Lumiere Kazadi

Class of 2021
  • Hometowns: Kinshasa, DRC and Lawrence, MA
  • Time at Waring: Four years
  • Favorite Class: Being able to sit in a circle and not raise hands to just have a deep discussion about a piece of literature or an article is why I love humanities. It makes us speak up and become more confident. We listen to one another and motivate each other whenever needed. Humanities classes are definitely the most enlightening and driven courses at Waring.
  • Favorite Waring experience: Angers trip and End term trip to Cambridge, Ma in ninth grade.
  • Why no grades: Less competition and more focus on what you can do without having a “letter” define your ability to academics or extracurriculars.
  • Favorite book and/or film: A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • Why French: I grew up speaking French at home and it’s one of the reasons why I attended Waring. French was my first language back in the Congo and so it has been a struggle for me to keep on speaking it when I arrived here in America. I was pretty young when I learned English and going to a school that teaches French really helps me continue to improve and keep close to my culture.
  • After-school activities: Soccer captain, Yearbook editor, Film making elective, and Student Diversity Alliance leader.
  • Our community: Supportive, Driven, Inclusive, and creative.
  • Waring's success with remote learning: Although it wasn’t easy, we came together as a community to learn from each other and give feedback on how we can create a focused space while being online. The high motivation from teachers made us work efficiently and driven. Students were always present and ready to learn. That is what made our community stand out and create a successful outcome.