2017-06-14 / Front Page

Mt. Abram graduates 66

By Heidi Murphy Irregular Staff


Mt. Abram Valedictorian Brooke-Lynn Hinkley (right) and Salutatorian Brianna Hinkley welcome the crowd at Mt. Abram’s Class of 2017 graduation Friday Night. Brooke- Lynn and Brianna are sisters from Kingfield. (Heidi Murphy photo) Mt. Abram Valedictorian Brooke-Lynn Hinkley (right) and Salutatorian Brianna Hinkley welcome the crowd at Mt. Abram’s Class of 2017 graduation Friday Night. Brooke- Lynn and Brianna are sisters from Kingfield. (Heidi Murphy photo) SALEM — There was already much excitement at Mt. Abram High School Friday, June 9 when the Class of 2017 entered the gymnasium, which was packed with family, friends and teachers from the class’s past and present.

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian, sisters Brooke-Lynn and Brianna Hinkley, welcomed the crowd and soon-to-be graduates with memories of their years at the high school, characterized by change, as well as familiar high school antics.

“We lost many amazing teachers and some remarkable new ones came to fill their space. We lost Mr. A and we gained Mrs. Tranten,” said Brooke-Lynn. “We experienced change at every level.”


Pictured here are (standing, left to right) Risa Marble, Britney Sargent, Rebecca Reed, Megan Marble, Avery Taylor, Marya Beedy, Alora Ross, Destiny Thorndike, (kneeling) Isabela Wells and Abigayle Brackley. (PHOTOS BY HEIDI MURPHY) Pictured here are (standing, left to right) Risa Marble, Britney Sargent, Rebecca Reed, Megan Marble, Avery Taylor, Marya Beedy, Alora Ross, Destiny Thorndike, (kneeling) Isabela Wells and Abigayle Brackley. (PHOTOS BY HEIDI MURPHY) The sisters urged their classmates to remember all the people who shaped their lives, noting some of their own experiences. “Friends make all the difference through the years… others were incredibly influential.”

“To everyone who made our high school experience what it was, thank you, we couldn’t name you all.”

Representative Tom Skolfield made special presentations to Brook-Lynn and Brianna on behalf of Reps. Tom Saviello and Russell Black.

Principal Michelle Tranten reminisced about her experiences with the Class of 2017 over the past two years, admitting that “I have earned proudly a few new gray hairs from this class.”

She read the poem “Magic Carpet” by Shel Silverstein, reminding the students they each have a magic carpet.

“To the class of 2017, I leave you with this… In order to strive for a remarkable life, you have to decide that you want one. Life’s path is usually not a straight one. Be kind, be compassionate, love deeply, forgive and enjoy every minute.”

Tranten then announced the scholarships awarded to each student.

In all, the class of 2017 earned a total of 186 individual state, local and college and university grants and scholarships totaling more than $227,000. Tranten noted 49 students were accepted and planning on attending a postsecondary school; one was entering the United States military, 10 were directly entering the work force and six were undecided.

Ten of the students accepted at a post-secondary school will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington.


Caleb Warren and John May. Caleb Warren and John May. The class had 23 Honors Seniors: Sean Allen, Abigayle Brackley, Shania Campbell, Trevor Chaput, Bradley Fecteau, Machaon Henderson, Brianna Hinkley, Brooke- Lynn Hinkley, Katlyln Marble, Megan Marble, Risa Marble, Alexis Poulin, Rebecca Reed, Senna Reid, Xavier Romanoski, Alora Ross, Britney Sargent, Olivia Scott, Sally Stevens, Mason Strunk, Avery Taylor, Tiernan Tooker, and Krista Wilson.

To earn this distinction, students had to maintain a GPA of 93 or above for seven semesters.

Following the scholarship announcements, MSAD #58 Superintendent Susan Pratt made the Graduation Pronouncement, “Now we need to make this official… turn your tassels!”

In their farewell address, following the cheers and confetti, Valedictorian Brooke-Lynn Hinkley recalled the first day at Mt. Abram when Ms. Brackley, read “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss to the class. “I think its lessons are even more important to remember as we move to the next chapter of our lives,” she said.


MSAD #58 Superintendent Sue Pratt congratulates Sabrina Fowlie. MSAD #58 Superintendent Sue Pratt congratulates Sabrina Fowlie. Salutatorian Brianna Hinkley quoted Seuss by reminding the graduates “You have brains in your head, feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

“As we disperse in our different directions, it is important to remember that not every direction we choose will be perfect or planned or benefit you in the moment, but all of the places we go will shape who we become.”



Machaon Henderson receives his diploma from Principal Tranten. Machaon Henderson receives his diploma from Principal Tranten.

MTA sophomore Hailee Rowe sings the National Anthem. MTA sophomore Hailee Rowe sings the National Anthem.

Class Marshalls Tor Tooker and Katie Maxsimic lead the Processional. Class Marshalls Tor Tooker and Katie Maxsimic lead the Processional.

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