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Robin Chase, (center), Bangor Savings Bank Assistant Vice President / Pittsfield and Unity Branch Manager, presented a check for $10,000 to MCI's Founders Campaign from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation to Christopher J. Hopkins, MCI Headmaster. Joining Chase and Hopkins are Bossov Ballet Theatre students and Natalya Getman (left), Artistic Director. (Photo by Joe Roberts, MCI)


PITTSFIELD, ME - Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $10,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation for the Founders Campaign at a check presentation on the Pittsfield campus with Robin Chase, Bangor Savings Bank Assistant Vice President.

"We deeply appreciate the generous support of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation," Hopkins said in accepting the check. "This grant is a wonderful endorsement of our efforts on behalf of current MCI students and the generations of students to follow."

The $6.5 million Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI's history and is also the School's first comprehensive campaign. In August 2016, MCI launched the capital campaign as part of the celebration of its Sesquicentennial. According to Hopkins, 303 donors have contributed $5,445,905 to date. A generous $500,000 challenge gift, offered by friends of the School, Tom and Anne Koester of New Jersey, was matched by $500,000 in contributions received through May 4, 2017. The Founders Campaign total of $5.4 million is the largest amount contributed in MCI's history and includes the first $1-million-dollar pledge in the School's history, made by an anonymous donor.

"This gift from our Foundation to MCI's Founders Campaign signifies our commitment to education in our state. We are proud to join the other generous donors in this campaign to strengthen the school's academics, arts, and athletic programming for students of today and for future generations," said Carol Colson, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing and Community Relations.

The Campaign supports four distinct areas – academics, the arts, athletics and endowment. Funds will support major renovations in Founders Hall, the original building on MCI's campus, and MCI's endowment. Campaign contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus, and on the transformation of 58-year old JR Cianchette Hall to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, the new home of all MCI arts programs – music, drama, Bossov Ballet Theatre, and fine arts.

Norbert W. Young, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees and MCI Class of 1966, said, "The MCI Board of Trustees made a promise to the School's future, and this grant from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation brings us one step closer to fulfilling that promise. My fellow board members, alumni, friends, and everyone at MCI are grateful to the Foundation for their support," Young added.

To support the Founders Campaign, visit www.mci-school.org/FoundersCampaign, or mail a check payable to MCI/Founders Campaign, Office of Institutional Advancement, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967-4502. For more information on naming opportunities, call (207) 487-5915 or email alumni@mci-school.org.


About Bangor Savings Bank

Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $3.7 billion in assets, offers retail banking to consumers as well as comprehensive commercial, corporate, payroll administration, merchant services, and small business banking services to businesses. The Bank, founded in 1852, is in its 166th year, with 55 branches and online at www.bangor.com. The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. In 2016, the Bank and its Foundation invested $1.7 million into Maine's communities in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.


About MCI

MCI (www.mci-school.org) is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI enrollment includes day students from 14 Maine communities; boarding students from six states and 18 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 18 sports teams and over 40 campus organizations. The school is known for its award-winning arts programs, including visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, a performing company and international pre-professional ballet school with instruction by former and current members of the Moscow Ballet. The school's sports programming is also strong. In 2017, MCI's football team won its fourth straight regional championship and MCI's field hockey team won the Class B State Championship.

PITTSFIELD—Maine Central Institute announces the first quarter honor roll for the 2017-2018 school year.

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Meghan Cookson, Samantha Dunton, Jose Eduardo Fajardo Porras, Hannah Folan, Allison Hughes, Abigail Sandrina Monteyro, Aaron Schanck, Anna Simeone, Micaela Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney.

Grade 12 High Honors: Jacob Ackroyd, Adam Bertrand, Yu Jack Chen, Olivia Churchill Durkee, Qi Priest Feng, Madison Fitts, Clair Gerry, Angel Gray, Cassidy Hamm, Taylor Hinton, Jinsu Jang, Sarah Kossowan, Gabriel Keach Lessing, Seng Lam Sam Loi, Connor Miholovich, Thanh Phat John Nguyen, Mohammad Saleh Niayesh, Aiden Nolan, Maxine Piatt, Karolina Pokorna, Katelynn Rines, Abigail Stevens, Li Aaron Tian, Sarah Trimarchi, Caroline Vigue, Vasilije Vojvodic, Addi Heline Williams, Tian Zhang, Qingyi Connie Zhu.

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Seth Cory Bussell, Hayden Caldwell, Blake Lauren Dawes, Avery Gosselin, Richard Hallowell, Margaret Hodgins, Audrey McCannell, Caitlin McKenney, Astrud Robichaud, Viet Tuan Harry Van.

Grade 11 High Honors: Janghyun Jett Baek, Maia Blake, Monique Brown, Christa Carr, Nicholas Alan Clark, Son Hai Dao, Sydney Farrar, Jettah Lynn Files, Victoria Friend, Tyler Gaouette, Daniel Garamvolgyi, Matthew Glidden, Madison Elizabeth Hallee, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Ziyang Henry Huang, Duy Bao Huynh, Alana Isabelle, Sarah Kelly, Thomas Kuespert, Josie Libby, Alayna Faith McCullough, Le Huy Nguyen, Helen Alyss O Brien, Elisabeth Rose Parker, Zeyu Jerry Peng, Lorna Pinet, Kyra Jolie Rosenberg, Evan Shaw, Megan Griffin Simeone, Anna Smith, Jakub Sommer, Thitipong Logan Tengboonsawangsin, Fuyu Simon Tian, Nathaniel Tolman, Bao Dang Hung Pegasus, Shengkaibo Arthur Wang, Mykayla Weinstein, Kendrah LeAnne Willey.

Grade 11 Honors: Brianna Cates, Trenton Kitchin

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Tabyr Kamdin Briggs, Dyllon Dunton, Sean Higgins, Gabriel Michael Howes, Riley Max, Erin Nolan, Ava Patterson, Hannah Peacock, Alexis Mariah Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Ethan Varney, Kylie Woodman, Alexander Yan, Xincong Yuri Yu. .

Grade 10 High Honors: Olivia Allen, Makaila Anne Bailey, Bartianna Anne Brown, Carrie Burr, Leah Bussell, Danilo Dubljevic, Vivian Duncombe, Morgan Dunphy, Jillian Frost, Taylor Gallway, Elyana Sophia Gerrie, Reuben Gould, Lillian Hopkins, Emily Rya Linkletter, Sara Elizabeth Linkletter, Alexis Lynne Millett, Ariella Ange Mugisha, Amanda Nicole Neas, Ronda O Brien, Inna Osetrova, Caleb Ouellette, Diego Palencia, Samantha Ray, Maria Reed, Abigeal Shea, Harrison James Sites, Ashley Souliere, Rylee Stock, Eva Walden, Mallory K Whitley, Colbi Taryn Wilkerson, Owen Williams, Weixiang Tim Wu, Kassidy Wyman.

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Emma Carter, Devin Chen, Emelyn Hatch, Natalie Hodgins, Udomsuk Arm Manawongsakul, Dawn Moss, Isabelle Picard, Annabel Street.

Grade 9 High Honors: Cody Chase, Asa Cianchette, Mia Cianchette, Haleigh Foss, Ryan Friend, Emily Gould, Stefani Higgins, Malik Keresey, Lauren Lancaster, Olivia Lasselle, Mohammad Zacharia Niayesh, Adryanna Oliveira, Kayla Pacheco, Allie Tilton, Thomas Ulrickson, Seamus Walden.

Grade 9 Honors: Joshua Swift


MCI Receives $15,000 Gift from People's United Bank

PITTSFIELD, ME - Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $15,000 gift from People's United Bank for the Founders Campaign at a check presentation with Bank President Daniel P. Thornton and MCI's concert band class on the Pittsfield campus.


"We are very grateful for the generous support of People's United Bank," Hopkins said in accepting the check, "and are honored to earn their support for the Founders Campaign, which is truly transformational for MCI."

The $6.5 million Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI's history, and is also the School's first comprehensive campaign. In August 2016, MCI launched the capital campaign as part of the celebration of its Sesquicentennial. According to Hopkins, 302 donors have contributed $5,430,505 to date. A generous $500,000 challenge gift, offered by friends of the School, Tom and Anne Koester of New Jersey, was matched by $500,000 in contributions received through May 4, 2017. The Founders Campaign total of $5.4 million is the largest amount contributed in MCI's history, and includes the first $1-million-dollar pledge in the School's history, made by an anonymous donor.

"We are excited to be a part of the Founders Campaign and support MCI's critical work in academics, the arts, athletics, and the future of the school with their endowment" says Dan Thornton, Maine Market President for People's United Bank. "MCI is a school that provides academic excellence, character development, leadership and opportunity for those attending. People's United Bank is pleased to be a part of the future of the kids attending MCI."

The Campaign supports four distinct areas – academics, the arts, athletics and endowment. Funds will support major renovations in Founders Hall, the original building on MCI's campus, and MCI's endowment. Campaign contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus, and on the transformation of 58-year old JR Cianchette Hall to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, the new home of all MCI arts programs – music, drama, Bossov Ballet Theatre, and fine arts.

Norbert W. Young, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees and MCI Class of 1966 said, "The generosity of donors like People's United Bank and our 301 other contributors makes MCI stronger. Since August 2016, alumni and friends have given $1.7 million to this historic campaign. The Founders Campaign represents the promise the Board of Trustees made to MCI's future. We look forward to keeping that promise." Young added.

To support the Founders Campaign, visit www.mci-school.org/FoundersCampaign, or mail a check payable to MCI/Founders Campaign, Office of Institutional Advancement, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967-4502. For more information on naming opportunities, call (207) 487-5915 or email alumni@mci-school.org.

About People's United Bank

People's United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with over $43 billion in assets. People's United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management and 401K Services. People's United Bank proudly serves the State of Maine with 27 locations and over 200 employees. Additionally, People's United Community Foundation has supported over 150 nonprofit organizations across the state, focusing on community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

About MCI

MCI (www.mci-school.org) is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI enrollment includes day students from 14 Maine communities; boarding students from six states and 18 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 18 sports teams and over 40 campus organizations. The school is known for its award-winning arts programs, including visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, a performing company and international pre-professional ballet school with instruction by former and current members of the Moscow Ballet. The school's sports programming is also strong. During the 2016-2017 school year, its football team won the Class D State Championship, and MCI's field hockey team has won three straight North Regional Championships.



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MCI Athletic Hall of Fame to Honor Five Alumni on Sept. 30

The Maine Central Institute Athletic Hall of Fame will induct a five-member class this fall. Honorees include MCI graduates: Ronald Friend '65, William LaBarge '67, Stephanie Shaw '91, Susan Staples '81, and Stanley Wyman '46.

"MCI is thrilled to honor Ronald, Bill, Stephanie, Sue and Stanley with their induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame," said Headmaster Chris Hopkins. "These five individuals represented MCI with integrity both on and off the field, court, track and pitch. We are proud of their achievements, and welcome them into this distinguished group, as they join the 29 members of the Hall," Hopkins added.

The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be honored during Homecoming Weekend at a dinner and ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Savage Family Dining Room. Admission for the dinner and ceremony is $20 per person. Reservations can be made online at http://www.mci-school.org/ahof or by calling 207-487-5915.

Ronald Friend lettered in baseball, basketball, and football, playing those sports all four years of his high school career. Friend received the Coaches Trophy for lineman as a senior in football. He also received the Master's Cup and as a senior was Sno-Ball King. During his senior year he played on the MCI basketball team that finished 5th and made the school's first appearance in the Eastern Maine Tournament. Friend ran a successful auto dealership for many years before retiring.

William LaBarge won the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Association pole vault championship in 1965 and 1967; and was a member of the track team as a sophomore, junior and senior. He played for the 13-4 Prep basketball team as a senior, after playing on the undergraduate team his sophomore and junior years. LaBarge was junior class president; and played varsity soccer as a senior. He was selected Sno-Ball King and his senior superlative was "most athletic." He attended Ricker College in Houlton, ME, 1967-1971. At Ricker, he was captain of the baseball and soccer teams as a junior and senior, and earned All-Conference in soccer and baseball in1970-1971. He received the school's Athlete of the Year award in1971, and upon graduation, had two professional baseball offers from the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. A Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, he has authored several books, including Sweetwater Gunslinger 201, and later served as a technical advisor on the film "Top Gun."

Susan Staples was a three-sport star at MCI, playing basketball, field hockey, and softball. She was a co-captain in basketball and was selected Athlete of the Year. She participated in drama, student council and received the Faculty Cup as the top female student. Staples was the sophomore Class President and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a physical education teacher in the Merrimack Valley School District, Penacook, NH.

Stephanie Shaw was a four-year member of the basketball, soccer, and softball teams, earning Class B All-State and team MVP honors in all three sports. In basketball, she scored more than 1,000 points, earning Bangor Daily News All-Maine 2nd team honors as a senior and 3rd team honors as a junior. Her basketball teams advanced to the Eastern Maine playoffs all four years, including an 18-0 regular season her junior year. Her 1990 softball team advanced to the Eastern Maine Class B finals. She was on the Student Council as a freshman and sophomore. She was selected to play on a USA Soccer Ambassador team in 1989, travelling to England, Belgium, Holland and Germany to compete internationally. A 1995 graduate of Husson University, she was inducted into the Husson Hall of Fame in 2005.

Stanley Wyman was a three-sport star at MCI. Wyman was quarterback of the football team as a junior and senior. In basketball, he was a member of the freshman team, at that time called the "Baby Garnets," and as a junior, was captain of the varsity team. As a senior Wyman earned All-Tournament honors with teammate Jack Christie at a season-ending basketball championship at UMaine. On the baseball team, he pitched in the team's 14 games his junior year, and played centerfield as a senior. He joined the service upon graduation and later competed at Husson, playing basketball and baseball in 1949-50. Wyman was employed by Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. from 1950 until retirement 1993, rising to the role of Meat Procurement Manager for the Northeast Region.

MCI's Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2010. The criteria for selecting an individual for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame are based on one or more of the following: outstanding athletic achievement at MCI; outstanding athletic achievement beyond MCI; outstanding contribution to the MCI athletic program; and/or meritorious service to the MCI athletic program.

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