Yarmouth students at top of their class, M-Y
Caroline MacLeod is the daughter of Jim and Rebecca MacLeod. During her four years at Yarmouth High School, MacLeod played in the jazz band and pit orchestra as an upright bassist. She was also a member of the varsity ski and cross-country teams. MacLeod is active in music ensembles at the 317 Main Street Music Center in Yarmouth, performs at Acoustic Artisans in Portland, and volunteers at several community organizations, including the Preble Street Soup Kitchen. She will attend Fordham University in the fall.
Ali Merrill is the daughter of Jim and Laura Merrill. She played varsity soccer for four years and varsity lacrosse for two years and was a captain for both teams. She was a member of the newspaper club and regularly tutored at the middle school. She is a founding member of Coastal Youth Court and has been on the advisory council for two years. Merrill will attend Syracuse University in the fall.
Harry Munroe is the son of Rusty and Chris Munroe. He was involved in Yarmouth Playmakers for three years, proudly serving as co-president his senior year. He was on the robotics team for three years, going to the world competition last year. He was involved in Model UN, both at the University of Maine and at Columbia University. He also participated in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge and Class Council. He sang with Boy Singers of Maine for five years. His freshman year he attended Freeport High School where he was involved in drama, Model UN and was president of his class. In the fall, Munroe will attend Columbia University to study engineering.
John O'Gorman is the son of Jeff and Annette O'Gorman. He played baseball for four years, was on the swim team his senior year, and swam for the Casco Bay Stripers swim team for nine years. O'Gorman was a member of the math team and the chess club for four years. He was a Dirigo Boys State delegate and has been recognized a youth leader. O'Gorman will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall where he has been accepted into the honors program in chemical engineering.
Laura Pietropaoli is the daughter of Paul and Kate Pietropaoli. She has been a part of the Clipper Buddies program, a contributing member of the high school’s literary magazine, Play in the Street, and a choreographer for productions of the Yarmouth Playmakers. Pietropaoli has studied dance at Casco Bay Movers for nine years and with a Portland-based youth dance company throughout high school. She received the Outstanding Biology Student award and cum laude recognition for the National Latin Exam. She will attend Bates College in the fall.
Gina Lorraine Kuna Robertson is the daughter of Marie Kuna-Robertson and Doug Robertson. She strives to be an expert baker. She received the Smith College Book, the Ruth B. Plummer Award, and the Maine Masonic scholarship. She was captain of the girls varsity volleyball team, threw javelin and was a state finalist in 2012. She has enjoyed being a mentor for her Clipper Buddy. Kuna Robertson will attend Scripps College, a member of the Claremont Colleges in California, where she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship.
Michael Smith is the son of Gary and Judiann Smith. He has played baseball and soccer all four years along with Nordic skiing. He was a member of BOLD (Building Our Lives Drug-and-alcohol-free), Global Action, GVS, and Student Senate. Smith was a recipient of the Williams Book Award and is a National Merit Commended scholar. He will attend Fairfield University in the fall where he will likely study chemistry.
Emma Steinbach is the daughter of Karl and Julie Steinbach. She is proud to be graduating with more than 140 hours of community service, having worked with Learning Works in Portland at the Reiche School, summer art classes for Yarmouth Community Service, and various Yarmouth Rotary projects. Steinbach was president of GSTA and the co-founder of the French club. She is a four-year member of Playmakers and participated in Yarmouth crew for three years. Emma received a Presidential Scholarship from Clark University and will pursue a career in education there.
Libby Thompson is the daughter of Peter Thompson and Amy Aldredge. She was on the swim team for three years while also swimming for the Casco Bay YMCA Stripers swim team for 12 years. She has participated in both the Yarmouth Playmakers along with Clipper Buddies. Thompson lived in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, as an exchange student during her junior year of high school. Next year, she will attend the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, where she plans to study law.
Abby Vogel is the daughter of Gretchen and Gary Vogel. She played rugby for four years with the Portland U19 Super Sows, as captain for two years, and the Portland Women’s Rugby Football Club. Vogel played on both the New England and Northeastern U19 Select sides. She was the president of the Young Liberals Club for three years and was class president for two years. Vogel will attend the University of California, Berkeley in the fall where she plans to continue playing rugby and study the humanities.
Amy Wasielewski is the class valedictorian and the daughter of Matt and Cathy Wasielewski. She has danced at Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio for most of her life. Serving as a videographer, she also helped out with Clipper TV for the past two years. She was a member of other various clubs as well. In the fall, she will attend Connecticut College with the intention of double majoring in dance and chemistry.
Deanna Young is the daughter of Jeffrey and Maria Young. In 2012, she was chosen to attend the Dive In to Marine Science program at UMaine's Darling Marine Center and also Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory's Summer Academy in Genomics. After figure skating with the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club in Falmouth for 10 years, she decided to dedicate her extracurricular time during high school to the Playmakers. Young will attend Hawaii Pacific University in the fall to major in marine biology and minor in Spanish. She plans to study abroad in Spain her sophomore year.