Graduation exercises for Catherine McAuley High School were held at 2 p.m. on May 31 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., Bishop of Portland Diocese, conferred diplomas, assisted by Kathryn Woodson Barr, Head of School. The class of 45 students boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate for the 10th year in a row. Meet this year’s top students:

V. KostinViviane C. Kostin, valedictorian, is the daughter of Mark and Katharine Kostin of Yarmouth. During her time at McAuley, Kostin served as class vice-president for three years and participated in the student council and the Ambassadors Club. She was a member of the National Honor Society, recognized as both an AP Scholar and a National Merit Finalist and was active with horseback riding, piano and her church youth group. She  was the recipient of the DAR Good Citizenship Award, the University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leader Award and the Princeton Book Award. In the fall, Kostin will attend Barnard College.

S. KeanneallySiobhan K. Kenneally, salutatorian, is the daughter of James and Mary Esther Otts Kenneally of Kennebunkport. While at McAuley, Kenneally participated in Key Club and served as secretary; the Yearbook as business editor; varsity tennis and Poetry Out Loud. She was an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor and French National Honor Societies, as well as the recipient of the Dartmouth College Book Award. Kenneally will study English at Simmons College in the fall.

S. ParkSunYool Park is the daughter of Minsung Park and Youngsil Kim of South Korea. During her time at McAuley, Park was a member of the school’s varsity field hockey team, International Club as president and Key Club as vice-president, as well as the National Honor Society. Park, who was also named to the Field Hockey All-Academic Team, will study Science at Oberlin College.

R. TaylorRachel M. Taylor is the daughter of Austin and Mary Taylor of Portland. While at McAuley, Taylor served as class president for three years, as well as captain of both the indoor track and varsity lacrosse teams. In addition to receiving the Syracuse University Book Award, Taylor was the recipient of the SMAA Citizenship Award and a member of the National Honor Society. She will study journalism at the University of Missouri (Columbia) in the fall.

M. FurlongMary E. Furlong is the daughter of Patrick and Katrina Furlong of Old Orchard Beach. During her time at McAuley, Furlong was active with the school’s varsity basketball and tennis teams and acted as varsity club president. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the SMAA All-Academic Team and the Maine McDonald’s All-Academic Team. She will major in Pre-Med at Stonehill College in the fall.

I. TerraccianoIsabel T. Terracciano is the daughter of Carmine Terracciano and Kerrie Dowdy of Portland. At McAuley, Terracciano was a member of the school’s French National Honor Society, Drama Club, Book Club and math team. She volunteered her time at Hall School and worked with students through the theater/arts group, A Company of Girls.  She will continue her education in the fall at Barnard College.

M. Walker-EldersMadeleine B. Walker-Elders is the daughter of Jeff and Dawn Walker-Elders of Lisbon Falls. During her four years at McAuley, Walker-Elders participated in ballet and the Girl Scouts, as well as the school’s math team and Book Club. In addition, she was honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award and was a member of both the National and French National Honor Societies. In the fall, Walker-Elders will study Environmental Engineering at Drexel University.

A. DowAlexandria R. Dow is the daughter of Karen Dyar and Amy Brocher of Hiram. As a McAuley student, Dow was a member of the National Honor Society, the Drama Club (Head Costumer) and One-Acts Team (Assistant Director, Stage Manager and Costumer), as well as co-president of chorus. She received the Elmira College Key Award and will study Psychology there in the fall.


Lydia B. MacDonald is the daughter of Ian and Lori MacDonald of Yarmouth. While at McAuley, MacDonald was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club, Ambassadors Club and Campus Ministry. She received the Spanish Award for Excellence, along with the Phi Beta Kappa Award. MacDonald, who tutors regularly and directs a children’s theater group, will study Elementary Education at the University of Maine (Farmington).

A. DubeAnna E. Dubé is the daughter of Peter Dubé, Sr. and Joan Dubé of Windham. As a McAuley student, Dubé was active with Campus Ministry (Social Justice Chair), Cross Country (Co-Captain) and Irish Step Dancing through the Stillson School of Irish Dance (Open Champion Dancer).  In addition, Dubé was a National Honor Society and SMAA All-Academic Team member and active as a Eucharistic Minister and youth ministry volunteer through her church. Dubé will be a nursing major at Saint Anselm College in the fall.

Catherine McAuley’s class of 2015

Megan Diane Bailey, Electra Meridian Maquoit Bals, Elise L. Baribault-Lee, Safia Muktar Bashir, Christel N. Batshiondo, Celeste Bouthot, Sharon Chikuta, Ashley Mae Connelly, Olivia Florence Dalphonse, Greta L. DiPierro, Brianna Noelle Doerfler, Alexandria R. Dow, Anna Elizabeth Dubé, Mary Eileen Furlong, Marisa Jayne Gochie, Katherine Johanna Hodgdon, Monica Glen Hutcherson, Jillian N. Jacobson, Natalie E. Juris, Sarah Elizabeth Kaiser, Siobhan Kailee Kenneally, Viviane Christine Kostin, Lydia Baker MacDonald, Drew K. Martinez, Keyly Martinez, Kathryn Mary McBrady, Rebecca Minh-Chau Davis McNamara, Mikayla M. Moran, Deborah Richard Mrema, Kathleen Claire O’Brien, SunYool Park, Elizabeth Ainsley Possiel, Devri Nicole Ramsey, Hawraa Fakher Rikan, Emily Elizabeth Rogan, Avery Camilla Roma, Amanda Denise Spink, Allison Michelle Tardif, Ayla M. Sheehan-Tartre, Rachel McKee Taylor, Isabel Terracciano, Jennifer Somers Walker, Madeleine Belle Walker-Elders, Adele Werner and Taylor Rose Whaley.

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