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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.

Jacob Riggert was singled out at Lawrence Academy's Founders' Day in the fall of his senior year to receive the school's Greater Good Award in recognition of his efforts to use his education to make the world a better place.

Jake's volunteer activities span many years; he assisted numerous organizations in his hometown of Groton before he came to Lawrence Academy and shared his generosity with his school for the past four years. One of his many contributions to the school was his service as a peer counselor during his senior year.

Jake earned academic honors as a junior and received the Class of 1965 Prize for Music at this spring's Cum Laude Day celebrations for his outstanding commitment to and achievement in music. He played the drums with school bands and pursued an interest in other instruments. He also performed several times as a vocalist with the LA Singers and the student a cappella group, SLACS.

In his four years on the Spartans' football team, Jake was a member of the 2009 team that was undefeated in the Independent School League and went on to earn the NEPSAC championship. In his senior year, his contributions to the team were recognized with an ISL honorable mention. Jake also skied, played some baseball and lacrosse, and participated in a yoga program.

During his first Winterim, a two-week experiential learning session that takes place every March, Jake studied and applied many aspects of theatre production and performing as a member of the Something for Nothing Players. In other sessions, he explored the habitat of Arizona's Sonoran Desert by mountain bike; worked at a professional internship in the IT department of a local company; and, this spring, crafted items from wood using a lathe.

The son of Karen and David Riggert of Groton, Jake will attend the University of Delaware in the fall.

Aubrey Solomon achieved several terms of academic honors and played both varsity baseball and football. In his first season of varsity baseball as a sophomore, his team won the ISL championship with a 15-0 record. Aubrey earned ISL honorable mention for his performance as a junior and was named All-ISL for his final spring season. He was a member of the 2009 Spartans' football team that was undefeated in the Independent School League and went on to earn the NEPSAC championship. Aubrey also played several seasons of hockey and participated in yoga and fitness.

During his Winterims, Aubrey assisted in classrooms of underprivileged preschool children for a local Head Start program; participated in an intensive practice of yoga; and worked with local entrepreneurs to experiment with starting a new business. This spring, he performed various community service projects in Cusco, Peru.

The son of Alice and George Solomon of Groton, Aubrey will attend Stonehill College in the fall, where he will play baseball for the Skyhawks.

Philip Titcomb earned academic honors throughout his career, maintaining high honors as a junior and senior, and was inducted into the school's chapter of the national Cum Laude Society this spring. He was also presented with the Language Prize for achievement in Spanish.

Philip appeared frequently on the school stage, performing in "Sweeney Todd" and a student-written adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey." This year, he was one of a cast that created "Oklahoma! City," a musical which involved researching the tragic 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and interpreting how it might have impacted high-school students witnessing that event. A student in the yearlong Honors Theatre Ensemble, he stepped behind the scenes this spring to direct "Ferris Wheel" during the one-act play series

Philip created a Community Service Club during his senior year and actively promoted the LA community's involvement in volunteer opportunities. He sang with the LA Singers and the student a cappella group, SLACS, and he performed in the school's dance program. A varsity tennis player, Philip also played soccer for a season and took part in the school's yoga program. He served on the staff of the literary magazine and contributed to the student newspaper.

During his first Winterim, Philip studied and applied many aspects of theatre production and performing as a member of the Something for Nothing Players. He studied the American legal system in a mock trial workshop; participated in volunteer efforts in the Dominican Republic and this spring performed various community-service projects in Cusco, Peru.

The son of Gloria and Jay Titcomb of Groton, Philip will attend Cornell University in the fall.