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E. Brookfield scholar wins fellowship; Amherst senior home-schooled.



Amherst College Amherst College, at Amherst, Mass.; founded 1821 as a college for men, coeducational since 1975. A liberal arts institution, Amherst maintains a cooperative program with Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the Univ. of Massachusetts.  senior Calista McRae, an English major The English Major (alternatively English concentration, B.A. in English) is a term for an undergraduate university degree in the United States and a few other countries which focuses on the study of literature in the English language (the term may also be used to describe a student  from East Brookfield, is one of just 40 students across the United States to have received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a grant that enables graduating seniors to pursue a year of independent study outside the United States. The Fellowship Program was established by the children of Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM.  for the 2009-10 academic year.

Ms. McRae will use the award, which comes with a $28,000 stipend, to study abandoned buildings in Germany, Bangladesh, India, the Czech Republic, Australia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Ms. McRae's project, titled "The Characters of Ruin," will explore ruins and their suggestive power, which she says is responsible for a "millennium of poetry and art, often sentimentalized, allegorized or picturesqued out of all proportion." She will draw and write about the uninhabited building found in desolate mining towns, industrial districts and anywhere else she can find them.

"I hope to emerge from the year with a clearer sense of how to express - verbally, visually, emotionally, aesthetically, critically - such a moving subject," Ms. McRae said.

"I cannot imagine a student in North America more qualified for a Watson Fellowship," said David Sofield, Samuel Williston Professor English at Amherst, in his recommendation for Ms. McRae. "She is not merely what I and my senior colleagues have encountered annually, the best literary student in her college cohort. Rather, she is a once-in-a-lifetime reader and writer. She will do the Watson Foundation proud."

Ms. McRae was home-schooled by her parents, John and Claire McRae of Podunk Road, studied art at David Prouty High School in Spencer and ran in its cross-country team. She audited courses at the College of the Holy Cross The College of the Holy Cross is an exclusively undergraduate Roman Catholic liberal arts college located in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Holy Cross is the oldest Roman Catholic college in New England and one of the oldest in the United States.  in Worcester before enrolling at Amherst.

During her college career, she has served as an English research assistant and an art/graphic designer for student publications The Indicator, The Circus and Pepper. A violinist, Ms. McRae participated in several music ensembles and gave violin lessons. She reads Latin as well as Old and Middle English, studied Hindi and is currently learning Bengali. She is conversant CONVERSANT. One who is in the habit of being in a particular place, is said to be conversant there. Barnes, 162.  in German.

In addition to the Watson, Ms. McRae was one of 22 students nationwide to receive a Beinecke Scholarship, which provides substantial funding for graduate study, and the college's James Charlton Knox Prize, which is given to "the student whose record through the junior year demonstrates the greatest integration of scholarship, interest and creativity in the study of English." She has also been elected to Amherst's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Phi Beta Kappa: see fraternity.
Phi Beta Kappa

Leading academic honour society in the U.S., which draws its membership from college and university students. The oldest Greek-letter society in the U.S.
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And speaking of scholars, we at the Flash congratulate David Prouty High School's March Student of the Month, Victoria Monette.

Victoria, who lives in Spencer, has been a member of the National Honor Society The National Honor Society (NHS), established in 1921, is a recognition program for American high school students who show achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. , Student Council, Foreign Culture Club, International Club and Conflict Mediation. She has also served as an assistant to the director of the school play and is currently the senior class president.

Victoria has also been a member of the softball and field hockey teams for three years and indoor track for one year, captain of both field hockey and softball her senior year. Victoria was also awarded the Saint Michael's College For the college in Toronto, see University of St. Michael's College.

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Saint Michael's College is a private, residential, liberal arts Catholic college. The 440 acre campus is located in Colchester, Vermont.
 Book Award.

In addition to her academic, extracurricular and community responsibilities, Victoria has worked at Dairy Queen, Morning Glory morning glory, common name for members of the Convolvulaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and small trees (many of them climbing forms) inhabiting warm regions, especially the tropics of America and Asia. The family is characterized by milky sap.  Gifts, Jewish Healthcare Center and Subway. Victoria also enjoys traveling. She has visited Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and the Caribbean. She would like to work with young children in the medical field.

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CUTLINE: Calista McRae, an Amherst College senior from East Brookfield, is one of just 40 students nationwide to have received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for the 2009-10 academic year.
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