Heely Scholars Shine at MIT INSPIRE

Lawrenceville Heely Scholars Akash Bagaria and Simran Suri were two of 100 students selected as finalists at MIT INSPIRE, a national high school research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Suri ultimately placed second in the History category. The Lawrentians presented their Heely Scholar theses - Bagaria’s was titled “The Broader Scope of the Sixties: Analyzing the Rise of Student Activism Globally” and Suri’s was “The Racial Implications of the Reagan Administration’s Punitive Anti-Drug Policies.”
 
The MIT INSPIRE competition, held April 3-5 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass, draws high school students from across America who present their original research in one of 13 disciplines. Students are evaluated on the clarity, originality, creativity, and analytical depth of their research, as well as on their presentation skills. Judges include MIT faculty members and alumni, doctoral students, and professionals working in the different disciplines.
 
Lawrenceville’s Heely Scholar program is a two-week seminar in archival research for rising Fifth Formers who have demonstrated a keen interest and ability in investigating a specific topic that has some tie to the School. This past summer, the Scholars studied Lawrenceville during the turbulent 1960s.
 
The intent of the program is to introduce students to primary research from the Stephan Archives (the School collection) and with planned excursions to other institutions. Recognizing that archival material exists to be used and not merely saved, the history department in collaboration with the Stephan Archives created the program so that students could explore and study the collection in a manner that will facilitate the access and enrichment of the Archives by the larger community. The Heely Scholars Program is made possible as part of a $6 million dollar gift to the Stephan Archives by John ’59 and Barbara Stephan.
 
For additional information on all Lawrenceville School news, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.
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