R. W. Traip Academy

Top Seniors

Alex Pinkham, the daughter of Niles and Allyn Pinkham, is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2010. Accepted at Lehigh University and the University of Maine at Orono, she has decided to attend Orono in the fall. An active participant in Traip Academy Dramatic Arts (TADA), Alex received the Regional and the State All Cast Awards for her performance in I and Love and You. Serving as secretary for the junior class and as secretary for the student council, she has been an active participant in student government and the National Honor Society during her junior and senior years. She was a member of Project Search where she met with students throughout the Seacoast at the University of New Hampshire for a series of discussion topics. Alex has played softball for two years and field hockey for four years, serving as captain during her senior year when she made the Western Maine All Conference Team and received the Western Maine Conference All Academic Award. During her senior year Alex designed an Independent Study in which she served as a teacher assistant in Mrs. Hartley's second grade class at Mitchell School. At her church, Alex is a member of the Worship Team, where she leads her church in singing each week.


Darilynn Birse, the daughter of Matthew and Lindy Birse, is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2010. Darilynn was accepted at the University of Vermont at Burlington, Colorado University in Boulder, Hartwick, Quinnipeac, and St. Lawrence University, where she has decided to go to study biology and pre-medicine. Very involved in the Traip community, Darilynn has been a member of Team Green for three years, National Honor Society for three years, serving as vice president her senior year and secretary for her senior class. At the district level, she has been the student representative on the Kittery Health Coordinating Team for two years. As a member of the Traip athletic program, Darilynn played soccer for four years, serving as captain during her junior and senior years. She participated in indoor track for three years before switching to basketball her senior year. In the spring she ran outdoor track and received the Most Improved Athlete Award during her sophomore year. Darilynn has volunteered many hours at the Kittery Recreation Department helping to coach and run soccer events. She has been involved in the Spanish Exchange Program where she hosted a student in her home and traveled to Spain to stay with a family there.


Accepted at New England College, St. Joseph's College of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington, and Wheaton College, Rachel Philbrick, the daughter of Tim and Heather Philbrick, has decided to attend Wheaton where she plans to study history and education. Rachel participated in Project Search at the University of New Hampshire and was a member of the National Honor Society during her junior and senior years. She earned two varsity letters playing a year each of soccer and softball. Rachel has helped to set up and work at the K-12 Art Show at the Kittery Art Association and has worked part time at Dunkin' Donuts for two years.


The son of Kenneth and Judith Galle, Nathan Galle will be attending the University of Maine at Orono where he will study mechanical engineering. Nate has been an active participant in Traip Academy Dramatic Arts (TADA) for four years. He was a stagehand during his freshman and sophomore years and served as the Tech Director during his junior and senior years. An active participant in student government, he served as treasure of his junior class and as president of the Student Council during his senior year. He helped in facilitating Freshmen Orientation and organizing the Student Council sponsored Blood Drives. Nate is an avid snowboarder and also enjoys kayaking and wakeboarding. During his freshman year Nate put his talents to use by recording services at his church. An accomplished musician, Nate has been playing the violin since second grade and also enjoys playing the drums. He has an interest in cars and plans to restore a 1966 convertible this summer.


Nicholas Czachor, the son of Eugene and Marianne Czachor, has decided to attend the University of Vermont where he will study biology. Nick was a member of the Student Council for four years and served as president of the senior class. He participated in Project Search at the University of New Hampshire during his junior year. Also through the University of New Hampshire, Nick assisted with the Friends Group, a group designed to introduce special needs students to a variety of activities. Nick played basketball during his freshmen and sophomore years and received an award for earning the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) on the junior varsity basketball team his sophomore year. Nick is actively involved with his church youth group, and participated in the BioBlitz at Odiorne Point. He enjoys paintball as a team building activity.


Colleen Evans is the daughter of Mark and Greta Evans. Accepted at the University of Maine at Orono and at Farmington and also at Colby-Sawyer College, she will attend Colby-Sawyer where she will study biology and art, eventually pursuing a degree in education. A talented flutist, Colleen has been a member of the band for four years. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years, Art Club for two years, and French Club for one year. A member of the Traip Academy Dramatic Arts (TADA), Colleen won the regional award for costumes and technical presentation and the state award for costumes in Traip's rendition of I and Love and You. She played field hockey for three years and served as manager of the team during her senior year. She has contributed to the community by helping with Meals on Wheels.


The daughter of Scott and Elisa Fraser, Leigh Fraser will be pursuing her study of illustration at Montserrat College of Art. She was also accepted at the Maine College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Leigh has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years, the Heritage Club, and the Art Club. She is a member of the Kittery Art Association and received the Rotary Student of the Month Award for her work in art. She has been a volunteer art teacher and helped with the Pan Mass Challenge Pedal Partners. She received Honorable Mention for the State of Maine in the Scholastic Art Awards. Leigh is interested in entertainment journalism and illustration.


Shawn Hansen is the son of Hank and Pattie Hansen. He plans to attend York County Community College to study computer science. Shawn has been a member of student council for four years serving as vice president during his senior year. He played basketball for one year and is an active member of the Eliot Baptist Church Youth Group.


An active member of the Traip learning community, Lauren Kennison is the daughter of Donald and Amy Kennison. She was accepted at Roger Williams University, Lesley College, Johnson State College, and has decided to study elementary education at the University of Maine at Farmington. Lauren has been a member of the student council and at the district served for two years as the student representative on the Kittery School Committee. She served as vice president and two years as president of the Key Club. Additionally she served as president of the National Honor Society and was cofounder of the French Club. Lauren played junior varsity basketball for one year and varsity for three years. She has earned over 230 hours of community service and enjoys working in classrooms at Mitchell School. Lauren received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, an All Academic Sports Award, and the Principal's Award sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association.


Eliza Lawrence, daughter of Timothy and Vicki Lawrence, will attend Clark University. She was also accepted at Ithaca College, the University of Vermont, the University of Maine at Farmington, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Active in many arenas of the Traip learning community, Eliza has been a member of the student council for three years, Team Green for two years, and Traip Academy Dramatic Arts (TADA) for two years, achieving an All Cast Acting Award during her senior year. She served on the Prom Committee during her junior year, and she hosted a Spanish Exchange Student. Eliza has been a member of the Friends Group, where she brought special needs students to the movies, joined them in classes and helped them with their class work and activities. She assisted them with games and helped students to make food baskets for people in need. Eliza loves to paint and was a member of the Advanced Art class.


The daughter of Bonnie Robinson, Amber Robinson will be attending the University of Maine at Orono to study zoology. Amber was also accepted at the University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire, and Michigan State University. Espousing a love of music, Amber has played the bass guitar in the concert band for the past four years. She has also been a member of TADA where she was technical assistant her sophomore and junior years, and an actor in the play I and Love and You, which won first place at the Regional Competition in 2010. Receiving honors for Academic Excellence her sophomore and junior years, Amber has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years, the French Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance both during her senior year. In the athletic arena, Amber played JV and Varsity field hockey for four years where she won awards for Most Improved in 2007, Most Prepared in 2008, and Team Player in 2009 and was a member of the Western Maine Conference All Academic Team her senior year. She was recognized as a Kittery Rotary Club Student of the Month in December of 2009. Amber has assisted in the Bioblitz, helping with the yearly wildlife survey of Odiorne State Park for the past three years. She is a member of the First Congregational Church where she has served at the monthly dinners for the past three years and assisted with the annual Christmas Fair by running the children's room to help them to find and wrap gifts for their families. Amber has worked at Bob's Clam Hut since June of 2008.


Riley Sheahan, the son of Janice and Christopher Sheahan, has been accepted at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont at Montpelier, the University of New England, Mt. Ida College, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Connecticut and has decided to attend Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where he will study sports management. An enthusiastic athlete, Riley has played soccer for four years, serving as captain, and receiving awards for First Team All Conference and All Academic Team. In basketball, Riley played four years, serving as captain his senior year and again receiving awards for First Team All Conference and All Academic Team and was a player in the Senior All Star game. In 2008, he earned the Most Improved Player Award. Riley has earned a total of six GPA Awards as a student-athlete. He has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years, serving as secretary during his junior year. He assisted in producing the newsletter Positively Traip, which featured news articles about the Traip learning community. During the summer, Riley has worked with the Recreation Summer Basketball Camp, documenting over 175 community service hours for refereeing and coaching K-8 athletes.


Molly Van Kennen is the daughter of Jim Van Kennen and Cecily Rich. Accepted at Goucher College, Eckerd College, Guilford College, Lewis and Clark College, and Pitzer College, she has decided to attend Pitzer in the fall. At the high school she attended before joining us at Traip Academy, Molly was a member of the Green Voices Society and was founder of the Siddhartha Club. She has been an active in student council and participated in drama for four years, playing the lead role during her junior year. She has a love for athletics and played two years of lacrosse and ice hockey, three years of soccer, serving as captain her senior year, crew for one year and during her senior year played basketball for the first time. She has also coached lacrosse for third and fourth graders in York and assisted the seventh and eighth grade coach. She was a volunteer at Safe Passage in Guatemala City, Guatemala and has been a camp counselor at a theater camp in Yarmouth during the summer.


Graduates

Nigel Ayer
University of Rhode Island
Morgan Baker
Employment
Nikki Barrett
So. ME Comm. College
Chelsea Bedard
Georgia Military College
Garrett Beebe
University of ME, Orono
Jean-David Bernard
Richard Berounsky
Employment
Darilynn Birse *
St. Lawrence University
Susan Bradford *
Endicott College
Sarah Brake
Missouri State University
Lukas Burbank
STRIVE U
Andrea Cimolonski
York County Comm. College
Jillian Clifford
Plymouth State University
James Michael Collins
Maine Maritime College
Erin Conley
Suffolk University
Krystal Cornett
Jay Cuttle
Husson College
Nicholas Czachor *
University of Vermont
Jack Donaldson
Anna Maria College
Colleen Evans *
Colby-Sawyer College
Mark Fecteau
Robert Ficke
Southern ME Comm. College
Jessica Foye *
Colby-Sawyer College
Leigh Fraser *
Montserrat College of Art
Cassandra Frates
Nathan Galle *
University of ME, Orono
Shawn Hansen *
York County Comm. College
Stephanie Henvit
York County Comm. College
Rebecca How
Megan Jauss
Great Bay Comm. College
David Kelly
York County Comm. College
Lauren Kennison *
University of ME, Farmington
Zachary Knapp
Employment
Jillian Lambrecht
Plymouth State College
Drew Lamoureux
Castleton State College
Eliza Lawrence
Clark University
Carolann Lemieux
University of ME, Farmington
Clara Lindahl
High School, Sweden
Alexandra Locke
Southern NH University
Forreste McCormick
University of So., Maine
Michael McCloskey
Husson College
Natasha McNally
Plymouth State Univ.
Jacob Mendros
Southern ME Comm., College
George Mortimer
University of So., Maine
Christopher Ockerbloom
Roger Williams University
Andrew Perkins
University of ME, Orono
Rachel Philbrick
Wheaton College
Alex Pinkham *
University of ME, Orono
Irene Pomerleau
Hesser College
Jamie Powers
Plymouth State College
Amber Robinson *
University of ME, Orono
Jillian Scaccia
York County Comm. College
Riley Sheahan *
Endicott College
Nicholas Shepherd
Norwich University
Alexandria Shults
Keuka College
Eric Spear
Western NE College
John Succi
York County Comm. College
Cassandra Sullivan
Alexandria Tukey
Meredith Manor Intern.
Esquestrian Center
Nicholas Turnbull
Employment
Molly VanKennen
Pitzer College
Nicholas Ventresca *
University of NH
Marielle Watson
Internship
Kelsey Wirth
Hesser College
Adam Wright
Military
Ahmet Yazgan
Employment
Kaitlin Ziegler
York County Comm. College