Join Us for LA Reunion 2019

We’d love to see you back on campus!

Alumni, don’t miss our annual gathering on the Quad…

We’re calling back classes ending in “4” and “9”, but former LA students (and faculty) from all years are welcome to join us on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.

Join us!

Reunion registration, schedule, and info available here:

Want to see who is going to join us on Powderhouse Road?

Contact Caitlin O’Brien (978-448-1574).

See you soon!

Emily Pratt ’16 Named CCC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for Endicott College

Now the whole basketball world knows what everyone at Lawrence Academy ALWAYS knew – Emily Pratt ’16 is one heck of a player.

Yesterday, the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) named the Endicott College junior as its “Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.”

Endicott College Sports Information reported:

Emily Pratt ’16

With the announcement of today’s awards, Pratt is now the first student-athlete in women’s basketball program history to receive Player of the Year accolades since Ceciley Chisholm ’10 did so in 2009-10.

Pratt’s MVP-caliber year includes the following averages: 17.4 points per game (40.7 FG%, 34.6 3PT%, 74.5 FT%), 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.32 steals, and 0.48 blocks. Pratt currently ranks first in the conference in points (436), second in field goals made (145), steals (58), and points per 40 minutes (21.1), third in free throws made (102) and points per game (17.4), and fifth in three-point field goals made (44) and three-point field goal percentage (34.6).

Historically speaking, Pratt’s 436 points this season ranks ninth all-time in program history, while her 17.4 points per game are positioned fifth all-time. Pratt also ranks No. 12 on the all-time scoring list with 995 career points entering Thursday night’s CCC Tournament semifinal matchup…First-seeded Endicott (17-8, 13-3 CCC) will take on the winner of No. 5 Curry and No. 4 Roger Williams on Thursday, February 21 in the CCC Semifinals at a time to be determined later.

While with the Spartans, Pratt scored her 1000th point at TD Garden, becoming just the third Lawrence Academy girls’ basketball player to accomplish the feat.

As for this season, the CCC reported:

Pratt is the top-scorer on an Endicott team that will enter the CCC Women’s Basketball Championship as the top seed… Pratt had nine games of 20 or more points, with her season-high of 33 coming against Curry back in November. She was named the CCC Player of the Week three times (Weeks ending Dec. 2, Dec. 16, Jan. 20).

Congratulations and good luck to Emily!

Congratulations Emily!

Lawrence Academy Announces Graduation Speakers

Pamela Nwaoko ‘06 will keynote LA’s 225th commencement exercises

As the school eagerly anticipates Lawrence Academy’s 225th commencement exercises, we are excited to announce that Pamela Nwaoko ’06 will be Lawrence Academy’s 2018 Commencement Speaker.

Pamela Nwaoko '06

Pamela Nwaoko ’06

A member of LA’s Class of 2006, Pamela was born and raised in New Jersey to Nigerian immigrant parents. While in Groton, Pamela engaged in a diverse set of co-curricular activities, including directing a One Act play, founding of one of LA’s first affinity groups, working with students and faculty to develop the Cultural Coffeehouse Series, and, on the weekends, spending much quality time in the library.

After graduating from Lawrence Academy, Pamela attended Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School. At Georgetown, she was named a Top Ten College Woman by Glamour Magazine, a Goldman Sachs “Global Leader,” and she addressed her graduating class as a Senior Convocation Speaker. She attended Oxford on a full-tuition scholarship as a Healy Scholar and was recognized during Harvard’s Commencement Ceremony with the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.

Ms. Nwaoko now practices law in Washington, DC at the multinational law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, representing and advising national and international financial institutions.

“I am excited for the opportunity to return to where my challenging, yet rewarding, educational journey began,” said Nwaoko. “I look forward to meeting the class of 2018!”

Head of School Dan Scheibe will lead the proceedings on June 1 on the Lawrence Academy Quad. Joining Pamela at the podium will be Class of 2018 president Gavin Slattery and peer-selected senior speakers AJ Mastrangelo and Jorie Van Nest.

Published Poets at LA

Poetry is thriving here at Lawrence Academy.

MaggieEThis past summer, Maggie Eames ‘19 saw her work appear in three publications, while Annie Baron ‘17’s poem “Wonder” was selected as a winner in the Save the Earth Poetry Contest.

Now a junior, Maggie “was a poet coming in the door” when she arrived as a freshman, said English teacher Meghan Smith (who is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry through Vermont College), who had Eames as a student.

“We try to teach kids some poetry composition every year in each of the grades,” added English department chair Laura Moore (whose second book of poetry will be published by Kelsay Books this winter, a collection called “Using Your Words”).

Between the students’ work in the classroom, the poetry recitation and spoken word slams, and the literary magazine, “We do have a place for kids who have that particular passion, for sure.”

Maggie’s feature in WURD—an anthology published by a program run out of the Pratt Institute in New York—includes three poems and a short biography, in which she cites the poets Ocean Vuong, E. E. Cummings, and Sylvia Plath among her inspirations. Beneath the title of the first poem, “pendulum petals,” she notes that the poem was inspired by sculptor Alexander Calder’s Arc of Petals, a mobile display in the Guggenheim Museum.

“[It’s the] idea that the page has very little to do with straight lines, that the whole thing is a canvas,” Mrs. Smith described.

Many of Maggie’s poems speak to a connection between visual art and writing; in ‘pendulum petals,’ the poem’s form is one that reflects movement, with words spaced out, letters broken up, and lines appearing to sway back and forth across the page.

“I do think most of my poetry is influenced by other works of art,” said Maggie.

“At Pratt, we went to museums every Saturday and worked with students in other majors, so a lot of the pieces I wrote were inspired by a variety of visual arts pieces by students and at museums, [and] by other poems we read.”

In addition to her work with the Pratt Institute, Maggie attended the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English, where she took a class on conveying emotion through description.

“My instructor emphasized the importance of gaining inspiration from visual art,” said Eames. “If we want to effectively convey emotion in writing, visual art is a really strong place to start because we have to feel the emotion ourselves to write it.”

Maggie also saw her work published by American High School Poets: Inside My World, published by Live Poets Society of NJ, and Polyphony H.S., an international student-run literary magazine for high-school writers.

As for Annie Barron ’17, her poem “Wonder” was selected as one of the winners of the Save the Earth Poetry Contest.

IMG_8838When it comes to poetry, Annie is somewhat of a late bloomer.

“It was definitely a long process to get where I am today when it comes to my relationship with poetry,” she reflected. “I think when I first began exploring it in an academic setting during my freshman year, I thought it was super elusive, which intimidated me.

“I remember wishing it was more straightforward, and I definitely thought that writing fiction and short stories was easier because I could use more words to explain myself.”

So, what changed?

“I used to journal a lot, and I think in writing down everything I had to say in a book, I became more comfortable with using words to express emotions and things that I thought were beautiful,” she explained.

At LA, Annie found herself starting to explore writing in a more general way; gradually, her focus shifted.

“I don’t think I was truly comfortable with sharing my work until my junior year,” she admitted.

“Once I did start to share my work, I really felt supported by the LA English department; I felt like they were all trying to help me improve and become more comfortable, which was a major help for me when it came to exploring poetry.”

These days, now as a student at Lewis & Clark College, Annie says she writes more poetry than prose.

“It’s quite the opposite of what I was like during my freshman year of high school,” she said as she described the perspective she’s unearthed through developing her writing.

“Instead of being something that I try to avoid because of how elusive it is, I’ve come to appreciate and respect that kind of elusiveness in poetry because I also notice elusiveness in the world around me.”

“To me, it was a perfect fit.”