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Lakeside Magazine

“My Lakeside”

There is no single path. Michael Chiu ’82, photographed as he was overseeing a volunteer chain saw crew in the aftermath of the Medical Lake fire in eastern Washington, is one of six alums in this issue who share what it was like to be a student at Lakeside. Their candid stories are as different as the lives the alums went on to lead. They make the point that there is no one “Lakeside” experience. Taken together, they paint a portrait of a singular school that — over many decades — has transformed and continues to transform lives.

The idea for the cover story came as a response, in part, to a question that is currently animating our collective conversation: How can Lakeside be a community of people with a shared identity and shared values where each individual student — no matter their background or differences — feels that they are seen, heard, respected, and loved? It’s a question and an aspiration. The stories in this issue bring life to both.

“I just remember constantly being amazed. Thinking there was so much more in the world that I had not considered.”— Brianna Reynaud ’96 Jensen, from “My Lakeside”

Elsewhere in the issue: award-winning journalist Benjamin Cassidy spends some quality time with the girls swim and dive team — and gives us a glimpse into the Metro League’s most buoyant program. After a COVID-forced hiatus of three years, the Middle School’s 8th graders resumed their annual Global Service Learning trips to three tribal communities on the Olympic Peninsula. Megan Burbank reports on the (happy) reunions. Poetry from the new Washington State Poet Laureate (Lakeside’s own Arianne True ’09). Alumni news from Ukraine to Georgia (the American one), from “Shark Tank” to across the Spider-verse. Honoring Denise Moriguchi ’94, recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Remembering Ed Ferry ’59, Lakeside’s Olympic gold medal rower.


 Zorn B. Taylor (“My Lakeside,” page 22) is a fine art portrait photographer who was especially well suited for shooting this issue’s cover story. As he describes his work: “I make portraits that build community by celebrating the stories of the human beings that comprise it.”

Rounding out the cover story are images by Spokane-based photographer Erick Doxey, whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Seattle Times, and Yes! magazine, among other publications. 


Bi-coastal reporter Benjamin Cassidy (What’s in the Water at Lakeside?, page 11) has written and edited longform narrative stories for Seattle Met and Portland Monthly. Back in western Massachusetts, he has covered arts and entertainment for The Berkshire Eagle, UpCountry magazine, andArt New England.
Image by Jessica Garcia.

Artist and illustrator Erick Ingraham (map, page 16) has taken his BFA in fine art from Kutztown University in many directions: from illustrations for Organic Gardening and Yankee magazine to design work for Disney Engineering and Crabtree & Evelyn to creating a series of 13 illustrated children’s books, some of which have earned national and international awards. His fine art paintings appear in private collections as well as galleries in western Colorado, where he lives.

Chloe Collyer (“The New Poet Laureate,” page 34) is a photographer, teacher, documentary journalist, and fifth-generation Seattle resident whose work is deeply connected to the history and communities of the Pacific Northwest.


Lakeside magazine’s freelance art director since 2013, Carol Nakagawa spends her regular work week as art director of the digital and content development team at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank Technology division. Her group provides people-centric design solutions across all media. A career journalist, Nakagawa spent many years at the Seattle Times as Pacific Northwest magazine art director and in various editing and design positions at the newspaper. She believes that good design can inspire people and that a great visual experience engages emotions as well as communicates ideas. 

Two of the student contributors in this issue, Zane R. ’24 and Lucy K. ’24 (“Hidden History,” page 9; “Fighting for the Next Generation,” page 43) wrote a popular advice column for Tatler before being appointed co-editors-in-chief of the paper this year.


Editor: Jim Collins
Director of Communications: Amanda Darling
Alumni Relations News: Amanda Campbell
Art Director: Carol Nakagawa

Editorial Assistant: Lorelei S. ’25

Copy Editor: Mark Watanabe

Proof Readers: Judy Bauer, Kathleen Triesch, Arianne True ’09

Fall/Winter 2023 issue writers: Kai Bynum, Leslie Schuyler, Benjamin Cassidy, Jim Collins, Megan Burbank, Zane R. ’24, Reagan R. ’25, Angelina P. ’24, Lucy K. ’24, Bruce Bailey ’59

Fall/Winter 2023 issue artists and photographers: Jon Purcell ’23, Clayton Christy, Blake Dahlin, Zorn B. Taylor, Grant Longenbaugh, John Lok, Erick Doxey, Chloe Collyer, Erick Ingraham, David O. Smith ’04


Lakeside magazine is published twice yearly, in winter and summer, by the communications office of Lakeside School. To view past issues, visit us on issuu.

A circular logo reading %22Circle of Excellence Awards:

Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement & Support of Education

2023 Independent and International School Alumni Magazines
  Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year
2022 Single-Topic Issue, Case District VIII
GOLD MEDAL “Black @ Lakeside”

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