Tyler Beede ’11 Returns To Boston

By John Bishop

As far as big sports stories, “local boy makes good” is one of the best to cover. And, true to form, the local sporting press is covering the heck out of Tyler Beede ’11 and his return to New England.

Tyler — unfortunately — will not start at Fenway Park for the San Francisco Giants during the current series.

However, he made for a great article by those writers ready to have something positive to write, baseball-wise, in a September that sees both the Giants and the Boston Red Sox on the outside looking in to MLB’s October postseason.

Tyler pitching for LA during the 2010 season.

“It’s OK,” Beede said to the Worcester Telegram about missing a chance to sling the pill in Boston’s beloved ballpark. “I think it’s maybe an opportunity for me to relax and take it in more than I would have. I can sort of be a spectator and enjoy the days we have here in Boston as opposed to worrying about pitching and going out there and facing the Sox.”

“This is like a full circle moment for me,” added Beede, who also told the Telegram that he expected around 200 family and friends to attend the Boston/San Francisco series.

As far as not getting a chance to take the mound at Fenway, Beede remained philosophical and hopeful for a chance in the future.

[Tyler was] widely recognized on campus for his gregarious nature and ability to maintain his modesty and be an integral part of the school community.”
Chris Margraf, LA’s head baseball coach & math teacher

“We play there every three or four years,” said Beede, who led LA to an undefeated baseball season his senior year. “I’m sure there’ll be more opportunities.”

He said the familiar faces in the stands had hoped for better. Beede, who won the College World Series with Vanderbilt, hasn’t allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings.

“I would’ve loved to pitch there,” said Beede to KNBR. “I think it provides a little bit of a relief — not as overwhelming, [don’t have] to worry about pitching there. So I’m fine either way.

The undefeated 2011 baseball Spartans.

“I assumed I was going every seven days with the off day and with [fellow Giants starter Bumgarner] going every five days. I told family that I expected to pitch Friday even though they thought Thursday was a chance.”

But who knows, maybe Tyler will get in as a pinch hitter?

“He also hit bombs,” said his former assistant coach on the Spartans, Jared Gagnon ’03 when asked about Beede’s career in Groton. “Nobody talks about that.”

As the legendary catcher, Yogi Berra said, after being asked to describe baseball in one word, “You just never know.”

After being selected in the MLB baseball draft, Tyler returned to campus in 2015.

Club Fair Rocks MacNeil

By Jack Horsman ’18

To say that this year’s club fair — which was held in MacNeil Lounge on Monday, September 16 — was a success, is a massive understatement.

Students packed the lounge during the club block on Monday to learn and talk about the wide variety of co-curricular offerings this school year.

“I think the club fair went well because any time in our community where we can make space for students… [and see] ideas and plans to come to fruition, that’s a good thing,” Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Growth Raquel Majeski said.

In previous years the fair was out on the Quad. But this year, in the venerable old lounge, the cacophony created by excited students — and the drum circle club — was amazing.

“I think that the energy was higher because there was a smaller area and everyone was around there,” said Mimi Zahavi, a senior day student from Westford. “Also, because it was in MacNeil it made it easier for people to walk in and out

“I feel like a lot of people showed up and were present,” added Claire Lanzendorf, a senior day student from Sudbury, MA – speaking to the fair’s not having to share the day.

That was the other different about this year’s club fair; it was held during the day in the new “club block” as opposed to after the very memorable, but always tiring Mountain Day.

“We’ve carved out in our schedule this time for clubs and having it during that time was great,” explained Ms. Majeski.  “It was an intentional design oto have that space and that’s awesome.

“I think a good amount of students showed up.”

By our count, nearly half the student body and many, many faculty members, attended the fair. And students enjoyed learning about the many offerings.

“In the past there have been a multitude of clubs that they were serious clubs; [but now] I like that we’ve started with some silly clubs,” added Mimi. “We have Croc club, that’s pretty epic. They just literally trade “jibbets,”

“I think having serious clubs like Umoja and then having Croc club, it’s a good balance,” she concluded.

NESCAC Player of the Week is Grace Harlan ’18

What a weekend for Grace Harlan ’18 and Middlebury Field Hockey. The Panther goalkeeper has been selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week.

The sophomore (and former Spartan) posted a pair of shutouts in goal last week as Middlebury downed No. 9 Bowdoin 1-0 and blanked 18th-ranked Babson 2-0.

After Middlebury’s win over Babson, Grace enjoyed a mini Lawrence Academy reunion with former Spartans Lauren Curley ‘18 (who plays for Babson College) and Grace Bellefeuille ‘18 who had traveled to Wellesley to watch the game.

Click here to read the Middlebury Athletics article.

The Art of Mohammed Daoudi Now Featured in Lawrence Academy’s Conant Gallery

By Jack Horsman ’18

On Friday, September 13, an art exhibit featuring the work of local artist Mohammed Daoudi opened in the Conant Art Gallery at Lawrence Academy.

Daoudi’s work, which features a range of styles — including pencil drawings and scotch-tape collages — is meant to give viewers a look at “a different world than the one they see every day,” explains Daoudi, but also a world with “similarities of the world they live in.”

Lawrence Academy art teacher, and long-time Conant Art Gallery Curator, Laurie McGowan, met the artist when they were both exhibiting at Keene State College. 

Laurie loved the art and decided to have him come and present it at LA.

“I think it’s really great to expose the kids to art that’s happening locally and around the world.”

Laurie McGowan

His artwork brings “a little bit of diversity,” added Ms. McGowan. “Some of his work deals with some Muslim issues, some women [issues], and this idea of xenophobia, and immigration.”

McGowan finished by saying that she is “really hoping teachers bring their students down [to the Conant Art Gallery].”

Daoudi joked that he does art because “it’s cheaper than therapy.” And that he has so many different forms of artwork because he gets bored quickly, so he likes to be able to jump around and switch to something different. 

One style in particular that caught the eye of the LA students who attended the opening were scotch-tape collages. 

Daoudi makes these collages by placing a piece of scotch-tape on to a picture in the New York Times, peels it off, and then places the tape onto a piece of canvas. He repeats this over and over, until he fills up the canvas with the scotch-tape images, creating a much larger picture overall.

Daoudi explained that the New York Times is the only newspaper he’s found where just the ink will come up when you peel the tape off (and not the paper as well).

Be sure to check out the gallery next time you are on campus. The exhibit is on display through December 16 in the Conant Gallery (LA entrance on Rt. 40). Conant Gallery is open to the public, Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM.

For the full photo gallery from Mohammed Daoudi’s art opening click here.