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GROTON — The Groton Area Newcomers and Friends club recently awarded its annual Bic Penn Memorial Scholarship to Groton-Dunstable Regional High School senior Kristen Estabrook. The award is given for outstanding community service.

Estabrook’s community service work includes volunteering at both Loaves & Fishes and Rivercourt, tutoring an eighth grader, and building houses in Nicaragua. She also served as president of the Community Action Team club, which completed service projects for organizations such as My Father’s House in Chelmsford. Her essay for the scholarship described these experiences, the effect they had on both her and others, and the importance of community service for young people. She will be studying nursing at the University of Delaware and hopes to get involved in an ‘a cappella’ choral group and intramural lacrosse.

The annual scholarship is named for Robert Walden Penn, whose nickname was “Bic,” an active and highly-regarded member of the Newcomers when he passed away in 1998. A graduate of UCLA, he held licenses in both nuclear and mechanical engineering in California and Oregon. Bic and his wife, Diane, moved to Groton in 1995. She continues to be active in the Groton Area Newcomers club and runs her own local business called Therapeutic Message. They have a daughter, Amy, who is pursuing her master’s degree and teacher certification at the University of San Francisco. Their son, Nate, recently graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In addition to social events for residents, the Groton Newcomers devote a significant amount of time to community service, including the annual senior citizen’s holiday dinner. To raise money for the high school scholarship, the Newcomers have an annual booth at Grotonfest featuring candied apples and an opportunity to “adopt” stuffed animals.

To learn more about the Newcomers, contact membership coordinator Claudia Desrosiers at (978) 448-3543.

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