Friday Night Lights Family Carnival
Rippowam Cisqua School’s Centennial Celebration weekend kicked off on October 13 with the Friday Night Lights Family Carnival. School pride was in abundance as over 750 members of the RCS community gathered on Meyers Fields to celebrate 100 years of Rippowam Cisqua School.
Centennial Celebration Chair Cyndi Azima and the Friday Night Lights Family Carnival Committee including Mimi Freund, Angela Hackett, Suzanne O’Callaghan, and Allyson Pachios along with an army of volunteers, transformed Meyers Fields with beautiful fall themed decorations that set the perfect tone for a magical evening. Lining the fields were carnival games, a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, the Golf Hippo, face painting tables, popcorn, water and lemonade stands, our two RCS bouncy houses, and the alumni Beer Tent.
Food trucks added to the excitement and record amounts of pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, and tacos were served. Students, parents, alums, and faculty members all cheered on our Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls soccer teams in their matches against strong teams from Greenwich. As the sun went down, the DJ had everyone dancing and the photo booth was a hit with young and old. The Dunk Tank proved to be the most popular attraction as students lined up for the chance to “Drop a Teacher in the Tank.”
As night fell, everyone gathered in the center of Field 2 as RCS Director of Innovation Miles Cameron lit the bonfire, which burst spectacularly into flame and brought the perfect end note to a incredible evening.
Rippowam Cisqua School Centennial Gala: The Party of the Century
The Party of the Century lived up to its billing when over 620 members of the RCS community capped off the Centennial Celebration Weekend at a record-breaking Centennial Gala on October 14. The newly renovated Upper Campus was the perfect venue for an evening devoted to honoring Ripp’s past and celebrating the bright future ahead. More than 150 alums spanning seven decades, some having travelled from as far aways as California and Texas, joined scores of faculty and former faculty members, and hundreds of current and past parents at the sold-out event.
Guests were greeted in Centennial Hall and then made their way past the newly installed Wall of History to the Amphitheater where cocktails were served al fresco under the glow of luminous balloons and twinkling lights. The evening quickly took on a festive atmosphere as old friends were reunited.
Centennial Celebration Chair Cyndi Azima and Gala Committee members Brett Cameron, Jaclene Ginnel, Sam O’Brien, and Hadley Scully selected an elegant 1920s-inspired art deco theme in decorating the Gala tent that glowed in rose and amber hues. Mercury glass and peacock feathers added a classic yet whimsical element to each table. The sparkler topped, multi-tiered birthday cake, glittering photo booth, and rocking 12-piece band matched the celebratory mood of the evening. And it was well past midnight when the final candles were extinguished and the last guests said goodnight – the perfect ending to a weekend long celebration that was 100 years in the making.
Click HERE to view a selection of photos from the Friday Night Lights Family Carnival and the Centennial Gala.
Will Reeve '07 Returns to RCS to Kick-Off Centennial Speaker Series
RCS alum Will Reeve '07 returned to the Upper Campus in March to speak with students about his career at ESPN and his work for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. In honor of the School’s one-hundredth academic year, the assembly kicked off the RCS Centennial Speaker Series – a series of talks that will give a number of alumni the opportunity to share their stories over the next 15 months.
Will’s talk focused on his personal journey, his love of sports, writing, and storytelling – all of which led to his career at ESPN where he is a contributor to SportsCenter. Will also spoke about losing both of his parents while he was a student at Rippowam Cisqua, and the importance of carrying on his parents' legacy at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Will is an Ambassador and Board Member for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which benefits those affected by spinal cord injuries. He is also a leader of the Reeve Foundation Champions Committee, which is dedicated to fostering multigenerational involvement in the cause. In November 2016, Will raised over $38,000 for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation by running, as part of Team Reeve, in the New York City Marathon.