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Patrick Earns Staples Key Award

Grant Patrick doesn't take any of the credit for the scholastic accomplishments of his son, Morgan. He is just happy to sit back and watch his son succeed.

"He did it all himself," said Grant, showering praise on Morgan following the Annual Awards Presentation at Staples High School last night. He added, "I'm very proud. It was just great to see all of his hard work pay off."

Morgan was awarded the Staples Key Award for his work in and out of the school. "The key award is considered one of our most prestigious awards," said Staples Principal John Dodig.

There were three finalists for the Key Award: Patrick, Anna Harnick and Victor Hollenberg.

Harnick was commended for her academic excellence, including a perfect SAT score. She also served as vice president for Club Green and is trained for emergency medical response.

Hollenberg received several awards for mastering a multitude of languages including Italian and Chinese. Dodig referred to him as "Mr. Inklings" for Hollenberg's role as editor-in-chief of the student run publication.

Patrick is the salutatorian of this year's graduating class. Dodig said Patrick's academic accomplishments and other work had earned the utmost respect from the faculty.

Patrick was humble about the honor. He said all of the students given awards last night deserved everything bestowed on them. "We just have such an amazing class," Patrick said.

After graduation, Patrick is taking some time to work with music programs around town. He said he hasn't nailed down his field of study just yet, but plans to attend Brown University.

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