EAST MACHIAS, Maine — Judson McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the honor parts for the graduating Class of 2014 as follows:
Earning distinction as Valedictorian is Kassidy Seeley, daughter of Stephen and Stephanie Seeley of Jonesboro. Kassidy is the recipient of the MPA Principal’s Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Award. She has served as class vice president for all four years and is a three-year National Honor Society member. Kassidy has been an active participant in STARs (Students Teaching About Respect at School) and has served as a peer tutor. She has been a member of both varsity volleyball and varsity softball teams, serving as a captain for both squads. Kassidy will be attending the University of Maine; her major is undecided at this time.
The Salutatorian for the Class of 2014 is Duc Ngoc Hong Nguyen, daughter of Mrs. Dung Thi Ngoc Nguyen and the late Mr. Bao Duc Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Duc has attended Washington Academy for her entire high school career, and is known on campus as Mary Rose. She has been a four-year member of the math team which earned the 2011 Class C State Championship title. She has participated in varsity swimming and is the team manager for cross country. An accomplished classical pianist, Mary Rose was a member of the Washington Academy Orchestra. She also serves on the Girl’s Dorm Council. Duc (Mary Rose) Nguyen will attend the University of Maine, where she will major in biochemistry.
First Honor Essayist is Emily Day, daughter of William and MaryEllen Day of Machiasport. Emily is a member of the National Honor Society currently serving as its parliamentarian. She has been a member of the girls’ varsity soccer team and varsity softball team, serving as a captain on both squads, respectively. Emily has participated in STARs (Students Teaching About Respect at School) and has volunteered as a student tutor. Emily will major in chemical engineering at the University of Maine.
Second Honor Essayist is Gianna Porter, daughter of Scott and Arlene Porter of Whiting.
Gianna is a three-year member of the National Honor Society and has served as class treasurer for all four years of high school. She has been a devoted member of varsity tennis, earning the Top Doubles award her sophomore year. Gianna also served as an honorary page in the Maine Senate. She has been a four-year member of Teens for Christ and is currently the senior leader for this group. Gianna will be attending the University of Maine, where she will major in nursing.
To honor the class of 2014, a Baccalaureate service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Graduation ceremonies will commence at 1 p.m. Monday, June 2. Both events will be held in Washington Academy’s Gardner Gymnasium.