AUBURN, Mass. - Elizabeth Butterworth, of Auburn, a 2007 graduate of Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester,has been named Latin salutatorian of the Princeton University Class of 2012.
She will deliver an address in Latin at Commencement on June 5.
Liz, a Classics major, is also one of Princeton's three Rhodes Scholars in the Class of 2012 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and tutors students on campus, and in Trenton, NJ, and Auburn.
"I was shocked and super excited and honored," Butterworth said of being named salutatorian. "It was amazing!"
After her fall semester as a sophomore at Princeton, Liz took a year off to start a program called "Afternoon Tunes" at All Saints Church in Worcester, where she frequently volunteers. Afternoon Tunes is an outreach program for Worcester inner-city families, a youth-focused program of free music lessons that includes Pakachoag Music School as a key program partner.
The program, now in its third year, offers free music instruction and instruments to children from low-income backgrounds. The staff consists of 10 advanced-level high school and college volunteer musicians who work under a professional music instructor who serves as a mentor.
About 30 students come in once a week for lessons. Liz continues to oversee the program.
"My work with Afternoon Tunes has been a phenomenal experience, for both the impact the program has had on the students, and also the leadership development opportunities for the teachers," Liz said. "It's been fun to watch our students and our teachers grow."