Oceanside names valedictorian, salutatorianClass of 2014
Rockland — Principal Tom Forti has announced Oceanside High School's Class of 2014 leaders.
Jacob Hyatt and Isabelle Garver have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Hyatt attained a GPA of 99.84 and Garver finishes her high school academics at 98.953.
Hyatt is the son of Melanie Hyatt of Thomaston and Erik Hyatt of Warren.
He will be attending Colby College in Waterville, majoring in English.
"My ultimate goal is to become a novelist, and while I recognize that this is a financially risky venture, it is a dream I cannot easily discard," said Hyatt.
Many of his hobbies include studies of stories. Hyatt enjoys reading and writing, and has written two unpublished novels — one horror and one drama.
Hyatt watches as many films as he can, and says his favorite is "Ben-Hur."
Academically, Hyatt's course of study in high school has been AP Language and Composition, AP United States Government and Politics, Calculus, and Accelerated Chemistry. Creative writing, concert band, and French were his electives.
Hyatt was involved in Debate Club as a freshman and participated on the track and field team the last three years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
In the community service area, Hyatt volunteered at the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, the Camden Conference, and the Special Olympics. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
"While in college, I will work towards bettering my writing abilities," said Hyatt. "I also plan to continue with band, as well as expand my general knowledge as best I can," he added.
Garver is the daughter of William and Andrea Garver of Owls Head.
Her future plans are to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and double major in biology and psychology. After that she has thoughts of going to medical school to become a traveling pediatric doctor.
Since seventh grade, Garver has known that she wanted to do something in a science field, whether it be conducting research or becoming a doctor.
Throughout her high school tenure, Garver has continued to pursue her love for science — taking 6.5 science courses and participating in a class at the UMaine Hutchinson Center that intergrated graphing skills and job skills.
"This class allowed me to conduct my own research experiment," said Garver.
She also participated in two job shadow programs — one at Evergreen Home Performance in Rockland and another at UMaine in their graduate program where she participated in experiments they were conducting.
"It was very helpful because I got to see the steps of real research and what it demands," said Garver on her experience.
Last summer Garver attended the Island School which she said helped her overcome physical as well as mental obstacles. The school's motto "there is more in you than you think" was proven true to her.
Another passion of Garver's is field hockey which she has been playing since sixth grade. In eighth grade she and a friend started a youth camp to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award. They taught young girls the basic skills for field hockey.
"We probably had about nine participants the whole week," said Garver, adding, "since then the youth league program has completely expanded." This past summer, about 50 girls attended.
Garver credits field hockey with teaching her to be more confident, helped her leadership skills, and showed her how to be a team player. She hopes to possibly play field hockey in college, depending on where she goes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has also been very influential in Garver's life.
"It has taught me about responsibility and timeliness, and showed me how much I love hanging out with kids and helping change their lives," she said.
In addition to the youth field hockey league and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Garver has been involved with Key Club for the past four years, student government and lacrosse for three years, and was a member of ski club this past year.
This past hockey season, Garver was co-captain and earned the honor of being selected for the All-State field hockey team as well as the All-State academic team.
Hyatt and Garver will lead the120 members of the Class of 2014 in Oceanside's commencement exercise Tuesday, June 10.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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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 working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.