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Leaders of Medomak Valley's class of 2018 announced

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 14, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Danica Juntura, left, and Adrianna Wadsworth will be leading the Medomak Valley High School class of 2018 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at graduation next month.

Waldoboro — The administration at Medomak Valley High School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2018.

Valedictorian Danica Juntura, with a GPA of 4.24, has focused on English and social studies throughout high school. She will be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick this fall, studying English.

"A highlight of attending MVHS is having the amazing privilege of working with peers who have similar ambitions as myself," Juntura said.

She said teacher Audrey Ennamorati is a mentor to her because of her passion for English literature, how understanding and helpful she is to her students, and how encouraging she is when it comes to accomplishing goals and dreams.

"I am grateful for all of her help the last four years of high school, for giving me challenges too," Juntura said.

She has been involved in theater throughout high school as part of the tech crew, and has also been involved in Student Council, serving as co-president with Adrianna Wadsworth, who is salutatorian.

Juntura is chief editor of the Yearbook Committee, secretary of the National Honor Society, a member of Peers Assisting With Sincerity,  and is vice president of her class.

She enjoys reading, whether it's classics, plays, poems, or news, and also enjoys creative writing. She recently started to enjoy cooking, and occasionally makes her own food and follows online recipes.

She is the daughter of Ninia and Efren Juntura of Waldoboro.

Salutatorian Adrianna Wadsworth has a GPA of 4.15, and concentrated on AP government and English. She will be attending the honors college at the University of Maine at Orono studying political science.

Wadsworth said highlights of her high school career include being part of the varsity cheering team and being KVAC and regional champions all four years, and also making it to and placing at States.

"I have also had the privilege of being guided and inspired by so many of the caring teachers and faculty at Medomak Valley," she said.

Wadsworth said two of her many mentors duirng high school were math teacher Neil Payson, who has always encouraged her to challenge herself and pushed her past her doubts.

"He is someone I just love to talk with, even after I had his class, because he always sees the best in me and is so kindhearted and funny," Wadsworth said.

"My second one would be Heather Simmons, who not only was an amazing cheer coach but also like family to me," she said. "She always believed in me and inspired me to be the best version of myself, despite any limitations. She helped me with things far beyond the duties of a coach and I could never thank her enough."

Throughout her four years of high school, Wadsworth has been a member of PAWS, the math team, debate team, outdoors club, serves as co-president of Student Council with Juntura, is a class officer, National Honor Society, writing center tutor, varsity soccer, varsity cheering and was one of the students selected to attend Girls' State at Husson University and the Maine Youth Leadership Seminar at the University of Southern Maine.

Wadsworth's other interests include outdoor activities like hiking and horseback riding.

"I have also always loved tumbling as a way to stay active and have fun," she said. "My friends and I often go to local gyms or end up tumbling anywhere we go."

Wadsworth is the daughter of Mark Wadsworth of Friendship and Laurie Wadsworth of Washington.

Medomak Valley High School's commencement ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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