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*Kyle Ojemann frequently worked behind the scenes in the theatre as part of the school’s theatre tech program. He ran for the cross-country team for two terms and played junior varsity tennis each spring. Kyle made arrangements to take an Emergency Medical Technician course in the town of Harvard last fall and has since been serving there as an EMT.

During his first Winterim, a two-week experiential learning session that takes place every March, Kyle white-water rafted through the canyons of Veracruz in southern Mexico, learning about the area’s ancient civilizations, culture, and ecology. In other sessions, he studied the art of iron forging with a local artist-blacksmith and, this spring, worked on an archeological excavation in Tolfa, Italy.

The son of Joan and David Ojemann of Harvard, Kyle will attend Gordon College in the fall.

*Luke Olsen came to Lawrence Academy as a sophomore, and, after two years in the regular school curriculum, pursued his passion for horseback riding with a self-designed yearlong independent study during his senior year. As a participant in the school’s Independent Immersion Program, Luke had to meet specific academic requirements and work out a detailed curriculum for himself with a clear outline of goals and plans to achieve them. A faculty sponsor followed his progress throughout the year, and his work concluded with a presentation to faculty and students that summarized his experience.

Luke’s program was centered on intensive training with professionals at SBS Farms in Buffalo, New York, and, this spring, with a trainer on Cape Cod. His dedication and improved skills allowed him to compete extensively and successfully, and he was also immersed in every aspect of caring for horses by working daily in the stables. Sessions with experts in different areas of specialized care enhanced his learning experience. Luke, whose studies this year have provided a deeper understanding of the options available to him, hopes to pursue an equestrian career.

During one of Lawrence Academy’s scheduled Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Luke studied American Sign Language.

The son of Johanna and Rob Olsen of Groton, Luke will continue his equestrian training during the upcoming year. Following a long-standing tradition that allows employees or members of the Board of Trustees to present diplomas to family members, Luke received his from his father, who serves as Lawrence Academy’s associate director of admissions.

*Jordan Rodriguez was an active member of Lawrence Academy’s Association for Black and Latino Encouragement and represented his school at the NAIS People of Color and Student Diversity Conferences in San Diego during his sophomore year. This spring, he earned his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. For his final project, he installed granite benches in the Veteran’s Memorial Garden in Ayer in honor of his grandfather, who served for 31 years and was a veteran of Vietnam and Korea.

Jordan played soccer, basketball, golf, and tennis, and he appeared on the school stage in the cast of Sweeney Todd. During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, he tried his hand at sports journalism, performed at elementary schools in the New England area with LA’s Something for Nothing Players, and, this spring, participated in volunteer efforts in the Dominican Republic, helping to put an addition on a school. For his junior year Winterim, Jordan participated in a professional internship that he arranged to work alongside a physical therapist, a field that is of great interest to him and which he hopes to pursue during his college studies.

The son of Brenda and Juan Rodriguez of Shirley, Jordan will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall.

*Shannon Saywell appeared frequently on the academic honor rolls and earned high honors during her senior year while completing classes that included AP English and honors courses in visual art and creative writing. She submitted articles regularly to the student newspaper, the Spectrum, and her prose and poetry appeared in the student literary magazine, Consortium. This spring, Shannon performed in end-of-term concerts as a dancer and as a solo pianist.

A four-year varsity basketball player, Shannon earned honorable mention from the Independent School League (ISL) for her performance as a junior and excelled during her senior season, earning ISL All-League honors and being named to the NEPSAC East A/B All-Star Team. She earned recognition in her other sports as well, competing in the New England championships as a member of the track team, and receiving ISL honorable mention for her senior year as a soccer player. Her soccer team also awarded her their Claire Saltonstall Award for dedication and sportsmanship.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Shannon practiced leadership skills in an outdoor adventure setting; performed community service in a Panamanian village located on the Isla Bastimentos, learning about the indigenous people and their culture and exploring the local ecology; and participated in volunteer efforts in the Dominican Republic, helping to rebuild a community school and working with its young students. This spring, she traveled with a group to Ireland, where she learned to use photography to capture the country’s spirit and completed the session by producing a coffee-table book of her favorite images.

The daughter of Lucy van Leeuwen and John Saywell of Groton, Shannon will attend Smith College in the fall, where she was recruited to play basketball.

*Cooper Stone, an honors student throughout his three years at the school, also played soccer, took strength and conditioning classes, and participated in an Outdoors Program, which provides an alternative to competitive sports with a variety of challenging outdoor activities.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Cooper experimented with the art of stained glass and explored the coral reefs of Belize, learning to scuba dive and researching the reef environment with local biologist-naturalists. This spring, he learned about many aspects of maintaining the trails and operating the facilities of a ski resort.

The son of Susan and James Stone of Shirley, Cooper will attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall.

*Michael Titcomb earned academic honors during his senior year and was a member of this winter’s Spartans’ hockey team that won the Independent School League (ISL) Keller Division and went on to take the New England Prep School championship for the first time in the school’s history.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Michael assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children at a local Head Start program, studied the strategies of chess, and, this spring, participated in a professional internship that he arranged to assist LA’s Director of Summer Programs.

The son of Gloria and Jay Titcomb of Groton, Michael will attend Stonehill College in the fall.

*Mary Katherine Waldie was presented the Mark Bagshaw Math Commendation for her achievements in her math studies as a junior. This year, her classes included Spanish 5, AP Environmental Science, and Honors Writing, and her poetry appeared in the student literary magazine, Consortium. She participated in the school’s dance program for a term and made her debut in theatre with a role in one of the student-directed one-act plays this spring. Mary Kate served the Admissions Office as a member of the Elm Tree Society, a select group honored for their exemplary service as tour guides, and she walked with an LA group in the 2010 Walk for Hunger.

A three-sport varsity athlete, Mary Kate played field hockey, hockey, and lacrosse. During her freshman year, her field hockey team had an undefeated season, winning the Independent School League (ISL) and NEPSAC championships. For her contributions to that team, the ISL awarded her honorable mention as a junior and All-League honors as a senior captain. In two of her four seasons on the hockey team, the Spartans competed in the finals of the NEPSAC tournament. She served as a captain of her lacrosse team this spring.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Mary Kate participated in intensive fencing lessons; white-water rafted through the canyons of Veracruz in southern Mexico, learning about the area’s ancient civilizations, culture, and ecology; and experimented with the art of stained glass. This spring, she explored the coral reefs of Belize, learning to scuba dive and researching the reef environment with local biologist-naturalists.

The daughter of Michelle LaMarre-Waldie and Jack Waldie of Groton, Mary Kate will attend Union College in the fall, where she was recruited to play field hockey.

*Ryan Zapolski was presented with The Pillsbury Prize for Character and Conduct during the graduation ceremonies. Throughout his four-year career, he appeared regularly on the school’s academic honor and high honor rolls. He played football each fall and was a member of the undefeated 2009 team; this winter, he was highly valued for his service as an assistant in the Athletic Department.

During his first Winterim, a two-week experiential learning session that takes place every March, Ryan performed at elementary schools in the New England area with LA’s Something for Nothing Players. In other sessions, he designed and created an original quilt and, this spring, worked on an archeological excavation in Tolfa, Italy. As a junior, he tried his hand at sports journalism, observing events, interviewing, and learning how to pitch and write a story. He was already in the habit of contributing articles to the student newspaper, the Spectrum, and his continued efforts in this area earned him recognition at this spring’s Cum Laude Day celebrations, when he was presented with The Francis A. Head Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The son of Cheryl and Michael Zapolski of Townsend, Ryan will attend Ithaca College in the fall. Following a long-standing tradition that allows employees or members of the Board of Trustees to present diplomas to family members, Ryan received his from his mother, who works as both Registrar and Administrative Assistant to Lawrence Academy’s College Office.