weymar teamed up to win the mixed doubles title at the US Open National Playoffs New England sectional qualifier, held at the Yale University Tennis Center. Hleb completed an “unprecedented hat trick,” winning the men’s singles and doubles events as well.

Jennifer Morgan, editorial project manager, was recently selected to compete on the TV game show Jeopardy! The show will air in the U.S. on July 29.

Congratulations to all!