Summertime and There’s Plenty of MusicThis summer, Rivers’ jazz students have been attending a variety of summer jazz camps to advance their musical skills. Close to home, Calvin Carswell ’21, Kevin Kamanitz ’21, Calvin Smith ’21, and Jack Willard ’24, are all enrolled in the Rivers School Conservatory’s Summer Jazz Program, along with new Conservatory Program students, Frank Kasparian Weisman ’22 and Ethan Kasparian Weisman ’24. They’ve all enjoyed the mentoring of Rivers alumnus John Nydam ’15, a rising junior at Princeton University, who is majoring in music with certificates (minors) in jazz studies and computer science.
Alumni Golf for Financial AidMore than 120 Rivers alumni, parents, and friends turned out for the 18th Annual Rivers School Golf Tournament to Benefit Financial Aid, raising more than $75,000 to help deserving and qualified students attend Rivers. The annual tournament provided a welcome opportunity for members of the community to reconnect on the Robert Trent Jones-designed course at Charter Oak Country Club, courtesy of the Daley family and other generous sponsors.
Jermaine Samuels ’17JERMAINE SAMUELS has helped Villanova win the national championship. Over his four-year Rivers career, Jermaine Samuels ’17 tallied 1998 points and helped lead the Red Wings to an ISL title and two NEPSAC finals. The two-time ISL MVP was recruited by Villanova coach Jay Wright who described him as “an explosive athlete who can play multiple positions and is a gritty competitor.” Although Samuels missed several weeks due to an injury, he has been a key player off the bench during the Wildcats’ dramatic run at another NCAA title.
Jen Berkowitz ’14
JEN BERKOWITZ Yale senior forward, Rivers Class of 2014, was named first team All-Ivy League for her role in leading their women’s basketball team to its first Ivy League Tournament appearance. Berkowitz, who recently racked up 1,000 points for her college career, is second on the team in scoring (14.4 points per game, sixth in the Ivy League) and leads the team in rebounding (7.3 rebounds per game, eighth in the Ivy League). She also has the league’s best field goal percentage (.556). She is on pace for career highs in all three categories.