Alexis Emerson Awarded Dean of Academics Scholarship from The Academy at Penguin Hall

Burlington 8th-Grader Named 2020 Dean of Academics Scholarship Winner 

Wenham, Mass., June 3, 2020 —  The Academy at Penguin Hall (APH) is pleased to announce that Burlington resident Alexis Emerson is the recipient of the 2020 Dean of Academics Scholarship. Given annually, the Dean of Academics Scholarship is awarded to an incoming student who demonstrates high academic achievement, creativity, leadership in the classroom, and a unique global perspective that enriches the academic discourse at Penguin Hall. The Dean of Academics Scholarship is only available to students who apply during Early Admissions, and the winner receives a $2,500 award that is renewable all four years. 

“Alexis’ passion for learning and commitment to academic excellence was apparent throughout her application, recommendations, and interview. Considered an academic scholar by many of her teachers, Alexis is a dedicated reader and enthusiastic writer with strong creative roots,” said Jan Healy, Dean of Academics. “Her dedication to her studies, personal commitment to excellence outside the classroom and strong sense of self speaks to Alexis’ dedication to scholarship, self-awareness, and commitment to her community — values we celebrate at Penguin Hall.”

Alexis is a mature and determined young woman with an appetite for learning and a deep passion for creative writing. During her seventh-grade year, Alexis was one of only 12 students to receive the prestigious “Best in Grade” Award for her story, “Unspoken.” The “Best in Grade” Award is given nationally from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. While Alexis thrives in all of her academics, she has grown especially fond of physical science and biology, which she hopes to pursue as a career option one day. 

When Alexis and her parents were considering her options for high school, they were seeking an experience that would challenge Alexis intellectually, but also afford her more opportunities to thrive socially. Alexis’ parents, Matthew and Mary, believe the smaller, more inclusive, learning environment The Academy at Penguin Hall provides will not only allow Alexis to succeed academically, but will provide her with the support system she needs to build strong, life-long friendships. While Alexis’ parents are excited that Alexis will be part of Penguin Hall’s tight-knit and supportive learning community “populated by other students who will support and even share in her intellectual enthusiasm,” they are even more thrilled that she will be afforded the freedoms to “make some choices, explore different types of experiences and maybe even find new passions” along the way. 

About The Academy at Penguin Hall
The Academy at Penguin Hall is the only all girls college preparatory high school North of Boston. Located in Wenham, MA, Penguin Hall welcomes young women and their families to learn more about the school. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2020. For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit or call 978-468-6200.

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