Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 13, 2013

Andover through and through


Another 30 students were from New York, 15 from New Jersey, 19 from California and 14 from Connecticut. But there were also students from many other states, including Texas.

Sixteen members of Michael Quackenbush May’s extended family from east Texas made the trip to see him graduate.

“He Googled the top boarding schools in the United States, downloaded the application and did it himself,” said Theresa Ramsey of May’s hometown of Crockett, Texas, one of those present for the occasion.

May’s aunt, Anne Walker, said her nephew “loved Andover and got an unbelievable education.”

The group rented an RV and was headed to Maine and other vacation spots along the East Coast following the graduation to celebrate.

The Peck family from New Orleans was in Andover to support Diondra Peck, who loved her experience at Andover and in New England so much she’s going to stay — and attend Harvard University in Cambridge in the fall.

“She doesn’t want to leave Boston,” Peck’s father, Warren, said, noting that his daughter got offers from top colleges across the country, but decided to remain in the Boston area.

There was also a strong international flavor to the proceedings, as some 45 students from 25 foreign countries graduated as well.

Nine relatives of Pallavi Prakash of New Delhi, India, including five from India and four from Vancouver, Canada, flew in for Sunday’s commencement.

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