OHCHS 2015 graduates make the grade


PARIS — Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School senior class member Eva Gabrielsen designed her own graduation program.

A student in Virginia Valdes’ graphic design class, Gabrielsen has been busy getting ready for graduation ceremonies while designing the program that will guide 227 members of the Class of 2015 through Saturday evening’s  commencement ceremony.

The senior class will march out onto Gouin Athletic Field on Alpine Street on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in green and white robes to receive their high school diplomas.

Gabrielsen, who is academically ranked in the top five percent of her class, was asked to design not only the graduation program, but programs for the Baccalaureate Service, the Senior Assembly and Scholarship Night, where approximately $815,000 in scholarship money was expected to be awarded Wednesday night. The programs will all be printed by Richard Cormier’s graphic arts class.

“I did graduation first because that’s what I was most excited about. I wanted to make it beautiful and cool,” Gabrielsen said of the type-orientated design that she hand drew and then scanned into a computer.

A total of 227 students — 107 boys and 120 girls — of the 232 graduating seniors will march onto the field behind the faculty procession and a bagpiper where they will be welcomed by Class Vice President Caroline Feeney.

Following opening remarks by Principal Ted Moccia, Salutatorian Kathryn Davie will give her address followed by Valedictorian Monica Harthorne’s valedictorian address.

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Class President Harrison Linfield will then introduce the commencement speaker, former second district Congressman Michael Michaud.

Michaud, D-Maine, who has family connections in Oxford Hills , including a nephew who lives in the area, a great-nephew attends Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway and another who attends Oxford Hills Middle School in Paris, recently said that he intends to tell graduates that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.

Afterward, Vice Principals Paul Bickford and John Springer will introduce the candidates for diplomas. Moccia, with assistance from Shawn Lambert, director of the Oxford Hills Technical School, Superintendent Richard Colpitts, Ron Kugell, chairman of the School Administrative District 17 Board of Directors, M. Jane Munn, assistant director of the Oxford Hills Technical School and Nancy McLean, coordinator of K-12 guidance, will confer the dioplomas.

Closing remarks will be made by class president Linfield.

The top five percent of the Class of 2015 includes Valedictorian Monica Harthorne, Salutatorian Mary Bryce, Kyleigh Roberts, Jade Morin, Hannah Mathieu, Christopher Burns, Eva Gabrielsen, Savanna Morin, Lauren Emery, Julia Dillon, Abbey Nolan and Christian Gregory.

The students were introduced to the SAD 17 Board of Directors at its meeting on Monday, June 1, by Moccia.

Although the percentage of students going onto to higher education was unavailable, members of the top five percent said Monday night that they are heading out in all directions.

Jade Morin said she will enter the Air Force, where she will train to be an aircraft load master. After extensive training, her job will be to make sure the contents of the aircraft is properly loaded and secured — a feat that includes a lot of weight and balance calculations and a lot of flying time.

Others will be attending the University of Maine at campuses throughout the state. Their course of studies vary. Savanna Morin will study nursing. Lauren Emery will study education.

Mary Bryce is going on to Colgate University in central New York to study biology. Eva Gabrielsen is going to Cooper Union in New York City to study graphic design and Abbey Nolan is going to Bates College in Lewiston to study sociology. Kyleigh Roberts said she will study early education at the University of Massachusetts. Christian Gregory will study business at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.

Others will be going to Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, the University of New Hampshire in Durham, Gordon College in Massachusetts and Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

Following graduation, seniors can help celebrate the 35th year of Project Graduation — a chemical- free, all-night party at the high school for graduating seniors and guests that runs until 5 a.m. and includes food, music, a casino, dancing, pool tables and much more.