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Rye Country Day seniors Duncan Khosla, Kasey Luo, and Catherine Mollerus were named 2017 National Merit Scholars. Of the approximately 1.6 million students who took the qualifying exam, some 15,000 made it to the semifinalist stage, and 2,500 were selected as finalists. Eight Rye Country Day students were named semifinalists.

Rye Middle School students wowed the crowd singing and dancing their way through a variety of award-winning songs, covering music from the Blues Brothers (“Soul Man”) to Hairspray (“You Can't Stop the Beat”). The evening was filled with solo numbers that pulled on your heartstrings and large group ensembles just for the fun of it. Some 40 Middle Schoolers performed, supported by a crew of several high school students and Mr. Snowden, Director; Mr. Beany, Music Director; Ms. Cunningham, Choreographer; and Mr. Gwardyak, Technical Director.

Photos by Anne and Joel Darelius

Rye High students recently shared their skills in American Sign Language with Milton School students. The upperclassmen started the morning off by signing the story of “The Lion and the Mouse.” They then went on to individualized teaching of basic signs. The Rye City School District offers American Sign Language as a foreign language beginning in seventh grade. 

— Annette McLoughlin

Weird, Wacky and Wondrous

Budding fourth- and fifth-grade scientists at Milton School dazzled visitors with an array of gooey, sticky, sparkly, and colorful experiments that sparked minds and created a wonderful, educational mess.

Photos by Annette McLoughlin

April showers did not dampen Panther spirit and hundreds came out for the Rye Neck Spring Fair April 22 at the High/Middle School campus. In honor of Earth Day, visitors wore their Pachamama (Mother Earth) T-shirts and Rye Nature Center staff shared composting techniques at an environmental table.

The fair, co-chaired by Arlena Amos and Jeannie Baio, celebrated Rye Neck pride with new attractions, such as a coconut-climbing tree and a four-person Euro bungee, along with thrilling rides, obstacle courses, bounce inflatables, and farm animals at a petting zoo.

Indoors, balloon twisting, tattoos, hair and face painting, and a cake walk awaited. Origami masters taught the kids to make spirit animal masks and Total Fusion had visitors learning yoga in the gym. Rye Neck’s a cappella group and the chorus from their spunky “Legally Blonde” musical provided entertainment.

At the end of the day, raffle prizes — gift cards, an Apple TV, and a fitness class party — were distributed to some lucky winners. The fair brightened up an otherwise gray day for the whole community.

— Janice Llanes Fabry