Spaulding High School names its top 10 for Class of 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:12 am
ROCHESTER --The Spaulding High School administration, faculty and staff have announced the top 10 graduating seniors in its Class of 2021 based on cumulative grade point average through the third quarter of this year.
The honored graduates are listed in alphabetical order, as the determination of valedictorian and salutatorian, based on grades for the entire four years of high school, will be announced at graduation on June 11.
Tatiana Azouri, daughter of Suzie and Fidae Azouri of Rochester, has a passion for International Relations and hopes to pursue her career goal of becoming an ambassador in the future.
Committed to finding ways to help make the world a better place, Tatiana participated in Spaulding's Friends Forever International program where she was part of a group that traveled to Northern Ireland to pursue leadership and service projects with students there. She identified this to be the most profound and meaningful activity in high school because it not only "helped me grow," but also to gain new perspectives on people and cultures and work toward bringing people together.
She has been a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish Honor Society and was honored with both the Society of Women Engineers Book Award and an AP Scholar Award for her scores on multiple Advanced Placement exams. She enjoys art, music, cooking and baking in her leisure.
Accepted at Boston University, Suffolk University, UMass-Boston, UMass Lowell and the University of New Hampshire, Tatiana will attend the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences with a University Scholarship and a place in the Kilachand Honors College.
April Beatty has distinguished herself through her leadership, her volunteerism, her athletic feats, her commitment to the environment as well as her academic accomplishments.
April served as vice president of the National Honor Society, president of the Latin Honor Society, co-president of both Mu Alpha Theta and the Environmental Club and secretary of Class Council. She was also a member of the National Technical Honor Society and Yearbook staff. Captain of varsity volleyball, April also played softball and was manager for SHS girls' basketball. In her spare time, she volunteered with the online My Vote Project, a non-partisan, voter education project where she researched proposed policies from candidates in local elections and shared that information with voters on that website.
April was awarded the St. Michael's College Book Award, and was proud to be named to the National Youth Sustainability Council. She was a two-time All-State volleyball player as well as a two-time Seacoast All-Star volleyball player.
Accepted at Saint Anselm College, Saint Michael's College, Simmons University, Suffolk University, University of Maryland and University of New Hampshire, April, who was selected for a Trustee Scholarship, will pursue an accelerated bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public policy through the honors program at Simmons University, where she will also play volleyball. Her long-term career goal is to become a lawyer.
April is the daughter of Jila Shafadeh-Beatty and Lane Beatty of Rochester.
Molly Dunning is the daughter of Melissa and Shawn Dunning of Rochester.
Molly participated in the Health Science Technology program through the R. W. Creteau Technology Center at Spaulding, where she completed her Licensed Nursing Assistant training and participated in the Health Occupations Students of America organization for two years. She will go on to pursue an associate degree in nursing at Great Bay Community College and transition after two years into a 4-year college to complete the final two years of her bachelor of science in nursing degree.
Molly volunteers at the REACH pre-school program and works as a Personal Care Aide at the Studley Home where, because of her commitment to the residents, she chose to continue to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
While in high school, Molly was a passionate and dedicated member of the music program, which she cited as the most personally meaningful activity she pursued. She participated in the Spaulding Chorus and Select Singers, and deeply valued the leadership role she was able to play. She expressed deep gratitude for the amazing opportunities provided and the people with whom she was able to share those experiences. Her passion and talent were recognized annually by being named to the NH All-State Music Festival all four years of high school. Molly also values her private vocal studies with Andrea Veal.
As a junior, Molly was the recipient of a Merit Award by the Society of Women Engineers.
Ethan Hunt received a Presidential Scholarship to attend New England College where he will study history. His plan is to become a teacher and share his passion and enthusiasm for history with students of the future.
Committed to community service, Ethan regularly volunteers his time at the Fellowship Kitchen at First United Methodist Church as well as at the Rochester Head Start program. His junior year, Ethan received the St. Michael's College Book Award which is awarded based on a student's sustained and sincere commitment to community service.
Having played varsity lacrosse for four years, Ethan describes that experience as being the most meaningful to him. He cites the special connections with his teammates as making each season stand out in his memories of high school.
Ethan is the son of Jeff and Patrice Hunt of Rochester.
Jenna Loporcaro, the daughter of Richard and Kellie Loporcaro of Rochester, was accepted at Saint Anselm College, Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Salve Regina University and the University of New Hampshire. Jenna was awarded a merit-based Trustee's Scholarship at the University of New Hampshire and will pursue study in biochemistry on the pre-med track with the goal of attending medical school to become a physician.
Very active within the Spaulding community, Jenna served as president of the French Honor Society, was an officer in Future Business Leaders of America and participated on Class Council, Praxis Society, National Honor Society, Dance Team, Project SEARCH, and varsity tennis for which she earned the Coach's Award in 2019. She was accepted to the St. Paul's Advanced Studies Program Online Symposium and participated in that intellectually challenging experience last summer.
Jenna described Class Council as being most meaningful for her in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. She described the realization that with COVID, no traditions associated with senior year were guaranteed, but through Class Council they found a way to gain some control and create a small degree of normalcy. Of note was successfully creating an outdoor prom with a grand march that the Council put together for the senior class (with a great deal of enthusiastic community support). The students had been unable to have their Junior Prom last year due to COVID-19. Jenna commented on the joy she felt in seeing her classmates "genuinely happy" as they shared a tradition that would otherwise have been lost to them.
Jack McLaughlin, a National Merit Scholarship finalist and recipient of the Rochester Institute of Technology Book Award, received the Presidential Scholarship at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, where he will enroll in the accelerated dual degree program. He will work toward both a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in computer science, with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in software development and game design.
Jack was also admitted to University of New Hampshire, University of New Haven, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Apart from academics, Jack volunteered his time reading to younger students and tutoring his peers in math. He was captain of the varsity swim team, played varsity lacrosse and participated as a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. Additionally, Jack works 30 hours a week cooking at an area restaurant.
Jack named the varsity swim team as being the most meaningful activity in which he participated. He described the team as a closely-knit group that enjoyed a healthy culture of community where they could compete, cheer one another on and simply enjoy being able to be authentic with one another. They were true teammates.
Jack is the son of David and Lori McLaughlin of Rochester.
Allison Parker was a member of the National Honor Society, Principal's Council, Class Council and Friends Forever International. Her volunteerism includes helping at a local soup kitchen and participating with the Spaulding Boys Basketball Boosters. She also works 15 hours a week as a service leader at Hannaford Supermarket.
A successful student athlete, Allison has participated in both indoor and outdoor track for four years and was named captain her senior year. She feels that being a part of the track team was the most personally meaningful activity in which she engaged while in high school. The closeness of the team was what she found inspiring. Allison was afraid to go out for the team her freshman year but overcame her fear and found success. Her continued and growing passion for the sport has inspired her to work even harder and try out for the track and field team in college.
Choosing to participate in the criminal justice program offered at the R. W. Creteau Technology Center at Spaulding solidified Allison's intention to pursue a degree in homeland security and justice studies. Having been accepted at Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and University of New Hampshire, Allison will attend the University of New Hampshire with a Trustee's scholarship. She is considering a future career as a police officer or a federal government official.
Allison is the daughter of Julie and Jeffrey Parker of Rochester.
Hieu Phan, son of Kim and Nguyen Phan of Rochester, was the recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship at the University of New Hampshire where he has chosen to enroll in the fall. Hieu plans to major in neuroscience and behavior/biological sciences, with the long-term goal of contributing his own research to the field of neurology. He was also offered admission to Clemson University, Keene State College, Pennsylvania State University, Plymouth State University, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of New England.
Actively involved in the business department in the R. W. Creteau Technology Center at Spaulding, Hieu was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and a leader in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) throughout high school. He began as treasurer and ultimately became co-president his senior year. In his FBLA role, Hieu chose to volunteer his time at the Rochester Manor nursing home. He also works 15 to 20 hours a week as the operations manager at Mai Spa and Nails.
Through his Honors US History class, Hieu helped to organize a voter registration day where students who were of age could register to vote in the primary. Hiew created literature to help students understand the voting process and the documentation they would need to vote.
Hieu describes his experiences in FBLA as the most meaningful activity in which he engaged in school. It was the first club he joined in high school and he "...found a sense of unity there that I had not found anywhere else." Spending so much time on school work, FBLA became "a well-needed outlet" for me, he stated.
Colette Sevey, daughter of David and Minda Sevey of Rochester, found her passion for music and theater when she decided to join the Drama Club at Spaulding her freshman year. Her goal at this time is to either perform professionally or become a music educator in the future.
Admitted to Brigham Young University, Emerson College, Rochester Institute of Technology and University of New Hampshire, Colette will attend Brigham Young University in the fall.
Colette was recognized with a Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Award, a Musicianship Award, New Hampshire All-State Award, and Second Place in the Granite State NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) High School Classical Division. She was a member of the drama club, band (clarinet section leader), chorus (soprano 1 section leader and chorus accompanist), the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Teen Drug Court, Project SEARCH and the Jewelry Club. She volunteered extensively through her church youth group to which she is deeply committed. Additionally, she works 15 hours a week at Lone Oak.
Joining the Drama Club freshman year is what Colette identified as the most meaningful activity in which she engaged in high school. She described it as the first time "I felt at home" at Spaulding. It sparked a love for musical theater that she vows to incorporate into her life either as an amateur or professional.
Abigail Ward, recipient of the Harvard Prize Book Award, is the daughter of Sarah and Dennis Ward of Rochester.
Abby has been active in a wide range of pursuits throughout her high school career. She served as captain for two years for both varsity cross country and varsity girls' basketball, she was Class Council treasurer, National Honor Society secretary, Mu Alpha Theta co-president and member of SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team), Spanish Honor Society and the NHIAA Student Leadership Committee. She also works at the Rochester Recreation Center (youth basketball program and summer camp counselor).
A volunteer with Gather: Meals 4 Kids (mobile food pantry), Abby also volunteered with SALT at the Monarch School where she participated in special activities with students there. Abby identified her involvement with Gather as the most meaningful activity for her. She described the interactions she had with the community through Gather as being special because "... unlike other clubs, it involves putting others first."
Accepted at Brandeis University, Colby College, Tufts University, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire and Wellesley College, Abby will attend Tufts University in the fall. Her plan is to study biology, cognitive sciences or possibly bioengineering. She will then go on to medical school and hopes to work in a hospital in the future.