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The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

Lexi Friesel

Lexi Friesel, Social Media Director


Number of years in the Coat of Arms: 3.

Favorite aspect of journalism: getting to see my community from a new perspective.

Interests outside of school: lacrosse, photography, lifting weights, reading, watching sports, spending time with friends and family.

Grade: 11.

All content by Lexi Friesel
Borders and her horse take on a fence in her jumpers class. Photo courtesy of Emma Borders.

Menlo Equestrians Do Not Receive Sports Credit

December 16, 2021

Several Menlo students are competitive equestrians and dedicate substantial amounts of time to their sport. However, they do not receive sports credit...

Menlo senior Gregory Hilderbrand rewinds to shoot during the varsity boys water polo game against Menlo Atherton High School in the CCS quarterfinals. The game took place on Saturday, Nov. 6. Staff Photo: Lexi Friesel.

[Photo] Menlo Sports Teams Succeed in Recent Tournaments and Games

November 16, 2021

Menlo senior Gregory Hilderbrand rewinds to shoot during the varsity boys water polo game against Menlo Atherton High School in the CCS quarterfinals....

The boys celebrate the Valpo Bowl victory. No player on the team had experienced winning the rivalry game before. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel.

Menlo Football Emerges Victorious at Valpo Bowl for the First Time in Four Years

November 11, 2021

After four straight years of the Sacred Heart Preparatory Gators bringing home the Valparaiso or "Valpo" Bowl trophy, the Menlo Knights finally had the...

Players prepare to walk onto the field following a performance of the national anthem by the Menlo Chorus. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel.

Menlo Varsity Football Remains Undefeated After Homecoming Game

October 12, 2021

“We put in the work, and we're not going to allow Hillsdale to come onto our field and win on homecoming,” quarterback Sergio Beltran said. Beltran’s...

The cover for sophomore Maya Debnath’s recent single, “Christmas in Quarantine.” Debnath released the song in December 2020. Photo courtesy of Maya Debnath.

Sophomore Singer Maya Debnath Shares About Her Music Journey

March 17, 2021

In December 2020, sophomore Maya Debnath released two holiday-themed singles on several streaming platforms. The two songs, titled “Christmas in Quarantine”...

New science teacher Mary McKenna enjoys cycling, scuba diving and traveling in her free time. Photo courtesy of Mary McKenna.

New Teacher Profile: Mary McKenna

January 28, 2021

New science teacher Mary McKenna is teaching both Conceptual Physics and Conceptual Chemistry at Menlo. McKenna is also a co-advocate with college counselor...

Kiang skydives as a hobby. To read more about Kiangs skydiving adventures, see the last page of the December 2020 Coat of Arms print edition, titled Experiencing Freefall, at our Print Archives page. Staff illustration: Grace Tang.

New Teacher Profile: Douglas Kiang

January 8, 2021

Although this is his first year working at Menlo, computer science teacher Douglas Kiang has been teaching for nearly 30 years. “I started as an English...

Academic Support Coordinator Lily Lam recently started her first year at Menlo. Lam has worked in education for 16 years, teaching English and facilitating professional development. Photo courtesy of Lily Lam.

New Teacher Profile: Lily Lam

November 18, 2020

Academic Support Coordinator Lily Lam recently began her first year on the Menlo faculty team. “I work frequently with students who have diagnosed learning...

History teacher Katina Ballantyne is new to the Menlo teaching staff this year; she is already a senior co-advocate and is advising two student clubs. Photo courtesy of Katina Ballantyne.

New Teacher Profile: Katina Ballantyne

November 11, 2020

This past August, history teacher Katina Ballantyne began working at Menlo, teaching ninth grade Modern World History and 10th grade U.S. History. On campus,...

Prior to joining the Menlo staff this year, Orangio taught at Miramonte High School. At Menlo, she is teaching biology and environmental science; she is also the new Director of Sustainability. Photo courtesy of Menlo School.

New Teacher Profile: Chrissy Orangio

November 3, 2020

Upper School science teacher Chrissy Orangio began her first year at Menlo this fall, teaching biology and environmental science. In addition to her teaching...

Spanish teacher Justin Carunchia started working at Menlo this year after studying in Mexico and teaching Spanish at an independent school in Michigan. Photo courtesy of Justin Carunchia.

New Teacher Profile: Justin Carunchia

October 29, 2020

Note: In the first print edition of each year, The Coat of Arms includes short features of new Menlo faculty members throughout the issue. This year, instead,...

Football players now practice in distanced pods of up to 12 athletes. These pods, as well as the implementation of other health measures, have allowed sports practices to resume this fall. Photo courtesy of Pam Tso McKenney.

Menlo Student Athletes Begin Skill Work and Strength Training on Campus

September 27, 2020

After an abrupt ending to all athletic events this spring, student athletes and coaches are finally able to return to campus in the form of athletic pods....

The Asian Giant Hornet, or the murder hornet, in comparison to a human hand. Creative Commons image: Washington State Department of Agriculture on Flickr.

Asian Giant Hornets Arrive in North America, Pose Threat to Humans, Honeybees and Ecosystems

June 2, 2020

Several Asian giant hornets, frequently called “murder hornets” because of their deadly nature, have been found in the Washington state area. According...

Menlo track team runners Lauren Hamilton and Michelle Louie finish their race in the 2019 WBAL meet at Sacred Heart. Photo courtesy of Robert Tomkinson.

Menlo Coaches and Trainers Face Challenges During School Closure

March 26, 2020

With the closure of school also came the suspension of all games and practices for Menlo student athletes until the school reopens. For the athletic department,...

The Kingsway Schools online system. Creative Commons photo: The Kingsway School on Flickr.

10 Dos and Don’ts for Online School Success

March 17, 2020

Do plan for the next day’s work the night before. This will help you maximize the time you have to work every day. Pay attention to all emails from the...

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