SAXTONS RIVER -- Vermont Academy (VA) recently bestowed two if its students with prestigious awards. Rachel Therrien, daughter of Lisa and David Therrien of Alstead, N.H., is the 2013 recipient of Vermont Academy’s coveted Harvard Book Prize. The award is presented annually to the member of the entering senior class whose achievement in academic, extra-curricular, and citizenship areas has been exemplary. It is a student of high personal standards, who gives promise of sound leadership in later life. Rachel, a graduating senior, is co-president of her class and active in varsity cross country and tennis. "Being a senior is bittersweet. I’m so excited for the future but I love my school. It has been so rewarding to make contributions to a community that I feel privileged to be a part," said Rachel. She is currently visiting colleges and interested in pursuing a path in International Studies and continuing her love of Spanish.

Max Basescu, son of Maria Basescu and Mary Rodriguez of Westminster West, is the 2013 recipient of Vermont Academy’s highly competitive Class of 1892 Award, presented to the returning senior who earned the highest GPA during the junior year. A well-rounded student, Max earned a GPA of 3.97, is a varsity tennis team member, and is currently playing soccer. He has also participated in crew and snowboarding. "I’m very honored to win Vermont Academy’s Class of 1892 Award. However, the real reward for me is gaining the admiration of the teachers along the way who helped me get there," Max said. He is currently visiting colleges and will pursue a career in medicine.

Max is also the recipient of the University of Vermont’s Green & Gold Scholarship awarded to the rising high school senior with the highest academic achievement from all Vermont secondary schools.