BANGOR, Maine — Norris E. Nickerson, principal of Bangor High School, has announced the four French medalists for the Class of 2011.
Keji Xu is the son of Fuyu Xu and Qiuli Wang of Bangor. He will attend Princeton University this fall to study computer science.
Xu was a four-year member of the Red Math Team that won the Class A state title all four years. He also was a four-year member of the chess team, which won the state championship in his junior year. He won the high school individual state chess championship this year. He has played soccer for the past four years at Bangor High School, and was a part of the Class A state championship team his senior year. He was also on the debate team all four years; the team won the state championship his sophomore and junior year. He also qualified for individual nationals this year. Xu is also a National Questbridge Finalist, MPA Principal’s award-winner, AP National Scholar and Maine Academic Achievement Award winner.
Xu volunteers at the homeless shelter and tutors at Cohen Middle School.
Leila Musavi is the daughter of Monir and Mohamad Musavi. She will attend Columbia College this fall. She plans to become a doctor.
Musavi was a tutoring director for the Bangor National Honor Society and provided extra help for students who needed academic support outside the classroom. She also worked to create a safer learning environment with Bangor’s civil rights team and raised awareness about human rights issues with Amnesty International. She was an active member of the Red Math Team for four years and edited the school newspaper, The Rampage, her junior year. Outside of school, Musavi conducts research at the University of Maine about the development of a biosensor to detect bacteria. She was the regional winner for northern New England at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and will participate in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize this summer.
Melissa Howard is the daughter of Robert and Linda Howard of Bangor. She will attend the University Maine at Farmington to pursue a dual major in secondary education and history with a minor in athletic coaching.
She completed her first three years at Gardner High School before transferring to Bangor. At the conclusion of her junior year, she received the St. Michael’s College Book Award for academic achievement and the St. Lawrence University Book Award for commitment to community. While at Bangor Howard was a recipient of the PVAC Academic Award and the KVAC Academic Award, as well as the Superintendent’s Award for Academic Excellence. She was a three-year member of the National Honor Society and the Leo Club, the junior affiliate of the Lions Club. She is active in sports, participating in soccer, basketball and softball at the varsity level. In addition to participating in sports, she has coached youth soccer, basketball and softball.
Jacques Larochelle is the son of Carolyn and Jacques Larochelle. He will attend Bowdoin College this fall as a biochemistry and French double major.
Larochelle served as class president for four years and was a member of the student council and National Honor Society. He has maintained high honors all four years of high school. He is a recipient of the Sophomore Award of Academic Excellence, the Outstanding French Student Award his sophomore and junior years, Outstanding History Student Award, Outstanding Science Student Award, Princeton Book Award and Advanced Placement Scholar Award his junior year. He received the Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award his senior year and was selected to be a Commended Student in the National Merit Program.
He was a three-sport captain in varsity soccer, basketball and baseball. As a senior, he was a member of the 2010 Class A state champion soccer team and received the awards of Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All Conference Second Team, Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All Academic Award, Maine Soccer Coaches Regional All-Star Team, and Maine Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl Participant. During his senior year he was also a member of the 2011 Class A state champion basketball team and received the awards of Maine McDonald’s Academic All State Team, Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Honorable Mention, and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All Academic Basketball Team. During his junior year in baseball he was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Honorable Mention.
Larochelle has volunteered in youth sports and has tutored fellow high school students. He was a four-year member of the math team and served on the Title IVA, Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee and the Committee to Review the Bangor School Department High School Statement of Purpose his sophomore, junior and senior years. As a freshman he participated on the Stock Market Club and as a junior was a Rampage sports writer. He was selected by the Maine Principals Association to represent the State of Maine at the NFHS National Student Leadership Conference in Indianapolis as a junior.