Student notes June 13, 2018 on Education, News Elizabeth Linnell Elizabeth Linnell of Mariaville recently graduated from Maine Connections Academy (MCA), the state’s oldest online tuition-free high school. Linnell was valedictorian of the school’s Class of 2018. MCA’s graduation ceremony was held at the Augusta Civic Center on June 7. Linnell has already taken a number of dual-enrollment classes online at the University of Maine-Fort Kent, including classes in American and British Literature, College Algebra and American Government. She is interested in cyber-security and will be pursuing classes in that area in college at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Ennis Marshall, a recent graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School, has been awarded the $5,000 first-place Pioneer Prize for the best software project by a high school-aged teen on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Juliette Claybaugh, a freshman at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, has been awarded $500 as the runner-up. Marshall, who started his first programming course at DISHS in September, used online resources and mentorship provided by the Pioneer Prize to produce a system that lets him control a model train set in his home from any connected smartphone, tablet or desktop computer in the world. Claybaugh, the 2018 runner-up, envisioned an iPhone app that allows users to capture and store recordings at specific locations. Connecting sound and place, it will give users another way to share their world and experiences beyond mere photos, which currently dominate the social-media sphere. The Pioneer Prize is an annual competition that celebrates the passion and perseverance of high school-aged students in pursuing their interests in software and other well-paid fields, offering resources and mentorship to help them execute innovative projects. Information regarding next year’s Pioneer Prize will be announced this fall. To learn more, visit www.pioneerprize.com or email [email protected]. Carli Carter of Otis, Olivia Mora of Surry and Baramee Janla of Winter Harbor were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 term at Thomas College in Waterville. Sara Willis of Lamoine, Colin Mooers of Mount Desert and Jessica Joyce of Stonington graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., in May. Willis graduated magna cum laude. Nellie LaValle of Bar Harbor, Ryan Lolar of Brewer and Lucy Soucek of Bar Harbor graduated from Colby College in Waterville on May 27. LaValle, who majored in government, attended Mount Desert Island High School and is the daughter of David LaValle of Bar Harbor and Heather Halliday of Hulls Cove. Lolar majored in philosophy. He attended Brewer High School and is the son of Bridget Lolar of Brewer and William Cade of Bucksport. Soucek, who majored in religious studies and theater and dance, attended Mount Desert Island High School and is the daughter of Anne Rhode of Bar Harbor and Leo Soucek of Topsham. Lakota Bowen of Blue Hill graduated summa cum laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on June 3. Bowen, a graduate of George Stevens Academy, majored in international studies with a minor in Spanish. Breanna Hamby of Orland was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Summitt Liu of Bar Harbor graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., on May 20. Liu, who majored in environmental biology and philosophy, received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Morgan Barkhouse of Ellsworth was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.