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October 7, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 3

Three pairs of valedictorians and salutatorians are among this year's freshman class: (front, L-R) Jessica Langella, Alicia Frankel, Amelia Shumeyko; (back, L-R) Alicia Campellone, Ashley Bencsko, Melissa McGrath.

A Threefold Perfecta

Call it a threefold perfecta: The Class of 2008 that arrived on the Boston College campus this fall contains both the valedictorian and salutatorian from three separate high schools.

The top freshmen twosomes are Jessica Langella and Alicia Campellone, valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at St. Mary Academy-Bay View, East Providence, RI; Alicia Frankel and Melissa McGrath, who took the honors at Scituate (Mass.) High, and Ashley Bencsko and Amelia Shumeyko, tops in their class at Pequannock Township (NJ) High.

The mix of academics and school spirit at the Heights proved an attractive lure, students said.

"I suppose what drew me most to BC is the sense of community, incredible college spirit, and the outstanding academic reputation," said Shumeyko. "The Honors Program also appealed to me, as the seminar setting and the focus on great works are both features of education I have always thought of as important."

McGrath said she is considering a major in languages or art and may try out for crew or the equestrian team. "I admired the combination of academics and social activity," she said. "The academic program is comparable to that of an Ivy League school, but the spirit that comes from BC's exquisite sports program lifts the social life to unmatched heights."

-Mark Sullivan

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