L EAr N IN G V IrTUAL LY It’s one thing to read a textbook, listen to a teacher’s lecture, write a paper, or prepare a presentation on a subject. But when students can sit face to face with a primary source — someone who’s lived what they’re learning — and have a conversation about the topic, it takes education to a whole new level. On two separate occasions in late January, seniors and juniors in Kevin Wiercinski’s and Sean Moyo’s Human Geography classes welcomed special (virtual) guests: a man from the rwandan reconciliation Agency in rwanda, East Africa, to talk about post-genocide issues, and Maliha Zaheer, an independent defense lawyer in Herat, Afghanistan. Mr. Wiercinski, who loves using the MCC as a teaching tool, states, “e tech also allows us to meet firsthand the people from the regions we study, and kids can hear personal stories of the issues they face and the problems that face people around the globe.”
MLK J r . D AY Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day features an impactful event at Lawrence Academy. In lieu of a day oﬀ in observance of Dr. King’s birthday, the LA community uses the holiday to learn more about the man and his legacy. On Jan. 15, 2018, students, teachers, and staﬀ gathered in their Omnibus groups to discuss the documentary I’m Not Racist … Am I?, which they had watched earlier in the day. In the afternoon, students filed into the rMPAC for the day’s keynote speaker: former NFL player Wade Davis, a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. While in the NFL, Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as for two diﬀerent teams within the NFL Europe league. Davis became the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant (after coming out as gay in 2012); he leads training sessions and national engagement initiatives, including the High Five program, which works to create aﬃrming spaces in sports for LGBT athletes.
D IN ING H AL L M UN C H IES Director of Dining Services Dave Ofgant’s creativity reached new heights last year when it came to what was being served in Lawrence Academy’s dining hall and how it was being presented. Whether he and his staﬀ were decorating with figurines for Star Wars Day, playing music during Mardi Gras, setting up a decorateyour-own-cupcake station, getting Lucky the Lucky Charms leprechaun to make a special appearance, or grilling a 10-times-normal size hamburger, Ofgant’s imagination lifted everyone’s spirits. Perhaps most memorably, for Maritime Day, he created a self-serve ice cream buﬀet, where all of the ice cream was scooped from the inside of a giant inflatable boat.
FALL 2018 LAWRENCE ACADEMY 41
Lawrence Academy's annual alumni magazine.