Scarborough High grads, A-K, in top 10 percent of class

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Jake Alofs is the son of Marilyn and Dean Alofs. He was a member of the Key Club and the Interact Club. During all four years of high school, Alofs participated in cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track, serving as captain of the outdoor track team in his senior year. Honors and awards that he received include the Brandeis University Junior Book Award; being named to the SMAA All-Academic Teams for cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track; and being a member of five state championship teams. Alofs will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall.

Paul Babirak is the son of Stephan and Brenda Babirak. As a senior, Babirak was president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Student Council, and captain of the swim team. He also served as a junior volunteer at Maine Medical Center, and played football. His honors include participating in Boys State, working as a page for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, D-Maine, in Washington, D.C., and earning a varsity letter on the swim team. His also was named to the All-American team in boy’s swimming, and won the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Rochester. Babirak will attend his brother’s and sister’s alma mater, Grove City College, in Grove City, Pa.

Brenna Clavette is the daughter of Dan and Kim Clavette. She is the secretary of Alzheimer’s Awareness Club and a member of the Pink Ribbon Club. During all four years of high school, she danced with Broadway Dance Academy and was an active participant in St. Max Youth Ministry. Her distinctions include being named to the honor roll for four years and winning the Wellesley College Book Award. Clavette will attend Union College in the fall to study biochemistry.

Adrienne Damicis is the daughter of Joanne and Jim Damicis. She was the president of the Key Club, a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador, and a member of the National Honor Society. In high school she completed over 750 hours of community service, co-founded SHS’s Week of Kindness, volunteered at Wentworth’s Homework Club, and volunteered as a junior counselor for Camp No Limits. Honors and awards that Damicis has received include the Principal’s Award, the President’s Award for Commitment to Community Cervice, the Clarkson University Book Award, and the Hardy Girls Healthy Women Against the Odds Award. Damicis will attend Case Western Reserve University in the fall.

Sofia Diaco is the daughter of Peter and Diane Diaco. She was the vice president of ECOS and of the SHS Band, and also a member of National Honor Society and Key Club. Throughout high school she danced at Scarborough Dance Center, and until her senior year she swam for the school’s swim team. Diaco has received the Excellence in Science and Mathematics Award from the Society of Women Engineers and Excellence in French Award from the SHS Foreign Language Department. She will attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study engineering as a part of an honors program

LaRae Discatio is the daughter of David and Marie Discatio. In her four years of high school, she participated in the girl’s basketball program, the outdoor track and field program, and the ECOS Club. Discatio will attend the University of Maine in the fall.

Austin Downing, salutatorian, is the son of Michael Downing and Lisa McCann. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Math Team, and served as the secretary of Model United Nations. He participated in baseball and indoor track during his freshman year, and played soccer all four years, serving as one of the captains in his senior year. Distinctions he received include the Cornell Book Award and Outstanding Achievement in Spanish V and AP Spanish awards. He also was an AP Scholar with Honor and was named to All-State. Downing will attend Bowdoin College in the fall.

Sydney DuEst is the daughter of Lori Fletcher and James DuEst. She was a member of the school newspaper and ECOS Club. DuEst has received an award in AP Spanish. She will attend the University of Maine Orono in the fall.

Ben Farino is the son of Kelledy and Ben Farino. He served as the senior class secretary and was a member of Model U.N. and the Math Team. He won three state championships with the indoor track team, and participated in youth ministry at St. Max. Farino was named a National Merit finalist. Next year he will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grace Farnkoff is the daughter of Leanne and Tom Farnkoff. She was the vice president of the Pink Ribbon Club, a member of the National Honor Society and a chairman of the Maine Principals Association Student Advisory Committee. During high school she participated in soccer, basketball and softball, serving as captain of the softball team her senior year. Farnkoff received the Williams College Book Award and the 2013 Basketball Team Award, and was named to the All-Academic teams in soccer and basketball. She will attend Colby College in the fall and will play on the softball team.

Karli-An Gilbert is the daughter of Michael and Dawn Gilbert. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club and Scarborough’s Bible Study Club. Over the past four years, she participated in the field hockey and indoor and outdoor track teams, serving as a co-captain for both field hockey and indoor track her senior year. Distinctions Gilbert received include being a member of the All-State field hockey team, being a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association All-Northern New England Region team, achieving SMAA All-Academic status in both indoor track and field hockey, and being runner-up for the Faith Littlefield Award. Gilbert will attend Gordon College in the fall.

Erin Giles is the daughter of Scott and Therese Giles. She was the senior and junior editor for the Scarborough High School Yearbook, was a member of Key Club and Youth Ministry, and also coached athletic teams for Scarborough Community Services. She played soccer and basketball in her freshman year and played varsity softball all four years, serving as a captain of the softball team her senior year. She is a high-honor student, received the Colby College Book Award and was named First Team All-Conference as a pitcher. Giles will attend Middlebury College in the fall to study biology.

Danielle Gray is the daughter of Sue and Keith Taylor. She volunteered at Homework Club for a year where she provided after-school help to Wentworth Intermediate students. Gray participated in ECOS for two years and was recognized for the highest number of hours during her junior year. She was named to the honor roll all four years of high school and was awarded the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award. She will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.

Analisa Griggs is the daughter of Michael and Beverly Griggs. Analisa played soccer her freshman year and was a member of the National Honor Society. She took part in the musical theater program her first three years, and in Concert Chorus her senior year. Griggs will attend Southern Maine Community College in the fall.

Margaret Kirsch is the daughter of Maureen and Stephen Kirsch. While in high school, she was active in the Civil Rights Club and the Outing Club. She played goalie on the Class A State Championship varsity girls’ lacrosse team for the past four years, finishing her senior year as a captain. Along with lacrosse, Kirsch played field hockey, ice hockey and ultimate frisbee, and ran indoor track and cross-country. She spent the fall of her junior year in Wisconsin attending Conserve School and cultivating her love of the environment and adventure. She will attend Smith College in the fall, pursuing environmental studies.

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Jake Alofs

Brenna Clavette

Adrienne Damicis

Sofia Diaco

LaRae Discatio

Sydney DuEst

Ben Farino

Grace Farnkoff

Karli-An Gilbert

Erin Giles

Danielle Gray

Analisa Griggs

Margaret Kirsch