Posts Tagged with upper school

  1. Student Art Project Sports Olympic, Political Theme

    [ February 25, 2014 ]

    The latest Projects in Contemporary Art (PICA) installation, "From Russia, with Pride," celebrates the Sochi Olympics and all of its participants, regardless of sexual orientation. Inspired by the contradiction in this year's Olympics--where antigay laws are being enforced at an internationally recognized competition that urges acceptance--PICA turned the Olympic rings into gender symbols. According to the students in PICA, "the rainbow colors reference the international nature of the Olympics as well as the 'gay flag' for LGBT rights. Likewise, the word 'pride' is spelled out within the rings to simultaneously evoke national pride and gay pride. This project is a specific representation of acceptance and inclusiveness at this Olympics, but it is also generally anti-discrimination."

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  2. Student Team Places Third in NYC Coding Event

    [ February 11, 2014 ]

    HackTrin_sansCharlieTwo student teams represented Riverdale at HackTrin, a recent all-day coding event held at the Trinity School that featured teams of one to four students from schools around the city, all of whom were tasked with designing and implementing an app that would be useful to high school students. Riverdale was represented by two teams: “Osmosis,” consisting of seniors Saranya Vijayakumar and Willy Papper, and “Youniversity,” comprised of juniors Alex Stillman, Charlie Davis, and Margaret Corn. Osmosis is an app that runs on Android phones and lets a student learn by osmosis. The student enters flash card information (questions with answers) using the app. Then at regular intervals, Osmosis creates notifications. When the user ...

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  3. Senior Athletes to Play Division I Sports at Two Ivy League Schools

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Two Riverdale Country School athletes will be playing sports for Ivy League teams this fall: Jordan Brail '14 will play squash for Cornell, while Julia Sesler '14 will row for Yale. Jordan Brail will suit up with Cornell’s Big Red Bears. He is currently ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. Squash Association’s Boys Under 19 division, as well as in the top 25 of the Adult Men’s 5.0 division. In addition to being a key member of Riverdale’s Boys Varsity Squash team, Jordan was also Co-Captain of Riverdale’s Boys Varsity Soccer team this fall, earning a spot on the 2013 All-New York City Soccer Teams, Second Team. Julia Sesler, Co-Captain of the varsity team at ...

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  4. Sophomore Wins Annual Schoolwide Shakespeare Competition

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Nick Giancaterino '16 is the winner of this year's schoolwide Shakespeare monologue contest; he will represent RCS at the city-wide contest next week. Placing second was junior Madeline Meyer, with senior Olivia Irby coming in third. An honorable mention was awarded to sophomore Juliana McCombe. "This year we had a wonderful turnout for our schoolwide Shakespeare contest," said Amanda Eastman, Chair of the Theater Arts Department. "Kudos to the 24 students who participated; it was the strongest showing we have seen in the past 10 years!" Congratulations to all, and best wishes to Nick as he prepares for the citywide competition the week of February 10th.

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  5. Six Seniors Named to Field Hockey National Academic Squad

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Six students have been selected to the 2013 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad, and one has been recognized as a Scholar of Distinction. Olivia Goldring, Jennifer Goodell, Sydney Lipsitz, Gabriella Papper, Monique Reichenstein, and Katherine Shifke were all named to the squad, with Katherine also being named a Scholar of Distinction. The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes high school seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year. New in 2013, the Scholars of Distinction designation is given to high school seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 or ...

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  6. Six Students Win 2013-14 May Sarton Writing Awards

    [ February 06, 2014 ]

    Students in Grades 6-12 were awarded prizes for their poetry and prose. In the Middle School (Grades 6-8), eighth-grader Stephanie Shwartz won first place for her piece, “Your Beloved,” while sixth-grader Lily Wellington came in second for her short story, “Queen Bees.” In the 9-10 division, sophomore Jack Tien-Dana was awarded first place for his piece, “Happy,” while freshman Jack Carlos Mindich received the second-place prize for his poem, “There is No Forever for Me.” Junior Miranda Hoyt-Disick won first place in the 11-12 division with her poem, “Marlowe,” and senior Maria Carrasco came in second for her short story, “The Beach.” According to Ron Murison, Chair of the English Department, “The entries for this year’s May Sarton Creative Writing Contest were impressive and ...

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  7. Carly Mensch ’01 Addresses Middle School, Acting and Film Classes

    [ January 31, 2014 ]

    As the inaugural speaker in the Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series, Carly Mensch ‘01 recently spoke to the Middle School during grade meeting and met informally with Upper School students in acting and film classes. Carly used the Middle School theme for the year, Voice, as the basis for telling the Middle Schoolers her story. She traced her development from Riverdale athlete and captain of the soccer team to the accomplished professional writer that she is today. In addition to a clever visual presentation and clips from her scriptwriting work on Weeds, Carly’s presentation included enlisting the help of some talented Middle School actors to bring some of her plays to life. Throughout her address, Carly encouraged Middle Schoolers to find their voices, and ...

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  8. Historian Linda Gordon to Deliver Annual Reginald E. Zelnik Memorial Lecture

    [ January 15, 2014 ]

    "Visual Democracy: The Photography of Dorothea Lange" will be the topic of discussion at this year's Reginald E. Zelnik Memorial Lecture, presented to the juniors in the Constructing America class, as well as interested alumni, parents, and faculty on Thursday, January 16. According to history teacher Ellen Baker, "The Constructing America teachers have been especially excited at the prospect of a lecture on Lange, which will deal with Lange's democratic vision as well as the censorship of her Japanese internment camp photographs. (She was hired by the army to photograph the camps, but when the army officials saw what she actually produced, they impounded the photos. The photos were kept under wraps until Linda found them in the 1990s and published them in another ...

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  9. Theater Arts Night Spotlights Upper School Theater, Dance Classes

    [ January 13, 2014 ]

    TAN2014Nearly 50 Upper School students displayed their acting and dance talents at the annual Theater Arts Night. Dancers Fahima Alli '17, Nathalia Benitez '17, Kamala Hargrove '15, Amaris Hemmings '15, Katelyn Schwartz '17, Diana Stettner '15, and Rebecca Thau '16 performed two dance routines: one to Christina Aguilera's "Good Girl," and another to "Layers" by David Karagianis. Several students from the Intro to Theater class performed original monologues: Amanda Chiles '17, Robert Frank '17, Eliot Hawkins '17, Davis Holzman '17, Joanna Miral '17, and Matthew Slater '17. In addition, Grace Haughton '17 performed an original monologue written by Bailey Landow '17. Three Intro to Theater students performed Shakespearan ...

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  10. Art & Literary Magazine Named a 2014 Crown Finalist in Awards Competition

    [ January 10, 2014 ]

    The 2013 edition of Impressions, Riverdale's art and literary magazine, has been named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Silver Medalist and chosen as a 2014 Crown Finalist. According to the CSPA website, "Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. Crown Awards are judged at Columbia by panels of invited judges, working in groups to review all entries. The Crown process is more of a 'holistic' approach to judging the entire publication, as an informed reader would do. Publications are judged on design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing. The Medalist Critique process is a detailed 'dissection' of the publication, and the completed results are returned to the school with ...

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