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Bristol, RI 02809


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Tammy Mojkowski

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Patriotic Speaker for the 234th Celebration

Ryder Ferris

Ryder Ferris is a senior at Mt. Hope High School. He has served as Class President for the Class of 2019 all four years. A three sport athlete, he was two year Captain of the Track and Cross-Country teams. He has performed with the Mt. Hope Masqueraders and participated in the broadcasting program. Outside of academics and school activities Ryder loves to read and surf and is a weekly volunteer at the RI Veterans Home in Bristol. 

Last summer Ryder was one of two high school juniors selected to represent Rhode Island at the American Legion’s 70th Boys Nation in Washington, DC. The 10-day iconic program brings 100 boys from across the country to learn thru instruction and training about the structure and function of the federal government. An essay Ryder wrote about an experience he had during that week at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was featured earlier this year on National Public Radio affiliate, The Public’s Radio, “This I Believe” segment.

As a youngster Ryder participated in the Bristol 4th of July Committee’s Flag Day ceremony and during Bristol’s Memorial Day ceremonies. 

Ryder and his parents Bart Ferris and Nina Murphy and his sister Reyn live on the parade route which holds some of the family’s most treasured memories.  He will be attending St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in the Humanities program.