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NDA Throws the Books at Juniors

July 15, 2018

TYNGSBORO -- The Academy of Notre Dame recently honored members of the junior class for their hard work by awarding scholarships and grants.

The LeMoyne College Heights Award was given to Julie Getchell of Methuen, a rising senior in the top 10 percent of the class with a high PSAT score and an average of 90 or higher. Julie demonstrated excellence in the classroom, as well as service to the community. The award includes a $12,500, renewable, four-year scholarship.

Titiana Tambi of Lowell received the Brandeis University Book Award, given to a junior who demonstrates excellence in the classroom, leadership and a commitment to social justice and volunteer work. Titiana received the 10th anniversary edition of “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom.

The Elmira College Key Award was given to Bridget Ryan of Groton, an outstanding rising senior who excelled scholastically, and showed leadership, citizenship and participation in extracurricular activities. Bridget received a renewable merit scholarship of $20,000 per year.

The Clarkson University Leadership Award, the highest honor at the university, went to Ailis Peterson of Westford. Ailis was honored for demonstrating leadership and outstanding academic achievement. The award includes a $15,000 yearly scholarship for up to four years.

Clarkson University also offers a University Achievement Award, which YuQi Xie received for outstanding academic achievement. The award includes a $12,000 yearly scholarship for up to four years.

Katie Curran of Lowell received the Saint Michael’s Book Award for academic achievement with a social conscience. The award recognizes Katie’s commitment to the community and leadership in community endeavors. Katie received the book “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” by Lou-ong Ung, a recognized author and graduate of Saint Michael’s College. The award also included a renewable $12,000 scholarship.

Christina Tsillas of Littleton received the Bay Path University Presidential Book Award, given to a young woman who has excelled in the classroom and showed a commitment to her civic community and community service. Christina received the book “Lean In -- Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Cheryl Sandberg. The award also includes the potential to receive a merit scholarship worth up to $19,000 per year.

The Saint Anselm Book Award was awarded to Caitlyn Ryan of Groton, who demonstrated academic success and exceptional leadership qualities in the area of community service and civic engagement. She received the book “Half Truths” by Montague Brown, professor of philosophy and St. Anselm graduate.

The Student Sage Award, sponsored by The Sage Colleges, was awarded to Rebecca Morgheim of Dracut. Rebecca excelled in the classroom, and was a role model and a community leader. The award includes a renewable merit scholarship of $10,000 per year.

Victoria Bradley of Dracut received the George Washington University Book Award, recognizing her GW drive and spirit with academic excellence, leadership outside the classroom, diversity of thought and ability to put knowledge into action. Victoria received the book “George Washington’s Leadership Lessons” by James C. Rees.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute presented two outstanding juniors with the WPI STEM Leadership Book Award. Recipients are Justine Elshama of Westford and Jillian Wright of Nashua, N.H., both of whom excelled in STEM coursework, and were leaders who were engaged in their school community. The book “Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon, To Mars” by Nathalia Holt was given to Justine and Jillian.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist program awarded a Rensselaer Medal to Anoutsa Latsapanya of Lowell. The medal recognizes superlative academic achievement, and helps motivate students toward careers in science, engineering and technology. Anoutsa distinguished herself in Mathematics and Science. The award comes with a $15,000 renewable scholarship.

Michael Gallagher of Lowell, a Harvard alumnus and NDA board member, presented the Harvard Prize Book to Elena Murguia of Hollis, N.H., for her excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievements in other fields.

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