Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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.

This spring, Caron volunteered at the Special Olympics Winter Games at the Yawkee Sports Training Center in Marlborough, Mass.

The daughter of Evelyn and Steven Caron, she will attend Saint Michael's College in the fall.

McQuaide appeared frequenlty on the academic honor and high honor rolls and was selected by the faculty, during his career, to receive both the Harry J. Davidson Prize for demonstrating the sincere effort to achieve to the best of his ability in all academic areas and the Thompson English Prize for achievement in English.

During his four years at the school, he ran for the cross-country team, was a member of the wrestling squad, and played golf and junior varsity lacrosse and hockey. As a senior, he was a peer counselor.

McQuaide participated in the school's popular dance program and appeared in a group performance; he also played a role in this spring's student-directed one-act play festival.

During his Winterims, McQuaide drove and cared for a team of sled dogs on a winter camping expedition in northern Minnesota and worked on a local farm, investigating methods of healthy food production and learning about animal care. In this spring's session, he worked with local entrepreneurs to experiment with starting a new business, basing his venture on a need for lids that change color to indicate when a beverage is too hot to drink.

McQuaide spent the spring semester of his junior year at The Island School in the Bahamas, an environmentally conscious community focused on sustainability and the study of marine ecology. While there, he completed a 4-mile swim as a competitor in the school's "super swim" events.

The son of Denise and Earle McQuaide, he will attend the University of Tampa.