GARDINER — Gardiner Area High School has announced its top 10 scholar in the class of 2013.

Mariah Damon, daughter of Tony and Kathy Damon of West Gardiner, is valedictorian. She is a Gardiner Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, currently serving as vice president and a past Dirigo Girls State delegate. Damon has served as a student council representative for three years and currently serves as president. She has been a member of color guard for four years, currently serving as its captain and is a member of the school’s dance team. She participated at Lit Festival and served on the prom committee. Her awards include the Rotary Student of the Month Award, the English Award, the AP Biology Award, the AP Chemistry Award, the History Award, the French Award, the Video Production Award, the Career and Tech Award, the Life and Work Award, the Yale Book Award, the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Husson University Walgreen’s Pharmacy Camp Scholarship Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Maine Award, and the AP Scholars Award.

In the community, Damon has served as a volunteer at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Pittston Elementary School, Gardiner Sports Boosters and at the Day of Caring. She dances with the Uptowne Dance Competition Team. Damon will attend the University of New England in the fall with a major in pre-pharmacy.

Hannah Morgan, daughter of Mike and Debi Morgan of Gardiner, is salutatorian. She is a Gardiner Scholar and National Honor Society member, currently serving as secretary. Throughout high school, she has been a member of both the high school band and the District III Honors Band, and currently serves as vice president of the Band Board. She participated at the Lit Festival, was a member of the World Languages Club and served on the prom committee. Morgan has participated in fall and winter cheering, serving as captain for the past two years. She has received a place on the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Cheering All Stars first and second teams, the Coaches Award for Most Valuable Player for two consecutive years and a place at the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl. She has received the Rotary Student of the Month Award, the Clarkson University Leadership Award, the Smith College Book Award, the French I, II, and III awards, the Chemistry Award, the AP Literature Award, the American Studies Award, the Career and Tech Award, and the World History Award.

In the community, she has volunteered as a youth cheering coach and as a Gardiner Regional Middle School cheering coach, was actively involved with the Saco River cleanup, and participated in the Day of Caring. Morgan will attend the University of Maine in the fall with a major in bioengineering.

Hannah Luken, daughter of Cheryl and Mark Luken of West Gardiner, is ranked third. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a Gardiner Scholar and a past Dirigo Girls State delegate. Luken has participated in sports including tennis and basketball. She was a member of the high school band and has been an active member of color guard, Drama Club and World Languages Club. She was a cast member in several drama and musical productions as well as a member of the set painting crew. Her awards include the Honors English, Geometry, and History Awards, the French I and III Awards, the Art Award, the Dartmouth Alumni Club Book Award, the AP Literature Award, and the American Studies Award. In the community, she has volunteered at the humane society, with her church youth group, and is in charge of the high school’s drama prop closet. Luken will attend the University of Maine in the fall with a major in psychology.

Kelly Macomber, daughter of Sandy Macomber and Randy Macomber, both of West Gardiner, is ranked fourth. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Gardiner Scholar. She maintained highest honors throughout high school and was the recipient of the Rotary Student of the Month Award her sophomore year. She is a member of Class Council and has served as her class vice president for four years. She also served on the prom committee and was a member of the World Languages Club. She has participated in sports including softball and basketball.

In the community, she volunteers her time with tutoring at Gardiner Regional Middle School, youth basketball camp and the Alfond Baby College Fund Drive. Macomber will attend Thomas College in the fall with a major in elementary education.

Courtney Moulton, daughter of Kristen Moulton and Tim Moulton, both of Pittston, is ranked fifth. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Gardiner Scholar. She is a member of the World Languages Club, yearbook staff, class council and has been a student council representative, currently serving as secretary. She has participated in sports, including field hockey, serving as captain her senior year. She received a place on the All-Academic Field Hockey Team. Her awards include the Clarkson Book Award and the Pre-Calculus Award.

In the community, she volunteers with the youth field hockey program and was a Maine State Aquarium junior docent her sophomore year. She enjoys skiing, snowmobiling and hunting. Moulton will attend Thomas College in the fall with a major in business marketing.

Zach Farrin, son of Paul and Nancy Farrin of Pittston, is ranked sixth. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a Gardiner Scholar. Farrin is a trumpet player with both the band and jazz band. He has been a member of class council and the Ski/Snowboarding Club. His awards include the Academic Excellence in Investigating Science Award, the Williams College Book Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Literary Festival Award. He has participated in sports including football, golf, basketball, soccer and baseball. He received the Walter Golden Award in the Augusta Babe Ruth League.

In the community, he volunteers with youth sports and at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. He enjoys music, working out and spending time with friends. Farrin will attend St. Joseph College in the fall with a major in liberal arts.

Helen Dow, daughter of Kathy Dow of West Gardiner and David Dow of Gardiner, is ranked seventh. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Gardiner Scholar. She is a member of the World Languages Club and currently serves as president. She also served as a student council representative and currently serves as vice president. She participated in winter varsity cheering and received the Most Valuable Performer Award, and places on both the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team and the KVAC All-Academic team. Outside of school, she cheered with the Planet Cheer All-Stars and competed at the Cheerleading World Championships. Her awards include the Algebra I and II Honors Awards, the Spanish I and II Awards, the History Award, the AP Literature Award, the Lab Chemistry Award, the Lab Biology Award, and the St. Anselm Book Award.

In the community, she volunteers at MaineGeneral Medical Center. She enjoys baking and rollerblading. Dow will attend Simmons College in the fall with a major in physical therapy.

Lydia Williams, daughter of Steve and Jennie Williams of Gardiner and Deanne and Robert Giles of Wiscasset, is ranked eighth. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Gardiner Scholar.

She serves on the student council as both representative and treasurer. Williams participates in chorus, band and show choir and is also a member of the band board. She worked on the school newspaper for three years, serving as editor her junior year. She also was a member of the prom committee her junior year and participated in Pizazz for four years. She has participated in sports including tennis and volleyball. Her awards include the St. Michael’s Book Award, the Band Award, the Chorus Award, the Show Choir Award, the Pizazz Award, the Literary Festival Award, the Spanish II Award and the AP English Literature Award.

In the community, she has volunteered at Midcoast Hospital and participated in the Day of Caring as well as the National Honor Society service projects. Williams will attend the University of Maine in the fall with a major in international business.

Nathan Somes, son of Wendy and Tim Somes of West Gardiner, is ranked ninth. He is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as treasurer, and a Gardiner Scholar. Somes participated in sports including basketball, baseball, and golf, serving as captain of the golf team. He is a past member of student council. He was a participant in the Lit Festival and helped with the Thanksgiving basket project.

In the community, he has volunteered at football game concessions, the Waterfront Hockey Tournament, the Day of Caring, youth basketball summer camps and for the city of Gardiner. He enjoys hiking and fishing. Somes will attend the University of Maine in the fall with a major in accounting.

Ben Dickey, son of Jon and Sara Dickey of Gardiner, is ranked 10th. He is a past Dirigo Boys State delegate and a past member of the Math Team. He currently participates in chorus, show choir, band and jazz band. He has participated in sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, track, and indoor track. His dedication to the sport of track and academics earned him a place on the All-Academic Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Team his senior year.

He achieved the Eagle Scout rank his sophomore year. He received the Yearbook Cover Design/Drawing Award for 2013.

In the community, he has volunteered with his church youth group at various service projects, in the Day of Caring, with the Boy Scouts of America, and as a volunteer piano teacher. Dickey will attend Brigham Young University in the fall with a major in music education.

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