Alumni

Alumni Profiles

Madeleine Henry '07, Author

After graduating from Yale in 2014, Madeleine Henry began work as an analyst at Goldman Sachs. She spent four years working in finance in New York City before choosing to focus full time on writing. Madeleine wrote comedy for The Yale Record, America’s oldest college humor magazine and was the editor-in-chief of The Exonian as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy. On July 9, 2019, her debut novel, Breathe In, Cash Out, was released by Simon & Schuster. 

"Rippowam provided an invaluable community of friends and teachers who continue to help me in my career and beyond. My classmates and teachers from Ripp still support me at my book events, other milestones, and on social media. I'm very grateful to the school for the support I still feel."

Rippowam Cisqua School - 2007
Phillips Exeter Academy - 2010
Yale University - B.A. 2014
 

Frankie Celenza '02, Chef

Frankie Celenza is a New York Emmy award-winning chef. He created the YouTube series Frankie Cooks, which features recipe demonstrations of his famous creations. He is currently presenting and creating recipes on-screen exclusively for Tastemade, a global community for food and travel lovers, that reaches 250 million unique viewers a month. 

“I'll always remember Band Night at RCS and how much fun I had playing the drums and guitar, and singing backup vocals with my fellow classmates Alex Paul ‘00, Evan Speiser ‘00, KK Chase ‘00, Will Carroll ‘00, Jamie MacDonald ‘00, and Gordon MacGill ‘00. It usually took place twice a year, the night before Christmas break and the night before summer break. My heart still pounds thinking about the curtains being closed, with a hundred kids on the other side, anticipating the fun that was about to ensue. Those performes at RCS further instilled my passion for music and performing, which helped lead me to where I am today with my cooking shows." 

Rippowam Cisqua School- 2002
Kent School- 2005
New York University- B.F.A 2009 
 

Will Reeve '07, Multi-Platform Reporter, ABC News

As a student at Rippowam CIsqua School. Will Reeve '07 developed a love for storytelling which has blossomed into a succesful career in broadcast journalism. Will began his career as a production assistant at ABC's Good Morning America and went on to spend four years as a contributor to ESPN's SportsCenter. Will has recently returned to ABC News where he reports across all news platforms - digital, radio, linear TV, and shows including  Nightline, World News Tonight, and Good Morning America

Will also serves as an Ambassador and Board Member for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which benefits those affected by spinal cord injuries. He is a leader of the Reeve Foundation Champions Committee, which is dedicated to fostering multigenerational involvement in the cause. Will returned to Bedford in 2017 to kick-off Rippowam Cisqua School's Centennial Speaker Series and was awarded the RCS Distinguished Alumni Award. Will spoke to RCS students about the important role that Ripp has played throughout his life and commented on his own personal journey saying, “You can learn more from struggle and loss than from success. That’s the time when you get to look into your own self and figure out how to overcome and get better and to grow. The best of us keep trying to grow every day.”

Rippowam Cisqua School - 2007
Brunswick School - 2010
Middlebury College - B.A. 2014 

Chis Hanson '06, Professional Athlete

Chris Hanson began playing squash at a young age and continued his career at Dartmouth College where he graduated cum laude with a B.A in Psychology. During his time at Dartmouth Chris was a 3-time First Team all American, 4-time First Team All-Ivy, a 2-time CSA Scholar Athlete. He was also the co-winner of the Skillman Award for sportsmanship in college squash. He is now a full-time professional on the PSA World Tour. 

“Over my six years at RCS, my teachers and coaches instilled a great work ethic in me, in both academics and athletics. My athletic experience at RCS was incredible, with special thanks to my coaches Mike Topchik and Bill Barrett for making it such a memorable experience."

Rippowam Cisqua School - 2006
St Luke's School - 2009
Dartmouth College - B.A. 2013
 

Justin Cronin '77, Bestselling Author

In 2010, Justin Cronin’s The Passage  became a runaway bestseller. The Passage spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list and was featured on more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists. The Passage inspired the FOX TV series which premiered in January 2019. The Twelve and The City of Mirrors, the second and third novels in the trilogy, were also critically acclaimed instant New York Times bestsellers.  Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

"Ripp provided a very good foundation - I would not have gotten into Andover and Harvard without it. I was something of a nerd, which, at the time, wasn't an easy thing to be, but in the end it worked out fine. My guess is that many of my former Ripp classmates would be surprised to find me doing something as ethereal as writing novels for a living."

Rippowam Cisqua School - 1977
Phillips Academy Andover - 1980
Harvard University - B.A. 1984

Mary MacGill '03, Jewelry Designer

Mary MacGill '03 is a Hudson Valley, New York and Block Island, Rhode Island - based artist working primarily in gold and semi-precious stones. Her minimalist style finds root in the ever-evolving shorelines of the American Northeast. Combining the fragility of wire with the strength of stone, Mary's work falls in the lineage of mentor Kazuko Oshima and sculptor Alexander Calder, focusing on the beauty of hammered imperfections and suspended forms. 

"We were Mr. Duveen’s first class at RCS and as legend goes, he had us design a nuclear submarine that year in order to teach us “basic” physics. I was voted Project Manager and it was a true lesson in communication, teamwork, and leadership. Mr. Duveen gave us guidance, but really left us to our own devices to figure out a seemingly insurmountable problem. We all had to work really hard to stay organized and on the same page, but we pulled it out in the end and lived to present and tell the story to a board of real life nuclear engineers."

Rippowam Cisqua Scool - 2003
Lawrenceville School - 2006
Brown University - B.A. 2010
Rhode Island School of Design- 2012
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