Part 3 in a series

GROTON -- On May 31, 13 area students graduated from Lawrence Academy during the school's 220th commencement exercises in Groton, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Higgins was recognized for his efforts in his mathematics classes as a freshman and earned academic honors during his junior year. He played football throughout his career and was a member of the 2009 team that went undefeated in the Independent School League and earned the NEPSAC championship. He also played for basketball and lacrosse teams and participated in ski, golf, and fitness programs.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Jonathan studied Spanish, local culture, and ecology in a mountain community in Costa Rica; tried his hand at sports journalism, observing events, interviewing, and learning how to pitch and write a story; and learned about many aspects of maintaining the trails and operating the facilities of a ski resort. This spring, he performed various community service projects in Cusco, Peru, while also learning about the area's ancient Inca civilization.

The son of Carolyn and Mickey Higgins Jr. of Groton, Jonathan will attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall.

James Lawrence earned several terms on the academic honor roll and was the recipient of The Eleanor and Cameron Smith Poetry Prize at this spring's Cum Laude Day celebrations.

A regular participant in the school's dance program, Jimmy frequently appeared in performances before a school audience and will travel to Scotland in the summer with LA's dance troupe to perform its original choreography, titled "See Change," at Edinburgh's highly regarded international Fringe Festival. He was also involved with theatrical productions, studying theatre tech and performing in "Sweeney Todd" and in a one-act play based on Gorey's "The Insect God." He was one of a student ensemble that collaborated to adapt and present Homer's "The Odyssey" as a theatrical performance. As a culminating project for a yearlong Honors Theatre Ensemble class, Jimmy directed fellow students this spring in a one-act play that he adapted from Andy Weir's "The Egg."

Jimmy sang for a year with the LA Singers and, at various times during his career, played tennis and soccer, wrestled, and took part in an Outdoors Program that provides a challenging alternative to competitive sports. His poetry appears in this year's student literary magazine, Consortium.

During his Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Jimmy practice martial arts; participated in a mask-making and mask performance workshop; and worked on a local farm, investigating methods of healthy food production and learning about animal care. This spring, he performed various community service projects in Cusco, Peru, while also learning about the area's ancient Inca civilization.

The son of Patricia and James Lawrence of Groton, Jimmy will attend Hampshire College in the fall.

Holly Moniz was the recipient of two prizes during the graduation ceremonies, The Ferguson Prize for Leadership and The Triesman Prize for Superior Scholastic Achievement.

Holly maintained academic high honors for every term of her four-year career and was inducted into the school's chapter of the national Cum Laude Society as a junior. At annual Cum Laude day celebrations, Holly's diverse academic accomplishments were recognized. Over the years, she received: The Mansfield Branigan Memorial Prize for excellence in mathematics, The Brown Book Award for ability in both written and spoken English expression, The Rensselaer Mathematics and Science Award, The Holmes Prize for proficiency in mathematics, The Class of 1965 Prize for Dance, and The Anne and David Rosenthal Prize for Literary Appreciation. In addition to academic excellence, a consideration in awarding many of those prizes is excellence of character. 

This year, Holly served as school treasurer, one of four leadership positions filled by vote of the entire student body. She also assisted her school community as a Peer Counselor. Since her first term as a freshman, Holly devoted herself to the dance program at LA and appeared regularly in performance. She is a member of this year's dance troupe that will travel to Scotland this summer to perform its original choreography, titled "See Change," at Edinburgh's highly regarded international Fringe Festival. In other artistic endeavors, Holly was a finalist in the annual junior class poetry recitation competition, and, this year she pursued a yearlong study of visual arts.

During her first Winterim, a two-week experiential learning session that takes place every March, Holly assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children for a local Head Start program. In the following two sessions, she studied the American legal system, first in a mock trial workshop and then through visits to courtrooms, prisons, congressional sessions, and law offices in Boston and Washington, D.C. This spring, she learned the skill of critiquing and writing reviews, attending a variety of cultural events and creating a blog to share her findings.

The daughter of Lori and Jim Moniz of Groton, Holly will attend Boston University in the fall.