Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 12, 2014

Five locals graduate Austin Prep

First-year headmaster from Andover awards diplomas


The Andover Townsman

---- — Five local students were among the 104 graduates at Austin Preparatory School in Reading’s 2014 commencement on Saturday, June 7.

Austin Prep Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D., of Andover, who is in his first year at the school, said the class of 2014 taught him what it means to be a member of the Austin Prep community. He said he greatly admires the graduates’ tolerance of others and their concern for the less fortunate, and encouraged them to continue along this path.

“Remember the people who struggle, the people who haven’t had the same opportunity, the same blessings,” he said. “Reach down and see if there is someone you can pull up ... give them a hand, give them a chance, give them a start ... that’s what it means to be an Austin Prep graduate.”

Raymond L. Flynn, former mayor of Boston and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, was the keynote speaker.

The local graduates and the schools where they are headed are:

Paula R. Arrigg, Providence College

Corey T. Bedrosian, recipient of the Barbara Zarella Memorial Scholarship for Perfect Attendance; Roger Williams University in Rhode Island

Cecilia M. Bole, Connecticut College

Aileen E. Kim, recipient of the president’s Education Award, New York University

Talia E. Shuman, University of Tampa