Graduating Newburyport High School senior Samantha Lor accepts a check for $1,000 at the Starboard Galley from Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport President Claudette Beerman as the club’s Maria Iacono Memorial ACE Award winner for overcoming the obstacles in her life to achieve academic success. Last month she was also awarded a $2,000 New England District Exchange Club ACE Award and a $500 Maria Beerman Community Service Scholarship at the New England District Convention in North Conway. She is now under consideration for a $10,000 National Exchange Club ACE Award in Houston in July. She finished 16th in her class and was a captain of the girls’ soccer team. This fall she will attend Worchester Polytech Institute.