SULLIVAN — The top four graduating students at Sumner Memorial High School this year are Valedictorian Jamie Hoglund of Franklin, Salutatorian Brianna Fernandez of Gouldsboro, First Honor Essayist Jacqueline Cormier of Sullivan and Second Honor Essayist Gabe O’Brien of Winter Harbor.
Hoglund, daughter of Rita and the late Robert Hoglund, is enrolling at the University of Maine in Orono and will study nursing.
She played varsity soccer, softball and indoor track, served on the Student Council and the Prom Committee, was a member of the National Honor Society and performed in Show Choir and Cabaret.
Hoglund won the Coach’s Awards in soccer, softball, basketball and indoor track. She was the recipient of the Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award as well as numerous other academic awards.
Among her fondest memories are hitting her first home run and scoring the first soccer goal of the season as a freshman as well as the bus rides to and from games.
“Some of my non-athletic memories include becoming prom princess, Show Choir States 2012, getting accepted into college and making new, long-lasting friendships,” Hoglund said.
Fernandez, the salutatorian, is the daughter of Mary Fernandez. They moved to Maine from Honolulu prior to her junior year.
Brianna will attend Syracuse University in the fall and major in communications.
She was Student Council President and a member of the National Honor Society, played varsity tennis, ran indoor track and performed in Show Choir, Chorus and Band.
Fernandez received the Coach’s Award for tennis and the Phi Beta Kappa Award.
Among her fondest memories are the people she met during her two years at Sumner; Executive Student Council meetings on Mondays, as well as their lunches at Pat’s Pizza and the spring tennis seasons.
“Although we have a very small tennis team, we have all become great friends and formed a little ‘tennis family,’” Fernandez said.
Cormier, the first honor essayist, is the daughter of James and Kerri Cormier.
She will attend the University of Maine at Orono and major in human nutrition.
Cormier ran varsity indoor and outdoor track, served on the Student Council, was a member of the National Honor Society, the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Cooking Club and performed in Chorus, Show Choir, Jazz Choir and Band.
She received the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.
“My greatest memories from my time at Sumner: performing in Sumner’s first ever Show Choir and Jazz Choir; traveling to Washington, D.C., with many of my classmates and having the chance to be taught honors math by an incredible teacher, Mr. John Guidi, rest in peace.”
O’Brien, second honor essayist, is the son of Wendilee and Denny O’Brien.
He will enroll in the pre-medical school program at Skidmore College in the fall.
O’Brien played varsity soccer, basketball and baseball, ran track and field, participated in Junior Hoops, served on the Student Council and worked on the student newspaper and served on the School Improvement Grant Writing Committee as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges committee.
“Most of my memories are of athletics because they are such a big part of my life,” O’Brien said. “Some highlights are being part of the 2011 Class C Boys Basketball Eastern Maine runners-up team.”