Humans of LH

Humans of LH

By: Katie Rooney

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.59.33 PM

“I’m passionate about self expression through art; I love to draw and take photos. I’m also passionate about self expression through the clothes you wear, it’s another way for people to show who they are besides what they say or their personality–because I feel like we all have a notion of ourselves in our head that isn’t always translated, and clothes can help people understand who you really are. Basically, I’m really just passionate about people–I love people. I have a lot of passions, and it’s really hard finding a balance between my passions and practicality. I know what I want to do in college, but my parents have a hard time accepting that I’m not gonna make a lot of money–that they think I’m not gonna make a lot of money out of college. But I think I could by putting hard work in.”

Emma Jacobs ’17

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.59.22 PM

“My passport came in the other day. I took the picture when I was sick, it’s horrendous. I was so sick, I was like “Lady, you gotta speed this up. I’m gonna throw up in here. I’m gonna leave, I have to go for a few minutes.” Have you seen Parks and Rec? She was just like Ethel Beavers, she went so slow.”

Ellie Ziedman ’17

Political Column #4 – Fallacies in Argument

Political Column #4 – Fallacies in Argument

By: Kathryn Blanco

One of the worst ways to derail an otherwise strong argument is throwing in a logical fallacy. To the trained eye, it discredits your case. Even if it goes unnoticed in a conversation, it brings down the level of discourse by confusing and frustrating both parties involved. Any AP Composition Junior is probably more than familiar with these by now, but it’s always good to keep on the lookout! Politicians’ speeches are full of such fallacies, and if you don’t want to be misled by your leaders or participate in polarizing conversation that drives people apart without ever really addressing the issue at hand, it’s important to know your fallacies. Here’s a list of a couple, and how to avoid them:

Hasty Generalization

What it is: This fallacy draws a conclusion before obtaining sufficient evidence.

Example: “I arrived in Florida today and it’s raining. It must always be raining in Florida.”

How to avoid it: Do your research and make sure you rely on more than one source, particularly if that source is a personal experience, before forming an opinion.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

What it is: This fallacy equates a correlation between two events with a causal relationship.

Example: “I watched TV for an hour and then got the flu. I must have got the flu from watching TV too long.”

How to Avoid It: Think very carefully about the context of and relationships between the events you are discussing. If your topic is a scientific one, do your research and make sure any studies you base your opinion on are reliable.

Circular Argument

What it is: This fallacy simply restates the position without supporting it.

Example: “Cookies are delicious because they taste good.”

How to Avoid It: Be well-informed about your topic so that you can effectively support it. But if whoever you’re talking with stumps you, don’t be afraid to be honest and say ‘I don’t know.’

Begging the Claim/Question

What it is: This fallacy builds a conclusion on an unproven premise.

Example: “Cats, inferior to dogs, should be banned as house pets.” – it was never proven or even argued that cats are inferior to dogs.

How to Avoid It: Remember to consider every issue from different angles and don’t assume that you and your discussion partner are approaching an issue from the same point of view.


What it is: This fallacy creates a false situation where only one possibility can be true.

Example: “Either you want to eat this meatloaf or you are not hungry.” – it’s possible to be hungry but not want meatloaf, whether out of personal distaste or dietary restrictions.

How to Avoid It: Don’t try to simplify your argument to the point where you present an issue as black and white. A productive discussion requires both participants to recognize that gray areas exist.

Ad hominem

What it is: This fallacy is a personal attack on an opponent rather than a logical criticism of an issue.

Example: “You are ignorant and ugly, therefore your argument is wrong.”

How to Avoid It: Don’t make the issue personal – remember that respect is essential to any productive conversation. Introducing ad hominem attacks is both insulting to your discussion partner and harmful to your own case.

Red Herring

What it is: This fallacy distracts from the issue at hand.

Example: “Soda vending machines should not be removed from schools because of health risks, students would disappointed to have to drink only water.” – The students’ drink preferences do not negate the health risks

How to Avoid It: Remember the main point you are trying to make and stick to it rather than trying to confuse your audience.

Straw Man

What it is: This fallacy is an attack on an argument similar to, but not as complex as, the one an opponent is actually making.

Example: If one person said, “Students should not use cell phones during class” and another responded with “Your suggestion to eliminate the use of technology in schools would prevent students from developing the skills they need in a modern, technology driven world.”

How to Avoid It: Remember that whoever you are talking with has opinions that are likely as well developed and complex as yours. Don’t oversimplify a position you disagree with, develop the skills to argue it as it actually is.

Source: “Logical Fallacies.” Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University, 3 Nov. 2013. Web.       19 Apr. 2016.

Image: Conflict Silhouette. 7 Nov. 2015. N.p., Open Clipart Library. Web. 20 May 2016.

NOTE: for some engaging information regarding logical arguments, I’ve found the Crash Course Philosophy Course on YouTube especially helpful!

Advice from the Class of 2016

Advice from the Class of 2016

By: Danielle Koterbay

The 2015-2016 school year is shortly coming to a close, the seniors (Class of 2016) are graduating, and LH is getting ready to welcome the Class of 2020 to campus!

The Class of 2016 was interested in leaving closing comments and helpful advice for the remaining students at Lauralton to make the most of their experience! Please see below some comments from seniors!

“Be sure to form relationships with your teachers. Even if you visit them every Common Time, they will appreciate your dedication to the subject.” – Lily Delmonico

“It is important to be successful in your classes, but don’t let that stop you from making amazing memories with your friends. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone.” – Amanda Gerstenfeld (Villanova University)

“Make the most of your time at Lauralton. Always remember that even though academics are top priority, your health is also important. Do your best to balance homework and staying up late to study with getting a good night’s sleep. Keeping your body healthy maximizes your chances of being successful in school.” – Danielle Koterbay (University of Notre Dame)

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help/ask questions when you’re struggling because everyone needs help from time to time. Don’t forget to make time for yourself and find that perfect balance in your life because you will need it as school becomes more difficult.” – Susannah LaPointe (Tufts University)

“Time at Lauralton Hall really seems to go slowly, but in the end it seems like the first day of freshmen year was only yesterday. Try to have something to look back and smile about.” – Amanda Pepler (University of New Haven)

“Make sure to keep everything in perspective. Don’t let petty arguments with friends or fights get in the way of you making the most of every second you have here. High school is a special time, one of the only times you’ll get to see your friends every day, so try to remember that it won’t always be like this, and try to be grateful for it while it lasts.” – Caroline Sarda (Georgetown University)


Class of 2016 Important Information

An Open Letter to the Class of 2016 from the Class of 2017

An Open Letter to the Class of 2016 from the Class of 2017

By: Audra Logan

Wow, we cannot fathom the idea that soon all of you will be going off to various parts of the country to attend college and pursue your dreams. It truly does feel like just yesterday that we, the class of 2017, walked in as freshmen to see the “big scary sophomores!” While it felt like the day to say goodbye would never come, sadly here it is. The seniors are unzipping their uniforms that represent the classic Lauralton student to transition to their own clothes to become the new alumnae. As they begin their journey onward, there are a couple things that we would like to thank them for. It is always crucial to make friends with the higher grades especially when you’re the new fish in the bowl; thank you seniors for making our transition into high school easier by befriending us, and sometimes just saying a simple hello in the hallway. As we all are very well aware, Lauralton is certainly no walk in the park. Thank you for helping us through the tough times when it seemed like that Friday would never come. Thank you for helping us with our problem sets, term papers, and essays. Thank you for reassuring us that we will get through junior year (though the jury’s still out on that one) and telling us the truth with how awful college applications will be. Thank you for teaching us what not to bring into the library, what not to wear past Mr. Allen, and most of all how to appreciate how fast the time flies. As a lot of our good friends are seniors, it brings us great sadness to know that our time together as schoolmates has drawn to a close. Goodbyes are hard, but we wish you all the best in everything that you set your mind to. Lauralton Ladies are forever, and nothing, not even distance can break our sisterhood apart. The circle of mercy is timeless, and so are the memories we have made with you. So one last time, thank you.

With love,

The Class of 2017


The Senior Shirt Strife

The Senior Shirt Strife

By: Sara Abbazia

Believe it or not, the school year is almost over. Soon, the students of Lauralton Hall will be picking next year’s classes and leave the 2015-2016 school year behind. This is an especially exciting time for the class of 2017- this year’s juniors will be next year’s seniors, which means they have a lot of privileges to look forward to.

Everyone at Lauralton knows that choosing a senior class color is an exciting opportunity- especially after wearing the same outfit every day for three years. Of course, having more than a hundred girls agree on a single color was difficult. The junior class were given a wide variety of color choices- dark purple, teal, mint, yellow, forest green, pink, lavender, red, and so forth.

I distinctly remember the day the Facebook group posted these options online and asked everyone which colors were the best. Everyone seemed to have one color that they loved- and one that they would not be caught dead in. By the end of that class period, everyone was picketing and protesting certain colors.

“The mint looks so washed out!”

“I will not tolerate three years of pink in a row!” (For all the freshmen out there, last year’s seniors had coral shirts, while this year’s seniors have a bright pink- so the idea of choosing another shade of pink was shot down)

“That shade of red is too brown.”

“DOWN WITH THE DARK PURPLE!” (Fun fact: as a joke, a “down with the dark purple” rally was scheduled as a Facebook event for that morning in a religion, but it was meant as a statement rather than an actual occurrence)

Finally, the juniors voted on the top two choices on a Haiku poll: teal blue versus lavender. On one hand, when this year’s juniors were freshmen, the senior class had that exact same shade of teal blue as their shirts. The main concern was that the Lauralton Hall yearbooks for their freshmen year and their senior year would look the exact same (since the yearbook color matches the senior class color). Also, some teachers commented that teal blue senior shirts always makes a comeback every couple of years, so originality was on the line. On the other hand, there were a few students who just simply disliked the color purple with a burning passion.

A week or so later, the results came in that lavender won. Most people were content with this decision, or had stopped caring at this point (as long as we can wear something to school besides navy and white). The class could finally move on to the next order of business- the senior lounge! After much consideration – and a lot less hoopla as the shirt colors, thank goodness! – the 2017 senior lounge theme is outer space.

The next school year at Lauralton will certainly be fun, eventful, and very purple!


Lauralton Hall’s Spring Concert!

Lauralton Hall’s Spring Concert!
By: Maya Zaleski and Jen Veith


On May 11th Lauralton Hall had it’s very own Spring Concert! The concert features our LH ladies of the band, orchestra, and three choirs (Freshman, Concert, and Advanced Vocal Ensemble). It’s a definite must-see, so make sure you check Facebook for videos of the performances! Below is a summary of the beautiful songs that were performed by the choirs, in addition to the senior tribute at the closing of the concert. 

All three choirs will be singing a medley of Frozen songs, along with a special acapella piece by the Advanced Vocal Ensemble. Classical music will also be performed, as well as a medley of Disney Princess music. The Lion King Circle of Life number will be a treat at the end of the concert. Lastly, the seniors will sing a rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup”.


Humans of LH

Humans of LH

By Katie Rooney

holh 1

“My grandpa’s so funny, he tries to keep up to date with celebrities so he can be relatable. He’ll be like ‘So, how ’bout that Selena Gomez?’ and we’re just like ‘Oh Papa…'”

Mackenzie Britt ’17

holh 2

“I have four little brothers, and I always think about how much younger they are than me, and how I’m missing out. I’m gonna be away in college while they’re growing up, and I don’t know, it makes me sad because they’re gonna be going through all these experiences and I won’t be there for them.”

Caroline Mancini ’17

holh 3

“One of my favorite memories when I can remember being truly, truly, happy was when I was 8 or 9, and we were still living in Florence, Italy. Every Sunday me and my dad would walk to the Duomo, in the center of Florence, while my brother was at his religion class after church. And right next to the Duomo was the Duomo’s Bell Tower, and each time we would switch off which one we wanted to climb to the top of. So this one Sunday, we climbed to the top of the Bell Tower, and we were standing on top and there weren’t a lot of people there, and we were looking out over the whole city and the mountains in the background. And my dad said something like ‘Remember this moment, and take it in, because it’ll be gone soon.’ And at the time I just brushed it off because I was like ‘No, we live here. I’m gonna always live here!’ But I didn’t realize how fleeting that moment was, that we wouldn’t always live there, that I wouldn’t graduate in Italy. That wasn’t realistic. But I remember leaning against my dad, and looking out at the view and just loving it, and knowing that is my home. That’s where I had grown up, and it was so beautiful, and we were so happy–nothing was wrong.”

Annamarie Fama ’17