LA Girls Rule The Mat

Five wrestlers medal in all-girl tourney

This past weekend, 54 wrestlers from 29 different schools traveled to Andover, Massachusetts to compete in the 6th Annual Phillips Andover All Girls Wrestling Tournament.


There’s no escape from these girls…

After the event, Lawrence Academy Wrestling Coach Michael Oakes couldn’t have been more impressed by the girls on his time, who delivered an outstanding all-around performance.

“I’m beyond proud of all of my girls,” Coach Oakes said. “Their hard work is really paying off.

“I am so very proud of all of them.”

And this was no moral victory. The results from the day don’t lie.

LA finished in 2nd place overall, with all 5 girls; Emily Morin ’22, Ester Berrocal de Castro ’19, Elizabeth Crandall ’22, Raquel Berrocal de Castro ’21, and Karoline Hartner ’22 finishing in tops spots in their respective weight classes.

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For Karoline — who had never wrestled a day in her life before this school year — the day felt extra special, as she finished first in her division.

“I was originally going to do theater but I have stage fright,” Hartner said. “And my best-friend Elizabeth Crandall [who has been wrestling since she was little] convinced me to wrestle.“

“[Before the season], I felt like the ‘elephant in the room’ because I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, but everyone was so helpful and welcoming.”

Coach Oakes was extremely happy with his first time wrestler and her success in the tournament.

“Liney [aka Karoline] went out there and wrestled her matches; she controlled every moment.” Coach said.

Two years ago, LA wrestling welcomed it’s first girl (in recent memory) onto the squad. And ever since, Ester Berrocal de Castro ’19 joined the roster.

Her bravery opened the door for other girls to confidently give wrestling a shot.

“There was so much girl power in that room and it was so empowering watching so many girls wrestle,” said Hartner. “The feeling of having your hand raised is so rewarding.”

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Some photos provided by Phillips Academy

Three Groton Schools Rise Against Hunger

Students from LA, Groton School, GDRHS Join Together for Meal Preparation Event, January 13

Groton, Mass. — It’s almost time! Lawrence Academy’s annual meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger happens this weekend, on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

And, this year, Groton, Mass. is represented by all three high schools — LA, Groton School, and Groton Dunstable Regional High School — whose students will literally work to end hunger.


Rise Against Hunger 2018

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizes the necessary resources in an effort to end hunger by 2030.

Over the past several years, Lawrence Academy has been a partner of Rise Against Hunger, mobilizing its own best resource — it’s students — in just one facet of the school’s community service program.

We’ll be sure to post pictures and video from this year’s event, but, for now, enjoy some scenes from previous years.

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Coming to Conant Gallery: Michael Alfano

Lawrence Academy welcomes the work of…

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Michael Alfano



Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Live music and refreshments

On display through March 13, 2019, in the Conant Gallery (entrance on Rt. 40)

Gallery open Weekdays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM.

New Book for Charlie Smigelski ’67

Lawrence Academy alumnus Charlie Smigelski ’67 has a new book available.

A nutritionist, Smigelski takes a functional medicine approach that stresses repair of the cell systems behind ailments.

The book synopsis reads:

CharlieAfter age 50 there are physiologic changes that increase nutrient needs. Cellular repair is slower, so wear and tear on muscles lingers; antioxidants are needed in larger quantity. The immune system also responds a bit more slowly to viruses and germs, generating more free radicals and inflammation. Knowing how to nourish the glutathione antioxidant enzyme improves the pace of body repair. Even liver and kidney functions can be improved.Reversing subtle or marginal nutrient deficiencies can improve general vitality and sense of wellbeing. Added nutrition means you recover from skiing, swimming, cycling, and hockey adventures better. Taking extra vitamin and other supplements can help you manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol without medications. Intelligent use of supplements can help manage conditions like acid reflux, neuropathy, arthritis and diabetes when drugs are only partially effective, or have unwanted side effects. I want you to examine your concept of the usual physical declines with aging. Use this book to develop new ideas and abilities for repairing yourself in your AARP membership decades.

Join us in congratulating Charlie on his new publication!

If you are interested in reading the book, it is available on Amazon.