AUGUSTA — Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first tuition-free virtual public charter school for students in grades seven to 12, honored its second class of graduating seniors on June 9.

Top student MacArthur Kim of Paris delivered remarks during the ceremony. A survivor of a brain tumor, Kim discussed the importance of perseverance.

He is a competitive golfer who underwent his second brain surgery just two months ago. The speech detailed his struggles with a brain tumor and included colorful anecdotes, remarking that perpetual curiosity about things, including “whether an umbrella could serve as a parachute,” has provided him with a lifetime of enriching experiences.

Kim plans to compete at the Maine Junior Amateur Golf Championship this summer, and he is a member of the school’s first National Honor Society chapter.

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