AYER -- Ayer-Shirley Regional High School Principal Brian Haas has announced recipients of the 2013 John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.

Recipients of the award scored proficient or higher in their 10th-grade MCAS test for English language arts and mathematics, and have a combined score that sits within the top 25 percent of the students' graduating class.

"The first requirement isn't impossible, a lot of students can do it," Haas said. "The second is the more difficult of the two."

At the Oct. 24 scholastic breakfast at the school, members of the School Committee and administration commended the students on their accomplishments.

"I just want to say congratulations," ASRSD Superintendent Carl Mock said. "I think it's wonderful that you've worked so hard and performed so well on the MCAS and other academic areas. This is a great opportunity, especially in this day and age and the cost of higher education rising ... This is a huge feather in your cap."

"Aiming high is what earned you this scholarship so continue to aim high from now on," Superintendent Assistant Mary Beth Hamel said.

"The rest of the students in this district from Pre-k through grade 11 want to be where you are," School Committee Chairman Pat Kelly said. "Congratulations on your work, congratulations to you and your families. You're models to this district and we applaud you.


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Recipients of the scholarship are Michael Banchs, Sydney Brinkerhoff, Holly Caires, Kevin Cowdrey, Yuliana Cruz, Moriah Ford, Sophia Grallert, Gabrielle Hebert, Kyle Levensailor, Jamie McKenna, Jason Mills, William Plourde, Megan Praznovsky, Freddy Ramos, Zachary Robinson, Jose Rosales, Emma Sheils, Olivia Silva and Olivia Winship.

After the recipients were recognized, they, and their families, were presented with a special breakfast in their honor.