Winthrop High School top 10 scholars for the class of 2024, top from left, are Max Cheng, Jonathan “Teddy” Wagner, Selma Adam, Samuel Brito and Jordyn Kinsman. Bottom from left are Christopher Pottle, Elizabeth Roman, Bennett Ross, Adam Siniak and Harold Vance.

Winthrop High School has announced its class of 2024 top 10 scholars.

Max Cheng Submitted photo

Max Cheng, valedictorian, is the son of Gene and Deidre Cheng. While at Winthrop, he was involved in a variety of co-curricular activities, including the Student Leadership team, Math Team, and National Honors Society. Additionally, Cheng founded the Rambler Tutoring and R.I.S.K. programs.

Academically, he has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar and as a recipient of the Maine Seal of Biliteracy in French. As an athlete, Cheng competed on the varsity lacrosse team and served as a captain of the varsity soccer team.

Cheng plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall, where he intends to study aerospace engineering.

Jonathan “Teddy” Wagner Anastasia Shuman photo

Jonathan “Teddy” Wagner, salutatorian, is the son of Nathan Wagner and Amy Wagner. He was an athlete all four years, earning his varsity letter in soccer, cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field. In cross-country, he was a part of the two-time MVC, two-time regional, and one-time state runner up team. In indoor track, he and his team won both an individual and a team title.

While in school, Wagner was a part of the Student Council, WBUS club, Math and Quiz Bowl teams. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, and served as the historian for Winthrop’s chapter.


In the community, he volunteered for the YMCA youth track and field team as well as other sports programs for the youth in soccer, while also keeping a job at Hannaford.

Selma Adam Submitted photo

Selma Adam, daughter of Ferdus Awali and Ahmed Adam, plans to attend Stanford University to study biochemistry with a pre-medical track.

She was involved in co-curricular activities, including the Student Council, the Civil Rights Team, the Drama Club, the Math Team, Class Officers, WBUS, and Quiz Bowl. During her senior year, she served as the president of the National Honors Society, senior editor for the Yearbook Club, and captain of the tennis team. She also participated in cross-country and indoor track.

In the community, she spent three summers volunteering at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center as a junior volunteer. This past summer, she spent teaching children Arabic and Somali in Lewiston.

Samuel Brito Submitted photo

Samuel Brito, son of Roger and Kristin Brito, plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono with a major in mechanical engineering technology. He was involved in several sports including the cross-country team, for which he ran at states his junior year, indoor track, tennis, and outdoor track.

In the community, he worked part-time at the Winthrop Dunkin.


Jordyn Kinsman Submitted photo

Jordyn Kinsman, daughter of Cyndy Harriman, plans to attend Central Maine Community College to earn an associate degree in early childhood education. She played tennis for the first time during her senior year. She also attended the Capital Area Technical Center’s Early Childhood program, which led her to her college decision.

She did volunteer work for the Winthrop American Legion and the VFW food truck, cooking and serving food. She also participated in Winthrop Day of Caring and Winthrop Grade School Field Day.

Christopher Pottle Submitted photo

Christopher Pottle, the son of Betsy Laflin and Dan Pottle, plans to attend college in the fall with an undeclared major. He has been involved in co-curricular activities, including WBUS 75, Outing Club, National Honors Society, and National Technical Honors Society. He served as both treasurer and vice president for the class of 2024 and treasurer of the National Honors Society.

As a Capital Area Technical Center student, Pottle won gold medals in his junior and senior years at the SkillsUSA state level. He will compete at the National level for Cabinet making in June in Atlanta, Georgia.

He earned varsity letters in outdoor track, cross-country, and indoor track. Pottle has also served as a track and field team captain. He is an academic all-star and was named MVC 2023 runner of the year in cross-country. He was also a member of the 2023 St. Dom’s indoor track state championship team.

Pottle plans to continue running track and cross country in college. He is the recipient of the 2024 Maine Principals’ Association Award. In the community, he serves as a kids’ club track volunteer and works summers as an assistant track coach for the YMCA program.


Elizabeth Roman Submitted photo

Elizabeth Roman is the daughter of Alisa and Matthew Roman. She plans to pursue a degree in exercise science at either the University of New England or Husson University.

Roman was involved in many clubs, such as the Yearbook, National Honor Society, Civil Rights Team, Student Council, and band and chorus. She was also involved in two sports teams, tennis for two years, and field hockey for three. While on the field hockey team, Roman was honored to be the junior varsity captain.

Bennett Ross Submitted photo

Bennett Ross, son of Kristen and Christopher Ross, plans to attend Sacred Heart University to study pre-med in the fall. He has been involved in many extracurricular activities, including ice hockey, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, WBUS, and Student Leadership. He is a proud member of the National Honors Society.

In cross-country, Ross claimed his spot on Winthrop’s Top 20 all-time fastest 5K times. In both lacrosse and hockey, he has been a vital team member and has served as a team captain for both sports for the last two years.

Ross has also been a longstanding employee of Hallowell’s Quarry Tap Room.

Adam Siniak Submitted photo

Adam Siniak, son of Emilia Siniak and Chris Brown of Winthrop, is planning to study engineering. He participated in extra-curricular activities such as Student Council, Math Team, and Quiz Bowl. He works at the local Winthrop Hannaford.

Harold Vance Submitted photo

Harold Vance is the son of James and Rocío Vance. He participated in cross country and track for three years receiving his varsity letters for both sports.

He is not planning to go to college, but is taking a gap year to figure out the next stage in his life. He wants to pursue aviation and plans to take a course to become certified and obtain his private pilot’s license.


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