When Carson Webb '20 began his academic journey at Lausanne his freshman year, he immediately felt at home as a Lynx and has accomplished so much since becoming one.
"Lausanne has taught me to show up and do my best every day to make the most of my opportunity," Carson said. "On top of that, Lausanne has taught me how to work effectively with others, especially with others from all over the world with different views, religions, and backgrounds."
Carson is a full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme student and along with his academic achievements, he is a member and leader of various clubs and a respected athlete.
The senior has been a part of the football team all four years, and his talents on the field have become one of the things he is known for around Lausanne. His football skills caught the eye of coaches at Amherst College as well, earning him a scholarship and the chance to play at the collegiate level starting in the fall.
"Coach Locastro and the football program at Lausanne have changed my life forever," Carson said. "It's given me so many opportunities and I've made some of my best friends through my teammates."
Adding to his extra-curricular activities, Carson is a member of the Spanish club, the French club where he is now the Vice President and the LynxServe CAS group which includes the Best Buddies promoter chapter.
Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that strives for the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in society. In high school, Best Buddies does this through Friendship and Promoter Chapters at public schools. However, when it was time to choose a Creativity, Activity or Service (CAS) project all juniors and seniors are required to complete, Carson decided to take the idea of starting a friendship chapter at Lausanne to Rachel Hammons, who leads all of CAS.
"Ms. Hammons reacted with full support and personally took it upon herself to sponsor the chapter and help me with its creations," Carson said. "I honestly could not have done it without her."
Since starting the chapter at Lausanne, Carson has attended a Best Buddies conference at Indiana University and he and his classmates have hosted numerous events including the annual Friendship walk, workshops and holiday parties.
All of Carson's Upper School experiences have prepared him to take on a college at Amherst but he knows Lausanne will always be a place he can call home and has life-long friendships and memories to carry with him.
"I have spent the past four years building relationships that I will carry with me forever," Carson said. "I’m going to miss the good mornings from teachers, coaches, and other members of the faculty. I’m going to miss the mornings spent in Mr. Kearl’s room, just seeing what life lessons I could learn, or with my friends laughing and I’m going to miss being able to go anywhere on campus and not knowing a stranger."