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Grade 12 Highest Honors:

Yuxin Bai, Meghan Cookson, Olivia Durkee, Jose Porras, Vojtech Filipi, Hannah Folan, Allison Hughes, Sarah Kossowan, Abigail Monteyro, Anna Simeone, Micaela Simeone, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Vasilije Vojvodic, Sarah Welch.

Grade 11 Highest Honors:

Maia Blake, Hayden Caldwell, Christa Carr, Daniel Garamvolgyi, Richard Hallowell, Duy Bao Huynh, Caitlin McKenney, Astrud Robichaud, Kyra Rosenberg.

Grade 10 Highest Honors:

Olivia Allen, Carrie Burr, Dyllon Dunton, Sean Higgins, Sara Linkletter, Riley Max, Erin Nolan, Hannah Peacock, Alexis Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Ethan Varney, Eva Walden, Kylie Woodman, Alexander Yan.

Grade 9 Highest Honors:

Emma Carter, Emelyn Hatch, Natalie Hodgins, Udomsuk Arm Manawongsakul, Dawn Moss, Isabelle Picard, Annabel Street.

Grade 12 High Honors:

Eva Bickford, Samantha Dunton, Qi Priest Feng, Madison Fitts, Clair Gerry, Dimitrije Gutesa, Cassidy Hamm, Jonathan Hatch, Quanyin He, Taylor Hinton, Dzhesi Daniil Isaev, Jinsu Jang, Benjamin Kennedy, Hyunjin Kim, Paige Lord, April McAlpine, Connor Miholovich, Sydney Morton, Ngan Song Kim Nguyen, Thanh Phat Nguyen, Mohammad Saleh Niayesh, Maxine Piatt, Michaela Piatt, Karolina Pokorna, Katelynn Rines, Aaron Schanck, Kianna Sousa, Abigail Stevens, Nikki Stewart, Li Tian, Caroline Vigue, Addi Williams, Qingyi Zhu, Siqi Zhu.

Grade 11 High Honors:

Yalith Axelson, Janghyun Jett Baek, Kalista Bailey, Seth Bussell, Jiahao Chen, Xihua Chen, Nicholas Clark, Son Hai Dao, Blake Dawes, Pedro de Roberto Fernandes, Zachary Dodge, Destinee Duprey, Sydney Farrar, Jettah Files, Matthew Glidden, Avery Gosselin, Allysah Greene, Margaret Hodgins, Xiaohan Hou, Marius Iradukunda, Alana Isabelle, Sarah Kelly, Audrey McCannell, Lily Miller, Le Huy Nguyen, Quynh Trang Nguyen, Helen O Brien, Elisabeth Parker, Zeyu Peng, Lorna Pinet, Arsen Radojkovic, Jakub Sommer, Sean Staton, Arica Taylor, Thitipong Tengboonsawangsin, Bao Dang Hung Tran, Viet Tuan Van, Mykayla Weinstein, Kendrah Willey.

Grade 10 High Honors:

Huiling Ao, Makaila Bailey, Tabyr Briggs, Bartianna Brown, Danilo Dubljevic, Vivian Duncombe, Jillian Frost, Taylor Gallway, Gabriel Howes, Emily Linkletter, Lindsey Morse, Amanda Neas, Ronda O Brien, Inna Osetrova, Ava Patterson, dao duc Anh Pham, Maria Reed, Aijha Rizza, Abigeal Shea, Rylee Stock, Chisa Ueda, Jarica Wiles, Weixiang Wu, Xincong Yu.

Grade 9 High Honors:

Devin Chen, Asa Cianchette, Haleigh Foss, Ryan Friend, Emily Gould, Nicholas Greenleaf, Stefani Higgins, Malik Keresey, Lauren Lancaster, Olivia Lasselle, Mohammad Zacharia Niayesh, Adryanna Oliveira, Thomas Parker, Danika Stock, Seamus Walden, Darius Williams, Joel Wilson.

Honors:

Kylee Wilber (Grade 11), Owen Williams (Grade 10)

Devon Varney, a senior at Maine Central Institute, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal's Award, Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior's academic achievement and school citizenship.

"Devon is one of MCI's most engaged student leaders," commented Christopher J. Hopkins, Headmaster. "Along with his active participation in athletic and campus activities, Devon stands out for his academic excellence in music, art, and writing."

Devon is a member of the Student Council, Key Club, Kindness Krew, National Honor Society, and performed all four years in MCI's Vocal Jazz and Jazz bands. He has played soccer, football, basketball and track throughout his school career, serving as captain for three years on the soccer team. Devon is the son of Scott and Rochelle Varney of Pittsfield.

Varney, Hopkins and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the award of ten $1,000 scholarships.

The Principals' 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.

PITTSFIELD—The Maine Central Institute (MCI) Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Caravan, earned first place at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival on February 10, competing with several schools from throughout the country. Caravan performed "Taking A Chance On Love," "Undertow," and "American Tune," all arranged by Dean Neal, and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," which was arranged by Catherine Jensen-Hole. As winners, MCI student performers were asked to give the finale performance at the annual festival that was held at Hynes Auditorium in Boston, MA.

Noted Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins, "Each year that MCI participates in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, our students consistently provide impressive, award-winning performances. We are proud of our student achievements and our outstanding music program led by Dean Neal."

"The students were thrilled to perform in such a professional atmosphere," commented Dean Neal. "They continue to impress with their level of preparation and attention to detail. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with these fine people."

MCI vocalists Lily Miller '19 and Addi Williams '18 received "Outstanding Musicianship" awards in their classifications. MCI was one of 19 Maine schools that competed, and one of four schools from Maine to win at the festival. This year, 138 schools from 15 states sent bands and vocal ensembles to compete for scholarships to various Berklee summer programs.

Established in 1969, the Berklee High School Jazz Festival is the country's largest high school jazz competition. Free to the public, the event is held every February at Boston's Hynes Auditorium.

MCI (www.MCI-school.org) is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI enrollment includes day students from 14 Maine communities, and boarding students from six states and 18 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 18 sports teams and 40 clubs and activities. The school is known for its award-winning arts programs that include visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, which is a performing company and international pre-professional ballet school with instruction by former and current members of the Moscow Ballet. The School's sports programming is also strong. In the fall of 2017, the MCI Field Hockey team won the Class B State Championship and the Football team won the Class C State Championship.

For more information, please call (207) 487-5915.

Maine Central Institute announces the second quarter honor roll for the 2017-2018 school year.

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Meghan Cookson, Hannah Folan, Allison Hughes, Abigail Monteyro, Karolina Pokorna, Aaron Schanck, Anna Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney.

Grade 12 High Honors: Yuxin Isaac Bai, Kyra Baker, Peri Cianchette, Samantha Dunton,

Olivia Durkee, Jose Porras, Qi Priest Feng, Vojtech Filipi, Madison Fitts, Clair Gerry, Cassidy Hamm, Eric Harding, Taylor Hinton, Jinsu Jang, Benjamin Kennedy, Sarah Kossowan, Duy Xuan Duc Alex Le, Seng Lam Sam Loi, Paige Lord, Connor Miholovich, Thanh Phat John Nguyen, Mohammad Saleh Niayesh, Aiden Nolan, Maxine Piatt, Micaela Simeone, Kianna Sousa, Abigail Stevens, Li Aaron Tian, Sarah Trimarchi, Caroline Vigue, Vasilije Vojvodic, Sarah Welch, Addi Williams, Qingyi Connie Zhu, Siqi Veronica Zhu.

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Hayden Caldwell, Christa Carr, Caitlin McKenney, Elizabeth Parker, Astrud Robichaud.

Grade 11 High Honors: Sylvia Rose Andersen, Yalith Axelson, Janghyun Jett Baek, Kalista Bailey, Maia Blake, Nicholas Clark, Blake Dawes, Jettah Files, Victoria Friend, Tyler Gaouette, Daniel Garamvolgyi, Matthew Glidden, Avery Gosselin, Allysah Greene, Madison Hallee, Richard Hallowell, Margaret Hodgins, Duy Bao Huynh, Alana Isabelle, Sarah Kelly, Audrey McCannell, Le Huy Nguyen, Helen Alyss O'Brien, Zeyu Jerry Peng, Lorna Pinet, Kyra Rosenberg, Jakub Sommer, Thitipong Logan Tengboonsawangsin, Nathaniel Tolman, Viet Tuan Harry Van, Shengkaibo Arthur Wang, Mykayla Weinstein, Kendrah Willey.

Grade 11 Honors: Elise Rogers.

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Olivia Allen, Tabyr Briggs, Dyllon Dunton, Gabriel Howes, Riley Max, Erin Nolan, Ava Patterson, Hannah Peacock, Alexis Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Ethan Varney, Kylie Woodman, Alexander Yan, Xincong Yuri Yu.

Grade 10 High Honors: Makaila Bailey, Bartianna Brown, Carrie Burr, Vivian Duncombe, Morgan Dunphy, Jillian Frost, Taylor Gallway, Michael Hathaway, Sean Higgins, Emily Linkletter, Sara Elizabeth Linkletter, Xijun Simon Liu, Alexandria Leigh Mason, Amanda Nicole Neas, Ronda O'Brien, Inna Osetrova, dao duc Anh Austin Pham, Maria Reed, Abigeal Shea, Harrison James Sites, Rylee Stock, Eva Walden, Mallory Whitley, Jarica Wiles, Weixiang Tim Wu.

Grade 10 Honors: Owen Williams

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Emma Carter, Natalie Hodgins, Udomsuk Arm Manawongsakul, Dawn Moss, Annabel Street.

Grade 9 High Honors: Devin Chen , Asa Cianchette, Mia Cianchette, Matthew Craig, Haleigh Foss, Ryan Friend, Emily Gould, Emelyn Hatch, Stefani Higgins, Lauren Lancaster, Mohammad Zacharia Niayesh, Adryanna Oliveira, Kayla Pacheco, Darlene Peters, Isabelle Picard, Meghan Reed, Danika Stock, Thomas Ulrickson, Seamus Walden, Joel Wilson.

Grade 9 Honors: Ronnie Shaw.

PITTSFIELD, ME - Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins and MCI's Philanthropy Council announced the School has received a $100,000 matching grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation for the Founders Campaign. The dollar-for-dollar match will double gifts from new donors to the Campaign.

"This grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation is a tremendous endorsement of both MCI and our vision for the School's future, and we deeply appreciate the Foundation's generous support," Hopkins said. "We know how competitive the E.E. Ford Foundation's grant process is, so to receive the largest award given by the Foundation in the Traditional Grants category is quite an honor for our School. To earn the $100,000 for the Campaign, we're inviting everyone who has not yet contributed to give now to help MCI meet the match," added Hopkins.

John Gulla, Executive Director of the E.E. Ford Foundation said, "We are pleased and proud to support Maine Central Institute in its renovation of their historically significant Founders Hall, a building crowned by its memorable bell tower and a symbol of the school as one of the focal points of Pittsfield and Central Maine. During my visit to campus, it was clear that MCI is serving well both its day and international boarding students and the planned improvements to this facility will benefit the entire MCI community."

The E.E. Ford Foundation grant will directly support upgrades and major renovations to Founders Hall, the first and oldest building on MCI's campus. Founders Hall, built in 1870, houses 12 classrooms, the Humanities Department, Academic, College and Career Office, Business Office, Registrar, Maintenance Department, and Powers Hall, the largest of MCI's four dance studios for the Bossov Ballet Theatre. Renovations to this iconic building will not only address Americans with Disability Act accessibility and space issues, plumbing, heating, ventilation and cooling, electrical and life safety systems, but will also enhance the functionality and interior appearance of Founders Hall for all of MCI's student body and faculty, returning it to its rightful "pride of place" status at the School.

Norbert W. Young, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees and a member of the MCI Class of 1966 said, "We are overjoyed with the news about the E.E. Ford Foundation matching grant. Alumni, friends, foundations, civic organizations and businesses have stepped up to support this Campaign. Since the public launch at Reunion in August 2016, donors have given $1.7 million to MCI, which means the next $1 million contributed will complete the largest campaign in the School's history! The E.E. Ford Foundation has offered an exciting incentive to new donors who will help MCI meet the match," Young added.

The $6.5 million Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI's history, and is also the School's first comprehensive campaign. In August 2016, MCI launched the capital campaign as part of the celebration of its Sesquicentennial. According to Hopkins, 309 donors have contributed $5,452,145 to date. A generous $500,000 challenge gift, offered by friends of the School, Tom and Anne Koester of New Jersey, was matched by $500,000 in contributions received through May 4, 2017. The Founders Campaign total of $5.4 million is the largest amount contributed in MCI's history, and includes the first $1-million-dollar pledge in the School's history, made by an anonymous donor.

The Campaign supports four distinct areas – academics, the arts, athletics and endowment. Contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus, and on the transformation of 58-year old JR Cianchette Hall to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, the new home of all MCI arts programs – music, drama, Bossov Ballet Theatre, and fine arts.

To support the Founders Campaign, visit http://gvcmp.us/vzr31n, or mail a check payable to MCI/Founders Campaign, Office of Institutional Advancement, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967-4502. For more information on naming opportunities, call (207) 487-5915 or email alumni@mci-school.org.

About E.E. Ford

For over 55 years, The Edward E. Ford Foundation has made grants to independent schools throughout the United States. Over 800 different schools have received over 2,100 different grants from the Foundation totaling well over $120,000,000. The Foundation has long encouraged, and now requires, matching funds to be raised as a part of its application process so as to leverage even greater philanthropic support for independent schools. These matching grants now exceed an additional $110,000,000 in total support generated for members of the National Association of Independent Schools.

About MCI

MCI (www.mci-school.org) is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI enrollment includes day students from 14 Maine communities; boarding students from six states and 18 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 18 sports teams and 40 clubs and activities. The school is known for its award-winning arts programs, including visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, a performing company and international pre-professional ballet school with instruction by former and current members of the Moscow Ballet. The school's sports programming is also strong. In the fall of 2017, the MCI Field Hockey team won the Class B State Championship, and the Football team won the Class C State Championship.

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