Staff Editorial: Class of 2012

As this academic year comes to a close, we at The Lawrentian would like to take a moment to reflect on the numerous accomplishments of the class of 2012.

The seniors who will be graduating from Lawrence next month leave as model members of the Lawrence community. They are the last class to know what it’s like to enjoy a true “Downer sit” and the first to be required to complete a time-consuming senior experience.

Over the past four years, seniors have gained praise in many ways. Here are a few examples:

Min Byers helped support an orphanage in Ghana;

Alex Johnson composed an original film score;

Kelsey Burk, Jake Fisher, Kinsey Fournier, and Emma Richart performed on Wisconsin Public Radio;

Elise Mozena helped win the Fox Valley spelling bee;

Hava Blair won the fifth Udall Scholarship won by a Lawrentian

Beth Larson won more tennis matches than any other player in Lawrence history;

Rachel Young won a Rotary Embassador Scholarship;

Sam Estrem had his original research accepted at FLAIRS, the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society;

Mallory Koula broke a NCAA record for the fastest three consecutive goals by a player and a team in a soccer match against Beloit College.

This list is by no means comprehensive. In fact, the class of 2012 has shown that individual accomplishments are only great when shared in a community. Whether or not we recognize it, seniors have influenced and shaped all of our experiences here at Lawrence. It is impossible to imagine our time here without them, in part because their presence defines the Lawrence that we currently know.
We, at The Lawrentian,  would like to congratulate all graduating seniors on their various accomplishments, and thank them for the numerous invaluable contributions they’ve made to the Lawrence community.