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!

Alumna Taylor Vecsey ’01 recently joined the Times Review Media Group as its web editor.

Ahmed Abdirahman ’07 was selected by Sweden’s Shortcut magazine for its annual list of 100 influential people under the age of 40.


Sergei Merjeevski ’13 recently completed his senior thesis showcase at Hampshire College.

Ayaka N. ’21 presented her Innovation Lab @Ross project at Japan’s Mitou for U-17, an event in which high school students share their ingenious ideas and receive guidance from industry leaders and project managers. Ayaka shared her plans for a device that motivates students to learn Japanese Kanji characters by printing them on cookies.

Lilah Y. ’21 was selected to participate in the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council, a committee that works to offer teens more cultural opportunities in the community.

This fall, Ross Café Chef Julie Jacobs won 19 ribbons in the Riverhead County Fair. She entered 26 items into the canning and preserving, gardening, and home-brewing categories. Among her winning entries were her bay laurel tree, which is located in the Ross Café, as well as her home-brewed honey mead and a variety of jams that included wild Queen Anne’s lace flower jelly, local pear and ginger marmalade, local spiced and brandied peaches, organic plum and ginger jam, and blueberry rosemary lemon preserves.

Lower School Music Teacher Deanna Locascio gave birth to her second child, James Andrew, in August. Big brother Thomas was happy to welcome him to the family.