Haining, Pierce lead Camden Hills class of 2014
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School has announced the top two scholars for the class of 2014, with Valedictorian honors earned by Kiera Haining and Salutatorian honors by Sean Pierce.
Both Haining and Pierce have achieved a grade point average higher than 100 percent to lead the class of 179 graduates.
Haining, the daughter of Greg and Maureen Haining of Rockport, plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston studying international affairs and would like to minor in environmental science with a focus on policies.
“I like to travel so I think studying international affairs will give me the opportunity,” Haining said.
She said her parents have been a big influence on her life as well as very supportive of her "go-getter" attitude.
“I am self-motivated and I put more pressure on myself than my parents do,” she said. “They have always been there and supported my decisions and that has been very important.”
A member of multiple clubs and organizations, Haining said some of her best experiences have been with Wind Planners, National Honor Society and several opportunities to travel.
“High school has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing people that have become good friends along the way,” she said. “It has also given me the opportunity to travel and see things around the world from another perspective.”
Salutatorian Pierce said his parents' decision to settle down in Camden was one of the important reasons he has been able to excel at academics.
“My father was in the military and we were subject to moving around a lot,” Pierce said. “I was lucky that my parents decided to move to Camden so that I could stay at the same school and have a chance to get use to the schools, the teachers, and be able to make long-term friends.”
Pierce added his parents are very supportive and encourage him to take every opportunity presented to him – to better himself in one way or another.
Pierce, the son of Brian and Andrea Pierce of Camden, plans on attending McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and wants to study finance/economy and foreign language.
He said also feels another large part of his success was the flexibility of the curriculum at the high school, allowing him to advance at a faster pace than his peers.
“I think that the flexibility I had to accelerate in some subjects allowed me to essentially graduate in 3-years,” he said. “I spent a year abroad my junior year and I was allowed to kind of duct tape my education together so to speak.”
Graduation is set for Friday, June 6, in the Camden Hills Regional High School gymnasium.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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