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South Portland High School
637 Highland Ave., South Portland | highschool.spsd.org

Graduation day: June 3, 2012
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    Top 10 Seniors

    Er Li Peng - Valedictorian
    Daughter of Yun Zhong and Cheng Peng
    Er Li is active in Student Senate, French Club, Interact Club, National Honor Society (NHS-President), Ski Club, piano, tennis, soccer, Relay for Life, Math Team, and Science Bowl. Interests include traveling, snowboarding, camping, playing the piano, and watching movies. Er Li volunteers with Interact, in the Learning Lab, and at the Ronald McDonald House. Awards and honors include NHS; World Language Honor Society; Harvard Book Award; Society of Women Engineers; AP Scholar; MPA Principal's Award; Excellence in French, AP US History, and Honors Pre-Calculus. She was also a delegate to Dirigo Girls State. Er Li will attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

    Elizabeth (Libby) Grant - Salutatorian
    Daughter of Mark and Barbara Grant
    Libby is active in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Softball, French Club, Interact, and National Honor Society. In addition to sports, Libby enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, going to the beach, and serving the community through volunteering. Awards and honors include Dirigo Girls State Delegate, Yale University Book Award, President's Award for Academic Excellence, Excellence in Chemistry, NHS Vice President, French Club President, World Language Honor Society, All-Academic team in soccer, basketball, and softball, Vaughn Fuller Student Athlete Award, and member of the 2012 Maine McDonald's Academic All-State Team. In her spare time, Libby refs youth soccer and basketball, and works as a breakfast attendant at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Portland. Libby will attend UMO in the fall.

    William Bushey
    Son of Stephen and Margaret Bushey
    Will is active in Interact, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Baseball, and premier soccer with Portland Phoenix Club. When not on the soccer field, Will enjoys fishing, ping pong, and serving the community with the Rotary Club as well as participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Will's talents include unicycling! Awards and honors include College of the Atlantic Book Award, Excellence in Biology Award, Rookie of the Year, Captain's Award for Soccer, World Language Honor Society, Dirigo Boys State Delegate, and academic team in soccer and baseball. Will plans to attend the University of New England and study to become a pharmacist.

    Molly Ekholm
    Daughter of Glenn and Mary Ekholm Molly is active in Spanish Club (co-president), marching and concert bands, musical production, chorus, and the Math Team. Hobbies and interests include reading, hanging out with friends, music (both vocal and instrumental), volunteering with band director Sandy Barry at Mahoney Middle School, and participating with her church's Worship Team. Awards include Colby College Book Award and Marching Band Rookie of the Year. She's a member of National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society. She was also named Alternate Delegate to Dirigo Girls State. In her spare time, Molly enjoys babysitting. Molly will attend Gordon College in the fall.

    Marion Fearing
    Daughter of Catherine and Stephen Fearing
    Marion is active in Latin Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Interact, school newspaper, stage crew for the musical, and Red Riot Ambassadors. Her hobbies include collecting old books, playing the flute, reading, writing, and attending craft fairs. Awards and honors include World Language Honor Society, Wellesley Book Award, Excellence in both Latin and Sophomore English, Women's Literary Union Writing Content finalist. Following her junior year, Marion spent the summer in England. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteer work. Marion plans to major in English at Wheaton College.

    RoryAlice Hoecker
    Daughter of Anton and Karlee Hoecker
    RoryAlice is active in music (band and lessons), Amnesty International, Outing Club, Ultimate Frisbee, and the annual musical production. Her hobbies and interests include music, writing, photography, art, the outdoors, biking, and running. Awards have included Excellence in History (both 9th and 10th grades), and the Dartmouth College Book Award. RoryAlice is a member of NHS. Outside of school, she babysits and works as a cashier at Hannaford's. RoryAlice will attend Clark University next year.

    Matthew LaBerge
    Son of Steven and Michelle LaBerge
    Matt is active in multiple music activities, including musical theatre, jazz ensemble, marching band, and a men's a cappella group. He plays tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and is Class President. His interests include singing, playing the ukulele and piano, writing music, studying musicals and opera, biking, hiking, and outdoor adventuring. Additionally, Matt has honed the hidden talent of reciting the alphabet backwards in under 3 seconds! Awards and honors include All-State Chorus, All-State Concert Band, and All-State Jazz Band; National Honor Society and World Language National Honor Society; Tri-M Music Honor Society; Marching Band Leadership Award and Marching Band Outstanding Performer Award. Matt has worked for the "Best of Broadway" concert which benefits the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. Matt plans to continue pursuing music and theatre at USM, earn a Master's degree in Education, and become a music teacher.

    Jillian Legere
    Daughter of Robin and Mike Legere
    Jillian has been active in varsity basketball, varsity field hockey, Interact Club, French Club, Maine Hoops AAU, National Honor Society, and World Languages National Honor Society. She tutors at Small Elementary School, as well as coaches youth sports. Awards include the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), and the Smith College Book Award. She currently works as a supervisor at Wainwright Field Complex. Jillian plans to attend Bates College next year.

    Daniel Medici
    Son of David and Leanne Medici
    Dan is active in Varsity Football, is captain of the Varsity Indoor Track team, as well as captain of Varsity Outdoor Track, and is a member of both the National Honor Society and World Language National Honor Society. In addition to sports, Dan is a member of the Interact Club and volunteers as a coach for South Portland youth football. Awards and honors include AP Scholar, Cornell University Book Award, Excellence in Physics, and Outstanding Student Athlete Award for Football. Dan was named Team MVP All Conference in Indoor Track (2009-10), and All Conference Football (2011-12). Additionally, Dan works as a timer for middle school track meets at the Portland Expo. Dan plans to attend Colby College next year.

    Christopher Thibeault
    Son of Greg and Laurie Thibeault
    Chris is active in the Outing Club and Ultimate Frisbee. Awards have included the Williams College Book Award, as well as Excellence in Biology and English, and he's a member of the World Languages National Honor Society. Chris is currently employed at Smaha's Legion Square Market. He'll be attending the University of Vermont in the fall.

    2012 Scholarships/Awards

    Alpha Delta Kappa Beta Chapter Scholarship Alexandra Abramson
    American Sign Language Award Alice Ricks
    Andrew Gerke Memorial Scholarship Melissa Davis, Jennifer Fletcher
    Ann Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Brooke Bolduc
    Art in the Park Scholarship Bradley Harding
    Bartlett Family Award Er Li Peng
    Bath Savings Institution Scholarship Daniel Medici
    Beatrice and Henry Harvie Memorial Scholarship Kateri Jeffery, Steven Zanis
    Blackwood Family Scholarship Alice Ricks
    Bob Elliot South Portland High School Spirit Award Eric Kelley
    Book Trust Award Michael McHugh
    Class of 2000-Sherie Libby Memorial Scholarship Paizley Mitchell
    Coca-Cola of Northern New England Scholarship Kelsey Witham
    College Club of Portland Scholarship Molly Ekholm
    Community Advocates for Social Action Scholarship Eric Kelley
    Darien Leigh Richardson Memorial Scholarship Abdi Abdirahman, Anh Nguyen
    Dick Smart Memorial Scholarship Kateri Jeffery
    Dora L. Small School PTA Scholarship Eric Berry-Sandelin
    Elaine Wolfson Memorial Scholarship Matthew LaBerge
    Ernest C. Lamson Scholarship Matthew LaBerge
    Eva L. Alley Memorial Scholarship Marion Fearing
    Finard Properties Scholarship Gabriella Salce
    Frank I. Brown Elementary School PTA Scholarship Izaak Onos
    French Club Award Elizabeth Grant, Jillian Legere, Emily Masters
    Fred Freise Award Logan Gaddar
    G. Walter Johnson Class of 1922 Scholarship Lauren Campbell, Hannah Huggins
    G. Walter Johnson Football Scholarship Daniel Medici
    Gary L. Diffin Memorial Scholarship Sharissa Blanchard, Kevin Walsh
    Gorham Savings Bank Scholarship Christopher Thibeault
    Harry Phillips Scholarship - South Portland Lions Club Alexandrea Cartier
    Helen J. Flaherty Scholarship Haley McCracken
    Helena Dyer School PTA Katharine Jordan
    Hemond Award Zachary DiRenzo, Eric Kelley, Naja Lake, Faduma Noh
    James E. Minott Scholarship Kate Kunin
    Jeanne Crocker Scholarship Alexandra Abramson
    Jeff King Memorial Football Scholarship Maxwell Porter
    Jerry Kill Memorial Scholarship Lindsay Cannon
    Jim and Elizabeth McAleney Memorial Scholarship Jillian Legere, Logan Gaddar
    John L. Hawkes Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Lauren Campbell , Jessica Eaton
    John A. Millington Memorial Scholarship Anh Nguyen
    John E. Walker Memorial Scholarship RoryAlice Hoecker
    John Wiggin Memorial Scholarship Alissandra Schwartz
    Jordan Foundation National Scholarship Katharine Jordan
    Kathleen M. Wilkinson Chisholm Scholarship Haley McCracken, Alexis Wentworth
    Kenneth Jordan Higgins Memorial Scholarship Marion Fearing
    Kiwanis Club of Scarborough Scholarship Matthew LaBerge
    Lancaster/McLeod Scholarship Grant - South Portland Lions Club John Wilkinson
    Leslie E. & Mildred A. Norwood Memorial Scholarship Jillian Legere
    Linda Sturm Scholarship Gabriella Salce
    Loveitt Trust Award Elizabeth Canarie
    Maine Community College Scholarship Hunter Blondin, Meadow Collins, Jamie Fisher, Frederick Giordano, Max Scardino, Steven Zanis
    Maine Masonic Scholarship Er Li Peng
    Mainely Character Scholarship Alexandrea Cartier
    Margaret Burton Memorial Scholarship Elizabeth Grant
    MELMAC Tyler/Grandmaison Scholarship Naja Lake
    Michael J. Eastman Scholarship Matthew LaBerge
    Nancy Carroll Project Graduation Scholarship Sacre Bahati
    Nancy Carroll Memorial Scholarship Nathaniel Fox
    Nancy McHugh Memorial Scholarship Michael McHugh
    National Honors Society Scholarship Er Li Peng
    PATHS Scholarships Joshua Schwartz, Gabriel Sobczak
    Paul E. LaVangie Scholarship Jillian Legere
    Peter H. Debevoise Memorial Scholarship Matthew LaBerge
    Phyllis H. Davidson Award Jillian Legere
    Portland Pipe Line Corporation Scholarship Logan Gaddar, Emily Masters
    Ralph E. Cabana Scholarship Izaak Onos
    Ray Corey Memorial Scholarship - South Portland Lions Club Joshua Byrnes
    Richard W. Dow, Jr. Memorial Award Kera Snyder
    Robert E. Graff Memorial Scholarship Maryalice Gurnee
    Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution Scholarship Marion Fearing
    Senator George J. Mitchell Institute Scholarship Alexandrea Cartier
    South Portland Administrators' Association Scholarship Thomas Johnson
    So. Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber Scholarship Logan Gaddar
    So. Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club Scholarship Maryalice Gurnee, Matthew LaBerge
    South Portland Democratic Committee Scholarship Elizabeth Canarie
    South Portland High School Baseball Boosters William Bushey, Matthew DiBiase, Dominic Desjardins, Brendan Horton, Jack Lano Jordan Muller, Shawn Shannon
    South Portland High School Boys Soccer Boosters Sacre Bahati, William Bushey, Akiba Davis, Nathaniel Fox, Nicholas Genesio, Daniel Grazewski, Nathaniel Johnson, Nemanja Kaurin, Jack Lano, Spencer Lloyd-Rees, Andrew Mills, Shawn Shannon
    South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Nicholas Alexander, Wamokonzi Alognon, Jacob Babbidge, Haley Baxter, Sharissa Blanchard, Jacob Borelli, Brianna Bower, Melanie Chapman, Lauren Christie, Meghan Cyr, Akiba Davis, Darrel Dennison, Mercedes Dewitt, Joseph DiBiase, Matthew DiBiase, Chelsea Duca, Jacub Emery, Daniel Fonseca, Nathaniel Fox, Alexa Frisco, John Furey, Nicholas Genesio, Theodore Gilbert, Daniel Grazewski, Mariah Hartley, Kaitlin Haskell, Joselyn Henderson, Michael Higgins, Brendan Horton, Gavin Hutchins, Nathaniel Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Vanessa Johnston, Angelika Kasjanov, Nemanja Kaurin, Jack Lano, Theodore Lefay, Julia Leighton, Alvin Luong, Miles Maclean, Shannon Macvane, Chad MacWhinnie, Amanda Marshall, Michael McHugh, Andrew Mills, Said Mohamed, Jordan Muller, Benjamin Myshrall, Logan Neal, Faduma Noh, Justin O'Riordon, Abby Parker, Samuel Peluso, Benjamin Prueser, Ann Rezaeva, Mark Rioux, Michelle Roberts, Thomas Salamone, Alissandra Schwartz, Shawn Shannon, Emilly Silva, Emily Sivik, Kera Snyder, Gabriel Sobczak, Amilia St. John, Jenna Susi, Kevin Walsh
    South Portland High School Drama Club Award Brooke Bolduc, Taylor Demille, Eric Kelley, Amelia St. John
    South Portland High School Field Hockey Boosters Brianna Bower, Olivia Edwards, Jillian Legere, Maraka Soule
    South Portland High School French Club Award Elizabeth Grant, Jillian Legere, Emily Masters
    South Portland High School Girls Basketball Boosters Elizabeth Grant, Maryalice Gurnee, Jillian Legere, Emily Masters, Logan Neal
    South Portland High School Girls Lacrosse Boosters Olivia Edwards, Maryalice Gurnee, Haley McCracken, Anh Nguyen, Maraka Soule
    South Portland High School Girls Soccer Boosters Siobhan Baker, Hayley Baxter, Ashley Biggs, Meghan Cyr, Chelsea Duca, Elizabeth Grant, Maryalice Gurnee, Emily Masters, Anh Nguyen, Emily Sivik, Dominique Smith
    South Portland High School Golf Boosters Elizabeth Canarie, Aaron Flowers
    South Portland High School Ice Hockey Boosters Dominic Desjardins, Steven Zanis
    South Portland High School Ice Hockey Jeff King Memorial Scholarship James Gilboy
    South Portland High School Latin Club Award Lindsay Cannon, Marion Fearing, Jamie Fisher, Grace Keiter
    South Portland High School Music Boosters Alexandra Abramson, Eric Berry-Sandelin, Jacob Borelli, Lauren Campbell, Keith Carmichael, Melanie Chapman, Melissa Davis, Molly Ekholm, Dylan Esposito, Shawn Everest-Ortiz, Marion Fearing, Jennifer Fletcher, James Gilboy, Joseph Hendricks, RoryAlice Hoecker, Hannah Huggins, Grace Keiter, Eric Kelley, Kate Kunin, Matthew LaBerge, Kim Nguyen, Brandon Powell, Lauren Purdy, Gabriella Salce, Sarah Small
    South Portland High School Music Boosters President's Award Jennifer Fletcher
    South Portland High School Softball Boosters Lindsay Cannon, Elizabeth Grant, Katharine Jordan
    South Portland High School Soychak Leadership Award Elizabeth Canarie
    South Portland High School Spanish Club Award Siobhan Baker, Molly Ekholm, Logan Gaddar
    SPHS Swimming & Diving Boosters Shawn Everest-Ortiz, Nicole Fogg, Chad MacWhinnie
    South Portland Lions Club Memorial Scholarship Taylor Grant
    South Portland McDonald's Scholarship Kateri Jeffery
    South Portland Police Patrolmen's Association Scholarship Lindsey Swiger
    South Portland/Portland Boys & Girls Club Alumni Scholarship Joshua Byrnes, Spencer Lloyd-Rees, Tyler Ross, Brian Tracy
    South Portland Super Reunion Scholarship in Memory of Ed Langlois Siobhan Baker
    South Portland Teachers' Association Scholarship Siobhan Baker, Jennifer Fletcher
    Stella B. Lewis Scholarship Alexandrea Cartier, Jessy Francois, Alexis Wentworth
    Tina M. Turcotte Memorial Scholarship Chapin Bartlett, Samuel Conlogue, Polinn Men, Sofia Shahid
    Top Achieving Scholars in the Class of 2012 Er Li Peng, Elizabeth Grant, Daniel Medici, RoryAlice Hoecker, Jillian Legere, Christopher Thibeault, Marion Fearing, Molly Ekholm, Matthew LaBerge, William Bushey
    Unity Lodge # 3 Scholarship William Bushey
    Waldo T. Skillin Elementary School PTA Scholarship Jennifer Fletcher
    William M. Darling, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Michael Salvatore
    William H. Linskey Memorial Fund John Wilkinson
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2012 graduates

Honors *
National Honor Society +
Foreign Exchange Student ^

Abdi K. Abdirahman*
Alexandra Elyse Abramson*+
Cody Lloyd Alexander
Nicholas Scott Alexander
Wamokonzi K. Alognon*
Jozzie Lenny Anzurez
Olivia Allyne Arn
Jacob C. Babbidge*
Sacré Kapena Bahati
Sarah Linnehan Baird*
Siobhan Irene Baker*+
Chapin M. Bartlett*
Hayley Elizabeth Baxter*
Anastasiia Alekseyevna Berezina^
Eric Henry Berry-Sandelin*
Ashley M. Biggs*+
Brittany Joyce Biggs*+
Sharissa Samara Blanchard*
Hunter T. Blondin*
Brooke Macada Bolduc
Jacob B. Borelli*
Brianna Lee Bower*
Chelsi Cambrae Brauer*
Kendra Rae Breton*
Dezirae B. Brewer*
Bianca Gabrielle Brown*
William Christopher Bushey*
Joshua James Byrnes*
Lauren Elizabeth Campbell*
Elizabeth Rose Canarie*+
Lindsay Beth Cannon*+
Tyler Francis Carey
Keith T. Carmichael*
Alexandrea Lee Cartier*
Victoria E. Catrett*
Melanie Virginia Chapman*
Lauren Meredith Christie*
Shannon K. Clukey
Meadow Iris Collins
Zachary Anthony Compton
Samuel Wade Conlogue*
Emily N. Cormier*
Meghan Ashley Cyr*
Akiba Jamal Davis*
Melissa Marie Davis*+
Taylor Jade DeMille
Darrel Bertrum Dennison*
Dominic C. Desjardins*
Mercedes Catalina DeWitt*
Joseph A. DiBiase
Matthew Thomas DiBiase*
Zachary Allen DiRenzo
Chelsea Grace Duca*
Jessica Lynn Eaton*
Olivia Danielle Edwards*
Molly Elizabeth Ekholm*+
Jacub L. Emery
Dylan Thomas Esposito*
Jennifer Ainsley Everest
Shawn Miguel Everest-Ortiz*
Tyler F. Fagone
Marion Florence Fearing*+
Jamie Lee Fisher*
Jennifer Elise Fletcher*+
Aaron S. Flowers*
Nicole Ellen Fogg*
Daniel E. Fonseca*
Nathaniel J. Fox*
Jessy Anaïka François*+
Alexa Nicole Frisco*
John P. Furey
Logan Alexander Gaddar*+
Nicholas J. Genesio
Theodore George Gilbert*+
James-Michael Gilboy*
Zachary Donald Gillette
Frederick Giordano III*
Michelle Ray Glanville*
Elizabeth Abigail Grant*+
Taylor Mae-Marie Grant*
Daniel James Grazewski*
Maryalice Louise Gurnee*
Tabitha Lynn Hamilton
Bradley A. Harding
Mariah Kaye Hartley*
Kaitlin Paige Haskell
Jocelyn Chantel-Marie Henderson
Joseph Scot Hendricks*+
Michael M. Higgins*
RoryAlice S. Hoecker*+
Brendan M. Horton
Ryan D. Howard
Hannah Olivia Huggins*+
Andrew Jacklee Hunter*
Gavin Niall Hutchins
Yusuf A. Ismail
Nicholas Brandt Jackson-Cook
Kateri Cheyenne Jeffery*+
Nathaniel W. Johnson*
Thomas Jesse Johnson*
Vanessa Hope Johnston*
Katharine A. Jordan*+
Angelika Kasjanov
Nemanja Kaurin*+
Grace Emma Keiter*+
Eric Tanous Kelley
Kate Dunne Kunin*+
Matthew James LaBerge*+
Naja Lake*
Jack L. Lano*
Zachary Steven Leeman
Theodore Allen LeFay
Jillian Andrea Legere*+
Julia Morgan Leighton
Joseph Allen LePage
Spencer C. Lloyd-Rees*
Tasia Lynn Lord
Alvin Luong*
Miles G. MacLean
Shannon Elizabeth MacVane
Chad M. MacWhinnie*
Patrick Ryan Madison
Benjamin Robert Margel
Amanda Jean Marshall
Emily Rose Masters*+
Patrick James McCartan
Haley Rachel McCracken*+
Michael Jonathan McHugh*
Daniel Edward Medici*+
Polinn Men*
Jocelyn Symonne Miller*
Shelby Lynn Miller*
Andrew Marshall Mills*
Paizley Jayne Mitchell
Said A. Mohamed
Jordan Albert Muller
Benjamin David Myshrall
Logan E. Neal*
Anh Phuong Nguyen*
Kimberly A. Nguyen*
Son H. Nguyen*
Faduma H. Noh
Izaak S. Onos*+
Justin P. O'Riordon*
Sarah Jean Ouellette
Abby Michelle Parker*
Samuel Linscott Peluso*+
Matthew Wayne Pendexter
Er Li Peng*+
Maxwell Harrison Porter
Brandon Mulcahy Powell*
Benjamin Nathaniel Prueser
Lauren Bernice Purdy*+
Anna A. Rezaeva
Kyle J. Richardson*
Alice Elizabeth Ricks*
Mark Ian Rioux*
Jonathan M. Roberts*
Michelle Falcon Roberts*
Tyler Michael Ross
Thomas C. Salamone*+
Gabriella Grace Salce*+
Michael John Salvatore*+
Max Philip Scardino
Benjamin B. Schklair
Alissandra Blinn Schwartz*
Joshua Kenneth Russell Schwartz
Sofia Shahid*
Shawn Patrick Shannon*
Fernando Justo Sierra^
Emilly L. Silva Fernandes
Emily Bernadette Sivik
Sarah Gibson Small*
Domonique Ciera Smith
Kera Mikala Snyder*
Gabriel McRea Sobczak*
Maraka D. Soule
Amilia Brianne St. John*
Jenna Elizabeth Susi*
Lindsey Christine Swiger*
Christopher E. Thibeault*
Ryan J. Towne*
Brian P. Tracy
Emma Waldron*
Kevin Christopher Walsh
Alexis Leigh Wentworth
Sean A. Whisler*
Darrick Ian Wilcox
John D. Wilkinson*
Kelsey Whitney Witham*
Tyler C. Young
Steven Anthony Zanis*
Dunchao Zheng