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September names in the headlines (part II)

Good sportsmen, fine artists, and the best in Rhode Island, the USA and beyond

Yes, those were seven Class of 2020 names on the list of 2024 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists that was issued today - almost 15% of the entire Rhode Island tally of 49. Congratulations to Maude Smith-Montross (now at Barrington High), Reina Paratore (Moses Brown), Natasha Connolly and Riley Hewitt (Classical High) and Luke Nelson, Phoebe Porder and Andrew Song (Wheeler School). Photos of the honorees from their days at Gordon.

Yes, that was a long list of Gordon names represented in the Best of RI feature in the August Rhode Island Monthly, including alumni like Amy Page DeBlasio ’02 (local fashion designer), alumni parents like Patrice Wood (news anchorwoman), and parent- and alumni-parent-managed businesses like Plant City (Kim Anderson, vegan food), Marc Allen Fine Clothiers (Marc Streisand, custom menswear), Los Andes (Omar and Andrea Curi, Latin restaurant), Hope & Main Downtown Makers Marketplace (Lisa Raiola, locally minded retail), and India Restaurant (Ajay Vinoben, Indian restaurant).

Yes, that was Early Childhood parent (and Gordon graduate) John Mullen ’98 on CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange this morning. He was representing Parsons Capital Management, an investment management firm that boasts a number of Gordon alumni and alumni parents on their team.


Yes, that was Head of School Noni Thomas López and longtime Gordon staff and faculty member Rodney López alongside Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in the September Rhode Island Monthly. The occasion was the Pell Awards Gala held by Trinity Repertory Company, whose board Dr. Thomas López serves on.


Yes, that was Myles Craddock ’20 on the front page of the Providence Journal sports section earlier this week, heralded as “arguably the state’s top running back.” His Gordon teachers will be pleased to know the article highlights his focus, passion, flexibility and “quiet leadership” - all qualities that Gordon seeks to instill in every graduate.

Yes, that is Gordon parent Victoria Restler celebrating her new book, What do you do that can't be measured? On radical care in teaching and research at the Providence Public Library on October 4th. Restler is an associate professor of educational studies at Rhode Island College and director of their Youth Development MA program.



Yes, that is Lila Beckwith ’16 (upper right) named to the All-Sportsman Team at Lake Forest College where she plays lacrosse. She’s the second member of the Class of 2016 to receive the honor; last week, we reported about Jacqueline Faulise ’16 joining Clark University’s All-Sportsman Team.

Yes, that is Early Childhood parent (and alumni) Ian Barnacle ’99 and his glass sculptures featured in Michael Rose’s recent art column in GoLocalProv. Barnacle is the latest in a long history of glass sculptors at Gordon that includes alumni parents Howard Ben Tré and Michael Glancy.


Seen a Gordon face standing out in the crowd? Report them immediately to Geoff Griffin at or 401 480-9933

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