Portsmouth High names top 10 students, graduation Friday

Morgan Donovan

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School administrators today released its list of the top 10 students in the graduating Class of 2013.

Commencement exercises will be held at the school starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 7,  on John F. Kennedy Field. Two hundred and twenty-six members of the senior class will receive diplomas.

Kevin Reilly, a technical education teacher, yearbook advisor and supporter of all Portsmouth Patriot athletic teams, will deliver the keynote address. The two student speakers will be Steven Elleman and Elizabeth Mostert.

Here’s the list of the top 10 students, as selected by the PHS administration, in alphabetical order:

Morgan DonovanMorgan Donovan

Morgan played varsity soccer for four years and served as captain in her senior year. She was selected as a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society, was presented the Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement for her dedication in science and math, and completed six advanced placement (AP) courses. She dances at Position One School of Dance. Morgan enroll at Villanova University in the fall.

Steven EllemanSteven Elleman

Steven is a member of the PHS symphonic and jazz bands, where he plays first trumpet, and also sings in the concert choir and plays the violin. He was selected for All-State honors in mixed choir and orchestra. He was one of four American Visions Award recipients in Rhode Island by the R.I. Art Educators Association, and was selected for the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. While at PHS he completed 10 AP classes and was named an AP Scholar by the College Board. He will enroll at the University of California at Berkley in the fall.

Georges GauthierGeorges Gauthier

A member of the National Honor Society, Georges ran track and cross-country for all four years. For his senior oroject he built a biomechanical energy harvester that created electricity in a running shoe. He completed five AP courses. Georges will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

Kathryn HarperKathryn Harper

A member of the National and Language Honor Societies, Kathryn served as vice-president of the Student Council and completed five Advanced Placement courses.  She played and served as captain of varsity tennis for four years. In the fall Kathryn will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she will continue her tennis career.

Matthew HarriganMatthew Harrigan

A member of the National Honor Society, Matthew completed a summer engineering internship at Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He served as captain of the varsity ice hockey team and also played varsity lacrosse. He completed six AP courses and was selected as a member of the Class of 2017 at the United States Naval Academy.

Kyle MyersonKyle Myerson

A member of the National Honor Society, Kyle represented PHS on the math team, the Science Olympiad team and in the Northeast Computer Programming Contest. He played trumpet for the symphonic band and the jazz band, and completed four AP courses. He’s attend Brown University in the fall.

Sarah MyersonSarah Myerson

A member of the National Honor Society, Sarah played varsity soccer and completed three AP courses. She was a tutor at Hathaway School and organized a baby-sitting service as a teacher appreciation project. She’ll enroll at Smith College in the fall.

Lauren OdegaardLauren Odegaard

A member of the National Honor Society who served as its vice-president, Lauren ran on the PHS cross-country team and played in the symphonic band. She completed six AP courses. Lauren will enter the ROTC program at the University of Virginia in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing and a career in the military.

Eliza PettyEliza Petty

The drum major for the PHS marching band, Eliza was selected for membership in both the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society, serving as vice-president. Skilled in playing classical piano, she also plays in the flute choir and was awarded a Gold Key for her portfolio by the R.I. Art Educators Association. Eliza served as the senior mentor to a group of 14 freshmen, and completed six AP courses. This fall she’ll attend Bard College.

Haley YawHaley Yaw

A member of the National, Art and Language Honor societies, Haley served as President of the National Honor Society. She ran on the cross-country and winter and spring track teams, serving as captain. She was a senior mentor to a freshman advisory and completed seven AP courses. She’ll enroll at the University of South Carolina in the fall.

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