The following seniors finish the academic year as the top 10 students in the Class of 2016 at Morse High School in Bath.
Valedictorian Aaron Ouellette resides in Woolwich with his parents, David and Esme Ouellette. As an AP Scholar with Distinction, Ouellette received the Rensselaer Medal and the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award. He is a National Merit Finalist and a member of National Honor Society, Interact Club and Green Club. Ouellette also runs track. He has been involved with fundraisers such as Pies for Polo and the Paul O’Neil Foundation. Ouellette, who is employed at Goranson Farm during the summer, enjoys reading, studying calculus, and planning how to take over the world. His plan after graduation is to attend MIT or RPI, majoring in physics and computer science. His hopes and dreams for the future include doing research in physics and possibly teaching at the college level.
Salutatorian Emma Harrington resides in Woolwich with her parents, Patrick and Beth Harrington. Harrington received the Elmira Key Award, SCLC Student of the Quarter, Lady Shipbuilder Award, KVAC Second Team 2015, Girl’s State delegate, and was a member of the Top Ten Academic Team Basketball in Maine 2016. She is a member of National Honor Society, Interact Club and Journalism Club. Harrington plays on the basketball, lacrosse, tennis and field hockey teams. She volunteers her time at the Teen Library Council, Bath Cosmopolitan Club, and various events with Interact Club, Cooking Club and Journalism Club. She enjoys reading, yoga, writing and cooking in her free time. Harrington is employed by Skillin’s Greenhouses. She plans to attend Fordham University in New York, major in psychology and become a criminal profiler for the FBI.
First Honor Essayist Isabel Kovacs resides in Bath with her parents, Lawrence Kovacs and Krista VanVleet. She is the recipient of the Yale Book Award, earned high honors and numerous academic excellence awards. Kovacs participates in the Interact Club, Green Club, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has performed in community activities such as “So You Think You Know Bath,” volunteered at an orphanage in Peru, was a Morse Mentor and an assistant ballet teacher for the Ballet School in Topsham. In her spare time, Kovacs enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing, reading and going to the beach. She plans to attend Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City to double major in dance and an undecided field. She hopes to continue dancing ballet and traveling to new places.
Second Honor Essayist Amelia Franklin resides in Bath with her parents, Lori and Paul Franklin. She is the recipient of the Saint Anselm’s College Book Award, and has received many academic and athletic awards for outstanding achievement. Franklin is a member of the National Honor Society and the Interact Club. She participates in varsity cross-county and runs track. She has volunteered her time teaching tae kwon do and cleaning up Bath. Franklin is employed by Anna’s Water’s Edge as a waitress/hostess during the summer. She enjoys running, spending time with her dogs, mountain biking and hiking with her dad. She plans to attend Simmons College in Boston to study nursing and one day become a nurse in a Boston ER.
Third Honor Essayist Casey Bennoch resides in West Bath with his parents, Tom and Nancy Bennoch. He has received the Clarkson Achievement Award, KVAC All Academic Award, and excellence awards in math and English. Bennoch was the varsity soccer captain, and played floor hockey, volleyball, was in jazz band, and performed at the Bath Music Festival. He has volunteered at track meets, archery competitions and at Compass Point. Bennoch is employed by Monkey C Monkey Do. In his free time, he enjoys playing the drums. Bennoch plans to attend University of Maine at Orono to study business and music, and hopes to pursue a career involving music.
Emma Berkowitz resides in Bath with her parents Ross and Claire Berkowitz. She is an AP Scholar with Honor and is the recipient of the Wesleyan University Book Award. Berkowitz is a member of the National Honor Society, participates on the Debate Team, Interact Club, Model UN, Mixed and All State Choir, plays bassoon in Jazz Band, plays field hockey, participates in swimming and attended Bath Music Festival 2015. She volunteers her time at Fisher Mitchell School, with the Maine Democratic Party and at the Wescutago Youth Chorale. Berkowitz was employed by Bath Parks and Recreation Day Camp. She enjoys composing music, reading and yoga. She plans to attend college to study music, with the aim of performing in choirs and musicals/operas. She would also like to have her choral music published.
Nathaniel Rines resides in Woolwich with his parents, Michelle and James Rines. He is the recipient of the Saint Michael’s College Book Award and is a member of the National Honor Society. He participates in cross country, track, stage crew, and is a member of the Drama, Interact and Green clubs. He has volunteered at Habitat of Humanity Re-Store and is a member of the Patten Free Library Teen Library Council. Rines is employed by Beale Street Barbeque. Rines plans to attend Dickinson College to major in environmental science, with a goal of improving upon humans’ relationship with nature.
Sean Detwiler resides in Arrowsic with his parents, Brian and Lyn Detwiler. He is the recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award. Detwiler was a high honors student and and is a member of National Honor Society. He participates on the cross country and track teams, Interact club and SCLC. Detwiler is employed by Five Islands Lobster Company. He volunteers at fundraisers with the Interact Club and food drives with SCLC, and participated in the Martin Luther King Day Walk. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends and mountain biking. Detwiler plans to attend the University of Maine to obtain a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Ian Fernald resides in Phippsburg with his parents, Alison and Robert Fernald. He is the recipient of the St. Thomas University Book Award and has been an honor and high honor roll student. He participates on the Jazz Band, MOHIBA, The Bath Music Festival 2015, floor hockey and volleyball. Fernald volunteered at a summer camp in South China. He is employed by Spinney’s Restaurant during the summer. In his free time he enjoys playing and listening to music. Fernald plans to attend University of Maine at Orono to major in music education, and hopes to one day teach music.
Maeve McGowan resides in Woolwich with her parents, Amber McGowan and Shawn Guest. She is the recipient of the Williams College Book Award, Spirit of Jimmy Rouillard and APEs Award. McGowen is a member of the National Honor Society, SCLC, Green Club, Interact Club, Shipbuilders Committed, and Greener School Brighter Future. She participates on the track and cross country teams. McGowen is employed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Maritime Museum. She has volunteered at Freight Shed Full Moon Dinners, Martin Luther King Day Walk and the Rotary 5K. McGowen enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, and getting rowdy in the k-section. She plans to attend college to major in environmental science and policy, and hopes to pursue environmental law and policy.