LANGDON — Fall Mountain Regional High School has announced the students with the highest grade-point averages in the Class of 2019. Fall Mountain held its commencement ceremony Saturday, June 8, at the high school.
The class valedictorian is Sarah Breighton Klema, daughter of Drs. Terrell and Brendan Klema of Charlestown. She will attend Providence College in Rhode Island in the fall, majoring in English (creative writing) and Spanish. Over the course of her high school career, she was involved in numerous clubs and activities, including National Honor Society, Interact, Madrigals, Spanish Club, track and field, and both Marching and Concert Band. After college, she hopes to pursue a career in education and writing.
The class salutatorian is Kendall McAllister, daughter of Meredith and Wade McAllister of Charlestown. She will attend Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland, where she plans to study international relations and history. She played soccer and softball as an underclassman, and continued to play basketball all four years, serving as a team captain her senior year and helping the team earn the state runner-up title. She participated in Interact, World Language Club, Band, Jazz Band, the freshman mentor program, and was president of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
Jacy Heidorn, daughter of Erin and Mike Heidorn of Alstead, will attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., majoring in environmental studies. She participated in Interact, through which she recently traveled to El Salvador on a service trip. She also was a mentor to freshmen, was in World Language Club, and was treasurer of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. The summer before her senior year, she participated in the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School in Concord.
Hunter Oberst, son of Frederick and Caroline Oberst of Alstead, will attend Keene State College and pursue a degree in multimedia journalism. While at Fall Mountain, he challenged himself by taking every Advanced Placement course offered, and participated in Interact Club and National Honor Society. He played four years of soccer at Fall Mountain, and was recognized as an all-state player as well as an all-scholastic athlete this past fall. He also coaches soccer to kids aged 4-12. Very enthusiastic about weightlifting, he was named “Lifter of the Year” at the school both his sophomore and senior years.
Hannah McCormick, daughter of Gary and Faye McCormick of North Walpole, will attend Suffolk University in Boston, majoring in law and minoring in Spanish. While at Fall Mountain, she participated in varsity volleyball, unified basketball, Interact Club, National Honor Society, Hospitality Club, World Language Club and the Fall Mountain Democrats. She was captain for three years for volleyball and secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
Maria Luther-Houghton, daughter of Laurie and Scott E. Luther-Houghton of Acworth, will attend the University of New Hampshire in Durham, majoring in accounting. Her high school résumé includes varsity nordic skiing, World Language Club, FFA (president), Interact Club, Drama Club, Student Congress, Prom Committee and the Acworth Players and Youth Club.
James Blair, son of John and Catherine Blair of Alstead, will study at Elmira College in New York in the fall, and plans to double major in psychology and math. He participated in Math Team for six years, Quiz Bowl for three years and Interact for three years. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a freshman mentor and a tutor for the Science Olympiad Team. He also went on a service trip to El Salvador this past spring. He competed in football his last two years of high school and served as a team captain his senior year.
Faith Golec, daughter of John Golec and Tracie Westney Golec of Walpole, plans to attend the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She was a completer in the River Valley Technical Center program (criminal justice). Some of her favorite activities over the past four years include the Honor Society, Executive Council, Jazz Band, Math Team, softball, and a mentorship at the Charlestown Police Station.
Caroline MacLachlan, daughter of Jane and Trevor MacLachlan of Walpole, will attend the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where she will pursue an accelerated master’s in occupational therapy. She participated in volleyball, nordic skiing and track. She was a member of the Art Club, drama program, World Language Club and National Honor Society, served as a mentor to younger students, and was a student intern at the Fall Mountain Early Learning Center. She also participated in a service trip to El Salvador with Interact Club, and was recognized as a N.H. Scholar.
Owen Marandino, son of Bruce and Jennifer Marandino of Charlestown, will attend Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., majoring in actuarial science. He participated in basketball, baseball, football and soccer throughout his high school career.
Tess Marsden, daughter of Melanie and Jeff Marsden of Alstead, will attend the University of New Hampshire in Durham, studying civil engineering. She played soccer and softball, and participated in World Language Club, Interact and National Honor Society.
Editor’s note: These final three students, listed alphabetically, tied in ranking ninth in their class.