2016-05-27 / Community

Top Seniors


Steven Anastas, son of Jeff and Valerie Anastas of Kennebunk, is a member of the National Honor Society and Captain’s Club. He participated in several sports, including golf, track and field, baseball and ski team. Steven received a golf scholarship in 2015 from a local foundation. He is pursuing a STEM certificate. Steven is attending the University of New England in the fall, majoring in pre-pharmacy. Steven Anastas, son of Jeff and Valerie Anastas of Kennebunk, is a member of the National Honor Society and Captain’s Club. He participated in several sports, including golf, track and field, baseball and ski team. Steven received a golf scholarship in 2015 from a local foundation. He is pursuing a STEM certificate. Steven is attending the University of New England in the fall, majoring in pre-pharmacy. Kennebunk High School Class of 2016 Top Ten Percent:



Stephanie Ayotte of Kennebunk, daughter of Adrian Ayotte and Melinda Ricker, is an AP Scholar, an RIT Medal Award recipient, and a Silver Key Award and honorable mention recipient in the Scholastic Arts Competition. She is a member of NHS and of KHS’s Model State Youth in Government program. A three-year member of the varsity field hockey team, Stephanie additionally ran track for two years. Stephanie will attend University of Southern Maine where she will major in environmental science with a double minor in art and in mathematics. Stephanie Ayotte of Kennebunk, daughter of Adrian Ayotte and Melinda Ricker, is an AP Scholar, an RIT Medal Award recipient, and a Silver Key Award and honorable mention recipient in the Scholastic Arts Competition. She is a member of NHS and of KHS’s Model State Youth in Government program. A three-year member of the varsity field hockey team, Stephanie additionally ran track for two years. Stephanie will attend University of Southern Maine where she will major in environmental science with a double minor in art and in mathematics.

Sydney Campbell of Kennebunk is the daughter of Stephanie Seiders. She is grateful to have stage managed the past five KHS musicals, participated in Mock Trial, Youth in Government, Captain’s Club and Student Senate. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and received the Wellesley Book Award. She will attend Colby College in the fall and plans to study government. Sydney Campbell of Kennebunk is the daughter of Stephanie Seiders. She is grateful to have stage managed the past five KHS musicals, participated in Mock Trial, Youth in Government, Captain’s Club and Student Senate. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and received the Wellesley Book Award. She will attend Colby College in the fall and plans to study government.

Amy Eckland of Kennebunk is the daughter of Jean and Kevin Eckland and is the valedictorian of her class. Amy is an AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Finalist, recipient of the Yale Book Award, and a member of the National Honor Society. She has participated in Model State, Math Team, and Captain’s Club. Riding is Amy’s passion. She has volunteered at the Joydale Morgan Farm and at Carlisle Academy throughout high school. Amy will be attending Northwestern University to study the biological sciences. Amy Eckland of Kennebunk is the daughter of Jean and Kevin Eckland and is the valedictorian of her class. Amy is an AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Finalist, recipient of the Yale Book Award, and a member of the National Honor Society. She has participated in Model State, Math Team, and Captain’s Club. Riding is Amy’s passion. She has volunteered at the Joydale Morgan Farm and at Carlisle Academy throughout high school. Amy will be attending Northwestern University to study the biological sciences.

Olivia Ferrick of Kennebunk, the daughter of Sean and Cathy Ferrick, was the recipient of the Brandeis University Book Award. She is a member of National Honor Society and a captain of the cross country team. Olivia is a co-leader of the clubs Peer Helpers and Girl Talk, a student council officer, and participated in Model State and Model UN. In the fall, she will attend College of the Holy Cross. Olivia Ferrick of Kennebunk, the daughter of Sean and Cathy Ferrick, was the recipient of the Brandeis University Book Award. She is a member of National Honor Society and a captain of the cross country team. Olivia is a co-leader of the clubs Peer Helpers and Girl Talk, a student council officer, and participated in Model State and Model UN. In the fall, she will attend College of the Holy Cross.

Ashley Kayser of Kennebunk, daughter of Manuela Lorenzi Kayser and Steve Kayser, has been on the math, cross country, and swim teams, and French Club. An AP Scholar, she is a recipient of the Rensselaer Medal Award for math and science. Ashley will enter the University of Maine honors college where she plans to major in environmental science. Ashley Kayser of Kennebunk, daughter of Manuela Lorenzi Kayser and Steve Kayser, has been on the math, cross country, and swim teams, and French Club. An AP Scholar, she is a recipient of the Rensselaer Medal Award for math and science. Ashley will enter the University of Maine honors college where she plans to major in environmental science.

Shae Kingston of Kennebunkport is the daughter of Jeni and Steve Kingston. She is a member of the KHS Chamber Choir, Captain’s Club, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Shae served on the Class of 2016 executive council for all four years of high school and participated in numerous theater productions. She was the 2016 MPA Principal’s Award recipient and will be attending Columbia University. Shae Kingston of Kennebunkport is the daughter of Jeni and Steve Kingston. She is a member of the KHS Chamber Choir, Captain’s Club, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Shae served on the Class of 2016 executive council for all four years of high school and participated in numerous theater productions. She was the 2016 MPA Principal’s Award recipient and will be attending Columbia University.

Kristen Koch of Kennebunkport is the daughter of Gary and Patricia Koch. Her involvement at Kennebunk High School over the past four years has included participation in varsity field hockey, varsity lacrosse, Model State, National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, and various other activities. She will be attending Elon University next year majoring in strategic communications and marketing. Kristen would like to congratulate her fellow graduates and wish them all the best in their future pursuits. Kristen Koch of Kennebunkport is the daughter of Gary and Patricia Koch. Her involvement at Kennebunk High School over the past four years has included participation in varsity field hockey, varsity lacrosse, Model State, National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, and various other activities. She will be attending Elon University next year majoring in strategic communications and marketing. Kristen would like to congratulate her fellow graduates and wish them all the best in their future pursuits.

Joelle Krause of Kennebunkport, daughter of Kathleen and Jonathan Krause, is a four-year member of the varsity soccer team and outdoor track and field team, serving as a captain of both teams in her senior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a STEM Certificate Scholar and has received the Society of Women in Engineering Award. Joelle will be attending Clark University in the fall majoring in business and management. Joelle Krause of Kennebunkport, daughter of Kathleen and Jonathan Krause, is a four-year member of the varsity soccer team and outdoor track and field team, serving as a captain of both teams in her senior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a STEM Certificate Scholar and has received the Society of Women in Engineering Award. Joelle will be attending Clark University in the fall majoring in business and management.

Marshall Lowery of Arundel is the daughter of Jamie and Leia Lowery. She was captain of the KHS and Northern York County Y swim teams, participated in Chamber Choir, math team, Captain’s Club, and is in both National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was also honored as a USA swimming academic All-American. Marshall is an AP scholar and will attend Bowdoin College to study neuroscience and Spanish and participate on the varsity swim team. Marshall Lowery of Arundel is the daughter of Jamie and Leia Lowery. She was captain of the KHS and Northern York County Y swim teams, participated in Chamber Choir, math team, Captain’s Club, and is in both National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was also honored as a USA swimming academic All-American. Marshall is an AP scholar and will attend Bowdoin College to study neuroscience and Spanish and participate on the varsity swim team.

Lauren Ludwig of Kennebunk, daughter of Phil and Joan Ludwig, has been involved with debate team and math team. She was selected and attended the Institute for Quantum Cryptography Program at University of Waterloo and Yale University’s Young Global Scholars Program for politics/law. She studied classical piano and played the flute in band. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Lauren will take a gap year before attending college to study biology/pre-med. Lauren Ludwig of Kennebunk, daughter of Phil and Joan Ludwig, has been involved with debate team and math team. She was selected and attended the Institute for Quantum Cryptography Program at University of Waterloo and Yale University’s Young Global Scholars Program for politics/law. She studied classical piano and played the flute in band. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Lauren will take a gap year before attending college to study biology/pre-med.

Mia Noble of Arundel, daughter of Kraig and Amy Noble, is a member of the National Honor Society, Captain’s Club and track. She participated in the Maine Irish Children’s Program, Model State, soccer, and yearbook and volunteered at the Bunker. She received the RIT Computing Medal Award. Mia plans to attend Elon University in North Carolina. Mia Noble of Arundel, daughter of Kraig and Amy Noble, is a member of the National Honor Society, Captain’s Club and track. She participated in the Maine Irish Children’s Program, Model State, soccer, and yearbook and volunteered at the Bunker. She received the RIT Computing Medal Award. Mia plans to attend Elon University in North Carolina.
William O’Neil of Kennebunk, son of Jennifer and John O’Neil and brother of Lucy O’Neil, is the class salutatorian. He is a four-year member of the ice hockey team, math team, and the wind ensemble. William was the recipient of the Harvard Book Award, AP State Scholar and AP National Scholar awards, as well as the Hobey Baker Character Award. William also is a member or the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He will attend Tufts University to study biochemistry and environmental science.

William O’Neil of Kennebunk, son of Jennifer and John O’Neil and brother of Lucy O’Neil, is the class salutatorian. He is a four-year member of the ice hockey team, math team, and the wind ensemble. William was the recipient of the Harvard Book Award, AP State Scholar and AP National Scholar awards, as well as the Hobey Baker Character Award. William also is a member or the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He will attend Tufts University to study biochemistry and environmental science.



Carlton Robie of Kennebunk is the son of Glenn Robie and Beth Simpson-Robie. He is an International Baccalaureate diploma student, a member of the National Honor Society, and an elected member of the Class of 2016 executive council. Carlton’s activities include: Peer Helpers, student council, two KHS winter musical productions, and marshal for the Class of 2015. A three-sport athlete for all four years, Carlton was one of the captains of the football team and a captain of the track team both junior and senior years. He particularly enjoyed being a partner on the high school’s first Unified basketball team. His special recognitions include a Campbell Football All-Conference Super Award, a Western Maine Conference citizenship award, and a scholar athlete award from the Maine chapter of the National Football Foundation. Carlton co-chaired the WGME School Spirit Challenge for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. He plans to study business administration and kinesiology/sports studies in the honors program at the University of New Hampshire. Carlton Robie of Kennebunk is the son of Glenn Robie and Beth Simpson-Robie. He is an International Baccalaureate diploma student, a member of the National Honor Society, and an elected member of the Class of 2016 executive council. Carlton’s activities include: Peer Helpers, student council, two KHS winter musical productions, and marshal for the Class of 2015. A three-sport athlete for all four years, Carlton was one of the captains of the football team and a captain of the track team both junior and senior years. He particularly enjoyed being a partner on the high school’s first Unified basketball team. His special recognitions include a Campbell Football All-Conference Super Award, a Western Maine Conference citizenship award, and a scholar athlete award from the Maine chapter of the National Football Foundation. Carlton co-chaired the WGME School Spirit Challenge for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. He plans to study business administration and kinesiology/sports studies in the honors program at the University of New Hampshire.

Kyra Schwartzman of Kennebunk is the daughter of Joe and Edie Schwartzman. An International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, three-time all-conference player, U.S. Lacrosse Academic All American, SMAA and WMC academic all-conference and Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award recipient, Kyra is a four-year starter and captain on the lacrosse and soccer teams. She is also a member of NHS, Peer Helpers, Unified basketball team and the Girl Talk program. Kyra will attend Merrimack College to play lacrosse and participate in the honors program, majoring in athletic training. Kyra Schwartzman of Kennebunk is the daughter of Joe and Edie Schwartzman. An International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, three-time all-conference player, U.S. Lacrosse Academic All American, SMAA and WMC academic all-conference and Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award recipient, Kyra is a four-year starter and captain on the lacrosse and soccer teams. She is also a member of NHS, Peer Helpers, Unified basketball team and the Girl Talk program. Kyra will attend Merrimack College to play lacrosse and participate in the honors program, majoring in athletic training.

Julia Towne of Kennebunk is the daughter of Michelle and William Towne. She played varsity volleyball and softball, and was volleyball captain her senior year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Captain’s Club at KHS. Julia received the Smith Book Award during her junior year and is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. She will attend the University of Maine and major in bioengineering with a focus toward biomedical engineering. Julia Towne of Kennebunk is the daughter of Michelle and William Towne. She played varsity volleyball and softball, and was volleyball captain her senior year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Captain’s Club at KHS. Julia received the Smith Book Award during her junior year and is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. She will attend the University of Maine and major in bioengineering with a focus toward biomedical engineering.

Isaac Vaccaro, son of Leslie Vaccaro and Kristin Clark of Kennebunk, plans to attend the Honors College at University of Maine with a Flagship Scholarship. Isaac will be a math major, planning to continue there until earning his master’s degree. He hopes to be greatly involved in the music community in Orono. While at KHS, Isaac was in the chamber choir, band and jazz band. He is a member of the Student Executive Council, the National Honor Society, math team, and received the Williams College Book Award. Isaac competed in the two-mile and pole vault for the track team and was captain of the cross country team. Isaac Vaccaro, son of Leslie Vaccaro and Kristin Clark of Kennebunk, plans to attend the Honors College at University of Maine with a Flagship Scholarship. Isaac will be a math major, planning to continue there until earning his master’s degree. He hopes to be greatly involved in the music community in Orono. While at KHS, Isaac was in the chamber choir, band and jazz band. He is a member of the Student Executive Council, the National Honor Society, math team, and received the Williams College Book Award. Isaac competed in the two-mile and pole vault for the track team and was captain of the cross country team.

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