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Aug 11, 2017

Ranney School Graduates Committed to Citizenship and Creativity

Ranney School’s 82-member Class of 2017 celebrated its commencement at the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft on May 25. Thirty-one of the seniors, known as “Ranney Lifers,” had attended the school for 10 or more years. Next fall, the entire group will head off to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities across the country, including Columbia, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, and Notre Dame, where they will pursue their individual passions and interests in fields ranging from the visual arts and theatrical production to finance, law, and medicine to robotics and information technology.

“A common thread that unifies Ranney’s Class of 2017 is their eagerness to experience all that life has to offer,” says Andrea Velasquez, the school’s co-director of college counseling. “This class is committed to service, athletics, citizenship, and creativity as much as they are committed to their academic interests. They want to do it all – and they will.”

Among the graduates are the founder of the school’s Girls Who Code Club (Olivia Castello of Wall), two VEX World Robotics Competitors (Ben Iglesia of West Allenhurst and Will Zheng of Long Branch), All State and All Shore Chorus Soprano (Evan Schultz of Colts Neck), three Scholastic Art Gold Winners (Max Chalnick of Marlboro, Alexa Biswal of Millstone Township, and Pooja Nayyar of Morganville), Harvard Model Congress Best Delegate Winner (Charles Fabricant of West Allenhurst), Basie Leading Actress Nominee (Lucy McGinty of Brielle), National Spanish Exam Honor Recipient (Jack DeNicola of Rumson), 16 Cum Laude Society Inductees, two Global Citizen Peace & Justice Advocates (Grace Cornell of Bay Head and Dana Schioppo of Freehold), two Division-I college recruits (Olivia Smith of Manasquan, who will join Bucknell’s Rowing Team, and Alexis Redish of Howell, who will compete on Clark University’s Softball Team), as well as a National Sailing Team competitor (Mari Patient of Oceanport).

These are just a few examples of how the Class of 2017 demonstrates that Ranney students are encouraged to discover and engage in all of their unique talents and interests through robust student life programs and a nurturing learning community. “Use your passions to further the world,” advised valedictorian Jillian Ross of Rumson in her commencement speech to her peers. “As you engage in introspection this summer, think about how you will leave your mark on the world. A worthy life is one that makes you happy and beneficially touches the lives of others.” Jillian served as Student Council President and will attend Columbia University.

The commencement ceremony was led by Head of School Dr. John W. Griffith and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Brian Torpey.