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Education

June 28, 2012

Locals graduate from Lawrence in Groton

Sydney Bagley, Madeleine Caron and Brett McQuaide graduated from the private Lawrence Academy in Groton earlier this month.

Bagley, who appeared on the academic honor roll as a junior and senior, was one of two students who created and led a campus organization known as Real Talk. The group provided opportunities for girls to discuss and share information about challenging social issues in a safe environment, and it raised money to help a local women's shelter.

An active member of the school's Association for Black and Latino Encouragement, she attended the 2009 NAIS People of Color and Student Diversity Conferences in Denver.

Bagley participated in field hockey, softball, and volleyball, playing as a varsity member of last fall's volleyball team.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, she experimented with the folk art of storytelling; studied American Sign Language; and participated in volunteer efforts in the Dominican Republic, helping to rebuild a community school and working with its young students.

This spring, Bagley was an intern with Spotlight Communications in Boston, where she learned about and practiced social media marketing strategies.

Bagley received her diploma from her mother, who works as coordinator of diversity initiatives at Lawrence Academy.

The daughter of Wonjen and William Bagley, she will attend Lehigh University in the fall.

Caron, in addition to her academic studies, played junior varsity tennis and soccer and was a regular participant in the school's yoga classes. Her poetry and prose appeared in this spring's edition of the student literary magazine, Consortium.

Caron's Winterims were focused on service. As a freshman, she performed community service in a Panamanian village located on the Isla Bastimentos, learning about the indigenous people and their culture and exploring the local ecology. During other sessions, she assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children at a nearby Head Start program and participated in volunteer efforts in the Dominican Republic, helping to rebuild a community school.

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