Extended Family / Extended Experiences

As both a Rutgers Prep alum and the Chair of our Art Department, Scot J. Wittman is in an even better position than most to capitalize on the possibilities of the family that is Rutgers Prep.

In his Photo 3 class this year, Scot reached out to alumni/ae who he thought would be up for a cross-generational art-based challenge.

Current students were asked to select one of their images to share. Each current student was then carefully paired with a former student who Scot thought would match well based on the image and/or the personality. Invited alumni/ae spanned many years and are now in different professions: surgeon, event planner and of course photographer to name a few. Each invited alum was asked to create an image that paired well with the supplied image. Scot said “I have been wanting to launch this for years and this was the perfect time; not only are cameras ubiquitous, the current students flew through initial academic assignments and were voracious with conceptual assignments. They are inspiring. I knew they would rise to occasion.”

The diptychs below are the result of four of the first round of student/alum pairings. Neither the current nor the former students know who the other is… but they connected through their art, having fun and learning as they went.

Every alum who participated this year said that they’d be “up for” being paired with another student next year. Because that’s how things go, in the extended Rutgers Prep family.





Fueled By Passion

When Nick Cianciara ‘12 was in first grade, his childhood home burned to the ground. The Cianciara family lost everything. And young Nick’s gratitude towards the firefighters and other supportive community members who helped during that difficult time came to be a defining element of how he thought of himself. During his time with us at Rutgers Prep, Nick was an engaged student, an active volunteer, and a dedicated runner. He took advantage of multiple opportunities to hone his leadership skills, and he earned “Honors” level community service (50 or more hours over the course of the year) multiple times during his time in the Upper School.
Now a sophomore in college, Nick was recently interviewed by Sky Cowans, one of his classmates, about the way in which he is now combining several of his passions:

The close-knit community and highly personalized nature of the Rutgers Prep experience means that our students have many opportunities to discover and pursue their passions, and we are happy to be able to help share this latest story of a Rutgers Prep student continuing down a path they first explored while with us. If you feel moved to make a contribution in support of Nick’s run, you’ll find that information here. We are so proud of Nick and the difference he continues to make in his communities!

A Tale of Two DJ’s

“I’m sure you agree that as a whole, the school encourages exploration, for a student’s own personal growth as well as their growth academically and in extracurricular activities.” ~ Andrew Parr ’12

Within weeks of their arrival at their college campuses this fall (Ithaca College and St. Olaf College, respectively), these two recent graduates were already making their marks. Each a well-known music aficionado during their time at Rutgers Prep, both Matt Mikkelsen ’12 and Andrew Parr ’12 are now DJing their own shows for their colleges’ radio stations. (continued >>)