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August 1, 2013

Locals win Pingree School achievement awards

SOUTH HAMILTON — Several local students were recognized by Pingree School recently:

Charlotte Esty, of Newbury, received one of two grade 9 prizes awarded to a boy and a girl who model the Pingree School mission through their love of learning, their integrity, decency, compassion and commitment to others and the world at large.

Dylan Wack, of Newburyport, received the Wellesley College Prize awarded to a student in the junior class at Pingree School whose academic record and character are exceptional and who has already made a significant personal contribution to his or her school or community. Wack also received one of two Jeswald Art Awards presented each year to two juniors who, in addition to their outstanding record of achievement, are developing and sharing their talents in the fine or performing arts.

Jacob Gilbert, of Newburyport, received the Robert Thruston Houk Thayer, Jr. Award given annually by the Parents Association of Pingree School to a senior who exemplifies the qualities of courage, infectious good humor, school spirit and concern for others. Gilbert will attend Temple University in the fall.

Peyton Beatrice, of Georgetown, received the History Department Award for Excellence that recognizes a member of the senior class at Pingree School whose interest in the study of history has been revealed through his or her commitment to intellectual inquiry and academic excellence as evidence by outstanding achievement across the history curriculum. She also received the Nickless Mathematics Award given to a student whose enthusiasm and dedication to mathematics, along with loyalty to Pingree, best represents those for whom the prize was named. Beatrice, who graduated cum laude, with highest distinction and received a Highest Honor Bowl for maintaining an average of 95 or above for the year, will attend the University of California at Los Angeles in the fall.

Erin Thomassen, of Rowley, received the Alex Uhle Headmaster’s Award given to a member of the senior class at Pingree School who, over the course of his or her career at Pingree, has displayed a love of learning, excellence in academic achievement and exemplary character. Thomassen also received the Departmental Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and a Senior Highest Honors Bowl for maintaining an average of 95 or higher for the entire year. She graduated cum laude, with high distinction, and will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

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