II Form Interviews: Get to Know the Class of 2024

Caroline Steib ’22 & Adi Jung ’23 interview four members of the Class of 2024 about their Lawrenceville experience so far!

Caroline Steib ’22 & Adi Jung ’23 interview four members of the Class of 2024 about their Lawrenceville experience so far!

Adrian Carlisi '24; Hometown: Hamilton, NJ; House: Davidson

Caroline Steib ’22: Have you ever wished you were a boarder or considered boarding?

Adrian Carlisi ’24: No, because I feel like I get the best of both worlds as a day student. Since I live 10 minutes away, I can spend time with people at school, while also being able to see my family. I really enjoy my time here, though, and often find myself not wanting to leave school at the end of the day.

CS: What do most students not know about you?

AC: I have a twin sister, [Sofia Carlisi ’24], who also goes to Lawrenceville.

CS: It’s still very early in the year, but if you had to choose one Circle House to be in, which one would you pick and why?

AC: I would probably choose Cleve House. My interviewer, Mr. Washington, was in Cleve, and he was telling me all about it during my interview.

CS: Based on your experiences here so far, what is a Lawrenceville stereotype that holds true?

AC: The teachers here truly care about their jobs and about our learning. I’ve never gotten this much feedback on my assignments, so I really appreciate how much effort they put in to help us.

Sydney Jackson; Hometown: Monroe, NJ; House: Perry Ross

Caroline Steib ’22: What is a fun fact about you?

Sydney Jackson ’24: I have four birds, three fish, and one bearded dragon; [and] we are looking into getting two more birds! I also [come from] different cultures; I am majority Trinidadian, which is an island in the Caribbean. I am also part French creole, Native American, (Indigenous), Portuguese, Spanish, East African, East Indian, and Syrian.

CS: What are you passionate about outside of academics and extracurriculars?

SJ: I love anything marine or ocean-based. I also find interest in educating myself on animals and want to be a marine biologist when I grow up.

CS: While I’m sure you’re excited to be back on campus soon, are there any perks to being a remote learning student?

SJ: Every break I get, I can go downstairs to eat, talk to my family, or even visit my pets, before heading back upstairs for class. I also don’t have to worry about traveling to my classes—I just click a Zoom link!

CS: What places on Main Street have you heard of or are most excited to try?

SJ: I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Purple Cow, so I want to go check that out and see what the rave is all about.

Quinn McCormack; Hometown: Reno, NV; House: Thomas

Adi Jung ’23: What was it like coming to Lawrenceville all the way from Nevada?

Quinn McCormack ’24: Boarding school is a pretty foreign concept where I’m from, so when I told people about it, I definitely got a lot of “oh, what did you do wrong?” Lawrenceville was actually the only place I applied because if I was going to do this, I wanted to do it here.

AJ: Who was your favorite orientation leader?

QM: [Gage Urbach ’22]. He was cool. The lighting in his room made it seem like he had red hair, so he looked exactly like Ed Sheeran.

AJ: It’s still very early in the year, but if you could pick any Circle House to be in, which one would you pick and why?

QM: My prefects are all a little divided, but Dickinson House sounds pretty laid back and fun.

AJ: What is one thing about Lawrenceville you would change, and why?

QM: Sunday brunch. It’s awesome, but since I’ve been waking up at 7:45 AM every morning, I was so hungry [this past Sunday] and literally took a nap outside of the dining hall.

AJ: Any final thoughts you’d like to share?

QM: I just love how unique Lawrenceville is. I remember I probably watched the “Lawrenceville, A Different School” video almost 30 times.

Natalia Cisneros; Hometown: Miami, FL; House: Perry Ross

Adi Jung ’23: When considering your options for high school, what ultimately influenced your decision to attend Lawrenceville?

Natalia Cisneros ’24: When making my final decisions, I was stuck between Deerfield and Lawrenceville. It was difficult to choose because revisit days were virtual, but I chose Lawrenceville because it’s a more relaxed school, especially with regards to dress code and off-campus privileges. I also went to a junior boarding school across the street from Deerfield, so I wanted to get out of that area since I had been there for three years.

AJ: In your opinion, what’s a Lawrenceville stereotype that holds true?

NC: The students here are really smart. It’s really cool to be surroUnded by intellectual students who are focused on doing well in school and have worked hard to get in here.

AJ: How many times have you forgotten to take your POM, fill out Covid-19 Safe, or gotten locked out?

NC: I’ve gotten locked out of my room three times already! I’ve also forgotten to fill out my [Covid-19] Safe Form a lot, but I’m getting much better at completing it quickly.

AJ: What is your go-to delivery order?

NC: Two Brothers Pizza and Dunkin Donuts.

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