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February 24, 2017

This past Wednesday at 7:00 PM, students currently enrolled in Research in Applied Chemistry or an independent study presented their work to the School community in the Kirby Math and Science Building (KMSB). Hiroki Nagao ’18 conducted an independent study project on the geographic distribution of plants of the Gesneriaceae family in Cuba. Nagao found the project “interesting, [for…] this summer, [he is] going on a trip to Cuba with ...

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February 24, 2017

“James, it’s final. I’ve told you already; you’re not allowed to write for The Lawrence,” my mom repeated to me for what felt like the thousandth time that spring. Two weeks prior, my doubles partner on the tennis team Sammy Bhatia ’15 had urged me to write for the paper during one of our distracted conversations on the court, and I decided to give it a try. When I told ...

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February 24, 2017

Few high school students can say they’ve spoken in front of crowds of thousands.Yet Dan Brown ’17 is no ordinary high school student. Perhaps best known on campus for delivering Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech three weeks ago at school meeting, Brown commenced his career in declamation when he was just eight years old. With the encouragement of his father who engaged in public speaking in ...

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February 24, 2017

A straight-A student and self-described “nerd,” Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach Antoine Hart dreamt of being President of the United States when he was nine years old. That desire quickly faded, and in place of it emerged a passion for basketball, after Hart’s older brother introduced him to the sport one Saturday afternoon. “I’m competitive,” Hart said, and “when [my brother] beat me—even though he [played] all the time and ...

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February 17, 2017

“I looked up and all I could see was a sea of rich people—mostly older, mostly white—standing and booing lustily, like some kind of genteel lynch mob. [...] I heard [the n-word] a couple times, and I knew,” Serena Williams wrote in her 2009 autobiography, “On The Line,” while describing her experience in the finals of Indian Wells in 2001. The day before, Serena had been set to play her ...

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February 10, 2017

Girls Varsity Indoor Track Head Coach Katie Chaput and Boys Varsity Indoor Track Head Coach Erik Chaput joined the Lawrenceville community together in 2013 and have since then collaborated to bolster both the boys and girls teams to undeniably successful records in the past four years. The two certainly did not share a similar path into the sport. Erik Chaput “started [his] own running career when [he] was in ninth grade ...

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February 10, 2017

This past Wednesday, beginning at 6:30 PM in Noyes’s Ambrecht Room, 16 Lawrentians delivered speeches answering “Why should beauty matter?” in the semifinal round of the Woodrow Wilson Public Speaking Competition. Students presented speeches to a committee of judges comprising Art Master Brian Daniell H’06 ’89 and Classics Master Devondra McMillan. The participating students—Anika Bagaria ’20, Grace Blaxill ’18, Olivia Brandon ’17, Daniel Brown ’17, Serena Chen ’19, Charlie Christoffersen ’18, ...

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February 03, 2017

Introduction The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines grade inflation as “a rise in the average grade assigned to students; especially: the assigning of grades higher than previously assigned for given levels of achievement.” According to “The New York Times,” the percentage of students receiving A grades at private schools has risen from 15 to 50 between 1960 and 2007. Public schools have seen a similar increase, with 40 percent of students receiving A ...

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February 03, 2017

Executive Chef of Dining Services Gary Giberson joined the Lawrenceville community during the 2000-2001 academic year. Just four years later, the School began its push to create a more sustainable campus in the face of climate change. Lawrenceville’s celebration of its new green initiatives that year “caused [Giberson] to take a step back and look at the way [he] was operating,” he said. After “[finding] that with the restrictions of ...

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February 03, 2017

Annika Goldman ’18 has a long history with acting for which she is well known both at Lawrenceville and her former school, Princeton Day School. In fact, she grew up acting. Her parents enrolled her in theatre classes “pretty soon after [she] started talking,” and she even attended theatre camps. Throughout middle school, she spent her summers at Stagedoor Manor in New York. So it may come at a surprise ...

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February 03, 2017

Better known on campus as a singer than an actor, Alan Lin ’18 had not been involved in a production before his time at Lawrenceville and never intended to audition for one here. If anything, he imagined himself as the “more quiet person writing, watching, or maybe even directing [a play],” he said. But after participating in “Cinderella,” “[Lin] wanted to have some more acting experience [and] decided to go ...

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February 03, 2017

It would be fair to say Charlie Christoffersen ’18 grew up surrounded by theatre. His father is an actor who often performed in productions at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, and Christoffersen had his own first acting experience at a young age. His father “enlisted me to be one of the angels in ‘A Christmas Carol,’ so twice a week, I would drive three hours to wherever the theatre was and skip ...

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February 03, 2017

A new III Former, Julia Chung ’17 came to Lawrenceville with her eyes set on expanding upon her involvement with theatre at her previous school. Winterfest provided the perfect opportunity. Now a V Former, Chung is still actively involved in Periwig, and this year acted in “All in The Timing,” an A Night play written by David Ives and directed by Maia Johngren ’17. In its original form, “‘All in ...

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February 03, 2017

Before arriving at Lawrenceville, Emily Vandenberg ’17 had not been involved in theatre to the extent that many of her peers had. Vandenberg attended a small school and participated in its productions but never engaged in acting outside her school walls. Lawrenceville brought offered her many new opportunities, perhaps most importantly the ability to direct. “I like acting; it’s fun; it’s great to be on stage,” she said, but “directing ...

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January 27, 2017

This past Thursday, the Lawrenceville community gathered for the third annual Community Day, organized primarily by Coordinator of Intercultural Programs Tran Kim-Senior with help from the Diversity Council and other faculty members. First instituted during the 2014-2015 academic year, Community Day provides the “opportunity for us to come together as one whole community to raise our awareness and understanding of some of the pressing issues of our day in our ...

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This past Thursday, in front of the home crowd in perhaps its biggest game of the season, the Big Red Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team defeated rival Princeton Day School (PDS) by a score of 3 to 1 at the Loucks Ice Center. Tension between the two teams had escalated well before the game even began. Following tradition, students of both schools directed insults at each other in a Facebook group ...

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Yesterday evening, in perhaps its biggest game of the season, the Big Red Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team defeated rival Princeton Day School (PDS) by a score of 3 to 1 at the Loucks Ice Center. Tension between the two teams escalated before the game even began. As per tradition, students of both schools directed insults at each other in a Facebook group comprising almost 500 members and created specifically for ...

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January 20, 2017

Post-Graduate Conor McDonough ’17 was well on his way to playing college lacrosse during his junior year at The Blake School in Minnesota. Already captain of the team and a star player, McDonough looked unstoppable. That is, until he tore his ACL. The injury prevented him from picking up a lacrosse stick for the entire summer before his senior year. Wounded and out of practice, McDonough decided to apply for ...

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January 20, 2017

At last week’s school meeting, Olivia Brandon ’17 and Eliza Koren ’17 presented a proposal to make Lawrenceville a sanctuary campus. Though there is “no one definition for a sanctuary campus,” Brandon said, “in our circumstance, it’s about standing up for students here, whether they’re undocumented, [...] Muslim, or anyone who might have their rights threatened in the next few years.” The proposal includes a “change.org” petition, which students ...

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January 20, 2017

As Republican promises to repeal Obamacare mount, President Barack Obama recently met with House and Senate Democrats to discuss the future of the program under the soon-to-be entirely red government. One line from Obama in particular caught the media’s attention: “Don’t rescue” the Republicans. In that, Obama meant he believes the Democrats should not help the Republicans find a replacement to Obamacare once it has been repealed. Senate Minority Leader ...

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January 20, 2017

Current Head Master Stephen Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 serves as Lawrenceville’s 13th head of school. Before him stand 12 men and women, each of whom has contributed something unique and important to Lawrenceville that has helped shape the School into what it is today. Below are profiles on four of Lawrenceville’s past Head Masters, highlighting their accomplishments and influence on the School. Isaac Van Arsdale Brown The first to serve ...

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January 13, 2017

Lawrenceville offers over 25 courses in Performing and Visual Arts, ranging from Honors Music Theory to Architecture. Yet the majority of Lawrentians never think about taking more than the required three terms of arts, and enrollment in advanced arts courses is often dismally low. This Winter Term, only six students are enrolled in a 500-level arts course (excluding independent studies), whereas 154 Lawrentians currently take a 200-level class. And for ...

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January 13, 2017

Alex Liu Selected as Principal Clarinetist in Central Jersey Music Educators Association Concerts This past Sunday, Alex Liu ’18 performed as principal clarinetist in the Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Region II orchestra concert at Montgomery High School and will hold the same position this coming Sunday in the Wind Ensemble concert. To earn the spot of principal clarinetist, Liu previously placed first clarinet in the CJMEA Region II auditions ...

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December 15, 2016

After predicating his campaign on helping working-class Americans and defying the influence of lobbyists in Washington, President-elect Donald Trump has appointed multiple wealthy businessmen to the Cabinet, notably Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor and Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of Treasury, whose interests do not align with those of blue-collar Americans. By choosing corporate elites to run the government, Trump has betrayed the working-class Americans to which he appealed during ...

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December 15, 2016

This past Monday, Penn State Director of Social Innovation and Research Associate for the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development Meg Small P’18 spoke to the school community about social innovation. Small sat down with The Lawrence before her lecture for an interview: James Wellemeyer ’18: What sparked your interest in investigation social change and how it can occur? Meg Small: After graduate school, I went ...

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December 15, 2016

His artwork in each week’s issue of The Lawrence never fails to astound Lawrentians. “How does he do that?” they ask. “Has he always been this talented?” In a sense, he has. Ever since first taking an interest in art as a six year-old, Brandon Li ’19 has been ahead of his peers in the discipline. Art was “something I started doing on my own,” Li said. “I just doodled all ...

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December 09, 2016

With the commencement of Winter Break in under one week, the holidays are approaching rapidly, and Lawrenceville’s musicians are especially busy this season. A total of three concerts take place during Turkey Term: the Jazz Concert, which took place this past Sunday, and the Orchestra Concert and Lessons and Carols still to come. Every performer has worked persistently to reach the level he or she is at today, and The ...

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December 09, 2016

This past Monday and Tuesday, sex educator Cindy Pierce addressed the Lawrenceville community during each level’s Residential Life Meeting. Pierce first spoke to the II Form on Monday at 7:00 PM, then to the V Form at 8:00 PM, and ended with the Circle and Crescent at 1:30 PM on Tuesday. To supplement these lectures, Pierce conducted a workshop with the faculty on Monday afternoon and held a dinner with ...

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Students and faculty gathered in the Kirby Math and Science Building on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM to learn about this year’s Hutchins Scholars Summer Research as well as Fall Independent Study initiatives. The presentations, whose posters will line the hallways of the building until February, covered a variety of different topics from biomedical engineering to racial trauma. Pravika Joshi ’17, a Hutchins Scholar, spent the summer at the University of ...

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November 11, 2016

At this past Saturday’s annual Hill Weekend, Big Red Girls Varsity Soccer, led by Captains Julia Simkus ’17, Grace Xiong ’18, and Kaeli Huesman ’18, along with Head Coach Jessica Magnuson, faced off against its rival The Hill School. From the onset, the game was tight, and tensions between the teams grew as both Lawrenceville and Hill fans gathered to watch the game. According to Magnuson, the team was “solid ...

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November 11, 2016

The academic and social transition to Lawrenceville is not easy for most students. That said, most students attended English-speaking schools before joining the Lawrenceville community and thus never truly struggled with the English language. A certain group of Lawrentians—international students who previously attended schools where English was not the primary language—do know the struggle of living with a language barrier. These students are rarely provided with any extra assistance to ...

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November 04, 2016

This past Thursday, author Karen Bao spoke to the Lawrenceville community in the Bunn Library’s McGraw Reading room about her writing process. Bao is the author of “The Dove Chronicles,” a series of three science fiction novels, one of which has yet to be released. Bao used a presentation, “Everything I’ve Learned about Writing,” to guide her talk. Before Bao began her speech, Director of Library Services Paula Clancy P’11 ...

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November 04, 2016

Most high school varsity athletes only dream of playing a Division I sport in college, never mind being captain of the teams of two, as Girls Varsity Field Hockey Coach Lisa Ewanchyna was during her time as an undergraduate at Princeton University. Ewanchyna was not just an ordinary athlete, though. She picked up lacrosse in middle school because “a lot of my friends were doing it, and I wanted to ...

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October 28, 2016

This past Wednesday, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, the Community Service Office hosted its annual Halloween Party in the Bowl for over 300 children. Mandi Marom ’18 and Tiffany Thomas ’18 organized this year’s event with the help of Director of the Community Service program Rachel Cantlay P’07 ’09 ’11, Assistant Director of Community Service Elizabeth Ferguson, and various students. The event itself, however, was managed almost solely by student ...

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October 28, 2016

At Lawrenceville and around the nation, the majority of high school seniors are currently scrambling to complete their college applications prior to the November 1 early deadline. They barely have time to do their homework, let alone write a novel. Karen Bao, who will come to Lawrenceville on November 3 to speak to the School community, was different. Bao penned her first novel, “Dove Arising,” as a senior at Princeton High ...

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October 21, 2016

This past week from October 17 to 20, students and faculty from the Emanuel School, a co-educational secondary school of 890 students in London, England, visited Lawrenceville to interact with students, observe the Harkness method, and research aspects of American history and culture. Lawrenceville and the Emanuel School first connected when “the head of [the Emanuel School] began considering the Harkness method,” History Master Michael Hanewald ’90 said. Each subsequent ...

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October 21, 2016

Most know Mathematics Master, Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Head Coach, and Boys Varsity Lacrosse and Wrestling Assistant Coach George Negroponte as their teacher, coach, or just another friendly face on campus. What perhaps few Lawrentians know about Negroponte is that he enjoyed a successful athletic career during his high school and college years. Negroponte has played soccer essentially his “entire life,” he said, but he didn’t pick up a lacrosse stick ...

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October 14, 2016

This past Thursday, the Religious Life Council (RLC), led this year by Brian Li ’17 and Harini Srinivasan ’18, hosted Deb Miliaresis of the Bath House for this term’s installment of “What Matters to Me and Why,” a series through which faculty and staff can share their beliefs. The event took place from 7:00 to 7:30 PM in the Bath House, where community members gathered to hear Miliaresis speak. “It’s ...

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Introduction The School’s admissions committee dedicates months of time each year to reading through and evaluating applications. Aside from academic, athletic, and leadership qualifications, there are three other factors—legacy status, socioeconomic background, and race—that play a role in a student’s chance of acceptance. The use of each is controversial in colleges and private high schools across the nation. Thus, this report serves to provide insight into Lawrenceville’s implementation of these policies. ...

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October 07, 2016

This fall, Injil Muhammad ’17, Sam Noden ’17, and Marcus Trenfield ’17 are captaining the Boys Varsity Cross Country team. Under the guidance of Head Coach Ed “Coachie” Poreda and Assistant Coaches Christopher Hyson and Stephen Wallis, the trio looks forward to a successful season in which they hope to “improve the times of all the runners,” Trenfield said. Even with such an apparently simple goal, Muhammad, Noden, and Trenfield ...

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October 07, 2016

With each new school year comes new University of Pennsylvania Fellows, who reside at Lawrenceville for two years, teaching, learning, and engaging with the community. This year, the School welcomes Noelle Niu to the Mathematics Department, Stuart Robertson ’11 to the Visual Arts Department, Lisa Scott to the Science Department, and Victoria Stitt to the English Department. Niu comes to the School fresh from earning her M.A. in Classics from Boston ...

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October 07, 2016

This September’s annual Club Night saw the introduction of dozens of new student clubs in addition to the vast number of preexisting ones, four of which offer a variety of options for students interested in the arts. Emily Li ’18, best known for competing and eventually earning third place in Chinese Idol, founded the Songwriting Workshop Club. Li’s inspiration for the club came from her time this summer at a songwriting ...

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September 30, 2016

This past week, Lawrenceville’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance club (GSA), headed this year by Alex Witherspoon ’18 and Maren Ogg ’17, hosted three events for Ally Week, which is “a national dialogue about how everyone [...] can work to become better allies to LGBT youth,” according to its sponsor GLSEN. The importance of Ally Week, Ogg said, is that it “[involves] the entire Lawrenceville community and [makes] it known that ...

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September 30, 2016

Defined by miles of running muddy fields and steep hills without a single word to a teammate, cross country is not seen by many as a team sport, but this fall, Girls Cross Country captains Maggie Habib ’17, Katharina Petermann ’17, and Alice Gooding ’17 hope to change that perception. Having doubled the size of the team this season, the captains are looking to unify the group and build on ...

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September 23, 2016

Lawrenceville is home to a diverse artistic community, bursting with students eager to share their work and talents. Perhaps the largest subsection of this community consists of singers, some simply performing at the School while others competing in international contests. Bert Getz ’18 arrived at Lawrenceville as a II Former just two years ago but had been singing in his local church since he was five years-old. At Lawrenceville, ...

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September 23, 2016

This past Thursday, in Woods Memorial Hall’s Heely Room, Princeton University Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Julian Zelizer spoke to the School community about the 2016 presidential election, as part of the History Department’s efforts to educate and engage Lawrentians in American politics. After graduating summa cum laude with highest honors in History from Brandeis University, ...

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September 16, 2016

This past Wednesday, V Formers had the opportunity to visit the first college fair of the year in Woods Memorial Hall, where representatives of Boston University, Bowdoin College, University of Chicago, Haverford College, and Trinity College each held information sessions around Harkness tables in classrooms. According to College Counselor Jeffrey Durso-Finley P’13 ’14 ’19, the event served to help V Formers “learn […] about some institutions that may not be 100 ...

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September 16, 2016

Among most students, Dean of Students Blake Eldridge ’96 is best known for his role as dean; to upperclassmen, for his teaching in the English and Religion and Philosophy Departments. What the majority of the student body perhaps does not know about Eldridge is that he coaches the Boys Varsity Soccer team and once captained the team himself while a student at the School. Eldridge first began to play soccer at ...

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Shorter summers allow classes to accelerate -- James Wellemeyer '18 When my Honors Biology teacher emailed the class an “Excel welcome letter” containing a list of computer skills taught in III Form science, and I attempted to put my knowledge to the test, I immediately burst out laughing. I couldn’t even do the first task: to move groups of cells around the spreadsheet. I wasn’t surprised, though; I hadn’t touched Excel ...

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September 16, 2016

As their wives leave the patio, the two men kiss, one saying, “I love you, Theo. Don’t worry, I’m not a queer.” But not even that scene could be defined as the most interesting moment in “Sunset at the Villa Thalia,” a play I watched this summer at London’s National Theatre. Set on the Greek island of Skiathos during a time when the U.S. was strictly anti-communist, deeply entrenched in ...

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September 09, 2016

On Tuesday, August 30, Honors Environmental Science Masters John Madden, James Jordan H’47, and John Clark P’20, along with Albert Kedersha of Immaculata High School, greeted Hal Aronson, Solar Suitcase inventor and co-founder of both We Share Solar and We Care Solar. During his program at Lawrenceville, Aronson conducted a professional development workshop with the Lawrenceville faculty members over the course of the day, coordinated by Gigi Goldman P’15 ’18, ...

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September 09, 2016

Since he first stepped foot on campus while still a student-athlete at Princeton, now History Master, admissions interviewer, and Head Football Coach Harry Flaherty felt a certain affinity to Lawrenceville and expected to return. What he did not anticipate, however, is that the brief time he spent working at the School during his years playing in the NFL would turn into a full time coaching career when he was appointed ...

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May 29, 2016

Laughing and screaming, 350 kids scampered around the Circle this past Wednesday afternoon for Lawrenceville’s annual Springfest, lasting from 2:45 PM to 5:30 PM. Preschoolers attended the event from 2:45 to 4:30 PM, and elementary school-aged kids came from 3:45 to 5:45 PM. All the kids, however, had been previously involved in Lawrenceville’s community service programs either on or off campus. Assisted by 210 student volunteers, Panos Vandris ’17 and ...

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May 29, 2016

Over the past two terms, Mike Bauman ’16, Emile Bamfield ’16, and Alejandro Roig ’16 have captained the Boys Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams together. During that time, not only have the three V Formers grown closer to each other, but they have also led two very successful teams, neither of which has lost a meet during its season. Bamfield started running during the winter of his III ...

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Boys Lacrosse: At the start of the season, the Big Red Boys lacrosse team looked to improve on last year’s record and to reach new heights. This season culminated in many incredible victories and upsetting losses, leaving the lacrosse team with a final record of 12–9, an improvement from last year’s 10–10. The attack and midfield of the team have been tremendously helpful, led by players such as Jon Coffey ...

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May 29, 2016

This coming August, current II formers will open their inboxes to find a message from their new Circle or Crescent housemaster, welcoming them to the house in which they will spend the next two years of their lives. The process by which students enter these Circle and Crescent houses, however, remains a mystery to much of the student body. At the end of their II Form year, Lawrentians fill ...

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May 29, 2016

This past weekend, while most students were either beginning to study for their finals, recovering from APs, or a combination of both, Scott Newman ’17 attended the New England Young Writers’ Conference, an annual conference that was held this year from May 19 to May 22 at Middlebury College’s Breadloaf School of English. The conference was highly selective, as the guidelines dictate that each school in the New England area is ...

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May 21, 2016

This past Saturday, the Girls Varsity Golf team defeated its longstanding rival Hill by only one stroke. The hard-fought match ended with a final score of 191-190: Each school’s score constitutes the addition of the four lowest individual scores on the team. Big Red played nine holes and counted the scores of Scout Hammond ’16 (42), Ciana Montero ’16 (53), Bianca Mangravite ’18 (46), and Carly Martinson ’18 (49). Though ...

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May 21, 2016

Always behind the camera and never in front, photographers rarely receive as much attention as do other artists on campus. The work of the talented photographers of Lawrenceville, however, most certainly deserves recognition. Having developed an interest in photography through traveling, Divya Kumar ’17 has now fostered a passion for black and white photography, because, according to Kumar, “We see the world in color, so it’s nice to have it black ...

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This past Monday, in the Heely Room of Woods Memorial Hall, 60 V Formers and other interested community members gathered to hear the penultimate Capstone lecture of the year. In that lecture, Jami Floyd P’17 ’20 and Marcus Mabry ’85 examined race and politics in a student-led discussion. Currently serving as the legal analyst and host of WNYC Radio, Floyd is a journalist and lawyer from New York City. Prior ...

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May 13, 2016

This past Wednesday, Boys Varsity Golf traveled to the Jasna Polana golf club for the MAPL tournament, hosted by the Hun School of Princeton. Out of the four teams present, Big Red placed last, shooting a 279. Blair won with a score of 229. At the tournament, the teams played 18 holes instead of the nine they normally do in other matches. With some wind and no sun, Wednesday’s conditions proved ...

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May 13, 2016

Boys Varsity Baseball Captain and starting pitcher Nick Silber ’16 threw a no-hitter to bring Big Red to victory against its historic rival The Hill School with a final score of 2-0 this past Monday, May 9. A humble player, Silber believes that the rare no-hitter, which hasn’t been pitched against Hill for over 40 years, constitutes “a testament to [the team’s] defense.” He added, “I was able to locate ...

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May 13, 2016

At this past Thursday’s school meeting, Director of the V Form Helena Cunningham P’14 ’18 named Sophie Garrett ’16 the Valedictorian of the class of 2016. Subsequently, Garrett will deliver the Valedictory address on May 29 at Commencement. Next fall, she will attend Harvard College. Each year, the Valediction constitutes one of the most academically successful students the graduating class has to offer and is chosen by the deans and ...

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May 13, 2016

Hidden in the binding of “The Lit,” the pixels of “The Line,” and in scribbled journals—perhaps less recognized than other artists on campus—there lies an erratic and eccentric group of wordsmiths, that is, poets. Eloquent yet always laughing at her own words, self-proclaimed introvert Katherine Xiong ’19 claims sadness most influences her writing: “It’s a lot easier to write poetry when you’re upset because that’s when the depth of your emotion ...

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May 13, 2016

With the onset of AP exams and major assignment week, sleep at the School exists a great concern for the administration and students alike. And this concern is most certainly justified, for the issue of sleep at Lawrenceville in relation to academic success, workload, day/boarder status, and extracurricular commitments is a complicated one to say the least. Most significantly, the sleep survey sent to the student body found that students get ...

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May 13, 2016

Lawrenceville has been a school for over 200 years, yet some of the most significant changes, including co-education, have transpired over the past 30 years. Some faculty, including History Masters John Sauerman H’84, Robert Shaw P’10 ’14, and Timothy Doyle ’69 H’79 P’99, have taught at Lawrenceville long enough to see first-hand the School’s transformation. Sauerman After studying at Cambridge University and Brown University, Sauerman arrived at Lawrenceville in 1977 and currently ...

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May 06, 2016

On April 8, Panos Vandris ’17 received his score on the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinal Exam, in which he placed among the top 50 students in the country, earning him a Recognition of Academic Excellence award. According to its website, USABO “provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take [students] beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness.” Those who score in the top 10 percent ...

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May 06, 2016

Saving eight match points to dig out a 7-5 win after trailing 0-5, Jefferey Cai ’19 won the backdraw of the third singles section of this past weekend’s England/Mid-Atlantic (NEMA) tournament. Seven members of the Boys Varsity Tennis team traveled to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, for the invitational tournament. The tournament used the standard three singles and two doubles format, including a full backdraw, and Big Red ...

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April 29, 2016

Tonight at 8 PM, this year’s first Spring Dance Concert (SDC) will take place in the Kirby Arts Center, followed by a second showing tomorrow. Over the two days, 20 dances will occur, all of which pertain to this year’s theme, “Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal!” Since the middle of the Winter Term, dancers, student choreographers, and technicians alike have toiled to put on the show. Below are interviews ...

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April 29, 2016

This past Saturday, students from Lawrenceville’s Model United Nations (MUN) club attended the third annual SouthMUNC, a MUN conference held at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South (WWPS). Yiannis Vandris ’17, Emma Pinto ’17, Grace Blaxill ’18, James Wellemeyer ’18, Alex Small ’18, Hadley Copeland ’18, Patrick Taylor ’17, Sachin Billakanti ’18, Owen Bird ’19, Isabel Karohl ’18, Emily Galvin ’17, Sam Cabot ’17, and Ary Pathania ’17 attended, accompanied ...

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April 23, 2016

Three Lawrentians, Hiroki Nagao ’18, Luke DeCresce ’18, and Shawn Olstein ’18, traveled to Arlington, Virginia this past Friday to take the United States Geography Olympiad (USGO) National Exam. The students, who had previously taken a qualifying exam that put them in standing for the national exam, have been preparing for the Olympiad through Geography club meetings. Nagao, alongside his Vice President Alex Small ’18 who had qualified for the ...

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April 23, 2016

This past Sunday at 5:00 PM in Science Master Cindy Taylor’s classroom in the Kirby Math and Science Building, athlete, engineer, and Princeton and Lawrenceville graduate Gabie Figueroa ’10 spoke to members of the School community about her experiences as an engineer in a talk labeled, “How Doc T Convinced me to be an Engineer & Why I haven't Looked Back Since.” The Women in STEM club, led by Taylor ...

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April 23, 2016

II Formers Meg Hillman ’19 and Meg Barnes ’19, known by their peers as “the Megs,” have played on the Girls Varsity Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse teams together in the fall, winter, and spring, respectively. On each of the teams, Hillman and Barnes have been the only or some of the only II Formers. Hillman has played field hockey since fifth grade and basketball and lacrosse since first grade. ...

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April 15, 2016

This past week, the School celebrated Pride Week. The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), led by club co-presidents Ghael Fobes ’17 and Veronica Danko ’16, organized five all-school events, and the Diversity Council organized a sixth. Pride Week occurs annually to increase awareness about the LGBTQ+ community. The concept of Pride Week dates back to the 1960s. On campus, students partook in activities geared towards informing them about gender and sexuality. On ...

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James Wellemeyer: We must not condone racism in any form “PC bullshit, this is none of your business. Kids aren’t racist, this game has been played for years with no derogatory intent. Take a joke,” said a man in the comments section of Princeton High School junior Jamaica Ponder’s now internationally famous blog post, “Drinking Games,” which condemns students at her school for playing “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong. Only two ...

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April 08, 2016

A model Lawrentian, according to the prevailing notion on campus, is one who exemplifies the highest degree of scholarship, leadership, honesty, respect, athleticism, and kindness. But this idea is dangerous and restricting, failing to acknowledge that for students to truly succeed, they must develop their own standards of success—differing from Lawrentian to Lawrentian—and reach for it. Furthermore, for some students, striving to conform to an idealistic standard of success leads ...

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April 08, 2016

After Douglas Wellemeyer ’18 fired a forehand cross-court to win his final game, the Boys Varsity Tennis team maintained its undefeated streak with a 6-1 victory against Mercersburg Academy. This past Saturday, the team took the bus up to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, to compete in its second match of the season. The match, which lasted three hours, was played in the standard MAPL format of six singles and three doubles matches. As ...

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April 08, 2016

This past Saturday and Sunday, interviews for the New Jersey Scholars Program—a five-week-long summer program hosted by the School every summer since 1977—were held on campus. Shahin Damji ‘17 and Injil Muhammad ‘17 were both offered admission to the program. Designed for rising high school seniors, the New Jersey Scholars Program, currently directed by History Master John Sauerman H’84, allows 39 students to have an “interdisciplinary intellectual experience that will ...

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April 01, 2016

MONDAY—60 V Formers attended the second in a series of 11 Capstone lectures occurring this spring in the Heely Room of Woods Memorial Hall. The lectures aim to tackle the issues surrounding modern American democracy and will give students a broader insight into the 2016 presidential election. “New York Times” columnist Ross Douthat led this past Monday’s lecture. At age 36, Douthat, who currently lives in Washington, D.C., is the ...

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April 01, 2016

Our Harkness system is broken. Without increased teacher-student interaction, our conversations will never reach their potential for deep and full learning. The Harkness ideal of replacing “lecture and memorization with shared discovery” and fostering “a more active, collaborative kind of learning,” as defined by the School’s website, does not always function properly. In many instances, not all students are equally willing to share their ideas; some students are simply less comfortable ...

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April 01, 2016

This past Thursday, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, the opening reception of a new art exhibition, “Abstraction” by Karen Titus Smith, took place at the Gruss Center of Visual Art. The exhibit will be open at the Marguerite and James Hutchins Gallery until April 22, 2016. Titus Smith is a fine arts and visual arts instructor, born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, and currently living in Pemberton, New Jersey. She earned ...

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April 01, 2016

We’ve all done it before: forgotten to do a homework assignment or chosen not to do one due to “other work” (Netflix). However, just because you haven’t done your homework doesn't mean your teacher has to know nor does it mean you cannot participate in class. In fact, some of my best Harkness conversations, which I have not only participated in, but also led, have fallen on days on which ...

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April 01, 2016

This past Wednesday, the Big Red Boys Varsity Tennis team claimed its first victory of the season, winning all five of its matches against McDonough. The matches were played in the standard three singles and two doubles format, with each match worth one point. One hour prior to McDonough’s arrival, Big Red gathered at the courts to begin their warm-up and discuss strategy with Head Coach Nick Lewis. Conditions were ...

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March 25, 2016

THURSDAY—60 V Formers gathered in the Heely room of Memorial Hall to attend the first in a series of 11 Capstone lectures occurring this spring. Providence College Professor of Political Science William Hudson, whose book students will read during the term, kicked off the series with his lecture focused on the implications of US public policy and democracy. The Capstone course, an interdisciplinary elective, typically takes around 60 V Formers ...

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March 25, 2016

In Robert Carlock’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” one character matches war-reporting to heroin addiction: It starts off great but always comes with more craving. The film portrays journalist Kim Baker, played by Tina Fey, reporting the Afghanistan War with common journalist and also translator Fahim Ahmadza, played by Christopher Abbott. Despite the film’s depiction of Baker’s inspiring fresh start in Afghanistan, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” highlights America’s addiction to Islamophobia and the ...

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March 25, 2016

On March 7, 2016, Maria Sharapova, a five-time grand slam winning Russian professional tennis player and the highest-paid female athlete in the world, announced that she failed a drug test, testing positive for meldonium. Sharapova had been taking the drug, which supposedly helps her heart problems, for the past 10 years. This drug was only banned in January, and Sharapova neglected to look at the updated list of banned drugs, ...

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March 25, 2016

At the conclusion of this year’s varsity football season, V Former Braden Brown ’16, who only this year became a starter for the School’s Boys Varsity Football team, won Lawrenceville’s Student-Athlete of the Year award and the Delaware Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Student-Leader-Athlete award for his dedication to scholarship, athletics, and leadership. The School’s award nominated Brown for the Foundation—a program designed to promote football at the amateur ...

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February 26, 2016

This past Saturday, at the final meet of the season on the Lavino Indoor Track, both the Boys and Girls Varsity Indoor Track and Field teams won the MAPL Championships, defeating four other MAPL schools. On the boys side, 14 Lawrentians set personal records. Big Red boys took 213 of the 395 possible points, while the girls obtained 183 of the  402 possible points. Big Red started strong, taking ...

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February 26, 2016

WEDNESDAY—From 1:00 to 2:00 PM, students and faculty attended a lecture by Princeton University Professor and Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Kotkin at the Kirby Arts Center (KAC). While attendance by III Formers was required, other Lawrentians and faculty were invited to join. Kotkin has been a professor of history and international affairs at Princeton since 1989, the year after he received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. He ...

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The Grathwohls Born on March 2, 1998, Robin Grathwohl ’16 and Elsie Grathwohl ’16 are perhaps Lawrenceville’s least recognizable twins. Though the dissimilarities in their physical features make it hard to believe, Elsie is actually only a minute older than Robin. “She was born at 11:10 and I was born at 11:11, so I’m the lucky child,” Robin said. Early on in their childhood, except for their different eye colors, Robin ...

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February 19, 2016

THURSDAY—At School Meeting, Head Master Stephen Murray H’55 announced this year’s Jeremy K. Mario ’88 Award recipients: Chisom Ilogu ’17 of McClellan House and Ryder Griffith ’17 of Woodhull House. The award is given annually to two IV Form students, one from the Circle and one from the Crescent, for their contributions to their respective Houses. The award is given to students who best exemplify the highest standard of leadership ...

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February 19, 2016

This past weekend, both Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams had strong showings at the MAPL tournament, defeating several rival teams. Both teams advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, which took place in the Lavino Field House. On Friday at 5:00 PM, the Big Red girls team, seeded third going into the tournament, defeated Hun School of Princeton, the sixth seed, in swift fashion. The final score of the ...

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February 12, 2016

Although Winter Finals will not commence until a month from now, many students are already preparing for the exams. I can see the look of disbelief on your face right now. You’re probably thinking, “Finals? Finals?!?! It’s 12:30 AM, and I haven’t even started preparing for tomorrow’s Envi-Sci quiz.” But yes, some students are, in fact, preparing for finals. Yet, not only are they preparing for finals, but they ...

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February 12, 2016

WEDNESDAY—From 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Vth Formers attended a meeting in the Kirby Arts Center on sexual assault and sexual consent. Jonathan Kalin ’09, a former member of Kennedy House and a former team captain of Boys Varsity Basketball, returned to the School after giving a similar lecture last year. Kalin is the founder of Party With Consent, an organization aiming to raise awareness about the importance of sexual ...

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February 05, 2016

TUESDAY—The annual American Mathematics Contest (AMC) took place in the Heely Room from 8:00 to 9:30 AM, during which 45 Lawrentians tested their mathematical and reasoning skills. Two tests occurred during the time: the level 10 test, which covered Algebra II-level material, and the level 12 test, which covered Precalculus-level material (AMC 10/12 refers to both exams). Both tests were comprised of 25 multiple-choice questions, and each test served ...

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February 05, 2016

This past Saturday, the Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated The Phelps School, a boarding school in Malvern, Pennsylvania, at home. Saturday’s game consisted exceptional plays from both sides and was a perfect chance for the team to redeem itself, as Phelps had trumped Big Red by five points earlier in the season at the Peddie Invitational Tournament. Although Big Red went down early, it fought hard to come back, ...

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January 29, 2016

FRIDAY – At around 8:00 PM, Winter Storm Jonas began unloading snow onto Lawrenceville’s campus, causing the SAT to be postponed, bringing student safety into question, and forcing the School’s Buildings and Grounds staff to work extended hours. By the end of the weekend, the snowfall totaled 30 inches, with a precipitation rate of one to three inches per hour. In many surrounding areas, Jonas was the largest snowstorm ...

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January 29, 2016

This past Saturday and Sunday, during Winter Storm Jonas, Buildings and Grounds and Dining Services Staff went to extensive measures to keep the School running effectively. Although Jonas created havoc at the School, it was able to highlight the extensive efforts of staff from Buildings and Grounds and Dining Services, whose work may not usually be appreciated as much as it should be. Typically, many Buildings Staff work on ...