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Van Buren announces senior honor parts

VAN BUREN, Maine — Van Buren District Secondary School has revealed the 2020 honor parts for the graduating class. They include Armanda Nicknair, valedictorian; Emilia Nicknair, salutatorian; and Erica Ouellette, honor essayist.

Armanda Nicknair is the daughter of Monica Nicknair of Van Buren.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been active in athletics throughout her high school career, having played soccer, tennis, basketball and intramural volleyball. She was a captain in soccer her senior year and was also the school mascot for two years during the basketball season.  

During her high school career, Armanda was class secretary her sophomore year and was in Student Senate her freshman and junior years.  During her senior year, she has taken a rigorous workload with advanced math, chemistry, physics, English 4, a dual-enrollment class in forestry and two online college courses, Business and Professional Speaking in the fall and Introduction to Information Technology in the spring, totaling 7 credits.  

She balanced this workload while also working a part-time job as a CNA at Borderview.  Armanda has been awarded numerous awards throughout her high school career, including the silver and gold Presidential Academic Awards. 

She enjoys playing sports, being outdoors, going on long car rides and listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.  She plans to attend Husson University in the fall to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and a bachelor of science in exercise science.  

Emilia Nicknair is also the daughter of Monica Nicknair of Van Buren. She is vice president of the National Honor Society as well as president of Student Senate and has been active in athletics over her high school career. She has played soccer, tennis, basketball, and intramural volleyball, and was a captain in soccer her senior year. 

During her high school career, Emilia has been active in Student Senate, having served as treasurer her sophomore year and vice president her junior year. During her senior year, she has taken a rigorous workload with advanced math, chemistry, physics, English 4, a family and consumer science class and a dual-enrollment class in forestry totaling 3 credits. 

She balanced this workload while also working a part-time job as a CNA at Borderview as well as working part-time at a restaurant/hotel as a dishwasher and prep cook at the beginning of the school year. 

Emilia has been awarded numerous awards throughout her high school career including the silver and gold Presidential Academic Awards, Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. 

She enjoys playing sports, being active outdoors, going on trips and spending time with her family and friends. Emilia plans to attend Husson University in the fall to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy and bachelor of science in health sciences, and wishes to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.

Erica Ouellette is the daughter of Scott and Becky Ouellette of Van Buren. She is president of the National Honor Society, secretary of her senior class, and has been active in soccer and tennis throughout her high school career, where she held the title of captain in both sports. 

She is also a member of the high school band, Crusader Pep Band and All-Aroostook Band. 

Erica has received numerous awards throughout her high school career, but the most rewarding to her is the Maine Principals’ Association’s Principal Award. 

She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, cooking and baking and spending time with her family and friends. She plans to attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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