Jun 232014
 

Lawrence Academy 2014 graduates from Groton and Dunstable:

Lawrence Academy 2014 graduates from Groton and Dunstable:
Front, Tanner Murphy
1st row, l-r, Declan Stone, Hannah Morrison, Katelyn Slaney, Jane MeLampy, Calli Scofidio, Tommy Petroskey
2nd row, l-r, Morgan Brennan, Spencer Rowden, Sean Collins, Brendan Colton, Conrad Solomon, Shayan Zaheer


Thirteen students from Groton and Dunstable graduated from Lawrence Academy during the school’s 221st commencement exercises in Groton on May 30.

Morgan Brennan, a three-year student, earned several terms on the academic honor roll, finishing his junior year with high honors and earning a final term of honors as a senior. He earned recognition from the coaches for his efforts on the boys’ varsity tennis team and participated in a group that regularly explored local trails by mountain bike.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Morgan crafted items from wood, using a lathe under the instruction of a master woodworker, and canoed down the Rio Grande while learning low-impact camping and studying the surrounding environment. This spring, he studied the ecosystems of the rain forests and volcanoes of the Hawaiian Islands with local experts.

The son of Eugene Brennan of Groton and Laurie Stewart of Westford, Morgan will attend Trinity College in the fall.

Sean Collins participated in a long-standing tradition by accepting his diploma from his mother, who teaches and serves as chair of Lawrence Academy’s Mathematics Department.

Sean appeared each year on the academic honor roll and was a member of the 2012—2013 Model U.N. Club. He was one of two students to appear in a special production of the play “8” this past fall, which featured a cast of faculty and staff and addressed the controversy over California’s passage of Proposition 8.

Sean played junior varsity hockey throughout his career and earned the team’s MVP title this winter. He was on the varsity baseball team for two seasons and also played some soccer and explored the trails around Groton with a mountain biking group.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Sean practiced the art of iron forging with a local craftsman; studied the strategies of chess; and canoed down the Rio Grande while learning low-impact camping and studying the surrounding environment. This spring, he studied the ecosystems of the rain forests and volcanoes of the Hawaiian Islands with local experts.

The son of Krista and Michael Collins of Groton, Sean will attend Appalachian State University in the fall.

Brendan Colton frequently appeared on the academic honor rolls, earning high honors as a senior. In addition to his regular curriculum, he participated in the Model U.N. Club as a junior and senior and he appeared onstage in the cast of two student-directed one-act plays. He was instrumental in establishing and organizing a Relay for Life fundraising event on the school campus for the past two years.

A four-year varsity soccer player, Brendan was a forward on the Spartans’ 2013 team that was undefeated in the Independent School League, earning LA the Gummere Cup for the first time since 1988. The team went on to compete in the finals in the New England championships. Brendan also played three years of varsity lacrosse and two of junior varsity hockey.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Brendan learned the art of pottery making; crafted items from wood, using a lathe under the instruction of a master woodworker; and canoed down the Rio Grande while learning low-impact camping and studying the surrounding environment. This spring, he assisted in classrooms as part of the From the Ground Up community development project in the Dominican Republic. His report on that experience was published in this spring’s Spectrum, the student newspaper.

The son of Linda and Christopher Colton of Groton, Brendan will attend James Madison University in the fall.

Jane MeLampy maintained a place on the academic high honor roll throughout her four-year career and was inducted into the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society as a junior.

In addition to her academic studies, Jane played junior varsity field hockey for two seasons, but was otherwise totally devoted to pursuing her love of dance. A varsity dancer, she performed regularly for school audiences and traveled with the dance troupe to participate in Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013. The group choreographed a piece titled “See Change” for the international audience. She was also one of a five-member honors dance group that performed at the Dance Complex in Cambridge this spring on a program with Boston’s highly respected professional modern dance company, Prometheus Dance. At Cum Laude Day ceremonies this April, her achievements were recognized with The Class of 1965 Prize for Dance.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Jane practiced the American legal system in mock trial workshops, participated in an intensive study and practice of yoga, and participated in volunteer service projects in a remote village in Peru. This spring, she lived and worked onboard a sailboat in the Caribbean, practicing the basics of navigation and sailing and learning about the ecology and natural history of the area.

The daughter of Priscilla Lawrence and Patrick MeLampy of Dunstable, Jane will attend Boston University in the fall.

Hannah Morrison earned academic honors as a junior and she was recognized by both her math and Spanish teachers with commendations for her exemplary attitude and positive and dedicated approach to her studies. Her faculty adviser, Courtney Cronin, notes that, “Hannah’s work ethic is admirable; she puts her heart and soul into every assignment.”

In addition to her academics, Hannah frequently participated in the school’s dance program, appearing in performances before school audiences. She also played field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse, and took yoga and strength and conditioning classes.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Hannah assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children at the Lowell and Lawrence HeadStart programs; volunteered at a facility that cares for mentally and physically handicapped adults; and served as a volunteer at a school for young women run by the Mariposa DR Foundation in the Dominican Republic. This spring, she explored the coral reefs of Belize, learning to scuba dive and researching the reef environment with local biologist-naturalists.

The daughter of Colleen and Michael Morrison of Groton, Hannah will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall.

James Tanner Murphy appeared on the academic honor and high honor rolls throughout his four-year career. He played hockey each season, joining the varsity team as a sophomore for a 2011—2012 season that earned the team both the ISL and, for the first time in the school’s history, NEPSAC championships. He played lacrosse each spring, competing for the varsity team as a junior and senior, and also played soccer and participated in the strength and conditioning program. Like many student-athletes, he took part in the school’s dance program and appeared in performance before a school audience.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Tanner assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children at the Lowell and Lawrence HeadStart programs; designed and created an original quilt; and worked with a doctor in Alaska as a professional Winterim. This spring, he explored the coral reefs of Belize, learning to scuba dive and researching the reef environment with local biologist-naturalists.

The son of Bronwyn and Christopher Murphy of Groton, Tanner is enrolled in a program to study Spanish in Buenos Aries this fall, after which he will begin his studies at the University of Miami in January.

Thomas Petroskey, a three-year student, earned academic honors as a junior and senior. His original poetry was published in the 2014 student literary magazine, Consortium. In addition to his academic studies, Tommy played soccer each year, joining the varsity team as a senior. That record-breaking team went undefeated in the Independent School League to win the Gummere Cup for the first time since 1988 and went on to compete in the finals of the New England championships. Tommy also played varsity tennis and was recognized as the team’s most improved player this spring. During the winter terms, he pursued an independent interest in boxing with a private trainer.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Tommy explored the habitat of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert by mountain bike; developed a critic’s eye by attending and writing reviews of a wide variety of artistic performances and exhibits; and, this spring, explored Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce by kayak and learned about the area’s marine and rain forest ecosystems.

The son of Elizabeth and Michael Petroskey of Groton, Tommy will attend Fairfield University in the fall.

Spencer Rowden frequently appeared on the academic honor roll and achieved high honors as a senior. In addition to his academic studies, he played basketball each winter, joining the varsity team as a senior, where he was recognized by the coaches for his dedication and team spirit. He also played football and participated in track, golf, mountain biking, and strength and conditioning programs.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Spencer explored the habitat of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert by mountain bike; learned how to repair and maintain bicycles, donating the refurbished machines to Bikes not Bombs; and canoed down the Rio Grande while learning low-impact camping and studying the surrounding environment. This spring, he explored the ecosystems of the rain forests and volcanoes of the Hawaiian Islands with local experts.

The son of Catherine and Peter Rowden of Groton, Spencer will attend Bentley University in the fall.

Calli Scofidio frequently appeared on the academic high honor roll. A songwriter, as well as a pianist and flutist, she entertained at many school events as a soloist and also as a member of the jazz band and the student a cappella groups, SLACS and On Air! Her achievements were recognized at this spring’s Cum Laude Day celebrations, at which time she was presented with The Class of 1965 Prize for Music. Calli also appeared onstage in the cast of two student-directed one-act plays and as a finalist in the annual junior class poetry recitation competition.

Calli played volleyball each fall, joining the varsity team as a junior. A lacrosse player for three years, she was recognized for her dedication and team spirit by the junior varsity coaches as a sophomore and served the following year as a team captain. She also played basketball for two seasons.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Calli assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children at the Lowell and Lawrence HeadStart programs; volunteered at a facility that cares for mentally and physically handicapped adults; and, this spring, worked at an archaeological dig site in Italy. As a junior, she elected to do a professional Winterim, working with students and teachers in the music program at a local middle school.

The daughter of Barbara and Ian Scofidio of Groton, Calli will attend the University of Miami in the fall.

Katelyn Slaney earned academic honors throughout her career, receiving high honors as a junior and senior. She appeared in performance frequently as a regular participant in the dance program and was also onstage in a theater production of The Sparrow and again, this spring, in the cast of a student-directed one-act play. She wrote for the 2014 Spectrum student newspaper and her original poems appeared in the student literary magazine, Consortium, which made use of her artwork for the cover of this spring’s edition. Kate played lacrosse for a season and was a member of the track team for two years, earning recognition for her dedication and team spirit from the coaches as a junior.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Kate worked with a designer to create original fashion, from concept to production; volunteered at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah; and served as a volunteer at a school for young women run by the Mariposa DR Foundation in the Dominican Republic. This spring, she explored Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce by kayak and learned about the area’s marine and rain forest ecosystems.

The daughter of Nancy and Paul Slaney of Groton, Kate will attend Fordham University in the fall.

Conrad Solomon, in addition to his academic studies, worked behind the scenes and onstage for theatrical productions throughout his career. He had roles in three student-directed one-act plays and a performance of The Sparrow, and he worked with other members of the cast to improvise a production of The Odyssey and to create an original play titled In Circles. Conrad also appeared before school audiences as a musician, playing tenor sax for the school’s jazz band, and as a finalist in the annual junior class poetry recitation competition. As a senior, he developed an independent study based around his interest in the game of chess and went on to design his own abstract strategy board game. At various times, Conrad played soccer and baseball and participated in yoga and an Outdoors Program that provides an alternative to competitive sports with a variety of challenging outdoor activities.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Conrad practiced the martial arts; learned how to write, block, and illustrate a graphic story; and worked at an archaeological dig site in Italy. This spring, he developed a critic’s eye by attending and writing reviews of a wide variety of artistic performances and exhibits.

The son of Alice and George Solomon of Groton, Conrad will attend the University of Massachusetts in Lowell in the fall.

Declan Stone was recognized during the graduation ceremonies with The Whitehurst Prize for superior leadership in the classroom, in athletic activities, and in the school community. He received The David Soren Yeutter Memorial Award at last year’s commencement, a prize given to that student whose interest and activities demonstrate an appreciation of natural beauty and a love for Lawrence Academy.

Declan earned a place on the academic honor roll as a senior. In addition to his studies, he participated regularly in two programs that provided him the opportunity to get out onto the trails and conservation lands around the Groton area, a mountain biking sports option and an Outdoors Program that provides an alternative to competitive sports with a variety of challenging outdoor activities. He also played some hockey, was a member of the track team, and took strength and conditioning classes.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Declan explored the habitat of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert by mountain bike; learned how to write, block, and illustrate a graphic story; and canoed down the Rio Grande while learning low-impact camping and studying the surrounding environment. This spring, he constructed a working kayak under the guidance of a professional boatbuilder.

The son of Kathleen and Robert Stone of Groton, Declan will attend St. Lawrence University in the fall.

Shayan Zaheer maintained a place on the academic honor and high honor rolls throughout his junior and senior years. He served the Admissions Office as a tour guide for campus visitors.

Shayan was a contributor to the student newspaper, Spectrum, this spring. In addition to his academic studies, he worked behind the scenes each year as a member of the stage crew for student theatrical productions. For three seasons he competed for the varsity track team, earning the Coach’s Award as a sophomore for his dedication and team spirit. He also played soccer and basketball and participated in a strength and conditioning program.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Shayan assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children at the Lowell and Lawrence HeadStart programs; learned how to repair and maintain bicycles, donating the refurbished machines to Bikes not Bombs; and tried his hand at sports journalism, observing events, interviewing, and learning how to pitch and write a story. This spring, he lived and worked onboard a sailboat in the Caribbean, practicing the basics of navigation and sailing and learning about the ecology and natural history of the area.

The son of Aneeqa Hashimi and Zaheer Ahmed of Groton, Shayan will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall.