FARMINGDALE — Hall-Dale High School has announced its summa cum laude graduates for the class of 2021. The students are listed according to rank.

Ian Stebbins Contributed photo

Ian Stebbins, the son of Karen and Mark Stebbins of Farmingdale, is an avid soccer, basketball and track athlete. He was a member of the MVC Championship track team, where he set the school record in pole vault. He has also been a part of MVC Championship soccer and basketball teams. He captained all three sports, and was also an integral and supportive member of the Unified Basketball Team.

As the valedictorian of the class of 2021, Stebboms is president of the National Honor Society, an active member of Key Club, and he helped resurrect the Outing Club. He was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the College Board Rural and Small Town Scholar Award, and he was the Maine Principal’s Award recipient.

Stebbins plans to attend Bowdoin College, where he plans to explore the natural sciences.

Hunter Lizzotte Contributed photo

Hunter Lizzotte, the son of Sherie and Chris Lizzotte of Farmingdale, is vice president of his class, treasurer of National Honor Society, and treasurer of student government. He copped the Outstanding Senior award in cross country, was its captain, and was a member of the swim team and an integral member of the Mountain Valley Conference Championship track team.

Lizzotte played trumpet for the concert and jazz bands throughout high school. He was selected as the recipient of the Rensselaer Medal and was chosen by the College Board as a Rural and Small Town Scholar.

Lizzotte, the salutatorian, plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono to study biomedical engineering.

Rebekah McKay Contributed photo

Rebekah McKay, the daughter of Hannah and Todd McKay of Chelsea, has balanced her time between school, music, sports, and church illustrates the high level of maturity she possesses. She has been a member of jazz band, jazz choir, concert band, the chorus, and musicals throughout her tenure at Hall-Dale. She also served as president of the music organization.

Although not always being in front on stage, she was the organizer behind the scenes as the set crew chief. McKay, a member of National Honor Society, was the recipient of the Eastman Award from the University of Rochester.

She plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University and major in biochemistry.

Sarah Benner Photo by Mainely Wildlife Photography

Sarah Benner, the daughter of Lisa and Stephen Benner of Farmingdale, has been the historian for the National Honor Society, treasurer of Key Club and is president of both the class of 2021 and the student senate. A team player, role model, a “mom” to younger players, and leader of young women, she is the captain of both the soccer and softball teams. As a leader she has helped lead her teammates to MVC Championship games and helped prepare them for playoffs.

Benner plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono to study wildlife ecology.

Lauren Sylvester Contributed photo

Lauren Sylvester is the daughter of Angel and Keith Sylvester of Farmingdale. She has distinguished herself through her contributions to societal change, her commitment to a challenging academic program, and her leadership in the school community. She was selected as a student leader in the Seeds of Peace program and was a regional officer for Key Club. She was integral in getting the Yellow Tulip Program up and running at Hall-Dale.

Throughout her years at both the middle and high school level, Sylvester was active in both the Environmental Club and Civil Rights Program. Her passion is dance. She has been a part of numerous recitals and was a member of the Senior Dance Society.

Sylvester plans to attend Tufts University and explore liberal studies before deciding on a major.

Samuel Sheaffer Photo by Jennifer Bechard

For Samuel Sheaffer — the son of Rani and Jeremy Sheaffer of Hallowell — soccer, basketball and baseball have been a constant. He excelled as a keeper and helped guide his team to MVC Championship games and deep runs into the playoffs.

His leadership on the field and court flows over into his student life. Sheaffer participated in Key Club and the Outing Club, and served as the vice-president to the Student Senate and the National Honor Society. He took part in the jazz band, jazz choir, the band and chorus.

Sheaffer plans to attend Bates College and major in political science.

Naomi Lynch Contributed photo

Naomi Lynch is the daughter of Ashli Spear and Tom Lynch of Farmingdale. A top student academically, she is a fierce competitor on the tennis court and, as one of the top players in the state, captained her team to an MVC Championship. She centered a stingy defense to provide Hall-Dale with constant playoff opportunities.

Lynch helped revive the Outing Club to allow peers to experience the joys of hiking. She also served as the secretary to both the Key Club and National Honor Society.

Lynch plans to attend Bates College and study sociology.

Corrina Johnson Contributed photo

Corrina Johnson is the daughter of Elizabeth and Michael Johnson of Hallowell. Her second home has been in Room 113, whether it be on the ceramic wheel, metalsmithing, dabbling in colors, or creating T-shirts for her class in the printmaking course. Outside of art, Johnson is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Outside of Hall-Dale, she learned greater command of self through the martial arts. She is an accomplished black belt and teaches several karate classes for younger students.

Johnson plans to attend Southern Maine Community College to major in business.


Ashley Stuart Contributed photo

Ashley Stuart, the daughter of Will Stuart of Chelsea and Teresa Hooper of Dover-Foxcroft, has had a niche for the humanities yet excels in science. Stuart has an affinity for nature and greatly enjoys spending time with family and friends. She played an important role in creating the 2020 and 2021 high school yearbook.

Stuart is undecided and is taking a gap year to explore her options.

Riley Johnson Contributed photo

Riley Johnson, the daughter of Jennifer Johnson of Farmingdale and Jason Johnson of Farmingdale, excelled in Jazz Band and Jazz Choir and participated in the Berklee Jazz Festival.

Although sidelined by an injury, Johnson was inspirational through her new role on sports teams. Her passion also manifested itself as a member of the Civil Rights Team and National Honor Society.

Johnson plans to attend Plymouth State University to study political science.

Savannah Millay Contributed photo

Savannah Millay, the daughter of Melissa Huntington and James Millay of Chelsea, helped anchor a stingy defense on the soccer team and, most recently, helped the tennis team win the MVC Championships. A total team player, Millay supported many students on the Unified Basketball Team.

As an offshoot of her love for nature, she was a leader in the Environmental Club and the trail and hiking portions of the Just Girls group. She is an active member of the Key Club, National Honor Society and student government.

Millay plans to attend Husson University and pursue the liberal arts before deciding on a major.

Eric Drappeau Photo by Nathan Mitchell

Eric Drappeau, the son of Joan and Benoit Drappeau of Dresden, is a runner and naturalist at heart. He can be found on the trails for both cross country and Alpine skiing and doing laps in the pool as part of the swim team. He greatly enjoys hiking and found his zen moment as part of the all boys hiking trip. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Drappeau plans to attend the University of Maine, Augusta, in the fall to study architecture.

Aubrey Nichols Contributed photo

Aubrey Nichols, the daughter of Sheri Nichols of Chelsea and Ken Nichols of Litchfield, has been on the softball team at Hall-Dale. Her creativity was an asset to the 2020 and 2021 yearbooks.

Nicholas has decided to forgo college for now, and plans to enter the workforce in the fall.

Isabelle Bourque Contributed photo

Isabelle Bourque is the daughter of Laura and Tom Bourque of Farmingdale. She has been involved in Key Club, National Honor Society and the jazz choir. She was a major contributor to the soccer team, playing in one of the most demanding positions at halfback.

Bourque plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono in the fall to study nursing.

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