Editor’s Note: Mr. Scheibe is well-known on the LA campus for his signing “snow day” declarations. However, today “Head mixMaster Grande” delivered “a little Winterim jam – Five Ranks.”
Here’s to a great, if slightly delayed start to Winterim. It’s an amazing time of year, and great thanks to all of those who have put such effort into organizing, inspiring, and trouble-shooting, particularly Tony Hawgood and Tanya Clark!
Speaking of slight delays, the 2-hour kind we experienced this season haven’t really delivered enough mojo for a proper snow-day song tribute, so it’s all been saved up from the Winter to be unleashed on Winterim.
Here’s 3 minutes worth:
- We do not have any active engagement with either “tuba” or “Cuba” this year, but they make a sick rhyme
Unfortunately, the beats didn’t have sufficient endurance to make it to the all-important final line, which is, for the record: “use the correct level of SPF”
- Recording is not meant to be mistaken for actual “music,” so all apologies to the estate of Ariana Grande
Enjoy the days,
The lyrics are below:
Yo, even the sketchiest weather conditions
Won’t interfere with our Winterim visions
No matter what Mother Nature will bring
These are a few of our Winterim things
Potter and Margraf will catch us some fishes
Quilting makes beautiful patterns with stitches
We go to Galapagos on airplane wings
These are a few of our Winterim Things
Play chess, learn scuba
Make your own tuba
Or even Cuba
You like my chair,
Gee thanks just built it
I got some help
From Mister Matt Smith
First choice, I got it
Second choice, she got it
Third choice he got it
Fourth choice they got it
You like my boat,
Gee thanks, just built it
Fifth choice, OK
You got this, you got this
It’s a tradition in our Spartan Nation
Experiential LA education
We know before we start it will be all good
Cause it is led by Sir Anthony Hawgood
Seasonal affect can make you a sad guy
Yoga and martial arts make you a jedi
Faculty leaders create clever schemes
These are the pairs that I see in my dreams
And K Po
Just fired it
In Clay and Kiln
McBride where’s Ms. Whit
Students acting like frequent fliers
Other schools are try-hard tryers
Passport my business card
Get back before it expires
I don’t mean to brag,
But Winterim’s got some swag
We lead the ISL
by doing Winterim well
What should I choose, Flip flops or boots
Wear proper footwear don’t try to be cute
Proper hydration and nutrients too
Guzzling Gatorade, water, or juice
Look at my neck, Look at my neck
Got a bad sun burn, but hey what the heck
That’s what you get, that’s what you get
Use the correct level of SPF
Best wishes for an amazing Winterim, everyone!
Here’s the photo/social media breakdown of Lawrence Academy Spartans varsity football standout Josh Arruda signing his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play football at Merrimack College.
Congratulations Josh! Best wishes at Merrimack…
The high flying LA Spartans varsity volleyball team, ranked #1 in New England with just two games to go, was well-represented by three players at yesterday’s NEPSAC All-Star festivities at Deerfield Academy in Western Massachusetts.
— Lawrence Academy (@lawrenceacademy) November 5, 2018
The ceremony featured Commencement Speaker Pamela Nwaoko ’06
by Allie Goodrich ’13
— Lawrence Academy (@lawrenceacademy) June 1, 2018
Groton, Mass. — Gray skies, high humidity, and the random raindrop did little to dampen spirits on The Quad, as members of the Class of 2018, friends, family, and faculty gathered to celebrate the 225th commencement exercises of Lawrence Academy.
Throughout the morning, bittersweet tears, ear-to-ear smiles, and stoic faces of accomplishment (and the occasional selfie) punctuated the day, even before LA Head of School Dan Scheibe and peer-selected senior speakers AJ Mastrangelo and Jorie Van Nest greeted the Class of 2018 and the large crowd of beaming onlookers.
“225 graduation exercises,” the Head of School reflected. “That is a lot of exercise; a two century-plus elm-tree-shaded workout.”
“For me, all respect to speakers and prizes, [calling the seniors up by name] is the most energizing and most important part,” Mr. Scheibe added. “It is our mission-powered opportunity to recognize you; to call to mind the essential character as your physical presence is called up.”
“With the diplomas, the responsibility becomes yours. So one last time, we are inspired to ask: who do you want to become?”
Pamela Nwaoko ’06, LA’s 2018 Commencement Speaker, spoke to the value and importance of self-love as she addressed the 90 members of the senior class.
“Entering this new stage of your lives, other people may try to diminish you, perhaps because they don’t yet understand you,” she said. “But I tell you, do not diminish yourself.”
A graduate of Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership from Harvard Law School, Pamela now practices law in Washington, DC at the multinational law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, representing and advising national and international financial institutions.
Back once more on the LA campus, Ms. Nwaoko talked about “translating the love Lawrence Academy has demonstrated to me and turning that inward.
“As you are,” was one lesson.“Begin your lives as graduates of Lawrence Academy as you are. You are enough. Right now, at this very moment. And for every moment for the rest of your lives, you will be enough.
“Be brave,” she continued. “Because it is hard to be and love yourself in this world. Those things that make us who we are are the same things that may make others uncomfortable… Teach others your value by first setting the example; be brave about loving yourself. Love yourself outloud.
In conclusion, Ms. Nwaoko spoke of the future, adding, “Hopefully, [you will] have gone forward bravely, loving yourself—and in turn, expanding your ability to love others, as they are.”
Congratulations to Lawrence Academy’s Class of 2018! Watch this space and www.lacademy.edu for continuing coverage of LA’s 225th graduation exercises.