Waterville Senior High School has announced its top 10 graduating seniors for the class of 2018. The students are listed by rank.

Soren Nyhus is graduating first in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 97.934. He is vice president of the National Honor Society, president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well as vice president of the class of 2018. He also is captain of the math team. He participated in cross country, tennis and is a Nordic skier.

He is a member of the Maine All-State Orchestra, where he is principal cellist, as well as a member of the Colby College Symphony Orchestra and the WSHS Pit Orchestra. In 2105 he played with the All-National Orchestra. Throughout his high school career he has received a Renaissance Award for Academics and Good School Citizenship, the Dartmouth College Book Award, the A.H. Chatfield Jr. Piano Prize, has won several music competitions, and was chosen as the recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association Principal’s Award

He has spent time in his community volunteering with the Evening Sandwich program, playing music for community events and at nursing homes, and has assisted with the Waterville Junior High Strings program.

Nyhus plans to study music at Harvard University in the fall. He is the son of Philip Nyhus and Gail Carson, of Waterville.

Rebecca Beringer is graduating second in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 96.826. She has spent her high school career in variety of activities. She has been a member of the varsity soccer team and both the indoor and outdoor track teams.

She is a part of Key Club, the National Honor Society, and has served as a class officer. She is a member of the Green Team, yearbook, homeroom buddies, and has served on both the prom and Sadie’s dance committees. Beringer received a Renaissance Award for Academics and Good School Citizenship. She was named as a member of the KVAC All-Academic Team in soccer, indoor track and outdoor track. She was a member of the KVAC All-Conference team in soccer, indoor track and outdoor track.

She has spent time working as a lifeguard and as a soccer referee. Beringer spends time volunteering throughout her community at humane society fundraisers, with Waterville Youth Soccer Association, in the adult education program, and as a Vacation Bible School helper.

She plans to attend Becker College to major in exercise science and play on the women’s varsity soccer team in the fall. She is the daughter of Peter and Amelia Beringer, of Waterville.

Rylee Pooler is graduating third in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 96.824. Throughout her high school career, she has participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, yearbook, Key Club, the prom committee, and Sadie’s dance committee.

She is a dancer on a competition dance team. She received a Renaissance Award for Academics, was awarded the Wellesley Book Award, and an award for the National Honor Society.

She is working as a secretary at TNT Dance Studio. She is involved with volunteer programs at the Muskie Center/Spectrum Generation, volunteers in the Special Education Department at WSHS, and also spends time volunteering as a dance teachers’ assistant.

While undecided on which university to attend, Poole plans to major in biology with the intent to become a biomedical engineer or a scientific researcher. Pooler is the daughter of Daniel Poole, of Waterville.

Clio Bazakas is graduating fourth in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 95.011. She has been involved with many co-curricular activities including class president, Green Team president, the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Science Olympiad and homeroom buddies.

She is a member of the tennis, cross country and unified basketball teams. Throughout her career she has received several awards, including a Renaissance Award for Academics and Good School Citizenship, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science award and multiple state championship medals for Science Olympiad.

Bazakas volunteers her time as a peer tutor in both biology and math.

She plans to attend Pitzer College in Southern California in the fall to study pre-med. Bazakas is the daughter of Greg Bazakas and Jennifer Yoder, of Waterville.

Hayley Davis is graduating fifth in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 93.747. Her high school career includes being active in Key Club, the National Honor Society as the co-tutoring chairwoman, homeroom buddies, the yearbook editor and prom committee.

Davis has played on the varsity softball team. She received a Renaissance Award and the St. Michael’s Book Award. She was an arch bearer for the class of 2017 graduation and has been awarded high honors.

Davis is employed by Woodlands Senior Living Center of Waterville. She spends numerous hours volunteering at the homeless shelter, the Evening Sandwich program, and the adult education program.

Davis plans to attend the University of Maine to major in biology. Davis is the daughter of Robert and Kimberly Davis, of Waterville.

Natalia Fuentes is graduating sixth in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 93.463.

She participates on the cross country and swim teams, where she is a captain, as well as intramural volleyball. She has spent time as the vice president of her class, president of the National Honor Society, and treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

She is a member of the Pit Orchestra, Science Olympiad, All-State Orchestra, the Girls Advisory Board, and Mid Maine Youth Orchestra. Fuentes has received numerous awards including a Renaissance Award, a KVAC All-Academic for both cross country and swim, the Eastman Young Leaders Award, and the Heritage Festival Maestro Award.

She spent much of her high school career volunteering at the homeless shelter, the George J. Mitchell School, and the Albert S. Hall School. She has worked as a lifeguard and as a waitress.

Fuentes plans to attend Harvard University and study either biology or environmental science. Fuentes is the daughter of Hector Fuentes and Maria Becerra, of Waterville.

Katey Caron is graduating seventh in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 93.024. She has been involved with numerous activities including the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society Secretary and Pit Orchestra.

She has received high honors throughout her four years and received the Phi Beta Kappa award.

Caron has spent the last two years working as a crew member at Flagship Cinema. She volunteers at a residential care facility, with Tri-M to share music in the community, and with the National Honor Society.

Caron plans to attend the University of Southern Maine and major in music education, after which she would like to pursue graduate school for music therapy. Caron is the daughter of Eric and Jean Caron, of Waterville.

Nora Greene is graduating eighth in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 91.695. She plays on the tennis team, is a member of the Panther Post, and is a member of the Science Olympiad team. She received a Renaissance Award for Academics and School Citizenship.

She spends time volunteering in the community at the homeless shelter, with the Evening Sandwich program, and in school as a peer tutor.

Greene plans to attend Bowdoin College in the fall. She is the daughter of David and Carolyn Greene, of Waterville.

Benjamin Bernier is graduating ninth in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 91.565. He has spent all four years as a part of First Robotics Competition Team 4906 — The Collective, as well as a member of the National Honor Society.

Bernier has spent many hours volunteering through his Boy Scouts Troop 436 as an Eagle Scout, where he spent more than 70 hours working on his service project. He also has volunteered many hours with Order of the Arrow Madockawanda Lodge and the National Honor Society. He received the St. Michael’s College Book Award and a Renaissance Award for Academics. Bernier plans to attend Colby College in the fall. He is the son of Daniel and Jennifer Bernier, of Waterville.

Sophie Webb is graduating 10th in the WSHS class of 2018 with a grade point average of 91.547. She has been on both the varsity soccer and basketball teams for the last four years. She is a yearbook editor and a member of the National Honor Society. Webb received a Renaissance Award for Academics and Good School Citizenship and was named to the McDonald’s All-State basketball team.

She has worked coaching youth soccer clinics, babysitting and helping out at a daycare. She spends time volunteering in her community at the Evening Sandwich program, as a coach for the Waterville Youth Soccer Association and peer tutoring. She is a member of the Girls Advisory Board for Hardy Girls Healthy Women.

Webb plans to attend the Taft School in Connecticut for a post-graduate year and then a four-year college. She is the daughter of Tim and Karen Webb, of Waterville.

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