The scholarship was originally created in memory of Norino Mirra, whose Mirra Construction Company was instrumental in building the Page School playground and the children’s room at the GAR Memorial Library. The award was renamed to recognize his wife, Mary, who died this year at the age of 96.
A $15,000 scholarship from the Institution for Savings was presented by bank President Michael Jones to Ryan Dymek. An award-winning clarinetist, Dymek is pursuing a career in music at UMass Lowell.
About 50 minutes into yesterday’s ceremony, Principal Jonathan Seymour announced that two students — Ali Attenasio and Ayeshah Malhi — would receive their diplomas early because they had to leave to compete in the All-State track meet. Attenasio was competing in the pole vault category and Mahli is a discus thrower.
“Good luck, girls!” several people called out from the grandstand as the two young women passed by, wearing graduation caps and fluttering white gowns. With diplomas tucked firmly under their arms, they headed down the gravel pathway.