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York High
School

1 Robert Stevens Dr., York |
www.yorkschools.org/yhs/


Graduation day: June 13, 2013

Graduation information provided by the high school
    Commencement Scholars Class of 2013

    VALEDICTORIAN PATRICK WALSH is the son of the loving and
    supportive Bill and Lisa Walsh. Born and raised in York, Maine, Patrick
    has been involved in a wide range of activities at York High School. He
    was a three-year varsity football starting offensive linemen and a
    captain in his senior year. He loved playing with his teammates and
    under his coach Randy Small. He has shared class presidency for the last
    three years with his good friend Ben Gauthier, while also being an
    active member of Interact and the Secretary of the club during his
    senior year. Additionally, he has been a member of Key Club, the Civil
    Rights Team, the Writing Center, Student Listeners, Senior Facilitators,
    and co-founded the York High Debate Team in his sophomore year. He has
    been an honor roll student his entire four years at York while
    maintaining a year-round job. He is honored to be a member of both the
    National Honor Society and the National World Language Honor Society in
    German. He has received several awards in all subject areas throughout
    his academic career at York and received both the Williams Book Award
    and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award in his junior year. He has loved
    following his passions at York High School. Most notably, he is the
    proud owner of two Bourbon Red Heritage Turkeys, Hank and Daisy. He is
    looking forward to fulfilling his curious nature at Bowdoin College next
    fall, while studying Biochemistry and Biology. He is excited to start
    the next chapter in his academic journey.

    SALUTATORIAN THOMAS REID, son of David and Megan Reid, was an
    athlete and a scholar in his time at York High School. His recent
    selection as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2013 proved an excellent
    conclusion to his academic achievement over the last four years. His
    fifth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles at the recent New England
    Track and Field Championships was the culminating event of his high
    school athletic career. Named captain of his varsity soccer, indoor, and
    outdoor track teams and earning Most Valuable Player honors in each,
    Thomas is especially proud of his athletic accomplishments and thankful
    to all the coaches who supported him along the way. A four-year member
    of Interact and the senior writer and editor for the York High School
    Pawprint, he engaged in many extracurricular activities as well. A
    senior facilitator, a rather dapper graduation marshal, and a member of
    the National Honor Society, Thomas takes pride in his contributions to
    his school and his community. Thomas will be attending Northeastern
    University in the fall, where he intends to find his path in life and
    keep dancing the night away.

    WILLIAM MICHAEL BENNETT is the son of Jim and Kathy Bennett. He
    was a member of numerous clubs and activities at York High School
    including Chamber Singers, Concert Band and Jazz Band, Naturally Sharp
    (a cappella group), the National Honor Society, and the World Language
    National Honor Society for Spanish. Active in sports, William was a
    member of the indoor track, varsity outdoor track, and varsity soccer
    teams. William won several awards while at YHS, including the Geometry,
    Animation, Art I, and English Top Cat awards. He has achieved high
    honors all four years of his high school career. William has been an
    active USSF certified referee since the eighth grade, officiating almost
    every weekend each fall, has coached five and six year-olds in soccer on
    Saturday mornings, and volunteered as cantor and brass musician for his
    church, Parish of the Ascension of the Lord. In his free time, William
    enjoys reading, running, and playing soccer with his siblings. He was
    selected to take part in the University of Maine Pulp and Paper
    Foundation’s Consider Engineering Summer Program and plans to major in
    Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College.

    CHRISTINA BOUTIN, daughter of Rosalie and Daniel Boutin of York,
    was an involved student and athlete during her four years at York High
    School. Christina was a yearbook editor-in-chief, member of the YHS
    Green Team, National Honors Society, and French and Spanish Language
    Honor Societies. In addition to maintaining honors, Christina worked a
    year-round job. An avid runner, Christina was a varsity athlete and
    captain of the cross-country and indoor track teams. Christina has won
    the Senior Art Purchase Award as well as the Outstanding Senior in
    French Award by the American Association of Teachers of French. This
    fall Christina will pursue her interests in art, language, and
    environmental studies, as well as run cross-country and track, at Soka
    University of America in Southern California.

    COURTNEY BURNS, daughter of Debra and Stephen Burns, prides
    herself on her participation and hard work at York High School. She was
    a four-year member and two-year Editor-in-Chief of her school’s yearbook
    committee, a Photo Editor of her school’s newspaper, and an active
    member of numerous other clubs, such as WordPlay, Spanish Language Honor
    Society, and Senior Facilitators. Courtney won several awards, such as
    the Wellesley College Book Award, honors or high honors all four years,
    as well as many academic achievement awards in math, art, and science.
    Her artwork has been on display around the school, on the walls of the
    public library, and, this past winter, in the halls of the Portland
    Museum of Art during Maine Youth Art Month. In the fall, Courtney looks
    forward to studying at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, with a
    potential major in Psychology.

    EMILY CAMPBELL is the daughter of Kate and Greg Campbell. She was
    a member of the National Honor Society and World Languages National
    Honor Society for French. She led her class as vice-president for past
    three years and represented the school as a student-athlete member of
    the York High School Hall of Fame Committee. She was a four-year member
    of the Interact Club and served as a treasurer for the past two years.
    As a member of the York First Parish Church Youth Group, she volunteered
    her time on a weeklong mission trip. Emily is an avid tennis and
    basketball player, receiving multiple accolades in both varsity sports.
    As an all-conference tennis player, she has enjoyed the competition of
    playing #1 singles. In basketball, she won a state championship and
    earned all-conference, all-state, and McDonald’s senior-all star honors.
    She plans to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level. This
    fall Emily will attend Bowdoin College.

    NICHOLAS EATON is the son of Nancy and Randy Eaton and was born
    in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1994. Nick has many hobbies and interests
    but over the years he has discovered that he has a strong love for
    surfing. Through surfing he has learned the value of hard work,
    dedication, and passion. Nick took these values and applied them into
    his everyday life in order to push himself to succeed. Whether it is
    creating his videos, placing in the top ten percent of the class of
    2013, receiving high honors, or being given the coaches award his senior
    year of cross country, Nick pushes himself in everything that he does.
    He sets goals for himself and is determined to reach them. In the fall
    he will attend Emerson College as a film major. Unsure of what the
    future holds, Nick is sure to succeed.

    BENJAMIN GAUTHIER is the son of Michael and Naomi Gauthier. He is
    co-President of his class, editor-in-chief of his high school’s
    newspaper, a founding member of the debate club, and a member of
    Interact and the National Honor Society. He attended both the Maine
    Youth Leadership and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camps and has
    volunteered at Camp Meridian, an overnight camp for children with heart
    disease. He was a the recipient of the Rensselaer Medal, the Phi Beta
    Kappa Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen
    Award, the Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award, and is a National
    Merit Finalist. This fall he will be attending Northwestern University
    and plans to be a Radio/Television/Film major. Despite all this, though,
    he still can’t grow normal-looking facial hair.

    ISABEL GOODWIN is the daughter of Peter and Susannah Goodwin.
    Isabel is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish chapter
    of the World Language Honor Society. She was the recipient of the
    Society of Women’s Engineers Award and has been awarded with several
    departmental recognitions for outstanding academic achievement. Outside
    of the classroom, Isabel has been involved in a number of
    extracurricular activities, most notably serving as the student body
    government representative for the Class of 2013. Athletically, Isabel
    has spent her time passionately involved as a competitive gymnast,
    having the honor of being a State, Regional, and National team member
    for the past few years. Isabel has elected to defer her matriculation to
    the College of William and Mary until the fall of 2014 and will spend
    the next year volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and doing outreach
    in Southeast Asia.

    OLIVIA GREER, daughter of Kimberly and Nathan Greer, has lived in
    York, Maine, for her entire life. In recognition of her determination
    and hard work, Olivia was inducted into both the National Honor Society
    and the World Language Honor Society for Spanish. Leading a busy life
    aside from her academics, she was a varsity member of the cheerleading
    team at York for the past three years and the tennis team for the past
    four years. Her outstanding leadership was recognized by her peers when
    she was selected captain of the cheerleading squad for both the football
    and basketball/competition seasons during her senior year. She has also
    been a member of the YHS Chamber Singers for the past two years and has
    performed with them at various venues including a concert for Senator
    Collins inside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. For three
    weeks in the summer between her sophomore and junior years, she
    volunteered her time in a reforestation project on a reserve in the
    Galapagos Islands, one of her most valuable service experiences. Olivia
    recently received the AP Biology award during convocation and plans to
    major in pre-medical biology at Stonehill College in
    Massachusetts.

    JOSEPH LEROUX, son of Kathryn and Richard Leroux, was born in
    Newton, Massachusetts. At a young age, Joseph learned to value community
    service. Director of the Vacation Bible School at his church and an
    actor in “To God be the Glory†for fifteen years, it is no surprise that
    he became a member of the Interact Club and a captain of the Action Team
    while at YHS. His dedication to serving others earned him the Saint
    Michael’s Book Award and the 2013 Maine Principal’s Award. Founder of
    the YHS debate team, Joseph practiced the art of skillful speaking. As a
    senior, he traveled across Maine to compete and tied for first at the
    state meet in Public Forum Debate. An avid trumpet player, Joseph has
    played in the York High School jazz and concert bands. For three years,
    he traveled to Marshwood High School where he played first trumpet in
    the marching band, and since the eighth grade, he has ventured to Dover
    to play trumpet in the Dover Community Band. He began his singing career
    as a tenor in the YHS Chamber Singers and since then has founded the YHS
    a cappella group and represented YHS in the district and all-state
    ensembles. As a member of the YHS Players, Joseph acted in plays and
    participated in two improvisation groups during his career. Joseph looks
    forward to attending Haverford College in the fall, where he intends to
    explore interests in French, economics, and conflict resolution.

    SARAH PALMER, daughter of Holly Sargent and Robert Palmer, was
    born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to York in 2005. Committed to
    the arts, she has starred in several performances including Our Town, 15
    minute Hamlet, and the Haunting of Hill House. She was also a member of
    the advanced YHS improv group, Shtick Sharpens. Sarah was the principal
    alto saxophone player for the YHS Jazz Band and for the Marshwood
    Marching Band. She was a member of the Societe Honoraire de Français and
    was Treasurer of the National Honor Society. She studied abroad in
    Oxford, England, at Oxford University focusing on English Literature and
    Classical Civilization. Sarah participated in the Rotary Youth
    Leadership Awards and attended the Clinton Global Initiative. Sarah was
    the Second place Winner in the Rotary International Speaking Contest for
    Maine and New Hampshire. She has also had the opportunity to give back
    to the community by volunteering and donating to the local food pantry.
    She has received several awards for drama and her academic endeavors.
    She was the four-time winner of the YHS book challenge, having read over
    800 books during her high school career. Sarah looks forward to
    attending Cornell University in the fall where she plans to pursue
    interests in the social sciences.

    JENNA RUMBLE, daughter of Brennen and Elizabeth Rumble, was fully
    involved in extracurricular activities at York High School. She played
    for the varsity field hockey team and was captain of the varsity tennis
    team during her senior season. She also played lacrosse and ran for the
    indoor track team, both for one season. Jenna was a team representative
    for Student Government for her first two years of high school. She was
    also a captain of the Action Team for four years and was a member of
    Wordplay, a creative writing club, for three years. She served as a
    senior facilitator of a freshman team and student listener for a middle
    school student. Academically, she was inducted into the National Honor
    Society and Spanish Language Honor Society. She earned numerous awards
    throughout her academic career in several subjects, including Spanish,
    English, and mathematics. Outside of York High School, Jenna achieved
    the rank of black belt in Kenpo Karate after a nine-year commitment to
    the art. She volunteered at Sentry Hill, helped run a charity booth for
    the Portsmouth Brewery on Market Square Day for the past nine years, and
    devoted her time to the PAL program at Village Elementary School. This
    fall Jenna will be attending Colby College where she intends to study
    mathematics, Spanish, and biology.

    ERIN SHEAHAN, daughter of Kathleen and Michael Sheahan, was born
    in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to arriving in York, Maine in 2002, Erin
    lived in South Korea, Virginia and Spain. During her four years at York
    High School, Erin was a member of numerous clubs and activities
    including Student Listeners, Senior Facilitators, the World Language
    Honor Society, Action Team and Interact. Erin was also a member of the
    York High School lacrosse and field hockey teams. As a senior she
    received academic achievement awards in English and Holocaust Studies in
    addition to high honors for performance in her classes. She was awarded
    a presidential scholarship and will be attending the College of
    Charleston this fall to study psychology and criminology.

    KAYLA SWASEY is the daughter of Steven Swasey of Salem,
    Massachusetts, and Lori Langlais of Berlin, New Hampshire. Year-round
    soccer athlete, she received the Western Conference Sportswoman of the
    Year award in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Kayla was also on the All-Academic
    and All-Conference team for her four years at York HIgh School. She is a
    member of the National Honor Society as well as the World Language Honor
    Society for Spanish. Outside of York High School, Kayla has worked with
    New Hampshire Special Olympics and was a volunteer coach for York Soccer
    Club. In 2012 she was invited to an Athletic Leadership Conference at
    St. Josephs’s College to represent the athletes at York. During her
    senior year she was selected as a Senior Facilitator for the freshman
    class and also received the Physical Education Student Leader award.
    Next year Kayla will attend the United States Military Academy at West
    Point. She plans to major in Kinesiology with a focus on prosthetic
    rehabilitation and looks forward to playing Division I soccer.

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

Scholarships

Academic Boosters Scholarship $500 Courtney Burns
Andrew Swiedler Award $1,000 Rafael Mata
Billy
Cheverie Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Eleni Zotos
Billy
Cheverie Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Emily Campbell
Billy Cheverie Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Hayden Pate
Billy Cheverie Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Kyle Cone
Billy Cheverie Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Peter
Carley

Campbell Conference Scholarship $250 Thomas
Kinton

Carter Furber Scholarship $1,000 Rachael
Yorke

Don Morrison Memorial Scholarship $2,500 Kiyana
Reid

Don Morrison Memorial Scholarship $2,500 Theodore
Bullock

Early College for ME $2,000 Adam
Christman

Educators for Maine $12000 loan Kathryn
Brown

Erika Jolie Memorial Scholarship $500 Emily
Campbell

Family and Friends of Linda Masella $500
Kathryn Brown
George N. Perkins Performing Arts
Scholarship $500 Brandon DesmondKiYana Reid
George
N. Perkins Performing Arts Scholarship $500 Sarah
Garfield

Gerety/Kerrigan Scholarship $2,000 Thomas
Reid

Grant Award Silver Bowl Patrick Walsh
HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine Schol. $100 Julie
Walter

John F. Welch Scholarship $1,000 Theodore
Bullock

John K. Schroeder Award Silver Bowl Benjamin
Gauthier

Justin Donovan Memorial Scholarship $500 Luke
Claflin

Justin Donovan Memorial Scholarship $500 Ruby
Cribby

Ken Sullivan Memorial Award $500 Alexander
Mercurio

Kennebunk Savings Bank Scholarship $1,000
Brandon Desmond
Lawrence Ellis Memorial
Scholarship $1,500 Ruby Cribby
Maine State Golf
Association $6,000 Peter Carley
Margaret S. Sewall
Fund $1,000 Haley Byrne
Matthew Cruz Memorial
Scholarship $2,000 Bridget Cronin
Mike Ford Memorial
Scholarship $5,000 Bridget Cronin
Milton F. Todd
Memorial Scholarship $500 Aaron Todd
Mitchell
Scholarship $6,000 Patrick Walsh
Myron D. Rust
Scholarship $650 Thomas Kinton
National Alliance on
Mental Illness- York $1,500 Emilee Duffy
National
Merit Scholarship $2,000 Benjamin Gauthier
Robert ”
Bob” Masi Scholarship $1,000 Kayla Swasey
Robert G.
Pacitti Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Josh Brooks
Robert
G. Pacitti Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Rafael Mata
Sanford Institution for Savings Scholarship $1,000 Adley
Palreiro

Sanford Institution for Savings Scholarship $1,000
Madisen Knoepfel
Sanford Institution for Savings
Scholarship $1,000 Victoria Knoepfel
Search for
Knowledge Award Silver Bowl Daniel Leroux
Society of
Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maine 1,000 Shea
Spiller

St. Aspinquid David Rocray Memorial
Scholarship $1,500 Shea Spiller
St. Aspinquid
Elizabeth Haskell Memorial Award $1,500 Sarah Garfield
Stonewall Kitchen Scholarship $2,000 Veronica Sullivan
Stonewall Kitchen Scholarship $2,000 Zachary Leal
The
Bank of Maine $1,000 Danielle Simpson
The
Tyler/Grandmaison MELMAC Scholarship $1,500 Tony Finn
Wolfrett “Sport” Eldredge Scholarship $1,000 Scott
Burnett

York Art Association $750 Eric
Morrison

York Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Amanda Kasbohm
York Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Marquis MacGlashing
York Fisheries Association $500
Thomas Kinton
York Golf & Tennis Club Appreciation
Award $1,000 Fran Mendoza
York High School Faculty
Improvement Award Silver Bowl Tony Finn/Jared Twombly
York Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Award $3,000 Theodore
Bullock

York Mentor Recognition Award $1,000 Charles
Holly

York Rotary Scholarship $4,000 Emily
Campbell

York Rotary Scholarship $4,000 Patrick
Walsh

York Rotary Scholarship $2,000 Sage
Rundlett

York Rotary Scholarship $2,000 Thomas
Reid

York Soccer Club Scholarship $1,000 Alexa
Bando

York Soccer Club Scholarship $1,000 Thomas
Reid

York Student Scholarship Fund $1,000 Haley
DeValliere

York Teachers’ Association Scholarship $3,000
Rachel Yorke
York Village Business Association $1,000
Veronica Sullivan