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💙🐯 Today, Kristan Sock '05 spoke to Upper School students about life since graduating from Lausanne and how she began her career as a Manager in Deloitte Consulting Human Capital.

Kristan delved into the concept of redirection in challenging times, emphasizing the importance of being in the right place even when life takes unexpected turns. We should all understand the importance of discovering pockets of joy in every aspect of life.

During her presentation, she shared personal stories about her family's hardships following Hurricane Katrina, completing college amidst an economic recession, and pursuing her dream job during the pandemic. Despite facing numerous obstacles, Kristan managed to overcome them all and achieved success in the end.


💙🐯 On Monday, we had the honor of hosting Rabbi Jeff Dreifus ‘07 who shared with Upper School students the importance of speaking out against hate speech when witnessed or heard. He urged us all to be upstanders rather than bystanders.

Jeff’s visit helped Lausanne observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day designated by the United Nations to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of other victims of N**i persecution.

Drawing upon examples from the Pyramid of Hate, a representation illustrating how hate can swiftly escalate from prejudiced beliefs to acts of hate crimes, Jeff shared strategies for standing against prejudice and discussed what our community can do to combat hatred within our own city.


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When asking where she sees herself in 5 years, says, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned since graduating from Lausanne, it’s that you never know where you’ll end up! A year ago, I had my heart set on being a graphic designer for film & tv in Atlanta. Then the film strikes happened, and I was out of work in the film industry for months! While I’d love to have a 5-year plan, I’m trying to stay adaptable and willing to take opportunities as they come!“ She continues, “Following joy is what motivates me! I’m really trying to stay in tune with what makes me feel creatively fulfilled and happy. My biggest fear is getting stuck in something that doesn’t genuinely bring me joy, which is what motivates me to push forward and explore new opportunities.”

When asked about what advice she has for young professionals on a similar career path, Madeline says, “ I think the only advice I have for people wanting to follow a similar career path that I’m on is to take risks and to put yourself out there. Be kind to yourself, but also don’t be afraid to push your boundaries and take leaps!”, she continues, “Looking back on my time at Lausanne, I feel so incredibly grateful for the relationships I had with my teachers, especially with Mr. Auger and Ms. Manzo. Their support and encouragement in pursuing my passions taught me how valuable community is, and I genuinely don’t think I would’ve chased a career in the arts without them.”

Quote from Madeline:
“My “why” is my parents. They have sacrificed so much for me and my brothers to be able to pursue what we love, and they have been so incredibly supportive throughout my whole journey. I’m so lucky to have the parents I do, and I work hard to try to make them proud. I know that they just want me to be happy regardless of whatever field I end up in, which is even more motivation to keep taking risks and following joy.”


🐯💙Young Alumni Panel💙🐯

Today, Lausanne hosted the 2023-2024 Young Alumni Panel with Jordan Brown ’19, Jai Sharma ‘19, Alex Rochkind ‘21, Sophia Holland ‘22, Brendan French ‘23, Malaika Kumar ‘23, and Dany Hamze ‘23. The graduates discussed a variety of subjects, including the college application process, how Lausanne prepares you for college, and any advice that either alumnus would like to share about life after high school. The upper school students had the opportunity to learn about the college experience, ask questions during the Q&A, and network with their fellow alumni. This is one of our favorite alumni events of the year and we were thrilled to have these alumni back on campus.


🐯💙Young Alumni Week🐯💙


Janelle Crandall Osowski ‘05 graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and later the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She currently works for Donati Law, PLLC in Midtown Memphis representing employees in employment law matters – wrongful termination, retaliation, wage theft and discrimination – and also serves on Lausanne's Alumni Board.

Jarred Reed '09, a graduate of both George Mason University and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, serves as an attorney at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. Earlier this year, he was named in the National Black Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” for the second year in a row. Jarred also proudly serves as President of Lausanne's Alumni Board.


🐯💙Young Alumni Week🐯💙

The Arts

On Monday, we invited three alumni who will share their insights and experiences in the field of arts with the students of the Upper School.

Seth Gibson ‘22 at the age of four, trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance styles at Studio 413 and Ballet Memphis. He is currently in his second year at The Juilliard School in New York City, focusing on a career path in contemporary concert dance.

Natalie Russell ‘15 is a Senior Copywriter at Studio at Situation Group. Natalie's work brings arts and entertainment brands to life. She writes advertising copy for traditional and digital media, specializing in commercial scriptwriting, website content, and tone of voice. Her clients include WICKED, The Lion King, Aladdin, Some Like It Hot, and the Empire State Building.

Deidre Staples ‘13 is a New York-based actor and writer. She attended Howard University with a BFA in acting. After graduation, she acted professionally in DC for 6 years, which included a national tour, two world premieres, and a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play. Her next show is Crumbs from the Table of Joy in Baltimore, Maryland.

Photos from Lausanne Collegiate School's post 11/16/2023

We are heartbroken to share the recent passing of Vincente "Vinny" Garcia ’21, who left us far too soon. We offer our most sincere sympathy to Vinny’s family and friends during this time of unimaginable grief and take comfort in knowing that his legacy of compassion and kind-heartedness will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. Vinny’s passing serves as a poignant reminder of life’s fleeting nature and the importance of cherishing each moment. Please know that Lausanne’s Alumni Association is here for those navigating his loss.

Rest in peace, Vinny.

Photos from Lausanne Alumni Association's post 09/26/2023

💙🐯 Thank you all so much for attending the 2023 Lausanne Alumni Weekend! 💙🐯

It was so good to have all of our forever Lynx on campus again. If you weren’t able to make it this past Friday and Saturday, don’t fret!

Be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming events. More details coming soon!

October 28: Fall Carnival
November 17: Grandparents Day
December 11-14: Young Alumni Week
December 13: Young Alumni Happy Hour
January 5: Young Alumni Panel

How Our Teachers Shape Us, Rabbi Dreifus, 8/25/23 09/01/2023

💙🐯 Rabbi Jeff Dreifus '07 Reflects on Lausanne's Mr. Gilmore 💙🐯

Barry Gilmore, a faculty member who was at Lausanne for almost a decade, exemplified the impact that teachers can have on their students. One of those students, Jeff Dreifus '07, recently reflected on the lessons he learned in Mr. Gilmore's class and shared his thoughts with the congregation at Temple Israel, where he is now the Assistant Rabbi. You can watch the moving tribute here:

How Our Teachers Shape Us, Rabbi Dreifus, 8/25/23 --Temple Israel-Memphis is a sanctuary for prayer and inspiration, a vibrant center for Jewish learning, and a congregational home for living Torah. We are a...


🐯💙Let the countdown begin! 🐯💙

Join us for an opportunity to celebrate with classmates and reconnect with faculty and staff during one of our most highly anticipated weekends of the year!

All alumni are invited to attend, and we look forward to celebrating reunion classes ending in '3'.

Review the full schedule below and RSVP today!

Alumni Weekend Schedule:

Friday, September 22
Check-In & Campus Tours
4 p.m.
Check out the latest campus upgrades and visit some of your favorite spots - the senior stairway, Blue Heron Lake and more!

Friday, September 22
Homecoming Reception
5:30 p.m.
Enjoy delicious food and beverages, plus free admission to the game!

Friday, September 22
Homecoming Football Game
Alumni Tailgate on the Bluff
7 p.m.
Wear your best blue and gold, and watch the Lynx take on MBA. VIP Bluff access is available exclusively to alumni.

Saturday, September 23
Rise & Shine Alumni Brunch
10 a.m. - noon
Enjoy a full Southern-style brunch, complete with a mimosa bar, as fellow alumni and faculty gather for great food and even better company! (Children are welcome! Ambassadors will be present at the playgrounds during the brunch.)

Photos from Lausanne Alumni Association's post 08/11/2023

We couldn't have hoped for a more fantastic Senior Send-Off. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who came by and made today an incredibly memorable beginning to the 2023-2024 academic year!

Use the QR code to see exclusive photos capturing moments from the Class of 2023 Commencement.

Come back to visit us soon, Lynx 🐯✈️


🐯💙Lausanne Link Revamp 🐯💙

At our school, we are proud to have a diverse group of alumni spread across the globe 🌎🐯 Become a part of the exceptional online community of alumni worldwide!

Network, re-connect with former classmates, exchange career updates, and stay informed about the Lausanne community by signing up on our Lausanne Link platform.


🐯💙 Only 7 days away!

Together with classmates, faculty, staff, and other young alumni, we will send the Class of 2023 off to embark on a new journey in life, while we welcome our new seniors - the Class of 2024.

Join us on campus Tuesday, August 8 from 12PM-1:30 PM for some food, fun and friends.

We will have Torchy's Tacos🌮 for all and gifts🎁 for classes '23 and '24.

✈️ RSVP via the link below:


Will you meet us there? 🐯💙

Together with classmates, faculty, staff, and other young alumni, we will send the Class of 2023 off to embark on a new journey in life, while we welcome our new seniors - the Class of 2024.

We will have Torchy's Tacos🌮 for all and gifts🎁 for classes '23 and '24.

✈️ RSVP via the link below:


Take Me Out to the Ball Game ⚾

The Lausanne Alumni Association will be in Chicago from August 28-31 and would love to see our forever Lynx! 🐯💙

While there, we will be attending the Cubs vs. Brewers home game. If you would like to attend, RSVP by August 21 and enjoy a fun night at the ballpark with us.

We can't wait to see you there!

2023 Alumni Weekend: September 22-23 06/28/2023

Let the countdown begin!

2023 Alumni Weekend is Sept. 22-23, 2023.

Join us for an opportunity to celebrate with classmates and reconnect with faculty and staff during one of our most highly anticipated weekends of the year!

✈️ Review the full schedule below and RSVP today via the link below:

Friday, September 22
Check-In & Campus Tours, 4 p.m.
Friday Welcome Reception, 5 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game & Tailgate Party on the Bluff, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 23
Rise & Shine Alumni Brunch, 10am
Individual Class Parties, afternoon and evening (as scheduled by class volunteers)

Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at [email protected] or 901-474-1039

2023 Alumni Weekend: September 22-23 Join us for an opportunity to celebrate with classmates and reconnect with faculty and staff during one of our most highly anticipated weekends of the year! We especially look forward to celebrating our classes ending in 3, including 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013! Questions? Contact th...


Lausanne welcomes you all home for Alumni Weekend 🐯💙 September 22-23

No matter when you graduated, we want to see you here! From tailgating, campus tours and reunion parties, there is no better time to reconnect with your Lynx family.

Can’t wait to see you all there!


Congrats to our newest alumni!

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! It was an honor celebrating our newest Lynx alumni with the Lausanne community today at graduation.

The Class of 2023 received $16.2 million in scholarships, with 540 acceptances to 242 different colleges and universities around the globe, including MIT, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Northwestern, Duke, Brown, Vanderbilt, Rice, Wash U, Notre Dame and UCLA. They will matriculate to 77 different schools across 26 states and three countries, with 13% of the class attending the top 25 schools in the nation.

This impressive group includes eight National Merit Scholars and ten students who scored in the 99th percentile for their SAT and/or ACT. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing all they achieve in the future!

More graduation pics coming soon!


Get ready to go all in with Philanthropic Friday! With only 24 hours left in the 2023 Lausanne Giving Week, it's time to make a difference in your community. Whether you're passionate about the Arts, Innovation or LynxServe, there's no better time to show your support and make a lasting impact.

Remember, even the smallest donation can make a huge difference in someone's life. So let's come together and make this a day of generosity, kindness and community spirit.

Ready to join the movement? Head over to and donate today!


Thank You Thursday: We’ll take the day to recognize those who support Lausanne through gifts of all kINds – time, talent and treasure.

Today we want to show you what your support has done for the Lausanne Community Fund!

Seniors (for Student Philanthropy Week) will write ‘thank you’ cards to 22-23 Lausanne Community Fund donors.

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What Can You Do Wednesday: A day to INvest in the success of our students and faculty.

We encourage everyone to contribute to an educational designation (faculty continuing education, innovation, leadership programming, etc.).

To join in with the efforts of Student Philanthropy Week, all Alumni is encouraged to give in the amount of their class year (Ex. $19.90), students to give in the amount of their graduation year (Ex. $20.23), and parents to give in honor of a faculty member.

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🐯💙Lausanne Senior INnovators🐯💙

Evan Lewellyn '23, Senior Co-President, is graduating in a few weeks and will attend Northeastern University in the Fall. He notes, "Getting admitted to Northeastern, as well as seeing my friends get into their top choices for school, was one of my proudest moments."

He learned about Economics through the IB course and developed an interest through internships and other projects. After college, he plans to work in the junction of economics and sustainability or economics and statistics.

When asked what advice Evan would give incoming freshmen nervous about Upper School: "Lausanne does a great job of giving students opportunities to succeed, but it means nothing without your willingness to chase after those opportunities."

Looking back on your time a Lausanne, are there any valuable lessons you learned that have stayed with you throughout your school career: "Connections are invaluable; I can't count how many times friends/peers have helped in tough situations."

My family inspires me to work hard daily because they have given me so much to be in such a fortunate position. - '23


🐯💙Lausanne Alumni INnovators🐯💙

After graduating from Lausanne, Benjamin Orgel '10 attended the University of Texas in Austin. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in City Planning and Real Estate.
Since he was 16, Benjamin knew he wanted to be in the real estate and the cell tower business. Only 12 hours after graduating, he started working in the cell tower industry and is now one of the owners of Tower Ventures. With time, he has started a large development company called Orgel Family LP, doing real estate projects nationwide.

Benjamin was recently in the Memphis Business Journal as one of Memphis' 40 Under 40. When asked how it felt to be appointed this honor, he responded, "I was extremely honored. My team doesn't work for awards; we do it to better Memphis. I am truly grateful to be recognized for doing good."

Advice from Benjamin: Find something you love to do and do it! If you love what you are doing, you will never work again. I love seeing families using, living, working, and playing in spaces we have created.

Advice for young professionals wanting to work in real estate: Go for it! Be bold, ask questions or send an email. Most people are willing to help. Reach out and let people know that you are interested.

Some upcoming projects: redoing the S***f District Memphis (Front Street, Mud Island, and Harbor Town), Varsity Spirits Headquarters, a 30,000 sq ft event center, a two-story commercial mixed-use space, and redeveloping the 100 N Main building (the largest building in Memphis)

Benjamin spoke on philanthropy and giving back to his community! He is involved with Temple Israel and is a Board Member of the Church Health Center.

Lausanne is an incredible place. There isn't a better high school that I could have attended. It prepared me for life. The teachers were so willing to help. It wasn't black or white; you were allowed to go in the grey area, which is how life is. Ask and you shall receive, and I really learned that at Lausanne. -


🐯💙Lausanne Senior INnovators🐯💙

Malaika Kumar '23, Senior Co-President, is graduating from Lausanne in just a few weeks and will attend the University of California in the Fall. She plans to follow a career path within the natural sciences; however, she is still determining the specifics of it! She knew this was what she wanted to do because she had always had a passion for science, which has always been her favorite subject.

When asked what motivates her, Malaika responds, "My dreams for the future are what motivate me, and these dreams I have are rooted in the values my parents instilled in me."

Malaika recounts lessons she learned at Lausanne: "One of the most valuable lessons that I've learned at Lausanne is to be open-minded. There are always many different perspectives and dimensions to almost every idea, and the curriculum at Lausanne embeds open-mindedness into every class. These perspectives are essential and meaningful, which I know will benefit me at the collegiate level."

She gives the incoming freshmen some advice: I would tell freshmen to ask questions. The transition from middle school to high school level classes is hard, but asking your peers, upperclassmen, and teachers questions is the best way to learn how to navigate upper school.

I think the mindset that Lausanne goes by, "Work Hard Play Hard," is an excellent way to explain that if you put your all into everything you do, you will find enjoyment. That motivates me to perform my best every day: I truly believe that if I work hard, life will be fun! -Malaika Kumar '23


🐯💙Lausanne Alumni INnovators🐯💙

Jarred Reed '09, attended Lausanne from first through twelfth grade. He received his bachelor's degree from George Mason University and law degree from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

He knew he wanted to be an attorney after participating in a summer internship with the Memphis Bar Association following his junior year at Lausanne. He had the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Andre Wharton, Esq. of The Wharton Law Firm, which Mrs. Ruby Wharton and former mayor Mr. A C Wharton, Jr founded. Jarred is now an attorney at the prestigious national law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

In 2023, Jarred was appointed Lausanne Alumni Board President. When asked how he felt about being nominated and selected, he responded, "I was shocked to receive the invitation to be Lausanne Alumni Board President. As one of the first minority graduates to hold this position, I took this role seriously, and I knew it would be a challenge, yet a necessary one. When asked about plans for the future, Jarred has some excellent ideas in motion. "On the professional side of things, I envision having a prominent leadership role with my firm, and I also would love to be involved with Lausanne's Board of Trustees.

When asked about his daily motivation, it quickly circled back to the family. "My parents, Drs. Jarvis and Patrice Reed, without a doubt. I strive to make the world slightly easier to navigate for my siblings and the legacy I leave behind."

Looking back on his time here at Lausanne, he learned a valuable lesson: to be kind to others who don't always share your views. Collegiality seems like an antiquated concept but could not be more relevant and necessary today. He also advised young professionals pursuing similar career fields, "First, find your passion in whatever field you choose. I value the legal field because lawyers wear multiple hats and become "experts" in the subject matter of their clients. Having a foundation for one's interests allows one to narrow their practice areas."

We are so proud of Jarred and all he does for Lausanne!


Trailblazing Tuesday: A day to celebrate Lausanne INnovators.

Thanks to your support, we'll share how Lausanne's students and alumni are making a difference in the world. Let's continue the support of our INnovator's, and join the Lausanne community as we celebrate the 2023 Lausanne Giving Week!

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Motivational Monday: A day to INspire.

INspire means to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

On today, visit our crowdfunding site at and find a cause that motivates you! Gifts of $5 or $10 add up quickly to powerfully demonstrate to our students that you believe in them.


From April 17-21, we ask that you join fellow students, alumni and other Lausanne community members worldwide as we give back to the school we all love. Be a part of Lausanne Giving Week and go All In for Lausanne!

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