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South High grad wins scholarship to Yale Law School

July 20, 2009

LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee University alumnus Adam Hockensmith has become the first W&L graduate to win a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship.

Hockensmith, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee, is one of 30 students selected from an international applicant pool of about 700. The Cooke Scholarship will provide him with up to $300,000 toward his graduate study at Yale Law School, which he will enter in the fall.

Since his graduation from W&L in June 2008, Hockensmith has lived and worked in Japan, teaching in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.

Hockensmith, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, was a member of the Generals' varsity wrestling team, a dorm counselor, the VIP Chair of Hillel, and a member of the VFIC Ethics Bowl team, among other activities as an undergraduate.

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Adam is a 2004 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, where he was co-valedictorian.

His parents are Sharon and Ricky Hockensmith of Hagerstown, paternal grandparents are Jack and Thelma Hockensmith of Hagerstown and maternal grandparents are Glenn and Kumiko Bland of Tampa, Fla.

With an endowment of $700 million, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is one of the 100 largest private foundations in the U.S.

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