2019 Welles Award Winners Announced

One dozen Lawrentians will pursue their academic research passions this summer, with support from a Lawrenceville School Welles Grant. Congratulations to Shriya Annamaneni ’20, Merrin Foltz ‘20, Areeq Hasan ‘20, Natalia Ibarra ‘20, Lauren Recto ’20, Divya Sammeta ‘20, Olivia Sieler ‘20, Thatcher Smith ‘20, Jeffrey Tao ‘20, Miles Williams ‘20, Jack Wragan ’20, and Jasmine Zhang ‘20. This year’s projects range from immigration studies to solar powered computers.
 
The awards are given annually to Third and Fourth Form students in memory of William Bouton Welles ’71. They allow Lawrentians to tackle an independent study project of their choosing. A faculty committee selects grantees.
 
2019 Welles Award Projects
 
Annamaneni will examine the academic and social effects of El Sistema programs on students. El Sistema is a nationwide alliance of programs seeking to enact social change through music for underserved youth.
 
Foltz will work to expand volunteer opportunities at Norwalk Hospital (Norwalk, Conn.).
 
Hasan will deliver solar powered desktop computers to a school in Shafipur, Bangladesh, and examine the significant difference these machines can make for local students.
 
Ibarra plans to recruit Chicago sixth graders to High Jump, an academic enrichment program for underserved middle school students.
 
Recto will study the ways people have been impacted by recent changes to U.S. immigration policy.
 
Sammeta will create a photo series to share the stories of LGBTQ+ teens who struggle with issues surrounding sexuality and body image.
 
Seiler will investigate ways to better prepare immigrant children for success in American schools, ultimately producing a website, teaching videos, and purchasing textbooks.
 
Smith will hit the rails, traveling by train to explore two remote towns. His goal is to document the importance of and reliance upon train service for the residents of Winnemucca, Nev., and Green River, Utah.
 
Tao will create a multi-media exhibit based on his research of Chinese “trash pickers” and their growing role in China’s urban waste management system.
  
Williams plans to explore the values of different people and the varied reasons that they hold those beliefs.
 
Wragan is developing a vest that will assist individuals with impaired vision navigate their surroundings.
 
Zhang is completing a documentary on the effects of the criminal justice system on formerly incarcerated women.
 
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.
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