The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. The annual competition is open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writers and writing educators. This year’s competition saw nearly 3,000 pieces of artwork and writing samples.

Congratulations to the following 17 Laurel students who won 27 awards (21 for art and 6 for writing) at this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Each Gold Key piece will continue to the national competition held in New York City.

The Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients will be on display at The Cleveland Institute of Art in the new Reinberger Gallery from January 13 – 29, 2016. Please click here for hours, location and details.


Gold Keys:
Alex Cade ‘17

Alex Harris ’17

Alex Mangel ‘17

Maggie Navracruz ‘17
Drawing and Illustration

Cameron Peters ‘16

Rachel Rabin ‘16
Two for Digital Art

Silver Keys:
Rachel Rabin ‘16
One for Digital Art
One for Art Portfolio

Dana Way ‘17

Honorable Mentions:
Izzy DeSantis ‘16
Mixed Media

Katie Dinner ‘17

Kristen Mehalko ‘17

Catherine McCarthy ‘18

Cameron Peters ‘16
One for Digital Art
One for Mixed Media

Sarah Rose Reynolds ‘16
One for Digital Art
One for Photography

Bria Terbanc ‘18

Mimi Thompson ‘17
Drawing and Illustration



Gold Keys:
Bria Terbanc ‘18
Personal Essay/Memoir

Katelyn Vlastaris ‘16
Flash Fiction

Silver Keys:
Maddy Massey ‘18
Flash Fiction

Katelyn Vlastaris ‘16
Writing Portfolio

Honorable Mentions:
Katelyn Vlastaris ‘16
One for Humor
One for Personal Essay/Memoir


On January 12, 2016, with the support of the Laurel Board of Trustees, Laurel’s Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, announced to Upper School students, local media and invited guests about plans for expanding experiential learning for Laurel Upper School students via Music with a Mission, a concert series that began at Laurel’s Butler Campus a few years ago. Ms. Klotz announced that Music with a Mission will grow in 2016 to become Cleveland’s first-ever multi-day, multi-stage contemporary music festival! 

LaureLive: Music with a Mission is a collaboration between Laurel and the Cleveland-based Elevation Group and will take place June 11-12, 2016, at the Butler Campus. The two-day festival of musical performances and family-friendly activities, with a dedicated Kids Zone, will have opportunities for Laurel’s Upper School students, who wish to participate, to be involved in every aspect from planning to execution.

During the weekend, Laurel will welcome 30 local, national and international musical acts—with O.A.R., Grace Potter and Michael Franti & Spearhead as the weekend’s headliners.

For more information about LaureLive, the view the entire lineup and to purchase tickets, visit

The word is out! Both Fox 8 News and WKYC 3 covered the announcement in their evening broadcasts on Tuesday, January 12. Below are links to a few of the many other media outlets that have reported the news about LaureLive.

“O.A.R., Grade Potter to headline first-ever LaureLive music festival this summer.” via

“Laurel School to host two-day music festival.” via Crain’s Cleveland Business

“Laurel School to Host Multi-Day Rock Festival in June.” via Cleveland Scene

Click here to read the official press release.





We are excited to announce that two Laurel girls won first place in their divisions of the second annual Chagrin Valley Times story contest! Ninth Grader Simi Fulton won in the High School Division for her story “Christmas in the heart of Mumbai." Third Grade student, Ella Witalec won the Short Story Division for her piece “Christmas Lights." Not only did two Laurel girls win first place, but excerpts from three other Laurel girls’ (Lily Chapman ’19, Nina Zlataric ’19 and Katie Izanec ’25) entries were published as “favorite entries” in the December 24th issue of the Chagrin Valley Times!

Read a short description of the contest and the list of winners here. 

Congratulations to Heather Roulston Ettinger '79 on being named one of 20 “Women to Watch” by InvestmentNews. Ms. Ettinger rose to the top among 400 nominations from across the United States. This prestigious recognition honors "female financial advisers and industry executives who are distinguished leaders at their firms. These women have advanced the business of providing advice through their leadership, passion, creativity and willingness to help other women along the way". 

Read more about Ms. Ettinger here via InvestmentNews.

Just in time for the Jewish community to celebrate Chanukah, a piece written by Laurel’s Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, was published in the Cleveland Jewish News. Ms. Klotz’s “Lighting the Darkness” takes a look at her family’s holiday lighting that simultaneously embraces both Jewish tradition and the lure of large Christmas displays.

Enjoy the piece here via the Cleveland Jewish News.

With the girls’ basketball season beginning today, released its list of the top 50 players to watch this season. Laurel’s Alex Cade ’17 was named to the list.  Last season Cade averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. In the video posted by, she talks about her strategy for the season—working on her shot and taking a leadership role on the team. Cade is a tri-captain this year with teammates Paris Taylor ’16 and Caitlin Cronin ’16. Good luck to Alex and all the Laurel Gators!

See's top 50 here.

Congratulations to Yui Ishihara ’18 and Deepal Nadar ’17 for their success at the regional VEX Robotics competition. The regional competition, hosted by Brecksville High School, included 45 teams from Northeast Ohio. Yui and Deepal’s performance at the event advanced them to the VEX Robotics State Tournament to be held in Columbus in March.

In preparation for States, the girls will continue to work with their faculty advisor, Dr. Regina Campbell-Malone, and compete in local competitions from now through March.

More about VEX Robotics: In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state and national levels. Each year, more than 10,000 teams from 32 countries play in over 750 tournaments. 

Read more about the girls and their accomplishments in

Last month, Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (CRG) Director, Dr. Lisa Damour, debuted her first of many monthly columns for the New York Times. Dr. Damour will now be the exclusive writer for the "Adolescence" column of the NYT's parenting blog “Motherlode.”

In September, “Motherlode” published her piece, “Gossip: The Best Gift Your Teenager Can Give You” which provides advice to parents on how to make the best of the gossip they hear from their teenagers. Her October piece, “When Tragedy and Adolescence Clash, Helping Grieving Teenagers Cope” enlightens parents on the differences between grieving as an adult and grieving as a teenager.

Congratulations to Dr. Damour!

Laurel’s Head of School, Ann V. Klotz, recently shared her direct experience as a school leader and educator of girls as well as the research of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls in a piece for Community Works Journal, an online magazine for educators. Her piece “Voice and Vision: How Girls Learn to Lead and Resist Leading” was also published by the National Coalition of Girls Schools on their blog “Raising Girls Voices.”

Congratulations to Laurel Senior Kata Lamb for her perfect score on the ACT! 

Kata took the ACT in June and scored a perfect 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. 

Read more about Kata in her interview with


  • February 2016
    • SatFeb06 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
    • SatFeb06 Gator Bash 7:00 PMCleveland Museum of Art
    • MonFeb08 Chinese New Year
    • MonFeb08 Dream Week
    • TueFeb09 Planning an US Education (Parents Only) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • WedFeb10 Ash Wednesday
    • FriFeb12 Mid-Winter Break: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • SatFeb13 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • SunFeb14 Valentine's Day
    • MonFeb15 Dare Week
    • MonFeb15 Nirvana Day
    • MonFeb15 President's Day: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • TueFeb16 Grade 8 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • WedFeb17 US Parent/Advisor Conferences 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    • ThuFeb18 Grade 8 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM


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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. 

Middle and Upper School Open House

Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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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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