Mid-Coast School Notebook: Morse High's top 10 grads

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BATH — At Morse High School, the following students graduated June 14 as the 10 members of the Class of 2015 with the highest academic achievement, according to the school.

Thomas Brown, son of Tom and Judy Brown, is the third honor essayist of the class. He received the St. Anselm College Book Award, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Brown played both varsity baseball and varsity football. Outside of class, he volunteered with two local churches, and helped disabled people with home repairs. He plans to attend college, studying economics and finance.

Andrew Ceglinski, son of Daniel and Amelia Ceglinski, received the Yale Book Award and participated in the National Honor Society. A member of the swim team, he also participated in the Long Reach Swim Club, served as a volunteer swim coach, and worked for the Bath YMCA. He plans to attend Colorado College.

Kimberly Crowley, daughter of Lori and Steve Nash, is the first honor essayist of the class. She was named a Student of the Quarter, and was a Gold Key recipient in the Scholastic Writing Awards. She served as a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in Amnesty International, Green Club and the journalism club. Crowley plans to attend the University of Maine, studying international affairs or journalism.

Shira Gersh, daughter of Susan Horowitz and Robert Gersh, is the second honor essayist of the class. She received the Smith College Book Award, the Maine Principals’ Association Award and the Semper Fidelis Award, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She played in the jazz band, was named to the District III and All-State Honors bands, and performed in the annual MOHIBA show. She also played lacrosse and both field hockey and floor hockey. Outside of class, she served as a student band teacher at Bath Middle School, ushered at Vox Nova Chamber Choir concerts, and volunteered at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Hebrew School and the Wescustago Youth Chorale. She plans to attend college, continuing her music studies.

Kara Leavitt, daughter of Kent and Vanessa Leavitt, is the class salutatorian. She was named an AP Scholar, participated in the National Honor Society, and served as a student representative to the Regional School Unit 1 School Board. She also was a member of the Interact Club and the Patten Free Library Teen Council, and volunteered with the Androscoggin Animal Hospital and the Coastal Humane Society. Leavitt plans to attend Tufts University, majoring in biology.

Marissa Nash, daughter of Lori and Steve Nash, was a member of the journalism club and Green Club, and participated in Amnesty International. Outside of class, she has volunteered at Cubby Pre-School and Write for Rights, as well as a local clothing closet. She plans to attend college, studying psychology.

Morgan Quigg, daughter of Rebecca and Michael Quigg, received the Wellesley College Book Award and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also was a member of the journalism club and the drama club’s stage crew, and participated in Green Club and in Amnesty International. Quigg ran on the cross country and track teams. Outside of class, she served as a volunteer with the ArtVan program for four years. She hopes to attend Concordia University, majoring in playwriting.

David Rice, son of Tom and Julie Rice, was the recipient of the Williams Book Award and participated in the National Honor Society. A member of both the model United Nations team and the debate team, he received the Maine Model U.N. Diplomacy Award and National Speech and Debate Association’s Order of Distinction. Rice also served on the Patten Free Library Teen Council, and played on the lacrosse team. Outside of class, he has volunteered with the Maine Maritime Museum. He plans to attend Maine Maritime Academy, studying marine transportation operations.

Carl Suter, son of Michael and Rebecca Suter, received the Elmira Key Award and was a member of the National Honor Society. He participated in the stage crew of the drama club, and served as a volunteer with the Seeds of Independence mentoring program. He plans to attend college, studying psychology and music.

Balthasar Von Huene, son of Andreas Von Huene and Katherine Mend-Von Huene, is the class valedictorian. An AP Scholar, he received the Princeton Book Award and the DAR Award, and served as a member of National Honor Society. He also participated in the debate team, theater and student government, and volunteered with Tri-County Literacy. Von Huene ran track and cross country, and played floor hockey. He plans to attend college, majoring in English or communications.

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