Biddeford's 2017 'Top Scholars gather in Tiger Gymnasium. Front from left are Jacob Bilsky, Madison Perry, Ashley Paul, Joseph Curit and Brady Crepeau. Back from left are Austin Dutremble, Cindy Do, Lissa Hilton Harrigan, Abigail Laverriere and Noah Gagne. Not shown is Cassie Riley. JOURNAL TRIBUNE/Lindsey Hall

Biddeford’s 2017 ‘Top Scholars gather in Tiger Gymnasium. Front from left are Jacob Bilsky, Madison Perry, Ashley Paul, Joseph Curit and Brady Crepeau. Back from left are Austin Dutremble, Cindy Do, Lissa Hilton Harrigan, Abigail Laverriere and Noah Gagne. Not shown is Cassie Riley. JOURNAL TRIBUNE/Lindsey Hall

BIDDEFORD — At the end of their high school experience, 11 seniors have been recognized as “Top Scholars” at Biddeford High School for their outstanding acadenic prowess. 

According to Jeremie Sirois, BHS principal, the “Top Scholars” have achieved the highest academic level during the past four years.

The 2017 Graduation Ceremony for 208 BHS seniors will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Tiger Gymnasium.

Here’s some quck profiles of the BHS “Top Scholars” for 2017:

Ashley Paul, Valedictorian, summa cum laude, is the daughter of Lee Howes and Chris Paul, Sr. She has participated in various activities throughout her four years at Biddeford High School. She was involved in both indoor and outdoor track for five seasons as both a sprinter and a thrower. In addition, she has danced at Steppin’ Out Dance Centre for two years, sang in choir with the Biddeford Vocal Music Department for two years, and twirled with the Saco Jets for 13 years. In 2015, she received the Pat Ridley Star Performer Award for her improvement as a both a twirler and a performer, and in 2016, she received the Columbia Book Award for her academic acheivements. In the fall, Ashley will be attending the University of Maine at Orono where she will be in the explorations undeclared program, as well as the honors college.

Madison Perry, Salutatorian, magna cum laude, is the daughter of Steve and Andrea Perry of Biddeford. During her four years at BHS, Madison has been a member of Interact, National Honor Society, and a varsity runner on the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams. She has proven to be a leader through her positions as Interact president, NHS vice president, Freshman mentor, and captain of three sports teams her senior year. Madison has been awarded numerous character awards through her sports teams, as well as academic and citizenship awards in other organizations. In the fall Madison will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she will major in Chemical Engineering and run cross country and track.

Jacob Bilsky is the son of Edward and Jill Bilsky. During his time at BHS he was awarded Biddeford’s first Best Delegate at Model UN, earned a 1 rating for his trombone solos in Jazz Band, made it to Southwesterns in the 1600-meter racewalk, and wrote a collection poetry about space socialism. Currently he is composing a write up for the papers at a Model UN conference and plans on attending Clark University next Fall for Biology and History. They are two very different majors, but he is aware of this and looks forward to the challenge.

Brady Crepeau, magna cum laude, is the son of Kenneth and Patricia Crepeau of Biddeford. During his four years at BHS, Brady participated in National Honor Society, Interact, KO Mentor, Baseball, Football, and Hockey. He received the UNH Book Award; Center of Technology Student of the Month Award; all academic awards for football, hockey and baseball; all conference in football; Hobey Baker Character Award and Coach’s Award for hockey; Rookie of the Year and Pitcher of the Year for baseball; and named captain of the hockey and baseball teams senior year. Brady will be attending North Carolina State University in the fall where he will major in Engineering.

Joseph Robert Curit, magna cum laude, is the son of Brian and Karen Curit.  During his four years at BHS, Joey participated in National Honor Society, Student Council, Interact, and the KO mentoring program.  He was named captain of the football, hockey and baseball teams during his senior year.  This past football season he was named the Class B South Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches and was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Fitzpatrick Trophy, given to Maine’s best football player.  He was also named to the All-State football team, and was named All-State in hockey after his junior year.  Joey will attend the University of New England where he will major in medical biology and will play football on UNE’s inaugural team.

Cindy Do, magna cum laude, is the daughter of Loan Le and Thanh Do. During her four years at BHS, Cindy has remained on the High Honor Roll. She played soccer during her junior year, and was in Civil Rights senior year. In the fall, Cindy will be attending Simmons College, where she will major in physical therapy.

Austin Dutremble, cum laude, is the son of Tracy and David Dutremble of Biddeford. During his four years at Biddeford High School, Austin has participated in National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, BHS freshman mentor program, Rotary Interact Club as treasurer, and a member of the NEASC leadership committee. He was awarded the 2017 MPA Principal’s Award, Varsity Maine Awards Role Model of the Year Award, and is a member of the WCSH 6 Varsity Club. Austin played football and basketball all four years serving as captain his senior year in football and the past three years in basketball. He was named to the Maine McDonald’s Academic All-State team, SMAA All-Academic team, and All-Conference team. In the fall, Austin will be attending the University of New England where he will major in Medical Biology and play on their first-ever football team.

Noah Gagne is the son of Michael and Debra Gagne of Biddeford. During his four years at BHS, Noah has participated in Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Cross Country, Wrestling, and Baseball. He was named captain in both Cross Country and Wrestling his senior year, and achieved All-Academic. In the fall, Noah will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington where he will major in English.

Lissa Hilton Harrigan, Magna Cum Laude, is the daughter of Judy Hilton and Joe Harrigan. During her four years at BHS, Lissa has participated in Biddeford High School’s Thespian Society, Musical, Play, Jazz Combo, and Tennis. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Maine Festival Chorus who performed preceding Misatango, an internationally renowned choir. She was named Historian of Thespian Troupe #7972 for her senior year. Lissa has been accepted to the University of Southern Maine and plans to study Music Education in the fall of 2017

Abby Laverriere, magna cum laude, is the daughter of John and Karen Laverriere of Biddeford. During her four years at BHS, Abby has participated in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Freshmen Mentoring, and Interact. She was a captain of Cross Country and Track, an editor of the Yearbook, and president of NHS. In the fall, Abby will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, where she will begin a five-year B.S/M.S. Physician Assistant program.

Cassie Riley, magna cum laude, is the daughter of Hope Lancaster of Biddeford and Bill Riley of South Berwick. During her four years at BHS, Cassie participated in soccer, class officers, school committee, and National Honor Society. She is a four-year secretary of the Class of 2017, a secretary of National Honor Society for her senior year, and a two-year school committee representative. She has received the local Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, qualified for the Chemistry Olympiad, and was also an AP Scholar for her junior year. Next year she will be attending University of Maine and majoring in biology and chemistry.

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 326, or by email at [email protected]

 


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