Gould Academy Graduation 2012
The Gould Academy Class of 2012 will receive diplomas on Saturday, May 26 during the school’s 176th commencement exercises, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Alumni Field.
The Reverend Virginia S. Rickeman of the West Parish Congregational Church will give the invocation, and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Frank Lee, a scientist, executive and entrepreneur in the biotechnology industry, and past Gould parent and current member of the Gould Academy board of trustees. Valedictorian Amalia Siegel and student speaker Jesse Tutor will also address their classmates, teachers, and guests prior to the awarding of honors and diplomas.
Dr. Frank Lee’s career in biotechnology began at the DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA, where he was one of its first scientists. Following its acquisition by Schering‐Plough, Dr. Lee was appointed director of molecular biology research and helped DNAX become a leader in research on the immune system in the 1980s and 1990s.
Dr. Lee then joined Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA as vice president of research, later becoming chief scientific officer and chief technology officer. At Millennium, Dr. Lee played a key role in the Millennium IPO and several mergers and acquisitions. After leaving Millennium, Dr. Lee was founder, CEO, and director of Adnexus Therapeutics of Waltham, MA, which develops next generation biological medicines. In 2007 Adnexus was acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb.
Currently Dr. Lee is CEO of Dragonfly Sciences, a company he founded with offices in Wellesley, MA and research labs in Shanghai, China.
He received his B.A. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Stanford University. He carried out post‐doctoral research at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT with Dr. Phillip Sharp, the 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. Dr. Lee was awarded post‐doctoral fellowships from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Lee currently serves on the board of trustees, the Dean’s Council for Humanities and Sciences, and the Interdisciplinary Biology Advisory Committee at Stanford University, and is a founder of the non‐profit Tanzania Education Corporation. He has been a past advisor to a variety of organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Engineering, and the government of Taiwan.
Dr. Lee has been a member of the Gould board of trustees since 2009. His son, Chris, graduated from Gould in 2010.
Valedictorian Amalia “Molly” Siegel is the daughter of Kirk and Martha Siegel of Bethel, Maine. She has attended Gould for four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. During her tenure at Gould, Molly received the Freshman Mathematics Book Award, the Carolyn S. Wollen Award, the French Book Award, the Music Book Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award and the Theatre Book Award.
Over her academic career, her course work has included AP Language and Composition, AP US History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Government and Politics, and AP Literature and Composition. A driven Nordic skier, Molly was a member of the Gould Academy Competition Program Nordic team throughout her career and was named to the US Junior National Team her senior year. Molly spent three years on the cross-country running team and four years as a member of the Gould Drama Program and Gould Singers. A talented writer, she was a peer tutor in the evenings in the Writing Center and a contributor to the Gould faculty and student blog.
Molly will attend Dartmouth College in the fall.
Jesse Tutor is the son of Thomas Tutor and alumna Susan Hatch, Gould class of 1970, of Islesboro, Maine. He has attended Gould for four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jesse’s course work over his academic career has included AP US History, AP Statistics, AP Government and Politics, and AP Literature and Composition.
Jesse was a four-year varsity soccer and tennis player. In the winter, he participated on the prep-snowboarding team and spent two years in the Rugrats Program, teaching local school children to ski and snowboard. Jesse also served as a peer tutor in the Gould Writing Center.He is the recipient of the Freshman History Book Award and the Clarkson Leadership Award.
Jesse will travel abroad before attending Ithaca College in the fall of 2013.
On Friday afternoon, Reverend Rickeman will deliver the invocation at Gould’s traditional Baccalaureate ceremonies at the West Parish Congregational Church, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The graduating class has chosen classmate Benjamin Martin and science teacher Peter Hedden to address them.
Benjamin “Ben” Martin is the son of Jason and alumna Leslie Senior Martin, class of 1986, of Chelmsford, MA. Ben has attended Gould for four years. Over his academic career at Gould, his course load has included AP Government and Politics, AP Literature and Composition, and Honors Spanish IV.
A driven, endurance athlete, Ben was a member of the cross-country running team, the Gould Academy Competition Program Nordic team, and the cycling team all four years. He also served as a peer tutor in the Gould Writing Center, and was a student proctor his senior year.
Ben will attend Framingham State University in the fall.
Peter Hedden has been teaching science at Gould since 2005. He earned his B.A. in geography and regional planning from Westfield College in 1995, and received an M.S. in education from the University of Southern Maine in 2004. Before Gould he taught middle school science for three years at Telstar Regional Middle School.
Along with teaching, Peter loves the outdoors. Prior to the indoor classroom, he served as course director, field instructor, and maintenance specialist for Outward Bound. At Gould, he is head golf coach in the fall and spends his winters teaching up and coming Gould Ski Patrol students.
He and his wife, Tracey Wilkerson, a Spanish teacher and director of the Farm and Forest Program, are dorm heads in Gehring Hall where they live with their two children, Reiley and Osie.
On Friday evening the Gould Academy music department, under the direction of James McLaughlin III and Jenny Cooper, will present its annual commencement concert in Bingham Auditorium. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature both instrumental and vocal selections.
It is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.