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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 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.

MCI is pleased to announce the top students from the Class of 2017. The top ranking is based solely on grade point average.

Brayden Rollins, the valedictorian for the Class of 2017, has been a member of the varsity soccer team, lacrosse team/club, jazz band and vocal jazz groups all four years at MCI. He is a founding member of the Student Philanthropy Council, and has participated in the jazz combo and Ella Night for three years. Rollins is the son of Darcy and Ronny Rollins of Pittsfield, Maine.

Salutatorian Hunter Wintle has been a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams, and the soccer team all four years at MCI. He served as the captain of both the soccer team and the outdoor track team for two years and has also been a member of Seacoast United, a premier soccer team, for four years. In addition, he has been a member of the vocal jazz band, the jazz band, and the Kindness Krew. He is the son of Colleen and Michael Wintle of Detroit, Maine.

Carter Richmond has been a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams, and the soccer team, serving as the captain of all three teams. In addition, he has been a member of the jazz band and the jazz combo. Richmond won first place in the esteemed Manson Essay competition his junior year. He is the son of Trudy and Lance Richmond, of Pittsfield.

Carter 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. Pearl is the son of Darcy and Jay Pearl of Newport, Maine.

Jessica Smith has been a member of MCI's Coding Club and Book Club. In addition, she also plays the drums and was very involved with the band, The Resistance, for six years. In addition to performing, Smith ran the band's website and YouTube channel, and filmed and edited their videos. As a result of her work with the band, she received the 2015 Entrepreneurship Award from Hardy Girls Healthy Women. She is the daughter of Rhonda and Jerald Smith of Burnham, Maine.

An (Emily) Van has been a member of the Entrepreneurship Club and the Math Team at MCI. She served as the vice president of the Math Team and finished third in the state championship meet. In addition, Van has been a member of the Fencing Club and the track team. Van is the daughter of Truc Thi Thanh Phan and Truc Cong Van of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Marshall Lawler has been a member of the Outdoor Adventure Club and National Honor Society. He also plays guitar and tutors students in Spanish. He is the son of Pamela and Marshall Lawler of Pittsfield.

Abigail Bernier has been a member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. She has also been a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Student Leadership Committee, and Kindness Krew. Bernier is the daughter of Tina and Matthew Bernier of Pittsfield.

Emily Richmond has been a member of the field hockey team and Key Club all four years at MCI. She has also been a member of the Drama Team, Philanthropy Council, and MCI's Mentor Program. Richmond won the Miss Junior Teen Maine competition in 2014. She is the daughter of Trudy and Lance Richmond, of Pittsfield.

Lanqing (Cathy) Huang has been a member of the Math Team, Art Club, Paper Art Club, and rifle team. She has also served as a member of the Student Ambassador Club and peer tutor. Huang is the daughter of Xiaomei Zhang and Hai Huang of Shanghai, China.

MCI's Commencement will take place Sunday, June 4 at noon on the Boutelle Savage Front Campus (rain site: Wright Gymnasium). For more information, please call (207) 487-5915.

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

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


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.

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