Falmouth High School top 10 percent of class, A-J

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Marian Bergkamp is the daughter of Isabella Borrero and Paul Bergkamp. She is an AP scholar with distinction, a member of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the Princeton Book Award, and a National Hispanic Recognition Program scholar. Bergkamp is also on the varsity volleyball team, editor of The Mast school newspaper, and a leader of the Service Club. She has been in The Theatre Company for four years, and received two All-Festival Cast Awards this year. She has spent time volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House, Oceanview Retirement Homes, and spent a month working with an underprivileged community in Peru. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall where she plans to study neuroscience.

Dana Bloch is the daughter of Richard Frost and Emily Bloch. She has been recognized for excellence in history, biology, Spanish, English, and ceramics, is an AP Scholar, and a member of the National Honor Society. Bloch received the Boston College Book Award and the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award, and was selected for the Maine Youth Leadership Conference, Girls State, and the DAR Good Citizen award from Falmouth High School. Bloch is a member of the High School Civics Club, the Science Olympiad team, and Model United Nations, as well as the captain of the varsity volleyball and Nordic ski teams. She enjoys spending time outdoors, tutoring peers, teaching sailing, and laughing with friends. Dana will be attending Bowdoin College in the fall where she plans to study biology, especially marine biology, and studio art.

Caitlin Bucksbaum is the daughter of Mark and Marianne Bucksbaum. She is an AP Scholar and two-time winner of Maine Gatorade Player of the Year. She has earned four varsity letters in soccer and was co-captain senior year. Bucksbaum was also named Portland Press Herald Player of the Year, and is an all-state and All-New England player. She has also received varsity letters in cross country, alpine skiing and Nordic skiing. She has been chosen as a Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient. Her senior project helped to raise awareness of hunger through a version of “empty bowls” project. She is part of FHS service club, an executive board member, and has spent hours volunteering to coach soccer with her club team. She will play soccer for Villanova University and major in biochemistry.

Sophie Chaney is the daughter of Larry and Cyndy Chaney. She has been an honors and AP student in math, science, history, English, and French and is a member of the National Honor society. She has been a four-year member of The Theatre Company and has participated heavily in the musical arts throughout high school. She also played volleyball for her freshman and sophomore years and has competed with the vocal jazz group since sophomore year. Chaney volunteers as a tutor at the high school and works at a local toy store. She has also been a member of Musica de Filia, a Portland-area choral group, for 10 years. She loves reading, art, music, poetry, sailing, animals and flea markets. Chaney will attend Northeastern University in the fall, where she plans to study biology.

Cassandra Darrow is the daughter of Fernanda and Mitchell Darrow. Her happiest high school memories include being a part of the “Godspell” cast, rollerblading with friends, getting to know her fascinating teachers, running, working in Guatemala, kayaking, adventuring with her sister and Argentine family, serving the community with her soccer team, playing the trombone, and spending time with her best friends. Darrow plans to take a gap year in which she will run a soccer/empowerment clinic for girls in Argentina and volunteer at Safe Passage in Guatemala City, before attending Yale University in the fall of 2014.

Elijah Dewey is the son of Michele and Dayle Dewey. He has been recognized for excellence in math, science, English, and Spanish. He has been a Maine state swimming qualifier for four years on the varsity swim team. He also has been a year round swimmer for the Westbrook Seals Swim Club. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Dewey will attend Ohio State University in the fall and will major in nuclear engineering.

Lauriana Gaudet is the daughter of John and Susan Gaudet. She has been recognized for excellence in algebra, geometry, biology, world history, English, Spanish, religious studies, achievement in physical science and is a recipient of St. Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience. Throughout high school, Gaudet enjoyed involvement in theatre, Service Club, Chamber Singers and the math team. She will attend Lyndon State College, majoring in atmospheric sciences.

Alexander Han is the son of Paul and Cindy Han. He has received honors in science, music, math, English and French, and is a National Merit Finalist, an AP scholar with distinction, and a Presidential Scholar nominee. He is active in the school’s concert band, jazz band, pit band and jazz combo, and has received individual recognition at the regional and state levels in addition to being selected for District II and All-State Jazz Festivals. Han is also active in the school’s science and math teams, and participated in indoor track and ultimate frisbee. He spent a summer as a research intern at Bowdoin College’s Neuroscience Department. He was recently selected to receive the Clyde Russell Scholarship’s top award. Han will attend Brown University in the fall, where he plans to major in cognitive science.

Azad Jalali is the son of Reza Jalali and Jaleh Hojjati. He is the class valedictorian. A national merit finalist and scholarship recipient, Azad has been recognized for his success in English, biology, chemistry, statistics, and Spanish, and also received the Yale Book Award. Jalali ran varsity cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for four years. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and listening to music. Jalali will attend Case Western Reserve University in the fall, where he plans to study engineering.

Shreyas Joshi is the son of Venkatesh and Laxmi Joshi. He is a member of the National Honor Society, an RPI medalist, a National AP Scholar, and has won the Siemen’s Award for Advanced Placement. In addition to being a second degree black belt in taekwondo, he is also the captain of the outdoor track team, and volunteers as a coach for the local youth track and field program. He will attend Princeton University, where he will be studying either aerospace engineering or economics.

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Azad Jalali

Alexander Han

Lauriana Gaudet

Elijah Dewey

Cassandra Darrow

Sophie Chaney

Caitlin Bucksbaum

Dana Bloch

Marian Bergkamp

Shreyas Joshi