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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.

MCI is thrilled to announce this year's Hall of Fame recipients, Robert Libby '48, Anna Maria Parker '66 and Peter Williams (posthumous), as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, Beverly Breau '52! Join us in celebrating their many achievements and contributions to our community at our ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Friday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m.



MCI is pleased to announce the third quarter honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year:

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Felicity Audet, Abigail Bergdoll, Giorgia Casali, Ryan Engelhardt, Jamin Gerry, Lanie Howes, Vuong Bill Nguyen, Hoa Le Thai Harry Pham, Minh Nguyen Nhat Tran, Thao Thi Phuong Sam Vu

Grade 12 High Honors: Ashley Alton, David Andrejsin, Arianna Bellavista, Eliana Bergdoll, Wesley Burton, Mona Bussell, Hjalte Christiansen, Desai Chu, Nicholas Deckert, Gavin Dugas, Ethan Duplisea, Slade Emery, Gavrielle Enriquez,Isabella Enriquez, Kate-Lynn George, Phu Hai Ha, Mitchell Hallee, Alex Harvey, Eric Hathaway, Thong Minh Mike Ho, Katie Hughes, Chenhao Ju, Kiersten Klein, Alexis LaMarre, Rachel Lanzikos, Jessica Leibowitz, Cassandra Miller, Sage Nash, Chau Hoang Quynh Annie Nguyen, Son Dang Nguyen, Quan Peter Qi, Lien My Sana Tran, Natashia Turner, Aubrey Whisnant, Maddison Whittington

Grade 12 Honors: James Hall, Justin Roderick

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Julia Bluhm, Alexis Caldwell, Leah Carron, Minh Mai Thu Quinn Dang, Abigail DeSchiffart, Sophia Flynn,Amanda Hays, Vu Yen Linh Ho, Hailey Stewart, Phuong Le Nam Thai, Gregory Vigue

Grade 11 High Honors: Brianna Ballard, Courtney Barker, Alex Bertrand, Tierra Bianchi, MacKenzie Carbonneau, Dillon Fitts, Mia Fox, Jiachun Maya Li, Jiaqi Chris Liu, Xinxiao Frank Liu, Yitong Anna Liu, Evgeniia Marina, Curtis McLeod, Anna Meomutli, Braden Monteyro, Konstantin Pribylov, Ellis Reuter, Shamira Tanguay, Diyun Wang, Olivia Wright,Hengjiali Curi Xu, Yingning Ye, Yuhao Jason Ying, Jialiang Michae Zhang, Irina Zhikharevich, Zixiong Vincent Zhou

Grade 11 Honors: Dennis Corson, Shelby Dunton

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Abigail Bernier, Lindsey Eldredge, Carter Pearl, Emily Richmond, Brayden Rollins, Hunter Wintle

Grade 10 High Honors: Ryanne Bane, Hayden Boreham, Jinfeng Ding, Georgy Gvilava, Alexei Krechko, Jacklyn Larochelle, Marshall Lawler, Keely Manzo, Seth Mason, Summer Moody, Clark Morrison, Kyle Patton, Aidan Peacock, Sebastian Peill-Meininghaus, Carter Richmond, Ryan Sigston, Emillie Singh, Jessica Smith, Molly Therrien, Elizabeth Thibodeau, Angel Treadway, Breanna True, Qili Chris Xu, Shengyi Young Yang

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Abigail Monteyro, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Jillian Wacker

Grade 9 High Honors: Eva Bickford, Jalen Chen, Meghan Cookson, Samantha Dunton, Olivia Durkee, Madison Fitts, Clair Gerry,Nicholas Howard, Allison Hughes, Benjamin Kennedy, Sarah Kossowan, Caleb Lary, April McAlpine, Connor Miholovich, Sydney Morton, Aiden Nolan, Maxine Piatt, Michaela Piatt, PJ Plummer, Aaron Schanck, Abigail Stevens, Sarah Trimarchi, Caroline Vigue, Sarah Welch, Addi Williams, Tian Zhang

Maine Central Institute has scheduled a Community Service Day on Wednesday, June 10. Projects will include yard work, trash pick-up, painting, and other activities. More than 500 students, faculty and staff will participate in projects throughout Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. The day will continue MCI's long-standing tradition of community service.

Organizations and individuals in Burnham, Pittsfield and Detroit can reserve project time for Community Service Day by emailing or calling Scott at sgiallombardo@mci-school.org or 487-3355 ext. 190 or Nancy at nhughes@mci-school.org or 487-3355 ext. 164. The deadline to reserve project time is Friday, May 15.

Cassandra Miller of Pittsfield, a senior at Maine Central Institute, has been selected to receive the 2015 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.

"Cassie has demonstrated during her four years at Maine Central Institute a remarkable progression and growth in all areas of school life," Hopkins noted in presenting the award to Miller. "Her character and hard work have resulted in outstanding academic and athletic success. She demonstrates unfailing kindness towards others combined with a tenacity and competitiveness that come not at the expense of others but rather serve to inspire them. She is the quintessential servant-leader, devoting selfless time to support her peers, guide and encourage younger students and athletes, and she has assumed some of the highest leadership positions at MCI not by seeking them for personal gain or attention but because the adults and students in the community respond so eagerly to the example she sets."

Miller is one of the top ten students in her class. 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.

Miller, Hopkins and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler. Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association.

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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