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~Norwell Native Wins 106th Annual Hoop-Rolling Contest At Wellesley College~

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April 28, 2001


Arlie Corday
(781) 283-3321

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Amy Barao, a political science and art history double-major from Norwell, Massachusetts, is the winner of this morning's 106th annual hoop-rolling competition at Wellesley College. Barao, who will graduate on June 1, was met at the finish line by Wellesley College President Diana Chapman Walsh (herself the winner of the 1966 hoop-rolling contest), who presented Barao with a bouquet of flowers. With her twin sister Meg, Barao was co-captain of Wellesley's basketball team, which finished the season with a 22-5 overall record.

In keeping with tradition, Barao was promptly propelled by her classmates to the edge of Lake Waban and tossed into the chilly water. Upon emerging from the lake, Barao credited her victory to staying in shape and securing a great position at the start line. In another Wellesley tradition, Barao's "little sister" and basketball teammate, sophomore Kate Lyren, arrived at the starting line at 8:00 pm on Friday and spent the night outdoors to assure Barao a prime spot.

Traditionally, the winner of the contest, which first began in 1895, was said to be the first in her class to marry. These days, victory is seen as a sign that the winner will be the first to achieve success, however she defines it. After graduation, Barao plans to work as a paralegal in the Boston area and to later attend law school.

Nearly 200 Wellesley College seniors, most dressed in academic gowns, made this morning's 1/4 mile dash, rolling old-fashioned wooden hoops in a race to the finish line.


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