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Derryfield School Graduates Bedford-Heavy Class

Here's a summary of local students who recently graduated from the independent school in Manchester.

Of the roughly 380 students, grades 6-12, who attended the Derryfield School this past school year, 13 Bedford residents graduated on June 11.

Here's some information about each student, listed alphabetically by their last name, and their future plans:

  • Krishan Agarwal, son of Neeraj and Joyce Agarwal, was a member of the Conservation Club, participated in weight training and played on the tennis team during his time at Derryfield. He plans to attend Syracuse University.
  • Rachael Ann Desfosses, daughter of Charles and Kerry Desfosses, is an accomplished swimmer who competed with the varsity swim team for four years, qualifying for the state meet and Meet of Champions. She received the Derryfield School's Class of 1970 Award for swimming and plans to swim in Division I at the University of Rhode Island, where she'll attend college.
  • Olivia Donahue, daughter of David and Diane Donahue, graduated and plans to attend Syracuse University. A member of the National Honor Society, Olivia earned Gold and Silver Keys from the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Award competition, participated in the 2010 All-State Art Festival, and received Derryfield's Art Award her senior year. She was Editor in Chief of the yearbook, a staff writer for the school newspaper, and a volunteer for the school's Key Club. Olivia was also a member of the varsity crew team and a four-year member and captain of the varsity lacrosse team.
  • Kaitlin Fink, daughter of Louis Fink and Pamela Grich, graduated with distinction and plans to attend Middlebury College. In addition to being the Valedictorian of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar with Honors, and a 2011 National Merit Scholarship Winner, Kaitlin was selected as one of 141 students nationally to be a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar. As captain of the varsity Nordic ski team, Kaitlin was recognized as the Granite State Conference Skier of the Year and qualified for the New Hampshire Eastern High School Team multiple times. She also competed in varsity soccer, cross-country running and lacrosse, and earned Scholar-Athlete honors from Derryfield and the NHADA. In addition, Kaitlin was a leader for the Conservation Club; was selected all four years to sing in the NH All-State Classical Music Festival; received School awards in music, French and service; and she was selected to be the 2010 Peter S. Freedman Founders' Scholar, Derryfield's highest honor for a student.
  • Kate Jorgensen, daughter of Keith and Beth Jorgensen, graduated with distinction and plans to attend Providence College. An AP Scholar and a talented writer, Kate received several honors for her writing and served as an editor of “Lamplighter,” the student newspaper; “Excerpt,” the student literary magazine; and “Pinnacle,” a collection of scholarly writing she co-founded her senior year. She was also a member of the Debate Club, the Writing Club, and the Granite State Challenge Team, and was Co-Chair of the Political Club. A member of the Top Ten Club for students who have competed in ten or more seasons of team sports, Kate played varsity lacrosse, JV basketball, and captained the JV soccer team.
  • Emilyann Keller, daughter of David and Cheryl Keller, graduated with distinction and plans to attend Colgate University. A member of the National Honor Society, EmilyAnn received the Barbara J. Stahl, Ph.D. Life Science Award and a Service Award from Derryfield her senior year. A leader in the community, she volunteered for the School's Key Club, as a tour guide for the admission office, as a teacher in Breakthrough Manchester's Super Saturday program; and she was a member of the Model UN team and Manchester Youth Leadership's "Makin' It Happen" program. Emilyann was a member of the varsity soccer team and a two-year captain of the varsity softball team, earning the NHADA Scholar-Athlete Award her senior year.
  • Barrett Lamp, son of James and Laurie Lamp, graduated and plans to attend Lehigh University. Barrett was a member of the JV soccer, varsity basketball and varsity baseball teams, captaining the baseball team his senior year. He was a member of the School's Top Ten Club for students who have competed in ten or more seasons of team sports and received All-Academic honors for basketball. He was also a four-year member of the Discipline Committee and performed with Encore, a select singing group.
  • Meredith Leyden, daughter of Paul and Lauren Leyden, graduated and plans to attend American University. Meredith was a member of the International Thespian Society and performed in the cast of Derryfield's theatrical productions. She volunteered for the School's Key Club and received a 2011 Service Award, in addition to serving as the Head Tour Guide for the admission office and a staff writer for the school newspaper. Meredith was also a member of the JV soccer, fall crew, basketball and tennis teams.
  • Maxwell Nagel, son of Kyle and Glenda Nagel, graduated and plans to attend Northeastern University. Maxwell was a member and captain of the varsity crew team, earning the School's Class of 1970 Award for crew his senior year. He was also a member of the Top Ten Club for students who have competed in ten or more seasons of team sports. Max was an active member of the Conservation Club, participating in an energy audit of the school his freshman year. He was also a member of the staff of "Excerpt," the School's literary magazine.
  • Kimberly Pollock, daughter of Mary Pollock of Bedford, NH, and Jeffrey Pollock of Manchester, NH, graduated with distinction and plans to attend St. Lawrence University. A member of the National Honor Society, Kimberly is an active volunteer, serving as Co-President of Key Club, a tutor for Breakthrough Manchester, a tour guide for the admission office and a coach for an adaptive soccer and baseball program. She received a 2011 Service Award, the Rotary Cup, and Derryfield's Class of 1994 Award her senior year. Kimberly is a talented athlete, earning the School's Lamplighter Athletic Award and the NHADA's Scholar-Athlete Award for her performance on the varsity soccer and alpine ski teams. She served as captain and received the Class of 1970 Award for both sports and earned All-State honors in soccer for three years.
  • Erica Raff, daughter of Richard and Kimberly Raff, graduated and plans to attend the University of Vermont. Erica is a member of the International Thespian Society, having performed in several Derryfield theatrical productions and taken dance as an independent sport. She was a member of the Derryfield chapter of the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference Peer Training Program, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, helped organize blood drives, and founded the Empowering Women Club at Derryfield. Erica was also manager of the boys' varsity lacrosse team and participated in an Independent Senior Project working in an oncology ward. She received the R. Philip Hugny Head of School Award her senior year.
  • Kimberley Selwyn, daughter of Nicholas and Anne Selwyn, graduated with distinction and plans to attend Kenyon College. A talented writer, Kimberley is a member of the National Honor Society, a 2011 National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar. She received the school's History Award and numerous writing honors and served as an editor of “Lamplighter,” the student newspaper; “Excerpt,” the student literary magazine, and “Pinnacle,” a collection of scholarly writing that she co-founded her senior year. Kimberley was also a member of the Derryfield chapter of the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference Peer Training Program. She was a member of the varsity field hockey team and earned Academic All-American honors her senior year. Ranked third in her class, academically, Kimberley delivered the farewell speech at commencement.
  • Tucker Westbrook, son of Kathryn Schumacher of Dunbarton, NH, and Benjamin and Cathy Westbrook of Bedford, NH, graduated and plans to attend Fordham University. Tucker is a member of the International Thespian Society, having performed in several Derryfield theatrical productions during his time at Derryfield. He was a member of the Derryfield chapter of the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference Peer Training Program, volunteered for Breakthrough Manchester's Super Saturday program, and served as Head Tour Guide for the admission office, earning a 2011 Service Award his senior year. In addition, he was a staff writer for "Lamplighter," the student newspaper; a member of the yearbook staff; and was honored by the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards his freshman year.

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