Congratulations to Tricia Roscoe ’16 for finishing third in the OHSAA State Diving Tournament! Her final score was 425.90 – amazing for this Junior who has been diving for just three years. High School Sports: West Geauga's freshman Kamryn Goodrick finishes second at OHSAA Division II state diving; Laurel third 


Earlier this month, published the fan picks for their 2015 girls basketball midseason awards. Laurel was nominated in five categories and won all five!

  • Coach Tim McMahon won “midseason coach of the year” with 32% of the votes.
  • Alex Cade ‘17 won “midseason sophomore of the year” with 28% of the votes.
  • Nicole Felice ‘15 won “midseason senior of the year” with 24% of the votes.
  • Alex Cade ‘17 won “top post at the midseason” with 24% of the votes.
  • Nicole Felice ‘15 won “most consistent scorer at midseason” with 27% of the votes.

Read all the categories and the winners at

Laurel's Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, has just published her 17th piece in The Huffington Post. Following is an excerpt from "Double Sixes: What Backgammon and My Daughter Taught Me About How to Lighten Up" which was posted in the "Parents" section:

Finally one night she said, "We could just play, Mom. Isn't this a game? You don't have to tell me what to do on every move." I nodded, "Sure, it's a game." We started again. I stopped trying to turn her into a backgammon maven. I stopped grimacing when she counted tentatively. I watched her make good decisions by herself, without my input. I lost a few games. I chose to ignore a few opportunities when I could have gone for the jugular because seeing your daughter's look of triumph in victory is more important than winning. "Ease up," I side-coached myself. "Just play."

Read the entire piece in The Huffington Post.

photo of Kathryn Hellerstein '70The Jewish Book Council has recognized Laurel alumna Kathryn Hellerstein '70 with a National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies for her book, "A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish."

From the Jewish Book Council's website: “The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.”

link to Penn News article Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

link to list of 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists


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Lyman Campus Butler Campus

Laurel's Mission Statement:

To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 

Primary School Drop-In

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8:30-10:00 a.m.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
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"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16

"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15

"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16

"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16

"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent


“The greatest gift Laurel gave me was the gift of lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and parents of classmates. We have a special bond based on our shared experiences.” 
Betsy Sweeney Backes ‘78

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