Lausanne News - February 2022
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Lausanne Dance Celebrates Black History Month With Performance

The Lausanne Black History Month celebration continued last week as Lausanne dance classes performed to Stand Up, a song by Cynthia Erivo. Originally scheduled to be performed in EPAC in front of an audience, the performance was moved to the virtual setting after COVID numbers rose. “As part of Black History month, we are committed to expressing the significance of how dance is used in its culture and the big impact it has in the world.” Upper School dance teacher Noelia Jo... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, February 28, 2022

Upper School Students Represent Lausanne At Model UN Convention

Over the past weekend, 10 Lausanne students attended the VOLMUN VII Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Debating as ambassadors to countries in the UN, they practiced diplomacy and proposed solutions to global issues ranging from healthcare inequalities to honoring indigenous rights.  "I found value in having the opportunity to work with other students, learning how to collaborate on our different positions as well as reach compromise," Model UN member A... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 24, 2022

Senior Profile: Kai Wince '22

"I think my greatest contribution to Lausanne has been representing the school in a positive light through my athletics," Kai Wince '22 shared. "I was able to give the school a state championship run in tennis, and sign to a division 1 college all while maintaining A's and B's." Kai's dedication to tennis and her academics has opened up many doors for the Lynx senior's future, and she says her Upper School Guidance Counselor was always her biggest supp... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Black History Month Celebration Continues With Virtual Concert

The Lausanne Black History Month celebration continues as the Lausanne choir and strings ensembles gathered to put together pieces for a virtual concert. The event was initially scheduled for February 1 but was moved online after covid numbers rose. "We'd been planning this concert for months, but we knew that we'd have to figure out a different way to share it with our community," shared Tara West, who organized the event.  During the virtual event, the Lausann... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson

Ghoulish Upper School Musical Prepares To Take The Stage

The Lausanne thespians take the stage starting Thursday evening for this year's Upper School musical, Zombie Prom! ​ ​This girl-loves-ghoul rock 'n' roll musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal, Miss Strict (played by Malaika Kumar '23). Pretty senior, Toffee (Josephine Bonnot '23) has fallen for the class bad boy, Jonny (Gabriel Franceschi '25). Family pressure forces her to end the roman... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 17, 2022

Chef Phillip Dewayne Prepped to Deliver Amazing Party Packs for Auction

This year’s auction features Party Packs provided by Park + Cherry, a black-owned restaurant located inside The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Chef Phillip Dewayne, chef and owner of Park + Cherry, is also the founder of the Chef Phillip Dewayne Foundation, a nonprofit organization that creates healthy culinary programs to serve communities of color. Born and raised in Memphis, Chef Phillip trained under Executive Chef Andreas Kisler at the Peabody Hotel. While he’s traveled the worl... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Students Learn How To Make A Difference As A Part Of Black History Month

Students at Middle School convocation on Wednesday were told about different places and events in the city of Memphis that they could spend the remainder of the month helping out at or volunteering for as the school continues to celebrate Black History Month. During the presentation, Assistant Head of Upper School Chris Jordan and Diversity and Inclusion committee president Ariyana Muesse ’22 told students about the many ways to support Black History Month, including: Absorbing Medi... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Senior Profile – India Norris '22

Between her academic accomplishments and engaging in athletic commitments, leadership roles and service work, India Norris '22 has created quite a memorable experience. Reflecting on her time as a Lynx, the senior gives credit to the Lausanne community for empowering her to make the most of her journey.  "The friends that I have met through Lausanne have undoubtedly contributed the most to my experience," India shared. "Lausanne provides an opportunity to conne... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Sharing the Love: Middle School students create Valentine's Cards for St. Jude and the Lausanne community

Eighth-grade students helped spread the love on Valentine's Day by teaming up to create custom e-cards for children at St. Jude and delivering hand-written notes to faculty and staff around Lausanne's campus.  Using St. Jude's website, the students had the opportunity to choose a card inspired by the artwork from patients at the children's hospital and write a special message for the recipient.  The kind gesture was in conjunction with one of the eighth-grader... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Senior Profile – Jonah Smith '22

Since coming to Lausanne in seventh grade, Jonah Smith '22 has discovered various talents along with the interests that fuel him. While his experience has certainly impacted his identity, the ripple effect it had on the community around him has also been profound. "Extracurriculars and clubs were the biggest influence in allowing me to discover who I was as a person and what my passions were," Jonah Smith '22 shared. "My friends also helped me a lot in s... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, February 13, 2022

Middle School Students Create Safe Valentine's Day Dispensers For Lower School

With Valentine’s Day parties set to take place Monday across campus, students in the Middle School Advanced STEAM class knew that sharing candy between Lower School students was going to be more difficult than in years past. They also had ideas for how to make it safe for our Little Lynx.  Knowing that the idea was for the candy to transfer from person to person without touching, students created candy dispensers that allowed small amounts of candy to be dispensed without it ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, February 11, 2022

Lausanne Celebrates Homecoming 2022 and Senior Night

It was a wonderful evening in The Lair last night as the Lausanne community celebrated Homecoming and honored our winter sport senior athletes. The Lausanne homecoming court was announced between the Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball games, with the Upper School student body voting to crown Jonah Smith '22 as this year's Homecoming King and India Norris '22 as Homecoming Queen. Congratulations, Lynx! See our Upper School Homecoming court members and Cl... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 10, 2022

Students Celebrate Black History Month On Campus And Online

As a diverse community comprised of students from different communities and cultures worldwide, Lausanne remains committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. International Bacclaureate World Schools design curriculum throughout the year to value and respect all cultures and find ways to build connections. Celebrating Black History Month gives Lausanne faculty a call to specifically focus on black historical figures and the contributions they've made a... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Learning Gets Electric As Students Create Games For Lower School Students

Students in Kim Bullard's fifth-grade class continued learning about electricity in class on Monday. Something that many of them have learned to appreciate over the past few days after experiencing the winter weather that affected much of the Mid-South.  "With so many currently without power, the importance of electricity is something the students have become very aware of," Bullard said.  As students started the class, they joined hands in a circle, with Bullard sta... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, February 7, 2022

Students Use Black History Month As Inspiration For Podcasts

Lausanne sixth graders are spending the month of February learning about a different meaningful court case, person or event that made or is making a significant impact in the lives of African-Americans living in America.  "I believe it is vital for our students to see the people and the court cases behind some of the legislation that we have today for equality and civil rights for all," sixth grade Individual and Societies teacher Kyle Lawrence said. "Although we are not ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, February 7, 2022

Middle School Robotics Hosts LEGO Invitational Scrimmage

Our Lynx Middle School Robotics Team had the opportunity to showcase their innovative minds and design skills recently during a LEGO invitational scrimmage held at Lausanne.    Typically, the students compete in the Memphis Region of the First Lego League every winter. With scrimmages canceled this year, the Lynx Middle School teams decided to host their own and invited independent schools in the area to join in on the action. "We wanted an opportunity for our kids to showca... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 3, 2022