As Captain of the Knowledge Bowl team, Drew Sklar ‘20 is no stranger to pressure. The Honor Society member has been a part of the team since his sophomore year.
"Knowledge Bowl is one of my favorite outlets for academic competition," Drew explains. "It has allowed me to put my knowledge to the test against some of the smartest people at Lausanne and in the entire metro area."
His efforts have been well placed. The team has excelled this season, battling out some impressive victories. You can watch the team's next competition on Channel 3 at 9 a.m. on March 14, but it's Drew's dedication away from the camera that has prepared him for the spotlight. The senior is active in LynxLive, Lausanne's video production club. As co-head of the club, he's grown accustomed to being around the lights, cameras and action you can find in a television studio. He's also a co-captain of the Science Bowl team and a member of the Math Club, giving him chances to further his knowledge base.
"At Lausanne, I can celebrate my nerdiness with my friends, whether it be talking about an interesting math video I found on youtube or cracking physics and chemistry jokes," says Drew. "Lausanne is a place where you can be proud to be yourself."
Drew's also taken part in athletic competitions at the school. Since coming to Lausanne in 7th grade, he's been on the Lynx Lacrosse team, growing his physical and mental perseverance. For the past two years, he's also participated on Lausanne's Ultimate Frisbee team, coming in 2nd place in the league.
While he's enjoyed his time at Lausanne, Drew's also been busy off-campus. During the summers, he's attended camps at Washington University, attending their pre-college programs. This past summer, the time was split between St. Louis and Camp Nebagamon in Wisconsin, where the senior worked as a counselor.
"My experiences at Camp Nebagamon opened my eyes to the fact that nature is amazing," Drew shares. "Waking up at 5:15 and being on a canoe at 5:30 to watch the sunrise over the horizon of the glassy water of the Boundary waters was the experience of a lifetime."
The senior is also an active member of Temple Israel, where he teaches Hebrew to students preparing for their Bar, Bat or B'nei Mitzvahs. Working as treasurer of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, Drew helped organize the group to raise $15,000 for the effort to end childhood cancer.
Drew sees his variety of interests as part of his overall experience at Lausanne.
"Lausanne drives its students to be well-rounded members of the community. Rarely, if ever will you find someone at Lausanne who is not involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. When you have such a diverse student body, there are so many more doors that exist for you to open, and Lausanne gives you the keys to all of them."