Marianapolis and HL-Boston Team Up Over April Break
During school vacation week, students from Marianapolis and HL-Boston came together twice to discuss boarding school, the importance of community service, and the balancing act of being a student-athlete.
On the Tuesday of April break, HLers made the 90 minute trek to quaint Thompson, CT, the home of Marianapolis. JD Rogers, Assistant Director of Admission, greeted the students off the bus and gave an introduction to Marianapolis with a presentation of the school and its offerings. HLers then broke off into small groups for a campus tour led by Marianapolis student-athletes. Students saw science classrooms, computer labs, the library, and the locker rooms.
After the tour, HLers geared up for a fundamentals-focused practice with the Marianapolis boys and girls lacrosse teams. Enthusiastic shuttles and one v one's to goal ruled the afternoon, while the small high schooler-to-HLer ratio made for effective individual instruction.
Two days later, the students joined forces again, but this time in Boston. Mr. Rogers drove the captains of both the boys and girls lacrosse teams to HL-Boston's boys program site, Young Achiever's Math and Science Pilot School in Mattapan, for a trash clean-up and lacrosse practice. Students were able to see the immediate effects of their efforts as their work made a significant difference in the appearance of the recess area behind Young Achievers.
After the practices, Marianapolis students sat down with HLers to talk about the valuable lessons community service can teach and to share their experiences as a student-athlete at Marianapolis.
We want to give a huge thank you to JD Rogers for being so willing to engage our student-athletes in multiple ways, coaches Michelle Parker and Michael Rainha for welcoming HLers to practice, and the Marianapolis community as a whole for sharing your school with us.