Elm Tree Press: Who You Are

by Veronica Saldanha  ’20

As stated by its mission statement:

Lawrence Academy recognizes you for who you are and inspires you to take responsibility for who you want to become…

Personally, over the last several years at Lawrence Academy, I have come to realize that being who you are is a big part of being a student at LA.

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 3.42.13 PMAs an international student, when I first moved onto Lawrence Academy’s campus, I was shocked by the learning environment.

It just seemed to be hands-on and very interactive.

I remember freshman year in Global Cultures class, we were learning about the Harlem Renaissance and the teacher, Mrs. Huggins, decided that we were going to do a project that would involve pretending we were characters from the Harlem Renaissance.

With the mission statement in my head, I decided that I would try singing in front of my peers.

At that time, I really thought to myself that it was either going to lead to something good or just be a big embarrassment, as I had only really sung in my room. However, I still decided to go for it.

When the time came, I sang in front of 16 of my peers and the response was pretty good. But something that really stuck with me was the fact that I started singing because of history class, because of the support that was given to me from my teacher and peers.

I could’ve just stayed silent and done nothing, but instead, I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

I was then introduced to the Music Department who helped me build my confidence to perform in front of a whole audience in the auditorium. Ever since then, I have been part of the LA singers and the annual school musical.

I would have never started singing if it wasn’t for my teacher and peers at LA. When I first came here, I never realized that I would find something that I love, let alone find confidence in a history classroom. I became invested in singers and now it is one of the things on campus that I love the most. It has become an important part of my life and I will always thank LA for the support.

Whether it is sports or music, LA has always been supportive and is a great community to discover yourself.

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Nine LA Singers Perform at 41st All-New England Choral Festival

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Nine Lawrence Academy students are representing LA at the 41st All-New England Choral Festival at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Aiden Berger ’22, Taijie Chen’19, Celine Kim ’21, Nate Hubbard-Nelson ’22Sophia Anne Lando ’20, Claire Lanzendorf ’20, Emily Leung ’19, Veronica Saldanha ’20, and  Crystal Xia ’21 all made the day-trip north accompanied by Director of Music Jenny Cooper.

This year’s theme is “ALL OF US,” based on the final chorus in Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard” and the choral will perform:

  • “Flight Song” by Kim Andre Arnesen
  • “The Listening” by Cheryl B. Engelhardt
  • “Soweto: June, 1976” by Caldwell and Ivory
  • “All of Us” by Craig Hella Johnson

The students began rehearsing at 9:00 a.m. and will work through the pieces with conductor Dan Perkins and pianist Charlie Blood until the 7:00 p.m. concert begins in the Silver Center (Hanaway Theatre) at Plymouth State University in Plymouth.

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