NEWPORT — Nokomis Regional High recently announced the top two students in the class of 2017.

Austin Taylor, ranked first in her class, has been named valedictorian. She plans to attend Harvard University. Taylor is the daughter of Jonathan and Noel Taylor, of Newport.

Laura Freudenberger, salutatorian, is ranked second in the class. She plans to attend the University of Maine in Orono, where she plans to study in pre-veterinary science. Freudenberger is the daughter of Jody and Bill Freudenberger, of Palmyra.

Principal Mary Nadeau also announced the commencement ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, in the Nokomis gymnasium. Dwight Littlefield, a native of Hartland and a 1989 graduate of Nokomis Regional High, will be the guest speaker.

After high school, Littlefield received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He returned to Nokomis in 1997 as a job specialist for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates. He later held leadership positions with Cianbro and the Maine Department of Education. In 2014, Littlefield returned to JMG as the vice president of operations and, last year, was promoted to chief operating officer. He also serves as the vice chairman on the Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation Board. He lives in Sidney with his wife, Kristie, a 1992 alum of Nokomis, and his two daughters, Autumn and Addison.

Scholarships and other awards will be presented to graduating seniors at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, during Class Night.

Class officers for the class of 2017 are Owen Reed, son of Allison and Chad Reed, of Newport, president; Elasah MacDonald, daughter of Bill MacDonald, of Plymouth, vice president; Dana Grass, daughter of Brandy and Mike Grass, of Plymouth, treasurer; Colby Kreider, son of Myla and Bob Kreider, of Palmyra, secretary; and Journey Bubar, daughter of Debbie and Stephen Bubar, of St. Albans, historian.

Admittance to graduation is by ticket only and admittance to class night is first-come, first-serve.

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