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February 16, 2018

Brianna Thompson ’18 and Charlie Christoffersen ’18 have both progressed in the selection process for two merit scholarships. Thompson was selected as a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Christoffersen was selected as a semifinalist for the Jefferson Scholars Program at the University of Virginia, but did not advance in the finalist round. Established by John Motley Morehead, the Morehead-Cain ...

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This past Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 120 college counselors from 11 states attended the fifth annual Mid-Atlantic College Counseling Conference hosted in the Heely Room by the College Counseling Office. Organized by Co-Directors of College Counselling Holly Burks Becker P’06 ’09 ’12 and Jeffrey Durso-Finley P’13 ’14 ’19, the event featured speeches and conversation regarding a wide-ranging list of College Counseling and admission topics generated by the ...

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This past Friday, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards announced the recipients of its regional writing awards. The program, established in 1923 by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, aims to “identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world.” The Gold Key Award is given to the “very best works submitted to local programs,” the Silver Key Award to “stand-out works ...

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This past Wednesday from 6:30–8:00 PM, 16 Lawrentians competed in the semifinal round of the Woodrow Wilson Speaking Competition in the Ambrecht Room. The students—Anika Bagaria ’20, Danica Bajaj ’21, Serena Chen ’19, Elyssa Chou ’20, Charlie Christoffersen ’18, Ashley Duraiswamy ’20, Robert Enck ’19, Kendall Onley ’19, Emilia Onuonga ’19, Fiona Pando ’21, Sara Ptaszynska ’20, Madeleine Reinhard ’19, Casey Rogerson ’20, Max Williams ’18, Alicia Yin ’19, and ...

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This past week, Alexander Liu ’18, Brett Peskin ’18, and Reilly Koren ’18 were nominated for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Each was selected on behalf of his state: New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, respectively. Established in 1964 by an executive order, the Presidential Scholars program recognizes American high school seniors for superior academic achievement by identifying students who have performed “exceptionally well” on the SAT or ...

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January 26, 2018

As the daughter of two African immigrants, I have witnessed how immigrants shape our country. They are our servicemen and women, teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, businessowners, taxi drivers, factory workers, and so much more. They are not defined by the conditions of their home countries, however bleak or “shitty” they may be; rather, upon arriving here, immigrants put forth their very best and serve as integral components of the delicate ...

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This past Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, the Diversity Council hosted its third annual International Night in Irwin Dining Hall. The evening featured cultural workshops led by students and faculty, international food, performances, and a fashion show. Workshops included Arabic language lessons, African drumming lessons, and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Throughout the evening, Irwin served a variety of ethnic foods, including food that was prepared by student groups. ...

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Nikhil Gopal ’18, Bradford Lin ’18, and Yash Tanga ’18 were recently named 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Scholars for their outstanding research in the field of science. Since its inception, the Regeneron STS has identified exemplary student contributions to the field of science; its alumni include recipients of Nobel Prizes and National Medals for Science. Each student recognized receives $2,000 towards the tuition expenses for his or her ...

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This past Wednesday, members of the Lawrenceville community participated in service projects throughout the local area. Now in its 15th year, the Martin Luther King Day of Service took place on the Wednesday after Martin Luther King Day, allowing students to perform service at local organizations that were closed on Monday for the national holiday. As part of the new community service requirement, participation in the MLK Day of Services ...

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This past Saturday from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM, the School hosted the third annual CHOP dance, a fundraiser dedicated to supporting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. While the dance itself was similar to regular school-hosted dances, students at the event also sold Carter Cookie Dough, Dickinson and Stanley Chick-fil-A, Hamill Chipwiches, Kirby Quesadillas, Stephens Brownies, and Dawes Donuts, and the dance included a raffle. In total, the dance raised ...

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This past Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, 80 students from all Forms competed in the Woodrow Wilson Public Speaking Competition Quarterfinals in Woods Memorial Hall. 15 to 16 of these students will move on to the Semifinals, and five students will then compete in the Finals during school meeting. Each student delivers his or her speech in front of two members of the Lawrenceville faculty. Faculty judges ...

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This past week from November 30 to December 2, Lawrenceville students and faculty members attended the People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Seven students attended the conference: Deven Kinney ’20, Harrison Lee ’19, Kyra Henry ’18, Sterling Stiger ’18, Kalah Brown ’19, Lisa Miller ’19, and Tiffany Thomas ’18. A group of faculty members attended the conference ...

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From Monday, October 30, to Friday, November 3, Lawrenceville took part in Spirit Week, a week in which students dressed up according to specific themes leading up to the annual Hill Weekend. Monday was “Movie Character Monday,” Tuesday was Halloween, Wednesday was “Warped Wednesday,” Thursday was “Pajama Thursday,” and Friday was “Big Red Friday.” Students with the best outfits or costumes each day won “Bath House Bucks,” which are redeemable ...

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This past Wednesday, the Community Service Office hosted its annual Halloween Party for underprivileged children in the local community. Due to ongoing construction in the Bowl, this year’s event was hosted at the Grove. Hamill House Community Service Representative Harrison Lee ’19 and Carter House Community Service Representative Kate Liu ’19 served as the chairs for the event. Lee and Liu organized the event with the help of Student Council ...

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October 20, 2017

From Monday, October 16, to Saturday, October 20, students and faculty members from the Emanuel School, a private day school in London, England, visited Lawrenceville to research self-chosen topics concerning life and culture at the School and in America. The topics ranged from Lawrenceville’s reaction to the events that transpired in Charlottesville this past summer to gun control in New Jersey in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. The ...

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October 06, 2017

This past Monday evening, David Blight, the Yale University Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, gave the annual Weeden Lecture in the Kirby Arts Center. Blight lectured on Frederick Douglass, a former slave and abolitionist who is best known for his narrative “The Narrative of Frederick Douglass,” which Blight himself has compiled and edited. ...

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Currently the Director of Mobile News Programming for CNN Digital Worldwide, Marcus Mabry ’85 oversees student life on the Lawrenceville Board of Trustees. On Thursday, September 21, he visited campus to give a talk about the events that transpired in Charlottesville in August as a segment in the “Charlottesville: A Week of Reflection.” Mabry sat down with The Lawrence for an interview. Eden Fesseha ’19: How do you feel about ...

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September 22, 2017

This past week, the Diversity Council, in conjunction with the Religious Life Council, Young Democrats, and Young Republicans, hosted “Charlottesville Week” as a way for the school community to reflect on the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past August. The week began with a reflection wall in Irwin on Monday, continuing with a Lunch & Dialogue segment on the “VICE” documentary “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” on Wednesday ...

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September 22, 2017

Several construction projects are currently taking place on campus. Most evidently, Abbott Dining Hall, the Bowl, and the Woods Memorial Hall steps are under construction. Additional maintenance projects, such as the installation of air conditioning units in the Crescent and the refurbishing of shingles on the roof of the F.M. Kirby Math and Science Building, were carried out this summer under the guidance of Chief Operations Officer Pete DeVine. These and ...

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September 15, 2017

This past Wednesday, 16 V Formers—Veronica Bochenek, Jesse Brewer, Eric Cheng, Jonathan Ge, Kristina Gu, Priya Kumar, Sunny Kumar, Sophia Li, Nicole Lim, Alan Li, Bradford Lin, Alexander Liu, Sonia Shah, Neal Vasireddi, James Wellemeyer, and Grace Xiong—were notified of their qualification as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Each semifinalist scored at least a 223 on the National Merit Selection Index (the cut-off score for the state of ...

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May 28, 2017

This week, Melissa Batz ’17 was awarded the Matthew J. Quinn Leadership Award for her Welles Grant project, titled “In Search of an Echo.” The project, comprised of Batz's photographs of low income students at competitive universities across the country, as well as transcripts of her conversations with them, was submitted to the John Kent Cooke Foundation. One of two awards granted by the foundation to members of its Young ...

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May 28, 2017

The thought of taking chemistry was a daunting one. Biology, with its organisms and “life,” was nothing foreign. Chemistry, on the other hand, presented something new, something I was sure I wouldn’t like. Mr. Madden, through a mixture of his quirky science cartoons and general enthusiasm about the subject, dispelled my worries. I don’t remember our first day of class vividly, but I do remember some of my initial impressions ...

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May 20, 2017

This past Monday, the winners of the 2017 BioBlitz were announced. In first place was Brandon Li ’19, with Sasha Syunkova ’18 coming in a close second and in third was Abe Eafa ’17. The other top ten finishers were Alex Browne ’17, Reilly Koren ’18, Emily VandenBerg ’17, Mandi Marom ’18, Shawn Olstein ’18, Greg Gidicsin ’17, and Math Teaching Fellow Noelle Niu. BioBlitz ran from February 15 to May ...

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V Formers Alexandra Campbell ’17, Panos Vandris ’17, Yiannis Vandris ’17, and Michael Zhao ’17 have won National Merit Scholarship Awards. The National Merit Scholarship is awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), whose mission is “to promote scholastic excellence and recognize students who exemplify it.” To be eligible for the award, students must score above a certain benchmark, which varies by year and state, on the Preliminary SAT/National ...

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V Formers Alexandra Campbell ’17, Panos Vandris ’17, Yiannis Vandris ’17, and Michael Zhao ’17 have won National Merit Scholarship Awards. The National Merit Scholarship is awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), whose mission is “to promote scholastic excellence and recognize students who exemplify it.” To be eligible for the award, students must score above a certain benchmark, which varies by year and state, on the Preliminary SAT/National ...

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May 05, 2017

This past Thursday, Kalah Brown ’19 and Ally Stonum ’19 hosted a TEDx event on campus on the topic of “The Future.” The event started at 7:00 PM in the Heely Room and featured talks from four members of the student body: Damla Ozdemir ’19, Cameron Desnoes ’19, Shaezmina Khan ’19, and Eve Brewer ’18. After opening statements by Brown and Stonum, Ozdemir gave the first talk about languages, titled ...

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May 05, 2017

Panos Vandris ’17 has been selected to receive the Frezza Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding V Former of Lawrenceville. Vandris will use the award of $24,000 to pay part of his tuition at Stanford University, the college he will attend next year. The scholarship, named in honor of Robert B. Frezza ’98, has been awarded to 14 Lawrenceville students since its inception. Until recently, it was granted to only students ...

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April 21, 2017

On Thursday, IV Formers voted for Vice Presidents of Academics, Social Life, and Honor finalists. Syona Hariharan ’18 and Eric Cheng ’18 were selected as finalists for Vice President of Academics from 17 candidates, Victoria Cruz ’18 and Cully Bogard ’18 were selected finalists for Vice President of Social Life from three candidates, and Bobby Vogel ’18 and Nicole Lim ’18 were selected finalists for Vice President of ...

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April 08, 2017

Congratulations to Brianna Thompson ’18 on being elected the next Student Body President. Thompson’s platform centered on creating a Lawrenceville where all students have the opportunity to contribute their beliefs, opinions, ideas, and talents at the Harkness table and outside of the classroom.Thompson said, “I think here at Lawrenceville we’ve gotten a little complacent and a little content with letting other people speak for us.” She also noted that “all ...

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Over the last two weeks, Lawrenceville has welcomed many accepted students to the School through a series of Revisit Days, providing a sense of what being a Lawrentian is like. For many prospective students, Revisit Day is their first glimpse of Lawrenceville’s campus life and student body.Senior Associate Dean of Admission for Recruitment Lisa Ewanchyna, emphasizing the amount of preparation that goes into Revisit Days, said, “We have to coordinate ...

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January 20, 2017

Tomorrow, over 50 Lawrentians will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Women’s March, the largest protest of a presidential inauguration in US history. A rally will begin at 10:00 AM near the US Capitol Building and end around 1:15 PM, at which time the march will begin. The Women’s March coordinators have defined their mission to ensure the protection of the rights ...

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December 15, 2016

In October, the Humanitarian Aid Society and Student Council Community Service Representative Panos Vandris ’17 announced an initiative to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the Caribbean. They challenged Lawrentians to each donate $1 dollar in an effort to raise at least $1000 dollars as a school community. At school meeting this past week, Vandris announced that altogether $1133 dollars were raised for “Pass the ...

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This past Sunday, the Diversity Council, led by Coordinator of Intercultural Programs Tran Kim-Senior, hosted the second Annual Community Potluck in the Bath House. The event, which started at 5:30 PM and ended around 7:00 PM, featured foods prepared by students, faculty, and parents originating from many different countries around the world. In attendance were many members of the Lawrenceville community. Since last year, the event has become more popular ...

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September 16, 2016

This past Wednesday night at 6:30 PM, the Muslim Students Organization (MSO) hosted a dinner for the Islamic holiday Eid Al-Adha at the Foundation House. The event brought together students, members of the organization, and other interested participants. To introduce the event, Head Master Stephen Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 began with a brief history of his experience learning about another religion while teaching French to students from North Africa, mostly ...

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May 06, 2016

This past Saturday, the Mercer County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. hosted its fifth Annual Education Symposium at the Bath House. Jack and Jill of America, a consortium of over 230 nationwide chapters, was established to bring together African-American families in a collaborative and supportive environment. Specifically, this event was for current Lawrenceville Jack and Jill students, as well as students in grades six to eight ...

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April 23, 2016

This past Monday evening, the Digital Music Composition class taught by Performing Arts Master Matthew Campbell traveled to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)’s Spring Concert entitled "Human Modular." The performance, which began at 8:00 PM, featured the works of John Cage and Nick Collins—two artists who have made significant contributions to the world of digital music—and was performed primarily on computers and newly-created electronic instruments. ...

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October 16, 2015

This past Tuesday, the V Form Immigration Stories class, taught by History Master and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Dana Kooistra P’19, traveled to New York City to supplement its readings and research in class. Leaving campus at 7:15 AM, the class spent the day exploring various museums and landmarks significant to immigration to the U.S. Kooistra identified the overarching theme of the course this term with the question ...