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Alumni Spotlight: An Interview with Daniel Carrion

Lawrence Woodmere Academy has had countless students embark on their new chapter in life after their graduations. Do you ever wonder, where are they now? I, Cayla Carrion, interviewed my older brother, Daniel Carrion, a Class of 2021 alum. Daniel has graciously offered to answer some of our questions about life after LWA and its long-term influence on his individual journey.

Prism Press: “Who are you and what is your current academic position?”

Daniel: “My name is Daniel Carrion. I graduated from LWA in June of 2021 and I am currently in college as a freshman at Binghamton University.”

Prism Press: “What is your LWA story?”

“I was at LWA for six years from 7th to 12th grade,” he reveals. “I was an honor roll student and I played basketball and soccer.” During his sophomore year, he was a valued member of the varsity basketball team, contributing greatly to their journey towards the State Championship. “I also played in the Barclays Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets in the basketball tournament, The Battle in the Apple, where I played against the current NBA player Jaden McDaniels of the Minnesota Timberwolves.” Daniel claims it was “surreal seeing all those top people in the basketball industry,” going on to list the coaches and NBA players Carmelo Anthony, John Calipari, Jalen Brown, Rod Strickland, and Danny Green. “I also met some lifelong friends and developed strong bonds with my teachers over the years. While I was there, there were only positive vibes.”

Prism Press: “How do you believe LWA has impacted your life subsequent to high school?”

 “LWA prepared me for the college classes as they offered college courses while I was there.” He even goes on to state that “going to LWA made [him] become a better man.”

Prism Press: “After being in Binghamton University for a couple months, how is your college experience faring so far?”

Daniel: “It's going well! I’m keeping up with my classes, I go to the gym and hoop, and you know I enjoy meeting new people everyday. I am happy with all the friends I made so far, but I do miss home cooked meals and eating whenever I want. Haha.”

Prism Press: “Why did you choose Binghamton University?”

“It was the best financial situation, but my parents went there as well and it felt like home away from home.” Daniel further explains that “Binghamton had the majors [he] was considering.”

Prism Press: “And lastly, what is one bit of advice you would like to give a current LWA Tiger?”

Daniel: “Do more of what makes you happy! Have positive energy. The happier you are, the better your life becomes!”

Thank you to Daniel for sharing his LWA memories and his college experience. I had so much fun interviewing my older brother, and as a current LWA tiger I will take Daniel’s advice: do more of what makes me happy and have positive energy!

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