Maranacook Community High School
Top Ten Scholars – Class of 2018

Emma Hatt, of Mount Vernon, daughter of Greg and Deborah Hatt, is valedictorian. She has been a member of Chamber Choir for four years, a guitarist in Jazz Band for four years, and played bass guitar and percussion in Concert Band for two years. She has also been a member of both the District III and All State choirs. Throughout high school, she has participated in four Maranacook musicals and three plays, most notably “Into the Woods” and “The Addams Family”.  She has also been a member of the varsity tennis team for the past four years, and a captain of the team for three. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Maranacook Peer Mentors, Student Senate, and Math Team. She will be attending Bowdoin College in the fall, and is considering studying both physics and music.


Laura Parent lives in Manchester with her parents Michael and Jennifer, as well as her dog Oakley. Throughout her time at Maranacook she has participated in varsity sports as an active member of the track, Nordic, and cross country team. She was elected captain of the Nordic team her senior year, and captain of the cross country team her junior and senior year. Laura, along with Co-captain Maddie Taylor led both the cross country and Nordic team to capture the sportsmanship banners this year, as well as a regional and conference title in cross country, and a conference title and 2017 State Title in Nordic skiing. She has also been avidly involved in the school community as a member of student senate and student council as the chair of the Health Center Student Advisory Committee, a member of the Teen Issues Coordinating Committee, a mentor of a middle school student, and a Writing Center Tutor. Laura has also participated in Model UN and played piano in Maranacook’s Jazz Band all four years of high school. Laura is attending Carleton University in the fall to study international relations and global development.


Hajna Nagy, of Readfield, is the daughter of Kelly Crotteau and Alexander Nagy, and is ranked third in her class. She has been a four-year Varsity soccer player, serving as captain her senior year. She has also been a member of the Nordic ski team for three years and track and field for one, winning the Class C state skiing championship her junior year along with her team. Nagy is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, serving as a two-time officer as Secretary her junior year and currently as President. She has been involved in student government as well, serving on the Outreach Committee of Student Senate for the past four years and Student Council for one. Nagy also engages in the arts, serving as a member of her school’s Chamber Choir for the past year and a dancer in this year’s musical. She continues to practice all types of dance as she has for the last 12 years, the past two of which have been as a member of the Encore Dance Company at Kennebec Dance Centre in Augusta. In her free time, Nagy volunteers as a Writing Center tutor at her school and is the assistant coach to a U10 boy’s soccer team. She will be attending Bowdoin College this fall.


Connor Firth is the son of Billie Cleveland and Sarah Firth of Vienna. Connor is a tri-sport athlete, having played football and lacrosse in the past, and now runs cross country, skis cross country (of which he was a captain), and runs track. He has been a four year member of Maranacook’s Model UN Delegation for the MUNAGB, and has participated in the school’s English Writing Center since its conception. This year, he also participated in the setup and running of the school’s Teen Issues days. He will be graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Thomas College, in addition to his high school diploma. His main interests include skiing, guitar, and astronautics. Connor plans to attend Clarkson University in the fall, to ski and study aeronautical engineering.


Mark McLaughlin is the son of Cathy McLaughlin & Mike McLaughlin.  As a Maranacook HS student, he has been involved with sports all 4 years as a member of soccer, tennis, and Nordic ski teams – earning varsity letters in all sports and serving as Captain for Nordic Ski Team. In State Nordic competition, he placed 4thin states for overall skier both Junior and Senior year.  Awarded for the State 1stNordic team in both 2017 & 2018.  He was selected to compete on the Eastern High School Championship team this year and competed with the U16 Maine team as a freshman. He has been an active member of the National Honor Society, Student Senate and Student Council during high school. Along with sports and student government, he has been involved in community volunteering at VA Maine HCS, Special Olympics, & various local groups, completing 80+ volunteer hours. In his free time, he enjoys being outside skiing, running, hiking and swimming. He next looks forward to attending college to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering at UMaine.


Erin Bonenfant is the daughter of Brent and Kelly Bonenfant, of Mount Vernon. She is a three season athlete. She played varsity softball for four years, varsity field hockey for three years, jv basketball for two year and varsity basketball for one year. She obtained her varsity letter in her freshman year and was a captain of the field hockey team her senior year and softball team her junior and senior years. Academically, she has been a participating member of the National Honor Society, receiving her academic letter freshman year and pins thereafter. She has been a middle school mentor for the past three years. She also participated in the chamber singers. In her free time, she studies Isshinryu karate, which she has been doing since she was eight years old. She enjoys being outside snowmobiling and hunting with her dad. Bonenfant plans to attend Husson University, in the fall and study Environmental Science.


Lana Watts of Wayne, is the daughter of David and Siuyin Watts. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been in the gifted & talented art program for all the four years of High School. She was a member of the Varsity Soccer team and participated in Alpine skiing. She was awarded the KVAC academic award for both sports. Lana participated with utmost endeavor on the pathway program through Thomas College to graduate High School with an Associate’s Degree. In her senior year she travelled to Spain with her Spanish class and for her physics project she created magnetic shoes to walk on the ceiling. Lana will be attending Virginia Tech to major in Human Nutrition Food & Exercise and a double minor in Psychology and Spanish.


Madison Taylor, of Readfield is the daughter of Kate and Bud Taylor.  Madison has enjoyed her time competing in cross country, Nordic skiing, and track throughout high school. She was elected as Student body Vice President and the head of the Community Outreach committee. She has participated in activities such as Model United Nations, coaching for the Lakers Summer track program, middle school mentoring, and an internship with the Readfield Historical Society. Madison was a 2017 Albert H. Small Normandy Sacrifice for Freedom scholar. Madison will be attending Connecticut College in the fall where she will continue to run track and cross country.


Jackson McPhedran is the son of Patty Gordon and John McPhedran, brother to Carter. Jackson is a three season varsity athlete and captain for soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. He has been a part of two state championship soccer teams under Coach Don Beckwith. He is also an avid skier, fisherman and loves spending time outdoors. Jackson is a member of the National Honor Society and has been an active member of Student Senate working as the Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee. As a member of this committee, he helped improve the school gardens by rebuilding raised beds and participating in seedling projects at district elementary schools. Jackson plans to attend The University of Vermont next fall.


Olivia Tamborini is the daughter of George and Christine Tamborini of Readfield. Olivia is an active member of her community and school. Olivia participated in the past with Nordic skiing and softball, but her passion is field hockey. Olivia’s love of field hockey led her to be voted a captain her junior and senior year. She is a member of National Honor Society where she served as Treasurer. She was also a member of student senate. Olivia also volunteers weekly at Maine General Medical Center working with elders to detect signs of delirium and dementia. In the fall, Olivia plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences.