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PITTSFIELD—Maine Central Institute announces the third quarter honor roll for the 2016-2017 school year:

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Maria Carvallo, Lanqing Cathy Huang, Marshall Lawler

Grade 12 High Honors: Jung Hyun Jennie Bae, Gabrielle Benedetto, Abigail Bernier, Hayden Boreham, Mikahla Brochu, Joshua Buker, Elijah Bussell, Yuna Cho, Jinfeng Ding, Zachary Erving, Teran Goodridge, Georgy Khvtisavrishvili, Amber King, Alexei Krechko, Zeyang Lester Li, John Linkletter, Chelsea Lydem, Keely Manzo, Clark Morrison, Xuchao Ben Niu, Aidan Peacock, Carter Pearl, Sebastian Peill-Meininghaus, Thuy Thi Phuong Phan, Austin Reynolds, Carter Richmond, Emily Richmond, Brayden Rollins, Jessica Smith, Jie Lyndon Tao, Elizabeth Thibodeau, An Emily Truc Song Van, Hunter Wintle

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Meghan Cookson, Clair Gerry, Hyunjin Kim, Abigail Monteyro, Thanh Phat John Nguyen, Anna Simeone, Micaela Simeone, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Sarah Welch, Qingyi Connie Zhu

Grade 11 High Honors: Eva Bickford, Wu Victor Cai, Jalen Chen, Xin Frankie Chen, Yu Jack Chen, Samantha Dunton, Olivia Durkee, Qi Priest Feng, Hannah Folan, Pablo Garcia Atienza, Ciera Hamlin, Cassidy Hamm, Quanyin Hank He, Nicholas Howard, Haiyi Hoiyi Huang, Allison Hughes, Jinsu Jang, Benjamin Kennedy, Duy Xuan Duc Alex Le, Paige Lord, April McAlpine, Connor Miholovich, Maxine Piatt, Aaron Schanck, Nikki Stewart, Li Aaron Tian, Sarah Trimarchi, Caroline Vigue, Linda Vrbova, Chen Wendy Wang, Addi Williams, Tian Zhang, Siqi Veronica Zhu

Grade 11 Honors: Hy Hung Long Pham

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Maia Blake, Son Hai Dao, Avery Gosselin, Richard Hallowell, Margaret Hodgins, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Duy Bao Huynh, Elisabeth Parker, Astrud Robichaud, Kyra Rosenberg, Megan Simeone, Angel Torrado Alvarez,Bao Dang Hung Pegasus Tran, Viet Tuan Harry Van, Mykayla Weinstein, Kendrah Willey

Grade 10 High Honors: Hayden Caldwell, Christa Carr, Brianna Cates, Nicholas Clark, Blake Dawes, Destinee Duprey, Jettah Files, Ziyang Henry Huang, Jada Jensen, Sarah Kelly, Josie Libby, Xinyu JoJo Ma, Audrey McCannell,Quynh Trang Jessie Nguyen, Tung Thuong Jim Nguyen, Helen O Brien, Zeyu Jerry Peng, Lorna Pinet,Yangkaiqi Kitty Ren, Evan Shaw, Nan Kevin Shen, Matthew Singh, Fuyu Simon Tian, Deangeliz Urena,Xun Octavia Zhao

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Olivia Allen, Tabyr Briggs, Dyllon Dunton, Riley Max, Hannah Peacock, Alexis Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Ethan Varney, Yuxin Jennifer Wen, Kylie Woodman, Alexander Yan

Grade 9 High Honors: Camden Ardry, Makaila Bailey, Carrie Burr, Vivian Duncombe, Jillian Frost, Taylor Gallway, Elyana Gerrie, Gabriel Howes, Emily Linkletter, Grace Linkletter, Sara Linkletter, Siying Etta Long,Alahna McCarron, Amanda Neas, Erin Nolan, Inna Osetrova, Ava Patterson, Abigeal Shea, Harrison Sites, Ashley Souliere, Eva Walden, Xin Andy Wang, Mallory Whitley, Jarica Wiles, Xincong Yuri Yu

Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $100,000 gift from the Brothers of Meridian Masonic Lodge of Pittsfield for MCI's Founders Campaign. A check presentation was held on campus at the Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, in JR Cianchette Hall.

"We deeply appreciate the generous support of Pittsfield's Meridian Lodge members," Hopkins said in accepting the check. "Over the past 17 years, the Masons have provided significant support for MCI capital campaigns, facilities, music and athletic programs. This new major gift to the Founders Campaign is a true testament to their commitment to our School, Board of Trustees, students, families, faculty and staff, who all join me in expressing our gratitude," added Hopkins.

MCI celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016. The Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI's history, and is also the School's first comprehensive campaign. To date, $4.5 million has been raised. The Founders Campaign goal is $6.5 million. The major gift from Meridian Lodge #125 will name the Choral and Piano Center in the new Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, in JR Cianchette Hall.

"Meridian Lodge #125 received its charter in 1865, one year before MCI was founded," explained Stacey Fitts, a member of MCI's class of 1980 and current Master of Meridian Lodge #125 A.F.& A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons). "We are proud to support the Founders Campaign with what is the single largest contribution we've made in our 151-year history."

David Wright, President of the Trustees of the Meridian Lodge Charitable Fund and Past Master described the significance of their gift.

"The Masons view MCI as the foundation of our community, where students acquire knowledge, self-esteem, and social responsibility to prepare them for life. Our gift to the Campaign demonstrates our belief in the School," Wright said.

The gift from the Masons provided a substantial boost to the Campaign, according to Norbert W. Young, Jr., President of the MCI Board of Trustees and a member of the class of 1966.

"This is a tremendous contribution to MCI," said Young. "The Board of Trustees is deeply grateful to the Masonic Fraternity for their amazing generosity. Over the years, the Masons have done significant work to support not only MCI, but so many other institutions in Pittsfield. Meridian Lodge #125 was a large part of my father's life in Pittsfield during his career as a teacher at MCI from 1941 to 1973, making their support deeply meaningful to me personally. We salute their compassion and dedication to our community, and thankfully acknowledge their naming gift to the Founders Campaign," Young said.

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 the repurposing of the 58-year old JR Cianchette building to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center. Campaign contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus. Work on Cianchette Hall began in January. The fourth area of the comprehensive Campaign will increase the School's $6.5 million endowment by $2 million.

The Campaign was launched at MCI's Reunion on August 5th, with the announcement of the Schools first $1 million pledge, and a major challenge gift. To date, 162 donors have contributed $4.5 million to the Founders Campaign. Gifts from individual donors are being matched dollar-for-dollar as part of the $500,000 Koester Family Challenge. Gifts totaling $331,578 have been matched thus far.

For information on supporting MCI's Founders Campaign, visit www.mci-school.org/FoundersCampaign.

About Meridian Lodge #125

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity. For three centuries, it has beckoned men of good character to its ranks. It has no regard for differences in race, color, creed, religion or station in life.

Using traditions and implements of antiquity, it seeks to inspire its members to live by the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. For more information visit http://meridian125.me/.

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Left to right: Christopher J. Hopkins, MCI Headmaster, receives a $100,000 gift for the Founders Campaign from Stacey Fitts, the Master of Meridian Lodge #125 A.F.& A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) and David Wright, President of the Trustees of the Meridian Lodge Charitable Fund, past Master and past District Deputy Grand Master of the 122nd Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Maine. Fitts is a member of MCI's class of 1980. The photo was taken in the space their gift will name – the Choral and Piano Center in the Visual and Performing Arts Education Center in JR Cianchette Hall on MCI's campus.

Carter Pearl of Newport, a senior at Maine Central Institute, has been selected to receive the 2017 Principal's Award, Headmaster Christopher Hopkins has announced.The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior's academic achievement and school citizenship.

"In addition to a challenging course load and participation in varsity sports, Carter has assumed numerous leadership positions at Maine Central Institute," Hopkins noted in presenting the award to Pearl."He approaches everything he does and everyone around him with extraordinary sincerity and selflessness. He immediately makes everyone around him feel included and important regardless of their age, interests or popularity. His consistent genuineness and integrity are immediately evident to both students and adults."

Pearl is the president of the Class of 2017, a member of the MCI Key Club, vice president of the National Honor Society, an officer in the Student Council and has served as a peer tutor.He has played basketball and golf all four years at MCI, and has served as the captain of both teams his junior and senior years.In addition, he is the president and founder of the MCI Philanthropy Council.Carter is the son of Jay and Darcy Pearl of Newport.

Pearl, Hopkins and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 1, 2017.The Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of ten $1,000 scholarships.

The Principal's Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine's school administrators.

Maine Central Institute is pleased to announce the second quarter honor roll for the 2016-2017 school year:

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Jung Hyun Jennie Bae, Abigail Bernier, Maria Carvallo, Carter Pearl, Carter Richmond, Emily Richmond

Grade 12 High Honors: Gabrielle Benedetto, Hayden Boreham, Yuna Cho, Zachary Erving, Lanqing Cathy Huang, Georgy Khvtisavrishvili, Alexei Krechko, Marshall Lawler, John Linkletter, Chelsea Lydem, Keely Manzo, Dakota Patterson, Aidan Peacock, Sebastian Peill-Meininghaus, Thuy Thi Phuong Phan, Austin Reynolds, Brayden Rollins, Jessica Smith, Randall Soucie, An Emily Truc Song Van, Hunter Wintle

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Xin Frankie Chen, Meghan Cookson, Clair Gerry, Cassidy Hamm, Allison Hughes, Jinsu Jang, Abigail Monteyro, Anna Simeone, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Caroline Vigue

Grade 11 High Honors: Eva Bickford, Wu Victor Cai, Chon Hou Chan, Jalen Chen, Jiedi Jayson Chen, Yu Jack Chen, Samantha Dunton, Olivia Durkee, Qi Priest Feng, Madison Fitts, Hannah Folan, Pablo Garcia Atienza, Quanyin Hank He, Taylor Hinton, Benjamin Kennedy, Sarah Kossowan, Connor Miholovich, Ngan Song Kim Natalie Nguyen, Thanh Phat John Nguyen, Aiden Nolan, Hy Hung Long Pham, Maxine Piatt, Michaela Piatt, Aaron Schanck, Micaela Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Li Aaron Tian, Sarah Trimarchi, Linda Vrbova, Chen Wendy Wang, Sarah Welch, Addi Williams, Kazuma Yamamoto, Tian Zhang, Qingyi Connie Zhu

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Maia Blake, Hayden Caldwell, Son Hai Dao, Blake Dawes, Avery Gosselin, Margaret Hodgins, Duy Bao Huynh, Zeyu Jerry Peng, Astrud Robichaud, Kyra Rosenberg, Angel Torrado Alvarez, Viet Tuan Harry Van, Mykayla Weinstein, Kendrah Willey

Grade 10 High Honors: Duncan Boreham, Monique Brown, Christa Carr, Nicholas Clark, Katelyn DeViller, Destinee Duprey, Jettah Files, Victoria Friend, Tyler Gaouette, Richard Hallowell, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Jada Jensen, Sarah Kelly, Jesse Kulynych Griffith, Audrey McCannell, Caitlin McKenney, Quynh Trang Jessie Nguyen, Helen O Brien, Nan Kevin Shen, Megan Simeone, Matthew Singh, Bao Dang Hung Pegasus Tran

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Olivia Allen, Tabyr Briggs, Grace Linkletter, Riley Max, Erin Nolan, Ethan Varney, Kylie Woodman, Alexander Yan

Grade 9 High Honors: Makaila Bailey, Ryleigh Bickford, Leah Bussell, Vivian Duncombe, Dyllon Dunton, Jillian Frost, Taylor Gallway, Emily Linkletter, Sara Linkletter, Siying Long, Holly Moody, Inna Osetrova, Ava Patterson, Hannah Peacock, Alexis Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Eva Walden, Mallory Whitley, Xincong Yuri Yu, Edgar Zhang

Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $10,000 grant from the Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation for MCI's $6.5 million Founders Campaign at a check presentation with Bank officials on the Pittsfield campus.

"We are grateful for the generous support of the Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation," Hopkins said in accepting the check, "and are honored to have earned their support for the Founders Campaign, which will strengthen MCI for the next 150 years."

MCI celebrated its 150th year in 2016. The Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI's history, and is also the School's first comprehensive campaign.

"MCI is unique. We are pleased to support this independent school offering a comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body," said Renee Hawthorne, branch manager of the Skowhegan Savings Pittsfield branch. "Our contribution is a team effort with the community to ensure that educational diversity is still available to the region for another 150 years," Hawthorne added.

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 the repurposing of the 58-year old J. R. Cianchette building to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center. Campaign contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus. The fourth area of the comprehensive Campaign will increase the School's $6.5 million endowment by $2 million.

The Campaign was launched at MCI's Reunion on August 5th, with the announcement of the Schools first $1 million pledge, and a major challenge gift. To date, 132 donors have contributed $4.36 million to the Founders Campaign. Gifts from individual donors are being matched dollar-for-dollar as part of the $500,000 Koester Family Challenge. Gifts totaling $279,506 have been matched thus far. Officials hope to reach the Campaign goal by August 4, 2017.

For information on supporting MCI's Founders Campaign, visit www.mci-school.org/FoundersCampaign.

About Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation

Skowhegan Savings' charitable giving program makes donations to both large and small local non-profit and charitable organizations, with a focus on financial literacy programs and Economic and Community Development, including programs that promote job creation, business retention, business growth, and community enhancement. To apply for funding, visit: SkowheganSavings.com/about-charity.htm.

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