Laura Roberts, photo via The Lamplighter School

Laura Roberts, photo via The Lamplighter School

Laura Roberts, a graduate of Lamplighter and Hockaday, will head to the United Kingdom in October 2016. This is no casual vacation — she was recently named a Rhodes Scholar and given the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford.

Roberts, a senior at Duke University, was one of 32 students selected from a pool of 869 for the honor. It’s easy to see why. She has an impressive resume. As a History major with a double minor in Political Science and Religion, Roberts has “conducted research on women’s rights and religious roles in early modern England.” She’s also a human rights advocate, serving on the Student Advisory Board for the Duke Human Rights Center and working with such nonprofits as the Freedom House and the Rwanda Girls Initiative.

Though Roberts graduated from Lamplighter in 2004, her teachers there remember her vividly.

“She was such a good student and extremely verbal,” says Liz Curlin, who taught Roberts in Pre-K. “She had an imaginary friend who helped to solve all kinds of problems and it looks as if she is still making an impact on the world!”

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