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We love to recognize the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students. From being named a Teacher of the Future, to creating YouTube educational videos, to making an album in Ghana, check out the amazing work of cultural history teachers Lea Abrams, James Earle, and Ken Sacks, as well as alumna Lilly-Anne Merat. Please send your submissions to

Max Eicke, Class of 2007 Ross alumnus Max Eicke ’07 was featured in the New York Times recently for his newest creation, the Panther dining table, which, according to the Times, “evokes a sleek cat stalking prey and the angular precision of a praying mantis.” It is made of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and titanium, and designed to be light enough for a person to lift and strong enough to support someone standing on top. At $68,000, the limited edition Panther is currently being featured at Jonathan Burden gallery in NYC through November 30. See more of Max’s work.

Lea Abrams, Cultural History Teacher Ross Lower School cultural history teacher Lea Abrams was selected as one of 21 Teachers of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Teachers of the Future program is designed to allow innovative teachers to share their expertise in teaching with technology as well as their individual creative teaching techniques. Educators throughout the United States were selected based on demonstrated excellence in environmentalism, globalism, equity and justice, and/or use of technology. Throughout the 2012–2013 school year, Lea will lead an NAIS online educational discussion forum on mindful practices in the classroom, the topic of her choice. She also created a video on this topic that has been posted on NAIS’s online forum. Check out her video.

James Earle, Cultural History Teacher Ross cultural history teacher James Earle has been working with students to create educational videos for YouTube about great works of art, and their channel, “Amor Sciendi,” was selected for YouTube’s prestigious EDU Gurus award. Teaming up with Khan Academy, another education channel, YouTube held a contest to find the best content creators explaining tough concepts in compelling ways. The 10 chosen YouTube EDU Gurus received training, promotion, and a gift card to be used for production equipment. “Amor Sciendi” is produced by James along with seniors Kate Nelson and Gavin Nelson, junior Orrin Frazier, and sophomore Will Greenberg.

Lilly-Anne Merat, Class of 2007 Ross alumna Lilly-Anne Merat ‘07 received recognition as one of Dan's Papers Best of the Best Female Musicians 2012. “It's a huge honor and I couldn't have done it without [fellow Ross alumnus] Forrest D. Gray, who accompanied me all summer,” Lilly wrote on Facebook. To hear Lilly-Anne Merat’s music, like her Facebook page.

Ken Sacks, Cultural History Teacher This past summer, Ross cultural history teacher Ken Sacks went to Ghana for an album release party celebrating Fume Fume by Okoemotion, an album created with Ross alumni and students as well as Ghanaian musicians, dancers, and singers. The project was inspired by a 2007 M-Term trip to Ghana. The band Okoemotion formed in 2008 when Okoe Ardeyfio visited Ross as an artist-in-residence. During that year, Ken and several students (most of whom had studied with Okoe in Ghana the previous year) collaborated with Mr. Ardeyfio on a selection of Ga social songs. The process culminated in 2011 when Ken and the students traveled to Kokrobite, Ghana, and recorded the album with Okoe, members of the Akrowa ensemble, and Ghanaian Thomas Botchway on drums.

The alumni and students involved are Tomas Majcherski ’07 (sax); Alejo Majcherski, who left Ross this year (trombone); Max Feldschuh ’07 (keyboards); Daniel Bennett ’04 (guitar); Suyan Montenari-Perez ’07 (vocals/dance); Kate FitzSimons ’13 (calabash); Peter Reale ’08 (recording engineer); and Christian Scheider ’08 (album art/website). The album is often heard on the radio in Ghana, and the group hopes to go on tour in Ghana and surrounding countries next summer. Listen to the album.