MARSHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
260 Dow Highway – South Berwick, ME 03908
Paul Mehlhorn, Principal of Marshwood High School, announces the Top Ten and Honor Graduates for the Class of 2014.
Valedictorian, Darren LaPointe, is the son of Tracy and Scott LaPointe and has been
in the school district since the age of four. In high school, he served as president of student government and as vice president of the Interact Club. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and the French Légion d’Honneur. Darren has also participated in math team, H.O.L.D., cross country, wrestling, and tennis. Over the years, he has been awarded multiple Aimee Schramm Book Awards and departmental awards in science, English, math, social studies, and world languages. As of junior year, Darren also became an AP Scholar with Honor. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, eating, traveling, watching movies, exercising, and just hanging out with his friends. Next fall, Darren will be attending Harvard University.
Salutatorian, Hannah Bossi, is the daughter of Vinny and Kathy Bossi of South Berwick.
Hannah is the vice president of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honor Society, a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, and an AP Scholar. She is a three-season athlete, earning varsity letters in cross country, ski team, and lacrosse. Hannah has also served as a student representative to the school board for the past two years. Additionally, she is an executive board member of student government. Since her freshman year, Hannah has participated in Interact Club, and her senior year she served as the president. Hannah was also a member of the school’s “We the People” Team, which won the Northeast Regional Award at the national competition. She was a member of math team, and participated in the state competition her senior year. Hannah also tutors other students both in the writing center and after school. She was an original member of Hawks Outdoor Leadership Development (HOLD), and enjoys sharing her love for the outdoors with fifth graders in the community. During the summer, Hannah also volunteers at the KEEPERs engineering camp at UNH. In her high school career, Hannah has received departmental awards in chemistry, pre-calculus, and sewing, along with multiple Aimee Schramm Book awards and high honors awards. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and reading. Hannah will be attending Colby College as a presidential scholar with her twin sister Brittany; she plans to major in biochemistry.
Julianna Burke, is the daughter of Susie Burke and David Surette and resides in South
Berwick. She has been active in Marshwood’s theater program throughout high school,
performing each year in the district musical, the spring musical, and the spring drama. She also has performed during the summer at Hackmatack Playhouse. Julianna has been a member of the select choir at MHS since sophomore year, and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. She is president of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honor Society, and has been a writing tutor at Marshwood for three years. Julianna has been the recipient of the Aimee Schramm Book Award, departmental awards in English, French, and American civics, and was awarded an Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2014 Big Apple Music Festival. She was also a member of the “We The People” team, which won the Northeastern Regional Award at this year’s national finals in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Julianna enjoys traveling, reading, baking, photography, and playing music with her family. Julianna is excited to attend Bowdoin College in the fall, and hopes to study English and political science.
Suzannah Blass, is the daughter of Karen and Perry Blass, of Eliot. She is a member of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honor Society, as well as the historian of the
music department’s national honor society, Tri-M. Throughout high school, Suzannah has been involved in recycling club, student government, and the Hawks Outdoor Leadership
Development program. She also has enjoyed dedicating her time to the Big Brother/Big Sister program, the MHS writing center, and coaching field hockey. Suzannah has been
involved in four musicals while at Marshwood High School, and is currently involved in the spring play, Pride and Prejudice. Suzannah has loved being a part of the Marshwood Theater community. Outside of theater, Suzannah has a passion for field hockey. She was a varsity starter throughout high school, including the 2011 Western Maine Championship team; in her senior year, Suzannah was voted as a captain and was awarded MVP. Suzannah was also part of the school’s “We The People” team, which placed 13th in the nation and was awarded 1st place in the northeast region. Academically Suzannah has received high honors throughout high school and last year received the biology award. When not in school, she enjoys being outside and spending time with friends and family. Suzannah is very excited to attend Tufts University next year where she will study genetics and human behavior, while majoring in biopsychology.
Benjamin Corey, is the son of Mary Dawn and Mark Small in South Berwick, Maine. Having moved here from Caribou, Maine at the age of six, he has attended the Marshwood school district since his kindergarten year. Benjamin is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and the Piscataqua Chapter
of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the Marshwood varsity track team since freshman year, a member of student government since junior year, a member of “We The People” his senior year, and a member of the Marshwood math team for two years, acting as a captain in his senior year. This year he also won the departmental award for Spanish. Outside of school, Benjamin enjoys riding bikes, running, staying up-to-date with politics, playing video games with his friends, and travelling as much as possible. This September, Benjamin will be attending Tufts University, where he will study economics and plan to continue on to law school.
Isabella Etro, the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Etro, is a resident of Eliot. A member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, she is also the secretary of Tri-M National Honor Society. Isabella has been chosen as a member of the Marshwood Select Choir for two years. Since fourth grade Isabella has acted in the Marshwood district musicals, and she performed lead roles in the high school musicals. In addition to her love of music and theater, Isabella has been dancing for fourteen years, including eleven at Brixham Danceworks. While at Brixham, Isabella was a member of the Senior Jazz and Tap Repertory Companies. This spring, Isabella was a proud member of the school’s AP US Government “We The People” team, which won first place in the Northeast Region at the national finals in Washington, D.C. She cites this as the highlight of her high school experience. In the fall, Isabella plans to attend the honors college at the University of Maine. She has also been selected as a member of the UMaine Dance Team.
Calvin Butler, is the son of Sarah and Weld Butler and brother of Philip Butler. He has lived in Eliot, Maine his whole life. He played soccer, skied, and ran cross-country at different points in his high school career and played tennis all four years. As a junior he won the math award and received a National Merit Letter of Commendation. After high school he plans to study engineering at Northeastern University.
Jason Beland, is the son of Michael Beland and Tracy Goller of South Berwick, Maine. He has been a varsity member of Marshwood’s alpine skiing, cross country, and tennis teams. A three-time recipient of the team’s most valuable skier award, Jason was named to the Southern Maine All-Conference ski team four times; his senior year he was the conference champion in giant slalom. As a member of the cross country team Jason received the Spirit of Vaughan award. Additionally, he is a member of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honors Society and the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Jason played trombone in the marching and concert bands and trumpet in the jazz band. He is the historian for the class of 2014, a member of student government, the school board filming intern, and a member of Hawks Outdoor Leadership Development (HOLD). He was also a member of the math and “We the People” teams. In his free time Jason enjoys road biking, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. For the past four years Jason has worked at Zach’s Farm in York, Maine. Jason plans to study economics at Colby College in Waterville as a Presidential Scholar.
Hana Rosalie Alleva, is the daughter of Rick Alleva and Barbara Levy of Eliot and South
Berwick, Maine. Hana has been involved with Marshwood’s Recycling Club for three years, dedicating her time to the role of president during her senior year. She has equally emphasized her environmental commitment through participating in HOLD (Hawks Outdoor Leadership Development), the school’s outdoor club, as one of its original members. Over the past four years Hana has also taken advantage of the artistic opportunities at Marshwood, taking classes in a variety of medium areas. For these efforts, Hana received the drawing and painting awards during her sophomore and junior years respectively. Hana has also enjoyed her time as historian of Interact Club (a community service organization) and as a writing tutor in the school’s student-led writing center. Academically, she is a member of the French Honor Society. In addition to school activities, Hana enjoys long walks in nature, hiking, biking, baking, painting, and wandering around downtown Portsmouth. In the fall, Hana will study art and environmental sustainability at the University of New Hampshire.
Brynne Elisabeth DuBois, is the daughter of John and Laurie DuBois of Eliot. Brynne is a
member of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M National Honor Society, and the Spanish National Honor Society. She has served as class president for the past two years and has also been an active member in student government. Brynne has participated in nine district musicals, two spring musicals, and is a member of the select choir. She has been a member of the varsity track team for four years and was a member of the varsity cross-country team for two years. While playing these sports, she has received the most improved award and two coaches awards. In her free time, Brynne enjoys running, singing, being with her family, and volunteering at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire. In the fall, Brynne will be attending Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana majoring in biology, with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine.
Additional Honor Graduates maintaining a four-year average of 92% or better include: Bailey Banville, Emma Barker, Carolyn Bates, Nicole Benedetto, Brittany Bossi, Sierra Connell, Hannah Dolan, Kathleen Flynn, Jackson Foley, Hannah Folger, Johnna Kashmer, Tobias Lamberts, Timothy Lee, Joshua Marks, Kimberly Mills, Macy Morrison, Max Parker, Adya Plourde, Zoe Preteroti, Garrett Robinson, Jun Young Shin, Erin Silver, Josef Siraco, Rebecca Thompson, Samantha Torr, and Riley Wilber.
The Top Ten and Honor Graduates of the class of 2014 would like to thank family, friends, teachers, and mentors who have made high school a memorable and engaging experience through their support.