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MCI alumna Allison Sinclair will speak at Maine Central Institute on September 26 at 2:00 p.m. in Parks Gymnasium as part of the School's Patterson Lecture Series. The talk will correspond with this year's school theme of Philanthropy.

Allison Sinclair grew up in Pittsfield, Maine and graduated from MCI in 2012. At MCI, Sinclair was a member of the Student Council all four years, becoming president her senior year. She was also a member of the Key Club and served as the president of her class for three years. Sinclair played varsity soccer, basketball, and softball all four years at MCI and was a member of MCI's Captains' Club. In addition, she received the 2012 Principal's Award, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association, which is given in recognition of a high school senior's academic achievement and school citizenship.

Sinclair graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2016 with a degree in Health Sciences, concentration in Wellness, and a minor in Holistic Health. At USM, she served as a Lead Resident Assistant and was also involved in Circle K, a community service group on campus. During her senior year at USM, Sinclair was the president of Portland Events Board, a group focused on aiding commuter students on campus.

On October 1, 2016, Sinclair will leave the United States for an eleven month mission trip called the World Race. She will travel to eleven different countries and work with churches in each area to try to meet the needs of the community, including helping orphaned children, working with sex-trafficked victims and doing construction work. For more information about Sinclair's mission trip, please visit

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (207) 487-5915.

Pamela Newhouse Dufour '77, Dalen Mills '66, and Michael Susi '75 make up the Maine Central Institute 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. The MCI graduates will be honored in a ceremony, October 1, 2016 as part of Homecoming Weekend at 5:00 p.m. in the Savage Family Dining Room. Reservations are $20 and can be made online at or by calling 207-487-5915.

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; meritorious service to the MCI athletic program.

Mills was Class President as a senior and played on the undergraduate basketball and baseball teams as a sophomore and junior. He led the basketball team in scoring both years (sophomore @ 16.7 ppg and junior @ 21.1 ppg). He also led the Huskies in hitting (.345 and .361) his two years on the baseball team. He started on the PG basketball team as a 5th year senior and was second in scoring. He was a member of the famous 1965 MCI basketball team which was the first MCI team to play in the Eastern Maine tournament. After MCI he attended UMaine-Farmington, and lettered in baseball, basketball and golf as a freshman and sophomore. He won a UMF letter jacket (lettering in at least two different sports for two years to qualify), which was a rare accomplishment for a sophomore. He also lettered in basketball, baseball and cross country at Pemetic High School in SW Harbor before attending MCI in 1963. Dalen had a successful propane and heating oil business in Southwest Harbor before retirement in 2001.

Susi was a three-year letter winner in football and basketball, serving as captain of both his senior year. The football team was Class D state champions in 1974, and the basketball team played in the Class B tournament as a 5th seed, losing to fourth-seeded Orono in the first round. He joined the PG team after completion of his high school season and the PG team went on to win the New England Prep School Championship for the first time since the 1950s. He also lettered in baseball as a junior and senior. He was a three-year member of the Key Club and went to Boys State as a junior. He won the Gary S. Dupill Sportsmanship Award. He was class treasurer as a sophomore and class president as a junior. Susi coached Boys Varsity Basketball on two separate occasions, and was a girls basketball assistant to Julie Treadwell. He was instrumental in the football boosters and there is a football award/scholarship named after him.

Dufour was class vice president as a sophomore and junior and won the Faculty Cup as well as Athlete of the Year recognition as a senior. She played on the field hockey team for three years and softball as a sophomore and junior. She was on the track team as a senior. She received the Tuesday Club award her senior year. She was a trumpet staff member three years, and was a member of student council her junior and senior years. She was selected to Girls State as a junior and was a member of the band as a sophomore and junior. Dufour played field hockey and basketball at UMPI, receiving the Female Athlete of the Year award her senior year. She coached field hockey and basketball at Georges Valley High School, then field hockey and track at Lawrence High School. Dufour, who has taught PE for 33 years, works as a physical education instructor at George Mitchell School in Waterville. She was a recipient of the Waterville Schools Board of Education Faculty Award.

Maine Central Institute (MCI) launched a $6.5 million capital campaign, as part of the celebration of its sesquicentennial during the School's Reunion Weekend. The Founders Campaign is the first comprehensive campaign in the School's 150-year history.

Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins kicked off the launch at a gathering during Reunion Weekend by thanking the 48 generous alumni and friends of the School who have contributed over $3.7 million to the Founders Campaign to date. The Founders Campaign total includes the first $1-million-dollar pledge in the School's history, made by an anonymous donor.

"The Maine Central Institute Board of Trustees join me in expressing our profound gratitude to our lead donors who have contributed over $3.7 million to the campaign. We are overjoyed to have earned their confidence and generous support as we mark the 150th year of this wonderful institution," said Hopkins.

Then, Hopkins made a surprise announcement.

"We are delighted to announce the Koester Family $500,000 Challenge Gift. This generous major gift, made by friends of the School, Tom and Anne Koester of New Jersey, will match the next $500,000 we raise, dollar for dollar. We are grateful to Tom and Anne for challenging others to support the Founders Campaign. I hope their generosity inspires everyone who believes in the promise of an even brighter future for MCI and for the students we serve," stated Hopkins.

Norbert Young, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees and MCI Class of 1966 says, "MCI is strong today - because of the contributions of numerous people over many generations. MCI will be even stronger in the future - because of us. Because of the commitments we now make to the School. As President of the Board of Trustees, I realize what a significant time this is for MCI. I am proud to be surrounded by energetic and generous alumni and friends of the School, who like me, understand the concept of 'giving back.'"

The $500,000 challenge gift is not included in the current $3.7 million Founders Campaign total.

Funds raised through the campaign will strengthen MCI's academics, arts and athletics programming and increase the School's endowment.Planned upgrades include repurposing the original math and science center, replaced in 2001 by a new facility, to consolidate music, arts, drama and dance classes into one space. Improvements to Founders Hall, MCI's original campus building, will also be completed. Final renovations involve refreshing architecturally significant details such as the building's antique tin ceiling tile, floors and stairwells, in addition to creating a new corridor running from North to South, new restrooms, and accessibility upgrades including the addition of an elevator. The school has allocated $3.4 million in campaign funds toward the upgrades.

In addition, $2 million will be invested in the School's endowment, increasing it to $6.5 million. "This investment will put MCI on stronger financial footing, safeguard the School's future, and enable it to be more competitive when recruiting teaching staff and students," Hopkins added.

Enhancements to MCI's athletic fields were funded out of the Founders Campaign and completed earlier this year. This $700,000 investment created three new multipurpose fields and renovated existing fields, making it possible for all outdoor field sports teams to practice and play on campus for the first time in the School's history.The $6.5 million capital campaign has kept the cost of raising the funds to just 5% of the goal, well under the national average of 10%.

Reunion Weekend, held August 5 – 7, attracted more than 350 alumni and school supporters from across the United States.

MCI is pleased to announce the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year:

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Julia Bluhm, Alexis Caldwell, Leah Carron, Abigail DeSchiffart, Xantal Dufrasne, Viktoria Klimkova, Yitong Anna Liu, Hailey Stewart, Gregory Vigue, Hengjiali Curi Xu, Yingning Rill Ye

Grade 12 High Honors: Brianna Ballard, Mikayla Carr, Savannah Creasy, Hannah Cunningham, Wanshan Evan Dong, Dillon Fitts, Sophia Flynn, Amanda Hays, Vu Yen Linh Ho, Hannah Holtsclaw, Miranda Kuespert, Taylor Leavitt, Jiachun Maya Li, Xinxiao Frank Liu, Amelia McCannell, Jorge Miralles, Braden Monteyro, Uyen Thanh Pham, Konstantin Pribylov, Logan Rollins, Sarah Schissler, Mina Sibalic, Shamira Tanguay, Phuong Le Nam Thai, Evgenii Tilipman, Nathanael Tilton, Diyun DiDi Wang, Jiachen Eric Wang, Katherine Welch, Emma Zerba, Jialiang Michae Zhang
Grade 12 Honors: Macy Murray

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Yuna Cho, Lanqing Cathy Huang, Aidan Peacock, An Emily Truc Song Van, Hunter Wintle, Jiashu David Yue

Grade 11 High Honors: Benjamin Arsenault, Gabrielle Benedetto, Abigail Bernier, Hayden Boreham, Mikahla Brochu, Joshua Buker, Elijah Bussell, Junming Harry Hong, Georgy Khvtisavrishvili, Alexei Krechko, Marshall Lawler, Yicheng Allen Lin, John Linkletter, Keely Manzo, Carter Pearl, Carter Richmond, Emily Richmond, Brayden Rollins, Jessica Smith, Jie Lyndon Tao, Riley Trafton, Nghia Hieu Adam Tran, Xuanhua Clark Zhang, Zihao Jeremy Zhao, Breanna True

Grade 11 Honors: Seth Mason

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Samantha Dunton, Olivia Churchill Durkee, Madison Fitts, Hannah Folan, Clair Gerry, Connor Miholovich, Abigail Monteyro, Anna Simeone, Micaela Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Li Aaron Tian, Sarah Trimarchi, Devon Varney, Caroline Vigue, Sarah Welch, Addi Williams

Grade 10 High Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Adam Bertrand, Eva Bickford, Jiedi Jayson Chen, Mercedes-Lee Cote, Chelsea Degenhardt, Ciera Hamlin, Cassidy Hamm, Allison Hughes, Tuong Huynh, Benjamin Kennedy, Gabriel Lessing, Yijie YJ Li, Paige Lord, Sydney Morton, Hoang Loc Randy Nguyen, Ngan Song Kim Natalie Nguyen, Aiden Nolan, Maxine Piatt, Michaela Piatt, PJ Plummer, Katelynn Rines, Aaron Schanck, Kianna Sousa, Abigail Stevens, Michael Strom, Chen Wendy Wang, Hongyi Billy Wu, Kazuma Yamamoto, Tian Zhang, Siqi Veronica Zhu

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Hayden Caldwell, Richard Hallowell, Caitlin McKenney, Angela Waskewicz, Mykayla Weinstein

Grade 9 High Honors: Sylvia Andersen, Seth Bussell, Nicholas Clark, Blake Dawes, Monica De Leon Brumer, Jettah Files, Victoria Friend, Avery Gosselin, Anton Grigel, Margaret Hodgins, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Sarah Kelly, Cheyanne Laythe, Josie Libby, Audrey McCannell, Evan J Shaw, Arica Taylor, Samuel Tilton, Xuanyou Jane Zhou

Grade 9 Honors: Destinee Duprey

MCI is pleased to announce the third quarter honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year:

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Julia Bluhm, Alexis Caldwell, Abigail DeSchiffart, Joshua Figuereo, Amanda Hays, Viktoria Klimkova, Hailey Stewart, Yingning Rill Ye

Grade 12 High Honors: Brianna Ballard, Aspen Bryson, MacKenzie Carbonneau, Mikayla Carr, Leah Carron, Hannah Cunningham, Minh Mai Thu Quinn Dang, Tyler DeViller, Xantal Dufrasne, Shelby Dunton, Dillon Fitts, Sophia Flynn, Vu Yen Linh Ho, Hannah Holtsclaw, Bailey Huff, Joseph Knox, Miranda Kuespert, Taylor Leavitt, Xinxiao Frank Liu, Yitong Anna Liu, Curtis McLeod, Jorge Miralles, Braden Monteyro, Uyen Thanh Pham, Ellis Reuter, Logan Rollins, Kristen Shute, Mina Sibalic, Charles Stock, Shamira Tanguay, Phuong Le Nam Thai, Nathanael Tilton, Gregory Vigue, Diyun DiDi Wang, Katherine Welch, Hengjiali Curi Xu, Emma Zerba, Jialiang Michael Zhang, Irina Zhikharevich, Jiahui Zoey Zuo

Grade 12 Honors: Olivia Wright

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Carter Richmond

Grade 11 High Honors: Benjamin Arsenault, Hayden Boreham, Mikahla Brochu, Emily Brownstein, Joshua Buker, Noah Carpenter, Junming Harry Hong, Lanqing Cathy Huang, Marshall Lawler, Seth Mason, Dakota Patterson, Aidan Peacock, Carter Pearl, Emily Richmond, Brayden Rollins, Ryan Sigston, Jessica Smith, Brandon Stevens, Charlie Swift, Jie Tao, Elizabeth Thibodeau, Riley Trafton, Breanna True, An Emily Truc Song Van, Hunter Wintle, Jiashu David Yue

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Jiedi Jayson Chen, Meghan Cookson, Olivia Durkee, Hannah Folan, Makayla Guerette, Allison Hughes, Abigail Monteyro, Aaron Schanck, Anna Simeone, Micaela Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Li Aaron Tian, Devon Varney, Caroline Vigue, Sarah Welch, Hongyi Billy Wu

Grade 10 High Honors: Adam Bertrand, Eva Bickford, Blake Burrill, Jalen Chen, Chelsea Degenhardt, Samantha Dunton, Qi Priest Feng, Madison Fitts, Clair Gerry, Ciera Hamlin, Cassidy Hamm, Benjamin Kennedy, Gabriel Lessing, Yijie Li, Paige Lord, April McAlpine, Connor Miholovich, Sydney Morton, Maxine Piatt, PJ Plummer, Kianna Sousa, Abigail Stevens, Hannah Switzer, Sarah Trimarchi, Chen Wendy Wang, Addi Williams

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Hayden Caldwell, Avery Gosselin, Margaret Hodgins, Caitlin McKenney, Megan Simeone, Arica Taylor, Mykayla Weinstein

Grade 9 High Honors: Sylvia Andersen, Monique Brown, Christa Carr, Nicholas Clark, Blake Dawes, Katelyn DeViller, Destinee Duprey, Jettah Files, Victoria Friend, Anton Grigel, Richard Hallowell, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Sarah Kelly, Josie Libby, Audrey McCannell, Ryan Paradis, Deangeliz Urena, Shengkaibo Arthur Wang, Angela Waskewicz, Liana Waskewicz, Xuanyou Jane Zhou

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