Spotlight on Music Teacher, Dr. Marie Trudeau

Spotlight on Music Teacher, Dr. Marie Trudeau

Marie Trudeau’s resume is quite impressive. A New Jersey-based freelance oboist from Detroit, she has performed on renowned stages from Shenzhen, China to Carnegie Hall, New York. She is a member of the Allentown Symphony and principal of Garden State Philharmonic. She is baroque oboe in residence with the Rutgers Baroque Players, and plays oboe’s ancestor instrument, the two-keyed baroque oboe.

Dr. Trudeau’s love for music began when she was in Middle School. “I fell asleep with the classical station from either Detroit or Windsor, Canada in my Walkman headphones,” she recalls. Her grandmother was an amateur pianist, but she suspects her motivation to practice really came from “feeling competitive against [her] older sister, a flutist.” She explains it this way: “She was better at most things academically, but I had a greater affinity for music. Music quickly began feeling like a family member.”

Though she is often associated with classical music, Dr. Trudeau enjoys listening to rap as well.  “I used to listen to rap in my younger years,” she admits.  Her favorite artist?  “Someone I can’t turn off, who is considered a rap artist, is Lizzo. She is a force of independence, self-love, and strength. She’s also funny.”

When she is not teaching, practicing or performing, Dr. Trudeau enjoys reed making. “I have to painstakingly scrape on cane to make my mouthpieces, and I do it for hours each week.”  This she does in between hiking, exploring cities, and visiting antique auctions.  A musician and teacher, artist and explorer, Dr. Trudeau brings that magical combination of rhythm, melody and joy to students at Lewis.

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Lewis Cross Country Places Second in Meet

Lewis Cross Country Places Second in Meet

For the athletes of the Lewis Cross-Country team, it’s an exercise in endurance, commitment and will. “It’s all mental,” says Upper School student Tano Rojas, team captain. “You’re putting your body through stress, but you can’t quit.  You have to keep on running.”

The first cross country meet was Tuesday, September 16.  Athletes from The Lewis School, The Hun School, and Pennington School ran a 5K race, most of which was up hill.  “It was brutal,” Tano recalls.  How did the team do?  “Our team did really well.  We do need to do more hill practice and work on keeping a steady pace.”  In its second meet at Wilberforce School on October 4, Lewis placed second.

Coach Fonder, an accomplished runner, begins each race by preparing the team mentally. “Before every game,” Tano says, “Coach reminds us that the team is relying on you, and that we’re doing this together. Then he tells us to dig deep.” That is the secret to the team’s success:  digging deep, running for one another…and having a little fun.

 

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Lewis Alumna Honored for Best TV Sports Anchor

Lewis Alumna Honored for Best TV Sports Anchor

Lewis Alumna Honored for Best TV Sports Anchor

Natalie Kalibat was recently honored by the Associated Press of the Virginias in the category of “Best TV Sports Anchor, Large Market” at a luncheon at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Natalie, who is the weeknight sports anchor and sports directors at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Va., was the top finisher in the state of Virginia and was honored out of applicants from TV stations around the states of Virginia and West Virginia for her exemplary performance.

Natalie was hired by WRIC in December 2017. During her time at the station, she has covered the Washington Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup, NASCAR races at Richmond Raceway, and Washington Redskins training camp, among other events.

Her Lewis family remembers her well as a determined scholar, gifted athlete, and graceful dancer, and true friend. We are so proud of our alumna and continue to wish her the very best.

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Nathan Irving

Nathan Irving

Help Nathan help others.

      Lower School student Nathan Irving set a new year’s goal to complete a community service project and is asking for your help. During the month of February, Nathan will be collecting gently used clothing for the needy. All sizes and types can be placed into the designated boxes located on each floor of the school or directly to Nathan in room 207. Let’s help Nathan help others. Donate today! – Mrs. Nehlig

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Lions Basketball

Lions Basketball

Go Lions!

      After a tough loss earlier this week with a last second three-point shot resulting in a 31-30 defeat to New Hanover, the Lewis Lions rallied back to win in their next game against the Immaculate Conception School of Spotswood. The two schools played hard against one another hurling the game into overtime. After a close battle and some excellent defense in the final seconds of the game, Lewis was victorious with a score of 25-24. After a suspenseful week of close calls and heart stopping plays, the Lewis Lions are proud to have a winning record of 3 and 2. The Lewis Lions will play the Waldorf School on Monday 1/28 at Whiteley Gymnasium; tip-off is at 3:45 PM. Please come out and support our players as they face what was seemingly their biggest rival from last basketball season! – Coach Fonder

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Bound for Greatness

Bound for Greatness

Bound for Greatness: One dyslexic girl’s journey from kindergarten to the university of her dreams

      Summertime in Germany. A young girl hikes up the road in a small Bavarian village with her grandmother and grandfather to visit the local farmer. The girl listens to her grandmother chuckling over small talk with the farmer as he pours milk into her pail. It is a charming, joyful slice of life most people may never experience, but Lewis student Stephanie Rahtz spent her childhood summers this way. Over a decade later, she is preparing to attend American University in Washington, DC. She knows more about the world, and herself, than she ever imagined.

      Upper School student Stephanie Rahtz is a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, and has attended The Lewis School since kindergarten. Before finding Lewis, she was having trouble following directions and staying on target. “I was reversing b and d when I began to write, but I fixed that here,” said Stephanie. Now in her final year as a Lewis School student, Stephanie identifies as a poet and a writer. She realizes that perhaps her ear for poetry “could actually be a product of [her] dyslexia.”

Stephanie Rahtz - The Lewis School       Stephanie began the process of applying to college by taking an ACT prep course followed by completing the test at Lewis with a proctor. “The familiarity of the test format made it less stressful and it helped that I was in a familiar classroom alone while taking the test,” Stephanie recalled. She then continued through the college application process with her heart and mind set on American University. “Lewis was beside me throughout the application process,” said Stephanie, “from the initial interview to the submission of the application.”

      The education at Lewis was what was the most helpful to Stephanie: comprehension, analysis, and sequencing. They all came together and, with the diminished anxiety that comes with understanding and comfort, Stephanie succeeded. She is also grateful for the supportive, nurturing environment at Lewis. “It has given me the foundation to build who I am,” she said.

      Stephanie’s work at Lewis is not yet complete. Her goal for her final year is to use her strong verbal vocabulary in her written work. “I love big words,” she said with a smile, “I am working on using them effectively in my writing.” Stephanie has spent her formative years in a school filled with students who learn differently. She now has her sights set on an even larger goal as she embarks upon the new chapter in her life: “to become comfortable in the world of non-dyslexic students.”

      Stephanie offers advice to students beginning to think about college: “stay true to your voice, but listen to guidance and to your teachers. And do you work!” As for advice to herself as she prepares for this exciting new path? Quite simply: “Keep going.”

      Stephanie will major in Area Studies with a focus on German language, culture and politics. Her goal for her future beyond college is to use her voice in the European Union. When reflecting on why she would be an asset in international politics, Stephanie explains, “I am an insider and an outsider in both of my countries. I understand each culture from the perspective of the other. This is who I am, and I love this about myself.”

      The young girl gleefully listening to her grandmother on those warm mornings in Germany will now actively use her voice to inspire, inform and unify through her work both in America and abroad.

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