LA Announces 2019 Graduation Speaker

Kate Williams of “1% for the Planet” will keynote LA’s 226th commencement

Groton, MA – Kate Williams of “1% for the Planet” will keynote the 226th commencement exercises of Lawrence Academy.

Kate Williams. Photo: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

Devoted to balancing her passion for spending time outdoors with her commitment to doing the often desk-bound work of stewarding and advocating for outdoor places, Ms. Williams stepped into the role of CEO at 1% for the Planet – a global and diverse network, which proves that anyone can make a difference – in May 2015.

Kate brought a strong track record as a leader to the non-profit company, including roles as Board Chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, as founder and owner of a farm business enterprise, and as an elected political leader in her community.

Ms. Williams also brings a deep passion for and commitment to the power of collective action; a call for action currently taken up on the LA campus by the student-led Lawrence Academy Environmental Sustainability Council.

“When people come together across traditional boundaries to solve complex problems, they create an unstoppable force,” she says. “It is my best hope that I can lead by creating and supporting these kinds of powerful connections.”

Williams earned a BA at Princeton University where she majored in history, and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on Systems Theory.

Kate lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.

Head of School Dan Scheibe will lead LA’s graduation proceedings on May 31 on the Quad. Joining Ms. Williams at the podium will be Class of 2019 students elected to speak by their classmates.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact the Lawrence Academy Communications Office.

UPDATED: Two Separate Programs for “One Acts” May 9 – 11

This morning, Mr. Sugerman announced:

The LA Honors Theatre Ensemble is proud to announce the 2019 One Acts, presented in two separate programs. Cast lists are below the poster in case you can only come to one part and there are specific someones you want to see. But we hope you can come to both! See the poster for details of dates and times for each of the programs.


Joel Sugerman, Director of Theatre

One in Nine Million, written & directed by Shriya Balaji
Avery – Anya Brown
Sammy – Amaya Benzaquin-Magill
Quinn – Justin Chen
Taylor – Jess Fatzinger

Lifeboat is Sinking, directed by Mike Templeton
Sherwin – Ari Poras
June – Julia Schmidt

Sure Thing, directed by Katelynn Banville
Bills – Nick de Valpine, Arhant Ghanta, Eric Lu
Bettys – Abby Kelley, Liv Drugotch, Lalu Saldanha
Host – Maksim Tochilkin

Last First Kiss, directed by Brennan McCormick
Peter – Mickey Feeney
Gabby – Jenny Dick

A Meal to Seal the Deal, written directed by Nicole Winthrop
Trish – Shelby Guinard
Will – Sam Sacknowitz
Sasha – Claire Ianinni
George – Ester Berrocal de Castro
Dan – Omar Abuhamdeh
Jerry – James Choi
Waiter – Maksim Tochilkin

Facing Nature with Scott Rogers, directed by Jack Duggan
Scott – Kevin Weaver
Davis – Matty Berg
Athlete – Sebastian Sepulveda
Girl – Bridget Walter
Camera – Rahul Uhlman

Strings, written directed by Leah Davis
Parent: Hal Groome
Kid – Mimi Zahavi
Puppeteers – Victoria Lucontoni, Nadine Abuhamdeh

Words, Words, Words, directed by Mark Bedetti
Swift – Julia Stern
Milton – Aidan Berger
Kafka – LuLu Feeney

Immoral Dilemma, written & directed by Viraz Mahanti
Don – Emmanuel Famose
Brick – Henry Trainor
Snake – Sabrina Ladiwala
Huey – Ethan Paek

Wanda’s Visit, part 1, directed by Liv Bazos
Wanda – Megan Beran
Marsha – Claire Lanzendorf
Jim – Jake Purtell

Wanda’s Visit, part 2, directed by Denby Fortune
Wanda – L Brock
Marsha – Shaniece Nugent
Jim – Charlie Groome
Waiter – Hal Groome

Break a leg, Spartans!

Spartan’s Seibold is a National Champion; LA Girls’ Hockey Junior Takes Title As Member of Boston Junior Eagles

Irvine, California — Add Jenna Seibold ’20 to the ever-growing list of successful skaters to wear the red, white, and blue of the Lawrence Academy Spartans.

Seibold, a junior on the LA girls’ ice hockey team, participated in the “Chipotle USA Hockey National Championship” last week in Irvine, California and brought home a title; this time wearing the maroon and gold of the Boston Junior Eagles.

Caught in-between classes here on the elm tree-shaded hillside, Seibold spoke about her team’s accomplishment and her own superlatives away from LA’s Grant rink.

“I am, for sure, still in shock about winning nationals,” said Jenna. “It’s a very big thing that our team’s been working toward since our squad was even put together.”

LA girls’ hockey head coach and athletic director Kevin Potter was one of the first to know about the win, and he immediately passed on his kudos to Seibold and her squad.

LA girls’ hockey v. St. Paul’s. Jon Chase photo

“We are very proud of Jenna and her accomplishments with the Boston Junior Eagles program,” he said. “She is a dedicated player who works hard both on-and-off the ice to be the best student-athlete she can be.”

All of that work paid off for Seibold and her teammates.

“Being a half-season team is tough just because we don’t see each other as much as other teams,” explained Seibold, “but playing in the ISL helped us all stay ready to go over the winter which was big.”

Check out the highlights from the big win for Boston.


LA’s Meier Pitches No-Hitter vs. St. Mark’s in 7-0 ISL Win

Groton, Mass. — Lawrence Academy’s Max Meier ’19 (a Stanford commit from Belmont) pitched a complete game no-hitter in an impressive April 17 outing, which featured 11 K’s and only three walks in a 7-0 win over Independent School League (ISL) rival St. Mark’s School (Southboro).

Max Meier ’19. File photo: Jonathan Gotlib, LA Communications

“I think from the beginning of the game I could tell I was going to be on,” said Meier of the win. “All four of my pitches were working really well, which is always good.

“My plan was to just attack hitters and throw strikes, and let my defense make the plays they needed to.”

Max Meier ’19, Lawrence Academy Baseball

Long-time Lawrence Academy baseball Varsity Head Coach Chris Margraf, agreed, but noted that the “no-no” wasn’t the only sign of significant gains by the Stanford-bound senior.

“Max continues to progress extremely well since our spring trip to Florida,” said Margraf, recently lauded as one of the most influential people in New England Baseball.

Meier with Coach Margraf as he signed with Stanford.

“Most impressive is that Max is a gamer,” said Margraf, whose club raised its record to 3-1. “He loves to compete. He added an RBI single in the first from the three-hole in the order.

“Max had a good command of his fastball early on and became more comfortable with his curve as the game progressed.”

Chris Margraf, LA Baseball head coach

“Overall – a great team win.”

But the early-season win registered hardly a high-five after the game ended, with Meier and LA maintaining their game-faces until after the handshakes concluded.

“I think the team knew of the no hitter once we got into the 6th and 7th innings,” explained Meier. “I didn’t start to think about it until the last few outs.

“Right after we got through the line and shook hands, everyone congratulated me and was excited for me – which was great.”

“Great” is an understated superlative, but Athletic Director Kevin Potter added his own.

“Stanford is certainly getting a good one. We are so proud of Max and his no-hitter today!

“He is an outstanding student-athlete — a leader on and off the field — and we are so proud of his accomplishment.”

Kevin Potter, Lawrence Academy Athletic Director
Re-live Meier’s no-hitter via LSP. Enjoy the call from Sam Feeley.

Boston Bruins Name LA’s Braden Doyle recipient of the John Carlton Memorial Trophy

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins announced today that defenseman Braden Doyle of Lawrence Academy and defenseman Lily Farden of Noble & Greenough School are this year’s recipients of the John Carlton Memorial Trophies.

Braden Doyle 19′ skates up ice during the game against Cushing Academy.

The John Carlton Memorial Trophies are given annually by the Boston Bruins to the outstanding male and female student athletes in Eastern Massachusetts high school hockey or junior hockey. They are given to the high school seniors “who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence.” The annual awards are named in honor of the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in December 1982 after a long and dedicated affiliation at all levels of the game. 

Doyle, of Lynnfield, MA completed his high school career as Co-Captain of the Lawrence Academy boy’s hockey team and was named to the All-Independent School League Team. Doyle played youth hockey for his home town of Lynnfield and the Valley Junior Warriors. Doyle was a member of the Minuteman Flames team that was ranked number one in the nation for three straight years while winning the prestigious Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament. As a freshman at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, Doyle was a member of the U-14 team that won a National Championship in 2016. Following his freshman year at SSM, Doyle joined Lawrence Academy and went on to help the LA team win the Small School ISL Championship in 2018. Doyle also earned an invite to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was named a USA Today Pre-Season All American. Doyle is committed to playing collegiate hockey at Boston University. Next year, he plans to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Braden Doyle ’19 and the boys’ varsity hockey team celebrate their 2018 NEPSAC Champtionship.

Doyle, of Lynnfield, MA completed his high school career as Co-Captain of the Lawrence Academy boy’s hockey team and was named to the All-Independent School League Team. Doyle played youth hockey for his home town of Lynnfield and the Valley Junior Warriors. Doyle was a member of the Minuteman Flames team that was ranked number one in the nation for three straight years while winning the prestigious Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament. As a freshman at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, Doyle was a member of the U-14 team that won a National Championship in 2016. Following his freshman year at SSM, Doyle joined Lawrence Academy and went on to help the LA team win the Small School ISL Championship in 2018. Doyle also earned an invite to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was named a USA Today Pre-Season All American. Doyle is committed to playing collegiate hockey at Boston University. Next year, he plans to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Farden, of Hingham, MA completed her high school hockey career with over 100 points and helped lead her team to three Independent School League titles and two New England Prep School Athletic Conference championships. She was recently named Dvision One Player of the Year in the NEPSAC and also Most Valuable Player of the ISL for the 2018-19 season. Farden was also honored as a First Team All-New England and First Team All-ISL defenseman for the third year in a row. Lily was a member of the Under 18 Team USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team that won a gold medal at the World Championships in Dmitrov, Russia in 2018. For the past two years, she has been a USA Today Pre-Season All-American, an All-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year Finalist and a member of the American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Hockey Team. She is a two-sport captain and three sport varsity athlete at Nobles in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She has also excelled in the classroom earing Highest Academic Distinction at Nobles for four consecutive years. She will play college hockey at Harvard University next year.

Past winners of the Carlton Trophies include Charlie Coyle of the Bruins, Ryan Fitzgerald of the Providence Bruins, and Jillian Dempsey and Mary Parker of the Boston Pride.