Caxys on Campus

Harvest Hope

Another year, another Harvest Hope! Thank you to the LFA community for donating food items. We collected the following:

  • 306 cans of green vegetables
  • 306 cans of corn
  • 197 boxes of Mac and Cheese
  • 197 boxes of brownie mix
  • 307 boxes of stuffing
  • 196 cans of fruit

Members of the football team helped load the boxes of food into the truck last week, and on Saturday, November 11, over 40 LFA students joined members of the Parents Association to help out at the AJK School in North Chicago. After a pancake breakfast hosted by the PA, students paired up with the younger children to engage in STEM activities. The football team arrived later that Saturday to pass out food items from the food drive at a pop-up grocery store in the gym. See photos below!

Posted by gkim in November 2017 on Wednesday November 15
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Fall Chamber Concert

The fall Chamber Concert featured a variety of solo performances from our student pianists, vocalists, and different instrumentalists. See the full performance video below, and photos can be found here.


Concerto in C Major
3. Allegro Molto
(Franz Joseph Haydn)

Irine Oh, cello

Prelude in E minor, op. 28 #4
Prelude in C major, op. 28 #1
(Fréderic Chopin)

Tony Luo, piano

Prelude in B minor, op. 28 #6
Prelude in E major, op. 28 #9
(Fréderic Chopin)

Danny Luo, piano

Prelude in C minor, op. 28 #20
Prelude in Db major, op. 28 #15
(Fréderic Chopin)

Nemo Lee, piano

Lungi dal caro bene
(Giuseppe Sarti)

Anna Markey, mezzo soprano

Lascia ch’io pianga,“Rinaldo”
(George Frideric Handel)

Lisa Wang, soprano

Concerto in G, TWV 51
3. Andante
(Georg Philipp Telemann)

Isis Burgos, viola

Povero cor tu palpiti
(Isabella Colbran)

Lina Wang, soprano

Lean Away
(Gene Scheer)

Graham Lin, baritone

Per la gloria
(Giovanni Bononcini)

Simone Li, soprano

On My Own (“Les Misérables”)
(Boublil & Schönberg)

Lauren Salliotte, soprano

Impromptu in C minor, op. 90 #1
(Franz Schubert)

Jane Xiong, piano

Since I Gave My Heart Away (“Geppetto”)
(Stephen Schwartz)

Dominic Scheerer, baritone

Sonata in E major, op. 109
1. Vivace, ma non troppo
(Ludwig van Beethoven)

Marilyn Wen, piano

Concerto for Viola
2. Vivo e molto preciso
(William Walton)

Natalie Clarke, viola

Posted by gkim in November 2017 on Friday November 3
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Parents Weekend 2017

Last weekend, over 150 parents and guardians walked the halls of LFA to meet their students' teachers during mini-classes, bid on Caxy Life Auction items, and enjoy various arts performances. Head of School John Strudwick gave a State of the School address Friday afternoon, followed by a champagne toast to celebrate the two new English classrooms that were constructed this summer thanks to the generous donations from the 2017 Spring Gala. On Saturday, despite the downpour of rain and cancellation of most of the athletic games, spirits were high as parents spent time with their children, ate meals in the Student Union, and sat in on different programs, including a multicultural dialogue, a college counseling session with alumni, and a student panel about global experiences. See photos from the weekend here, and check out the different recorded videos of events below!

Posted by gkim in October 2017 on Wednesday October 18 at 09:32PM
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College Night 2017

LFA hosted its annual College Night last night, and the number of cars on campus was a small indication of yet another successful event. Over 120 representatives from colleges around the U.S. met with LFA students, parents, and other members of the larger Chicago suburban community. As always, big events require helping hands from our faculty, and we had shuttles running back and forth from nearby parking lots for our guests. The event helps our students put a face to a school, and the rep can be a contact for more information. See the full list of schools that attended here.

Posted by gkim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 27
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Happy 148th Anniversary, Ferries!

Ferry Hall alumnae and LFA faculty gather in the Kalnow Commons in the Ferry Hall dormitory
on campus on Sept. 22, 2017, for a Ferry Hall Day lunch celebration.
Pictured are (l to r): Suzy Vaughn (history teacher and Ferry Hall dorm head), Carolyn Gorowski (dean of admission), Lynda Pepper Bollman '72, Linda Parker Garard '73, Terry Hall '67, Head of School John Strudwick, Brooke Wesley Chapman '06 (Ferry Hall Prefect 2005-06), Kennedy Hayes '18 (current Ferry Hall Prefect), and Harriet Arpee Sherman '54.

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the opening of Ferry Hall, the girls' preparatory school that merged with LFA, previously a boys' prep school, in 1974. Ferry Hall and LFA were both established as part of Lind University (later renamed Lake Forest University), and eventually legally separated from what is now Lake Forest College in 1925. We honor the traditions of Ferry Hall every year, such as Move-Up Day, and we also name a prefect as a Ferry Hall representative. This year's FH prefect, Kennedy Hayes ’18, gave a speech at the annual Ferry Hall Lunch during Reunion Weekend.

We celebrated Ferry Hall Day by wearing yellow and white offering yellow cookies outside the Dean of Students Office. We also had the great opportunity to be visited by some of our "Ferries" in the afternoon. Check out the pictures taken by Ruth Keyso, our Director of Alumni Engagement!

Posted by gkim in September 2017 on Friday September 22
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Innovations in Social Assistive Robotics

On September 20, as part of the kick-off event for the 2017-2018 Head of School Symposium, The Brain: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation, Professor Dr. Cathy Bodine presented on how the brain affects patients with disabilities and the innovations in Social Assistive Robotics (SAR) that are improving therapeutic treatments. Dr. Bodine's work in the Assistive Technology Partners organization at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, Denver, helps individuals with disabilities achieve different goals of movement through assistive technology.

Dr. Bodine began her career in Assistive Technology in 1985. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1996. Today, she is internationally recognized for her leadership in the field of assistive technology and vigorously pursues her passions for new product design, research, service to families and persons with disabilities, and the professional assistive technology community at large through her leadership of Assistive Technology Partners.

Dr. Bodine has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for a number of pre-service professional preparation grants, as well as the Colorado Assistive Technology Act. In addition, she has served as the PI for several research and development projects leading to new designs in AT devices. She is the principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). She is also leading a U.S. Department of Education funded Field Initiated Development Project utilizing the International Classification of Functioning to measure assistive technology outcomes. Dr. Bodine served as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and is past president of the Rocky Mountain ALS Association Board.

See an introduction to Assistive Technology Partners below:

Posted by gkim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 20 at 07:33PM
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Welcome Back, Alumni!

This past Friday and Saturday, over 270 alumni from 7 different generations reconnected with their teachers, coaches, classmates, and fellow Caxys during Reunion Weekend. The celebration kicked off with a gathering for members of the Class of 1947 all the way to 2001 in Highwood, and a second event for graduates from the Classes of 2002 to 2013 in downtown Chicago.

On Saturday, Caxy Keys led campus tours in the morning while sports fans cheered for our swimming, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and tennis teams during competitive matches. Meanwhile, LFA's Director of the Library and Archivist Rita MacAyeal '87 took alumni back into LFA's past during a master class as English and Fine Arts Faculty Member Olivia Poska conducted a simultaneous lecture about the artwork of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. After the classes, Lusanda Mayikana, Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs, and Mark Copestake, Assistant Dean of Admission and Assistant Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs, ran a multicultural dialogue with current students, faculty, and alumni in the Student Union.

The afternoon program consisted of a tour to the Ferry Hall Chapel, allowing "the Ferries" to recall fond memories of their high school years, and an exciting football game. In the evening, guests attended a program honoring this year's Woman of Distinction Terry Hall '67 and Hall of Fame recipients Chris Wetzel '67 and Jeff Keller '87, followed by a State of the School Address by Head of School Dr. John A. Strudwick. The day of festivities ended with a dinner in Reid Hall.

Members of the Advancement team, including Director of Alumni Engagement Ruth Keyso and Advancement Events Coordinator Pam Dye, put in a tremendous amount of effort every year to celebrate our past graduates. We extend the invitation for alumni to come back home to LFA at any time! See photos of the events here.

Posted by gkim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 13 at 11:21PM
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An Inside Perspective for LFA's Future Engineers

On August 31st, students enrolled in the Principles of Engineering and related science courses attended a lecture by Grace Baird, a rail engineer who works in the civil engineering industry. She has designed complete streetcar systems in Cincinnati, Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, and Seattle to ensure the public's safety from high voltage in overhead wires. After working on projects with Amtrack, New Jersey Transit, and Metro North, Grace is currently continuing her career in York, England as a collaborator for large scale electrification projects.

Amanda Byron, a member of LFA's English Faculty, invited Grace to speak to students during Grace's visit to Chicago. Their friendship goes back to when they first met in New York during their college years, and Grace accepted the opportunity to share information about a field that many LFA students pursue after graduating from college. During her presentations, Grace answered various questions, and found that the students were thoughtful, curious, and willing to learn about her profession.

To students who may not have had a chance to visit her sessions, she gives several pieces of advice:

  • "Engineers are creative problem solvers. Almost everything you come into contact with was designed by an engineer, like the road you drive on, the elevator you use, your phone, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc."
  • "Majoring in Engineering gives you the math and science background to approach any type of problem when you begin working in the real world. Engineering is a very rewarding field because you get to see your designs become real objects that people interact with. It can be stressful, but it is also very rewarding. I encourage anyone who is interested in solving problems to look into engineering."
  • "If you aren't sure about which specific type of engineering you're interested in, check out the course requirements for civil, mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering when considering colleges. You'll get an idea of what you will be learning, and then make your choice based on what is the most interesting to you. The more interested you are in the subject, the better!"

Posted by Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Monday September 11
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Meet LFA's Master Keys

(L-R) Shreya Singhvi ’18 , Katy Morrison ’18, Emily Xu ’18

The Caxy Key program is a unique way for prospective families to find out more about LFA. Every year, over 150 students give tours, guide applicants during open houses, and help out on shadow days, which allow new students to walk in the footsteps of a Caxy. Our Master Keys, the Caxy Key leaders, talk about what their roles mean to them.

The Caxy Key program is invaluable to LFA. It gets me out of my comfort zone by leading tours and having shadows, but also lets me learn more about the school. It's a great way to get more involved and to help the admissions office in all that they do.

I was so grateful to receive the Master Key title for this school year. With this role, I can get to know some of the underclassmen and hopefully ease their transition into high school, and contribute to improving the LFA community.


Being told that I was to be a Master Key for the 2017-2018 school year was one of the greatest moments I've had during my time at LFA. Not only was it a position that I've wanted since freshman year, but it's also something I had worked for since then as well.

The main reason I wanted to be a Master Key was because being a Caxy Key has always been my favorite way of being involved at school. I thoroughly enjoy working on panels, writing postcards, and most of all, interacting with prospective students and simply sharing my love for the school and community. Being able to do this and work closely with our admissions office is a true privilege, and I look forward to working with the new students as well.


During my first campus visit, I watched my tour guide confidently introduce LFA to me. That was exactly when I decided to become a Caxy Key. Lucky for me, I was chosen to be one of the Master Keys and am in charge of presenting all things LFA.

I am more than willing to show my view and perspective of LFA. We have a welcoming and embracing environment that fosters not only students’ academic capabilities but also the overall LFA culture. I love dissolving any concerns and questions from people who don't know much about LFA, and I enjoy being a representative of the student body when expressing our thanks and enthusiasm to our trustees and families. Above all, I love being a Master Key who can truly reflect LFA's spirit.


Posted by gkim in September 2017 on Friday September 8
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#GoCaxys - Football and Girls Swimming Update

Boys Varsity Football vs. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School – 8.26.17
Boys Varsity Football vs. Alden-Hebron High School – 9.2.17

In their first game, the football team welcomed Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (WI) High School to LFA's Alumni Stadium. Led by new coaches Blake Annen and Mike Buchanan, the Caxys played an exciting game and came away with a 31-14 victory.

This past Friday, the Caxys played their first away game as they faced the Alden-Hebron High School Giants. It looked like it might be a close match for the first quarter, but the Caxys took control in the second quarter and went on to win with a strong performance, ending the game with a 31-6.

It would be tough to mention all the highlights of the past two games, but strong contributors have been Joey Kotlarz ’20, Mike Mesrobian ’18, Donte Sibley ’19, Jamari Edwards ’19, Payton Gryniewicz ’18, Nathan Barnes ’19, and Denzel Annan ’18. A special shout out to Dieter Villegas ’18 who has offered a strong kicking game for the Caxys, and who also had a tackle that forced a fumble in last Friday's game.

The Caxys will try to go 3-0 when they welcome Westminster Christian High School for a home game during Reunion Weekend.

-Director of Individual Philanthropy, Garry Sloan P’19, ’21, on behalf of Coaches Blake Annen and Mike Buchanan

Varsity Girls Swimming @ Highland Park JV Invite – 9.2.17

This past Saturday, the Varsity Girls Swim Team participated in their first meet of the year at the Highland Park JV Invite. It was the first meet for some of the girls and a great start to the season.

The team was split into two levels. "JV 1" ended up placing 5th of the 7 teams (just 3 points behind Waukegan), and "JV 2" took 3rd of the 7 teams in their level.

Highlights include:

  • Diana Tlaseca ’18 took 4th of 12 in the 150 freestyle with a 2:16.38.
  • Lorenza Vazquez ’18 placed 2nd of 12 in the in the 200 freestyle with a 2:24.05.
  • Marilyn Wen ’20 took 2nd of 12 in the 50 free with a 34.13.
  • Mia Castle ’20 and Courtney Bradac ’18 placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the 50 freestyle.
  • Sofia Vazquez ’18 placed 1st in the 100 butterfly with a 1:09.66 and 1st in the 500 free with a 6:06.51.
  • Corlene Rhoades ’19 placed 3rd in the 100 IM with a 1:30.96.
  • Mia Castle took 2nd of 17 in the 100 free with a 1:03.76.

The final relay, the 400 free relay, with Sofia Vazquez, Lorenza Vazquez, Julia Knauz ’19, and Mia Castle, placed 1st with a 4:16.60

-Head Coach Natalie Schawel

Posted by gkim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 6 at 06:23PM
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