Freeport High School Class Of 2006
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Exceptional class stands out in diverse areas
Freeport High School held its graduation exercises at 1 p.m. on June 11 in the school gym and awarded diplomas to 115 seniors.
Nicolette Greene sang "Goodbye's the Saddest Word." The senior class address was delivered by Becca Powers, who gave a speech titled, "I Dare You."
The keynote speakers were two American Studies teachers, Peggy Muir and Rich Robinson.
Principal Thomas K. Edwards, who is retiring, gave the farewell address. He said this class provided great leadership all year and set a record for being scholars. Their scores on the Maine Educational Assessment test were the highest the school has ever had, Edwards said, adding that all the students have positive plans for school, work or military service after graduation.
"That makes me feel great that we are here for every kid," he said. "When they have a good plan . . . that really makes you feel like we got there. They did a good job."
For the first time in school history, a student, Nolan McKusick, will be heading to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Five students are going into the military and 75 percent of the students graduated with honors, Edwards said.
Nearly ever senior has volunteered in the community. The class also has many talented athletes who have won state championship titles in several sports, including skiing and cross country. Logan Crane, the president of the senior class, is the fastest woman runner to graduate from high school in Maine, Edwards said, adding that she holds four state records.
"She is a lot of fun. She is a great kid," he said. "We have had some very successful teams. We have kids who excel and give back in the arts. This class is full of outstanding artists and musicians."
Edwards said he feels that they are ready to face the road ahead.
"My wish is for the students to thrive in their lives and learning and to find their own ways to help others," Edwards said.
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Tyler Patten Boucher: Parents: Elizabeth Patten and Michael Boucher. Tyler was a member of the Math Team and Science Olympiad. Activities included: Nordic Skiing, Lacrosse, Cross-Country Running, and Ultimate Frisbee. Awards received: Cross Country Excellence Award, Geometry Excellence Award. College Acceptances: St. Lawrence University, and Acadia University. Tyler has chose to attend Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Rita Kay Brandt-Meyer: Parents: Ann Brandt and Eric Meyer. Rita's activities include acting for the Children's Theatre of Maine and volunteer DJ for WMPG Community Radio. Awards: Excellence in English, Most Improved in Math. Rita will be attending Hampshire College.
Kelso Davis: Parents: Megan and Lev Davis. Kelso was a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, FHS Service Club, Art Club, and Freeport Rotary Club. Activities: Varsity Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Falcon Newspaper, Freeport High School Mentor. Awards: Recipient of the Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award, Salomon Plummer Citizenship Award, French Excellence Award, History Excellence Award, Art Excellent Award, selected to represent FHS at RYLA leadership camp, selected to represent FHS at the Maine Principals Assoc. Annual Sports Conference, President of the National Honor Society, selected to attend Haystack Art Institute, recipient of Maine College of Art Merit Award, FHS Mentor Program, Class Officer, Student Government. Kelso will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology.
Elizabeth DeGrandpre: Parents: Linda and James DeGrandpre. Elizabeth was a member of the Interact Club, Youth Engaged Service Club, Art Club, National Honor Society, and Student Mentor. Activities: Dominican Republic Mission Trip, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Lacrosse, Indoor Track, Semester abroad in Paraguay, Relay for Life. Awards: Academic Achievement Award, Latin II Student Award. College Acceptances: University of New England, Keene State College. Elizabeth will be attending the University of New England
Daniel Enking: Parents: Kathy and Patrick Enking. Daniel's activities included Model UN, Science Olympiad, Math Team, Varsity Nordic Ski Team, Drama, Chorus, National Honor Society, Ultimate Frisbee, ACDA All Eastern Choir and All State Choir, Dirigo Boy's State, National Young Leaders Conference, Member of State Champion World Quest Trivia Team, Outward Bound. Awards received: Maine Drama Festival "All Cast" Award, Presidents Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Williams College Book Award, Kodak Young Leaders Award, Solomon H. Plummer Citizenship Award. College Acceptances: Tufts University, Carleton College, Macalester College, Goucher College, Emory University, Lawrence University and Muhlenberg College. Daniel will be attending Tufts University.
Rebecca Gerber: Parents: Jane Arbuckle and Bob Gerber. Rebecca was a member of the Math Team, Service Club, The Falcon Newspaper and National Honor Society. Activities: Varsity Soccer, Varsity Ice Hockey, Varsity Lacrosse and Maxx Teen Center Committee. Awards: Outstanding Senior Award for Soccer. College Acceptances: University of Maine at Orono and Clark University. Rebecca will be attending the University of Maine at Orono.
Matthew Gleason: Parents: Katrina Van Dusen and John Gleason. Matt was a member of the Falcon Newspaper, Clarion Literary Magazine, Math Team and National Honor Society. Activities: Baseball, Cross Country Running, Indoor Track, Singer in Rock N' Roll Band, Writer for Word Section of Times Record Newspaper, Semester abroad in Chile. Awards: Governor's Young Writer of the Year, Pride and Character Award for Cross Country, Indoor Track and Brown Book Award. College Acceptances: Princeton University, Wesleyan University, Macalester College, Colorado College, Tufts University, and University of Wisconsin. Matt will be attending Princeton University.
Lauren Goddard: Parents: Kathy and Kirk Goddard. Lauren was a member of the Service Club and a Student Mentor. Activities: Lacrosse, Cross Country Running and Soccer. Awards: Honor Roll and Excellence in Geometry. College Acceptances: University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, James Madison University and Duquesne University. Lauren will be attending the University of Vermont.
Maura Irene Gorman: Parents: Louise and Jim Gorman. Maura was a member of the Student Council and a Student Mentor. Activities: Equestrian. Awards: Smith College Book Award, 2005 Lion's Club "Speak Out", Golding Award in Humanities English, Geometry Award, Maine Medal and New Hampshire Medal Qualifier. College Acceptances: Stonehill College, Skidmore College, University of Maine at Orono, Clark University, and Wheaton College. Maura will be attending Wheaton College in MA.
Nicolette Rose Greene: Parents: Mary and Rob Greene. Nicolette was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team, Prom Committee, Student Mentor, Y.E.S. Club and Class Officer. Activities: Chorus, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, Band, Musicals, SMCC, One Acts, Girls Ensemble, Jazz Band, Murder Mystery, Basketball, Softball, and Relay for Life. Awards: Most Outstanding Choral Student, Musical Excellence, Coaches Award Soccer, Community Leader of the Week, Basketball JV MVP, Basketball Coaches Award, Honor Student, Honors English Award, Geometry Award. College Acceptances: Ithaca College and the University of Southern Maine. Nicolette is currently undecided as to where she will attend college.
Monique Noelle Moore Guimond: Parents: Jenny Moore and Kenn Guimond. Monique was a member of the National Honor Society, FHS Math Team, Future Problem Solving, Student Council and a Student Mentor. Activities: Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Alpine Ski Team, and Varsity Lacrosse. Attended Island School Semester Program, Medical Mission Trips to Dominican Republic, and is a Maine Medical Center Hospital Volunteer. Awards: FHS Academic Honor Roll. Monique will be attending Georgetown University.
Alexandra Marie Heinz: Parents: Lynn and Bill Heinz. Alex was a member of the National Honor Society, NEASC Leadership and Organization Committee, Future Problem Solving, Math Team, and the Falcon Newspaper. Activities: Varsity Field Hockey Captain, Varsity Alpine Skiing, Varsity Tennis, Dominican Republic Mission Trip, Student Mentor, Exchange Student-Brazil. Awards: University of Rochester Kodak Young Leadership Award. College Acceptances: Colorado College, Boston College, University of Denver, University of Vermont, and the University of San Diego. Alex will be attending Boston College.
Katherine Hoering: Parents: Tam and John Hoering. Katherine was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Aspirations Committee, Math Team, Science Olympiad and Student Mentor. Activities: Varsity Field Hockey, Field Hockey Western Maine Conference All-Star, Field Hockey All State, Field Hockey Pride and Character and Most Valuable Player Award, Field Hockey Rookie of the Year, Seacoast United Field Hockey Teams, Futures Program with the USA Field Hockey Association, Junior Field Hockey Instructor, Varsity Tennis, Tennis Western Maine Conference. Awards: Tennis Coaches and Most Improved Player Award, Honor Roll, Solomon H. Plummer Citizenship Award, Oberlin College Book Award, Family and Consumer Science Outstanding Achievement, Spanish Most Improved Student Award. College Acceptances: Hobart & William Smith, Hartwick, and University of Maine at Farmington. Katherine will be attending Hobart & William Smith.
Shelley Hoy: Parents: Mary Sauer and John Hoy. Shelley was a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Math Team. Activities: Wescustago Youth Chorale, Wind Ensemble, School Musicals, One-Act Play, Varsity Tennis Team. Awards: District III Honors Chorus, District III Honors Band, Wellesley College Book Award. Shelley will be attending Hamilton College.
Nicholas R. Knowlen: Parents: Kimberly Knowlen. Nick was a member of the Math Team and Science Club. Activities: Band, Basketball, and Science Olympiad. Awards: Latin Award, Math Team Award, and Perfect Attendance Award. Nick will be attending the University of Maine in Orono.
Anna Miya Loeschner: Parents: Mari Miya and Alan Loeschner. Anna was a member of the Service Club, Falcon Newspaper Staff, NAACP, and One Acts. Activities: Varsity Soccer, Freshman Basketball, Varsity Indoor Track, and Varsity Outdoor Track. Awards: Western Maine All Conference Soccer, Western Maine All Conference 2nd Team-Indoor Track, Pride and Character Award-Outdoor Track, Coaches Award Indoor Track. College Acceptances: Howard University, George Town University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anna will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Evan Douglas McLellan: Parents: Diane and Doug McLellan. Evan was a member of Science Olympiad and Math Team. Activities include Tennis and Golf. Awards: RIT Competing Medal Scholarship, Excellence in Geometry, and Excellence in Computer Applications. College Acceptances: University of Maine, Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Evan will be attending the University of Maine in Orono.
Nolan James McKusick: Parents: Susan Perron McKusick and Jim McKusick. Nolan was a member of the Math Team, Student Council, and Science Olympiad. Activities: Football (Captain), Piano, Saxophone, Guitar, Tennis, Golf, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, District III Honor Band. Awards: President's Award for Academic Excellence, UMO Book Award, Top 50 MEA Scorer, French III, IV Award, Commitment and Excellence Award Football, Pride and Character Award, Scholar Athlete Award, Science Olympiad State Gold Medalist. College Acceptances: U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Nolan will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Russell Taylor Milholland: Parents: Carey Hotaling and Peter Milholland. Rusty was a member of Model UN and the Yearbook Staff. Activities: Science Olympiad, Mock Trial, Math Team, Chorus, Chamber Choir, Trivia Team, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Nordic Skiing, Varsity Lacrosse, and a Student Mentor. Awards: Freshman Soccer Athletic Excellence Award, JV Soccer Athletic Excellence Award, Most Improved Varsity Lacrosse, Most Improved Varsity Skiing, Coaches Award Varsity Skiing, Pride and Character Award Varsity Soccer, Pride and Character Award Varsity Skiing, All Conference Lacrosse, two years All Conference Nordic Skiing, three-time member of State Champion Ski Team, Nordic Ski Team Captain, Runners Up WML Championship Soccer, Two Bronze and One Gold of Science Olympiad State Championship. College Acceptances: University of Vermont, St. Lawrence University, Bates College. Rusty will be attending Bates College.
Jessi O'Rourke-Suchoff: Parents: Karen O'Rourke and David Suchoff. Jessi was co-editor of the Falcon Newspaper, Played Trumpet and Piano, Ran Cross Country, Softball, Jazz Band, and was a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student. She was awarded the Bowdoin Book Award. Jessi will be attending the University of California at Berkeley.
Erin Kathryne Pierce: Parents: Lynn and MacGregor Pierce. Erin was a member of Rotary International, Rotary Interact, and Future Problem Solving. Activities: Field Hockey and Alpine Skiing. She was awarded the Boston College Book Award. Erin will be attending George Washington University after working for the Ocean Classroom Foundation for one year.
Molly Grace Richmond: Parents: Beverly and Roger Richmond. Molly was a member of the National Honor Society, Freeport Books and Bagels Club, and the Freeport Writing Club. Activities: Playwriting, Screenwriting, Reading, Traveling, Volunteering, Working at Bridgham and Cook in Freeport. Awards: Certificate of Recognition from the Freeport Drama Department for Playwriting, Special Commendation from the Maine Drama Festival for Playwriting, Dirigo Girl's State Award, and the Middlebury Book Award. Molly will be attending Bates College.
Matthew Paul Ritger: Parents: Karen Franciose and Paul Ritger. Matt was editor of the Falcon Newspaper, member of the National Honor Society, Future Problem Solvers, Math Team, Art Club, and Model United Nations. Activities: Co-Captain of both Varsity Cross Country and Alpine Ski Team, Community Service Trips to the Dominican Republic, Guest Columnist for the Portland Press Herald. Awards: National Merit Scholar, Winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing, Future Problem Solving State Championship, Solomon H. Plummer Citizenship Award, Colby College Book Award, Cross Country Coaches Award, Most Improved Skier Award. Matt will be attending Dartmouth College.
Rebecca C. Robie: Parents: Cathy and Fred Robie. Becca was a member of the Rotary Interact Club. Activities: Field Hockey, Tennis, Books and Bagels Book Club. Awards: Pride & Character Award and Athletic Excellence Award (for Field Hockey). College Acceptances: Ithaca College, Northeastern University, and the University of Maine at Orono. Becca will be attending Northeastern University.
Franklin Lehmer Russell: Parents: Mary Lehmer and Matt Russell. Franklin was a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, and the Math Team. Activities: Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Tennis, Trumpet (wind ensemble and band), Earth Day Network, Referee for Soccer and Basketball. Awards: High Honors, Tennis and Soccer Coaches Awards, Presidential Scholar, and District III Honors Band. College Acceptances: Binghamton University, Clark University, Colby College, Goucher College, Occidental College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Maine, University of Vermont, and Wheaton College. Franklin will be attending Goucher College.
Abigail Webb Samuelson: Parents: Joan and Scott Samuelson. Abby was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team, Falcon Newspaper, Service Club, Model UN, and Student Mentor. Activities: Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Nordic Skiing, Varsity Track, Freeport Community Plant-A-Row Garden, Dominican Republic Mission Trip, Morse Street School Elementary School Volunteer. Awards: Mount Holyoke Book Award, RIT Technology Award, Solomon H. Plummer Award, All Conference Cross Country, All Conference Nordic Skiing, All State Honorable Mention Nordic Skiing. Abby will be attending Bates College.
Wade Andrew Schwanda: Parents: Janet and John Schwanda. Wade was a member of the National Honor Society and Young Life. Activities: Soccer, Football, Nordic Skiing, Baseball, Varsity Baseball. Awards: MEA Top 50, 2006 Regional Scholastic Art Award (Gold Key). College Acceptances: Norwich University, Western New England College, University of MA at Lowell, University of Maine at Orono, Gordon College, Bridgewater State College, Plymouth State. Wade will be attending the University of Maine at Orono.
Simon Winslow Skold: Parents: Barbara Brown and Walker Skold. Simon was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Mentor, Interact, and the Falcon Newspaper. Activities: Swimming, Drama, Youth Group, Scooping at Ben & Jerry's, Lacrosse. Awards: Elks Scholarship, Bates Book Award. College Acceptances: Fordham University (Bronx, NY) and American University (Washington, DC). Simon will be attending Fordham University.
Alexander Palmer Standen: Parents: Elizabeth and Mark Standen. Alex was a member of the Clarion Literary Magazine, Mock Trial, Model UN, Student Mentor, Falcon Newspaper, Books and Bagel Club. Activities: Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer, AFS Student Chile, Morse Street School Volunteer, Middle School Alternative Ed. Volunteer, Dominican Republic Volunteer, and Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. Awards: National Merit Commended Scholar, English Award, History Award, Humanities Award, Yale University Book Award, Junior Maine Guide, MVP and Coaches Award Soccer, Pride & Character Award Basketball, All Conference Honorable Mention Soccer. Alex will be attending the University of Pennsylvania.
Evan Daniel Thompson: Parents: Annie and Scott Thompson. Evan was a member of the Interact Club. Activities: Freshman Soccer, JV Soccer, Varsity Soccer, Freshman Basketball, JV Basketball, Varsity Basketball, and JV Baseball. Awards: Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Presidential Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Scholar Athlete Award, Basketball Excellence Award, and Excellence in Geometry. College Acceptances: University of Maine at Orono, Roger-Williams University, and Colby-Sawyer College, Evan will be attending Colby-Sawyer College.
Elliott Nelson Townsend: Parents: Karen and Clifford Townsend. Elliott was a member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society. Activities: Varsity Soccer, and Varsity Basketball. Awards: All-State Soccer, All-Conference Soccer, Community Leader "Leader of the Week", Falmouth Forecaster "Fall Athlete of the Year". College Acceptances: Syracuse University, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Mount St. Mary's University. Elliott will be attending Syracuse University.
Quynh Tran Parents: Hien and Ray Harris. Quynh has been a library volunteer and Student Mentor. Awards: Excellence in Latin, Excellence in Geometry, and Scholar Athlete Award. College Acceptances: Wheaton College, Stonehill College, University of Maine, and Merrimack College. Quynh will be attending Wheaton College.
Kyle C. Warren: Parents: Sandy and Rick Warren. Kyle was a member of the National Honor Society and Interact. Activities: Varsity State Champ Alpine Ski Team, Telemark Skiing, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Mountain Unicycling, Photography. Awards: 205 Maine Trig-Star Winner, Excellence in Mathematics. College Acceptances: Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, and the University of Maine at Orono. Kyle will be attending the University of Maine at Orono.
Jesse Zorski: Parents: Elise Thibodeau and Kevin Zorski. Jesse was a member of the Math Team and Art Club. Activities: Varsity Indoor/Outdoor Track. Awards: Simon Wiesenthal Writing Award, and Art Class Awards. College Acceptances: Colby College and Vassar College.
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