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

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Julia Bluhm, Alexis Caldwell, Abigail DeSchiffart, Amanda Hays, Taylor Leavitt, Shamira Tanguay, Gregory Vigue, Hengjiali Curi Xu, Yingning Rill Ye, Jialiang Michae Zhang

Grade 12 High Honors: Brianna Ballard, Aspen Bryson, MacKenzie Carbonneau, Mikayla Carr, Leah Carron, Yanming Jerry Chen, Dennis Corson, Hannah Cunningham, Tyler DeViller, Xantal Dufrasne, Joshua Figuereo, Dillon Fitts, Elijah Harvey, Hannah Holtsclaw, Yeoung-Jin John Kim, Viktoria Klimkova, Jiaqi Chris Liu, Xinxiao Frank Liu, Yitong Anna Liu, Maria Martinez Naya, Emily McAlpine, Brandon McKenna, Curtis McLeod, Anna Meomutli, Braden Monteyro, Uyen Thanh Pham, Konstantin Pribylov, Logan Rollins, Leone Sbernadori, Kristen Shute, Mina Sibalic, Michael Steeves, Hailey Stewart, Phuong Le Nam Thai, Nathanael Tilton, Katherine Welch, Zixiong Vincent Zhou, Jiahui Zoey Zuo
Grade 12 Honors: Alex Bertrand

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Marshall Lawler, Carter Pearl, Carter Richmond, Jessica Smith

Grade 11 High Honors: Ryanne Bane, Gabrielle Benedetto, Abigail Bernier, Jody Bickford, Hayden Boreham, Ophelia Brooks, Joshua Buker, Kaisheng Helios Chen, Shawna Davis, Hanyu Celia Deng, Jinfeng Ding, Lindsey Eldredge, Emily Ford, Lanqing Cathy Huang, Amber King, Alexei Krechko, Jacklyn Larochelle, John Linkletter, Negina Lowe, Seth Mason, Jiajun Kiri Mo, Summer Moody, Clark Morrison, Aidan Peacock, Sebastian Peill-Meininghaus, Edgar Alejandro Recancoj Pajarez, Emily Richmond, Brayden Rollins, Ryan Sigston, Emillie Singh, Brandon Stevens, Veljko Stojanovic, Jie Lyndon Tao, Elizabeth Thibodeau, Breanna True, An Emily Truc Song Van, Hunter Wintle, Qingyi Yang, Jiashu David Yue, Jianping Kol Zhang

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Meghan Cookson, Olivia Churchill Durkee, Benjamin Kennedy, Connor Miholovich, Abigail Monteyro, Brianna Peill Meininghaus, Anna Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Li Aaron Tian, Devon Varney, Caroline Vigue, Tian Zhang

Grade 10 High Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Eva Bickford, Jiedi Jayson Chen, Mercedes-Lee Cote, Samantha Dunton, Madison Fitts, Hannah Folan, Clair Gerry, Kasandra Grover, Makayla Guerette, Ciera Hamlin, Cassidy Hamm, Margot Hopkins, Allison Hughes, Paige Lord, Sydney Morton, Hoang Loc Randy Nguyen, Mohammad Saleh Niayesh, Aiden Nolan, Maxine Piatt, Michaela Piatt, Joshua Rader, Katelynn Rines, Aaron Schanck, Chenlei Susan Shu, Kianna Sousa, Abigail Stevens, Sarah Trimarchi, Sarah Welch, Addi Williams, Hongyi Billy Wu

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Hayden Caldwell, Blake Dawes, Avery Gosselin, Richard Hallowell, Margaret Hodgins, Caitlin McKenney, Arica Taylor, Mykayla Weinstein

Grade 9 High Honors: Sylvia Andersen, Duncan Boreham, Christa Carr, Nicholas Clark, Monica De Leon Brumer, Jettah Files, Victoria Friend, Anton Grigel, Madisyn Hartley, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Jada Jensen, Sarah Kelly, Josie Libby, Audrey McCannell, Tessa Murphy, Daniel Neal, Oscar Sanchez Morales, Tucker Sharples, Evan Shaw, Deangeliz Urena, Angela Waskewicz, Liana Waskewicz, Andrew Whitaker

Congratulations to Abigail DeSchiffart '16 and William Wescott '16 for being named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program! About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Maine Central Institute is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School award for its athletics and activities program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

"Maine Central Institute is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players," said MCI's Head Athletic Trainer Kyle Gilson.

"We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports," says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. "This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur."

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Maine Central Institute did, athletic programs must do the following:

• Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
• Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
• Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
• Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
• Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
• Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
• Provide or facilitate injury intervention
• Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
• Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
• Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

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Maine Central Institute announces the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year:

Grade 12 Highest Honors: David Andrejsin, Felicity Audet, Abigail Bergdoll, Giorgia Casali, Ryan Engelhardt, Kate-Lynn George, Lanie Howes, Alexis LaMarre, Chau Hoang Quynh Annie Nguyen, Vuong Bill Nguyen, Hoa Le Thai Harry Pham, Minh Nguyen Nhat Tran, Thao Thi Phuong Sam Vu

Grade 12 High Honors: Ashley Alton, Arianna Bellavista, Eliana Bergdoll, Wesley Burton, Mona Bussell, Hjalte Christiansen, Gavin Dugas, Ethan Duplisea, Slade Emery, Isabella Enriquez, Jamin Gerry, Phu Hai Ha, Mitchell Hallee, Thong Minh Mike Ho, Katie Hughes, Chenhao Ju, Kiersten Klein, Rachel Lanzikos, Jessica Leibowitz, Cassidy McGinnis, Cassandra Miller, Tyler Peppard, Quan Peter Qi, Jonathan Santiago, Lien My Sana Tran, Luis Vega, Maddison Whittington, Yangyang Torres Zhou

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Julia Bluhm, Leah Carron, Minh Mai Thu Quinn Dang, Abigail DeSchiffart, Sophia Flynn, Amanda Hays, Vu Yen Linh Ho, Jiachun Maya Li, Xinxiao Frank Liu, Yitong Anna Liu, Evgeniia Marina, Braden Monteyro, Hailey Stewart, Gregory Vigue, Diyun DiDi Wang, Hengjiali Curi Xu, Yingning Ye, Jialiang Michae Zhang

Grade 11 High Honors: Harmony Austin, Brianna Ballard, Courtney Barker, Alex Bertrand, Tierra Bianchi, Alexis Caldwell, Xantal Dufrasne, Dillon Fitts, Taylor Hall, Ning Polly Liu, Anna Meomutli, Konstantin Pribylov, Sarah Schissler, Phuong Le Nam Thai, Kala Wentworth, Olivia Wright, Yuhao Jason Ying, Irina Zhikharevich, Zixiong Vincent Zhou, Guanxing Chris Zhu, Jiahui Zoey Zuo

Grade 11 Honors: Dennis Corson

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Abigail Bernier, Hayden Boreham, Jinfeng Ding, Marshall Lawler, Carter Pearl, Brayden Rollins, Hunter Wintle

Grade 10 High Honors: Jacob Baker, Lindsey Eldredge, Georgy Gvilava, Georgy Khvtisavrishvili, Alexei Krechko, Jacklyn Larochelle, Keely Manzo, Seth Mason, Kyle Patton, Sebastian Peill-Meininghaus, Jack Reed, Carter Richmond, Emily Richmond, Dylan Schlipstein, Ryan Sigston, Emillie Singh, Jessica Smith, Brandon Stevens, Molly Therrien, Elizabeth Thibodeau, Qili Chris Xu, Qingyi Yang, Shengyi Young Yang

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Olivia Churchill Durkee, Allison Hughes, Connor Miholovich, Abigail Monteyro, Maxine Piatt, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Jillian Wacker

Grade 9 High Honors: Eva Bickford, Jalen Chen, Meghan Cookson, Clair Gerry, Makayla Guerette, Ciera Hamlin, Margot Hopkins, April McAlpine, Sydney Morton, Michaela Piatt, PJ Plummer, Chenlei Susan Shu, Kianna Sousa, Sarah Trimarchi, Caroline Vigue, Sarah Welch, Addi Williams, Tian Zhang

Grade 9 Honors: Nicholas Howard

Maine Central Institute has announced its top students from the Class of 2015. The top ranking is based solely on grade point average.

Felicity Audet, the valedictorian for the Class of 2015, has been a member of Bossov Ballet Theatre for four years. As part of BBT, she has danced several principal roles and also teaches the beginners' ballet class. Audet was a member of the Science Outing Club, Diversity Club, Drama Club and serves as the secretary for the Class of 2015. She received the American Society of Women Engineers Award, the AP Scholar Award and placed second in the esteemed Manson Essay Competition. In her junior year, Audet founded "Attitude! Art Taking a Position," a student group that uses their art to serve and support the community. Audet is the daughter of Elizabeth and Denis Audet of Pittsfield.

Co-Salutatorian Lanie Howes has been a member of the Key Club, Kindness Krew, Student Leadership Committee, Science Outing Club and National Honor Society. She has also participated in Bossov Ballet Theatre as well as 4-H and Hardy Girls, Healthy Women. In addition, Howes has been a passionate supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising thousands of dollars to grant wishes. As a result Howes won the New England Youth in Philanthropy Award her junior year. She is the daughter of Beth and Michael Howes of Athens.

Cassandra Miller tied Lanie Howes for second place (Co-Salutatorian) ranking. She has been a member of the field hockey, basketball, outdoor track and softball teams, serving as captain of field hockey both her junior and senior years. In addition, Miller is a four-year member of the band/pep band, Student Council and Key Club, where she served as secretary her junior and senior years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Captains Club, Kindness Krew, and Student Leadership Committee. Miller is the daughter of Anne and Edward Miller of Pittsfield.

Katie Hughes has been a four-year member of the Key Club as well as the field hockey, basketball and track and field teams, serving as president of Key Club and captain of field hockey and track both her junior and senior years. In addition, Hughes served as the vice president of her class her senior year. She was also a member of the indoor track and field team as well as the 2015 Class Council, the Kindness Krew, the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Student Leadership Committee and the Science Outing Club. She is also very involved with the Music Department as a member of the chorus, chamber choir, concert band, pep band and jazz combo 2. Hughes is the daughter of Nancy and Greg Hughes of Pittsfield.

Eliana Bergdoll is a four-year member of the soccer and track and field teams, serving as captain of the soccer team her junior and senior years. In addition, she has competed on the CMU Travel Soccer Team and the Indoor Soccer League and has served as a teaching assistant for MCI's physical education classes. Bergdoll has also been a member of the Kindness Krew, National Honor Society, Science Outing Club, Key Club, Student Leadership Society and Student Council. She is the daughter of Evelyn and James Bergdoll of Burnham.

Abigail Bergdoll has been a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, Student Leadership Committee, Science Outing Club, and acted as a group leader for the Kindness Krew. She served as a peer tutor and mentor her senior year and was a regional finalist in the national Poetry Out Loud competition her junior year. In addition, Bergdoll competed on both the indoor and outdoor track teams and was a captain of the cross country team all four years at MCI. She is the daughter of Evelyn and James Bergdoll of Burnham.

Desai Chu has been a member of the tennis and soccer teams. He founded the Rocketry Team and is the captain of both Rocketry and the Math Teams. He has also been a member of the Student Council, the Model UN, the Student Ambassador Club, and serves as a dorm prefect as well as the treasurer for the Class of 2015. In addition, Chu won first place in the esteemed Manson Essay competition his junior year. He is the son of Zhenyan Li and Maoming Chu of Beijing, China.

Alexis LaMarre has been a member of the concert choir and chamber choir all four years at MCI, serving as soprano section leader her junior and senior years. She has also been a member of vocal jazz, earning the Outstanding Performance Award at the Vocal Jazz State Competition her junior year. In addition, LaMarre has performed at Masardis Coffee House evenings and was a member of the Drama, Model UN and Creative Writing Clubs. She was a member of the Math, JV basketball and cheerleading teams and served as a peer tutor her senior year. LaMarre is the daughter of Melanie LaMarre and Steven LaMarre, both of Pittsfield.

Jamin Gerry has been a member of the Go Green Club, the Ping-Pong Club and the Outdoor Adventure Team. He also serves a peer tutor for the Humanities Department. Gerry is the son of Melissa and Samuel Gerry of Detroit.

Kate-Lynn George has been a member of the field hockey, indoor track and softball teams, serving as captain for all three. She was also a member of the Student Council, Key Club, Student Leadership Committee, Kindness Krew, College Aspirations Club and the National Honor Society. She has also been a peer mentor and served as the president of the Senior Class. In addition, George has organized the School's participation in the "Play 4 the Cure" fundraiser for the past two years. She is the daughter of Tammy and Stephen George of Pittsfield.

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