Medomak names valedictorian, salutatorianClass of 2014
Waldoboro — Medomak Valley High School Principal Harold Wilson announces the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2014.
Brooke Benedict and Cyril Miller have been named the leaders of their senior class with a GPA of 4.76 and 4.60, respectively.
Benedict is the daughter of Katie Benedict of Warren and Brian Benedict of Thomaston.
She is a member of the National Honor Society since 2012, and has numerous academic achievements. She has been among the top eight students for the past five years, and was awarded top female in her class for the past three years.
She received the St. Michael's College Book Award, and took first place in the 2011 School Science Fair. Benedict has been recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar by the College Board Association and received the Kennebec Valley Athletic Association All Academic Award.
Benedict has fine-tuned her leadership skills by being a member of student government since 2010, vice president of the Class of 2014, a member of the Senior Class Leadership Committee, and on the student council since 2010. She has also been a member of PAWS (Peers Assisting With Sincerity) since 2011.
Her community service activities include volunteering at Pen Bay Medical Center during the summer of 2012, St. Bernard's Church Soup Kitchen helper in 2013, a Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer, assisting with office work at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, and teaches a religious education class to third-graders.
Benedict has participated in a variety of athletic activities including two years of junior varsity soccer combined with four years of varsity soccer; three years of junior varsity basketball and varsity basketball, receiving the Coach's Award in 2014.
She plans on attending Bates College in Lewiston, concentrating on chemistry.
Miller is the son of Naomi and Fritz Miller of Union.
He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and has been the top male student and in the top eight students the past three years. He has been on the math team all four years of high school, and achieved a perfect score on the mathematics section of the SATs.
Miller attended a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership seminar, which began in 1958.
No stranger to athletics, Miller has been a varsity starter for both football and track since his sophomore year, and a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year.
He was the captain of the football team his junior and senior year, and captain of the wrestling team last year. Miller was named Most Valuable Player and received the Coach's Award for most pins, points and wins on the wrestling team his junior year. He also placed third at states for wrestling both his sophomore and junior year.
Miller's musical accomplishments include participating in the jazz band, playing the trumpet. He has also played "Taps" at several memorial services.
For the past three years, Miller has been a counselor at Medomak Youth Football Camp and assistant coach for a local T-ball team for two years.
Other community service includes helping with setup of functions, groundskeeping and cooking at the Apostolic Christian Life Center and assistant wrestling coach for the middle school team.
Miller plans on attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick to study biology.
Benedict and Miller will lead their class of 115 seniors at the commencement ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, June 11.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.