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MCI is accepting registrations from local crafters and vendors interested in participating in the School's holiday craft fair, which is planned for Saturday, November 17, at the School's Wright Gymnasium in Pittsfield.

The craft fair is scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Each year, over a hundred shoppers attend this event, which supports MCI's Model United Nations, an academic club/class that competes at the Maine Model UN Conference at University of Southern Maine.

Registration for a spot at the MCI craft fair is $25, with an additional charge for electrical outlet access. For more information or to sign up, please contact Ethan Brownell by email ( or by phone at 207-487-3355 ext. 170.

On September 8, Maine Central Institute (MCI) will induct four into its Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the School's 2018 Homecoming festivities. This year's honored alumni are Andrea Cianchette Maker '75, Jethro Ferguson '92, Emily Walker Anderson '94, and Andrew St. Clair '02 at a dinner and ceremony starting at 5:00 p.m. The cost to attend this event is $25 per person and guests can register by calling (207) 487-5915 or online at

MCI's Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2010. The criteria for selecting an individual for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame are based on one or more of the following: outstanding athletic achievement at MCI, outstanding athletic achievement beyond MCI, outstanding contribution to the MCI athletic program, and meritorious service to the MCI athletic program.

Andrea Cianchette Maker '75 was a member of the varsity basketball and field hockey teams for three years and also was a cheerleader. A well-rounded student, Maker participated in several clubs and activities. She was a co-recipient of the Paul W. Legge Physics Award, was runner-up in the Manson Essay, and was the third Honor Essayist at graduation, where she received the coveted Faculty Cup. In college, Maker was an avid rower on the University of New Hampshire Crew Team, where she won a silver medal in the Head of the Charles Regatta in 1976, placed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in 1977 and winning a gold medal in the National Women's Rowing Association national competition in 1978 as a rower with College Boat Club. Maker also pedaled 3,200 miles from Seattle to Pittsfield with three other women in the summer of 1978. Maker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and her juris doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law. She is a law partner at Pierce Atwood LLP where she leads the Government Relations Practice Group. In between her tenures at Pierce Atwood, Maker served as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Martin's Point Health Care, spent more than 10 years as Director of Public Affairs for the former Champion International Corp., and has provided government and public relations services to numerous clients in various industries. Maker is married to Scott Maker, is the mother of four children and continues to row with the Yarmouth Rowing Club.

Jethro Ferguson '92 was a four-year member of MCI's football and basketball teams and also played baseball and ran track for a year. He was a member of the Spanish Club, Key Club and National Honor Society. He was also a Manson Essay finalist. After graduating from MCI in 1992, Ferguson attended Middlebury College in Vermont where he studied pre-architecture and was a member of the Panther football and basketball teams all four years, earning eight varsity letters. Ferguson moved to New York City after college and began his career in advertising, first as an Account Executive with Ammirati Puris Lintas Digital and then with Ogilvy Interactive where he held various leadership roles in New York and London working with global clients such as American Express, IBM and UPS. Ferguson also earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business in 2003. He is currently with Publicis Groupe, one of the world's largest advertising holding companies, first as the North American CEO of the holding company's global production platform, Prodigious, and currently as the Global Chief Production Officer for Publicis Groupe's largest client, Proctor & Gamble. Ferguson currently lives in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife Molly, and their four children.

Emily Walker Anderson '94 was a four-year member of the soccer, basketball, and softball teams at MCI. She received the Coach's Award in basketball. As a senior forward, Anderson averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, and four steals for the Huskies and was a Class B Eastern Maine all-tourney choice (only five were selected). She was chosen Class B (south) Player of the Year and all-conference. Upon graduation from MCI, Anderson attended New Hampshire College for a year before transferring at Husson University where she enjoyed a Hall of Fame basketball career. She spent three seasons with Husson and was named to the State of Maine First Team in 1998. She was also in NAIA Third Team All-American. Emily played only 82 games at Husson and still managed to score over 1,000 points. Anderson averaged 14.73 points per game for her career, which is fourth all-time. Anderson's point total places her eighth in all-time scoring with 1,208 points. Anderson ended her Husson career with a shooting percentage of 54.4, the highest in school history. During her senior year she hit 211 field goals, which is the second highest all-time single-season total, and she had the best single season field goal percentage at 58.6. Anderson, who works as a nurse, lives in the Bangor area with her husband, Justin, and their two daughters.

Andrew St. Clair '02 received MCI's coveted Masters Cup at graduation and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a four-year member of the baseball and basketball teams, while also playing on the soccer team for three years. He also participated in Drama all four years at MCI. After MCI, St. Clair was a Hall of Fame basketball player at Colby-Sawyer. At the time of his induction, St. Clair held school records in rebounds, steals, blocks and field goals. He was one of three players to eclipse 2,000 career points (2,043) and was nationally-ranked in scoring and rebounding throughout his career. St. Clair was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year three times, and Rookie of the Year in the 2002-03 season. He was a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American Second Team selection. He also earned CoSida Academic All-American honors in 2005 and 2006. He was named CoSida Academic All-District three times, All-New England three times, and NABC All-Northeast District three times. Andrew was the Colby-Sawyer Male Athlete of the Year and Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2006. Following his collegiate career, he became the third Colby-Sawyer athlete to compete professionally overseas. St. Clair and his wife, Erica, live in Malden, Massachusetts with their son. St. Clair works in software sales at Smartsheet in Boston and is an assistant men's basketball coach at Colby-Sawyer.

Maine Central Institute Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins has announced the July 1st appointment of Alicia J. Nichols as Dean of Advancement.

As Dean of Advancement, Nichols will oversee annual, reunion and planned giving, marketing, communications, and alumni events at the School. She brings more than three decades of successful fundraising experience to MCI, having raised $22 million for Maine nonprofits. For the past 14 yearsNichols has served 60+ nonprofit clients as a fundraising consultant.

"MCI is remarkably fortunate to have Alicia join our administrative team to lead our Advancement and Alumni Office," said Hopkins. "Since coming on board as our campaign manager two years ago, she has overseen $2 million in contributions from alumni, friends, businesses and foundations, the completion of the $500,000 Koester Family Challenge and secured a $100,000 matching grant from the prestigious Edward E. Ford Foundation."

As a consultant, Nichols has managed MCI's Founders Campaign since July 2016, and over the past year, oversight of the School's Advancement Office was added to her responsibilities. "So many alumni have shared with me that MCI shaped who they are today. MCI has a 152-year history of educating youth and helping them achieve their goals," Nichols said. "I am honored and excited to work with MCI's passionate and committed staff, faculty, Board of Trustees and volunteers to expand the circle of alumni, parents, and friends who support the School's mission through their contributions and engaged service."

Prior to opening her consulting business, Alicia J. Nichols Fundraising Counsel, Nichols spent 21 years generating resources for Maine nonprofits. She was Director of Corporate Support at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, where she secured business sponsors statewide for radio and television. At her alma mater, she served as Vice President of Fundraising at the University of Maine Alumni Association, where she directed the staff in breaking multiple annual fundraising records. As Director of Development at Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, Nichols raised funds for the production season and the Maine Shakespeare Festival, and secured the Theatre's first three National Endowment for the Arts grants.

According to Norbert W. Young Jr. '66, the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees, increasing support for MCI is a top priority. "We are thrilled to have someone of Alicia's experience and caliber as Dean of Advancement at MCI. For the first time, we have a seasoned fundraising, media and public relations professional to lead our efforts. All our energies are focused on benefitting current and future students, and we believe Alicia has the strategic leadership to accomplish our ambitious goals. She has already expanded the culture of philanthropy at MCI."

Nichols attended the University of Maine where she played on the first women's ice hockey team. She graduated with a degree in journalism and has completed master's degree work in communications. She serves on the Sebasticook Valley Health Board of Trustees and is a 29-year member of Rotary International. Nichols was the first woman president of the Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bangor, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary and received a Block M Award for volunteerism from the University of Maine Alumni Association. She and her husband Dave Snyder live in Pittsfield, are ardent ice hockey fans, and enjoy traveling, cycling, gardening and home renovations.

PITTSFIELD—Maine Central Institute (MCI) announces the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 12 Highest Honors:

Yuxin Bai, Meghan Cookson, Olivia Durkee, Jose Porras, Vojtech Filipi, Hannah Folan, Connor Miholovich, Abigail Monteyro, Maxine Piatt, Aaron Schanck, Micaela Simeone, Nikki Stewart, Elspeth Taylor, Devon Varney, Sarah Welch.

Grade 11 Highest Honors:

Maia Blake, Hayden Caldwell, Jettah Files, Daniel Garamvolgyi, Richard Hallowell, Bao Duy Huynh, Caitlin McKenney, Elisabeth Rose Parker, Astrud Robichaud, Jakub Sommer, Viet Tuan Van, Mykayla Weinstein.

Grade 10 Highest Honors:

Huiling Ao, Dyllon Dunton, Taylor Gallway, Sean Higgins, Xijun Liu, Riley Max, Erin Nolan, Inna Osetrova, Alexis Tardy, Isaac Tardy, Edith Tierney, Ethan Varney, Kylie Woodman, Weixiang Wu, Alexander Yan, Jiaming Zhang.

Grade 9 Highest Honors:

Emma Carter, Devin Chen, Emelyn Hatch, Natalie Hodgins, Lauren Lancaster, Udomsuk Arm Manawongsakul, Isabelle Picard, Annabel Street, Seamus Walden.

Grade 12 High Honors:

Jacob Ackroyd, Noah Carpenter, Jalen Chen, Yu Chen, Mercedes-Lee Cote, Samantha Dunton, Qi Priest Feng, Madison Fitts, Clair Gerry, Jonathan Hatch, Allison Hughes, Jinsu Jang, Benjamin Kennedy, Hyunjin Kim, Sarah Kossowan, Gabriel Lessing, Yijie Li, Paige Lord, Sydney Morton, Ngan Song Kim Nguyen, Thanh Phat John Nguyen, Michaela Piatt, Katelynn Rines, Anna Simeone, Kianna Sousa, Abigail Stevens, Hannah Switzer, Sarah Trimarchi, Caroline Vigue, Vasilije Vojvodic, Chen Wang, Addi Williams.

Grade 11 High Honors:

Seth Bussell, Christa Carr, Nicholas Clark, Blake Dawes, Katelyn DeViller, Zachary Dodge, Avery Gosselin,

Margaret Hodgins, Marius Iradukunda, Alana Isabelle, Sarah Kelly, Audrey McCannell, Huy Le Nguyen, Quynh Trang Nguyen, Helen O Brien, Zeyu Peng, Arsen Radojkovic, Kyra Rosenberg, Evan Shaw, Sean Staton, Arica Taylor, Thitipong Tengboonsawangsin, Fuyu Tian, Nathaniel Tolman, Shengkaibo Wang, Kendrah Willey, Xun Octavia Zhao.

Grade 10 High Honors:

Olivia Allen, Makaila Bailey, Tabyr Briggs, Bartianna Brown, Carrie Burr, Vivian Duncombe, Morgan Dunphy, Jillian Frost, Gabriel Howes, Riley Lary, Emily Linkletter, Sara Linkletter, Alexandria Mason, Alahna McCarron, Holly Moody, Lindsey Morse, Ariella Mugisha, Amanda Neas, Ava Patterson, Hannah Peacock, dao duc Anh Pham, Abigeal Shea, Chisa Ueda, Owen Williams, Kassidy Wyman.

Grade 9 High Honors:

Mia Cianchette, Matthew Craig, Haleigh Foss, Ryan Friend, Emily Gould, Nicholas Greenleaf, Stefani Higgins, Malik Keresey, Dawn Moss, Mohammad Zacharia Niayesh, Sherman O Brien, Adryanna Oliveira, Kayla Pacheco, Thomas Parker, Gabrielle Petrucelly, Danika Stock, Brailynn Vanadestine, Joel Wilson.

Grade 9 Honors:

Jillian Hartley.

Maine Central Institute (MCI) will be holding their Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 3rd, at noon on the Boutelle Savage front campus (rain location: Wright Gymnasium) at 295 Main Street in Pittsfield. Elspeth Taylor is this year's Valedictorian and Anna Simeone is Salutatorian for the Class of 2018.

Daughter of Eric and Jacqueline Taylor of Pittsfield, Elspeth played goalie for four years on the MCI Field Hockey team (which won Class C State Championships in 2017). She played first clarinet in Concert band and Jazz band, and participated in various drama performances throughout high school. Throughout her four years at MCI, Elspeth has traveled extensively with MCI students throughout Europe.

Anna, daughter of John Simeone '85 and Pascon Brambilla of Burnham, co-founded MCI's first varsity swim team and served as captain during her junior and senior years, reached the Platinum level of competition, won the 2017 Girls Outstanding Swimmer Award, and various awards and ribbons. She was an editor/art director for the school literary magazine, Masardis, and was a member of Key Club, Student Council, Yearbook, and Coding Club. Throughout her years at MCI, Anna has traveled with MCI students to Japan as part of MCI's Aomori Club.

MCI will hold a number of end-of-year events to celebrate the Class of 2018. Senior Chapel will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 1, in Wright Gymnasium. MCI will host a brunch for all seniors and their families from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on June 3 at Savage Family Dining Room. Commencement for the Class of 2018 will begin at noon.

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