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

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Jung Hyun Jennie Bae, Abigail Bernier, Maria Carvallo, Aidan Peacock, Carter Richmond, Brayden Rollins

Grade 12 High Honors: Gabrielle Benedetto, Jody Bickford, Kunyi Max Chang, Zachary Erving, Lanqing Cathy Huang, Amber King, Alexey Krechko, Marshall Lawler, John Linkletter, Chelsea Lydem, Keely Manzo, Carter Pearl, Sebastian Peill- Meininghaus, Thuy Thi Phuong Phan, Emily Richmond, Charlie Swift, Jie Lyndon Tao, Elizabeth Thibodeau, Hunter Wintle

Grade 12 Honors: Seth Mason, Aaron Noonan

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Meghan Cookson, Clair Gerry, Quanyin Hank He, Allison Hughes, Jinsu Jang, Abigail Monteyro, Aaron Schanck, Anna Simeone, Micaela Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Sarah Welch

Grade 11 High Honors: Eva Bickford, Chon Hou Chan, Yu Jack Chen, Olivia Durkee, Qi Priest Feng, Madison Fitts, Hannah Folan, Pablo Garcia Atienza, Cassidy Hamm, Nicholas Howard, Haiyi Hoiyi Huang, Benjamin Kennedy, Hyunjin Kim, Sarah Kossowan, April McAlpine, Xingzhi Tony Mei, Connor Miholovich, Thanh Phat John Nguyen, Maxine Piatt, Li Aaron Tian, Caroline Vigue, Linda Vrbova, Chen Wendy Wang, Addi Williams, Tian Zhang, Qingyi Connie Zhu, Siqi Veronica Zhu

Grade 11 Honors: Ciera Hamlin

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Maia Blake, Hayden Caldwell, Son Hai Dao, Blake Dawes, Avery Gosselin, Margaret Hodgins, Duy Bao Huynh, Jesse Kulynych Griffith, Quynh Trang Jessie Nguyen, Elisabeth Parker, Yangkaiqi Kitty Ren, Astrud Robichaud, Kyra Rosenberg, Angel Torrado Alvarez, Bao Dang Hung Pegasus Tran, Viet Tuan Harry Van, Mykayla Weinstein, Kendrah Willey

Grade 10 High Honors: Janghyun Jett Baek, Christa Carr, Brianna Cates, Nicholas Clark, Lily DeGrasse, Destinee Duprey, Jettah Files, Tyler Gaouette, Matthew Glidden, Madison Hallee, Richard Hallowell, Xiaohan Richard Hou, Ziyang Henry Huang, Alana Isabelle, Jada Jensen, Sarah Kelly, Josie Libby, Xinyu JoJo Ma, Audrey McCannell, Caitlin McKenney, Helen O Brien, Zeyu Jerry Peng, Lorna Pinet, Tucker Sharples, Nan Kevin Shen, Matthew Singh, Anna Smith, Johnathan Swift, Fuyu Simon Tian, Shengkaibo Arthur Wang, Angela Waskewicz, Liana Waskewicz, Xun Octavia Zhao

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Olivia Allen, Makaila Bailey, Tabyr Briggs, Dyllon Dunton, Gabriel Howes, Grace Linkletter, Riley Max, Erin Nolan, Ava Patterson, Alexis Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Ethan Varney, Kylie Woodman, Alexander Yan

Grade 9 High Honors: Bartianna Brown, Carrie Burr, Leah Bussell, Vivian Duncombe, Jillian Frost, Taylor Gallway, Sean Higgins, Emily Linkletter, Sara Linkletter, Amanda Neas, Hannah Peacock, Abigeal Shea, Tony Stewart, Eva Walden, Yuxin Jennifer Wen, Mallory Whitley

Grade 9 Honors: Amelia Rhoda

Maine Central Institute will hold its Distinguished Achievement Award induction ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. on MCI's Boutelle Savage Front Campus. This year's recipients are MCI alumnae Jill McGowan of Falmouth, Maine and Jolene McGowan of Portland, Maine.

Jill McGowan '78 founded her clothing company, Jill McGowan, Inc., in 1994 with a series of white shirts. This line was inspired by Jill's work as a patternmaker for the famed menswear manufacture, Hathaway. After comparing her work on men's shirts to women's clothing of equal price, she recognized the genuine need to improve the standard of women's clothing. Jill's shirts and seasonal collections are now available in over 200 specialty stores around the country and her work has been featured in several publications including Women's Wear Daily, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, Victoria, Real Simple, Rescue and more magazines, and the online fashion site Daily Candy. Jill has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and Martha has blogged about her visit to the studio. Her shirts have been worn in many feature length films, and the television shows SportsNight, What Not To Wear and Martha Stewart. Jill McGowan was selected as one of the fashion innovators for the television show, Main Floor, sponsored by Cotton, Inc.

Jolene '76 joined Jill McGowan, Inc. in 2000 after working nine years with L.L. Bean where she specialized in public and community relations. Jolene is Jill's partner at Jill McGowan, Inc. and is responsible for all sales and marketing. Jolene also writes a bimonthly column in the Portland Press Herald, called Port City Post. She is an Advisory Board member of Bates Dance Festival and for many years worked and performed in Portland's Arts community.

Maine Central Institute's Distinguished Achievement Award was developed in 2002 for the purpose of honoring those alumni/ae and friends (faculty/staff) of Maine Central Institute who either achieved excellence while at MCI or who went on to achieve excellence after graduating or departing MCI.

The cost of the ceremony is $15 per person and includes dinner. Immediately following the ceremony, the Alumni Association will host the annual Alumni Summer Sno-Ball. To register, please go online to www.mci-school.org/reunion or contact the MCI Advancement Office at (207) 487-5915.

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 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/.

PHOTO

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.

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