Spotlight on Excellence
There are many reasons to support MCI. Below are examples of some of our exceptional students who shine brightly at MCI.
Meet Kendrah Willey of Pittsfield, Maine. Kendrah has big goals. She wants to attend college. Major in Pre-Med. Enroll in medical school for obstetrics and gynecology. She wants to be a doctor. “I want to go into medicine because I love science and I want to help people.”
A high honors student, Kendrah is most proud of being a 2018 Manson Essay Finalist. She is Student Council President, in National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Leadership Committee, Philanthropy Council, Class Council, Kindness Krew, and the Outdoor Adventure Club. Kendrah plays the saxophone; has participated in Ella Night, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Combo, Pep Band, and Kennebec Valley Honors Band. Kendrah plays varsity softball, works two jobs, and during the 2017-18 school year, she completed over 70 hours of community service.
Kendrah has big goals. Her goals are our goals. When you support the MCI Annual Fund, you help us support students like Kendrah. Your gift makes MCI stronger.
Meet Hayden Caldwell of Pittsfield, Maine. Hayden has big goals. A successful academic and athletic experience in college. Earn a master’s degree. A career in sports management, combining his love of athletics and leadership. “I never want to look back and have any regrets or feel that I never gave it my all. I’ve always tried to lead by example through hard work.”
Hayden is a leader at MCI. President of the student Philanthropy Council. Captain of the basketball, soccer and baseball teams. His grades qualify for Highest Honors. A member of National Honor Society, Class Council, Student Leadership Council, and the Kindness Krew. He won the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for Maine and was a Manson Essay finalist in 2018. He received the Saint Michael’s Book Award scholarship, and an Academic Excellence Award for leadership and for Advance Placement Physics.
Hayden is an active volunteer in the Pittsfield Community, working at Recreation Department sports clinics, tutoring students at the Vickery School (grades 1-4), and helping with preschoolers at Manson Park School. Hayden is job shadowing the assistant athletic director at Thomas College in Waterville, gaining valuable experience and skills in the field he wants to pursue after college. He also works for his family business mowing lawns and plowing snow.
Hayden has big goals. His goals are our goals. When you support the MCI Annual Fund, you help us support students like Hayden. Your gift makes MCI stronger.
Meet Christa Carr of Pittsfield, Maine. Christa has big goals. A three sport athlete, she wants to be an athletic trainer at the collegiate or professional level, perhaps for a ballet company. She understands the importance of training for peak performance, whether it’s on a stage, field, or court. Christa was the Class C Track State Champion for girls shot put in 2017 and a member of two State Champion Field Hockey teams. Christa credits track for teaching her to make goals, work hard for them, take pride in her accomplishments, but never settles. Christa has been involved in Girl Scouts for 13 years. Scouting has provided her with leadership and outdoor experience and problem solving skills. “Through Scouting, I have helped many girls learn to believe in themselves.” Christa earned a Silver Award in Girl Scouts and is working toward her Gold Award, the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts. “I’m always willing to lend a hand to help or listen if a person just needs to talk. Leaders take control when needed. I can come up with a solution fast and put a plan into action. I think for myself and I create a path for others to follow.”
Christa is an honors student, a member of National Honor Society, and the Visual and Performing Arts Society for both drama and music. Christa is captain of the Field Hockey, Basketball and Track teams, a member of the Indoor Track team, and is active in the Drama Club and Jazz Band. She has received awards from the College of the Atlantic and Wells College.
Christa has big goals. Her goals are our goals. When you support the MCI Annual Fund, you help us support students like Christa. Your gift makes MCI stronger.
Meet Pedro de Roberto Fernandes from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pedro has big goals. A high honors student, he wants to study engineering in college to become an electrical engineer like his dad. Pedro takes as many Advanced Placement math and science classes as he can. Teachers who make difficult subjects fun and engaging are his favorites: “Humor relieves a lot of the stress of being a student.”
Pedro is a three-sport athlete at MCI: soccer, basketball, and tennis. During his first season on the tennis team, Pedro went on to compete in the Maine Principals’ Association’s State Singles Championship last spring, breaking a 23-year drought for MCI’s tennis program. Pedro looks forward to another winning tennis season next spring.
A self-proclaimed extrovert, Pedro wants to help new international students acclimate to the MCI community. He volunteered to help the Summer Orientation Language Intensive program in August. “I want new students to be as comfortable and successful at MCI as I have been.”
Pedro has big goals. His goals are our goals. When you support the MCI Annual Fund, you help us support the goals of all students. Your gift makes MCI stronger.