READFIELD — Maranacook Community High School has announced its top 10 students in the senior class for the 2012-13 school year.

Deanna Morris, of Mount Vernon, daughter of John and Patricia Morris, is valedictorian. She has participated in cross-country running, track and the alpine ski team for three years, was ski captain her freshman and sophomore years and is a member of the Maine select team competing in the Eastern High School finals. She joined the Nordic team and the band her senior year. She is an active member of the National Honor Society and Student Senate. During her sophomore year, Morris participated in the German American Partnership Program, a school-sponsored three-week exchange. As a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship recipient, her junior year was spent studying for 10 months in Germany through the AFS program. She also received a scholarship to participate in the Maine Wilderness Leadership Program through the Friends of Baxter. Morris plans on attending a liberal arts college and continuing her language studies.

Rosie Ditre, of Manchester, daughter of Dyan Dyttmer and Joesph Ditre and sister of Maggie Ditre, is salutatorian. She has been involved in all play and musical productions at Maranacook as an actor, dancer and choreographer. She is a first chair clarinetist this year and has participated in the concert band for the past four years as well as a district level honors band for two years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Senate, and is currently the director of tutoring. For 12 years, Ditre has been dancing with the Kennebec Dance Centre, and has been a member of the Encore Company for the past four. In addition to recitals and local performances, she has competed with Encore in the New York City Dance Alliance twice, where they won multiple awards. She has received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, the Phi Beta Kappa Certificate of Recognition and is a National Merit Commended Student. She will be attending Emory University in Atlanta where she has been named a freshman liberal arts scholar.

Miranda Bouthot is daughter of Keith Bouthot and Angel Bouthot, of Mount Vernon. She has been awarded the academic letter two years in a row and became part of the National Technical Honors Society. She will attend college to continue studying early childhood. Her future plans include opening her own day care.

Kelsey Broad is the daughter of Michael and Lori (Dumont) McGillicuddy, of Manchester, and Keith Broad, of Gardiner. Broad is a volunteer at programs for children and elderly residents. She received a certified nursing assistant license from Capital Area Technical Center last year, graduating top of the class. Broad is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Student Senate and was a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program Ambassador. She has received multiple awards for excellence in academics along with the Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit for achievement of excellence in math and science. Broad will attend a university to major in nursing.

Adam Brooks, of Wayne, is son of Kevin and Dawn Brooks. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was on the golf, basketball and baseball teams. Brooks received the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All-Academic honors for golf and basketball. He participated in a French exchange program this spring. He and a friend created an intramural sports program for their senior project. He will attend college to major in sports management and obtain coaching certification.

Caroline Colan, of Readfield, is the daughter of Neil and Carrie Colan. Caroline is a three-season varsity athlete and captain, participating in cross country running, Nordic skiing, and track and field. This year, she was the Kennebec Journal Cross Country Runner of the Year and the Class B Nordic Skiing State Champion. She is president of the National Honor Society as well as an active member of Student Senate. She has also played the tenor saxophone in the concert and jazz bands throughout high school. Colan was selected as a delegate to Girls State this past summer. There, she was elected Miss Dirigo and First Outstanding Girl. In addition, she was selected as a Senator to Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., where she had the honor of meeting President Barack Obama. She plans to attend a liberal arts college and major in government and environmental studies.

Andrew Lachance, of Manchester, is the son of David and Laurie Lachance and brother of Michael. Lachance is an active member of the National Honor Society and is treasurer of the Student Senate. He has been a captain of the football, basketball and track and field teams. He was a two-time Campbell Football Conference All-Star as well as All-Academic. He is on the Maine McDonald’s Basketball All-State Academic team. He has participated in Model United Nations and is an AP Scholar. He will attend Bates College and plans to major in biochemistry and play football.

Sam Nielsen, of Manchester, is the son of Joe and Martha Nielsen. He has been an athlete throughout high school, participating in soccer and track for four years, and Nordic skiing for three years. This year, he was a captain of the soccer team, which won the conference title, and the Nordic team, which placed second in the conference and the state meets. He also has played the tuba in band for four years and the trombone in jazz band for three years. In addition to these activities, Nielsen joined the theater program this year and has played a part in the fall play, “You Can’t take it With You,” and the spring musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie.” He has also been on Student Senate for three years, two of them as head of the Sustainability Committee. In conjunction with this work, he has helped run the garden that supplies the kitchen with food during the spring. He is also a National Merit Scholar finalist. He plans to attend college to study engineering or geology.

Ian Perry, of Wayne, is the son of Dawn Gardner and Robert Perry and brother of Rob Perry. He is a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Student Senate. Ian is an active member of the Maranacook Theater program with multiple lead roles, most notably playing Schroeder in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Perry co-captained the cross country team in the fall, as well as the track team in the spring. He was a member of the Chamber Singers and played percussion in jazz band. Perry will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, and plans to major in physics.

Ashlee Whitelaw, of Readfield, is the daughter of David Whitelaw and Sharon Lough-Whitelaw. She is a scorer on the Maranacook math team and a member of the track and field’s throwing team. She is also a tutor for the new student tutoring program. In the fall, Whitelaw will attend the Northeastern University while enrolled in their PharmD program.

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