North Haven Community School Salutatorian Mallory Brown said May 27 that she will miss the community feeling and the support structure of her island home when she starts college next fall.

Brown addressed a class of eight graduates on June 11.

“It’s a massive class,” she said.

Mallory and twin sister Stephanie Brown both planned to speak at commencement exercises scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Village Church.

“Stephanie is first speaker,” Mallory Brown said. She said the class of 2010 does not have a valedictorian.

Mallory Brown is 18 years old and has lived in the island community with her mother, sister and stepfather since the twins were in second grade. During the year she works as an intern at a local coffee shop and in the summer she babysits and does odd jobs, she said.

Brown said working on the yearbook and spending her junior year in France were rewarding high school experiences.

“They helped build me as a person,” she said. “They really showed me what my strengths were. I fell in love with doing the yearbook.” She said she learned she is good at management and organization.

“The most challenging part of school for me is staying focused,” Brown said. “Sometimes, if I don’t want to do something, it’s really easy for me to not do it.”

As for her year abroad, “How can you not fall in love with France?” she said.

Brown is registered to attend St. Joseph’s College in Standish, majoring in business administration with a concentration in human resource management.

“I just really love being with people, organizing stuff and being in control,” she said.

“I like working with kids,” she said. “One day I may go back to school and get a degree that allows me to be an administrator in the schools.”

Brown said all the teachers at North Haven Community School have been great and have had an influence in her life.

“They’ve helped me so much,” she said. “They’re all really supportive.”

She said time spent at her father’s home in Limington had prepared her for life on the mainland.

“One of the things I love being over there is just being able to go places, like the movies or to get ice cream, whenever you want,” she said. “I’m excited about the freedom of being on the mainland.”

“I’ll miss my family and this beautiful island,” Brown said.

She said those remaining in the North Haven Community School should take every opportunity offered, and she wishes she’d done so.

“This year I got involved with drama a lot more and I ended up loving it,” she said. “I wish I’d gotten involved a lot earlier.”

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 207-236-8511 or by e-mail at sauciello@villagesoup.com.