For Lausanne senior William Lenz, a multi-sport athlete and business-savvy student with entrepreneurial aspirations, it's the relationships and exposure to different belief systems and backgrounds he will miss the most from his time at Lausanne High School. According to him, the intellectual curiosity sparked by both students and teachers alike will leave him looking back fondly on this unique period of his life for years to come.
"I would have to say that one of my favorite memories from high school was visiting a remote area in Belize for my CAS project on winter break of junior year," he shares.
That's where William and his classmate Caleb organized a sports camp for kids and served at a local school to tutor students who were falling behind. From a cultural standpoint, it was eye-opening for both of them, not to mention fun.
Through his Economics class, DECA and the Stock Market Club, he shares advice or constructive criticism for his fellow students and their business ideas.
Since freshman year, William has been interested in studying business. In fact, he launched his own business tracking down and collecting hard-to-find athletic shoes.
And yes: there's a market for that.
"I used my knowledge of sneakers to identify which releases would be scarce and which shoes people would want," he said. "For me, this didn't even seem like work rather than something I enjoyed doing."
William was able to sell some shoes at more than a 200 percent profit.
William will miss the connections he's made at Lausanne... a feeling he's already begun experiencing. This time in isolation due to COVID 19 has been especially hard as he will miss walking into the senior lounge every morning and seeing all of his friends in one place as well as going from class to class having a blast with his classmates.
While William is still weighing his options for college, he has narrowed down his choices to UT Austin or the University of Southern California. Both schools are well regarded for their business programs.
Regardless of where he decides, William knows he'll do well because of his time as a Lynx.
"Lausanne has done an exceptional job preparing me for my future due to the strong academics of the school," William said. "Being part of the full IB program has benefited me in many ways as it has taught me what study habits work best for me and above all, I have learned time management as well as managing the stress of the workload while participating in athletics."
Williams Lenz '20 and a group of his classmates during the senior drive-through.