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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

Maine Central Institute has announced its top students from the Class of 2016. The top ranking is based solely on grade point average.

Abigail DeSchiffart, the valedictorian for the Class of 2016, has been a member of Bossov Ballet Theatre, the National Honor Society, Destination Imagination, the Key Club and Student Ambassadors Club. In addition, DeSchiffart was awarded the Distinguished Delegate and Diplomacy Awards through her participation in the Model UN and was a finalist in the National Chemistry Olympiad (top ten in the state). She has served as vice president for the Class of 2016 for the past two years, as well as an honors prefect in the dormitory and a teaching assistant for chemistry classes. DeSchiffart is the daughter of Joanna and Tim DeSchiffart of Cherryfield, Maine.

Salutatorian Gregory Vigue is a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball all four years at MCI and serving as captain of football and basketball his senior year. In addition, he has been a member of the National Honor Society, Student Leadership Committee, Key Club, the Philanthropy Council, Captains' Club and the Student Council. Vigue has served also as a peer tutor and student mentor as well as Class President. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014. He is the son of Emily and Andi Vigue of Pittsfield.

Julia Bluhm 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. Bluhm is a member of the National Honor Society and was MCI's first-ever student Patterson Lecture Series speaker. She has served on the Girls' Advisory Board for Healthy Girls Hardy Women and is a dedicated blogger at SPARK Movement. She has been the keynote speaker at the Girls' Coalition of Pittsburgh, the National Eating Disorder Association's Teen Conference, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative conference and TEDx. Bluhm is the daughter of Mary Beiter and Robert Bluhm, both of Waterville.

Hailey Stewart has been a four-year member of the soccer and softball teams, serving as captain both her junior and senior years. In addition, Stewart has been a member of the Kindness Krew, Captains' Club, National Honor Society and Ski Club. Stewart is the daughter of Heather and Tony Stewart of Pittsfield.

Minh Mai Thu (Quinn) Dang has been a member of MCI's Math Team where she earned several awards including third place in division B (Eastern Maine), fourth place in division C (State of Maine) and third highest scorer in the league. She is the founder and president of the Physics and Astronomy Club and a member of the tennis and JV basketball teams. She is the daughter of Mai Thi Thu Hien and Hoai Giang Dang of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Yingning (Rill) Ye has been a member of the Art Club, Masardis Club, Key Club and Cultural Diversity Club. She has also served as a student ambassador. Ye is the daughter of Xin Chen and Huisheng Ye of Wenzhou, China.

Jialiang (Michael) Zhang has been a member of the Math Team, Ping-Pong Club, Cultural Diversity Club and Physics and Astronomy Club. He is the son of Xiaoxia Liang and Mingguang Zhang of Baotou, China.

Leah Carron has been a member of the Key Club, Student Council, Class Council, Science Outing Club, Student Leadership Committee, National Honor Society and Outdoor Adventure Club. She has been very involved with music as a member of the Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz and Combo I groups. In addition, Carron won first place in the esteemed Manson Essay competition her junior year. Carron is the daughter of Cynthia and Eric Carron of Detroit.

Alexis Caldwell has been a four-year member of the field hockey and softball teams, serving as a captain of field hockey her senior year. She has also been a member of Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, National Honor Society, the Kindess Krew, Captains' Club, Philanthropy Council, Junior Class Leadership Council and the Senior Class Leadership Council. She served as the treasurer for her class during her junior year and has also organized the school-wide Play 4 the Cure fundraiser. Caldwell is the daughter of Shandrea and Matt Caldwell of Pittsfield.

Diyun (Didi) Wang has been a member of Bossov Ballet Theatre, the Kindness Krew, Cultural Diversity Club, and National Honor Society. She is the vice president of the Paper Art Club, a peer tutor for the Math Department and also serves as a dorm prefect. Wang is the daughter of GuoLai Feng and ShiXin Wang of Shanghai, China.

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