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Portland High School

637 Highland Ave., South Portland |

Graduation day: June 9, 2013

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    Top 10 Seniors

    Jackson Beck- Valedictorian

    Son of Matthew and Denise Beck
    In addition to being at the top
    of his class, Jackson is extensively involved – and holds leadership
    roles – in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Swim Team
    (Captain), Student Senate (President), Debate Team (Captain), Spanish
    Club, and National Honor Society. He is one of two student
    representatives to the South Portland Board of Education. Interests
    include current events, politics, film and music. Jackson has been
    recognized with a number of awards and honors, including AP Scholar with
    Distinction, Yale University Book Award, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership
    Award, DAR Good Citizen Award, George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and
    Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Jackson was selected as one of two Maine
    Delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program, and interned at the
    District Office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in the fall of 2011.
    During the summer, he works at the Casco Bay Lines in Portland. Jackson
    plans to study Political Science at Yale University in the fall.

    Thuy Nguyen – Salutatorian
    Daughter of Vy Ho and Cuu Nguyen
    In addition to devoting time to
    academics, Thuy participates in the Outing Club, Math Team, and marching
    band, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her interests
    include origami, piano, drawing and reading, as well as collecting
    stamps, fortunes, and snow globes. Thuy makes time to give back to the
    community by volunteering at the 21 Club at Skillin Elementary School.
    She has been recognized for outstanding performance in Earth Science,
    Math II and III, Biology, Precalculus and Chemistry, and has been a
    recipient of the Dartmouth College Book Award. Thuy will attend Smith
    College, studying to be a chemical engineer.

    Keirstan Field
    Daughter of Nicolle Field and Adam Lakari
    Keirstan participates on
    the swim team, tennis team, Spanish Club, Earth Action Team, and is
    involved in UMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio. She enjoys reading, swimming,
    music, Spanish, and science. Keirstan’s interest in Spanish led to a
    month-long excursion in the south of Spain following her sophomore year.
    Her strong academic achievement has earned her awards for excellence in
    Biology, English, Spanish, and she has received the Bausch & Lomb
    Science Award, Maine Youth Leadership Award, and has been selected as an
    alternate to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program. In addition to
    her school work, Keirstan works part-time at The Cookie Jar in South
    Portland. She’ll be studying Biochemistry and Spanish at Worcester Poly
    Tech next year.

    Conor Beck
    Son of Matthew
    and Denise Beck
    Conor is active in the Poetry Club, Debate Team,
    Interact, Spanish Club, and Student Senate. Outside of school, he
    enjoys fencing, discussing intense topics, looking up random articles on
    Wikipedia, eating cereal without milk, and sleeping. Conor’s interests
    include tall buildings, politics, Kanye West, and smart people, and he
    was actively involved with the campaign to ban tobacco in South
    Portland’s parks. His accomplishments have earned him a number of
    awards and distinctions, including AP Scholar with Distinction, Rotary
    Youth Leadership Award, US Presidential Scholar nominee, 2012 MYAN
    Anti-Tobacco Advocate of the Year, finalist in The Nation magazine’s
    2011 essay contest. Conor will study Applied Math and Computer Science
    at Rice University in the fall.

    Brian Weden
    Son of Samuel and Tina Weden
    An accomplished musician, Brian is
    active in marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz ensemble. He als
    participates in Ultimate Frisbee, and is a member of the National Honor
    Society. In addition to his love of music, he enjoys spending time with
    friends, vacationing with family, skiing, and volunteering at Maine
    Medical Center and Memorial Middle School. Among the awards Brian has
    received are Excellence in Honors Chemistry and St. Michael’s Book
    Award. He is also a member – and acted as President – of the Tri M
    Music Honor Society. In addition to school work and extracurricular
    activities, Brian finds time to work as a cashier at Hannaford. He’ll
    be attending Boston University next year, studying biomedical
    engineering and pre-med, with the goal of attending medical school and
    becoming a physician or surgeon.


    Daughter of Chris and Sue Trout
    Zoe has been involved
    in dance (ballet and modern) since age 4, and has brought that talent to
    South Portland’s stage as a cast member of the annual musicals.
    Additionally, she’s been involved with Interact, Spanish Club, and
    Outing Club. Zoe enjoys travel and being outdoors, and spends
    considerable time volunteering with such organizations as Kids First in
    Portland, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and at Kaler Elementary School. She
    is the recipient of the Wellesley College Book Award, and is a member of
    both the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society. In
    her spare time, she works at Bono’s Pizzeria & Grille as a hostess, and
    is a studio assistant at Maggie Bokor Jewelry. Zoe will be attending
    Florida Southern College in the fall, and would like to join the Peace

    Derek Tannoia
    Son of Philip and Tracy Tannoia
    Derek excels both in and out of the
    classroom, and is involved in a number of extracurricular activities
    including the Golf Team (Captain), Ultimate Frisbee (Captain), Outing
    Club (President), Interact, Amnesty International, and National Honor
    Society (Philanthropist). Derek enjoys spending his free time skiing,
    golfing, playing Frisbee, swimming, watching movies, and chillin’. His
    interests include medicine, technology, and politics. Derek has been a
    recipient of the Bates College Book Award, was a 2011 delegate to Dirigo
    Boys State, and a runner-up in Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance,
    2011. Derek works as a cashier/stocker at Legion Square Market. In the
    fall, Derek will be attending Lehigh University. He plans to major in
    Biomedical Engineering and minor in Politics, and would eventually like
    to pursue a doctorate.

    Emma Dadmun
    Daughter of Dean and Rebecca Dadmun
    In addition to her academic
    achievements, Emma shines in the performing arts realm. She’s been a
    member of the renowned girls’ choir, Musica de Filia, since third grade,
    and has been involved in stage productions both at SPHS and in the
    Greater Portland community (Portland Stage Company and Madhorse
    Theatre). She’s active in Interact and French Club, and volunteers at
    Small Elementary School. Additionally, she enjoys traveling and the
    outdoors, and spent the fall of her junior year at the Chewonki Semester
    School in Wiscasset. Emma is a recipient of the Cornell Book Award and
    a member of National Honor Society. When not in school or performing,
    Emma is a kennel assistant at the Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic.
    Emma plans to take a gap year to travel and volunteer, and then go to
    Whitman College.

    Abigail Onos
    Daughter of
    Steven and Connie Onos
    Abby’s interests and talents are
    wide-ranging. She’s captain of the Swim Team, Secretary of Spanish
    Club, a member of Interact, Outing Club, and competes in outdoor track &
    field. She enjoys camping, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, and is
    an accomplished artist. Her academic and artistic excellence have been
    recognized in a number of honors and awards, including National Honor
    Society and World Language Honor Society; the Smith College Book Award;
    the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Book Award; Scholastic Art
    Award, Silver Key; Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, Best in Show for
    Maine; Maine Youth Excellence in Art; Women’s Literary Union Writing
    Contest, 2nd place. With all of this, Abby still finds time to work at
    Twisted/TCBY in the Maine Mall. She’ll be attending Smith College in
    the fall.

    Sonita Hav
    Daughter of Chantha Mak and Molika Preap
    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.

    2013 Scholarships/Awards

    Andrew Gerke Memorial Scholarship Charles Key
    Ann and John
    Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Cheyenne Coombs
    Art in the
    Park Scholarship Natalie O’Donnell

    Bartlett Family Award Sonita Hav
    Bath Savings Institution
    Scholarship Derek Tannoia
    Beatrice and Henry Harvie
    Memorial Scholarship Angela Tirabassi, James Merkel III
    Blackwood Family Scholarship Nickolas Littlefield
    Elliot South Portland High School Spirit Award Paige Doane
    Book Trust Award Emma Dadmun
    Burton-Roberge Memorial
    Scholarship Anastasija Filipovic, Sarah Mileson
    Class of
    2000-Sherie Libby Memorial Scholarship Courtney Verrill
    College Club of Portland Scholarship Madeline Twomey
    Community Advocates for Social Action Scholarship Jesse

    Darien Leigh Richardson Memorial Scholarship Olivia Cummings,
    Alyssa Marchant

    Dick Smart Memorial Scholarship Cody

    Dora L. Small School PTA Scholarship Claudia

    Ernest C. Lamson Scholarship Emily Gray
    Eva L. Alley
    Memorial Scholarship Anastasija Filipovic
    for Maine Program Emily Gray

    Finard Properties Scholarship Libby McHugh
    Frank I. Brown
    Elementary School PTA Scholarship Lindsay Brown
    Freise Award Benjamin Burkey

    G. Walter Johnson Class of 1922 Scholarship Bao Loc, Mykala

    G. Walter Johnson Football Scholarship Ryan

    Gary L. Diffin Memorial Scholarship Joseph Feely,
    Nicholas Kinder

    Gorham Savings Bank Scholarship Thuy

    Harry Phillips Scholarship – South Portland Lions Club Cody

    Helen J. Flaherty Scholarship Emily Gray
    Helena Dyer School PTA Caleb Elsemore
    Award Justin Brown, Leah De Cesare, Courtney Verrill

    James E. Minott Scholarship Joseph Brown
    Jeanne Crocker
    Scholarship Abigail Onos
    Jeff King Memorial Football
    Scholarship Cody Munson
    Jerry Kill Memorial
    Scholarship Danica Gleason
    Jim and Elizabeth McAleney
    Memorial Scholarship Nyajock Pan, Tanner Hyland
    Jobs for
    Maine Graduates Award Leah De Cesare
    John L. Hawkes Boys &
    Girls Club Scholarship Jenacee Bradbury, Tristan Cox, Graceson
    Cyr, Christine McAloon, Liam Rottkov

    John A. Millington Memorial
    Scholarship Aleina Peluso
    John E. Walker Memorial
    Scholarship Jackson Beck
    John Wiggin Memorial
    Scholarship Abigail Onos
    Kaler Elementary School PTA
    Scholarship Jack Manning

    Kathleen M. Wilkinson Chisholm Scholarship Emily Gray
    Kenneth Jordan Higgins Memorial Scholarship Anastasija

    Lancaster/McLeod Scholarship Grant – South Portland Lions
    Club Angela Tirabassi
    Leslie E. & Mildred A. Norwood
    Memorial Scholarship Daniel Tran
    Linda Sturm
    Scholarship Kailey Hannigan
    Loveitt Trust
    Award Maxwell Knutsen

    Maine Community College Scholarship – Early College for ME Sarah
    Dadmun, Antonio DeWitt II, Riley Erskine, Tabatha Moore, Antonio

    Maine Community College Scholarship Alyson

    MELMAC Tyler/Grandmaison Scholarship Emma

    Mike Downing Scholarship Adam Helmke
    J. Eastman Scholarship Cody Munson

    Nancy Carroll Project Graduation Scholarship James Merkel

    Paul E. LaVangie Scholarship Emily Gray
    H. Debevoise Memorial Scholarship Brianna Woodward

    Peter MacVane Memorial Scholarship Cody Munson
    Phyllis H.
    Davidson Award Sonita Hav
    Portland Pipe Line Corporation
    Scholarship Keirstan Field, Brian Weden
    Ralph E. Cabana
    Scholarship Ryan Ely
    Ray Corey Memorial Scholarship -
    South Portland Lions Club Hannah Folan
    Richard W. Dow, Jr.
    Memorial Award Sarah Mileson
    Robert E. Graff Memorial
    Scholarship Ryan Ely

    Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution Scholarship Ryan

    Senator George J. Mitchell Institute
    Scholarship Iris SanGiovanni
    South Portland
    Administrators’ Association Scholarship Mykala Montecalvo
    So. Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber Scholarship Lia

    So. Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club Scholarship -
    “Service Above Self” Samantha Fuller, Elisa Martin, Cody Munson,
    Brianna Woodward

    South Portland Democratic Committee
    Scholarship Conor Beck
    SPHS Baseball Boosters
    Scholarship Dillon Burns, Adam Helmke, Nicholas Whitten
    SPHS Boys Lacrosse Boosters Award Cody Munson
    SPHS Boys
    Soccer Boosters Scholarship Joseph Brown, Benjamin Burkey, Dillon
    Burns, Tristan Cox, Jacob Cyr-Carter, Damjan Draskovic, Caleb Elsemore,
    Adam Helmke, Joshua McDuffie, Ryan Pelletier

    South Portland High
    School Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Benjamin Alexander,
    Willoughby Andrews, Alex Anzurez, Edward Apricopoai, Carlos Baez III,
    Joseph Bigbee, Trevor Borelli, Lindsay Brown, Justin Brown, Dillon
    Burns, Luis Calderon, Calvin Carr, Jessica Claudio, Malina Cobb, Zachary
    Cote, Jacob Cyr-Carter, Emma Dadmun, Brianna Dechaine, Sophia
    Desjardins, Samantha DiBiase, Nicholas Doughty, Damjan Draskovic, Sierra
    Edwards, Katelin Erskine, Nicholas Fagone, Trevor Fenwick, Ashleigh
    Fiske, Colton Gervais, Ruby Goldberg, Austin Gotts, Nicole Grant,
    Stephanie Gurney, Lauren Halvorsen, Olivia Hamlin, Jari Hansen, Daniel
    Hodgkins, Nathaniel Hoffman, Eric Howard, Russell Hyatt, Tanner Hyland,
    Gabrielle Jackson, Zachary Jacobson, Alexander Kane, James Kazilionis,
    Maxwell Knutsen, Dakota Kucher, Lyndsay Lombardi, Emily Lowell, Iliana
    MacKinnon, Conner MacVane, Jessica Mandujano, Joshua McDuffie, Allison
    McGee, Jacqueline Merrill, Molly Miller, Kelsey Morton, Kyle Muccino,
    Nicola Napolitano, Nicholas Nevells-McWilliam, Katelyn Nickerson,
    Claudia Ouellete, Nyajock Pan, Leanne Pennell, Taryn Richards, Jaclyn
    Salevsky, Jonah Sanville, Samuel Seidl, Sophia Smith, Melanie So, Elliot
    Stack, Brianna Stark, John Tolan, Jesse Warren, Paul Wing, Joseph

    SPHS Drama Club Award Elliot Stack, Paul

    SPHS Field Hockey Boosters Scholarship BElizabeth
    Albert, Danielle Bergner, Lani Edwards, Samantha Fuller, Danica Gleason,
    Kailey Hannigan, Sarah Mileson, Jaclyn Salevsky

    SPHS Football
    Boosters Award Ryan Ely, Nicholas Kinder, Conner MacVane, Cody
    Munson, Liam Rottkov, Samuel Seidl, Daniel Tran, Paul Wing, Joseph

    SPHS Girls Basketball Boosters
    Scholarship Danielle Bergner, Danica Gleason, Emily Gray, Hope
    Owen, Jenna Wing

    SPHS Girls Lacrosse Boosters
    Scholarship Lani Edwards, Jacqueline Merrill, Jenna Wing
    SPHS Girls Soccer Boosters Scholarship Jenacee Bradbury, Ericka
    Lightner, Libby McHugh, Aleina Peluso, Jenna Wing

    SPHS Ice
    Hockey Boosters Alec Neal, Nicholas Whitten
    SPHS Ice
    Hockey Jeff King Memorial Scholarship Alec Neal
    SPHS Latin
    Club Award Joseph Bigbee, Danielle Bergner, Emma Tremblay
    SPHS Music Boosters Matthew Amadei, Lia Benfatta, Spencer Cordice,
    Tristan Cox, Emma Dadmun, Paige Doane, Hannah Folan, Emily Gray, Anna
    Kavanagh, Charles Key, Iliana MacKinnon, Elisa Martin, Tabatha Moore,
    Thuy Nguyen, Aleina Peluso, Iris SanGiovanni, Carly Sobczak, Thomas
    Strout, Zoe Trout, Brian Weden, Sarah Williams

    SPHS Robotics
    Boosters Scholarship Aaron Davis, Jack Manning
    Softball Boosters Scholarship Erin Bogdanovich, Samantha DiBiase,
    Danica Gleason, Emily Gray, Kelsey Morton,

    SPHS Soychak
    Leadership Award Cody Munson, Iris SanGiovanni
    Spanish Club Award Conor Beck, Elisa Martin, Abigail Onos,
    Madeline Twomey

    South Portland Lions Club Memorial Scholarship Derek

    South Portland McDonald’s Scholarship Antonio

    South Portland/Portland Boys & Girls Club Alumni
    Scholarship Jenacee Bradbury, Liam Rottkov
    South Portland
    Super Reunion Scholarship in Memory of Ed Langlois Christine

    South Portland Teachers’ Association
    Scholarship Bridget Mulligan
    Stella B. Lewis
    Scholarship Cheyenne Coombs, Danae Shurn, Sonia Zarate
    Tina M. Turcotte Memorial Scholarship Akossiwa Alognon, Colby
    Brown, Bao Loc, Angela Tirabassi

    Top Achieving Scholars in the
    Class of 2013 Jackson Beck, Thuy Nguyen, Keirstan Field, Conor
    Beck, Brian Weden, Zoe Trout, Derek Tannoia, Emma Dadmun, Abigail Onos,
    Sonita Hav

    Unity Lodge # 3 Scholarship Iris

    Waldo T. Skillin Elementary School PTA
    Scholarship Olivia Cummings
    William M. Darling, Sr.
    Memorial Scholarship Jenacee Bradbury
    William H. Linskey
    Memorial Fund Jesse Smith

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2013 graduates

Halimo Ibrahim Addan
Elizabeth M. Albert
Benjamin Scott
Akossiwa Madel Alognon
Matthew W. Amadei
Willoughby Brian Andrews
Tyler Joseph Angell
Edward A. Apricopoai
Carlos R. Baez III
William Beck
Jackson Colin Beck
Lia M. Benfatta
Danielle N.
Joseph Charles Bigbee
Erin Anne Bogdanovich
Roger Borelli
Jenacee Lauren Bradbury
Derrick James Brady
Ashley Marie Brown
Colby T. Brown
Joseph McGuire Brown
Justin C. Brown
Lindsay Nancy Brown
Benjamin Clayton Burkey
Dillon Andrew Burns
Luis Enrique Calderon
Dylan Roger
Calvin T. Carr
Logan Elizabeth Carter
Jessica Lynn
Malina Caitlin Cobb
Cheyenne Lynnette Coombs
Michael Cordice
Zachary J. Cote
Tristan Stephen Foley Cox
Jennifer Lee Crosby
Olivia Teresa Cummings
Graceson Michael
Jacob Bruno Cyr-Carter
Emma Katherine Dadmun
Sarah Megan
Aaron S. Davies
Leah A. De Cesare
Yasheika Shanice
Brianna Maire Dechaine
Sophia Roxanna Desjardins
Antonio Miguel DeWitt II
Samantha Irene DiBiase
Paige Elizabeth
Joseph Leo Donovan
Nick A. Doughty
Robert William Dunnigan
Sean S. Duong
Lani M.
Sierra Indigo Edwards
Caleb Gow Elsemore
Wellington Ely
Katelin Marie Erskine
Riley Erin Erskine
Nicholas J. Fagone
Joseph Patrick Feely
Trevor L. Fenwick
Keirstan Marie Field
Anastasija Filipovic
Ashleigh L. Fiske
Hannah Marie Folan
Samantha Grace Fuller
Colton R. Gervais
Stephen M. Gilliam
Danica Jordan Gleason
Ruby D. Goldberg
Austin Thomas Gotts
Nicole Kathryn Grant
Emily Priscilla
Stephanie Anne Gurney
Lauren Elizabeth Halvorsen
Monique Hamlin
Kailey Sullivan Hannigan
Jari Coda Hansen
Tatiana Harmon
Charissa Aliya Hathorne
Sonita Hav
Adam Mark
Daniel W. Hodgkins
Nathaniel C. Hoffman
Eric W.
Russell C. Hyatt
Joseph Patrick Hyland
Tanner Patrick
Gabrielle Kimberly Jackson
Zachary John Jacobson
Alyson Brooke James
Robert Samuel Jordan
Alexander Thomas
Kirsten Lee Kane
Anna Elyse Kavanagh
James Andrew
Charles M. Key
Thanh B.A. Kieu
Nicholas Glendon
Maxwell I. Knutsen
Alexis M. Koukos
Jade Kucher
Ericka Regan Lightner
Nickolas G. Littlefield
Bao Trung Loc
Lyndsay Cherish Lombardi
Emily Elizabeth Lowell
Iliana Paloma
Conner Shaw MacVane
Ivy Lyn Mahaka
Jack Henry Manning
Alyssa P. Marchant
Elisa June
Christine Brooks McAloon
Joshua Stephen McDuffie
Allison Beverley McGee
Libby Ann McHugh
James Allen Merkel
Jacqueline Jean Merrill
Sarah Ann Mileson
Molly E.
Mykala Margaret Montecalvo
Tabatha B.G. Moore
L. Morton
Kyle John Muccino
Bridget Elizabeth Mulligan
Stephen Munson
Peter Leo Murphy
Conner James Nadeau
M. Napolitano
Alec S. Neal
Nicholas Robert Nevells-McWilliam
Thuy Xuan Nguyen
Katelyn R. Nickerson
Natalie Diane
Abigail Angelina Onos
Claudia Jaylen Ouellette
Nyajock L. Pan
Ryan Joseph Pelletier
Aleina Linscott Peluso
Leanne Nicole Pennell
Joshua M. Pilon
Mary Elizabeth Randall
Crystal Megan Redfield
Taryn Alon Richards
Antonio Cosmo
Liam Otis Clancy Rottkov
Britney Elaine Ruotolo
Jaclyn Lauren Salevsky
Iris Blue SanGiovanni
Jonah Drew
Richard Michael Schriewer
Samuel P. Seidl
Monique Shurn
Jesse Thomas Smith
Sophia L. Smith
Chandra So
Carly Allison Sobczak
Olivia Joy Sprague
Terisa St. Pierre
Elliot William Stack
Brianna Melissa Stark
John William Kilbourn Strout
Thomas Carle Strout
Charlie W.
Derek R. Tannoia
Angela Maria Tirabassi
Alexander Tolan
Daniel Hoang Tran
Emma Snow Tremblay
Amanda Trout
Aaron M. Truman
Ryan M. Tuttle
Madeline McKenna
Courtney Jennifer Verrill
Jesse Leighton Warren
Damien J. Watts
Brian David Weden
Nicholas J. Whitten
Elizabeth Williams
Nicolas Robin Williamson
Jenna Su Morgan
Paul R. Wing Jr.
Brianna Rose Woodward
Lauren M.
Sonia Andrea Zarate
Joseph Charles Zelasko
Tsegaye Zeleke

Exchange Students Receiving Certificates of Completion:
Eika Alexis Verdugo

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