"Father Cointet proposed that Mr. John Hays should not concur in certain branches lest he should have all the premiums because he had more talent than the rest and also a better memory, but after the subject had been agitated for some time, influenced by the knowledge of the places he had already obtained, the matter was referred to Father Granger's decision."
-- Council of Professors.
"John Hays -- one if first grammar, spelling, arithmetic, correspondence, history, geography, writing... second premium in Reading, purity of language, vocal music." August 1, 1846.
"The premium of honor to Mr. G. Campau by joint votes of professors and pupils." 1847.