By GAIL OBER, LACONA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — Since their sophomore year, this group of students has been holding down the top 10 positions in their class.
And because of that, they said on Friday, they know each other really well and, as the time for graduation nears, they are all feeling a little bittersweet about their years together.
"We have a great sense of community and friends," said Pat McKenna, who plans on studying political science and policy making, no matter how boring his friends jokingly tell him that is, while they acknowledge he is "really good at it."
For Rebecca Cook, going to a smaller school like Gilford High has allowed her to build lasting relationships.
Yet each of the 10 is off to a different college and each member of the class who has chosen a possible field of study will study something unique from the others.
Jordan Dean wants to study bio-chemistry and go into pharmaceutical research. She was recruited by St. Michael's College for her volleyball skills as well.
Sarah Lachapelle wants to be a physician's assistant and hopes get a walk-on spot on the softball team at the University of New England.
Christian Ayer will study journalism and theater at Brigham Young University, while Rebecca Cook will study civil engineering at Lafayette College.
Mitchell Mattice, who holds dual citizenship with Canada, will study computer engineering at Western University of Ontario and will be the third member of his family to study there.
Samih Shafique said he wants to follow in his father's footsteps and study pre-medicine at Boston University and then go on to medical school.
Mariah Nelson, who will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, said she's not exactly sure what her course of study will be but is strongly leaning toward biology, while Karina Thomlinson and Sienna "Sisi" Remick said they have "no idea" what their majors will be but were confident they will know by the end of their first college year.
Collectively, they said they would miss Homecoming and Winter Carnival because those times are when they can all be together and get to meet some of the other students who aren't in their classes.
Sisi Remick is the class valedictorian and Rebecca Cook is the class salutatorian. Pat McKenna and Remick are the co-presidents of the student council.
These are the Gilford High School Top 10 students, from left: Pat McKenna, Gettysburg College; Jordan Dean, Lafayette College; Sarah Lachapelle, University of New England; Rebecca Cook, Christian Ayer, Brigham Young University; Mitchell Mattice, University of Western Ontario; Samih Shafique, Boston University; Mariah Nelson, Rensselaer Polytechnic; Karina Tomlinson, Endicott College; Sienna "Sisi" Remick, Boston College. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo – Gail Ober)
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