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Wayland (MA) High School Student Wins Abraxas Award

Story posted November 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Three graduates of Wayland (Mass.) High School have won the 1997 Bowdoin College Abraxas Award for their high school.

The students are Earl Gillespie, Victoria Kai Shen and Matthew Turnbull, all sophomores at Bowdoin College. One hundred percent of their grades in the 1996-97 academic year were honors grades, 79 percent were A's.

The award, established by the Abraxas Society in 1915, is an engraved pewter plate presented each year to the secondary school whose graduates maintain the highest academic standing of any high school group in the class during their first year at Bowdoin. To be eligible for the award, a school must have at least two of its graduates enrolled in Bowdoin's first-year class.

All three students were named Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars for their academic achievements in the 1996-97 academic year and were dean's list students both semesters.

Gillespie also was a Bowdoin Book Award winner, receiving all A's last year. He is a varsity letterwinner in tennis and plays percussion in the Bowdoin Concert Band.

Shen and Turnbull each earned letters last year in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

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