Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 12, 2010

Local Scholars: Education news about those in secondary school

Phillips Academy girl representing U.S. at Math Olympiad this week

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute says it will send a team of high school girls from throughout the United States to participate in the 2010 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad, and a Phillips Academy student is one of the eight girls on the team.

The international competition is being held this week, from Aug. 9-13, in Shijiazhuang, China, the capital of Hebei Provence, about 40 miles southwest of Beijing.

Representing the United States on the girls math team is Jae Eui Shin, a senior at Phillips Academy in Andover.

The team's eight high school students were chosen from the top ranks of the female finalists in the 2010 USA Mathematical Olympiad.

The girls will write an online travelogue with photos to capture and share highlights from their trip to the CGMO, available at

Chosen leader

The Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation sponsored its annual three-day MassSTAR Citizenship Conference (Massachusetts Students Accepting Responsibility) held this year at Lasell College in Newton. Ninety high school sophomores were nominated to represent their high school. MYLF was pleased to announce 2010 partnerships with the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts (GFWCMA) and Lasell College.

Area students included Erika Spinale, class of 2012 at Andover High School.

The Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation seeks to recognize, teach, and empower leadership in high school sophomores across state. MYLF values the potential of young people as future leaders and provides them with the tools to create positive change in their schools and communities. MYLF invites one sophomore from every Massachusetts-accredited high school to participate in hands-on-learning experience.

Marine-life study

Evan Doyle, who will be in the 10th grade at Andover High School this fall, attended a summer session in Marine Studies at The Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine from July 11-24, 2010. The child of Thomas and Nila Doyle was recommended for admittance to this highly selective program by Melanie Cutler.

The AIO program is a full field-study of tidal pools, estuaries, saltmarshes, sand beaches and off-shore sampling. All phases of oceanography are explored. Laboratory facilities provide space and instrumentation for special marine projects. "It is hoped that the young men and women attending will enter careers in marine biology, fisheries' management, marine advisory and related fields that are responsive to our great ocean resources," according to the institute.

High school graduates/award winners

Ryan Heavey of Andover, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Blair Heavey, was among 251 seniors at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., to graduate at the school's 120th Commencement on June 6. Heavey will attend Babson College in the fall. Choate Rosemary Hall is an independent secondary school enrolling 850 boarding and day students from 41 states and 39 countries.


The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund recently awarded a college scholarship to Amy Machain, a graduate of Andover High School, who will be attending Quinnipiac University in 2010. Machain was one of 160 new recipients who received an award this year and was recognized for academic achievement, as well as notable community, school and work activities.

The Phillips Scholarship annually awards approximately 500 new and renewed grants totaling close to $3 million and was established in 1991 by Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Mass., in memory of her husband.


St. John's Prep has announced the following Andover students were honored for outstanding academic achievement during a student award convocation held at the end of the school year.

Varun Vadlapatla, class of 2011, Religious Studies Award and the Clarkson University Leadership Award

Devin Burke, class of 2012, Science Award


Brookwood School, in Manchester, is proud to announce that sixth-grader Hannah Cregg, of Andover, has been named a Brookwood Scholar for the 2009-10 school year. This recognition is given to upper school students grades 6, 7, and 8 who maintained an average of 90 or above, putting them on the school's high honor roll, for the entire academic year.

"Given the demanding nature of Upper School academics, our Brookwood Scholars deserve high praise for meeting and exceeding the goals put before them," says Brookwood School Headmaster John C. Peterman. "To maintain a 90 or above average for an entire school year is a laudable accomplishment."


Lawrence Academy in Groton has announced the following Andover students who graduated during the school's 217th commencement exercises.

Jessica DeVito, daughter of Annette and Anthony Devito. She will attend the College of the Holy Cross.

Kate Gilmore, daughter of JoAnne Nowak and Paul Gilmore. She will attend Skidmore College.

Frances Hamilton, daughter of Margaret and John Hamilton. She will attend Elon University.

Caroline Leed, daughter of Elizabeth and Steven Leed. She will attend Rollins College.

Eric McKnight, son of Robert McKnight of Andover and Helen McKnight of North Andover. He will attend Dickinson College.

Jennifer O'Connor, daughter of Cindy and John O'Connor. She will attend New York University.

Marco Raffaelli, son of Marzenna and Lamberto Raffaelli. He will attend Fairfield University.

Daniel Regner, son of Roberta and Thomas Regner. He will attend Boston University.


St. John's Prep School recently announced the names of students who earned academic honors for the fourth quarter of the 2009-10 school year. Students who qualified for the headmaster's list earned grades of A- or above in all courses, students who qualified for the principal's list earned grades of B+ or above in all courses, and students who qualified for the honor roll earned grades of B or above in all courses.

Headmaster's List

Devin Burke

John McKeon

Principal List

Matthew Broderick

Honor Roll

Alexander Cain

Timothy Lynch

Eric O'Connor

Varun Vadlapatla

Lucius White