OAKLAND — Messalonskee High School recently announced its top 10 seniors.

Valedictorian Anna Schwartzber, is the daughter of Gary and Teresa Schwartzberg, of Oakland. Schwartzber is an accomplished AP Scholar, musician and volunteer. She has earned countless awards in chorus and has been the chorus librarian. She was selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall Solo Group, Kennebec Valley Honors Chorus, All State Chorus and the American Choral Director Association All-Eastern Honor Choir. She has been a Key Club officer throughout high school and accumulated hundreds of hours volunteering at numerous events and places including the MaineGeneral information desk, Children’s Home for Little Wanderers and local nursing homes. Schwartzber plays violin for the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Maine Youth Orchestra and has taught violin lessons at the Pineland Suzuki School where she has studied for 13 years. She is a member of the National Honors Society. Schwartzber will attend Bowdoin College.

Salutatorian Jai Aslam has been accepted to the Honors College at Northeastern University. Aslam is an AP scholar with distinction and has successfully taken college courses at the University of Southern Maine, Harvard and Colby College. He has participated in the MHS Key Club, Robotics Team, Math Team, Poetry Out Loud competitions and plays competitively for the United States Tennis Association. Among many other honors, he earned the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence award based on his academic achievements at Messalonskee High School. He is the son of Padiath and Dru King Aslam, of Belgrade.

Sabine Fontaine is the daughter of Wilfred and Elizabeth Fontaine, of Belgrade. Fontaine has been a dedicated member of the Math Team, Robotics Team and Key Club, holding leadership positions in the later two. She was elected to the National Honors Society as a junior. She also participated in both the school and jazz bands throughout her entire high school career and was elected as a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In the fall, she will attend Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.

Katherine Swenson is the daughter of Carol Swenson, of Oakland. Swenson has been active in the Messalonskee Band and Chorus and has been a member of the Tri-M and Larima Honors Choirs. She has been a competitive swimmer and equestrian. She has spent many hours volunteering at MaineGeneral in the same day surgery unit. She was a senior mentor and is a member of the National Honor Society. Swenson will major in chemical engineering at the University of Maine.

Dhivya Singaram is the daughter of Janaki and Shanmugam Singaram, of Oakland. Singaram has been an active volunteer and officer in the Key Club, she has spent hundreds of hours volunteering at MaineGeneral, local nursing homes and for countless events in the community. She has been an accomplished member of the school band and the Mid-Maine Youth Orchestra; she plays the clarinet, tenor sax and the piano. She is a founding member of Desi Dancers and the Messalonskee Dance Club, she is a senior mentor and a member of the National Honors Society. She will attend Bowdoin College and is majoring in neu roscience/pre-med.


Amanda Stagge is the daughter of Brenda Gilbert, of Augusta, and Robert Stagge, of Sidney. Stagge has played both basketball and softball. She is a member of the National Honors Society, a Key Club member, a senior mentor and is an Awana group facilitator for her church. She will attend Towson University in Maryland and will major in early childhood education and special education.

Chelsey Oliver, daughter of Edward and Kerri Oliver, of Sidney, is an exceptional student and community member. She was class president, a Key Club member, served on the yearbook staff and a National Honors Society member. Oliver volunteers her time at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church and youth program, participating in fundraising and community service. She has maintained honors with distinction for all four years of high school and will attend the University of Maine at Farmington in the fall.

Arthur Conover has been accepted to Kenyon College. He is a National Merit Scholar and has successfully taken multiple college courses at the University of Maine and at Colby College. In addition to his academic achievements, he is an award-winning member of the school’s orchestra and likewise, a decorated athlete. Conover earned two commendations honoring his academics, athleticism and musicality: The U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Senior Athlete Award and the U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award. He is the son of Charles and Sharon Oliver, of Oakland.

Emily York is the daughter of Donna and Mark York, of Belgrade. York is a three-season athlete. She has lettered in field hockey, basketball and softball. Yorky earned her certified nursing assistant license as a junior and attended the National Skills contest in Kansas City, Mo., after earning a gold medal in the state competition for medical math. She will attend the University of Southern Maine, where she will major in nursing and intends to play softball.

Sydney Shackett is the daughter of Erica St. Pierre, of Sidney, and Jon Shackett, of Bristol, N.H. Shackett is a member of the National Honors Society. She has been a varsity soccer player since her freshman year and named captain her junior and senior years. She has taken dance classes for much of her life. Shackett will attend Emerson College in Massachusetts and will major in writing.

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