Arnold Mills Church awards Stearns Prize to four students
CUMBERLAND – The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church presented the Margaret Stearns Service Award to four local students – Brigitta Larson, from Bishop Feehan High School, and Andrew, Christopher and Emilia Ferretti, from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy.
Since 1978, the Margaret Stearns Service Award has been presented annually by church members to high school graduates continuing their education. Traditionally, two prizes, or currently $ 600 per winner, are available each year. While academic excellence and financial need are taken into account, the essential characteristic of an ideal candidate is an “obvious concern for others at home, in school, in church or in the community”. Applicant must be a Cumberland High School graduate or Arnold Mills United Methodist Church family member who graduated from any high school with plans for further education in college, college, university, business school , a technical school or a vocational school.
Larson will attend Emerson College in Boston. She will continue her love of writing, literature and publishing. She says she loves the saying that “words can change the world”. She was the co-founder of Bishop Feehan Students Action Against Gun Violence.
The Ferretti were selected as valedictorian for their promotion.
Andrew will attend Northeastern University and study either applied physics or engineering. He won an Eagle Scout Award for his project at the Lincoln YMCA and is a member of the BVP Debate Team and the Black Student Union.
Christopher will go to the University of Rhode Island and study ocean engineering. He attended the URI oceanography camp, which led him to take an interest in robotics and affirmed his commitment to environmental protection and the preservation of national resources. He won an Eagle Scout Award for trail signage at the Lincoln YMCA.
Emilia will be attending the University of Pittsburgh and majoring in Biology with the intention of enrolling in a pre-med program. She volunteers more than 20 hours per week at the Ocean State School of Gymnastics in Lincoln, where she served as a team captain and a volunteer teaching young people the development of gymnastic skills. She was also a senior patrol leader in scouting and participated in the Scouting for Food program.