Waterville Senior High School Recognizes Top 10 Seniors

Waterville High School’s class of 2022 in the top 10 from left are Hazel Dow, Emily Campbell, William Jackson, Keya Amundsen and Noah Koch. Bottom left to right, Joseph Hamelin, Eleanor King, Piper Hallen, Olivia Gervais and Colette Carrillo. Photo submitted

Waterville Senior High School has announced its top 10 students for the class of 2022.

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Hazel Dow graduated first in the class with an unweighted GPA of 98.094, according to a school press release. She is a Fellow of the National Honor Society, President; Student Council, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Vice President; and the cross-country team, captain.

She received a Phi Beta Kappa Association of Maine Academic Achievement Award, USMC Semper Fi Award for Musical Excellence, a Renaissance Award, and is a member of the KVAC All-Academic team for cross country and track.

Dow volunteers at Mid Maine Regional Adult Community Education, is an academic tutor, and helps teach violin to young students. She plans to attend Husson University majoring in physical therapy in the fall. Dow is the daughter of Robert Dow of Eddington and Carolyn Adams of Waterville.

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Emily Campbell Photo submitted

Emily Campbell graduated second in the class with a grade point average of 95.787. She is a member of Yearbook, President; Green Team, historian; tennis, captain; soccer, captain; Key Club, Pep Band, Speech and Debate, Student Ambassador, Class Officers, President; National Honor Society, Homeroom Buddies and Spanish Club.

She is a State Champion of Speech and Debate, Poetry Out Loud Regional Winner, Renaissance Award Winner, QuestBridge Scholar, Dartmouth Book Award Winner, Sage Student Award, and World Biliteracy Seal for Spanish.

Campbell volunteers with the Mid Maine Regional Adult Community Education Program and works part-time. She plans to attend Bowdoin College in the fall. Campbell is the daughter of Caroline and Robert Campbell of Waterville.

William Jackson Photo submitted

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William Jackson graduated third in the class with an unweighted GPA of 95.250. He is a member of the French Honor Society, the National Honor Society and the Drama program. In the past, he participated in Math Team, Speech Team and Science Olympiad. Jackson is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. He received a Renaissance award in his freshman year and earned the rank of Eagle Scout with his local scout troop. He plans to attend college in the fall to study applied physics, with a concentration in chemical engineering. Jackson is the son of Susan and David Jackson of Waterville.

Keya Amundsen Photo submitted

Keya Amundsen graduated fourth in the class with an unweighted GPA of 95.240. She is a member of the cross-country team, KVAC All-Academic; Green Team, President; Tri-M Music Honors Society, Secretary; National Honors Society, Tutoring Co-Chair; Science Olympiad, Mathematics Team, Spanish Club, and All-State Orchestra.

She is an AP Honors Scholar, College Board Student Commendation, Society of Women Engineers Award recipient, Peter R. Marsh Silent Service Award, and President’s Award for Excellence in Education.

Amundsen volunteers as a snowmaker at Quarry Road Trails. She plans to attend a four-year college to study mechanical or aerospace engineering in the fall. She is the daughter of Minakshi and Ole Amundsen of Waterville.

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Noah Koch Photo submitted

Noah Koch graduated fifth in the class with an unweighted GPA of 95.026. He is a member of the cross country and track and field teams, the National Honor Society, and plays the piano. He won a Renaissance Award and the University of Rochester’s Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology.

He is a voluntary piano teacher. He plays classical piano and his favorite composer is Franz Liszt. In the fall, he plans to attend Macalester College, a liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota. Koch is the son of Hilary and Arne Koch of Waterville.

Joseph Hamelin Photo submitted

Joseph Hamelin finished sixth in the class with a cumulative grade point average of 94.873. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the baseball and basketball teams. He received a Renaissance Award and a KVAC All-Academic Award.

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He volunteers by tutoring other students and is employed by Hamelin Furniture. He plans to attend Husson University to study physical therapy in the fall, while also playing on Husson’s baseball team. Hamelin is the son of Louise and Marc Hamelin of Waterville.

Eleanor King Photo submitted

Eleanor King finished seventh in the class with an unweighted GPA of 94.848. She is an active participant in Yearbook, business leader; Select Chorus, National Honor Society and Drama. She received a Renaissance Award and a ShineOnCass Junior Service Award.

King volunteers at Hart to Hart Farm Camp, is a Panther peer at George J. Mitchell School, attends Waterville Junior High School in music class and English class, has made masks for staff and Waterville Public Schools students, delivered food to families in need during COVID-19 distance learning, and volunteered in the Waterville Public Schools Special Education Department.

She plans to attend Thomas College in the fall to study business. King is the daughter of Tabatha King of Waterville.

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Piper Hallen Photo submitted

Piper Hallen graduated eighth in the class with an unweighted GPA of 94.521. She is an active member of Key Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, French Club, French Honors Society, Student Ambassador and is a Homeroom Buddy. She received a Renaissance Award and a Wellesley College Book Award.

She works as a waitress and worked as an intern at the Maine State House in the Department of Public Policy. She volunteers with the Mid Maine Regional Adult Community Education Program, is a classroom assistant at George J. Mitchell School and Albert S. Hall School, an NHS tutor and helps teach dance to young students.

She plans to attend a four-year college majoring in political science with a focus on public policy in the fall. Hallen is the daughter of Lisa and Peter Hallen of Waterville.

Olivia Gervais Photo submitted

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Olivia Gervais graduated ninth in the class with a grade point average of 93.809. She is a member of the Junior Classical League, secretary; French Club, Key Club, Homeroom Buddy, National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, National French Honor Society, treasurer; indoor track and outdoor track.

She has received a Renaissance Award, a Responsibility Award and a William’s College Book Award. She volunteers by tutoring students.

She plans to attend the University of Southern Maine to study exercise science in the fall. Gervais is the daughter of Lori and Derek Gervais of Waterville.

Colette Carlillo Photo submitted

Colette Carrillo graduated 10th in the class with a grade point average of 93.625. She participated in Speech, President; Theatre, Thespian Honors Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, President; Green Team, co-coordinator of the event; class officers, co-historian; French National Honor Society, Vice-President; National Honors Society, Secretary; STAND, co-president; Select Choir, Tennis and Homeroom Buddies.

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She has won a Renaissance Award, MPA Drama Technical Award, Smith College Book Award, Russell Sage Award, is a two-time National Qualifier for Speech, College Board National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, and State Finalist in Poetry Out Loud.

She is a volunteer at the Waterville Opera. She works as a camp counselor for the Missoula Children’s Theater and at the Waterville Public Pool.

Carrillo plans to attend Bowdoin College to major in English and minor in theater in the fall. Carrillo is the daughter of Diane and Dennis Carrillo of Waterville.

Edward K. Thompson