Northern School Notebook: Yarmouth High's top students

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YARMOUTH — The following students finish the year at the top of Yarmouth High School’s Class of 2015, recognized as magna cum laude or summa cum laude graduates, according to the school.

Gabrielle Beaulieu, daughter of Jane Gagne and Roger Beaulieu, received the Bausch & Lomb Medal and the Ruth B. Plummer Award, and was a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. She served as vice president of the Class Council for several years, volunteered with the Maine Youth Court, and was a member of the Student Ambassadors Club and of the Global Actions Coalition. Beaulieu also ran cross country and track. She plans to attend Middlebury College.

Philip A. N. Chowdry served as a Student Senate representative for three years, and president of the organization in his senior year. In those roles, he worked with the Leadership Institute of Harvard College. He also rowed competitively for three years. He plans to attend Harvard College, concentrating in molecular and cellular biology with a secondary concentration in philosophy.

Benjamin Clinton, son of Robert Clinton and Elizabeth Anderson, received the 2014 Governor’s Young Writer of the Year Award for his essay, “That’s Okay.” He participated in The Playmakers for four years, heading the hair and makeup crew as a junior and a senior. Clinton also served as president of GSTA for two years. He plans to attend Northeastern University, majoring in chemical engineering.

Meredith Coolidge, daughter of Kathryn Cope and David Coolidge, received the St. Anselm College Book Award and the Maine Principals’ Association Award. She helped found Mission Ambition, a mentoring camp, and was co-creator of a Yarmouth Alumni Association film celebrating the Clam Festival. She also was active in The Playmakers and Thespian Society, and served on the Class Council for four years. She participated in crew as a coxswain and captain. Coolidge plans to attend The College of the Holy Cross, majoring in anthropology and classics.

Ben Cope, son of Thomas and Kathryn Cope, moved to Yarmouth from New Hampshire, but continued his work with music by participating in the chamber choir as well as groups such as the Maine All-State Chorus. Cope plans to attend Hofstra University, studying Spanish.

Mary Coyne, daughter of Kelly and Dan Coyne, received the the Robert W. Boyd Award, was named a DAR Good Citizen, and was nominated for the Princeton Book Award. She was active in the Student Senate for three years, serving as clerk in her senior year. She also served as a student liaison to the Yarmouth School Committee, and attended Dirigo Girls State. Coyne participated in varsity lacrosse, captaining the team as a senior, and was recognized as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American. She plans to attend Duke University.

Shannon Fallon, daughter of Jim and Carole Fallon, was a Clipper Buddy and a founding member of Mission Ambition, a mentoring camp for young Yarmouth girls. She played varsity soccer for four years, as well as varsity basketball and varsity lacrosse for three years. She captained the soccer and lacrosse teams during her senior year. Fallon plans to attend the University of Notre Dame.

Garrett Flanagan, son of Sarah and Tom Flanagan, played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. In 2014, as part of the soccer team that won the Maine Class B Championship, Flanagan was named an Academic All-Star. He plans to attend Skidmore College.

Meaghan Gorman, daughter of Kris Rogers and Jim Gorman, served on the Class Council for two years as clerk and vice president, and was a member of GSTA and BOLD. Gorman played field hockey for four years, and ran and threw for the indoor track and outdoor track teams. She plans to attend Northeastern University, with a concentration in nursing.

Isabelle Hattan, daughter of Tom Hattan and Emma Wilson, served as a Clipper Buddy and volunteered with numerous organizations including Preble Street and Safe Passage. For the past two years, she has also worked for Islandport Press Publishing Co. She plans to attend DePaul University.

Connor Hoehle, son of Doug and Tammy Hoehle, was the recipient of the St. Michael’s College Book Award, and received a Congressional Award Gold Medal in 2014. He served as a Clipper Buddy, and was a varsity lacrosse player for four years. He captained the team in his senior year, and was also named to the Western Maine All-Academic team. Hoehle plans to study mechanical engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, before serving in the Coast Guard as an officer.

Kallie Hutchinson, daughter of Trent and Julie Hutchinson, served as a representative to the Student Council, and was active in the Clipper Buddy and Student Ambassador clubs. She played varsity field hockey and varsity softball for four years, and captained both teams. She plans to attend Colby College, majoring in biology.

Margaret Keefe, daughter of William and Kellie Keefe, participated in The Playmakers as a stage manager, and was active in the Student Council, serving as vice president in her sophomore year. She rowed crew for four years, and captained the team as a senior. As a freshman, she received the team’s “Whatever It Takes” Award from her coaches. Keefe plans to study civil engineering at Northeastern University.

Simone Laverdiere, daughter of Tom and Brenda Laverdiere, received the Harvard Book Award and participated in the Maine Youth Leadership Seminar. As a violinist, Simone has played in the orchestra pit for The Playmakers, and also participated in the All-State Orchestra, Mozart Mentors Ensemble and Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Laverdiere captained the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. Outside of school, she serves as a volunteer at MaineGeneral Medical Center and with Maine State Music Theatre. She plans to attend Bowdoin College.

Samantha Mangino, daughter of Janet Casey and Sam Mangino, was selected by faculty to receive the 2015 Hector Hebert Award. She served on the Student Senate for four years, holding the positions of co-president and vice president, and was a member of GSTA. She also was active in The Playmakers for four years, serving as co-president in her senior year. Mangino plans to attend Emerson College, studying journalism.

Madelain Mitchell, daughter of Peter and Lianne Mitchell, was an AP Scholar and the recipient of the Yale Book Award. In 2014, she and a classmate received a grant to create the Yarmouth Alumni Association Film celebrating the Clam Festival. She has been active with the Clipper Buddy mentoring program, the Student Ambassador Club and Senior Class Council. She played lacrosse and ran indoor track for three years. Mitchell plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sarah Myers, daughter of Tim and Deb Myers, was a three-season athlete for four years. She played played soccer for her first three years of school, before running cross country as a senior. She also was a member of both the Nordic ski team and lacrosse team for four years. Myers plans to attend Whitman College.

Joe Oliva, son of Frank and Sheri Oliva, played lacrosse for four years and was a regular participant in the self-awareness group Valo. He also played guitar and sang as part of a duo with his twin brother, Henry, which performed at local events. Joe plans to attend Colby College, studying environmental science.

Eliza Oliver, daughter of John and Deidre Oliver, served as a Clipper Buddy for three years, was active in the Youth Court, and competed on the swim team for four years. She captained the team during her senior year, and received the Southern Maine Swim Officials Scholarship for academic and swimming achievements. She also played lacrosse. Outside of school, Oliver has served as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Casco Bay YMCA. She plans to study Spanish and economics at St. Lawrence University.

Emily Parker, daughter of Stephen and Jane Parker, received the Smith College Book Award, and was an active volunteer leader with the Maine Youth Court. She also served as captain of the volleyball and tennis teams, and participated in the softball and swim teams. Parker plans to study economics at Bucknell University.

Cyrilla Ray, daughter of Kay Loftus-Ray and David Ray, received the Cornell University Book Award, participated in The Playmakers for four years, and volunteered for more than 160 hours of community service. She also was active in the Global Action Coalition, Student Ambassadors and the outing club. In addition, Ray was a varsity coxswain on the crew team. She plans to attend Whitman College.

Samuel Steinbock, son of Steve Steinbock and Sue Mandell, received the Dartmouth Book Award and participated in The Playmakers since he was a sophomore. He also sang as part of the District 2 and All-State choirs, and served as a delegate to Dirigo Boys State. Steinbock ran for the indoor track and outdoor track teams, and rowed for the crew team. He plans to study engineering at the University of Washington.

Ben Waterman, son of Jen and Jay Waterman, received the Phi Beta Kappa Award and several awards for his participation in The Playmakers. An avid musician who teaches guitar, he played with the jazz band. He also has been active with the math team, the Young Liberals, the Young Conservatives, GSTA and Star Tutoring. Waterman rowed competitively and captained the crew team in his senior year. He plans to attend the University of Maine.

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