Last Friday, January 15, we held our school-wide observation of MLK Day and leaned into a conversation about racism. The day began with faculty, staff, and students viewing the film, I’m Not Racist, Am I?, and after the film, the producers provided us with trained facilitators to contextualize the film, answer questions, and lead a group discussion. After an afternoon of smaller breakout group discussions, we closed the day with a moving rendition of Lift Every Voice.
Amid the many hardships and challenges in 2020, one Govs senior had reason to celebrate. Lemuel (Lemmy) L'Oiseau '21 has been recognized for their award as a match scholarship recipient in the QuestBridge National College Match; a national program that connects top-performing high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships and early admittance to one of QuestBridges’ 42 college partners, which includes some of the nation’s leading higher education institutions.
Whether protecting foster children in court or assisting them in procuring braces at the orthodontist, Leslie Lacy is passionate about helping kids. By day, this energetic attorney advocates for youth through Mental Health Advocacy Service in Baton Rouge. And in her off hours, she seeks to brighten children’s smiles through Fostering Hope Louisiana, the nonprofit she founded with husband Dr. Fred Lacy. It’s work that Lacy asserts she was born to do, and in the next breath confesses she never imagined for herself.
Donned in rubber gloves, a group of students in an Advanced Placement Environmental Science class mixes pollen and sugar in large buckets. Around the lab table, they pick up vials and add distilled water to rehydrate freeze-dried probiotic bacterium found in the gut of honey bees (along with placebo samples). But this isn’t a typical high school science lesson.
At the start of the interview, Duncan Robinson '12 apologizes for not responding sooner. This encapsulates the Miami Heat forward perfectly: he’s a really good guy with a heart of gold. With his busy training schedule for the Miami Heat in full swing, Robinson still manages to make time to discuss his time at Govs and his NBA career.
In the midst of a most unusual semester, Govs students still got in the spirit of the season of giving and donated presents to more than 100 local area children for Ozzie’s Kids, a program that has been providing support and holiday gifts to Haverhill children for over 30 years. The Govs community has become a key donor over the past decade.