Curtis graduates Worcester Academy

WORCESTER, Mass. — Worcester Academy held its 181st Commencement Exercises June 5 with 184 seniors graduating, including students representing 25 different nations. Among the graduates was Cora Curtis of Leeds.

Metzger named to Dean’s List

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Tara Metzger, of Lisbon Falls, was named to the 2015 Dean’s List at Union College.

Metzger is a member of the Class of 2015, majoring in Geology.

To be named to the annual Dean’s List, Union students must have a grade point average of 3.5 for the entire year and meet certain other requirements.

Curtis named to Honor Roll

WORCESTER, Mass. — Worcester Academy proudly announces its Second Semester Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List for the 2014-2015 School Year. The honors represent the achievements that each student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth.

Among the students is Cora Curtis of Leeds, Grade 12, who was named to the Honor Roll.

Local student earns PhD

SAN FRANCISCO — Peter Maxwell Kienitz Westcott received his PhD in pharmacogenomics at the University of California San Francisco in May.

He will be returning to New England in September to take a post-doctoral position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will be  conducting cancer research on how patterns of mutations imprinted across the cancer genome can be exploited to sensitize tumors to destruction by the immune system.

Peter is a 2004 graduate of Edward Little High School in Auburn. An important component in Peter’s success in the field of biology was the advanced placement study program that was offered at ELHS and the excellent teacher who taught his AP biology course. He is the son of Kathleen Kienitz and Jonathan Harris.