The Andover Townsman
---- — Katherine Payne, a student at Doherty Middle School, was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by The John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
A participant in the CTY Talent Search, Payne was recognized for her performance on an above-grade-level test given to academically talented second- through eighth-graders. The tests are intended to gain insight into the students’ abilities.
Payne was one of more than 40,000 students from 120 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search. Only 25 to 30 participants earned an invitation to an awards ceremony.
The following students achieved academic honors for the 2012-2013 school year at Belmont Hill School: George Apostle, grade 11, honors, son of Marizela Zeigler of Andover and John Apostle of North Billerica; and Peter O’Connell, grade 8, honors, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen O’Connell.
Hunter Noble Lyons has graduated from Fryeburg Academy in Maine. Lyons, the son of Andrea and Chet Lyons of Wild Rose Drive, was selected No. 1 alto saxophonist for the state of Maine in 2012-2013 and Most Valuable Musician at Fryeburg Academy for 2012-2013. He was also the lead alto saxophonist for Fryeburg Academy’s No. 1 state of Maine Big Band and Jazz Combo Band, and he was a member of Fryeburg Academy’s award-winning No. 1 state of Maine Vocal Jazz Ensemble, UNH winners and Berklee award winners.
He will be heading to McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada to study classical saxophone.
Angela N. Lei, grade 12, earned highest honors for the spring term at Phillips Exeter Academy. She is the daughter of Yang Lei and Binbin Zhu.