Miss Hall's Students Named Pickett Scholars

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces that rising senior Cely (Nikky) Abreu, of Methuen, Mass., and recent graduate Jayme McGuigan, of Pittsfield, Mass., have been named by the Lenox School Alumni Association as recipients of this year's Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are awarded annually to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the 15th year the association has honored Miss Hall’s students.

Paul Denzel, Don Foster, Robert J. Sansone and John Schneiter, representatives of the Lenox School Alumni Association, recently presented the awards to Jayme and Cely, who goes by Nikky. Both students are active members of the MHS community.

Nikky, the daughter of Fraynel and Ercilia Abreu, is co-Head of the School's Diversity Coalition, which works to foster inclusion, equity, and courageous conversations among all Miss Hall's students. Nikky is also a member of the Big Sister Leadership Team and a captain of the varsity softball team. Additionally, she plays varsity volleyball, was selected as the Class of 2019 speaker at the school's 2017-18 Convocation ceremony, and performed in the school’s recent Winter Musical, Cry-Baby.

Jayme, the daughter of James McGuigan and Suzy Halik, served as the MHS school president during the 2017-18 academic year and, as such, led the school’s Student Council. Additionally, she served as class president as a freshwoman, sophomore, and junior, also serving on Student Council. Jayme performed in several Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble productions and also served as an Admissions Ambassador and Big Sister. She will attend Champlain College in the fall.

Pickett, who died in 1996, was beloved by students and faculty alike. The father of Tabitha Pickett Vahle, MHS Class of 1978, and grandfather of Wendy Panchy, MHS Class of 1985, Pickett taught Latin and English at Miss Hall’s from 1973 — when the Lenox School closed — to 1992. He also served as MHS Director of Development from 1973 to 1975.

The Lenox School Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the spirit and camaraderie of Lenox School, which was an independent, all-boy secondary school founded in 1926. The school operated on the grounds of what is today the home of Shakespeare & Company.

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