Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. As the school year comes to an end, we’re recognizing the successes and community involvement of seniors Nissu Wang, Mark Cheng, Misuzu (Tina) Shibano, and Eric Wu; junior Noa Langleben; sophomore Sunny Guo; eighth grader Chandler Littleford; Ross Lower School students Maya Texeira and Paolo Christie-Schrank; and teachers Debra McCall and Gozde Sevim. Debra McCall of the Ross Institute had her 1986 film, a reconstruction of Oskar Schlemmer’s 1920s Bauhaus dances, screened as part of a special exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. McCall first performed these dances in 1982 and continued to perform around the world for more than a decade. The exhibition, curated by Kate McNamara, proves that McCall’s work, a “tour de force” according to The New York Times, lives as an artistic statement well into the 21st century.

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Sunny Guo ’18 exhibited his stunning photography at the Hamptons Photo Arts “Shelters” Exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

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Three talented Ross students were chosen to receive Awards of Excellence based on work submitted for the Parrish Art Museum’s 2016 Student Exhibition. An awards ceremony was held in February; honorees included Tina Shibano, “Self Portrait,” oil on canvas; Nissu Wang, “Nike,” powdered graphite on paper; Eric Wu, “Nike,” charcoal on paper.

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Media Studies teacher Emine Gozde Sevim was named a “New and Emerging Photographer to Watch” by Photo District News. Many of Gozde's photos capture war and turmoil, particularly in the Middle East.

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Ross 5th grader Paolo Christie-Schrank was among the talented group of musicians performing in this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s (SCMEAs) Division 1 Concert Festival. Another musically talented Lower School student, sixth grader Maya Texeira, won second place in the 3rd Annual Hamptons Got Talent sponsored by the Southampton Youth Bureau.

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Seniors Mark Cheng and Tina Shibano received best-in-show recognitions for their films at this year’s NY Alliance Film Fest. Their films were selected to receive awards among the best submissions from New York area schools.

Chandler Littleford ’20 was a presenter at the first-ever Parrish Art Museum Teen PechaKucha Night. In a popular rapid-fire format, Chandler presented a series of 20 slides on things in which she finds inspiration as part of the Parrish’s Family Night event.

Finally, representing Ross in the girls varsity scull, Noa Langleben charged from behind to capture a bronze medal at the Long Island Junior Rowing championship held in Oyster Bay. Noa trains with tireless dedication and is a consistent and strong presence at competitions throughout the Northeast. She was recently recognized at the athletic awards ceremony for her accomplishments.

Congratulations to our Ross community member on these outstanding accomplishments!