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Hopkinton student, the Francis Wayland-Parker Scholar for March, time-travels for tour

Writing as though he is providing the 19th-century educator a tour, Hopkinton Middle High School sophomore Evan Schindewolf is the Francis Wayland Parker Scholar for March.

Schindewolf, who will turn 16 on Wednesday, said that he approached the essay as though he had to tell Parker about his school.

"What I thought is that it would be more interesting for him, if he visited my school, would be to give him a tour and show him around our school," Schindewolf said. "So why not write the essay in the form of a tour?"

He wrote that Parker would be impressed by the school's effort to provide a well-rounded education that includes club activities, encouragement to participate in athletics and the opportunity to take Advanced Placement classes.

"Each of our students leaves Hopkinton well-rounded with experience in academics, athletics, the arts, and most definitely, life beyond high school," he wrote. "From textbooks to computer-aided design, we at Hopkinton are prepared to face the future."

He also wrote that Hopkinton Middle High School, despite being a smaller school, provides students an opportunity to participate in internships.

"For many of us, this provides a great opportunity to see what we really like," he wrote. "Some students may intern at the job of their dreams or may find out that it's really not for them. That experience is life-changing and wouldn't otherwise happen if Hopkinton didn't provide internships."

Schindewolf said in his application that he has a 96.35 percent grade point average. He participated in FIRST Robotics, band, soccer and baseball. He is also his class treasurer, according to his application.

"It was just such an interesting task and an intriguing challenge," he said of writing the essay.

The Francis Wayland Parker Scholar program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Lifetouch Studios and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.

Other nominees for March were: Connor Cote, Campbell High School; Hannah McDonnell, Exeter High School; Mariah Pelletier, Manchester High School West; Lily Chanthasak, Laconia High School and Luke Shotton from Monadnock Middle High School.

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