Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. In celebration of their efforts, we share these accomplishments through a recurring column, Applause! Applause! Below are some of the endeavors undertaken by members of the Ross School community. Congratulations to everyone!

Dean of Visual Arts Jennifer Cross will be presenting a talk about art and activism at the 2017 National Art Education Association (NAEA) convention March 2–4. Her artwork is also currently featured in a show titled Year-Round at Southampton’s Tripoli Gallery, which runs through January 30.

Performing Arts teacher Gerard Doyle’s recording of Siobhan MacDonald’s novel Twisted River received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine and was selected as one of the magazine's 12 best audiobooks of 2016.


Visual Arts instructor and world-renowned artist Ned Smyth was inducted to the National Academy in December 2016.

The artwork of Visual Arts instructor Kieran Ryan, along with that of Jennifer Cross, was featured in the 2016 Ille Arts Holiday Show in Amagansett.

Community Programs Coordinator Connie Judson received her Master Aromatherapy Certificate from the New York Institute of Aromatherapy in November 2016.

The artwork of Lower School students will be included in the Guild Hall 25th Annual Student Arts Festival for grades K–8. The exhibit will be on view from Saturday, January 14, through Sunday, February 12.

Sixth graders Paolo Christie-Schrank and Owen LaPierre have been invited to represent Ross School at the 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival in March.


The Ross School Model UN elective class and club are currently participating in the 16th annual Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exhibition (CMUNCE) at Columbia University. There are 14 delegates participating in the three-day conference after a month of preparation.

Aaron Kresberg ’17  will be presenting his senior project, Namibia: Exploring Endangered Species through Photography, at Sag Harbor’s Sara Nightingale Gallery from Saturday, January 14, through Wednesday, February 8.

Christin Aucapiña ’12 became a Fulbright Scholar and will be teaching English in Brazil this year.

Sam Tabet ’06 debuted Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, the first feature film she produced, at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

John Messinger ’02 spoke at PhotoPlus Expo last October and presented three original works commissioned by Fujifilm.

Keith Skretch ’01 was selected as one of three finalists announced for the 2017 Richard E. Sherwood Award for Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists.