Caxys on Campus

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 Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 27, 2017
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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 Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Friday September 22, 2017
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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 Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 20, 2017 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 Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 13, 2017 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, 2017
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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 Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Friday September 8, 2017
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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 Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 06:23PM
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#GoCaxys - Boys Soccer Update

Boys JV Soccer vs. Grayslake Central – 8.30.17

On August 30, the JV boys soccer played a good game against Grayslake Central, but unfortunately succumbed to a physically bigger and stronger team with a score of 0-3. We managed to keep possession for periods of the game and moved the ball quite well.

One of our opponents' goals was an own goal because of some disorganization in our defense. In the last five minutes, we threw almost everyone into offensive play, but Grayslake managed to break away and score in the last seconds of the game.

Our defense played very well, with excellent performances from freshman Brooks Osborne ‘21 and senior Brian Park ‘18. Our goalies, including Andrew Crawford ‘20, also did very well. Junior Alex Alutto ‘19 had a good game spearheading our midfield. Our cause was not helped by the fact that only three free kicks were awarded to either team in the entire game, and only one of those in our favor!

-Head Coach Steve Ryder

Boys JV2 Soccer vs. Round Lake – 8.31.17

The JV2 guys played their first game of the season on August 31. The guys came out a bit nervous and quickly fell behind by 2 goals in the first 15 minutes. The boys fought hard and trimmed the lead to 2-1 halfway through the first half thanks to a wonderful strike from freshman Rohan Miglani ‘21. They worked hard to stay in the game but the Round Lake substitutions made the game difficult for us to keep up. Late in the 2nd half, the opponents scored a breakaway goal and scored the 4th goal on an unfortunate deflection, resulting in an own goal. It was much closer than the final score of 4-1 indicates.

Shout out to the entire team, but special recognition should go to Conor Fryer ‘21 who made his first start at goalie and did a terrific job. Krishna Nair ‘18 also did a fantastic job on defense, blocking 7 or 8 shots and winning countless balls out of the air.

-Head Coach Sam Wold

Boys JV Soccer vs. Grayslake Central – 9.2/9.3.17

The JV boys played a three game home tournament in less than 24 hours over Labor Day Weekend! We started on Friday with our first win of the season against Antioch. We moved the ball well in the first half but could not find the net. In the second half, we scored two good goals, the first coming from Azi Nigmatullin ’19 from an assist by Zhenya Dubavets ’18. The second was the exact reverse with Azi returning the favor for Zhenya's great finish.

On Saturday, we took the field against an impressive Waukegan lineup. We struggled to keep possession, but the defense stepped up and played very well through the leadership of Clint Shi ’18 and Brian Park ’18. Despite the defeat, there were notable performances from Brooks Osborne ‘21 and Andrew Crawford ’20 as goalies.

30 minutes later, we took on Round Lake, the eventual tournament winners. Despite multiple minor injuries, we hung in there valiantly, holding them to just one goal until late in the game. In the end, our fatigue took its toll and we conceded two late goals. Assistant Coach Mathias Kerr and I were really proud of the boys, who stuck to the task very well in difficult circumstances. By the end of the game, our whole defense had some kind of injury. It was a Herculean effort by the boys that was not reflected in the score. Once again, Andrew Crawford was outstanding in goal, catching the eye of the opposing coach, who was astonished to learn that Andrew had never played soccer before!

All in all, it was a productive weekend in which the boys learned a lot and improved significantly. Kudos to one and all!

-Head Coach Steve Ryder

Varsity Boys Soccer @ Evanston Tournament – 8.29/8.31/9.2.17

On Tuesday, we played reigning tournament champ Evanston Township High School. It was a wonderful game to watch. ETHS put one past us early in the first half. LFA held them off for the remainder of the half. We played great soccer and had many chances in the second half to even the score. It was great to see the team come together to play this very well disciplined team. ETHS took the game 1-0.

On Thursday, we matched up against Payton High School. Ian Strudwick ’18 scored our first goal in the last minute of the first half off of a penalty kick. Payton came back with another goal early in the second half. Keeper Henry Jacobson ’19 made his first assist to Jason Woo ’20 who scored a hard fought goal late in the second half to win the game 2-1.

On Saturday, LFA played Mather High School. LFA went into the half down one goal. The boys pulled it together and scored 4 goals in the second half. Ian Strudwick put in the first one off of a PK. Rich Park ’20 assisted Ian Strudwick for the second goal. Chris Morrison ’18 scored the third and Rich Park had his second assist of the game to Scott Skinner ’20 for the final goal.

-Assistant Coach Jessica Gimbel

Posted by Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 6, 2017
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#GoCaxys - Cross Country Update

Girls Cross Country @ Lake County Art Campbell Invite - 8.30.17

They are off and running! On August 30, the Girls Cross Country team traveled to Lakewood Preserve in Wauconda to participate in the Lake County Art Campbell Invite. The entire team participated in the meet running in either the Varsity Girls Race or the Coed Open Race. Both returning and new members of the team tackled the heat and put forth an amazing effort in their first meet of the season.

Top finishers included: Kennedy Hayes ‘18, Katy Morrison ‘18, Elizabeth Campisi ‘20, Lizzie Dozois ‘21, Audrey McGrail ‘20, Becca Dee ‘18, and Ava Ascroft ‘18.

-Assistant Coach Kassandra Hayes

Boys Varsity Cross Country @ Lake County Invitational – 8.30.17

Last Wednesday, the Varsity Boys Cross Country team participated in the Lake County Invitational. It was a beautiful day that was a bit on the muggy side, and the course was fast and rolling. The boys ran hard and now have a good sense of what they need to do for the rest of the season. The order of finish is as follows: David Sun ’19, Jared Felitto ’20, Thomas Leonetti ’20, Alex Zhou ’20, Aiden Dee ’18, David Krivoshik ’18, Pliny Smith ’18, Calvin Osborne ’21, Calvin Wang ’18, and Justin Hone ’18.

-Head Coach Ed Shaughnessy

Girls Varsity Cross Country @ LFA Home Meet - 9.5.17

They raised the bar! The team took first place in yesterday's home meet and many of the runners set a new personal record. The team hit the course with determination, grit, and speed. The top finishers included Kennedy Hayes ‘18, Katy Morrison ‘18, Elizabeth Campisi ‘20, Lizzie Dozois ‘21, Audrey McGrail ‘20, Becca Dee ‘18, and Ava Ascroft ’18 again.

-Assistant Coach Kassandra Hayes

Posted by Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 6, 2017
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#GoCaxys - Girls V & JV Tennis Update

Girls Varsity Tennis vs. New Trier - 8.30.17

On August 30, LFA walked away with a respectable 4-4 tie against New Trier for their first match of the season. The girls played 8 games with a line-up of four singles and four doubles for two rounds of matches.

Coming out with wins for LFA were:

  • Anna Schilling ‘20 played a very challenging match to come out on top at 8-5.
  • Freshman Lizzie Frekko ‘21 dominated with an 8-2 win.
  • New students Chloe Franzia ‘19 and Lexi Aronin ‘20 came back from being down 3-6 to win 8-6.
  • Seniors Gracie Kilborn ‘18 and Nikki Rust ‘18 won in a tie breaker 8-7 and 10-8.

Challenging and competitive matches were also played by:

  • Elizabeth Christoph ‘18 and Norah Ntagungira ‘18 who took nearly every single game to deuce and never lost their "fight" during their 1-8 match.
  • Anna Chigrinova ‘20 showed impressive singles strategy during her 4-8 match.
  • Montse Borjas ‘20 and Tonya Muzhylko ‘19 showed fierce net play during their 3-8 match.
  • Emily Nash ‘20 fought hard and ended her matches 7-8 and 10-12.
  • Dagny Birkerts ‘21 played an incredibly impressive 6-8 match as her very first match on the varsity team.
  • Sarah Roppel ‘19 was quick on her feet and powerful in her strokes during her 3-8 match.

-Head Coach Kim Graham

Girls JV Tennis vs. New Trier - 8.30.17

On August 30, the JV Girls Tennis team welcomed New Trier's freshman team for the first match of the season. The girls played best of three sets with 10 point tie-breakers deciding the third set, no ad scoring. With a freshmen class of over 1000 students, New Trier proved to be tough opponents, and LFA unfortunately lost 1-7.

Special mention goes to Nora Lee‘18 for claiming victory at 3rd singles (6-3, 6-2) and to Yiran Liu ‘20 who played amazingly at 2nd singles in a marathon match, just losing out in the 3rd set tiebreaker. Congrats also to our new players - Vita Cao 21, Maria Johnson ‘21, Christina Ma ‘21, Natasha Sokhi ‘21, Gabby Womsley ‘21, and Kalina Honczarenko ‘20- on their LFA athletic debut.

-Assistant Coach Mark Copestake

Girls JV Tennis vs. Rochelle Zell Jewish High School – 8.31.17

Last week, the LFA JV Girls Tennis team defeated Rochelle Zell Jewish High School 5-3.

The first round players played the best of 3 sets with a super tie-breaker for the last set. The second round players played either an 8 or 10 game pro-set.

  • 1st singles Ananta Srivastava ’18 played strategically to win 6-3, 6-4.
  • 2nd singles Yiran Liu ‘20 lost in a hard-fought tie breaker 2-6, 7-6, 7-10.
  • 3rd singles Nora Lee ‘18 won 8-6 after coming from behind 3-5.
  • 1st doubles Tori Glass ‘18 and Christina Ma ‘21 lost out to strong opponents 2-6, 1-6.
  • 2nd doubles Natasha Sokhi21 and Gabby Womsley 21 dug deep to win 6-1, 4-6, 11-9.
  • 3rd doubles Maria Johnson21 and Emma Chen ‘18 came from behind to win in a tie-breaker 3-6, 7-5, 11-9.
  • 4th doubles Bella He ‘18 and Zoe Zuo ‘18 used their experience to win 10-5.
  • 5th doubles Vita Cao 21 and Kalina Honczarenko 20 lost out to strong opposition 0-8.

-Assistant Coach Mark Copestake

Posted by Ms. Grace Kim in September 2017 on Wednesday September 6, 2017
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