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The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the 2017 winners of its Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and 24 Laurel students received accolades. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Open to students in Grades 7-12, applicants can submit in 29 different categories of art and writing.

In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.

Congratulations to the following Laurel students who won.


Gold Keys:

  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Mixed Media
  • Caroline Megerian '18, Photography
  • Tristan Whitt '19, Jewelry

Silver Keys:

  • Caroline Abbey '19, Photography
  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Drawing & Illustration
  • Audrey King '18, Photography
  • Bridget Napoli '18, Digital Art
  • Elizabeth Rivera '21, Ceramics & Glass 
  • Henley Schulz '18, Photography

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julia Bowman '21, Jewelry
  • Lily Chapman '19, Jewelry
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Phoebe Hatch '19, Photography
  • Abigail Knetig '20, Mixed Media
  • Dahlia Kost '19, Mixed Media
  • Melanie Nance '19, Sculpture
  • Caroline Vlastaris '18, Jewelry


Gold Keys:

  • Emi Cummings ’20, two Gold Keys for Poetry & Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Nadia Ibrahim ’21, Short Story
  • Janaan Qutubuddin ’20, Poetry
  • Dannia Tahir ’19, Personal Essay/Memoir

Silver Key:

  • Jane Jusko ’21, Short Story

Honorable Mention:

  • Margot Luria ’20, Flash Fiction
Laurel's Gators Go Global Day was featured front and center on The Sun Press in November. Each year Primary students (Grades K-4) immerse themselves into a country's culture. The article titled "Changing Lives Through Study" explains the goal of Gators Go Global is to spark curiosity in Laurel girls about people and places around the world. This year's country of focus was Ghana and areas of exploration included family life, folklore, cooking, Kente cloth, games, climate, mapping, drumming and dancing. This introduction to Ghana and its culture is of particular interest to Laurel because in December students will launch an initiative to send bikes to the country, changing the lives of girls by providing access to education. A coin collection the students will start next month and will last the rest of the year to send bikes and training to girls in Ghana.

Several Laurel students were recently highlighted in the Chagrin-Solon Sun after being named finalists in University School's Selling Bee pitch contest for young entrepreneurs. Abigail Bee '23, Kayla Richer '23, Violet Vitale '28 and Claire Witalec '28 were chosen among the 40 Selling Bee finalists from more than 700 entries. Abigail was one of five winners for her 'Slide n Go' shoes idea, and Kayla received an honorable mention for her pitch on charging ties. The finalists were also featured in the Sun Press. Click here to read the full story.

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz recently visited Chicago and the American Writers Museum. As a self-proclaimed "reader who writes", she chronicles her visit for a piece that was published by the Huffington Post titled "Books, Books, Books and the People Who Wrote Them: My Adventures at the American Writers Museum." In her article Ann states that upon entering the museum she "dives in, reading, turning the triangles, hopping from one author to the next, gorging myself. It’s as if someone has demanded I consume a tray of truffles instantly. First, I seek old friends: Emily Dickinson, of course, and Willa Cather and Edith Wharton and Eudora Welty, Linda Brent and Anne Bradstreet and Louisa May Alcott. All the guys are there, too: Poe and Emerson, Thoreau, Steinbeck, F. Scott, Hawthorne." Throughout the article Ann expertly details her experience at the museum allowing readers to feel they were there right alongside her.

Have you ever wondered why your grumpy teenager doesn't want to talk to you? Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, addresses this very topic in her latest New York Times column. In it she talks about how hard it can be to help the upset adolescent who turns down an invitation to talk, and offers up ways in which parents can be more useful to their teens when faced with their unwillingness to open up.

In her column, Lisa states that "These interactions usually unfold in an awkward and predictable sequence. We earnestly ask, 'Is everything O.K.?' and our teenager responds with a full stop 'No,' an insincere 'Yeah' or freezes us out while fielding a flurry of texts. We then tend to nurse a sense of injury that our teenager has rebuffed our loving support. To better ease our own minds and be more useful to our teenagers, Lisa highlights some of the ordinary, if not overlooked, explanations for their reticence including the worry that parents will have the wrong reaction, the anticipation of negative repercussions, and the thought that simply talking about the problem does not feel like a solution. She states, "There's more value in providing tender, generic support than we might imagine. It is difficult for teenagers to maintain perspective all the time.

Lisa was also featured in November on CBS News commenting on the viral Girl Scout message urging parents not to force their daughters to hug relatives and friends as the holidays approach. Click here to watch the story in its entirety.

Bethany Husni '18 began her journey into entrepreneurship when, as a Junior, she entered the Veale Venture Challenge through Laurel. Bethany won the challenge and learned along the way how to solidify her business, develop a solid plan and execute on it. In early 2017 she launched a modest clothing company called 31:25 Dresses. Bethany recently blogged about her experience and how business is doing today in Crain's Cleveland Business. In the blog she talks about Taylor Kaar, Laurel's Director of Entrepreneurship, who has been her mentor along the way. "Mr. Kaar has given me many words of wisdom on how to improve my business, from its concept to marketing and outreach. His sagacity has roved to be second to none, and I'm incredibly grateful for it." Click here to read the full blog post.

Rachel Buchinsky '20 was featured in November as Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights Player of the Week. Rachel advanced to the state championship match in doubles with her partner, Junior Priya Khadilkar, on October 21 before losing to the No. 1 seeded school. The pair also was first runners-up in the district tournament on October 14.

Laurel tennis coach Walt Oden said "She really looks forward to her time on the court. She’s a happy kid. She likes to be silly and joke around." He said that despite Buchinsky’s carefree attitude with the tennis team, during matches, she is an intense fighter who never quits. "Even when the chips are down, she makes a lot of comebacks," Oden said. "Opponents know that about her, that you can’t take her lightly."

Click here to read the full story.

On Wednesday, October 11 Laurel School hosted its first ever STEAM Inspiration event for Kindergarten through Grade Eight. More than 25 alumnae and parents all working within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) visited the school to lead sessions that incorporated principles of STEAM as it related to their profession. The Chagrin Valley Times visited Laurel for the event and wrote a story featuring several highlights of this special event.

Bella Patel, Associate Director of the Primary School, said to the girls that "The 25 women volunteers are here to inspire you and show you the possibility of STEAM choices." Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was also included in the story, stating that "Women enter [into STEAM] but they don't stay, so it's not a pipeline problem. It's further down than we can address in a K-12 girls setting. So we turn our mind to how can we strengthen our women's network, include stories of struggle, opportunities for STEAM projects, and make them feel like they can make a difference."

Monica Shein '98 was one of the alums in attendance. As a nurse anesthetist, she showed Laurel students how to intubate dolls. "It's nice for girls to see women in the field of medicine. They see how women can be in any profession, and it's important for my daughter to see that I'm a mom and also have a career."

Click here to read the full story.

Saturday, October 21 marked the last day of Laurel's incredible tennis season where Rachel Buchinsky '20 and Priya Khadilkar '19 advanced to the state semifinals when they beat Hathaway Brown in a tiebreaker. The doubles team then advanced to the state championship game versus the #1 seeded HB team. Laurel came out swinging but ultimately lost. Congratulations to these state runner ups on an incredible tennis season! To read more click here to check out the Cleveland Jewish News's highlight of Rachel as their Player of the Week





Bethany Husni '18 was recently featured as a young entrepreneur on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas. During her interview Bethany discussed her dress company 31:25, which was born out of her desire to wear modest yet confidence-boosting clothing. Through Laurel School's Protégé Program, Bethany was able to turn her passion for sewing and fashion into a small business, selling custom clothing to family, friends and beyond. Through the Protégé Program Bethany also conducted an internship with Blush Boutique, which now carries her clothing. Click here to listen to the full interview.

  • January 2018
    • ThuJan18 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Grades 4-12 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    • SunJan21 Brunch for Accepted Families 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMButler
    • TueJan23 MS Room Parent Meeting 8:15 AM
    • WedJan24 Bodhi Day
    • FriJan26 MS CTP-4 (ERB) Meeting 8:15 AM
    • SatJan27 US Dance at Laurel 8:00 PM to 11:00 PMLyman
    • MonJan29 Parenting Your Adolescent School Daughter (for Parents) 7:00 PMLyman
    • TueJan30 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
    • WedJan31 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
  • February 2018
    • ThuFeb01 MS CTP-4 (ERBs)
    • FriFeb02 Groundhog Day

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


Middle and Upper School
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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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