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Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing the successes of students Elia Doyle and Solomon Polshek, faculty members Jen Cross and Gerard Doyle, and the Class of 2013. Please send your submissions to

Elia Doyle Freshman Elia Doyle traveled with a group from the Long Island Livestock Company to the International Llama Registry's Gathering of Friends, a national llama show and sale in Des Moines, Iowa. While there, she won 3rd place in the Intermediate level of competition. Elia has been working with Tabbethia Haubold, the owner of the company, for several years. She regularly cares for the animals and helps with demonstrations and exhibitions of the livestock.

Solomon Polshek Sophomore Solomon Polshek was recognized for Stage Management in the 2013 Teeny Awards, hosted by East End Arts. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the Teeny Awards celebrate talented high school theater students on the East End and in parts of eastern Brookhaven.

Jen Cross Jen Cross, dean of Visual Arts, will be in two upcoming art exhibits on the East End: The Flower Show at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts, which will be on view through July 7, and Cathedral: Architecture and Atmosphere, at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton. An opening reception for Cathedral will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 9pm.

James Earle Cultural history teacher James Earle recently collaborated with the animators at TEDEd, which includes a former Sesame Street animator, to create an educational video on Botticelli's painting, Adoration of the Magi.

Gerard Doyle In July and August, Ross theater director Gerard Doyle will perform in three Noel Coward one-act comedies under the title Tonight at 8:30 at the John Drew Theatre in Guild Hall East Hampton. He will be working with actress Blythe Danner; Simon Jones, a well-known English actor and audiobook luminary; and Edward Hibbert, who used to appear in the TV series Frazier. Tony Walton will direct.

College Acceptances and SAT Scores In a very competitive year, the 68 members of the Ross School Class of 2013 received 290 acceptances to 154 colleges and universities. They have been offered merit scholarships in excess of $5 million. These extraordinary seniors also achieved an average SAT score of 1850, with 12% of the class’s SAT scores ranking in the 99th percentile nationally. In addition, 54 seniors sat for 83 Advanced Placement exams.