Wells High School presents its Top Ten list for 2023
The Wells High School Guidance Department has released the names of the top ten academically ranked students for the Class of 2023. This year’s top ten students are (in alphabetical order) Isabella Bazata, Lucy Breton, Indie Brogan, Chloe Carbonneau, Willa Ferris, Olivia Hunter, Nicholas Olsen, Amelia Rider, Christos Stathoplos, and Eli Steere.
What follows are abbreviated school biographies of the top ten leading with the Valedictorian and Salutatorian:
Willa Ferris, Class of 2023 Valedictorian, is the daughter of Emelia Badman of Wells. Willa will be attending Dartmouth College this fall where she intends to major in Archaeology. She has been a recipient of the Student of the Trimester, Breakfast of Champions, Literary Achievement, and Math Book Awards, as well as The Dartmouth College Book Award. In addition to being an AP Scholar, Willa has also been treasurer of her school’s Interact Club, a member of the Teen Trendsetters Club, and has volunteered at the Great Works Regional Land Trust researching native pollinators.
Indie Brogan, the Salutatorian of the Class of 2023, is the son of Anne and Jeff Brogan of Wells. Indie will be attending the University of Maine (Orono) this fall where he plans to major in Environmental and Civil Engineering. He has been designated an AP Scholar and served as president of the WHS Chapter of the National Honor Society. As a member of the WHS Track and Cross Country teams, he qualified for state-level competitions in Cross Country in his freshman and junior years and has been awarded Rookie of the Year and MVP awards during his school career.
Chloe Carbonneau is the daughter of Stephanie and Michael Carbonneau of Wells. In the fall of 2023, she plans to attend the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where she will study Cellular Biology. Chloe is a member of the National Honor Society and Interact Club and the recipient of a Book Award her sophomore year. In addition to being a valuable member of the WHS Soccer and Softball teams, she has volunteered her time coaching youth sports and aiding veterans in the community.
Olivia Hunter, daughter of Matthew and Jessica Hunter of Wells, will be attending Northeastern University in Boston this fall where she will major in Clinical Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. Olivia was a member of the Environmental Club, Civil Rights Club, and GTSA Club while at Wells High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been honored with Breakfast of Champions awards on multiple occasions. Olivia also has donated numerous volunteer hours at the Safe Haven Humane Society in Wells.
Lucy Breton is the daughter of Ashley and Daniel Breton of Wells and will be attending the University of Richmond in the fall. She is president of the Interact Club and a member of the Student Council. Lucy is the treasurer of her class and has received numerous Book Awards. A dedicated three-sport athlete, she has participated in Soccer, Girls’ Ice Hockey, and Girls’ Lacrosse; in fact, she was a member of the first WHS Girls Lacrosse team to play at a State championship.
Isabella Bazata is the daughter of Jo-Ann and Jerry Bazata of Ogunquit. She is currently enrolled in Johnson and Wales Early Enrollment program, majoring in Culinary Arts with a minor in Sommelier Management. Isabella studied Culinary Arts through the Sanford Regional Technical Center while working part-time at a local restaurant. She has been involved in theater productions throughout her high school career and has donated numerous community service hours.
Nicholas Olsen, son of Tiffany Nelson and Scott Olsen, will attend Northeastern University in the fall where he plans to major in Finance studies. Earning the distinction of AP Scholar with Honors, Nick serves as secretary for the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and for the Class of 2023. He was a recipient of a Warrior Pride Award and participated in the Boys’ Soccer and Baseball programs during his high school career.
Amelia Rider is the daughter of Michelle Coyne and Darrell Rider. She plans to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to major in Engineering. Amelia was vice president of the Interact Club, and has received numerous Book Awards in French, History, and Science. She has been captain of the Girls’ Soccer Team and has participated in Softball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, and Unified Basketball programs. Amelia received the Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award, as well as numerous Coaches Awards during her high school career.
Christos Stathoplos is the son of Mark and Shay Stathoplos of Wells. Christos is currently completing his first semester equivalency at York County Community College and plans to eventually transfer his credits to a four-year institution to receive an advanced degree in Economics. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the Breakfast of Champions award, and a member of the WHS Lacrosse team. Outside of school, Christos mans the stern on the lobster boat F/V Rough Rider out of Perkins Cove, Ogunquit.
Eli Steere is the son of Dawn and Cory Steere of Wells. Eli has been accepted into the University of New Hampshire’s Honors Program to major in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the St. Michael’s College Book Award, the school’s Breakfast of Champions award, and a Student of the Trimester honor. Eli was also selected as a recipient of the National School Development Council’s Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership. In his senior year, he also served as a partner player for the school’s Unified Basketball program.
On June 2nd Wells High School held commencement exercises for the Class of 2023 in the Richard A. Ronco Gymnasium of Wells High School. This year’s guest speaker was the Honorable U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine.
Willa Ferris, Class of 2023 Valedictorian
Indie Brogan, the Salutatorian of the Class of 2023