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On Wednesday, November 28, the Community Service Office began creating ornaments for its CLAUS tree in the Bunn Library. CLAUS, which stands for Children Loved by Another Understanding Santa, is a project that provides underprivileged children with Christmas presents. Thirty years ago, a group of women in Princeton founded CLAUS, and the project has gradually expanded. Volunteers can see children’s Christmas wish lists and buy and wrap the gifts on ...

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On November 6, Dean of Students Blake Eldridge ’96 announced that a new support and reporting system, SafeSchools, would be made available to the school community. The administration implemented the system after working with the Board of Directors and the 2016-2017 Student Council and prefects to create and finalize it during the beginning of the school year. Through SafeSchools, students can either send a text message or email, make a phone ...

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November 11, 2017

This past Thursday during school meeting, the Lawrenceville Speech and Debate Club hosted the finals of the annual Inter-House Grand Debate Tournament for house points. The two finalists were Elaine Wang ’20 of the Carter House and Cameron Desnoes ’19 of the Hamill House. History Master David Figueroa Ortiz P’18, Religion and Philosophy Master Jason VonWachenfeldt, and Speech and Debate Coach Carolyn Beard served as judges for the tournament. The ...

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November 11, 2017

This past weekend, the Boys and Girls Varsity Water Polo teams competed at Easterns, a tournament for preparatory high schools on the East Coast. Around sixteen schools, separated into two flights, competed in the boys’ tournament. The boys team, placed in the first flight after its win at Garden States, competed at the Episcopal Academy on both Saturday and Sunday, playing one game each day. Five schools competed in the ...

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November 03, 2017

This past Friday and Saturday, Boys Varsity Water Polo competed against five other schools in the annual Garden State Tournament. Big Red was undefeated in all of its five games and won the tournament for the first time in three years. Continuing its success, the team played its Hill Weekend game this past Wednesday, emerging with an intense 13-12 victory. The boys began the Garden State Tournament on a positive ...

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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

Lawrenceville consistently ranks as one of the most expensive private schools in the United States. The total cost of attendance currently stands at $63,625 for boarding students and $52,365 for day students—over $10,000 more than the price of many of the School’s peers in both the Mid-Atlantic Region, such as The Peddie School and The Hill School, and the Eight Schools Association, such as Phillips Exeter Academy and Choate Rosemary ...

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This past weekend, Lawrenceville hosted the annual Fall Festival on Saturday and the fourth Run for Color on Sunday. Both events were fundraisers for the Williams Syndrome Association, and they raised a total of around $2,500. Organized by Jason Larson H’03 and Student Council Community Service Representative Riley Rogerson ’18 with the help of the Community Service Council, students gathered in the Crescent from 7:00 to 10:30 PM for the Fall ...

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October 20, 2017

This school year, the Periwig Club commemorates its 125th anniversary. The Periwig Club, which puts on various stage productions throughout the school year—including the Fall Musical, Freshman Shakespeare, Winterfest, and the Spring Dance Concert (SDC)—is the largest club on campus. Over a third of Lawrentians have been involved in Periwig in some way, whether as an actor, technician, dancer, or one of the many other roles a student can take ...

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October 06, 2017

During this past Thursday’s school meeting, Anthony Ray Hinton, a wrongly-convicted former death row inmate, delivered a speech and shared his story of injustice with the Lawrenceville community. History Master Orelia Johnson invited Hinton to speak to the School as a means of continuing the conversation about the school-wide summer reading book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Hinton’s story begins in July 1985, when he was arrested for robbery, kidnapping, and ...

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October 06, 2017

Oftentimes in the arts, performers who excel at singing, dancing, and acting are known as a “triple threat.” While artist Sonia Shah ’18 might not necessarily fit that description, she is a triple threat in her own right, taking part in visual arts, music, and theater. One might even call her a “quadruple threat” if her participation in the circus arts is also taken into account. Since her II Form ...

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September 22, 2017

V Formers Olalla Duato, Sonia Shah, Jorge Casero Lopez, Emilia Figueroa-Valik, and Alondra Moreno, of Spanish, Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Mexican ethnicity, respectively, were recently selected as National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program. While not a scholarship, the Program recognizes the academic achievements of Hispanic and Latino Students. To be eligible, students must have taken the PSAT during October ...

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September 15, 2017

On Sunday, September 3, students and faculty members gathered in the Circle for Convocation, signifying the start of the 208th school year. The event began with the faculty procession, followed by an invocation by Muslim Religious Life Leader Kameelah Rashad P’21. Head Master Stephen S. Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 ’21 then began his annual address, titled “Mending Wall” after Robert Frost’s poem of the same name. Although Murray did not directly ...

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May 28, 2017

Since 2014, Mr. Johnson has been hanging out in Memorial Hall—first as an English Teaching Fellow, and this year as an English Master. When I first met “MJ,” as he is called, he was my Novice Crew Coach. He provided me, a student new to the sport, with the kindness and support I needed throughout the entire season. And when I saw I was in his III Form English class ...

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Alvaro Barrera ’18, Riley Rogerson ’18, Tiffany Thomas ’18, Douglas Wellemeyer ’18, and Alex Wey ’18 have been selected as the Arts, Community Service, Diversity, Sustainability, and Athletic Representatives of the 2017-2018 Student Council respectively. They will work with the rest of the 2017-2018 Student Council members: Brianna Thompson ’18, Victoria Cruz ’18, Nicole Lim ’18, and Eric Cheng ’18, who are President, Vice President of Social Life, Vice President ...

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May 12, 2017

Grace Xiong ’18 and Charlie Christoffersen ’18 were recently selected for this summer’s New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP), directed by History Master David Figueroa-Ortiz P’18. NJSP is an annual five-week long boarding program during the summer hosted on campus for rising high school seniors who are New Jersey citizens. Scholars attend lectures and seminars and work with a faculty member to conduct original research, culminating in a 10 to 15 ...

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May 12, 2017

his past Sunday, the College Counseling Office hosted the 14th annual Big Red Race, which includes a 5K and kids races. Directors of College Counseling Holly Burks Becker P’06 ’09 ’12 and Jeffrey Durso-Finley P’13 ’14 ’19 organized the event. Other people who contributed to organizing the race include Dean of Admission for Recruitment Lisa Ewanchyna, Office Manager and Coordinator of College Visits Pam Frakes P’09, and Nancy King P’20. Nearly ...

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May 12, 2017

Grace Xiong ’18 and Charlie Christoffersen ’18 were recently selected for this summer’s New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP), directed by History Master David Figueroa-Ortiz P’18. NJSP is an annual five-week long boarding program during the summer hosted on campus for rising high school seniors who are New Jersey citizens. Scholars attend lectures and seminars and work with a faculty member to conduct original research, culminating in a 10 to 15 ...

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May 12, 2017

This past Sunday, the College Counseling Office hosted the 14th annual Big Red Race, which includes a 5K and kids races. Directors of College Counseling Holly Burks Becker P’06 ’09 ’12 and Jeffrey Durso-Finley P’13 ’14 ’19 organized the event. Other people who contributed to organizing the race include Dean of Admission for Recruitment Lisa Ewanchyna, Office Manager and Coordinator of College Visits Pam Frakes P’09, and Nancy King P’20. Nearly ...

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May 05, 2017

This past Tuesday, Cathy Wu ’17 was named the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. Wu will deliver her Valedictory address at this year’s Commencement. The Valedictorian is selected annually by the faculty as the one of the strongest academic performers in the V Form. “I'm so honored and thankful [to be chosen], and I'm excited for the chance to leave a message on behalf of my class on graduation day,” ...

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Ghael Fobes ’17 was chosen as the Class of 2017 Aurelian Speaker this past Tuesday. The Aurelian Speaker is chosen from the V Form, to recognize “sterling character, high scholarship, and forceful leadership.” As Aurelian Speaker, Fobes will address his classmates in the Gruss Center of Visual Art’s Hutchins Gallery at 12:00 AM on May 28. “[Being selected] has been overwhelming,” Fobes said. “For me, just living and working alongside the ...

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April 29, 2017

This spring, V Former Michael Zhao ’17 and IV Former Douglas Wellemeyer ’18 are captains of the Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team. Both Zhao and Wellemeyer began playing from a young age. Zhao was first introduced to the sport at five years old when he began hitting with his dad and has been playing ever since. Wellemeyer also picked up the sport when he was five, and although he did not ...

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April 21, 2017

On Tuesday, Panos Vandris ’17 and Max Ramsay-Burrough ’17 were notified of their selection as Semifinalists for the Presidential Scholars Program. The Presidential Scholars Program is a recognition program, not a scholarship program. All scholars will participate in an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June, during which they will be given a medallion at a ceremony hosted by the White House. The Program begins with an initial selection of around ...

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March 31, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, Co-President of the Religious Life Council (RLC) Brian Li ’17, Helena Thomas ’17, Visual Arts Fellow Stewart Robertson ’11, Scott Newman ’17, Director of Public Relations Lisa Gillard Hanson, and Religion and Philosophy Master and Interim School Chaplain Philip Jordan ’85 presented the new chapel credit system, Explorations, during the first all-school meeting of the term. The meeting began with speeches by Thomas, Robertson, Newman, Gillard, ...

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February 24, 2017

About two weeks ago, I was talking about course selections for our IV Form year with my science class. My teacher asked how many of us had an idea of what SAT IIs we were planning on taking. One, maybe two of us out of 13 tentatively raised our hands. A few people had confused looks on their faces, unsure of what they were. Someone asked, and our teacher explained ...

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December 15, 2016

This past Saturday, the Girls and Boys Varsity Swim Teams kicked off their season at the annual Hill Relays meet. Instead of competing in a regular dual meet lineup, swimmers compete in eight relay events, only one of them standard for a high school meet, against five other schools. Despite the unique nature of this meet, both teams were able to perform successfully. After suffering a disappointing second place finish to ...

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November 04, 2016

The musical is different for everyone. For some, it’s a show you can go see on a Saturday night put on by the kids who can sing. For others, it’s a time to support your friends by watching them get onstage and showcase their talents. Yet to those actually involved, it’s so much more—whether you’re performing, helping out with quick-changes, or running fly and deck crew, like I did. Before coming ...

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November 04, 2016

This fall, Matt Lazarus ’17 and Max Ramsay-Burrough ’17 are captains of the Boys Varsity Soccer Team. So far, the team has a 5–6–1 record, and are hoping to continue improving that record, especially through their upcoming Hill game. In Lazarus’s opinion, “winning the Hill game is very much within our reach, and I think we have the skill and ability to finish the season without a nice victory.” Lazarus began ...

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October 28, 2016

The House system dispels misconceptions Had you asked me last spring, “What House do you want to be in next year?” Stephens would not have been my response. In fact, Stephens would have been towards the bottom of my list. It wasn’t because of anything related to the physical House itself, nor its Housemaster and duty team—it was merely the fact that I knew almost none of the rising juniors that would ...

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October 21, 2016

The other day, I sat down with Chinese Master Yanhong Zhang, a duty master in my House, and we had a long conversation about culture and heritage. Familiar with my family background, she talked with me about my experience here––if I enjoyed boarding life, how often I spoke Chinese, what it was like when I returned home, and the differences I noticed when going between the two countries. It made ...

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May 29, 2016

On all three of the sports teams I’ve been on, my outstanding lack of effort in Al-Rashid has been infamous among both my fellow athletes and coaches. I step into the weight room with a baggy sweatshirt and Vans on, ready to wait in lines and walk around for half an hour. I set my water bottle down on one of the boxes and look around the racks to pick ...

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April 08, 2016

Panos Vandris ’17 is the epitome of an athlete-student at Lawrenceville. Contrary to popular belief, he had a variety of athletic interests as a II Former, including the lowest levels of our school’s cross country, indoor track, and tennis teams. His sophomore fall, Vandris discovered a new athletic interest that he has been pursuing ever since: dance. That spring, Vandris attempted and failed to make the junior varsity tennis squad, ...