Maine Central Institute is pleased to announce that educational consultant and former MCI Headmaster Douglas C. Cummings will be this year's commencement speaker.
Doug Cummings joined the consulting firm of Educators' Collaborative as a Partner in July of 2014. Educators' Collaborative serves as counsel to independent schools internationally in the areas of governance, strategic planning, administrative audits and functionality, executive and leadership team coaching and executive searches. Prior to joining EC, Doug served as Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England from 2004-2014.
Before ISANNE, Doug was the Head of School at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine from 1986-2004. During that time the school worked diligently to enhance its working relationship with SAD #53 as well as redeveloping its boarding program from a primarily PG program to a residential community made up mostly of students in grades 9-12. During Cummings' tenure, the Maine Department of Education identified the school as a RE-LEARNING school for its commitment to integrating essential life-long skills into its academic curriculum and its integration of technology into the teaching and learning experience for all students. Also during Cummings' tenure at MCI the Wright Family Gymnasium and the Chuck and Helen Cianchette Math and Science Center were constructed.
Prior to MCI, Cummings served as the Assistant Head of School at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine for 5 years and for 4 years as a teacher and coach at Penobscot Valley H.S in Howland, Maine. During his 39 years of work in the world of education he has served as a member of the Executive Committee and President of the Maine Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). He has also served on the Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) chairing many accreditation teams throughout NE working in conjunction with NEASC in the training of visiting committee professionals. Most recently he served on the Executive Committee of the Independent Schools Association Network (ISAnet) an organization committed to association service to independent schools nationally.
MCI's Commencement will take place Sunday, June 5 at noon on the Boutelle Savage Front Campus (rain site: Wright Gymnasium). For more information, please call (207) 487-5915.
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.
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, Sophia Flynn, Elijah Harvey, Hannah Holtsclaw, Yeoung-Jin John Kim, Viktoria Klimkova, Jiachun Maya Li, 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, Diyun Wang, 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."