SULLIVAN — Principal Ty Thurlow has announced the members of the Class of 2018 who have earned academic distinction as they graduate from Sumner Memorial High School. They are members of the first Sumner Memorial High School class graduating with a proficiency-based diploma.
Sumner Memorial High School has adopted the Latin Honor system to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of their graduating students. The following students have achieved the following distinctions:
Andrea Knapp, Summa Cum Laude.
Madeline Bierman, Magna Cum Laude.
Samantha Bagley, Magna Cum Laude.
Thiraphong Janla, Cum Laude.
Warren Higgins, Cum Laude.
Andrea Knapp, who has achieved Summa Cum Laude distinction, and is the class valedictorian, is the daughter of Kip and Patti Knapp of Franklin. She has been a member of the Sumner Music Department, participating in Show Choir. Knapp was the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award and numerous individual class awards. She was a four-year member of the girls’ volleyball team. Knapp plans to attend the University of Maine in the fall.
Madeline Bierman achieved Magna Cum Laude distinction, and is the class salutatorian. She is the daughter of Dan and Brenda Bierman of Sorrento. She is a member and president of the National Honor Society, as well as the recipient of the Maine Principals Award representing Sumner Memorial High School. Bierman was the recipient of the University of Rochester’s, George Eastman Young Leaders’ Award along with several individual class academic awards. She has been a member of soccer, basketball and softball teams during her high school career. Bierman plans to study international affairs at the University of Maine in the fall.
Also achieving Magna Cum Laude distinction, Samantha Bagley is the daughter of Troy and Dondi Bagley of Sullivan. She has been an active member of the music department during her high school career, participating in Show Choir and the fall musicals. Bagley is the recipient of the Sage College Student Sage Award as well as several individual class awards. She has been a member of the girls’ volleyball team for four years. She will be attending Husson University in the fall.
Thiraphong Janla, who has attained Cum Laude distinction, is the son of Matthew and Chutimon Johnson of Winter Harbor. He is a member and treasurer of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Music Department, participating in Show Choir and the fall musical. Janla is the recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. He has participated in soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track. He will be attending the University of Southern Maine this fall.
Warren Higgins, son of Luke and Christie Higgins of Sullivan, has earned Cum Laude distinction. He has been a member and captain of the school Math Team in the Downeast Math League. He has also participated in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track. He will be entering the University of Maine in the fall pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
Sumner’s Class Night celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Clint Ritchie Gymnasium. Graduation exercises will be held on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m., also in the Clint Ritchie Gymnasium.