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Yarmouth grad honored

Julia Butler, a 2012 graduate of Yarmouth High School, was recently named a Charles A. Dana Scholar at Colby College, where she is beginning her sophomore year. Dana Scholars are selected each fall on the basis of “strong academic performance and potential leadership,” and are named after a 19th-century journalist, presidential adviser and New Hampshire native.

Local students show ‘Merit’

Eleven area high school seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition. The students, selected on the basis of an academic test, represent less than 1 percent of U.S. seniors. They are now are eligible for 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered next spring. Local semifinalists are: Margaret Coster, Scott Lambert and Isabel Wolfe, of Falmouth High School; Benjamin Jagonlinzer, Mary Potts, Lydia Wickard and Connor Wyman, of Greely High School; Miskell Burgoon, Charlotte Eisenberg and Marina Stam, of North Yarmouth Academy; and Gabrielle Beaulieu, of Yarmouth High School.

Grant aids NYA expansion

North Yarmouth Academy has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust to support expansion of its new Lower School. NYA’s Lower School opened in September 2013 and expanded this year. The expansion creates four new classrooms and accommodates 50 new students, from toddler age through fourth grade, in its Montessori-based program.