Marshwood High School announces Class of 2019 top students
Seacoastonline June 5, 2019
SOUTH BERWICK – Marshwood High School has announced the top students in its Class of 2019.
Noble Mushtak: Noble Mushtak is the son of Mushtak and Sabira Hussain and lives in Eliot, Maine. As a member of Marshwood’s Math Team since eighth grade, he was one of the top five highest-scoring mathletes in Maine three years in a row and served as team captain his junior and senior years. He also competed on Marshwood’s CyberPatriot Team for all four years of high school, helping his team place first in the Northeastern US in both his junior and senior years. He played bass in Marshwood Concert Band, Jazz Band and two school musicals, winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Band Award as a senior. He also co-founded the Marshwood’s Coding Club in his senior year, writing several lessons to teach other students about Python, HTML, and CSS. In his spare time outside of Marshwood High School, he participated in various programming contests, earning a 5-star ranking on CodeChef and reaching Platinum Tier in the USA Computing Olympiad. Moreover, he co-created two mobile apps while in high school, winning first and third place in the Maine App Challenges of 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is currently working on porting one of his apps, Permit Log, to iOS and looks forward to studying computer science and math at Northeastern University in fall 2019.
Courtney Thim: Courtney Thim is the daughter of Kevin and Cheryl Thim of South Berwick, Maine. Courtney has played soccer for Marshwood’s varsity team since her freshman year and served as one of its captains since her junior year. She has also played basketball for the varsity team since freshman year and served as one of its captains since her sophomore year. Courtney has been a member of the Interact Club for four years, acting as the club’s vice president for her last two. Through the Interact Club, Courtney was able to go on a service trip to Peru this past spring. She has also been the class president since junior year. Throughout Courtney’s high school career, she has received multiple Aimee Schramm Book awards and a departmental award for science. In her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling, supporting her coffee addiction, volunteering at local events, staying active through sports and hiking, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends. Courtney will be attending Clemson University in the fall as a chemical engineering student.
Elyse Hassett: Elyse Hassett is the daughter of Virginia and William Hassett and lives in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Elyse is a member of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. She was also a mentor in the Hawk buddies program at Central School for two years. She has played on the Marshwood soccer team since freshman year, as well has been a member of the French club. Since the age of 6, Elyse has ridden horses and has competed in many accredited competitions. In the summer before her senior year, she participated in the UNH SMART Program, an intensive STEM course. In her free time, Elyse enjoys going out with friends, hiking, traveling, riding horses, skiing and reading. Elyse will be attending the University of Vermont as an honor student in the biochemistry program.
Alayna Melin0: Alayna Melino is the daughter of Chris and Corinna Melino of South Berwick, Maine. She is the President of Interact Club, a community service club at Marshwood. Through Interact, she was also selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Seminar her sophomore year as well. She is a member of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Alayna raced on the ski team from Freshman Year to Junior Year. During sophomore year, Alayna was selected to attend the Maine Youth Leadership Seminar and went back the following year as a counselor. She has taken art lessons since she was 8 years old. In her free time, Alayna enjoys painting, traveling, skiing, and fashion. AlaynaMelino will be attending the University of Miami and studying International Business.
Natalie Herbold: Natalie Herbold is the daughter of Seth and April Herbold of Eliot, Maine. While at Marshwood, Natalie played girls varsity basketball and soccer. During her senior year, she served as girls basketball team captain. She’s a 2019 SMAA Girls Basketball “First Team” All-Star and a member of the 2019 Maine McDonald’s Academic All-Star Basketball team. She also competed against players from all over the country while playing on Seacoast Thunder’s AAU basketball team. Natalie is the Southern Maine lead and neighborhood coordinator for the annual Fill the Hall Food Drive at the Portsmouth Music Hall. She is a member of the Piscataqua Chapter of NHS and the Spanish National Honor Society. At home, she can be heard playing classical music on the piano. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, watching movies, playing tennis and ping pong, writing and just being outdoors. Natalie will be attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Nicolette Gardner: Nicolette is the daughter of Candy and Britt Gardner and lives in the town of South Berwick, Maine. She is a co-president of the Piscataqua Chapter of the National Honors Society and a member of the Spanish National Honors Society. In addition to devoting her time to academics, she participates in all-star cheerleading and travels the country competing. She competed in the World Championship twice and placed second in 2018. She also participates in school cheerleading in the fall season for the football team, and runs track in the spring. In her free time, Nicolette enjoys skiing, swimming, snowmobiling, traveling, spending time with her dog, and connecting with family. In the fall, she will be attending the University of Vermont as a member of the honors college.
Katherine Page: Katherine Page is the oldest child of Bill and Susan Page. She lives in South Berwick, Maine. Katherine has played soccer and run track since 7th grade and was named captain and MVP on the varsity soccer team as well as for the indoor track and field team as a senior. She currently holds the school record in four outdoor track events and seven indoor track events. In 2018, her 4×100 relay team won the indoor state championship title, and the same relay team is currently ranked first in the state for outdoor track. Katherine was inducted to the National Spanish Honor Society and joined Interact Club and Student Government as a sophomore; she continues to involve herself and volunteer. In her free time, Katherine loves to explore the sand dunes at Ogunquit Beach, listen to the sounds of spring on the front porch with her dog Daisy, and watch the sunset at the summit of Mount Agamenticus. She also enjoys going on long, music-filled car drives with close friends, trying different types of chocolate ice cream at Aggie’s after track practice, and spending lots of time laughing with her younger brother and sister, because they are really funny. Katherine will attend Bowdoin College in the fall and is excited to run for their track team.
Makenna Janes: Makenna Janes, daughter of Melissa and Scott Janes, grew up in Eliot, Maine with her two younger siblings. At the high school, Makenna was the treasurer of the Marshwood Interact Club, an executive board member of Student Government, and a part of the Marshwood Civil Rights Team. She founded the Peer Tutoring Program at the high school and volunteered as a peer tutor in geometry. As a junior and senior, Makenna served as Student Representative to the MSAD 35 School Board. This year, Makenna was lucky enough to join the Marshwood We the People team to compete in the national finals in D.C, representing the state of Maine. Makenna was named captain of the Cross Country and Lacrosse teams and threw shot put on the Indoor Track team. During high school, Makenna received English and History departmental awards and the Aimee Schramm Book Award. She enjoys listening to as much music as possible, hiking or kayaking with her family and friends, reading as many books as possible, and painting trees. Makenna will be attending Middlebury College in Vermont in the fall.
Liam Coomey: Liam Coomey is the son of William and Kimberly Coomey. They have lived in Eliot, Maine since 2005. He has participated in wrestling and soccer since freshman year, and ran track freshman and sophomore year. He placed in wrestling states in his sophomore, and senior years, won states his junior year, and was captain of the team junior and senior year. In his high school career, Liam earned multiple departmental awards, received a magna cum laude on the National Latin exam twice, was a National Merit Scholar, and was an AP scholar with honors. In his free time, Liam enjoys reading and playing video games. Next year, Liam is going to attend the University of Alabama, on a full scholarship, as an honors student aiming for a biology major.
Michaela Tero: Michaela Tero is the daughter of Michael Tero and Jennifer Marshall, and she resides in Eliot, Maine. Michaela is a middle blocker on both the Marshwood varsity volleyball team and the Great Bay Volleyball Open team. She has been involved in competitive horseback riding as an individual and as a member of the Over the Oxer IEA team, and she has been riding since the age of 6. For the past two years, Michaela has been a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. Michaela has also been involved extensively with White Pines Programs, an organization seeking to improve our connection to and awareness of nature. She has spent over 200 hours volunteering for White Pines. In her free time, she loves creating decorative letters for her pen pals, art-journaling, spending time with her younger sister, Mia, gardening, hiking, and being surrounded by her incredibly supportive friends and family. Michaela will be attending Barnard College in the fall, potentially pursuing either neuroscience or physics.