2018-2019 Board of Trustees

President: Harley J. Lank

Term Trustees
Jon M. Baker, Jr. ’85
Dennis M. Baldwin
Wayne M. Bloom
Julie M. Bradley
James F. Carlin ’81
Janet A. Correia
Bala Cumaresan
Louise Cummings ’98
Andrew C. Delinsky ’93
Ben D. Fischman
Jay M. Grossman
Scott F. Hilinski
Helen L. Howard
Stephen M. Jennings
Daniel A. Kraft
Hongmei Li
Timothy D. Mann
Alison S. Monaghan
Jonathan H. Paul
Heidi C. Pearlson
Daniel R. Revers
Alan D. Rose, Jr. ’87
Eileen H. Sivolella
Andrew P. Slifka
Richard L. Smith
Steven J. Snider
Matthew Vettel

Life Trustees
David M. Berwind
Charles C. Carswell
Stephen R. Delinsky
Peter A. Gaines
Clinton P. Harris
Harriet R. Lewis
Thomas L. Lyons
Roy S. MacDowell, Jr.
Joel B. Sherman
Frances B. Shifman
William B. Tyler ’43
Joan A. Vaccarino
Cai von Rumohr
Joan C. Walter
Dudley H. Willis

Honorary Trustees of the Corporation
Joan T. Allison
Marie Fitzpatrick
Louis J. Grossman ’67
Joshua M. Kraft ’85
Warren M. Little ’51
Virginia S. MacDowell
Frederick G. Pfannenstiehl ’59
A. Tozzer Spalding ’62

Rivers at a Glance

Fast Facts

• 495 students from 73 Massachusetts towns
• 6:1 student/teacher ratio
• Average class size: 12 students
• 38 honors and Advanced Placement courses
• Median SAT Reading/Writing: 670; Median SAT Math: 690; Median ACT: 31
• 28% of student body receives financial assistance
• Established in 2009, the Interdisciplinary Studies Department offers skill-centered electives that explore essential questions requiring the student to draw on and integrate two or more disciplines in order to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, or create a product in ways that would have been impossible through just one discipline.
• Since 2003, Rivers has offered a unique Conservatory Program to talented Middle and Upper School student musicians.
• Rivers graduates are currently attending Bates, Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie-Mellon, Colby, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Hamilton, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Michigan, Middlebury, Northwestern, Princeton, Tufts, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Williams, Yale, and other outstanding four-year colleges and universities.
• Last year, 138 students took 242 Advanced Placement exams in 19 different subjects. Seventy-eight percent of the scores were 4s and 5s, with 44 percent being 5s. Ninety-six percent were 3 and above.
• In 2018, nine students were named National Merit commended scholars, and one student was named a semi-finalist.
• In 2018, five students received Boston Globe Scholastic Writing Awards, including one Gold Key, one Silver Key, and three Honorable mentions. Ashley Burgarella ’18 received a National Gold Medal for her short story.


• Student artists received 32 art awards in the 2018 Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition: five Gold Keys, 12 Silver Keys and fifteen honorable mentions.
• Gianny Cepeda ’18 and Grant Regan-Loomis ’22 won Silver Medals in photography in the 2018 National Scholastic Art Competition.
• Rivers students received 12 awards at the 2018 SISAL art competition: four first-place prizes, three second-place prizes, three third-place prizes, and two honorable mentions.
• The Rivers Select 1 Combo won gold medals at the 2018 Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE) District and State Combo Competitions.
• The Rivers Honors Big Band won gold medals at the MAJE District and State Competitions, where 3 students won Outstanding Musicianship Awards and Joe Nedder ’18 was named MVP. The newly formed Big Band won bronze and three musicians received Outstanding Musicianship Awards at the Districts.
• Michael Manasseh ’19 received a National YoungArts Foundation award—one of only 10% of 7,600 applicants who are chosen.
• Five ensembles from the Rivers Conservatory Program received a superior “Gold” rating at the MICCA Solo and Ensemble Festival. One soloist received a “Silver” rating.
• The Middle School Select Chorus won first place at the 2018 Music in the Parks Festival.


• This year the boys’ varsity ice hockey team won the ISL Eberhart Division Championship for the fourth time in five years. They also won the coveted Eberhardt League Team Sportsmanship Award.
• The boys’ varsity cross country team won its first-ever New England Preparatory School Track Association Division III Championship in Fall 2017.
• Two athletes won two individual events each at the 2018 ISL Track & Field Championships and two won two events each at the NEPSAC Championships.
• Three athletes were named Boston Globe All-Scholastics: Aidan Porter ’18 for hockey, Tess Sussman ’18 for basketball, and Myles Epstein ’19 for track and field. All three were also named League MVPs.
• Tyler Aronson ’18 was named the Class B Basketball Player of the Year.
• Caroline Phelps ’18 was named US Lacrosse All-American for the second year in a row.
• Aidan Porter ’18 was named to the ALL-USA Boys’ Hockey Second Team.
• During the 2017-18 school year, Rivers had 17 athletes named All-New England, 40 named All-ISL, and 32 named ISL Honorable Mentions. Three were named All-State by the NSCAA.
• During the 2017-18 school year, 81 Rivers alumni participated in collegiate athletics across the Division I, II, and III levels.


• Six students and eleven faculty members attended the National Association of Independent School’s Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference this year.
• At the fall Model UN conference, Alex Klein ’18 and Maddie Cornetta ’19 won Best Delegate awards and Thando Khumalo ’19 received a Most Improved Delegate award. At the winter conference, Leighton Young ’19 and Theo Haviland ’19 won Honorable Mention.
• Sixteen students earned Presidential Service Awards in 2017 for their volunteer work over the last 12 months.
• Rivers’ summer internship program placed students this summer at leading research and technology institutions such as Bruker Daltonics, Amazon Robotics, Harvard Medical School MEDscience, Children’s Hospital Simulation Lab, Energy Action Partners, Jackpine Coding, Histogenics, and a local internal medicine practice.
• Rivers’ students participate in regular service trips to New Orleans, Montana, and Romania, and cultural trips to Italy, Austria, China, France, Greece, Spain, and Ireland.
• Rivers Givers, the student-run philanthropic organization, has raised and awarded $150,000 in grants in the last 15 years.
• Harrison Pearlson ’18 was recognized with a Best Speaker Award at the fall 2017 New England Debate Conference. Emily Shen ’18 was the convention coordinator for the Winter Congress Convention in Washington, D.C.