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Cheverus High School
267 Ocean Ave., Portland | www.cheverus.org


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Graduation day: June 4, 2012
at Merrill Auditorium

Graduation information provided by the high school

    Valedictorian and Salutatorian


    Valedictorian: Adam Zieba
    Adam is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zieba of Portland. He graduated Summa cum Laude. Adam was a member of the Math Team, the Haiti Solidarity Club, the Cross Country and the Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. He received the Williams College Book Award and the Undergraduate of the Year Award last fall. He will be attending Tufts University in the fall.



    Salutatorian: Allison Saunders
    Allison is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Saunders of Saco. She graduated Summa cum Laude and is a member of the National Honor Society. She served the Class of 2012 as one of their Co-Presidents. Allison was recognized at graduation with Academic Excellence Medals in Latin and Science. She received the President’s Educational Award and a Gold Award for Academic Excellence in Advanced Placement Latin, Theology IV, and AP Calculus BC. She was a member of the Math Team, the Key Club, and Campus Ministry. She received the John J. Flaherty Prize in Classics and the Harvard Book Prize last fall. Allison will attend Georgetown University in the fall.


    Gaia Cloutier
    Gaia is the daughter of Ms. Lisa Friedlander and Mr. Thomas Cloutier of Portland. She graduate Summa cum Laude, is a member of the National Honor Society, and received the President’s Educational Award. She was recognized at graduation with Academic Excellence Medals in English and Social Studies. She received the Silver Award for Academic Excellence in AP English Literature and AP European History. Gaia was a member of the Key Club and the Student Council. She received the Le Moyne College Book Award last fall. She will attend Trinity College in the fall.


    Emily Gibson
    Emily is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gibson of Portland. She graduated Summa cum Laude, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, and received the President’s Educational Award. Emily was recognized at graduation with the St. Ignatius Award and an Academic Excellence Medal in Theology. She received the John Philip Sousa Band Award, the Perfect Attendance Award, and a Gold Award for Academic Excellence in Theology, Concert Band, Functions and Trig, and Physics. Emily was Vice President and Secretary of the Class of 2012. She was an active member of the Key Club, serving as the Lieutenant Governor of the New England District. She was a member of the soccer team, the basketball team, and the tennis team, and was instrumental in creating the Cheverus Table Tennis Club. She received the Holy Cross Book Prize last fall and will attend Rhodes College next year.


    Elizabeth Gwilym
    Elizabeth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gwilym of Freeport. She is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Summa cum Laude. She was recognized at graduation with an Academic Excellence Medal in French. Elizabeth was chosen by her classmates and the faculty to be the Baccalaureate Speaker. She earned a Bronze Award for AP Environmental Science, received the President’s Educational Award, and was the recipient of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Scholar/Athlete Award. She was a member of the Key Club, the Math Team, and the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams. She received the Boston College Book Award last fall and she will be attending Colgate College this fall.


    Anna Herling
    Anna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Herling of Bowdoin. She is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Summa cum Laude. She was a member of the Key Club, serving as this year’s secretary. Anna received the Gold Award for Academic Excellence in English IV Honors, Physics, and Academic Computing Essentials and is a recipient of the President’s Educational Award. She was a member of the Swim Team, the Math Team, the Student Council, the Civil Rights Team, and the Outdoor Club. She was the recipient of the College of the Atlantic Book Award and was a Rensselaer Medalist recipient last fall. Anna will be attending Colby College in the fall.


    Monica Millay
    Monica is the daughter of Ms. Daphne Millay of Portland and Mr. William Millay of Old Orchard Beach. She graduated Summa cu Laude and received the President’s Educational Award. She was recognized at graduation with an Academic Excellence Medal in Spanish. Monica was a member of the Model United Nations Club, the Haiti Solidarity Club, and the Cheverus International Club. She will attend New York University.


    Bradford Pineau
    Brad is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pineau of Portland. He graduated Summa cu Laude, is a member of the National Honor Society, and received the President’s Educational Award. He received a Gold Award for Statistics, Physics Honors, and AP Chemistry. He was a member of the Math Team, the Soccer Team, and the Ski Team. He received the Fairfield University Book Award last fall. Bradford will attend Tufts University this fall.


    Emmett Roy
    Emmett is the son of Ms. Carole Roy of Wells. He graduated Summa cu Laude, is a member of the National Honor Society, and received the President’s Educational Award. Emmett was the recipient of the Bronze Award for English IV Honors. He was the recipient of the Yale Book Award last fall. Emmett will be attending Boston College this fall.


    Lukas Temple
    Lukas is the son of Mr. James Temple and Ms. Michelle Belyea of Topsham. He is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Summa cum Laude. He received a Silver Award in American Roots and Theology and the President’s Educational Award. He was chosen by his classmates and the faculty as this year’s Outstanding Senior and All Around Student to speak at Graduation. He was a member of the Math Team, the Home Team, and the captain of the Swim Team. Lukas was a valuable member of the cross-country and outdoor track teams. He was the recipient of the Southwestern Maine Swim Officials Scholarship, the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Scholar/Athlete Award, and the United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award. He received the St. Michael’s College Book Award last fall. He will be attending the United States Naval Academy in the fall.


    Alexandra Wirth
    Alexandra is the daughter of Dr. Joel Wirth and Dr. Barbara Wirth of Portland. She graduated Summa cum Laude, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, and received the President’s Educational Award. She received a Bronze Award in Pre-Calculus Honors and was the recipient of the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award. She was a member of the Spanish Club, the Math Team, and the Key Club. She was also a member of the Cross Country, Nordic Ski, and the Swim Teams. She was awarded the Brandeis University Book Award last fall. Alexandra will attend Lehigh University in the fall.


    David Woodbury
    David is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Woodbury of Portland. He is a member of the National Honor Society, graduated Summa cum Laude, and received the President’s Educational Award. He received a Bronze Award for AP Spanish. He was a member of the Math Team, the Model United Nations Club, and the Investment Club. David was also a member of the Tennis Team and the Cross Country and Indoor Track Teams. He received the Cornell University Book Award last fall. He will attend Washington and Lee University this fall.


    Class of 2012 Graduation

    Cheverus High School held its graduation ceremony on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium. Fr. William R. Campbell, S.J., President, Mr. John H. R. Mullen, Principal, The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th.D., Bishop of Portland, and Mr. Mark K. Googins, Board of Trustees Chair, presented diplomas to 119 graduates. Special guest Fr. James Lafontaine, S.J., Superior of the Jesuits of Maine was also in attendance. Mistresses of Ceremonies were Co-Class Presidents Allison M. Saunders and Taylor J. Spang. Valedictorian Adam Zieba, and Outstanding Senior and All-Around Student Lukas J. Temple addressed their classmates. Special guest speaker was Mr. Mario M. Powell, S.J., Graduate Student, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

    Graduation Awards
    Valedictorian: Adam Zieba, Salutatorian: Allison M. Saunders, Outstanding Senior and All Around Student: Lukas J. Temple, Loyalty and School Spirit: Charles T. Rainville III, Leadership: Taylor J. Spang, Activities and Achievements: Louis R. DiStasio, St. Ignatius Award: Emily L. M. Gibson, The Rev. Pedro Aruppe, S. J. Award/ J.S.E.A. Award: Erica A. Papkee and Thomas R. Sullivan

    The following students received ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN:
    English: Gaia N. Cloutier, Math: Bradford R. Pineau, Science: Allison M. Saunders, Social Studies: Gaia N. Cloutier, Art: Vivian Liang, French: Elizabeth V. Gwilym, Spanish: Monica L. Millay, Latin: Allison M. Saunders, Music: Jacob C. Boyce, Theology: Emily L. M. Gibson, Computer Science: Maria C. Cianchette.

    Baccalaureate Awards

    Abraham S. and Fannie B. Levey Award: Samuel Dodge
    Adam Worth Sherlock Memorial Award: Lars Murphy
    Amable A. Caron and Vivian Caron Scholarship: Marie O’Brion
    Amable A. Caron and Vivian Caron Scholarship: Coleman Walsh
    Baccalaureate Speaker: Elizabeth Gwilym
    Carrol M. Rines Sportsperson of the Year Award; Sarah LaQuerre
    Carrol M. Rines Sportsperson of the Year Award: Harrison Ridge
    Central Maine Power Scholarship: Christian Deschenes
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Christian Deschenes
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Emily Durgan
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Elliot Maker
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Nicholas Melville
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award; Alexandra Palazzi-Leahy
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Alissandra Saxton
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Katie Shapiro
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Thomas Sullivan
    Cheverus Athletic Achievement Award: Coleman Walsh
    Cheverus High School Female Athlete of the Year Award: Sarah LaQuerre
    Cheverus High School Male Athlete of the Year Award: Louis DiStasio
    Elizabeth Gillis Ahern & Leonard F. Ahern Memorial Scholarship: Alexandra Palazzi-Leahy
    Fr. Joseph Devlin, S.J. Award: Bobbiella Andoh
    Kevin McDonald Scholarship: Mary Fiona Hendry
    Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Female Scholar/Athlete: Elizabeth Gwilym
    Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Male Scholar/Athlete: Lukas Temple
    Maine Principals’ Association Award: Bradford Pineau
    Maine Sports Hall of Fame: Spencer Cooke
    Maine Sports Hall of Fame: Mary Fiona Hendry
    MELMAC Education Foundation Maine Principal’s Scholarship: Kaylee Taylor
    National Awards for Excellence in Music/Armstrong Jazz Award: Jacob Boyce
    National Awards for Excellence in Music/Choral Award: Bobbiella Andoh
    National Awards for Excellence in Music/Sousa Band Award: Emily Gibson
    Perfect Attendance Award: Emily Gibson
    Pierre A. Harnois Outstanding Athlete: Michael Dedian

    Pierre A. Harnois Outstanding Athlete: Allison Thomas
    Portland Youth Football Scholarship: Cameron Olson
    President’s Award: Céile Day
    Principal’s Award: Christian Deschenes
    Rev. C. Martin O’Toole Scholarship: Vivian Liang

    Rev. Philip C. Welch, S.J. Award: Cameron Mullen
    Richard H. McGarvey Scholarship: Madeline Woods
    Robert S. and Elizabeth E. Nanovic Scholarship: Brandyn Chretien
    Robert S. and Elizabeth E. Nanovic Scholarship: Cameron Mullen
    Rotary Club of Portland Youth Service Award: Céile Day
    Salutatorian: Allison Saunders
    Senior Class Co-President: Allison Saunders
    Senior Class Co-President: Taylor Spang
    Southern Maine Swim Officials Association Scholarship: Lukas Temple
    Southern Maine Swim Officials Association Scholarship: Mark Fernandez
    Spanish Honor Society: Maria Cianchette
    Spanish Honor Society: Emily Gibson
    Spanish Honor Society: Marie O’Brion
    Spanish Honor Society: Olivia Pickering
    Spanish Honor Society: Alexandra Wirth
    St. Francis Xavier, S.J. Campus Ministry Award: Erica Papkee
    St. Francis Xavier, S.J. Campus Ministry Award: Colm Pusey
    Superior Achievement in Mathematics: Vivian Liang
    Superior Achievement in Mathematics Adam Zieba
    United States Army Reserve National Female Scholar/Athlete: Madeline Woods
    United States Army Reserve National Male Scholar/Athlete: Lukas Temple
    United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award: Maria Cianchette
    United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award: Cameron Olson
    United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Louis DiStasio
    United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Alexandra Wirth
    United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Music Excellence: Alexandra Johnson
    United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Music Excellence: Samantha Johnson
    Unity Lodge # 3: Annie Foster
    Valedictorian: Adam Zieba
    Winthrop Rotary Club Scholarship: Samuel Dodge

    font size=”3″ color=”red”> Bronze, Silver and Gold Prize for Academic Excellence

    A bronze prize certificate is awarded to those students who are the top student in one subject:

    Bobbiella Andoh: Jazz Choir
    Gwen Beaman: Drawing & Painting
    Maxwell Boucher: Architectural Design
    Megan Carroll: Academic Computing
    Gabriella Casale: Studio Art
    Kayla Cavallaro: Drawing & Painting
    Maria Cianchette: Yearbook
    Wesley Cowperwaite: Jazz Band
    Mark Fernandez: Spanish III Honors
    Elizabeth Gwilym: AP Environmental Science
    Abby Harrison: AP Biology
    Ryan Hoffman: Law & Politics
    Katherine Hunziker: Architectural Design
    Jotham Illuminati: Intro to Art
    Samantha Johnson: World War II & 1960′s
    Yiyuan Liao: Calculus AP
    Stephanie Maxsimic: English IV
    Lars Murphy: English IV
    Carolyne Obery: Intro to Art
    Gerald O’Hanlon: Intro to Music
    Olivia Pickering: Functions & Trig
    Miranda Ray: AP Spanish
    Harrison Ridge: French IV
    Emmett Roy: English IV Honors
    Bradley Russell: Spanish IV Honors
    Alissandra Saxton: French IV Honors
    Katie Shapiro: Environmental Science
    Taylor Spang: Theology
    Thomas Sullivan: Piano Lab
    Allison Thomas: Latin IV Honors
    Alexandra Wirth: Pre-Calculus Honors
    David Woodbury: AP Spanish
    Adam Zieba: AP Economics

    A silver prize certificte is awarded to those students who are the top students in two subjects

    Amelia Burnes: World War II & 1960′s &
    Theology IV

    Gaia Cloutier: AP English Literature &
    AP European History

    Louis DiStasio: Spanish III &
    Stained Glass Workshop

    Marie O’Brion: Theology &
    Functions and Trig

    Scott Potter: French II-Honors &
    Honors Latin IV

    Lukas Temple: American Roots &
    Theology

    A gold prize certificate is awarded to those students who are the top student in three or more subjects

    Emily Gibson: Theology, Concert Band,
    Functions and Trig, &
    Physics

    Fiona Hendry: Drawing/Painting,
    Functions and Trig,
    AP Environmental Science

    Anna Herling: Academic Computing,
    English IV Honors, &
    Physics

    Alexandra Johnson: World War II & 1960′s,
    English IV, &
    Algebra II w/ Trig

    Bradford Pineau: Statistics,
    Physics Honors, &
    AP Chemistry

    Allison Saunders: Theology,
    Advanced Placement Latin,
    & AP Calculus BC

    Students receiving the President’s Educations Award have worked hard and maintained an impressive standard of excellence by graduating with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
    Brandyn Chretien
    Gaia Cloutier
    Bryan Cross
    Samuel Dodge
    Mark Fernandez
    Emily Gibson
    Michelle Giordano
    Elizabeth Gwilym
    Abby Harrison
    Mary Hendry
    Anna Herling
    Alexandra Johnson
    Vivian Liang
    Monica Millay
    Carolyne Obery
    Marie O’Brion
    Erica Papkee
    Katherine Fallon Parker

    Olivia Pickering
    Bradford Pineau
    Jennifer Plummer
    Miranda Ray
    Harrison Ridge
    Emmett Roy
    Allison Saunders
    Alissandra Saxton
    Samantha Shannon
    Katie Sharma
    Taylor Spang
    Timothy Sweret

    Lukas Temple
    Alexandra Wirth
    David Woodbury
    Adam Zieba

    Have graduation information or photos you’d like to submit? Email to graduation@pressherald.com


2012 graduates

Brett Samuel Adams
Armáni Cásemerá Alonzo-Young
Spencer Byron Amberson**+
Bobbiella Maria Andoh **+
Sean David Barry
Gwen Torvy Beaman**
Maxwell Jack Boucher*
Jacob Charles Boyce
Mitchell Andrew Briggs**
Amelia A. Burnes*
Megan Anne Carroll
Gabriella Donatelli Casale**+
Kayla Marie Cavallaro**
John Michael Cella*+
Marissa E. Champagne*
Cecilia Yu-Chi Chen*+
Brandyn Kyle Chretien***
Erin Marie Cianchette*
Maria Catherine Cianchette**
Gaia Nicole Cloutier***+
Patrick Cahill Conley*
Spencer M. Cooke*+
Wesley Evan Cowperthwaite*
Bryan Linwood Cross***+
Céile Maryellen Day*+
Michael Thomas Dedian**
Christian Patrick Deschenes*+
Anthony Vincent DiModica**+
Louis Richard DiStasio**+
Samuel Gunnar Dodge***
Emily Marie Durgin*
Audra Maxine Engelman*
Mark Andrew Fernandez Jr.***+
Tyler Scott Flaherty*
Ann Elizabeth Foster*
Tyler Benjamin Friedman*
Emily Laura Marie Gibson***+
Michelle Elizabeth Giordano***+
Shawn Matthew Grover
Elizabeth Verross Gwilym***+
Michael N. Haas-Zanghi
Galen Ross Hand**+
Abby Elizabeth Brackett Harrison***+
Eliza Line Hellier*
Mary Fiona Hendry***+
Anna Nathalie Herling***+
Daniel Eric Herman*
Ryan Andrew Hoffman**+
Alexander James Hoglund
Katherine Mary Hunziker**
Jotham Taylor Illuminati**
Alexandra Louise Johnson***
Samantha Elizabeth Johnson**
James Christo Kapothanasis**+
Sarah Catherine LaQuerre**+
Vivian Liang***
Yiyuan Liao**
Elliot John Maker*+
Alexander Nicholas Mann
Brianna Marie Mattia*
Stephanie Maria Maxsimic*
Kelsy Meygan McDonald*
Kari Lee McGowan*
Nicholas David Melville
Aaron Christian Forrest Mendro
Monica Labbe Millay***
Leeann Marie Morrison *
Cameron Robert Mullen*+
Lars Josef Murphy**
Marie Kathleen O’Brion ***
Gerald Quinn O’Hanlon**+
Carolyne Sarah Obery***+
Cameron Ernest Olson*+
Alexandra Lee Palazzi-Leahy
Nathan Edward Palmer*
Erica Anne Papkee***+

Christa Para*
Katherine Fallon Parker ***+
Francesca Marie Pasquali
Madison Margaret Piacentini*

Olivia Corinne Pickering***
Bradford Robert Pineau ***+
Jennifer M. Plummer***
Scott Michael Potter*
Colm Flynn Pusey
Charles Thurston Rainville III*+
Miranda Ellington Ray***
Spencer Morin Reynolds*
Glenn Theodore Richardson*
Harrison Robert Ridge***+
Sean Connelly Rogers
Emmett Roy***+
Bradley William Russell**
Allison Marie Saunders ***+
Alissandra Lynn Saxton ***
Samantha Danielle Shannon***
Katie Ann Shapiro*+
Katie Josephine Sharma ***+
Jae Yeon Shin*
Joseph Kenneth Slattery *
Jacob Henry Smith
Jacob Connor Smith
Taylor Jane Spang***+
Evan Joshua Stewart
Thomas Ryan Sullivan**+
Timothy James Sweret***
Kaylee Amanda-Anna Taylor
Lukas James Temple***+
Yohannes Zeru Tesfai
Allison Louise Thomas*+
Catherine Elizabeth Walsh*
Coleman Patrick Walsh III
Alexandra Paula Webber**
Benjamin Bradley Weeks
Brian John Whalen
Alexandra Grace Wirth***+
David John Woodbury***+
Madeline Leigh Woods**+
Adam Zieba***

*** Summa cum Laude
** Magna cum Laud
* cum Laud
+ National Honor Society


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