The Thomaston Fourth of July Committee has announced Mr. and Ms. Fourth of July 2016: Andrew King and Makenna Brooks, both of Thomaston. June graduates of Oceanside High School, they were chosen by the faculty based on their grades, activities, leadership, community involvement, and positive outlook.

Brooks and King will be riding in the 2016 Thomaston Fourth of July parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Monday, July 4. The parade will travel North to South on Main Street in Thomaston, beginning at Erin Street and ending on Booker Street.

A full day of activities will follow, including a road race, craft tent, chicken barbecue, live music, free bouncy houses, a hot dog eating contest, food vendors, and the traditional fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Rain/fog date for the fireworks is July 5.

Makenna is the daughter of Janelle and Stephen Brooks. Her school activities included four years of varsity soccer and basketball, which included Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team for soccer and second team for basketball.

Actively involved in student government and Key Club, Brooks was Student of the Month her sophomore year. In addition, she has volunteered with Special Olympics. This summer, Brooks will be employed at Archer’s on the Pier. In the fall she plans to attend Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where she will major in communications.

Andrew is the son of Tammy and Michael King. During high school, he played four years of varsity basketball, three years of baseball and and a year of varsity tennis. King graduated with honors and received a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) endorsement.

During this past year, Andrew performed in the school production of "Tarzan." An employee of Samoset Resort for the past three summers, he will be working at the Monhegan Boat Line this summer. In the fall, King plans to attend Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, where he will work toward a degree in marine transportation operations.