Elm Tree Society

The Elm Tree Society is made up of a select group of tour guides who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping the Admissions Office. This may include representing the school at the Fall Open House, In-Home Receptions, or other admissions events during the year.

An Elm Tree Society member has also proven himself or herself as a consistent and reliable tour guide who is confident, well spoken and poised. Members of Elm Tree vote new members into the Society each spring.

Kevin Weaver '20

Always a smile on his face, Kevin can be seen here acting in the LA One Acts which take place in the spring.

Hi all, I’m Kevin Weaver. I’m a senior boarding student from Sudbury, Mass., and my favorite subjects at Lawrence Academy are English, art, and history. I’m currently LA’s Student Body President, a co-leader of the Moral Courage Task Force, and a member of the Community Service Advisory Board; I also am a peer counselor, part of our mentorship program, and help plan special events on campus. I play intramural tennis, too, and love participating in Spoon Hunt during Spirit Week.

Steph Clark '20

Steph (first on the left), posing for a fellow classmate during Spirit Week's Twin Day.

Hello! I’m Steph Clark, a senior day student from Sudbury, Mass. My favorite subject at LA is history, and my favorite on-campus tradition is Spoon Hunt in the fall. I’m a member of the school’s field hockey and girls’ ice hockey teams. I’m also a Food Committee co-chair – we meet with the head of the dining hall to discuss student suggestions and ways to improve – and a member of the Judiciary Council. Welcome to Lawrence Academy!

Chris Davis '20

Shown here, Chris running for the LA Cross Country team in the fall.

Hi! I’m Chris Davis, and I’m a senior day student from Dunstable, Mass. During Spirit Week, you’ll find me trying to win Spoon Hunt, my favorite tradition at Lawrence Academy. I’m on LA’s cross-country, alpine ski racing, and track & field teams, in addition to being an admissions tour guide and a member of our debate club. Class-wise, I’m a big fan of biology and history.

Nick de Valpine '20

Nick (on the right), working with Mr. Huff during math class in the Ansin Academic Building.

Hi there! I’m Nick de Valpine, a senior boarding student from Arlington, Mass. Course-wise, I’m a fan of LA’s Spanish, history, and science classes; outside of the classroom, I’m a member of our lacrosse and skiing teams, part of the Judiciary Council, and a peer counselor. Every year, you can be sure I won’t miss out on Spoon Hunt – it’s my favorite Lawrence Academy tradition!

Mia Gage '20

Seen here, Mia (on the right), performing an independent theatre performance of "Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons," with a fellow classmate.

Hey! I’m Mia Gage, a senior boarding student from Methuen, Mass. I’ve enjoyed my English courses at LA, and am excited to direct a One Act this year; I love that they give students who don’t typically act the opportunity to showcase their talents. In the spring, you’ll find me on the softball field.

Tillie Golnik '20

Tillie (second from the left) on Winterim with The System in Washington, DC where they had the priviledge of meeting Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

Welcome, future Spartans! I’m Tillie Golnik, a senior day student from Carlisle, Mass. I’m a big fan of LA’s Winterim program, and, academics-wise, I enjoyed my Junior English Seminar and Math 4 Advanced (Precalculus) classes. Outside the classroom, I lead the Taste of Groton local restaurant review club, am involved in the dance program, and play field hockey.

Mary Grabowski '20

Mary can be seen here (in the middle) performing with the LA Singers during an Ensembles Concert in the RMPAC.

Hey, I’m Mary Grabowski, and I’m a senior day student from Nashua, N.H. I’ve loved my Spanish and English classes here at Lawrence Academy, and Field Day is my favorite school tradition. When I’m not in class, you’ll find me in the arts department – I’m involved in dance, music, and theatre – or on the tennis court. I’m also a member of the AAA (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Committee.

Sabrina Ladiwala '20

Sabrina performing in the fall Student Music Recital.

Welcome to Lawrence Academy! I’m Sabrina Ladiwala, a senior day student from Sudbury, Mass. Honors English, Honors Biology, and Honors LA Singers are my favorite classes – I especially enjoy performing with the LA Singers off campus, for example with the Acton Community Chorus. I love playing Spoon Hunt each Spirit Week, but during the rest of the year, you’ll find me taking part in all of our theatre productions; getting involved in the dance program; and taking music lessons. I’m also a co-leader of the Taste of Groton local restaurant review club and a peer counselor.

Jenna Sterling '20

Jenna (second from the right), posing with a few of her teammates on the Cross Country team.

Hey everyone! I’m Jenna Sterling, a senior boarding student from Medfield, Mass. Though I only transferred to LA in the fall of 2018, I’m lucky to be part of many different clubs and programs; I especially enjoy running cross-country in the fall because, despite my lack of speed and agility, it feels like I’m part of a family. I have enjoyed the history and chemistry courses I’ve taken here so far, and I can’t wait for my second Mountain Day this year.

Veronica Saldanha '20

Veronica, singing an a special recital this past spring which she organized with a group of her fellow classmates.

Welcome to LA – I’m Lalu Saldanha, and I’m a senior boarding student originally from Dili, East Timor. My favorite classes are biology and LA Singers; I’m also involved in our dance and theatre programs, and a member of the volleyball team and the Environmental Sustainability Council. My favorite Lawrence Academy tradition is the One Acts, because they’re a great way to see performers with a variety of experiences collaborate and make an amazing show.

Emma Anane '21

Cheese! Emma, seen here dressed up for Halloween during our fall Spirit Week on campus.

Welcome to campus! I’m Emma Anane, a junior boarding student from Hillsborough, N.J., and the Class of 2021 president. I play varsity girls’ volleyball and JV girls’ lacrosse, and am part of the Lawrence Academy Mentorship Program (LAMP), which supports students who self-identify as part of an underrepresented group. I absolutely loved my sophomore English class, The Individual & Society, and during homecoming week, you’ll find me at all of the sports games and our homecoming dance.

Olivia Healy '20

Seen here, Olivia (on the left), volunteering during the annual LA Rise Against Hunger meal-packaging event with students from the Groton School.

Hi everyone, I’m Olivia Healy! I’m a senior day student from Groton, and my favorite subjects at Lawrence Academy are Spanish and English. In addition to supporting the Admissions Office, I help put together LA’s yearbook and volunteer with Rise Against Hunger; I'm also active in sports, playing on both the girls’ soccer and lacrosse teams. Winterim, our experiential learning program, has been my most rewarding experience here at LA – I’ve gone to China and Costa Rica! – but I find our annual traditions at LA equally exciting, whether it’s hiking Mt. Monadnock as an entire school or participating in Spoon Hunt during Spirit Week.

Michael Kroll '21

Shown here, Michael performing in LA Theatre's presentation of Rent.

Michael Kroll here … Welcome to Lawrence Academy! I’m a junior day student from Lunenburg, Mass., and I’ve done my best to be super-involved in the LA community during my time here. I’ve participated in the fall play and winter musical, and am a manager for the JV girls’ lacrosse team. I’m also a co-leader of the GSA; a student leader for the diversity-focused Concordia Clubs; and a member of GirlUp, Rise Against Hunger, the Men’s Club, and a number of other LA clubs and committees. I love history, and my favorite LA tradition comes first thing each year: Mountain Day!

Isabella Sepulveda '21

Isabella playing on the LA Varsity Girls' Tennis team.

Hi, I’m Isabella Sepulveda, a junior day student from right here in Groton. Mountain Day and Winterim are my two favorite Lawrence Academy traditions, and I’ve really enjoyed my Spanish 3 Honors and chemistry courses during my time here. When classes aren’t in sessions, you’ll find me on the tennis court (I’m a member of our girls’ team) or the volleyball court, or working on projects for Spartan STEM.

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