Cleveland.com recently announced its 2015 Girls Lacrosse All-Star Team. Laurel rising Junior, Caroline Tatsuoka is a midfielder who also earned second team All-Ohio and first team all-district honors. Additionally, Elaine Decker ’15 received Honorable Mention for the 2015 All-Star Team.
Congratulations to the 56 Laurel students who have received 2015 AP Scholar Awards!
The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar Awards. Each award-winning student receives a certificate, and the award is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges after the award has been conferred.
Twenty-two students were named AP Scholars and received scores of three or higher on three or more AP Exams. Seven were named AP Scholars with Honor and received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. Twenty-seven were named AP Scholars with Distinction and received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams. Finally, Laurel has three National AP Scholars – Berthy Feng ’15, Frances Hartwell ’15 and Sofia Yi ’15 all received an average score of at least four on all AP Exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Following are all of Laurel’s AP Scholars:
Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
Rebecca Brichacek ‘16, Tiffany Chi ‘15, Caitlin R. Cronin ‘16, Isabella G. Desantis ‘16, Gillian E. Gregory ‘15, Jensen S. Gregory ‘16, Kathryn Greskovich ‘15, Veronica M. Jones ‘16, Kata H. Lamb ‘16, Erin McCue ‘15, Grace E. Murray ‘16, Gloria G. Neiswander ‘16, Olivia A. Petryszyn ‘16, Hannah K. Preiser ‘15, Charlotte Robertson ‘15, Emily S. Rodriguez ‘16, Erin W. Saada ‘16, Emma M. Schwartz ‘15, Gabrielle M. Tabachnik ‘16, Paris M. Taylor ‘16, Tess K. Willmott ‘16, Monique A. Yen ‘16
AP Scholars with Honor:
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Abigail C. Chmiel ‘15, Elaine C. Decker ‘15, Leigh Ann Fairley ‘15, Sapir Flank ‘16, Katelyn E. Vlastaris ‘16, Katherine J. Weimann ‘16, Alexandra R. Zborovsky ‘16
AP Scholars with Distinction:
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Ruthy G. Amkraut ‘15, Jillian R. Aveni ‘15, Melissa K. Biltz ‘15, Mara E. Cohen ‘15, Sabrina K. Downey ‘15, Emma G. Evans ‘15, Berthy Feng ‘15, Audrey T. Fratus ‘15, Frances R. Hartwell ‘15, Emma Horvath Bachman ‘15, Paige E. Jeckering ‘15, Hannah N. Lauster ‘16, Misbah F. Lokhandwala ‘15, Elizabeth A. Murphy ‘15, Julia C. Murphy ‘15, Jayne O’Dwyer ‘15, Abigail L. Ophir ‘15, Olivia L. Shao ‘16, Serena Shapard ‘16, Naomi L. Shapiro ‘15, Catherine N. Sherman ‘15, Ann M. Smetona ‘15, Madeline P. Taylor ‘15, Evelyn E. Ware ‘15, Caroline Werner ‘16, Samara R. Wyant ‘15, Sofia F. Yi ‘15
National AP Scholars:
Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Berthy Feng ‘15, Frances R. Hartwell ‘15, Sofia F. Yi ‘15
Students, faculty, staff and guests welcomed Marne Levine back to the Laurel community on June 9 as the 2015 Commencement speaker. Marne is a member of Laurel’s class of 1988 and is the first Chief Operating Officer of Instagram. Marne is also a current board member of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In organization.
Before taking the role of COO at Instragram, Marne served as a Facebook VP and was a protégé of Larry Summers. She was Chief of Staff under Mr. Summers when he was President of Harvard University and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary under Summers when he was Secretary of Treasury in the Clinton Administration.
Marne captivated a full house at Severance Hall when she spoke about her time at Laurel:
I still remember how excited I felt 27 years ago…and how proud I felt watching my friends walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
I also remember the butterflies…and the creeping concerns I had about life after Laurel.
I worried about whether I was going to the right college...whether I would make good friends, what I was going to major in, and whether I would fit in.
I also worried about what it would be like to study and live in dorms…with boys.
And most of all, I worried about my closet!
In the real world, every day was Civies Day – a whole sea of options, not to mention colors, I hadn’t touched in years. What would I wear?
Except for the initial shock that I actually missed my uniform – big time – I quickly realized that my fears were misplaced when I got to college.
Laurel had prepared me for more than I’d ever imagined. And it went so far beyond the math formulas and historical dates – like how the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Still remember that.
In the classroom, Laurel taught me to think critically.
My Senior year, I took an Ethics class. We tackled hard questions – euthanasia, the death penalty, among others – questions that don’t have obvious answers.
And as our teacher, Mr. Huston, guided us through these minefields, we learned how to question our assumptions, debate effectively, take risks, listen with intentionality, and challenge each other to think more deeply.
These lessons have served me well. Because here is the thing, life is full of questions that don’t have obvious answers. You have to open your mind in directions you didn’t even imagine.
Emma Brandt, member of Laurel’s Class of 2010 and Brown University’s Class of 2014, was recently offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Serbia for an English Teaching Assistantship.
Since graduating from Brown, Brandt has been in an AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program at Blackstone Charter Academy in Pawtucket, RI. She will be there until August of this year.
Brandt is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic school year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in the government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and many other fields. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 82 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.
A now regular contributor to the New York Times’ "Motherlode" blog, Lisa Damour, Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, writes about gap years in her latest piece. In “Getting In to College Doesn’t Mean Students Are Ready to Go.” Dr. Damour, discusses gap years based on her experiences with college-age students. The article provides insight into how taking a gap year after high school may benefit some students.
Six Upper School STEM Research students and two from Middle School competed in the four-day Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) in March and ALL of them earned honors and special awards. Congratulations to Aleena Brown ’16, Brooke Siegler ’17, Katie Whitmoyer ’18, Maryum Ali ’18, Sophia Downey ’18, Yui Ishihara ’18, Ria Desai ’19 and Linzy Malcom ’20!
600 students from over 80 area schools set up their displays, discussed their projects with 260+ judges and competed for more than $20,000 in prizes.
Aleena Brown ’16: Aleena undertook an ambitious Engineering project modeling how a heart defect called ventricular septal defect impacts flow in the heart. Aleena built a prototype and iterative model that was really impressive and she earned honorable mention and a ribbon for her efforts.
Brooke Siegler ’17: Brooke selected a Behavioral Biology project and studied the dangerous influence of American media on body image in teenage girls by surveying her fellow students after they watched a television show with or without advertisements that focused on ideal and unattainable images of beauty. Brooke was recognized as a 2nd place winner and was rewarded with a ribbon, a medal and a cash award.
Katie Whitmoyer ’18: Katie chose to do an Environmental Science project on the Chagrin River. Her project, entitled “H20 vs. HBO: The effect of suburbia on water quality” was well researched and she was out sampling water in December. Katie was recognized as a 3rd place winner and she received a ribbon and a medal. She also received a special award - the Stockholm Junior Water Prize from the Water Environment Federation.
Yui Ishihara ’18: Yui’s project was in Behavioral Biology. She studied the impact of cell phones on task performance and accuracy. Yui’s findings are a reminder that while an important resource at times, cell phones are indeed a significant distraction. For her efforts, Yui was recognized as a 2nd place winner with a ribbon, a medal and cash prize. She also earned a special award for Best Psychology Project for Grades 9 and 10 from Cleveland State University’s Department of Psychology – an award that includes a certificate and another cash prize.
Maryum Ali ’18: Maryum studied the effect of reliable and unreliable information sources (such as the BBC vs. Tumblr) on people’s confidence in that information. Not only were her findings revealing, but she earned 2nd place honors including a ribbon, medal and cash prize.
Sophia Downey ’18: Sophia, an avid horseback rider, wanted to find a way to use a horse’s family tree to predict the success of former race horses in a different type of competition. For her efforts and clarity, Sophia earned 2nd place honors including a ribbon, medal and cash prize.
Additionally, Maryum and Sophia each earned the NEOSEF Board of Directors Award for an Outstanding Project. This award was given to only 18 participants in the entire competition regardless of grade level or project category. Each received a certificate and a cash prize.
Ria Desai ’19: Eighth Grader Ria earned 3rd place at NEOSEF for her independent research project entitled “Water vs. Gatorade™: Which is better?” She competed in Medicine and Health Category for Grades 7 and 8. Ria’s work was also recognized with two special awards! The Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Society awarded her with the honor of “Best Statistical Project, Grades 7/8,” while the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital honored Ria’s work as the “Best Health/Medicine Project Grades 7/8.”
Linzy Malcolm ’20: Linzy entered an independent research project in Behavioral Sciences studying the possible health effects of a common habit of competitive swimmers and earned honorable mention in the Grades 7/8 age group.
STEM Research at Laurel: Laurel students have the option to engage in STEM Research both on and off campus. Research work that takes place at Laurel is under the mentorship of a Laurel science faculty member. Students meet together and also spend hours outside of class engaged in independent, original research. The course culminates in a research presentation (oral, written and/or visual) to audiences that might include the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair and/or a research journal.
Or, students may utilize the STEM Research Protégé Internship option where research is conducted at an off-campus laboratory/site under the mentorship of a university- or industry-based researcher. Students meet weekly with the Protégé coordinator, spend significant time in the research lab and commit additional time to analysis of their work. The STEM Protégé Project also culminates in a research presentation (oral, written and/or visual) to audiences that might include the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair and/or a research journal.
Scholastic’s prestigious 2015 Art Awards have been announced and Laurel has two national winners! Rachel Rabin ’16 won a Gold Medal for her digital art piece, “Letting Go,” and Emma Bachman ‘15 won a Silver Medal for her drawing titled “Forest Fire.” This recognition determined by panels of creative professionals, identifies Rachel and Emma as two of the most talented young artists in the nation.
This year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards saw over 300,000 submissions from students in grades 7 – 12 and fewer than 1% of entrants received National Medals. Both students are eligible to travel to New York’s Carnegie Hall this June to accept their awards at a special ceremony. Congratulations to these two artist-scholars on their amazing accomplishments!
Letting Go, Rachel Rabin '16 - Gold Medal
Forest Fire, Emma Bachmann '15 - Silver Medal
Ninth Grader Morgan Goldstein is no stranger to media attention. Last summer she competed in Food Network’s "Teen Chopped Tournament". In January, she was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s "Most Interesting People of 2015" and on Monday, March 23, Goldstein was featured on the Fox Morning News where she flawlessly executed a spring risotto on live television.
On March 6, 16 members of Laurel’s Speech and Debate team traveled to Youngstown to compete in the 2015 Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) State Tournament. After two grueling days of competition, Laurel crowned its fourth State Champion! Berthy Feng ’15 was named best in the state for US Extemporaneous Speaking! Laurel has dominated US Extemporaneous at the state tournament over the past four years, with two state champions, two finalists and four semifinalists.
In addition to Feng’s incredible win, Jayne O’Dwyer ’15 was in the top 12 for US Extemporaneous Speaking, Hannah Lauster ’16 finished in the top 8 for Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Audrey Fratus ’15 was in the top 24 for Original Oratory, Julia Saltzman ’17 was top 24 in US Extemporaneous Speaking and Tess Willmott ’17 finished in the top 25 for Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Congratulations to all of these Laurel girls!
Lisa Peng ’14, Laurel alum and current Harvard University student, was an accomplished Lincoln-Douglas-style debater during her years at Laurel. She made consistent appearances at the state and national competitions and as a Senior, Peng won last year’s City Club of Cleveland High School Debate Championship.
Jennifer Keirn of Inside Business recently spoke with Peng about lessons she learned as a high-achieving debater. In “Right Club,” Keiren summarizes Peng’s advice that can benefit us all.
- MonAug03 US Fall Sports Begin Provided by team coaches
- MonAug03 US Fall Athletics Parent Meeting 6:30 PMLyman
- FriAug07 Summer at Laurel Ends
- MonAug10 Green Key Training 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- TueAug11 Green Key Training 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- MonAug17 Faculty Returns
- FriAug21 LSPA Executive Board, Room Parent & Committee Chair Orientation Breakfast 8:30 AM
- SatAug22 LSPA Used School & PE Uniform Sale 8:00 AM to 11:00 AMLyman
- MonAug24 Dream Week
- MonAug24 Primary Parent Drop-In. Kindergarten by appointment. 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
- MonAug24 Grade 9 Orientation 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
- MonAug24 US New Students (9-12) Orientation & Library and Tech Training (Lunch Included) 10:30 AM to 2:45 PM
- MonAug24 All Grade 5 and New MS Families Orientation (Students and Parents) 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMLyman Campus
- TueAug25 Fruit in the Forest for Outdoor Pre-Primary Families 9:00 AM to 10:00 AMButler Campus
- TueAug25 Popsicles on the Playground for Preschool and Prekindergarten Families 10:00 AM to 11:00 AMLyman Campus