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GROTON -- On May 31, 13 area students graduated from Lawrence Academy during the school's 220th commencement exercises in Groton, Massachusetts.

Meredith Combs appeared frequently on the academic high honor roll and was presented with The Language Prize at Cum Laude ceremonies this spring in recognition of excellence in her Latin studies. Meredith's other courses included AP English and AP Government and Politics. She independently pursued an interest in horseback riding throughout her career.

During her first Winterim, a two-week experiential learning session that takes place every March, Meredith observed the social behavior of the wolf packs in Yellowstone National Park. In following years, she participated in two Winterims that studied the United States legal system, first in a mock trial workshop, and then through visits to courtrooms, prisons, congressional sessions, and legal offices in Boston and Washington, DC. For her final session this spring, she worked at an archeological dig site in Italy.

The daughter of Jennifer and Alexander Combs III of Harvard, Meredith will attend Brandeis University in the fall.

Allie Goodrich was presented, during the graduation ceremonies, with The Mary Elizabeth Chickering Prize for academic accomplishments, wholesome school attitude, and general maturity.

Allie maintained a place on the academic honor and high honor rolls throughout her three years at the school and was inducted into LA's chapter of the national Cum Laude Society as a junior.


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Her classes included AP English and Environmental Science courses, as well as an honor class in Spanish 4.

Allie played varsity soccer each fall and served her team as a captain. Like many athletes, she participated in the school's dance program and performed before a school audience. She was on the varsity track team for a season and also participated in yoga and fitness programs. Allie wrote an article for the student newspaper, the Spectrum, and her poetry appeared in several editions of Consortium, the student literary magazine.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Allie kayaked and camped along the rivers of southern Florida while studying with local naturalists and marine biologists; worked on a local farm, investigating methods of healthy food production and learning about animal care; and, this spring, participated in an intensive practice of yoga.

The daughter of Samantha and Ted Goodrich of Groton, Allie will attend Connecticut College in the fall, where she will play soccer for the Camels.

Scott Greacen maintained academic honors and high honors throughout his career and, this spring, completed AP courses in calculus and environmental science, honors classes in history and writing, and classes in Spanish 4 and performance improvisation.

Scott participated in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, golf, and ski programs. During his first Winterim, a two-week experiential learning session that takes place every March, he studied and applied many aspects of theatre production and performing as a member of the Something for Nothing Players. In other sessions, he practiced yoga; learned about many aspects of maintaining the trails and operating the facilities of a ski resort; and, this spring, performed various community service projects in Cusco, Peru, while also learning about the area's ancient Inca civilization.

The son of Heather and James Greacen of Groton, Scott will attend the University of Vermont in the fall.

Kristin Hamel maintained academic honors and high honors throughout her three years at the school, while enrolled in classes that included AP English and Spanish 4 honors. She was a dedicated student of dance and performed frequently for school audiences, and she also participated in a yoga program. Her photography and articles appeared regularly in the student newspaper, the Spectrum, and her poetry was published in the student literary magazine, Consortium.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Kristin designed and created original clothing and fashion accessories; participated in volunteer efforts in the Dominican Republic, helping to rebuild a community school and working with its young students; and, this spring, traveled with a group to Ireland, where she learned to use photography to capture the country's spirit. 

The daughter of Cheryl and Jeffrey Hamel of Townsend, Kristin will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the fall.

Kacey Hartner appeared frequently on the school's academic honor rolls during her three-year career and, at Cum Laude Day celebrations this spring, she was presented with The May Sarton Poetry Prize.

Kacey was dedicated to a study of theatre and acted as a stage manager for "Wilson Wants It All" before performing in production of "The 39 Steps," an adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey", and an original cast-created play titled "The Trip," which explored the immigrant experience. Having appeared as an actor in two previous student-directed one-act plays, Kacey enrolled in the yearlong Honors Theatre Ensemble class this year and directed fellow students in her own adaptation of "The Long Walk Forever."

Kacey sang with a student a cappella group, On Air! She was a finalist in the annual junior class poetry recitation competition, and contributed her own original poetry to the student literary magazine, Consortium. Her work was also published in the student newspaper, the Spectrum.

During her Winterims, two-week experiential learning sessions that take place every March, Kacey participated in a mask-making and mask performance workshop; created, recorded, and produced an original song; and, this spring, learned to sail in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, while studying marine conservation and learning about the area's Colonial history and culture.

The daughter of Kathleen and Thomas Hartner of Pepperell, Kacey will attend UMass Lowell in the fall.

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