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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.

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.


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 ( 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.

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