Erskine Academy announces top 10 seniors Class of 2020

Erskine 2020 top ten seniors, from left to right, TOP: Sarah Jarosz, Hunter Praul, Miina Raag-Schmidt, Summer Hotham, Lyndsie Pelotte; BOTTOM: Ben Lavoie, Lucy Allen, Jordan Linscott, Dominic Smith, Richard Winn.

Valedictorian is Sarah Jarosz

Erskine Academy has announced the Class of 2020 Top Ten Seniors.

Valedictorian is Sarah Jarosz, daughter of Karen and James Jarosz, of Fairfield. Throughout her four years at Erskine, Sarah has participated in such activities as National Honor Society, LEO Club, Student Council, the HOPE Club (Helping Others Persevere at Erskine), Tennis, Prom Committee, and she has completed nearly 150 hours of community service projects. Sarah has received high honor roll distinction every trimester, awards of excellence in the areas of English, Social Studies, French, US History, and PreCalculus, and she is a Renaissance Senior of the Trimester award recipient. In addition, Sarah also received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award and she is a Maine Principal’s Association Award recipient. Sarah plans to attend Colby College, in Waterville, to study mathematics and dance.

Salutatorian is Hunter Praul, son of Erika and Darryl Praul, of China. Hunter is a member of National Honor Society and he has participated in such activities as AFS (American Field Service), Chess Club, the EA Theater Club, and he has completed 150 hours of community service projects. A student who has received high honor roll distinction every trimester, Hunter has received awards of excellence in the areas of English and Physics, and he has received a Renaissance Senior of the Trimester award. Hunter plans to attend the University of Maine where he will major in biology.

Third in academic standing is Miina Raag-Schmidt, daughter of Tarja Raag and Michael Schmidt, of Vassalboro. Miina is a member of such activities as the EA Theater Club, Math Team, the Breakfast Book Club, and the Gay/Straight/Transgender Alliance (GSTA) Club. Miina has received high honor roll distinction every trimester, awards of excellence in the areas of English, Spanish, and Advanced Art, and she has received a Renaissance Senior of the Trimester award. Miina plans to attend Lesley University with an undeclared major.

Fourth in academic standing is Summer Hotham, daughter of Heide and Charles Hotham, of Palermo. Summer is a member of National Honor Society and she has participated in such activities as the EA Leadership Team, Yearbook, Prom Committee, Soccer, Basketball, and Softball, and she has completed over 300 hours of community service projects. Summer is a four year high honor roll student, she has received awards of excellence in English, Spanish, and Health, and she has received Renaissance Recognition and Senior of the Trimester awards. Summer plans to attend Thomas College to pursue studies in the area of accounting.

Fifth in academic standing is Lyndsie Pelotte, daughter of Shasta and Jerad Pelotte, of China. Lyndsie is a member of National Honor Society and she has been a participant of Student Council, the EA Leadership Team, the LEO Club, Prom Committee, and she has completed nearly 220 hours of community service projects. Lyndsie was a recipient of the SWE Certificate of Merit, she has received high honor roll distinction every trimester, she has received Renaissance Recognition and Senior of the Trimester awards, and she has received awards of excellence in Integrated Science and French. Lyndsie plans to attend Studio School Los Angeles with a major in commercial dance.

Sixth in academic standing is Benjamin Lavoie, son of Nina and Louis Lavoie, of Winthrop. Ben is a member of the Breakfast Book Club, the Cooking Club, and the Speech and Debate Team. Ben has received high honor roll distinction, awards of excellence in Algebra 2 and Chemistry, and he has received a Renaissance Recognition award. Ben plans to attend The Culinary Institute of America with a major in culinary science.

Seventh in academic standing is Lucy Allen, daughter of Shirley and Patrick Allen, of Windsor. Lucy is a member of National Honor Society and she has participated in such activities as the EA Theater Club, LEO Club, the EA Leadership Team, Prom Committee, Field Hockey, Tennis, and she has completed over 200 hours of community service projects. Lucy was a recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, she has received four year high honor roll distinction and awards of excellence in Spanish and Clay, and she has received a Renaissance Senior of the Trimester award. Lucy plans to major in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.

Eighth in academic standing is Jordan Linscott, daughter of Susan and Thomas Linscott, of Windsor. Jordan is a member of National Honor Society and she has been a participant of Student Council, the LEO Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse, and she has completed over 200 hours of community service projects. Jordan has received high honor roll distinction every trimester, and she has received awards of excellence in Algebra 1 and Watercolors. Jordan plans to attend the University of Maine with a major in biology.

Ninth in academic standing is Dominic Smith, son of Katrina and Dan Jackson, of Whitefield. Dominic has participated in such activities as the EA Theater Club, Robotics, the Breakfast Book Club, and Youth in Government. Dominic is a Rensselaer Medal recipient, he has received honor roll distinction every trimester as well as awards of excellence in Algebra 1, Integrated Science, Social Studies, Algebra 2, German, PreCalculus, US History, and Calculus, and he has received a Renaissance Senior of the Trimester award. Dominic plans to major in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Tenth in academic standing is Richard Winn, son of Jamie and Jason Winn, of China. Richard is a member of the National Honor Society and he has participated in such activities as the EA Leadership Team, the LEO Club, Robotics, Prom Committee, and he has served as Class President for two years. Richard has earned honor roll status every trimester, and he has received Renaissance Recognition and Senior of the Trimester awards. Richard plans to major in medical biology at the University of New England.

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