BRUNSWICK — At Brunswick High School, the following students graduated June 12 as the 10 members of the Class of 2015 with the highest academic achievement, according to the school.
Andrew Bobker, son of Pamela and Daniel Bobker, received the Dartmouth Book Award and was a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. A member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, he played for four years as a member of both the jazz band and the wind ensemble. He also studied music in a summer workshop at Oberlin College, and worked as a disc jockey at the Bowdoin College radio station. Bobker also has run cross country and volunteered with Curtis Memorial Library. He plans to pursue a double major in music and history at DePauw University.
Brooke Escoe, daughter of Byron and Darlene Escoe, was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. A longtime pianist and flutist, she played as a member of the wind ensemble, serving as a section leader. She also was named several times to the District III Honors Band. Escoe ran indoor and outdoor track, and captained the cross country team. Outside of class, she has volunteered with her church’s Bible school and nursery room. She plans to pursue pre-medicine studies at Clemson University.
Anna Ferdinand, daughter of William and Catherine Ferdinand, received the Williams College Book Award, the Maine Principals’ Association Award, the Susan B. Anthony Humanities Award and the Rotary Service Interact Award. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In addition, she was elected vice president of the senior class, served as editor of the yearbook, was active with The Theater Project, and volunteered with programs including Camp Sunshine and Relay for Life. Ferdinand was a member of the soccer, golf, lacrosse and swim teams, and participated in the ski club. She plans to study international business at Davidson College.
Sarah Judd, daughter of Robert and Cristle Judd, was a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, a nominee for the Presidential Scholars Award and recipient of the Wells College 21st-Century Leadership Award. She served as co-president of the National Honor Society chapter, and participated in the Spanish National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. An avid musician, she was a member of the wind ensemble and jazz band, was named to the All-State Choir for three years, and played in the Bowdoin College Orchestra. She also served as treasurer of the senior class, and captained both the lacrosse and indoor track teams. Judd plans to study biochemistry at Harvard University.
Andrew Kew, son of David and Diane Kew, was a member of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta National High School Math Honors Society. In addition, he received The Jack Depres Award, which recognizes the top honors physics student in the senior class. He participated in the math team and robotics club, volunteered at Curtis Memorial Library, and was a member of the soccer, indoor track and cross country teams. Kew plans to attend Case Western Reserve University, studying biomedical engineering.
Laurel Margerum, daughter of Liza Nelson and Mark Margerum, participated in the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society. She also was a member of the outing club, the ski club and the swim team. In addition, Margerum has volunteered as a camp counselor with the Cathance River Education Alliance, and served as a student liaison to its board of directors. She plans to attend Middlebury College, where she intends to major in architectural studies.
John Murphy, son of John and Sheila Murphy, is the class salutation. He received the George Eastman Book Award and the St. Michael’s Book Award, and was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He was active in band and the honors chamber choir, and successfully auditioned for the District III Honors Music Festival. He also volunteered at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Murphy ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He plans to perform service work in Latin America during a “gap” year, and then to pursue a college major in chemistry.
Alexandra Ring, daughter of Christina and Geno Ring, was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and was a past nominee for the Smith Book Award. Dedicated to community service, Ring volunteered for four years as a member of the Interact Club, earning her a Rotary Service Interact Award. She also has served as a volunteer with Relay for Life, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Sunshine and the Independence Association. An accomplished clarinetist, she played in the first chair at the District III Honors Music Festival. She also was active on the golf team and swim team. She plans to attend Bowdoin College.
Chloe Teboe, not pictured, daughter of Brenda Mower-Teboe and Dana Teboe, was active in the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and was a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. A member of the honors chamber choir, she successfully auditioned for the District III, All-State, All-State Jazz, All-Eastern and All-National choirs. She also has performed as a four-year member of The Players, and acted the lead role in this year’s production of “Legally Blonde.” In addition, Teboe played tennis, was active on the cheerleading squad, and participated in the Interact Club. Her volunteer interests include working at Thornton Oaks Retirement Community. She plans to major in broadcast journalism at Emerson College.
Ruth van Kampen, daughter of Corrie and Doug van Kampen, is the class valedictorian. She was a member of the National Honor Society, and received the St. Michael’s Book Award for Social Conscience and Service. She participated in the wind ensemble and the pep and honors bands, and volunteered many hours at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and at Curtis Memorial Library. Van Kampen ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for four years, and was honored with the Grace & George Crimmins Award and the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Award for her commitment to both sports and academics. She plans to attend Bates College, majoring in history.