Lawrence High School: 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ
The Spring Instrumental Concert took place on May 16. As usual, it featured Staff Writer the Percussion Ensemble, String Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. The concert began at 7:30 P.M., a half hour later than usual. To streamline the process between switching ensembles, director Maggie Kehoe decided to have the Percussion Ensemble perform in the hallway just outside the auditorium, a major change from the past. The ensemble performed three songs: “Team Work”, “On the Spectrum”, and “Upside Down and Around.” “Team Work” was the most difficult song the ensemble played, as it required a lot of work to tune it to perfection. “On the Spectrum” featured everyone playing different drums in order to create a song changing from low to high pitch and the other way around. Their last song was “Upside-Down and Around,” a senior piece featuring seniors Sameer Agrawal, Casey Ryu, Sanshal Bhayana, and Achyut Upadhyay. The String Orchestra played after them, with the songs “Irish Legend”, arranged by Soon Hee Newbold and composed by Robert Kerr; “Russian Sailor’s Dance”, by Reinhold Gliere from the ballet The Red Poppy; and “Lady Madonna”, by the Beatles. “Irish Legend” is a beautiful song that switches tempos part of the way through from a slow, somber By: Harshith Tenepalli
piece to a rapid jig, and the performance featured a solo by freshman Matthew Zheng. “Russian Sailor’s Dance” is a Russian nationalist piece that is upbeat and urgent, and the final song “Lady Madonna” is an arrangement of the famous 1968 hit song by the Beatles about working class women in Liverpool. Next, the Concert Band, composed mostly of underclassmen, played “Tribal Quest”, “Shaker Gift”, and “Foundry.” “Tribal Quest” is a song meant to imitate the emotions and feelings of a jungle quest. The next song, “Shaker Gift,” by Frank Tichelli, is a peaceful song meant to calm the audience. The 6/8 meter helps convey the gentle and soothing melody. “Foundry”, by John Mackey, is a disjointed song meant to sound like a steel factory and all of its complex inner workings. Finally came the Wind Ensemble. The first song they played was “October”, a slow, emotional piece about the month of October and its many subtleties, portrayed through music. The next song, “Of Sailors and Whales (Movements 1 and 3)”, is a tribute to Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. Most unusually, the ensemble sang the third movement, which was a vocal piece. The last song was titled “Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta”, by Clifton Williams. For the most part, it is a bold, flashy, and vibrant song, all at different parts. One has to hear it for the full experience. Overall, between these four fantastic ensembles, the spring concert was a massive success.
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LHS Coffee House By Catherine Kildea
Tri-M held its coffee house on May 31, 2017. It was $5 to attend and started at 6:30. All proceeds went to the Landfillharmonic and the Recycled Orchestra. By attending, Lawrence students were able to have a fun night while raising money for a great cause. The coffee house is a school event organized by Tri-M where students can perform songs or poems for other students. I spoke with junior Ian Buchsbaum about the night. Ian is actively involved in the Staff Writer
the theater company and attending the coffee house was just up his alley. Ian said that the atmosphere of the coffee house consisted of people hanging out, eating food, singing songs, and performing comedy. He explained that he decided to perform the songs “Interlude 1” by altJ and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Though it was fun, Ian described performing as nerve-wracking, stating that he “[Was] nervous to perform in front of everyone.” Due to talent on display, it is no wonder that everyone is looking forward to the next coffee house next year.
Manchester Tragedy By Gillian Dauer
At around 10:30 P.M. on May 29, Staff Writer 2017, a bomb went off in the Manchester Arena, moments after Ariana Grande finished her last song. The bomb killed twenty-two people, including children. The suicide bomber was identified as Salman Abedi, a British-born national of Libyan descent. The tragedy was later claimed as the by the terrorist organization, ISIS. UK authorities believe that Abedi was part of a network and have since arrested 18 other people, though no positive confirmation of their involvement has been given and some have been released. Since the tragedy, overwhelming support has been expressed to the city of Manchester. Ariana Grande hosted a benefit concert and has offered to pay for the funerals for the victims of the attack. The One Love benefit concert raised $2.6 million for those affected. It helped display the message of unity and resilience in the face of adversity. Surrounding the benefit concert was a ring of armed police, determined to show the security
state that the country was under. Less than 24 hours before the benefit concert, another terror attack took place on the London Bridge. A vehicle ploughed through people and the suspects then left the van to stab people in the vicinity. Police confirm that at least seven people were killed. The three male suspects were shot and killed as police arrived on the scene. Prime Minister Theresa May, who recently suffered setbacks for her party in a recent election, stated that they [the UK] “Cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are.” She affirmed that there must now be greater regulation of the Internet and that existing online “safe spaces” that allow terrorism to “breed” must be eradicated. Though tragedy unfolded repeatedly, the greater message of unity, helping each others, and healing will hopefully transcend the suffering caused.
Robyn Seidman, Softball Pro Earlier this year, I highlighted the and she has played first and third base as well. She is now comfortable playachievements of LHS juniors Veronika Haj- ing all three bases. duczka and Kelsey Guzman. In our last issue With the experience that Robyn has gained throughout the years, she has Staff Writer of The Lawachieved some major accomplishrencian, I will introduce you to LHS junior ments. For example, she has won softball player Robyn Seidman. Whether she multiple MVP awards during touris at bat or in the field, she excels at what she naments. In addition to that, she does. has been on Lawrence’s varsity Robyn’s love for softball began at a team during all of her high school young age. When she was about six years years, and she is now a captain, old, she started to play tee ball and began along with seniors Melissa softball when she was eight. She says that Rothenberg and Amirah she started because she and her family have Hutchinson. Robyn has done so always been into sports, and she wanted to much at just sixteen years old, and play after watching baseball games with her it is certain that she will continue dad. She really enjoyed softball after she to reach success in the years to began, so she continued with it. come. Softball has had a significant Robyn has a wide range of teams that she impact on Robyn’s life. She loves has been on and positions that she has the sport, and she really likes how Robyn Seidman bats for the Lawrence varsity softball team. played, and she has been recognized for her it has allowed her to meet new peohard work, dedication, and talent. She started with recreational softball in ple and make new friends. She says that she cannot imagine her life without Lawrence and now is on Hamilton’s recreational team. Once she reached softball because it has become a part of her. In the future, she wants to play eighth grade, she decided that she wanted to play for travel teams. She was softball in college - she’s hoping to get recruited this summer. To sum eveon the Hamilton Hurricanes in eighth grade, Xtreme during her freshman rything up, she said, “I love softball, I could never imagine not playing the year, and Ewing Edge and the South Jersey Renegades during her sophogame. I definitely don’t regret starting, and it has changed my life. I wish more year. She now plays for the West Windsor Ninjas. Additionally, Robyn more people supported the sport because what we do is great.” plays for the school’s team. Robyn was on Lawrence Middle School’s team Robyn’s passion for softball teaches us that it is essential to do what in seventh and eighth grade, and she has been on Lawrence High School’s you love and love what you do. Out of the many great students that Lawteam since her freshman year. rence High has, she is one that stands out. She definitely represents what it In addition to the multiple softball teams that she has been on, she also means to be a Cardinal, and she will surely go far in life! has a lot of experience with the game itself. She started out as an outfielder, By Milena Bimpong
Sophia Centeno, Track Star By Adam Kosiba
What better way to close off the school self among the top ranks of high school track runners and not far off from the year than by presenting some of the most ambibest in the USA. Apart from running, Sofia also does pole vault and she and Staff Writer tious, humble, high-achieving and of course exanother student hold the school record at the moment. tremely talented students of our school? One of these students is junior Sofia Furthermore, what was really fascinating to find out was that Sofia actuCentento - one of the most amazing track runners I know at ally holds not one, but three school records! She Lawrence High School. holds the pole vault record, a pole vault relay recI got a chance to speak with Sofia and find out more ord, and a sprint medley record that hasn’t been broabout when her passion for track began, how it’s evolving ken by anyone for almost 10 years - truly amazing! currently, and where it’s heading. She explained that she Sofia also mentioned to me that she is considering began participating in track freshman year when Mr. Collins and would like to run track in college. I’m positive asked her in class if she would be interested in running for that she would be a great edition to any college the LHS girls’ track team that winter. Gladly, she joined and team that ends up recruiting her, as she has already now every year she participates in spring track because in been getting mail from several of them and keeping the winter she swims. in contact with coaches. Sophia Centento races in a relay. A mid-distance runner, Sofia mainly takes part in With her ambitions motivating her Photo by Tristan Cadet the 800 meter run and although she humbly stated that her and her quick feet moving her on the track, personal record of 2:19 (2 minutes, 19 seconds) is, “Ehh.. pretty good” I Sofia is motivated and set on breaking the 800 meter run record for our think it’s safe to say that it’s an incredible one. To put it into comparison, the school. It’s a 31 year old record, and not surprisingly, she is getting very recent Women’s USA record time for the 800 meter run by Ajee Wilson is close to reaching the required time to break it. We’re all crossing our fingers 1:58.27, which shows how in such a short time, Sofia was able to place her- for you Sofia and we can’t wait so see you achieve your goal next year!
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Visit Italy this Summer! According to StatiscBrain.com, Temple of Juno has structural remains, such as anastylosis, or historical it’s no surprise that Italy is ranked fourth restoration, dating from the 18th century. The Temple of Asclepius is a among the world’s top tourist destinasmall temple and is based on Polybius’s perspective of the temple being Staff Writer tions. You may be asking why it’s the “in front of the city”. It contains pieces of the entablature, with protomes fourth destination stop. The answer to that question is simple. It’s besimilar to a lion, a frieze, and a geison pediment. Obviously, fans of arcause Italy is prominent for its breath-taking scenery and attractions, chitecture won’t want to miss a visit to this location. The Temple of such as the Colosseum and The Valley of the Temples. The next ques- Heracles is the oldest temple in the Valley of Temples. The Temple of tion you may ask is, Zeus was construct“What’s so special about ed to commemorate these places?” Read on, the city-state’s conbecause you are about to quest over Carthage. find out! It was known for Everyone must being the largest have heard of the ColosseDoric Temple, altum in history class. hough it was unfinThere’s a deep history beished and is now hind it! The Colosseum is abandoned as a rethe largest amphitheater in sult. It’s still under Rome , and is prominent debate whether it for being among the greatshould be revamped est examples of Roman or not to this very architecture. It was conday and exists now structed in 72 AD by as a wide stone area 60,000 slaves It took nine that contains numeryears to build, and it was ous pillars and made out of concrete and stones. The Temple stone. of Castor and Pollux Back then, everyone is a temple that now knew where to stop in orhas many remains der to observe a reenactand is a representament of a famous battle or tion of modern Agrian execution. The Colos- The Colosseum in Italy is a magnificent cultural site. gento. Lastly, the seum provided amuseTemple of Vulcan is ment for 390 years and during that time, more than 400,000 people interpreted as one of the most impressive and eroded buildings in the faced their deaths inside the Colosseum. Since that date, the Colosseum valley. became a representation of an anti-capital punishment sentiment. The To visit either of these historic structures would transcend an reason that half of the Colosseum is destroyed is the result of earthindividual back to a time in history unlike any experience in our modern quakes and stone robbers. times. So, if you are feeling adventurous and want to take in some culTourists can pose for pictures and eat to their hearts’ content at the ture, history, architecture, and food, pack your bags and book a trip to Colosseum while enjoying the historic attraction. Italy! The Valley of Temples is another popular attraction in Italy. This beautiful site consists of eight temples and fragments of the remaining structure. The Temple of Concordia is the most remarkable structure of the Greek civilization because of its great conservation. The By Nicole Johnson
Letter from the Graduating Editor By Madalyn Brummel
Dear Lawrencians, It has been both a privilege and an honor to be a part of The Lawrencian for the past four years. I was eager to join the newspaper club as a freshman, and took on the roles of staff writer and layout staff member in September 2013. During my sophomore year, I took on the greater responsibility that was inherent to being Layout Editor and continued to write articles that covered a variety of topics. I was deeply honored to take over the newspaper as Editor-in-Chief during my junior and senior years. I have found it exciting to reorganize, reshape, and redirect The Lawrencian as a publication and as a club. I have enjoyed guiding the writers, illustrators, and photographers through their creative processes and helping them to further develop their unique abilities. I can confidently reflect that their enthusiasm, passion, and talent is unparalleled. I extend my deepest thanks to our advisor, Mr. Lehnert, for helping us to reach and transcend our goals this year. His constant encouragement and assistance in putting together every issue have been invaluable. He has allowed us to mold our newspaper into an accurate mirror of the world within and beyond LHS. I truly admire his dedication, diligence, and optimism. It is with a heavy heart that I leave behind The Lawrencian, but I do not doubt that Mr. Lehnert and the staff will continue to build upon the newspaper’s high level of excellence to further establish a publication that surpasses expectations. Best wishes, Editor-in-Chief
Madalyn Brummel Editor-in-Chief
We are actively seeking additional photographers, illustrators, and writers for the 20172018 school year! For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Advisor: Mr. Douglas Lehnert Editor-in-Chief: Madalyn Brummel Layout Editors: Madalyn Brummel Carly Brummel Brooke Roslon Associate Editors: Roja Vanaparthi Director of Photography: Bella D’Ascoli Assistant Editors: Milena Bimpong Twinkle Brahmbhatt Carly Brummel Gillian Dauer Michal Kazmierczak Emily Mah Staff Writers: Milena Bimpong Twinkle Brahmbhatt Carly Brummel Madalyn Brummel Olivia Corso Gillian Dauer Sophie Gregrowski Catherine Kildea Adam Kosiba Rebecca Jacob Nicole Johnson Samarah McKnight Sam Royster Amrutha Sridhar Harshith Tenepalli Roja Vanaparthi Caroline Bartosik Photographers: Tristan Cadet Bella D’Ascoli Maha Imran Catherine Kildea Sarah Mah Ranbir Negi Caroline Bartosik Illustrators: Stephanie Luo Emily Mah Sarah Mah Samuel Royster Myah Rios Paula Ben Michael Scardelletti Ryan Stevens