Naomi Shapiro '15Laurel Senior Naomi Shapiro isn't a typical member of Laurel's cross country team. Naomi's Jewish faith requires that she not drive in motorized vehicles from sundown on Friday evening until sundown on Saturday evening. With many cross country meets taking place on Saturdays, Naomi and her family have discovered an unconventional way to get to meets.

While her teammates ride the bus to meets, Naomi and her parents find a hotel in the vicinity of each meet. They arrive to the hotel on Friday evening, walk to the meet venue on Saturday and then back to the hotel. At times Naomi and her parents have walked up to ten miles round-trip in addition to the distance she runs during each meet.

Recently Naomi sat down with to discuss her story and they shadowed her for her final cross country meet as a Laurel student.

Read and watch more about Naomi’s remarkable story here.

Two Laurel alumnae have been named to the Crain's Cleveland Business "Forty Under 40" Class of 2014! Sandhya Gupta '94 is a civil rights attorney at The Chandra Law Firm where she has helped protect the voting rights of the poor. Nichelle McCall '01 is CEO of BOLD Guidance, a tech-based startup that helps aspiring college students find their way to universities. 

Not only did two Laurel alumnae make the Class of 2014, but Laurel parent Jeffrey Malbasa is also a part of the class. Jeffrey is President and COO of Spero Smith Advisers Inc.

Crain's Cleveland Business "Forty Under 40" Class of 2014.

As she concluded her tennis career at Laurel, Danielle Buchinsky '15 sat down with to talk about tennis and her time at Laurel. Buchinsky credits some of her success in tennis to the supportive Laurel community. 

Laurel girls tennis player Danielle Buchinsky answers 7 questions: Varsity Timeout (via

October 18 marked the end of Danielle Buchinsky's '15 remarkable tennis career at Laurel. She made her fourth trip to the OHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament and returned as the third best Division II singles player in the state after her final match ran almost four hours long! What a way to conclude her tennis career at Laurel! 

Read more about Danielle's matches and watch her video interview below:

Eight Northeast Ohio girls tennis players advance to the second day of OHSAA state tournament 2014 (slideshow via

Division II: OHSAA state tournament 2014 (slideshow, videos via

Marne Levine, Laurel class of 1988, was named the first COO of Instagram. A former Facebook VP and current board member of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In organization, Marne is also a protege of Larry Summers and was his chief of staff while he was President at Harvard University and was his deputy assistant secretary when he was secretary of treasury in the Clinton Administration.

So who is Marne Levine, Instagram’s new COO? (bizwomen article)

Instagram Hires First COO, Facebook VP Marne Levine (re/code article)


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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 vauled 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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