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Madawaska High School reveals honor parts

MADAWASKA, Maine — Three Madawaska High School graduates, Class of 2020, were worthy of special recognition at commencement exercises on June 5, 2020.

Matthew Cyr, son of Douglas and Anne Cyr, was afforded the prestigious accolade of valedictorian of his class.  

He also received the Mathematics Award; the Social Studies Award, awarded to a senior for having achieved the highest ranking for four years of high school; the American Legion Award for school citizenship and devotedness to class and school activities; the “I Dare You” Leadership Award for demonstrating a motivation for leadership; the United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for musical excellence; and the Presidential Academic Fitness Award.  

He was also awarded the Madawaska High School Scholars Award for achieving honor roll status throughout his high school career and was president of the student council and a member of the National Honor Society.  His extracurricular activities included band, Math Team, Natural Helpers, captain of the cross-country running team, cross-country skiing and hockey, and he attended Dirigo Boys’ State.  

Cyr was awarded an $800 Twin Rivers Paper Scholarship, an $8,000 UMaine Presidential Scholarship, renewable for four years for a total of $32,000, and The University of Maine Pulp & Paper Scholarship, an award totaling $35,000 over a four-year period.   

He plans to attend the University of Maine in Orono this fall, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Elizabeth Dufresne, daughter of Todd Dufresne and April and Russ Leighton, was honored by receiving the accolade of salutatorian of her class.  

She received the Band Award, awarded to a senior most outstanding in instrumental music; the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award; the Madawaska High School Scholars Award for achieving honor roll status throughout her high school career; as well as the Presidential Academic Fitness Award.  

She was a member of the student council and National Honor Society.  Her extracurricular activities included band, All-Aroostook Band, Natural Helpers, soccer and softball, as well as being a student representative on the Madawaska School Board.  

Dufresne was awarded a $500 Major Priscilla C. Staples Scholarship, a $900 Madawaska Fire Department Scholarship, a $1,000 Norstate Federal Credit Union Scholarship, a $1,000 Edmundston Rotary Club Scholarship, a $1,500 George and Annie Knox Scholarship which may be renewed for four years, a $3,000 Margaret Mueller Shore Memorial Scholarship, as well as an $850 Professor Richard Dinsmore Scholarship, a $2,000 Bengal Gold Scholarship in-state and renewable for four years for a total of $8,000, and a $2,000 Jonathan and Dawn Moirs Memorial Scholarship from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.   

She plans to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent this fall, majoring in nursing.

Kaitlyn Martin, daughter of Keith and Lori Martin, was recognized with the accolade of honor essayist of her class.  

She was awarded the Madawaska High School Scholars Award for achieving honor roll status throughout her high school career and the Presidential Academic Fitness Award.  

She was a member of the National Honor Society.  Her extracurricular activities included band, All-Aroostook Band and Cyrious Dance Movement.  

She was awarded an $800 Twin Rivers Paper Scholarship, a  $1,000 Northern Maine Medical Center Scholarship, as well as a $650 Chasse Family Scholarship, a $1,000 In-state Scholarship, and a $2,000 Bengal Gold Scholarship In-State, renewable for four years for a total of $8,000, from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.   

Martin plans to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent this fall, majoring in Nursing.

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