Ranney School honored several distinguished alumni and faculty members at its 2016 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at its Tinton Falls campus on Saturday, October 8. The annual event brought together more than 150 Ranney graduates, teachers, and families to celebrate the exemplary achievements of graduates, coaches, and faculty.
Among the inductees this year were: Responsive Textiles Designer Kristine Rodriguez (Class of 2008), whose collections have debuted in the Fashion Weeks of New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego; CEO and founder of the Some Spider Multimedia Network (whose ScaryMommy.com website is one of the largest entertainment parenting properties in the country) and co-founder of Diapers.com Vinit Bharara (Class of 1989); and Asbury Park travel writer and photographer Helen Pike (Class of 1974), whose illustrated books have honored the communities along New Jersey’s coastline.
Ranney School’s Hall of Fame awards are divided into four categories: Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Faculty, Visual & Performing Arts, and the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Additional 2016 inductees included: the Class of 1991’s Dr. Walter Greason of Monmouth University, founder of the International Center for Metropolitan Growth; Class of 1984 alum and part-owner of Sea Bright’s Ama Ristorante and Driftwood Cabana Club William Stavola; Class of 2004 alum and performer Adam Metzger; former English teacher and Army Colonel A. Kevin Quinn (posthumously); former forensics coach and Middle School administrator Nancy Wade of Jackson; current Performing Arts chair John Doyle of Keyport; current fifth grade teacher Doreen Fowlkes of Holmdel; and current coach Barbara Bongiovanni of Wall Township.
“From our current and former faculty members, who have served as model teachers, coaches, and advocates for their students both in and out of the classroom, to our alumni, who have successfully pursued their unique passions, these individuals continue to inspire their peers and current students,” said Head of School Dr. John W. Griffith. “They clearly represent our school’s mission to lead honorably, think creatively, and contribute meaningfully to society.”