Theriault earns Principal’s Award

ST. AGATHA, Maine — Riley Theriault of St. Agatha, the daughter of Duane and Pauline Theriault and a senior at Wisdom Middle/High School, has been selected to receive the 2018 MPA Principal’s Award. 

The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

Wisdom Principal Ralph Fantasia stated that she has distinguished herself in multiple areas over the past four years and has been an active school leader in and out of the classroom.

She has served as a student representative on the SAD 33 board of directors for the past two years. She has been a member of the National Honor Society and the National Arts Honor Society, serving as president for both her senior year. She has been the president of her class each of her four years.  She has been a member and/or officer for the Drama Club, Athletic Club, Student Council, S.L.A.M. (Student Leaders in the Arts Movement), Prom Committee and Envirothon.  

Theriault has consistently been listed on the school’s honor roll, achieving high honors the past three years.  She has been chosen as “Top Scholar” for multiple content areas during the same period of time, and has been a participant in the Early College program at Wisdom.

She has also been a leader in athletics, playing four years of soccer, three seasons of basketball and softball, and volleyball for two years. Outside of school, she has served as a youth trail guide for the St. Agatha Historical Society and was a member of her church’s youth choir.  She was a Maine Youth Leadership ambassador her sophomore year, and a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders her freshman year.  

She has also been a member of the Wisdom Pioneer Band each year at Wisdom, a second-place finisher at the Concours Oratoire Intermediaire and the Educational Short Film Competition for Meridian Stories, and will be representing Wisdom at the Northern Regional Final for the Poetry Out Loud competition in February.

Theriault  has not yet chosen a college, but she is considering Bowdoin, Bates and the University of Maine at Orono.  She hopes to pursue a career in neuropsychology.

She and Fantasia will join other award winners and their principals from around the state as they attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 7.  The luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler, who were former Maine principals and executive directors of the MPA.  An additional five $1,000 scholarships will be presented through the efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament.

The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.

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