Student NEWS & shoutouts

Ridgefield Academy students are confident learners and leaders both inside and outside the classroom. Swelling with #patriotpride, we recognize and celebrate students for the individual areas in which they thrive.

Students In The News

Minho C.
Over the summer, Minho C. ‘27 competed in the biggest junior tournament in the world, the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. Minho competed in the Boys 11 division and placed 20th out of 145 players - receiving a top 20 finalist award. Minho also played in the PGA Jr. League team, TCC Thunder, in Connecticut and won both the CT. Sectional and Regional Championships. His team advanced to compete in the 2023 13 and under National Car Rental PGA Jr. League this fall in Texas. The tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN, and the RA community will be cheering Minho and his team on! Additionally, Minho competed in the Notah Begay III Jr. Golf Regional Championship this summer and placed 2nd, and he became the Season Champion winning five out of six U.S. Kids Golf 2023 Summer Hudson Valley Tour Championships.
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Quinlan M.

Quinn M. ’25 is a competitive speedcuber, which involves solving a variety of Rubik's cube puzzles as quickly as possible. Quinn started solving rubix cubes in August of 2022 and has competed in eleven competitions and counting! Quinn competes in eleven different puzzle events, and his best event is the 2x2 cube. In July, he qualified for the Speedcubing National Championship in Pittsburgh, PA and finished 18th out of 863 competitors in the 2x2. In October of 2023, Quinn competed in the New England Championships in Springfield, MA, and came in first place in the 2x2 out of 193 competitors - with an average of 1.8 seconds in the final around and personal best of 0.83 seconds. Quinn also placed fifth overall in pyraminx, a pyramid-shaped puzzle, and became the New England Champion in that event as well. Quinn has enjoyed making new friends through the speedcubing community and is looking forward to more competitions!

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Colby K.

During the height of the pandemic, actress Colby K. ’24 was featured in the Katonah Connect magazine as she recorded her voice for a Nickelodeon show at home. From her first big role at age eight to her dream of being on Broadway, the interview details her acting career. In 2023, Colby made her Broadway debut in 2023 in the show, Grey House, where she played the role of “Squirrel” in the production for 6 months. In the September/October issue of Bedford New Canaan Magazine, Colby was recognized for her dedication to and achievements in acting in the publication’s “18 Under 18” feature (page 39).

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Eleanor M.

According to The New York Times, Elle M. ’27 is one of the “tiny dancers who make The Nutcracker sparkle”. Elle, a student at The School of American Ballet, played the role of Bunny in the 2022 New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Read Elle’s interview with The New York Times here. Her photo in The New York Times was selected as one of the best arts photos of the year in the article, “How We Saw the Arts in 2022”. In the 2023 production, Elle is again taking to the Lincoln Center stage in a new role.  inRidgefield spotlighted Elle as“NYC’s Tiny Ballet dancer”, and she can be seen dancing in a NY1 piece about George Balanchine’s classic production below!

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Western Regional Middle School Music Festival
Three RA students - Grade 7 students Courtney S. and Kian E., and Grade 6 student Sheherazad E. - participated in the Western Regional Middle School Music Festival in March. Throughout the two-day event, students auditioned to be part of the Concert Band, Orchestra, Chorus, or Jazz Band and collaborated with notable conductors to prepare for their Saturday afternoon performance. Over 400 Grades 6-8 students joined the festival, and RA students did an amazing job for their first time participating in such a large group!
ACT Youth Choir
Six RA students were part of ACT of CT’s 2023 youth choir winter performance in Ridgefield, which is directed by Ridgefield Academy/Landmark Preschool’s very own music teacher Deb Penn. Bravo to Grade 3 students Shivani B., Luke D., and Archie L., and Grade 6 students Adelaide K. and Castine L.!

Photo Credit: Miller Photography

Ash D.
Ash D.‘25 has been performing with various groups since the age of 4. As the youngest member in the 2023 cast, Ash D.delivered awesome performances in the Stamford All-School Musical, Legally Blonde!
Ashton H. and Ella K.
The Soccer Club of Ridgefield (SCOR) U11 team had incredible performances in the 2023 CT Cup tournament and made it to the Elite 8. As the right midfielder, Ashton H. ('27) was a key player in the team's success and delivered some quick passing plays. A game against West Haven came down to sudden death and penalty kicks. Goalie Ella K. ('27) saved the day, as she blocked not one but two crucial penalty kicks, propelling the team into the next round. Though the team’s journey ended with a challenging match against Simsbury, the team had amazing achievements in this very competitive A level CT cup tournament.
Eleanor A.
Eleanor A. ’28 is part of the Ridgefield Girls Softball 10 & Under Travel Team. After a double header vs. Wilton and the CT Timberwolves, Eleanor was unanimously voted to receive the Hustle Award of the Day. Eleanor had six strikeouts over two innings pitched as well as one of the biggest hits of the day with an RBI.
An All Star Cast!

Seven RA students were part of the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance’s 2023 production of The Nutcracker! Congratulations to Sasha S.‘25, Olivia C. ‘25, Simon S. ‘27, Josie G. ‘24, Arya S.‘26, Mateo S. ‘24, and Finley K. ‘30 on their amazing performances!

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