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East Bridgewater student wins award for Springsteen-themed thesis

MUSIC, HISTORY COMBINE TO WIN STONEHILL AWARD: William Pellegrino Jr. is a longtime fan of Bruce Springsteen and US history. So the 21-year-old resident of East Bridgewater combined those passions in his senior thesis at Stonehill College, a 48-page paper called “My City of Ruins: Bruce Springsteen and the American Reaction to Disaster.”

For his effort, Pellegrino won the sixth annual Peter R. D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History at Stonehill. Supervised by history professor Shane Maddock, Pellegrino examined the themes and messages in Springsteen’s songs over a 10-year period.

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