PITTSFIELD — Maine Central Institute recently announced its top students of the class of 2014. The top ranking is based solely on grade-point average.

Lijia “Emma” Chen, the valedictorian, has been involved in Key Club, Cultural Diversity Club, math team and the rifle team. She received the American Society of Women Engineers Award and competed in the 2013 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition. Chen is the daughter of Yongmei Shen and Zhiguang Chen of Chongqing, of China.

Salutatorian Xinxiu “Cindy” Zhong has been a member of the Key Club her entire time at MCI. She has been a member of the Tennis and Chess Club as well as the math, tennis, field hockey and rifle teams, the concert choir and the vocal jazz group Maiden Voyage. In addition, she was a finalist in the Manson Essay competition, has served as the president of the Cultural Diversity Club and was a dormitory prefect. Zhong is the daughter of Haiying Zhang and Xianoning Zhong of Guangxi, of China.

Dinh Quoc “Tom” Nguyen has been a member of the Cultural Diversity Club for four years, serving as secretary his junior year and management consultant his senior year. He has been vice president of both the Student Council and the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society, Kindness Krew, the Ping Pong Club, Dorm Council and Tech Crew. In addition, Nguyen was a member of the basketball, baseball and rifle teams, served as a dormitory prefect and also was a peer tutor. He is the son of Thi To To Lien and Dat Dinh Nguyen, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Hannah Emery has been a member of the soccer, outdoor track and basketball teams, serving as captain of all three sports both her junior and senior years. In addition, Emery played softball and was a member of the Captains Club. She is the co-founder of the Kindness Krew and was a member of the Student Leadership Committee, Key Club, College Aspirations Club and the Science Outing Club. Emery was also a member of the National Honor Society and served as secretary for both her class and the Student Council. She is the daughter of Kristi and Bryan Emery, of Detroit.

Yifan “Rex” Wu tied Emery for fourth place ranking. Wu was a member of the track team, the Fencing Club and the Key Club. He won second place in the esteemed Manson Essay competition. Wu is the son of Hongyan Xun and Jianjun Wu, of Taiyuan, China.

Yi Yi “Fay” Fei has participated in the rifle, field hockey, and tennis teams. She was also a member of the Key Club, Cultural Diversity Club, the Tennis Club, Ping Pong Club, National Honor Society, math team, Art Club and Vocal Jazz. In addition, Fei was a Manson Essay finalist and participated in Ella Night, the MCI Variety Show and the Masardis Coffee House. Fei is the daughter of Jianfen Miao and Xiqing Fei of Zhejiang, of China.

Zhongzheng “Emerson” Chen has been a member of the math, tennis and rifle teams. He has also participated in the Key Club, Anime Club, Tennis and Chess Club, Ping Pong Club and Cultural Diversity Club. Chen is the son of Yongmei Shen and Zhiguang Chen of Chongqing, of China.

Junjie “Jack” Liu has been a member of the Tennis and Chess Club as well as the Math and rifle teams. In addition, Liu has served as a dormitory prefect. Liu is the son of Huarong Yang and Yonggang Liu of Chengdu, China.

Brody Malloy was a three-year member of the Key Club and Student Leadership Committee. He was also a member of both the indoor and outdoor track teams and the Student Council. In addition, Malloy received the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award and was the winner of the Manson Essay competition. Malloy is the son of Ginny and Scott Malloy, of Pittsfield.

Olivia Hamm has served as the manager of the girls’ soccer team for two years. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society and has participated in the JMG (Jobs for Maine Graduates) Junior Titans Challenge, the JMG Joy Project and the JMG Student Council. Hamm is the daughter of Lisa Plourde and Jake Hamm, of Pittsfield.

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