DIXFIELD — Ming Feng Schnorr and Summer Keim have been named the top students for the Class of 2015 at Dirigo High School.

Both 17-year-old lefties have taken Advanced Placement and college courses, earning at least a year’s head start in college.

“I want to be successful in life and the secret is education,” Schnorr, valedictorian and son of Fe and William Schnorr, said.

He and Keim plan to attend the University of Maine in the fall and major in engineering; Keim studying bioengineering and Schnorr, chemical engineering.

“Math and science have been my favorite subjects, and biology offers many job opportunities,” Keim, the daughter of Blue and Lisa Keim, said. “I’ve worked really hard,” the salutatorian said.

Schnorr said he likes math and the sciences because they have set formulas.

“They go step by step with a set goal,” he said.

He hopes to work at The Jackson Laboratory this summer, while Keim aims to work at the local paper mill.

Among Schnorr’s career goals is to design renewable energy and sustainability.
“The future must be sustainable,” he said.

Keim isn’t sure which bioengineering career course she will take, but she said such a major offers numerous career opportunities.

Schnorr is a member of the Ecology and Outing clubs, a former class president, a member of the math team, vice president of the National Honor Society and participates in Nordic skiing and soccer. He is also a Big Brother.

Keim is secretary of the National Honor Society and participates in soccer, Alpine skiing and tennis. She also performs gymnastics, is active in her church and the Republican party and thinks someday she will get into politics.

Schnorr said science teacher Melanie Johnson has had a great influence on him, and he likes the small community.

Keim was home-schooled until she began high school.

The nearly 75 members of the Class of 2015 will graduate at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5.

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