READFIELD — Maranacook Community High School has announced its top scholars for the class of 2012.

Sarah Adams, of Readfield, is the daughter of Steve and Shira Adams. Since graduating early from Maranacook in August, Adams has spent this academic year as a postgraduate at Kents Hill School. She was recently selected as a National Merit Scholarship finalist and has been nominated for the Presidential Scholarship Award. Active in her community, Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society, the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Amnesty International Club and spent last summer as an emergency department volunteer at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Also, Adams has been the Hebrew coordinator at Temple Beth El Synagogue in Augusta for three years and serves as a peer tutor at Kents Hill. Adams is on the tennis team, the cross-country team and the speech and debate team.

She hopes to pursue a degree in cognitive and behavioral science at Harvard University.

Lyndsay Canwell, of Mount Vernon, is the daughter of Brian and April Canwell. She has been a member of Studio One for Dancers since the age of 3. Beginning in the fourth grade, she has participated in theater productions at the school and in workshops at the Waterville Opera House. Roles she has played include Annie in “Annie,” the Wiz in “The Wiz” and Lucy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She was also a member of the speech and debate team, representing Maine in three national tournaments. She has participated in the Student Senate all four years of high school and is co-chairperson of the School Spirit Committee, organizing events such as homecoming, winter carnival and school elections. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been playing the piano for 10 years.

She plans to attend a liberal arts college in the fall to study biology or chemistry.

Jared Diou-Cass, of Manchester, is the grandson of Paul and Linda Diou. A trumpet player since fifth grade, Diou-Cass has been in the jazz band and the concert band since middle school and throughout high school. He is in the show chorus and theater and was the lead in the spring musical production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He participates in soccer, Nordic skiing and track and field. He is also involved with the Student Senate and is the senior class’s caucus representative and co-head of the Sustainability Committee, which he has used to promote change and improve the school. He has also done Model United Nations and Boys State, helped found the school’s Civil Rights Team and is involved in community service. He is president of the school’s National Honor Society group, works with the Interact Club and is a volunteer for the United Way of Kennebec Valley Allocations Committee. He has been an honor or high honors student throughout high school and won various certificates of achievement, including the Kiwanis Distinguished Youth Award, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence in recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence for two years in a row and the St. Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience.


Diou-Cass plans to attend Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Cameron Guild, of Manchester, son of Don and Suzanne Guild, is salutatorian. Guild is an active National Honor Society and Student Senate member. He plays varsity baseball, and as captain of the varsity soccer team, he earned Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All-Academic Honors. He is an Eagle Scout and volunteers on the allocations committee for the United Way.

Guild will attend Northeastern University or the University of Maine to study mechanical engineering.

Teaka Jackson, of Manchester, is the daughter of Gary and Ginger Jackson. She is involved in track and field. She received the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All-Academic honor in soccer, in which she has participated for the past four years. She serves on the Student Senate, is a Maranacook Health Center Advisory Committee member and volunteers at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.

Jackson plans to attend a college in the New England area to major in architecture.

Jason LaPorte, of Readfield, is the son of Don and Cheryl LaPorte. He has volunteered at the PALS no-kill cat shelter in East Winthrop. He has been a member of the varsity ice hockey team for four years and has been the team’s captain and been awarded Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All Academic Honors and Senior All Star Team. He has been a varsity tennis player for four years. LaPorte enjoys working out and staying athletically fit. He broke the school’s pull-up record and won the rope climb during winter carnival.


He will attend Husson University to study pharmacology.

Abby Mace, of Mount Vernon, is the daughter of Brent and Bridget Mace. Mace has participated in varsity cross country running, cross country skiing, and track for four years, winning a total of 11 conference championships and 12 state championships. She has competed at the New England level and has achieved three top 10 finishes in cross country running. In track, she is the school record holder in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters.

Mace plays piano and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Senate. In the Senate, she was an active member of the School Spirit Committee before being named co-chairperson of the committee her senior year. She volunteers with elementary and middle school students as a writing tutor and mentor.

Mace will attend the University of Connecticut with plans to major in journalism and communications and to compete in cross country and track.

Kathleen Poulin, of Readfield, is the daughter of David and Lisa Poulin. Poulin has participated in varsity basketball and soccer for four years and was a two-year basketball captain. She received Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All-Academic honors in both sports and has been an honor roll student throughout high school. She has participated in the Student Senate and was a member of the United Way Allocations Committee. She plans to attend college in the fall.

Isabel Smith, of Manchester, is the daughter of Carol Mansfield and Andy Smith. She has participated in varsity soccer, varsity Nordic skiing and varsity tennis. She also plays piano. She has been an active member of the National Honor Society and the school’s Health Center Student Advisory Committee. In March 2010, she traveled with the committee to Washington, D.C.


She spends summers volunteering at MaineGeneral Medical Center. During her junior year, she participated in a study-abroad program in France, staying with a host family on the outskirts of Paris. She plans to attend a liberal arts college and pursue a career in science.

Taylor Watson, of Mount Vernon, is the son of Kathryn Booth and Richard Watson. He is a National Merit Scholarship finalist and Presidential Scholar nominee. He has received state titles for his hurdling. Watson participates in student government and works in the school garden. He will attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Christian Wick, of Manchester, is the son of Patti Perry and Erik Wick. Wick attended elementary school in Mount Vernon and then Manchester. He has been a member of the cross-country and track teams and was captain of the debate team.

He is an Eagle Scout and a National Honor Society member. He has been state champion in debate and attended national tournaments.

Wick has been a member of the Student Senate for the last two years and is its treasurer.

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