RUMFORD — To honor students who excel academically, Mountain Valley High School Principal Matt Gilbert announced Scholars of the Trimester at schoolwide assembly.

Gilbert said from the stage in Muskie Auditorium, “What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, we had over 200 buckets to catch water from leaking roofs and this auditorium was a mess. Now we have a state of the arts performing center for the community – the best in Oxford County.”

He continued, “Similarly, a year can make a huge difference in a student. The students we will honor have chosen to make a difference academically by working hard and going above and beyond. It is a pleasure to honor them.”

The English Department selected junior Kelli Trenoweth.

In presenting the award, English teacher Jim Aylward said, “Kelli is a skilled and hardworking student. She always is a positive contributor to classroom discussions. She is a great role model.”

The math Department honored sophomore Jesse Pelletier.

Math teacher Lisa Russell said, “The math department had a difficult choice. Many students excel in their math classes so we decided to look for a student who goes above and beyond. In addition to honors math courses, Jesse is an active member of the math team. Also in the classroom, he is quick to help others.”

Senior Michelle Hale received the award from the Science Department.

Science teacher Jennifer Bolduc said, “Michelle has impressed all the science teachers with her maturity and sense of responsibility. She takes her schoolwork very seriously and is committed to learning. In fact, she has had to teach herself physics every other day since she is enrolled at Region 9. When she is at MVHS, she is teaching and helping other students.”

Junior Joshua Maillet was honored by the Social Studies Department.

Social studies teacher Chris Carver said, “Josh Maillett challenges himself by taking the highest level courses in our discipline, demonstrates a high level of interest in history, and excels in all areas.”

The world languages teachers selected freshman Lauren Sterling.

French teacher Marie Russell said, “This trimester the world language department recognizes a French student who always works diligently, is more than willing to help other students, is polite and kind, and is just overall a lovely young lady.”

Sophomore Aleica Bolduc received the physical education and health award.

Health teacher Kristen Provencher explained, “Alecia has excelled in every health class she has taken. She has high expectations for herself and rises to every challenge. She is interested in health topics and I believe that she will contribute to the health field in a positive way later in life.”

Finally, sophomore Abigail LaBrash earned the family/consumer science, technology and music award.

Technology teacher Jeff Bailey said, “Some students are great at mathematical thinking or writing essays. Others are budding historians or scientists or linguists. However, it isn’t often that students can show talents in multiple areas of school, especially areas as varied as music and engineering.”

He continued, “Abby is as talented with a piano as she is with a 3D printer. Her determination, creativity, and involvement in both of these classes are a testament to her intelligence and hard work.”

Each Scholar of the Term received a coupon for a pizza.

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