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THE MAGAZINE OF LAUSANNE COLLEGIATE SCHOOL / spring 2014 Vol. 7 Issue 2
Fr om th e He a d m a s t e r Dear Lausanne Community, As I write this magazine article, we find ourselves at the height of our admission season, and we continue to be fortunate regarding the large number of prospective parents and students that are coming through our doors. Clearly, applicant families are looking for an environment where their students cannot just survive but thrive. For those families wishing to pursue a Lausanne education, the decision regarding mixed- or single-gender education has already been answered. Traditional arguments for a single-gender education include but are not confined to: boys and girls learn differently, an absence of distraction, reduction in social pressure, increase leadership opportunities, promotes a sense of community and improves student achievement. Based upon my own work experiences and observations in both settings, these factors are impacted more by school climate and school culture. Additionally, all students, regardless of gender, learn differently. Effective teachers at Lausanne instruct all students to mastery through a commitment to differentiated instruction and assessment based on knowledge of different learning styles. This highly individualized and student-centered commitment on the part of the teacher meets the needs of both boys and girls in an environment that does not put students into categories and stereotypes. Historically, the school culture at Lausanne celebrates all differences including, gender, ethnic, political viewpoint, learning preferences and much more. All students are fully integrated and empowered through the process we know as “The Lausanne Way,” and in my experience, students attending Lausanne do not just survive but indeed thrive regardless of being a boy or girl.
Stuart McCathie Headmaster
M A GAZINE
DEPARTMENTS 1 2 6 26 28 33
From the Editor Looking Back Lausanne Spotlight The Road Ahead Lausanne Highlights Class Notes
F E A T U R E 10 The Lynx Between Co-Education 22 Lesa Mears: Paving the Way in a Co-Ed World
On the cover: Lausanne students grades 1–12 teamed up together to anamorphically create the Lausanne shield. More than 100 members of the Lausanne community collaborated on this project! Read about the process on page 6.
Lausanne Magazine is a publication of Lausanne Collegiate School whose mission is to prepare each of its students for college and for life in a global environment. EDITOR
Carrie Linder Lotterhos Director of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 901.474.1003 MANAGING EDITOR
Laura S. Trott Director of Admission & Marketing email@example.com 901.474.1036 COPY EDITOR
Susannah Reese ART DIRECTOR
Alison Johnson Charles CLASS NOTES AND ALUMNI NEWS
Karon Nash Director of Alumni Relations firstname.lastname@example.org 901.474.1008 PHOTOGRAPHY
Donny Granger (Creation Studios) Brian Johnson Larry Kuzniewski Carrie Lotterhos Amber Reagan (Amber Reagan Photography)
Headmaster Stuart McCathie enjoys watching Linden Warren ‘14, Sam McKinnin ‘14, Leya Gouto ‘15 and Tony Chen ‘16 as they conduct an experiment during their IB HL Chemistry I class.
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From the Editor
Fourth grade teacher Kelly Douglas assists Marcus Cohn ‘22 and Alex Li ‘22 with their rocket launch.
Junior Kevin Saslawsky ‘15 races his mouse-trap car during CP and Honors Physics.
Lausanne Dining’s Frank Supergan enjoys his time at the Blue Go Bistro with first grade chef Leanora Ceravola ’25.
Continuing the rich tradition of excellence Multiple times a day I pass the framed graduation pictures in the hallway just outside of my office. All of the classes create a gallery of history. The one photograph that has caught my eye without fail since my first day on campus is the class of 1982 because among the tradition of beautiful dresses stand three boys. For 56 years only females were graduates of Lausanne Collegiate School, but in 1982, the course was changed and marked the end of an era, launching our school into the co-educational environment our students learn in today. This issue of the Lausanne magazine explores “The Lynx Between Co-Education.” A few months ago, I began research on “Looking Back” and had the pleasure of visiting with Jane Campbell, class of 1932 and Lausanne’s oldest living alumna, about her memories and time as a student at Lausanne’s first campus on Central. As we sat in her living room, she reflected on the lifelong impact this school has made on her life. She described in detail the day she made a last minute adjustment in her home economics class to win the sewing prize. She remembered the dance recitals on the side lawn with her director Maggie Malone and even the name of her teacher’s beau. She spoke about the founders and traditions with such happiness, not just because she learned about it but because she lived it. Other semester highlights have included, our fourth grade trip to the NASA Space and Rocket Center in
Huntsville, Alabama, which began their rocketry unit and concluded with their own rocket launching by Lausanne’s Blue Heron Lake. The first grade students wrapped up their Restaurant Project by opening up the Blue Go Bistro for family and friends. When the project was complete, they had raised a total of $1525 and donated the funds to the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association. The class of 2020 welcomed Holocaust survivor Paula Kelman, grandmother of Alex Kelman ‘03, who spoke to the Middle School students about her experiences as an upstander and legacy. In Upper School CP and Honors Physics, students explored fundamental physics concepts by building and racing mousetrap cars as a culmination of a four-weeklong project on motion, forces, energy transfers and more! I also watched with amazement as more than 100 members of our school community came together to create our cover photo, which you can read more about in the “Operation 3D Shield: Our IB Cover Shot” on page six. As for the future, it looks bright for the class of 2014 as they prepare to “tap the Lausanne seal” once more on graduation day. They will leave on their new journeys, prepared as individuals, to colleges such as Yale, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Northwestern, Washington University, Georgetown, Rice, MIT and UC-Berkley, just to name a few. (The full matriculation list will be celebrated in the fall 2014 magazine issue.) The hard work and commitment of this class embodies every aspect of
The Lausanne Way. They have continued the rich tradition of excellence set by generations before, and it excites me to see my own two little Lynx watch these role models with wonderment. As my first year at Lausanne comes to a close, I have to say it has been an absolute joy to learn about things past and present and to imagine what the future holds for this outstanding school. I look through the lens of my camera daily and have the distinct view of how all of the many people and events on our campus intricately weave together and make Lausanne. It is my hope that as you read this magazine you are touched by the memories of the past and can see their influences on all that is to come. Congratulations class of 2014! Go Lynx!
Carrie Linder Lotterhos Director of Communications
Carrie Lotterhos with Lausanne’s oldest living alumna, Jane Campbell, class of 1932.
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Looking Ba c k
The Traditions of Lausanne
Tradition at Lausanne is striving to be better tomorrow than we are today. Throughout our rich 88-year history, the landscape and events of our school have evolved, but our solidarity and shared memories continue.
At Lausanne, we see tradition as a guide helping us navigate the important road of education rather than just being something on which to stand. That being said, the continuity of Lausanne tradition is the strong connection between each generation. Each year’s events might be slightly different from what you experienced as a student or parent at Lausanne, but it was your time here that brought us to where we are today. The selection of Mr. and Miss Lausanne is one of the school’s longest standing traditions dating from 1938 when Jean Willamson received the honor. Each year, the Upper School faculty votes on the boy and girl who exemplify all aspects of what it means to be a Lausanne student. While academics play a major role, Mr. and Miss Lausanne must also show strength in all aspects of Lausanne life: academic prowess, extra-curricular commitments, service to others, artistic and athletic activities, school spirit and global-mindedness. This high standard of
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excellence is the vein that runs from the Mr. and Miss Lausanne of yesterday to the present. Other Lausanne traditions include The Chair of Ideas, which developed from the Distinguished Speakers series beginning in 1961. Small class sizes, the first day of school celebration, “the tapping of the academic seal,” excellence in the arts, senior appreciation week, the Scholastic Book Fair, Carnival, Arts Fest/ Sports Fest, Homecoming and Graduation are all honored traditions, which have set the standard for exceptional community events, which we continue to build on annually. Just this past year, our campus saw the beginning of what is hoped to be a new tradition in the first season of varsity football and the campus-wide tailgate. Opportunities old and new arise, and we hope it is a chance for all members of the Lausanne community to connect or reconnect. Here are some reflections on traditions at Lausanne in the words of some alumni through the decades:
“ There were only five of us in the 1932 graduating class and we wore white dresses and carried bouquets. The ceremony was in the side yard at the school (the Central location) and they set up chairs for our family and friends to sit. We all walked in together but there was no stage or platform. I remember how happy I was that day and excited about going to Southwestern (Rhodes College).” — Jane Campbell ‘32
Assistant to the Headmaster, Peggy Reed, and Director of Alumni Relations, Karon Nash ‘04, enjoy a spring day visit with Jane Campbell ‘32.
Mr. and Miss Lausanne 2014 Jon Mathias ‘14 and Jessica Reed ‘14
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macy that came y was just the inti da my in ck ba n io d all the of Lausanne tradit s extraordinary, an wa re ca d an My fondest memories n “ io ct I r intera s a Russian class classes. The teache of a small class wa e from having small pl am ex An r. he ed in root for one anot l and very interest students seemed to r was extra helpfu he . ac te r Ou . ts as en ties cl s with Mr other stud In my senior humani . ce took with only six en ri pe ex ve ti and was quite the posi was fully engaged teaching us, so it ere every student wh s on si us sc everybody di ke en and ma uld have op to lighten the mood on Zeke Johnson, we wo si ca oc on in ar per. This uld bring his guit arned to write a pa le y ul tr I speaking up. He wo e er wh g and it’s be exact, as writin class was superb, college courses to l relax. My English al d an h is e gl eg En ll co en I took college I remember being in would prove huge wh of the curriculum. rt pa e rg simply a la s ly wa er anne. It were an ov high school at Laus essays and reports of ar ye or ni se ul I had spent my and being so gratef experience!” fantastic learning — Neal Stapp ‘82
Amy Barnes ‘82, Neal Stapp ‘82 and Dawne Dickey ‘82
“I remember freshman initiation as being both fun and
embarrassing for the freshman class. All the freshmen dressed up and had to do what the seniors said, things like “fry like bacon”—getting on the floor and wiggling
like fried bacon, and “air raid”—hitting the floor fast. It is amazing how much Lausanne has grown, expanded
and become such an excellent school. Although the traditions may have changed in some ways, they
continue to strengthen the Lausanne community and create memories, loyalty and support.” —Leslie Atwood Smith ‘76
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mory school events that served as me of y da st fir l era sev re we e her “T y as sevent h grade, my ver y first da In . els lev ple lti mu on me for bui lders nki ng I would be obtaining books, thi ool sch to e cam I t, den stu a Lausanne ss or any mysel f in fro nt of the ent ire cla ass igned lockers, introd uci ng y students. that would scare any first da ity tiv ac g kin ac wr vener er oth I heard high-pitched screaming, pus cam to d ive arr I en wh , However ew hing. I thought to mysel f, I kn as spl ter wa of nds sou nt fai laughter and the morni ng. ‘ Who knew that in ly ear t tha e tim e fre or it was not recess at a pool nds of kids enjoyi ng themselves sou the o int ng lki wa be uld wo I school that it was a tradit ion of the d rne lea er lat I ! za piz h wit party ent then that Lausanne was differ ew kn I . 70s -19 mid the in d that starte his. from any other school in Memp dit ion of first class to perfor m the tra the ng bei all rec I n, ma sh fre As a e of the Upper School’s main sid out d ate loc , ice tw l” Sea “Tappi ng the class of 2001 introd uced their the en wh d rte sta ion dit tra entrance. This tradit ion a purpose of beginning a lifelo ng senior gift to the school wit h shman and exiting seniors. fre ing om upc for to rd wa for k to loo
at the ng a part of senior breakfast Last but certai nly not least, bei school of ior drive-in on the first day of Headmaster’s home and the sen dit ion memory bui lder for me. This tra a o als s wa r yea de gra th elf my tw ated for reachi ng the highest ebr cel ng bei y onl not to s eye opened my val ues but also how much the school academic grade level at Lausanne er schools ny people I have known from oth allowing that to happen. So ma ngs.” were not allowed to do such thi Al um ni Relat ions —K aro n Nash ‘04, Director of
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Lausan n e Sp o t l ig h t
Operation 3D Shield: Our IB Cover Shot
Scan to watch the video and the process in action!
by Paulina Ke ‘14 C O V E R P H O T O B Y: D O N N Y G R A N G E R
In preparation for this upcoming magazine, Mr. Kevin Jenkins, Upper School math teacher, presented our class with the opportunity to mathematically recreate a 3D image of the Lausanne logo using students wearing blue or gold shirts. When first faced with this project, our math class had no idea where to even begin. As we were working on other coursework, we took some time most days over three weeks to visit and revisit how we could mathematically produce such a design. We took a short trip down to the football field to scope out our canvas. We sent students to the top of the field tower to take pictures so we could get an idea of what we were doing. We discovered that day that our best vantage point would be from about 22 feet up the light pole at the 50-yard mark. We also took measurements of the field to see where
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the bottom of the shield should be. Using this information, we went back to our classroom to brainstorm how we should achieve this. Later that week, we met with Carrie Lotterhos, Lausanne Director of Communications, and Donny Granger, Creation Studios photographer (pictured center), at the field and let them know what we had come up with so far. They
had excellent ideas and suggestions as to what they envisioned, and we were excited to do some more planning. The mathematics behind the distortion was quite daunting at first, with many different lines and angles for which to account. With the help of Upper School visual arts teacher Mr. Michael Naya, our class began to (continued on page 9)
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The anamorphic creation mathematics team (below): Haley Dutch ‘14, Paulina Ke ‘14, Leslie Hamic ‘14, Mr. Kevin Jenkins, Molly Buring ‘14, Michaela Mantaro ‘14, Frank Li ‘14, Andrew Bates ‘14, Zee Xiao ‘14, Katie Fleet ‘14, Susan Wang ‘14 and Maggie Lin ‘16.
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(continued from page 6) research anamorphic perspective. An anamorphosis is a distorted image which when viewed from a certain angle looks correct. It is commonly used in 3D chalk art. We learned that we needed to find what a grid on the field would look like from the point of view of the camera and then place the correct image of the shield over the grid. To do this, we would need a picture of the field from our declared vanishing point, so we traveled back to the field (stopping on the way to borrow a ladder) to take some photos. In these pictures we also placed some students on the field so we could tell how much space a person would take up in the shield. After some discussion and calculations from a variety of perspectives, we marked the field and took the best photo we could. With the help of Upper School science teacher Mr. Robert Shaner, we placed a transparent picture of the undistorted shield on it to verify the markings on the field. The day before the shoot, we went out to mark the logo with cones. It surprised us that the logo was so stretched out on the field. From the ground, it looked like almost nothing, but from the ladder, the image was starting to take shape. We were
able to accurately superimpose an unaltered Lausanne logo on the “distorted” image of the football field we had photographed. Now how to fill the spaces with people during the middle of the day? We got sample sizes from different distances from the camera to approximate our needs and estimated that we would need at least 90 students of varying heights to complete the project. On the day of the shoot, some of us got to the field early to put the cones back on the turf. As students arrived, we gave them blue or gold shirts and began arranging them into positions. At the bottom of the shield, people were very close together, but the further back the shield went, the more spread out we had to put everyone. Once we got everyone in place, the photographer had us move arms and legs so that we got the picture even tighter. Being in it and seeing it from the ground, I was not sure that the picture would even resemble our logo. However, I was incredibly shocked to see how well it turned out! All in all, it was a fun project with a lot of different components. Seeing all of the people involved to pull this project together on a Friday morning, including very helpful and patient fellow students, was rewarding.
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The Lynx Between Co-Education Lausanne class of 1982
Top Row: Adam Elken Hohenberg, Sara Randall Viguet, William John Conley, Dawne Annelle Dickey, Leslie Marie Henry, Mari Suzanne Rosenberg, Kimberly Suzanne Cochran, Rylla Alden Karst, April Denice Brunetti, Donna Frances Thompson, Margarette Denton, Maria Angelica Urbina, Cynthia Lynne Cannon, Amy Fletcher Barnes, Laurien O’Neal Stapp Bottom Row: Andrea Masharn Dancy, Sheri Allison Miller, Deborah Ann Konigsberg, Sarah Frances DePriest, Zoe Elise Harrison, Stephanie Janet Dack, Adrian J. Engelberg
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Lausanne’s rich tradition of educating children to their individual potential has guided the school since its founding as a girls school in 1926. Through the years of providing a high-quality single-sex education, the school sought to give girls important skills to compete in a male-dominated world. As society evolved to a more balanced treatment of men and women, the school evolved with it, changing to a co-ed school in 1982. That year, three boys pioneered across the graduation stage at Lausanne and changed the course of our learning environment. At that time, our campus was an all-girls boarding school but William Conley, Adam Hohenberg and Neal Stapp were attracted by Lausanne’s empowerment of the individual and the opportunity to play tennis for the Lynx. Theirs were the first coats and ties among the flowing white gowns a Lausanne graduation picture had ever captured. From that point forward, Lausanne was a co-ed school. It was a critical step on the road to making our school the most diverse academic environment in the city of Memphis. The daily interaction of boys and girls at Lausanne is a foundational characteristic of a school that prepares each of its students for college and life in a global-environment. Each year as the admission season begins, families walk through our doorway with hopes of finding just the right fit for their son or daughter. Or sons. Or daughters. Or son and daughter. The dynamics of individual families differ but one question collectively begs for an answer, “Is a co-educational school the right fit for our family?” We asked some of our Lausanne community members, parents, students and alumni why they had answered “yes” to a co-ed school and what impact that decision had made in their lives.
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Dr. Wassim and Mrs. Helene Chemaitilly Dalia ’21 (Grade 5) and Dima ’24 (Grade 2) Mrs. Chemaitilly—“We live in a mixed-gender, fast-paced and competitive society. We chose to have our daughters study at Lausanne because we believe that a co-ed school structure will help them build confidence and become used to partnering and competing with peers regardless of race or gender. Lausanne offers this perfect balance of skills that will prepare them for the diverse academic and work environments in our society.”
The Lausanne Way We create a joyful and challenging learning process. We encourage continual self-reflection. We provide opportunities to succeed. We embrace global-mindedness. We forge meaningful relationships. We build character through service to others. We empower individuals to seek their own journeys.
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The Natarajan Family Ruhi ’19 (Grade 7) and Roshan ’17 (Grade 9) Ruhi—“I have been at Lausanne almost my entire life. I have grown up being able to see different perspectives through the co-ed system. Going to the same school as my brother gives my family opportunities to hear both of our experiences. We have different ideas which lets us understand the people in our own grades better. My brother and I are able to be involved in programs together where I can learn from his experiences and better prepare myself according to them. My parents were drawn to Lausanne because of the diversity, but mainly the co-ed system that both my brother and I could be involved in. It has become not only convenient but also helpful to my family in several ways. We live in a world where we are going to have to work in a co-ed community. Lausanne prepares us for this and gives us a head start in learning to work together.”
Our school’s mission is “to prepare each of its students for college and for life in a global environment.”
Roshan—“The fact that Lausanne is a co-ed school is very important to my family. Since I am a male and I have a sister, both of us can attend the same school. It is much easier that way for our parents because they both work. Our parents wanted to give us a quality education and the co-ed environment of Lausanne was a very welcome bonus. The environment at our school also allows us to be less circumscribed and more unrestricted in our daily activities. The co-ed system, in addition, allows for more extra-curricular activities. Here we can see a girls’ varsity game and then have it immediately followed by a boys’ varsity game. The atmosphere created by Lausanne’s co-ed system creates a myriad of opportunities for students no matter who they are.”
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Mr. Mike and Mrs. Jane Lenz Andy ’17 (Grade 9) and William ’20 (Grade 6) Mr. Lenz—“Our boys were born and lived in Texas until we moved to Memphis four years ago. They attended public schools in Texas and developed friendships with both boys and girls. While other Memphis area schools offer many positives, the fact that Lausanne families come from different backgrounds and places made it a good fit for us settling into a new area. As both of us had same-sex siblings growing up, we felt it was important to continue exposing our children to gender differences as they grow up. A co-ed school setting provides the awareness and sensitivity over time as they go through different phases of socialization. “Another key aspect that the boys identified as well as ourselves is that the co-ed environment is representative of the world they will engage beyond high school. College and virtually any career path they follow will involve collaborating, learning and working in a similar environment. While our grandparents may have lived in an era where gender defined roles and opportunities, that is not the case in today’s world. “
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“A co-ed school setting provides the awareness and sensitivity over time as they go through different phases of socialization.”
Amanda Smith ‘08 Atlanta Hawks Community Development “I appreciated the diversity and the opportunities I had while in school. I was able to play sports, participate in the arts, be in clubs that promoted global-awareness and really grow to become the person I am today. I had the chance to find myself, my passions and my interests before I left high school. In hindsight, I realize I was fully prepared to be successful in a diverse and co-ed world, because that is exactly what Lausanne was and is. “I chose to attend an engineering college (Illinois Institute of Technology) that was majority male in its student body and faculty. Some of the girls I played soccer with in college that had gone to an all-girls school had trouble adjusting to college because of the social differences a co-ed environment brought. I didn’t need an adjustment phase for the social and academic challenges that came with my college experience. I knew I fit into that environment and could be as successful as anyone else in my classes. “The greatest benefit is that I was immediately prepared to be successful in a co-ed environment. I decided very quickly in college that I would pursue a career in sports and learned just as quickly that it’s a male-dominated industry. Not only had I grown up working with guys on the yearbook and other projects, but I also played sports with them. We trained together for cross country, swimming and track. I think that gave me the ability to collaborate on work projects because I had grown up working with guys in a multitude of capacities. I think guys and girls operate in subtly different ways, and I was ready to handle those differences in a professional capacity because I had been doing it for years at Lausanne. (continued on page 16)
Portrait of a Graduate A Lausanne graduate is… a seeker of knowledge who understands the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. a thinker able to recognize and approach complex problems, make ethical decisions and understand and capitalize on his or her strengths and limitations. a confident risk-taker with understanding of a broad and balanced range of disciplines. an open-minded global citizen with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for other individuals, communities and the environment. an effective communicator who seeks and evaluates a range of viewpoints. a caring and reflective person who respects the needs and feelings of others and acts to make a positive difference. an inquirer with a passion to continue a lifelong love of learning.
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Amanda Smith ‘08 (continued from page 15) No matter the situation I am ready to work with the team and staff, contribute my ideas and input and keep our organization successful. For my current position with the Atlanta Hawks Community Development department, I am interacting with our executive staff, player personnel and various community groups. I feel confident working with everyone I encounter professionally, regardless of gender and background. Functioning successfully in a co-ed and diverse society is something that comes as second nature to me after growing up at Lausanne.”
Mr. Carlos Gonzalez and Mrs. Cynthia Zeller-Gonzalez Alex ’23 (Grade 3) and Gabby ’18 (Grade 8) Mr. Gonzalez—‘Be the change you want to see in the world,’ this famous quote attributed to Gandhi and printed on a large poster was the very first thing you read when passing by the Lausanne campus. In fact, that statement got our initial attention eight years ago when we were looking for the right school for our daughter. We had visited many other schools before, and we were tired of seeing that ‘the model’ in the other school was to select some children, separate them and control them under their shield. It seemed like their whole strategy was based on educating by isolating and detaching the children from the rest of the world. Their lack of realism and preparation for today’s integrated world could also be easily inferred by looking at the center of their yearbooks where each year one lucky child was selected by a jury and awarded as ‘the most likely to succeed.’ As a parent (and as the teacher and the child I was once), I never got over that shocking page. I still imagine the eyes of the
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Lausanne 2013–14 Facts Co-ed
of all Lausanne students have a sibling also attending Lausanne
of Lausanne’s students and/or parents come from countries outside the USA
thousands of kids left out, with their hearts shredded just at the very precious time when their dreams and successes were supposed to be encouraged. “But Lausanne’s motto was different. Here, I met people that understood that success was not predicted by choosing one lucky student. On the contrary, success was pledged to everyone that was ready to work hard for their own individual dream. Because this school was the only one that clearly showed fidelity and accountability to deliver meaningful education, we chose Lausanne as the school for Gabby and Alex. Soon, our children also discovered that their school was the place where not only their individual dreams could be constructed but also the place where the value of the ‘other person’ was recognized. With more than 65 diverse countries represented in a co-educational, nonsectarian environment, we see this school as the place where our children learn to accept each other not regardless of where they are from, not in spite of their differences, but they learn to respect and care for each other because of those differences and because of who they are. “For our families and for Lausanne, accepting others’ differences is not the exclusive privilege of a single country, religion or gender. On the contrary, this is a value that all humans share and learn from wherever we come from, whatever we believe and whoever we are. This is truly how we become the change we want to see in our world. The world that is in desperate need of adding more peace, love and happiness as critical measures of everyone’s success. And so I send my respect and love to the thousands of lucky and successful kids and parents from Lausanne who are working to change themselves today in order to see their world change tomorrow.”
“With more than 65 diverse countries represented in a co-educational, nonsectarian environment, we see this school as the place where our children learn to accept each other not regardless of where they are from, not in spite of their differences, but they learn to respect and care for each other because of those differences and because of who they are.”
Mr. John and Mrs. Lesley Hartney Aynsley ’16 (Grade 10) and Cecilia ’21 (Grade 5) Mrs. Hartney—“We came to Lausanne two years ago from Grace-St. Luke’s, a co-ed K–8 school in Midtown, when our oldest child, Aynsley, graduated. We looked at all of our options and were seriously considering an all-girls school. “We knew we liked the co-ed situation at GSL, but we had done some reading about how girls could possibly benefit from being in a single-gender environment. The research didn’t seem conclusive, but we thought we should investigate. So, Aynsley shadowed at some girls’ schools, and we kept on reading. She then did another Lausanne shadow day with her GSL classmates, and we attended a parent session with Stuart McCathie. That’s when we really began to rely on our instincts, and our instincts were telling us that it was much more of a real world experience for girls and boys to be educated together. We know that one day when our girls enter the world of work they will be side-by-side and competing with men. Why not get that practice before you enter the world of work? Girls and boys tend to come at challenges from different perspectives, too. It’s hard to describe the environments we experienced at the girls’ schools, but the best way to put it is that there didn’t seem to be balance. When both genders are educated together, you seem to get a broader and more balanced exposure to problem solving and creative thinking. (continued on page 18)
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Mrs. Lesley Hartney (continued from page 17) “The diversity of Lausanne was also huge for us. In fact, Aynsley seemed so happy after shadowing that we decided to have our younger daughter, Cecilia, shadow, as well. Cecilia was absolutely thrilled with the diversity. She is proudly of Vietnamese descent, and when she saw the Vietnamese flag hanging in the dining hall, she about did a back flip! Both girls love that there are other people at the school who look like them, but even more important is that there are other students who think like them. This has been especially apparent in the Upper School. In fact, one of the people Aynsley has the most in common with at the school is a young man she met in her math class her freshman year. The two have developed a very nice friendship, and they frequently talk about school work and find time to socialize. He has been an important person in her life, and if she were at a single-gender school, she wouldn’t have even had the opportunity to meet him. We’re certain she will go to a co-ed college, so learning how to comfortably collaborate and socialize with people of the opposite gender now also seems beneficial. “There are some additional benefits of being at a co-ed school that we really didn’t consider beforehand but have greatly enjoyed since coming to Lausanne. Having a football team, for one! It’s hard to beat going to the games under the lights on crisp Friday nights in the fall! “Aynsley is just a sophomore and could easily change her mind a time or two, but she thinks she wants to major in engineering—a very male-dominated field. If she only knows how to interact, collaborate and compete with other women, she will not be doing herself any favors. By learning to work well with both genders, she is positioning herself for future success.”
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“By learning to work well with both genders, she is positioning herself for future success.”
Blake Ballin ‘97 Ballin, Ballin and Fishman, Partner “Lausanne provided the unique combination of providing the benefits of a small community while at the same time exposing me to diverse ideas and experiences. As a student at Lausanne, I was able to participate in activities such as student government, athletics and theater. I was also able to venture out into our community through organizations such as Bridge Builders and other service programs, which allowed me to develop lasting relationships outside of Lausanne.
“Ultimately, Lausanne prepared me by fostering a sense of confidence and curiosity that continues to enrich my life today.”
“Lausanne even provided the opportunity to travel abroad, exposing me to the joys of traveling and experiencing other cultures. Ultimately, Lausanne prepared me by fostering a sense of confidence and curiosity that continues to enrich my life today.”
P H O T O C R E D I T: L A R R Y K U Z N I E W S K I
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Mr. Mike and Mrs. Debra Carter Will ’24 (Grade 2) Mr. Carter—“Will started Lausanne as a Pre-Kindergartner. Of the many private school choices in the county, we are often asked why Lausanne was our choice for Will. We explain that as we researched and visited schools in Shelby County, only one continued to meet the criteria we set prior to beginning our selection process. A few priority items on our list were that the school must be co-ed, must be nondenominational, must be multi-cultural and must utilize project/exploratory-based curriculum teaching methods. After an exhaustive search for a school, only Lausanne left us with a feeling of confidence and comfort regarding the education of our son. “The co-ed environment coupled with Lausanne being non-denominational was a key deciding factor for both of us. It is our belief that children thrive better in the school environment when both genders are included in their educational journey. We also feel that a co-ed learning environment is more beneficial and realistic, because it is representative of what students will encounter throughout life. We especially feel that it is important in the early and developmental stages because it helps students learn essential social skills, and it fosters the ability to effectively interact with everyone. Society is inclusive, and educating a child in an inclusive environment is important for growth and development. Lausanne is providing children an opportunity to learn in what is truly a global environment. I can only scratch the surface as to how beneficial this will be for Will and the other students attending Lausanne, as they prepare to venture out into the world upon graduating from Lausanne.”
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“Lausanne is providing children an opportunity to learn in what is truly a global environment. I can only scratch the surface as to how beneficial this will be for Will and the other students attending Lausanne, as they prepare to venture out into the world upon graduating from Lausanne.”
“If the focus of 21st century education is on equipping young people with the skills and character for employment and service and creating a more open-minded, balanced, collaborative and compassionate citizen, what argument remains for single-sex education? The notion that, somehow, young human beings learn better when secluded from the very section of society with whom they will eventually procreate and rear a future generation looks, at the very least, outdated. “When it comes to single-sex education, I am reminded of the Malay proverb, ‘Clapping with one hand does not make noise.’ I always feel that, however good they are in many respects, single sex-schools lack the natural vibrancy, richness and sense of reality that generally characterizes co-educational schools and, for me, they do not resonate well with the notion of education being a preparation for life.” —Paul Wiseman OBE, Head of School at the British School of Boston
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Paving the Way in a Co-Ed World
There is a window of time each year in the city of Memphis when you can feel it coming. If you didn’t know better, it’s almost like this time of year is built into the DNA of everyone who lives in the Bluff City. The chill in the air, the band warming up, the cheerleaders, the popcorn, squeaking shoes on the hardwood, the smell of the leather ball and then the gym doors open and you know it is here—basketball season. The intense basketball culture at Lausanne runs deep as well, with our gyms echoing of talent, championships and success. If you look closely at the sidelines during a Lady Lynx game you may witness a storied part of Memphis girls high school basketball happening right before your eyes. Lausanne Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Lesa Mears has experienced the game of basketball as a little girl, college player and head coach. As a result of her passion for the game, Coach Mears has been building a legendary basketball family tree in this city for decades which has now branched off to Lausanne. Fifteen years had passed since Coach Mears hung up her whistle to spend time with her family and raise her newly adopted baby boy. When she stepped away from the game, she had
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compiled more wins than any active coach in Shelby County. She had ten players go on to play at the Division I level, and in 1997, she coached her team to the top 25 in the nation. At the height of her high school coaching career, she led her team to a 64–0 winning streak in the division and was also named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 200 win club. As of October 2012, she was back on the sidelines coaching, this time for Lausanne, looking to share her love of basketball with a new generation. Mears says, “I always knew that there would be another special place for me to coach in Memphis, and I found that place last school year.” But there is one additional piece of her new job that completes her coaching puzzle and continues the basketball lineage. “I
knew that if I was named the head coach of the Lausanne Lady Lynx that I wanted Nikki White beside me as one of my assistants.” And so it happened. Mears shares, “I am so proud and feel honored to have her as part of the Lausanne family.” Nikki White just so happens to be a former high school player of Mears’ at Harding Academy during those recordsetting years and was a highly recruited player who went on to play college basketball at the University of Kansas. She now sits directly to Mears’ right as her assistant coach on the sidelines for the Lynx. Two generations of girls basketball in Memphis teaming up together to teach and form a third. Says White, “I feel that I am that bridge between knowing and understanding the wisdom and (continued on page 25)
“I always knew that there would be another special place for me to coach in Memphis, and I found that place last school year,” says Mears. But there is one additional piece of her new job that completes her coaching puzzle and continues the basketball lineage, “I knew that if I was named the head coach of the Lausanne Lady Lynx that I wanted Nikki White beside me as one of my assistants.” And so it happened. Mears shares, “I am so proud and feel honored to have her as part of the Lausanne family.” Coach Mears and player Nikki White celebrate an except ional year at Harding Academy’s athletic banquet to finish out Nikki’s junior basketball season.
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Top: Coach Mea rs is now joined on the sidelines Bottom left: Coac at Lausanne by As h Mears talks to sistant Coach Ni White before a ga kki White. Bottom right: La me in 1995 durin dy Lynx point gu g their sub-state ar d, Se lena Pruitt ‘17 run at Harding. game in the 2013 brings the ball up –2014 season. the court during a home
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“Trophies collect dust, people forget about your win-loss record, but these kinds of relationships last a lifetime.” —Coach Lesa Mears
(continued from page 22) knowledge of the older generation and the excitement and drive of the younger generation.” One of those players is Lausanne freshman Selena Pruitt ’17 who embodies what a Memphis basketball mindset looks like. The starting point guard for the Lynx grew up with a ball in her hand. Not only does she thrive playing for both coaches and striving toward the ultimate goal of winning a state title, but in true Lausanne fashion, she also appreciates the relational impact they make off the court as well. Selena shares, “They have a motto—One Team, One Dream. They treat us like family and we are expected to practice and play in that mindset. Not only does that mentality help us when we’re playing basketball, it spills over into our lives off the court too. It teaches us how to work with other people, which will be
valuable to all of us far past our basketball playing careers.” Lausanne is now privileged to experience first-hand what so many Memphis area players have before. And no one sees that more clearly than the following two generations. “(Coach Mears) opened so many doors for me and taught me valuable life lessons through basketball. She has such a legacy in this city,” says White, “and I am proud to stand on the sidelines next to her.” Adds Selena, “Knowing Coach Mears’ background and being a part of her team is an amazing experience. I would love to do what she does one day but no one can be compared to her.” Only time will tell what Coach Lesa Mears’ final record and legacy will be as she continues to build her basketball family tree here at Lausanne. We will all have the privilege of watching what her
love of the game and competitive spirit bring to the court, but it’s her understanding of forging meaningful relationships that represents the true integrity of our school and Lausanne basketball. As she says, “Trophies collect dust, people forget about your win-loss record, but these kinds of relationships last a lifetime.” It’s The Lausanne Way.
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T he Ro a d Ah e a d
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Word of the Day Plasticity – in neurology, the capacity for continuous alteration of the neural pathways and synapses of the living brain and nervous system in response to experience or injury.
It’s true that I am no longer a “spring chicken.” In fact, I’m more like a “late autumn grouse” most of the time. In an effort to counter some of the negative effects of…(ahem)…age, I do what I can to stay healthy, get some exercise and learn new things. I want to cultivate my brain’s plasticity so that I can continue to grow for many years to come. One of those new things I’ve been learning is golf. I’ve been taking lessons and trying to get out to play as often as I can. I will never be any good at it (I hear one needs 10,000 hours of practice—that’s 3.5 years practicing 8 hours a day— to become an expert player), but I am getting better and I actually hit the ball in the general direction it is supposed to go (most of the time). For the same reason, I have an app on my iPad that greets me every day with a new word to learn. Most of the time the words are interesting, if not a little obscure. Here is a sampling of last week’s words: hippophile (lover of horses); vittate (striped longitudinally); xylography (the art of engraving on wood); and ambivert (one whose personality type is neither an introvert nor extrovert). The word I liked best recently was omphaloskepsis, which is “the contemplation of one’s navel as a meditation exercise.” Leaving aside for the moment the hilarious mental picture of me sitting and staring at my belly as some sort of mental discipline, I was intrigued how this concept of self-reflection is alive here at Lausanne. Think for a minute about our mindfulness program where our Lower, Middle and Upper School students spend time each week learning to meditate and free themselves from unhealthy stress. Or our honor code, which requires students to be self-reflective in a way that they always behave as ethical human beings. Or our institutional mandate to continually improve who we are so that we can always do what’s best on behalf of our students. Without an institutional value of thoughtful self-reflection, none of this would be possible. So, Lausanne practices omphaloskepsis in a variety of ways, all for the benefit of our students.
Maintaining my brain’s plasticity will be critical as I grow older. For our children, whose brains are far more capable than mine to adapt and grow in response to new experiences, learning to take advantage of their brain’s plasticity will govern how well they will meet their personal goals in the years ahead. For Lausanne, maintaining our plasticity, our ability to learn and adapt from our experiences and to continue to provide the most relevant and effective education for our children today will determine whether or not we will be able to offer the same rich experience for the children of our current students. How do we do that? Through faithful attention by our board to ongoing strategic and financial planning; through individualized continuing education plans for our faculty; through tenacious support of each individual child; through a willingness to be self-critical; through an acceptance of change as an important dynamic in a healthy organization; through listening to our parents, alumni, grandparents or parents of alumni; and, importantly, through the financial and moral support of all of our friends. Now, back to practicing omphaloskepsis (no pictures please).
Michael Christopher Assistant Headmaster for Development
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Lausanne Highlights January 2014
1. Over one-third of the Lausanne Collegiate School band earned positions in the highly competitive All West Tennessee Honor Bands, Orchestras and Jazz Bands. This was a record-breaking number of Lynx receiving the honor with 31 band members and one string student, almost doubling the number of Lausanne students from the All West 2013 auditions. In addition to the chair placements following these auditions, Lausanne has four first chair band members in West Tennessee: Jessica Lam ’19, Lindsey Baker ’20, Ben Calkins ’16 and Caleesha Body ’16, who is also 1st chair Sr. Wind Ensemble. Ben, Caleesha and Ted Letsou ’15 also qualified for All State Band and Jazz Band. Other placements include the following: Junior High Bands (grades 5–9) – Lindsey Baker ‘20, Gregory Brannick ’18, Andrew Calkins ‘19, Peter Calkins ‘20, Elizabeth Dang ‘18, Andrew Gilreath ‘17, Gabe Guillermo ‘19, Sam Hori ‘18, Rishab Jain ’17, Devon Johnson ‘19, Jonathan Kagoo ‘18, Haddie Kim ‘17, Agnes Kovesdy ‘20, Arpad Kovesdy ’17, Daniel Kim ‘20, Jessica Lam ‘19, Nicole Li ‘19, Tori MooreMcMiller ‘18, Roshan Natarajan ’17, Jacob Rankin ‘17, Lydia Roeder ‘19, Spencer Smith ‘19, Joseph Stafford ‘17, Milanca Wang ‘18, Vilanna Wang ’20 and Maya Younes ’19. Senior High Bands – Caleesha Body ’16, Ben Calkins ‘16, Hannah Green ’15 and Maggie Goetz ’14.
competition for high school seniors. Keyuree was among one of 300 students chosen out of nearly 1,800 applicants of some of the brightest young scientists from around the country and one overseas school.
Senior High Orchestra – Hannah Green ‘15 and Georgia Smeyne ‘15 Senior High Blue Jazz Band – Ted Letsou ‘15 2. The Lausanne Collegiate School class of 2023 gave a spectacular rendition of the National Anthem on January 11 at the FedEx Forum before the start of the Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game. After the successful performance, the students and their families stayed and cheered Mark, Zach and the rest of the Grizzlies onto a 90–87 victory over the Thunder.
5. Twenty-nine Lausanne Collegiate School thespians from Troupe #1547 attended the Tennessee Thespian Conference at Middle Tennessee State University. This was the largest delegation from Lausanne to ever attend the conference. Lausanne senior Paulina Ke ‘14 was chosen to perform a monologue in front of the conference delegates, Jon Mathias ‘14 student-directed the one act “Drugs Are Bad” and junior Natalie Russell ‘15 campaigned for one of six positions on the Executive Board and garnered the highest number of votes earning her the role of President. This marks the first time Lausanne has had a President serving on the board.
3. After close to 50 years of being called “coach” at five different Memphis area schools, Lausanne Collegiate School Head Football Coach Ken Netherland decided to retire. Coach Netherland finished his storied career with 368 wins making him the winningest coach in the history of prep football in the state of Tennessee. Assistant Head Coach Kevin Locastro has been named as the new Lausanne Collegiate School head coach.
6. Lausanne Collegiate School seniors Elizabeth Dia ‘14 and John Leake ‘14 have both been awarded places in the highly competitive National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship program. Sponsored by the Department of State, the merit-based program awards students the opportunity to travel to a country and study the native language. This summer, Elizabeth will travel to Oman and John will be in Russia.
4. Lausanne Collegiate School senior Keyuree Satam ‘14 was selected as a semifinalist of the Intel Science Talent Search. The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is a program of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and is the nation’s most prestigious science research
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7. The Lausanne sophomore class and Tri-City Prep High School in Prescott, Arizona collaborated on an online English project beginning in November and ending in January 2014. The project was to create a “haikai-nurenga,” a Japanese crowd-sourced poem, using the haiku structure but with a different person creating a new stanza based on a word from the previous stanza. All work was completed using only online technology and resources such as Lync, Skydrive, OneNote and other collaborative tools.
8. On a cold February Saturday, Lausanne students Anita Pershad ‘15 and Zoie Brown ’15 splashed into the Mississippi River for The Polar Bear Plunge, an annual event which raises money for the Special Olympics. The juniors were joined by the rest of Team Lausanne, which was organized by the Upper School HandiCapable Club. The Lynx team was the top fundraising team of the entire event for the second year in a row and raised funds by selling ice cream and brownies. Congratulations, Anita Pershad ’15 (president), Zoie Brown ’15, Sarah Besser ’15, Kayla Bolden ’15, Emma Rudd ’15, Morgan Walker ’15, Sarah Younes ’15. 9. Lausanne Collegiate School announced the hiring of Rogerio Lima as the new Director of Soccer as well as the Boys and Girls Varsity Head Soccer Coach. Rogerio comes to the Lynx from Christian Brothers High School where he began as an assistant in 2002 and has been the head coach since 2003. Coach Lima was named the Commercial Appeal High School Best of the Preps Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and helped lead Christian Brothers to state championships in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. He also
attained state runners-up titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 and accumulated 11 regional championships during his tenure. Coach Lima leaves CBHS with an overall record of 187–24–16. Welcome to the Lynx family, Coach Lima! 10. Seven Lausanne Upper School students attended the 15th annual Moving from Reflection to Action (MFRTA) conference held this year in Memphis. Each year, several schools from the Nashville and Memphis area gather together for discussions and action possibilities on topics of social justice. This year the focus was immigration. 11. Lausanne students had 19 exhibit awards including Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions at the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards. Students submitted work in all visual art disciplines with six being chosen for special awards, more than any other school in the competition in their division. Out of all of the Scholastic Art Winners, 25–30 pieces are chosen to exhibit at various Magna Bank locations, and four Lausanne student’s works were chosen. Magna Bank is a major sponsor for senior portfolio scholarships for the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards. Upper School students Veera Rajamaa ‘15, Elliot Slovis ‘14, Emily Thomas ‘16 and Keyla Pointer ‘17 (Keyla’s “Peaches” pictured) were honored with this opportunity to display their work.
treatment at St. Jude Hospital. The hand-crafted valentines were delivered to the patients who spent their Valentine’s Day in the hospital. 13. The Lausanne MathCounts team triumphantly placed third in a city wide competition against 22 other schools in the chapter round at the University of Memphis. Representing the Lynx team were Elizabeth Dang ‘18, Jonathan Kagoo ‘18, Robert Walters ‘19 and Milanca Wang ‘18. Sam Hori ‘18 and Allison Ke ‘18 competed individually, and the alternates for Lausanne were Jessica Lam ‘19 and Vilanna Wang ‘20. 14. The Lausanne fifth and sixth grade girl’s basketball team won the Parochial Athletic Association (PAA) 2014 Bishop’s Tournament. The Lynx won the championship over St. Francis of Assisi and were also the regular season champs of the PAA combo division finishing with a 9–5 overall record. Congratulations to Coach Pamela Pointer and our champion Lynx: Sydney Ellen Blen ’20, Gracie Davis ’21, Maya DeGeorge ’21, Jess Heist ’21, Haley-Kate Kemmish ‘20, Miranda Pham ’21, Anne Rack ’21, Tia Rizvi ’21, Logan Segal, a sixth grader at Solomon Schechter, Christina Sigler ’20 and Jade Sublett ’20.
12. Each year, the Lausanne Middle School focuses on reaching out to three community areas: Lausanne, the city of Memphis and the global community. An act of service during the month of February was creating over 250 Valentine’s Day cards during house activities for children from around the world who are currently receiving
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15. Erin Ostrow ‘89, the Chair of Facing History & Ourselves’ Memphis Regional Advisory Board, was named the Lausanne Collegiate School 2014 Chair of Ideas. Erin is a class of 1989 Lausanne graduate and received her award during a convocation in which she addressed the Upper School students at Lausanne. 16. A group of sixteen Lausanne students performed in “Titanic” for nearly 2,800 people in the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. This was the second year Manhattan Concert Productions has produced a Broadway show in concert. The Lausanne ensemble was joined by 200 other students from six different high schools across the country and a cast of Broadway stars, including many from the original Broadway production. Bravo to the following Lynx on their exceptional accomplishment: Faith Brown ’16, Zoie Brown ’15, Katie Fleet ’14, Andrew Gilreath ’17, Danielle Howard ’17, Dalton Key ’17, John Leake ‘14, Jon Mathias ’14, Molly McGehee ’17, Prashanth Raj ’15, Ben Staton ’15, Jada Tate ’14, Ashley Thomas ’16, Sam Thomas ’14, Emma Whitehorn ‘17 and Nikolai Young ’17.
17. Senior Paulina Ke ’14 recently represented Lausanne in the annual English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition, where she competed against students from nine other Memphis area schools. Each contestant was eligible to compete after winning his or her own school’s Shakespeare competition and preparing a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays and a sonnet. The well-prepared students had to perform before an audience and a panel of judges. Paulina chose Phoebe’s monologue from As You
20. During Spring Break, students from the Lausanne Middle School traveled to Peru. Planes, trains and automobiles carried them across the country as they explored some of the ancient ruins of the Incas, including Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The trip was an experience of a lifetime for these Middle School students and their inquisitiveness and depth of knowledge were complimented a number of times by observing adults. The Middle School students picked up a bit of Spanish and also learned about a new culture, picking up life lessons along the way.
Like It, Act 3; scene 5 and Sonnet 121. After a very impressive showing by all of the competitors, Paulina came out on top, winning first place and a trip to New York City to compete on the national level. Lausanne has been competing in this competition for more than 20 years, and this is the first time the Lynx are sending a representative to compete nationally. 18. Freshman Nikolai Young ’17 represented Lausanne during Spring Break in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of the Men’s Middle School & Junior High Honor Chorus of the Southeast American Choral Director’s Association. The 94-voice chorus of young men, grades 7–9, was chosen through a competitive audition process open to student singers in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Nikolai was one of only six young men in the state of Tennessee chosen for this opportunity.
21. Lausanne Collegiate School senior Lauren Wilensky ’14 has received the prestigious honor of Honorable Mention in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her poem entitled “Richard, the Poor Scholar.” 22. Lower and Middle School students presented a check to the American Heart Association in the amount of $13,290, the largest amount ever raised by Lausanne for Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart. The money was raised during the semester to continue to raise awareness and fund the much needed medical research for heart disease and stroke.
19. The Lausanne Collegiate School third grade classes kicked off their hands-on project-based learning finance and economic unit in December with the annual 3rd grade Marketplace. The project not only provided a way for the students to immerse themselves in the economic and financial aspects of the unit but also integrated the Lausanne Way of building character through service to others. In March, the $435.00 raised by the Marketplace was presented and donated to the nonprofit group One Together, Inc. The money was used to feed an entire school in Ethiopia for a full month.
More information about any of these events can be found on the Lausanne Web site, www.lausanneschool.com. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/lausannecollegiateschool; YouTube, www.youtube.com/lausanneschool; and/or follow us on Twitter, @lausanneschool for even more!
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Spirit Week and Homecoming 2014 Spirit Week 2014 was full of Lynx Spirit gearing up for Homecoming on Friday, March 7. Students dressed up for the themes of the week including: PJ Day, Sports Fan Day, Book Day, Mardi Gras Day and Blue and Gold Day. On Homecoming Day the entire student body finished the school day with an all-school pep rally. Homecoming night was full of energy as the Lausanne boys and girls took on Harding Academy. The Lady Lynx fell to the Lady Lions 59–37, while the boys came out on top winning 59–36. Between games, the senior athletes were honored at mid-court with their parents, and at halftime of the boy’s game, the 2014 Homecoming Court was announced. Go Lynx! The 2014 Homecoming Queen and King: Shammai Mading ‘14 and Will Thinnes ‘14. Senior Court: Becca Hamilton ’14, Zach Joerg ’14, Jada Tate ’14, Elliot Slovis ’14, Schyler Cole ’14, Jack Gallop ‘14 Junior Court: Brenna Pulliam ’15, Cullen Robinette ’15, Ania Kight ’15, Spencer Mackey ‘15 Sophomore Court: Addi Marr ’16, Jack Kelly ’16, Claire Tannenbaum ’16, Luis Barranco ‘16 Freshman Court: Taylor Ferrante ’17, Christian Locastro ’17, Margo Huber ’17, Nick Marshall ‘17 Crown Bearers: Livie Lotterhos ’24 and KJ Nash ‘26
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Spring Arts 2014 The fine tradition of the Arts at Lausanne continued this spring throughout all three divisions. Early Childhood and Lower School children performed in Lausannia with songs, instruments, poetry readings and puppetry. The Middle School brought Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life onstage in the fantastical musical extravaganza, Seussical, Jr. In true Upper School Lausanne theater fashion, our oldest thespians dazzled their audiences in the Broadway musical comedy whodunit Curtains! Bravo, Lynx, bravo!
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