May the Road Rise to Meet You!
Since 1948, Riverside Presbyterian Day School has embraced and developed a school community that fosters a love of learning and commitment to philanthropy and service. A strong element of this community is our engaged alumni of all ages. We consider every graduate an integral part of our alumni family and are proud of our alumni for all they accomplish once they leave RPDS.
We are thankful for the generosity of our alumni who give back with their time and talents. Join us by keeping in touch, volunteering your time as a class representative, attend alumni events and give to The RPDS Fund. We love to hear from you and celebrate you, so please stay in touch by emailing Alumni Council President, Sally Regitko Smith, ('89), at email@example.com.
The RPDS Alumni Council
As RPDS begins its 74th year in 2022, alumni programming has become an important emphasis in response to RPDS' Strategic Plan centered on continued efforts to strengthen the robust community we have here at Riverside. With effective volunteer support from many RPDS alumni led by Sally Regitko Smith ('89), a revitalized Alumni Council will continue to foster greater communication among alumni and develop events that provide greater opportunities for connection and enhanced RPDS alumni engagement.
During the 2021-2022 school year, the Alumni Council hosted several inaugural events, including:
- Legacy Chapel - A special chapel service for current alumni families
- Spring Young Alumni Event - A reunion opportunity for middle and high school alumni on campus
- Bo Cotton Chapel - In May we celebrated our annual Bo Cotton Chapel and were delighted to welcome past winners, spanning back to 1991, to join us on campus for the celebration.
Alumni Class Representatives will continue to collect current contact information for all RPDS alumni in order to share the latest news about the School. Current Class Representatives of the Alumni Council are:
Missy (Grisnik) Boyette
Class of 1989
Missy (Grisnik) Boyette, '89, received degrees in Architecture from UVA and UT Austin, and then moved with her now-husband to Washington, DC. She currently lives with her husband, also an architect, and their two boys in Capitol Hill, where they have their own architectural design firm, Old City Design Studio. Missy remembers a math project in 6th grade where their assignment was to design their dream house. She wanted to be an architect from a very early age, and really loves helping people renovate and add on to their homes. On the side, she enjoys Washington Nationals baseball, baking and is involved in her church, Capitol Hill Presbyterian. She still treasures friendships made at RPDS and loves reconnecting with classmates when back in Jacksonville to visit her family.
Class of 2016
Will Moore, '16, graduated from The Bolles School on May 28, 2022 and will attend Wake Forest University this fall. Will was diagnosed in high school with eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE for short, which is a chronic condition in which there is irritation of the esophagus. Throughout Will's high school career, and being very athletically driven, Will and his family dedicated the time and energy to make sure he was healthy and able to consume the foods he needed to live an active lifestyle. Furthermore, Will has taken this diagnosis as an opportunity to be a positive light by conducting research and giving his time, talents, and body to further explore his condition for others.
Some examples of his work include, but are not limited to:
- Nemours Jacksonville: Lab Experience - Isolated DNA from biopsies of his esophagus and went through the process of adding buffer solutions and fluorescent tags and running Taqman Assay.
- Will was chosen to be the lead speaker at a donor reception for the dedication of the new building at Nemours Jacksonville.
- Will was the subject of a film campaign which advocated for a breakthrough procedure pioneered at Nemours Orlando.
“As an alum of RPDS, I’m so grateful for the foundational skills that equipped me for success, both in and outside of the classroom. I cherish the childhood friendships made at RPDS, which cultivated into lifelong, lasting relationships. Now, as a parent of a third and first grader at RPDS, I appreciate the caring and knowledgeable staff who push students to their highest potential, while developing interpersonal skills critical for achieving a purposeful life. I value how every lesson taught is rooted in faith. While the campus has significantly changed as the School has grown over the years, it’s mission has not. RPDS continues to graduate well-rounded students, who are prepared academically and conditioned to improve their communities.”
“RPDS prepared me for Middle and High School. I learned how to study, write a term paper and do a science fair project. I learned sportsmanship and I learned how to serve my community. I made good friends who are still my good friends today. I am proud to be an RPDS alumni.”
“As an alumni and parent of two graduates of RPDS, I can’t stress enough what a positive impact this school has had on our family! The transition to middle school and high school has been seamless due to the amazing curriculum that integrates compassion into their teaching standards, emphasizing the importance of values, and builds leaders through each of their classes and lessons. Teachers are passionate about seeing their students succeed, adjusting their teaching style to meet the needs of all students. RPDS is a community that nurtures and supports all its students and families, and will always be HOME for our family.”