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William Lessard, an eighth-grader at Applewild School in Fitchburg and a Townsend resident, placed third in the regional Massachusetts History Day competition earlier this month. His website “The Atlantic Charter:The Meeting that Helped end Conflict and Change History,” was awarded third place in the individual website category. William will go on to compete in the state finals on April 7 at Winchester High School.

Olivia H. Washburne of Townsend has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is studying journalism at the University of Tampa in Florida.

Ariana Gangloff of Pepperell participated in the Entrepreneurship Club at Eastern Connecticut State University during the fall 2017 semester. Gangloff, a member of the Class of 2018, is majoring in Business Administration.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host students from Esperanza Academy on Sunday, April 8. The students will participate in the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Following the service and coffee hour, they will be the featured speakers at the Adult Forum during which they will discuss their school and its impact on their lives. The Forum will begin at 11:10 in the church Parish Hall.

Esperanza Academy is an Episcopal, independent, privately funded middle school for low-income girls from Lawrence of any faith or race. Students are chosen by lottery. The school day and school year are longer than usual, providing the students with a comprehensive education which includes academics, arts, athletics, and social events. After graduation, the school continues to provide support for their alumnae throughout high school and college. St. Andrew’s is a proud supporter of this school.

St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner St. in Ayer and is an open and affirming community. The Sunday Celebration of Holy Communion is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. for school-aged children and child care is available. For more information, please visit

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