Thank you to everyone who joined us on the State of the School Zoom call with Head of School Chris Tennyson at the beginning of February. I hope you enjoyed the update on LFA. There are a lot of exciting things happening at the Academy, starting with the new athletics center expansion! Read more below.

Ruth Keyso
Director of Alumni Engagement
847.615.3268 (office)
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State of the School with HOS Tennyson
Thank you to the many alumni who joined us online on February 2 for the State of the School address with Head of School Chris Tennyson. This was a great opportunity to introduce Chris to our alumni and to share news from campus today. If you missed the webinar, you can listen here.
LFA Embarks on Athletics Expansion Project
The Academy is excited to expand its indoor athletics facilities. Read more about the school's largest capital project to date, which will double the size of our indoor sports facilities.

The new center, which will sit to the west of the Crown Fitness & Wellness Center, will include three basketball courts, a running track, squash courts, and a workout room, among other amenities.

If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Garry Sloan, assistant dean of advancement. And please join us at the Gala on April 29, where we will rally around this project and raise funds to support the construction!
Annual YA-Student Networking Night
One of the highlights of the alumni engagement program at LFA is the opportunity to connect alumni with current students for career networking purposes.

On Wed., March 8, we will host the Josh Rothstein Young Alumni-Student Networking Night at LFA. We have an impressive line-up of alumni ready to chat with students about college and careers. Our nine alumni represent the fields of medicine, consulting, tech, law, film, VC, sports and entertainment, and finance.

Read more about networking night here. This event is named in honor and memory of Josh Rothstein '05, who died during his sophomore year at LFA. This year marks the 9th annual celebration of this special event.
Spring Gala 2023: Let's Have a Ball!
Mark your calendars for Sat., April 29 for the annual Spring Gala at LFA.

Join LFA’s Board of Trustees, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends at Gala 2023, where we’ll inspire next-level school spirit while joining together to fundraise for LFA’s Athletic Center Expansion. It’s in our court, so let’s have a ball!

Gala 2023 Co-Chairs
Trustee Charlie '96 and Nicole Cooper
Trustee Karin and Nicholas Fink P’22, ’23
Leslie and Stu Rosen P’25, ’25

About the LFA Gala
Annually, on a single night, members of the LFA community gather, celebrate, and raise funds to support an annual project selected for the Board of Trustees to enhance the LFA experience. During this year’s event, guests will be invited to raise paddles supporting the Academy’s commitment to the physical and mental well-being of its students, faculty, and staff through athletics.

Watch your email for more information in the weeks to come.
Summer Academy
LFA is excited and pleased to announce the launch of its very first Summer Academy. This program will be open to high school students as well as middle school students.

Click here for more information about the courses being offered, registration details, and general information about the dates and schedule.

Questions? Contact Shannon Bradac or Chris Tennyson. Space is limited. Please feel free to share this news with others!
Save the Date: YA Happy Hour
Mark your calendars for Thurs., July 13 for the annual young alumni happy hour in Chicago at Punch Bowl Social in Fulton Market District! We'll bring lots of faculty members with us. A great way to spend a summer night!
Seussical Delights Alumni, Friends
Our alumni and their children (and grandchildren) enjoyed a special Saturday morning performance of Seussical the Musical at LFA on Feb. 11. The morning started with a breakfast of green eggs and ham in the Cressey Lobby, followed by the student performance and photos with the cast afterwards. Thank you, everyone, for joining us!

View photos from the breakfast and the show.

Lake Forest Academy is grateful to The Pattis Family Foundation for contributing to this production through the establishment of The Pattis Family Fund for LFA's Winter Musicals.
College Dinner Series in North Carolina
What fun it was to see our Caxys recently in North Carolina! Our alumni at Duke and Wake Forest joined Director of Alumni Engagement Ruth Keyso for college dinners and conversation in early February. Our young alumni are enjoying great success in college, both in and out of the classroom. And we are feeling HUGE Caxy pride!

caption for photos below: Caxy at Duke University meet up at Mellow Mushroom on Feb. 6: clockwise, from bottom left): Anna Schilling '20, Katie Schilling '21, Ricky Ascroft '22, Alex Jackson '19, Alex Zhou '20, Zeping Danny Luo '19, Jackson George '21, Stewart Thompson '22

Caxys at Wake Forest University gather at Cugino Forno in Winston Salem on Feb. 8: clockwise from bottom left: Ava Ascroft '19, Haili Steven Sun '22, Lulu Morrison '22, Kelsey Rosales '22, George Reavis '20, Rohan Miglani '21, Sophie Berto '22, Kirstin Palasz '22
Boys Basketball Reunites in Glore
There was a roar in the Glore on a cold February afternoon when LFA basketball alumni from the classes of 2004-2017 returned to campus to watch the varsity "senior night" game and reconnect with teammates and Coach Matt Vaughn. Thanks for returning, Caxys! It was great to see you.

caption: l to r: Obaid Ansari '17, Ryan Clamage '15, Alec Mesrobian '15, Mbasa Mayikana '14, James Wick '14, Jake Elperin '04 and his son, Nathan, Faith Ekakitie '12, Coach Matt Vaughn, Jaron Eanes '06, Leo Sokolov '07, Matt Zafirovski '04 and his son, Riggs, David Smith '09, and Todd Zafirovski '09
Alumni Profiles
We'd love to include more alumni profiles in the monthly enews and on our social media.

Alumnus Michael Ryan '80 recently responded to our call for alumni who received financial assistance at LFA. He shares his LFA story here.

If you have an inspirational story about your LFA experience and how it changed your life, we'd love to hear from you and consider your story for publication. Please reach out to Ruth Keyso at rkeyso@lfanet.org
Show Your Love
Whether you have a favorite teacher you'd like to thank, an experience on a team or club that impacted you, or you just want to show your love for Lake Forest Academy, a gift to the Academy Fund speaks volumes. We are so grateful for those who choose to show their affection by supporting students and faculty.
Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall Reunion 2023 - Saturday, Oct. 14
Please mark your calendars for Reunion. We will celebrate milestones for those in classes ending in 3s and 8s -- including the 50th for the Class of 1973, 25th for the Class of 1998, and 10th for the Class of 2013 -- but all Lake Forest Academy alumni and Ferry Hall alumnae are welcome.

Questions? Contact Director of Annual and Reunion Giving Hannah Shallenberger
Legacies Don’t Just Happen…They’re Planned!
The Caxy Legacy Challenge, fueled by Sheri Kersch Schultz '72 (Ferry Hall alumna and 2022 Woman of Distinction honoree) and LFA Trustee David Gupta '81 (LFA alumnus and 2021 LFA Hall of Famer), provides immediate challenge funds to individuals who create a new bequest commitment or who verify an existing bequest through documentation. Challenge dollars are directed toward a current fund of the donor's choosing. Eligible estate gift commitments of $50,000 or more unlock 10% of the gift's face value from the challenge pool, up to a maximum of $10,000.
Estate gifts strengthen the LFA endowment, providing stability for the school's future. Endowment funds provide essential resources for student financial aid, faculty professional development and other designated purposes. Click the link to learn more about the Caxy Legacy Challenge or visit LFA's gift planning webpage at lfa.givingplan.net.
Contact Info Updates
If you have recently moved, changed jobs or have a new email address or cell phone number, please let us know so that we can update our database and reach you with news from LFA. Send your data to updates@lfanet.orgdates@lfanet.org
Class Notes in Enews
We would like to start including class notes in the alumni enews every other month (as well as in the Review, the alumni magazine). If you have news you'd like to share with the LFA and FH community, please send your note to classnotes@lfanet.org
Link In with Us
Alumni, stay connected with us through the LFA Alumni LinkedIn page. As our students graduate from LFA and start building their networks of alumni contacts, we'd like our LinkedIn site to be as robust as possible. Thank you for joining our group.