Andover teen wins scholarship
Yashvi Gosalia, a senior at Andover High School, received a prestigious scholarship only given to eight Massachusetts students a year in honor of 19th century naturalist and author, Henry David Thoreau.
The Henry David Thoreau Scholarship is a $20,000, four-year scholarship awarded to eight students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. High school seniors awarded the scholarship can enroll in any college or university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally related field. Thoreau Scholars are encouraged to enroll in internships or study abroad to broaden their awareness and understanding of environmental issues.
Gosalia credits her eighth grade science teacher, Sean O’Connor, for inspiring her interest in the environment. In high school, she grew that interest by participating in the environmental club.
Addison Gallery of American Art turns 90
The Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy turns 90 this year. To celebrate, the gallery opened the exhibit "Learning to Look: The Addison at 90."
It celebrates 90 years of innovative art education, progressive exhibitions, prescient acquisitions, and pioneering artist’s residencies. Artists including Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, Jay DeFeo, Martin Puryear, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Eakins, Agnes Martin, Edward Hopper, Laurie Simmons, Martin Wong, Margaret Bourke-White, Berenice Abbott, Jackson Pollock, and Donald Judd, among many others will have their work on display in this exhibit.
The Addison is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit addisongallery.org for more information.
Andover High students gather goods for India
The Andover High School Key Club is holding a drive-by donation drive to help with the current COVID-19 crisis in India. From noon to 2 p.m. on May 29 and 30, students from the Key Club will be located by the rock by the Collins Center at Andover High School. They will accept donations of masks, gloves, face shields, diapers, brown paper bags, tissues, batteries and toothbrushes.
Due to the hefty international shipping fees, during the drive-by, they will also be accepting cash, checks and money orders to help with this cost of shipping. There will also be a box set up on the landing of the main stairs at the high school during school hours for anyone who can't make it to the donation drive.
Robb Center gets $100,000 grant
Andover Senior Community Friends Senior Center Renovation Capital Campaign is receiving $100,000 from the Cummings Foundation. The grant will be used at the Robb Center.
Andover's senior center is one of 140 local organizations to receive the prestigious grant this year.
Former Andover resident pens new book
Sam Frykenberg grew up as the middle of three brothers in Andover, and has loved listening to and telling stories his whole life.
That's why he wrote "Paradise," which follows the choices of six children who arrive to live at a mysterious island and encounter the mouthless stranger who lives there. Each is directed to complete a special task according to the unyielding rules of their new world, but testing the laws of their welcome may have consequences. Only through their special gifts, by trusting one other, and being willing to sacrifice what they value most will they be able to understand the island’s secrets and resist the lurking evil that threatens all that they hold dear.
Frykenberg's book is currently on sale at the Andover Book Store.