BAR HARBOR — Two Mount Desert Island High School seniors have been honored for outstanding student achievement.
Will Greene of Bar Harbor has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship.
Molly Carroll of Southwest Harbor has been named student of the year at Hancock County Technical Center in Ellsworth.
The National Merit Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to only about 7,600 of the 1.5 million students nationwide who enter the competition each year. Finalists are those who score highest on standardized math, writing and critical reading tests. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of those test scores plus the student’s academic record, non-academic activities and leadership qualities, the written recommendation of the school principal and the student’s own essay.
Greene is one of only two seniors at MDI High with a 4.0 grade point average. He also plays soccer and is a state champion diver.
Carroll is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
Last year, she won a gold medal in the SkillsUSA Maine Championships, a career and technical skills competition, for her handcuffing and searching demonstration. She placed ninth in the national competition.
This spring, she won a gold medal in the state competition for her forensic casting demonstration and will represent Maine in the national SkillsUSA competition.
“She has established herself as a class leader with morals and ethics that are second to none,” said Amy Boles, director of Hancock County Technical Center. “Molly always exudes good citizenship, class and integrity.”
Carroll has played soccer, basketball and softball at MDI High. She has the third highest number of community service hours among members of the senior class.
Carroll, the daughter of Jan and Mike Carroll, plans to study criminal justice at Thomas College in Waterville.
“I’ve always admired police officers for what they do for their communities,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be in their shoes and do what they do.”
Carroll said she isn’t sure what type of law enforcement career she will pursue.
“State police is definitely high up for me; I think I would really be interested in that,” she said.
Starting this fall, Greene will attend Middlebury College in Vermont, where he plans to major in either biology or environmental science.
“The end goal is to be a college professor,” he said. “That’s what my dad did [at College of the Atlantic], and a lot of my family teaches. And it’s always been something that I’ve really loved to do.
“I definitely want to do research as well, but I think the teaching part would be really fun. I think it would be an awesome job.”
Greene is the son of Bo Greene, who teaches at MDI High, and the late Craig Greene.
MDI High Principal Matt Haney said there is no doubt that both students will be successful in whatever they do.
“They are very responsible and thoughtful young adults,” he said. “You just know that their career goals make perfect sense for who they are.
“They do well on the athletic teams, but they’re also leaders, and they understand their leadership roles. So, even if they’re not feeling 100 percent great, they always come in with a happy, fun attitude, and that rubs off on other people.
“We’re going to miss having them here,” Haney said of Carroll and Greene. “They’re always smiling; they’re friendly; they brighten up everybody’s day.”