Raymond High School News


Andrew Dupuis, Anna Harmon are RHS Class of 2018 Top Scholars
By Leslie O’Donnell   6-15-18

Raymond High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018 are top achievers both academically and in the sports world.

Andrew Dupuis and Anna Harmon, both 18, are the valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for their graduating class. They each spoke at the RHS graduation ceremony.

Both are lifelong residents of Raymond and were quick to praise their experience at Raymond High School.

 

Andrew Dupuis is valedictorian and Anna Harmon is salutatorian
of the Raymond High School Class of 2018.

 

Andrew said he appreciated the support he received through the years from RHS teachers, and noted they were helpful in getting him to the next level. “I learned a lot – not just school-related but how to be a better person,” he said.

“I liked going through the halls and knowing everybody,” he added.

He added that his favorite classes were AP (Advanced Placement) chemistry and AP calculus.

Anna had a similar viewpoint. “All the teachers knew me and I could go to them if I needed something,” she said. “I liked the size of the school.”

Her favorite classes, despite the volume of work involved, were her English classes throughout high school. She said she also liked AP U.S. history and enjoyed geometry in her freshman year.

Andrew, who had the top grade-point average of 4.72 in his class, is the son of Mark and Sherry Dupuis and has one older sister. He entered the Raymond school district in the third grade, and attended St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School in Manchester prior to that.

In August, he will enroll at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., where he plans to major in chemical engineering and pitch and play shortstop for its Division III college baseball team.

Andrew said he would advise incoming seniors to try for a healthy balance between spending time with friends and schoolwork. “Before this year, I was very focused on my studies,” he said. “But this year I tried to spend most of my free time with my friends. I spent a lot of time with my studies but a lot of time with my friends this year, and I’m grateful for that.”

In his valedictory speech, Andrew focused on two words – “future” and “failure.”

“We’ve always been looking longingly at the future and now it’s upon us,” he said. “And there’s going to be a time when we experience failure, but we should look at it as a learning opportunity rather than something to bring us down.”

Andrew was involved with Reach High Scholars at RHS and took part in the Phillips Exeter Roundtables in Raymond and spent a summer session at Brown University. “Reach High Scholars got me started looking at different colleges, and I wanted the baseball element as well,” he said. “I’m very happy with my decision.”

He was a member of the Interact Club, the Math Team, and the Granite State Challenge team, and played soccer and basketball in addition to varsity baseball. He also played for American Legion and Seacoast United baseball, and last year went to Georgia and Florida to play in tournaments with Seacoast.

Andrew expects to play in Legion games and in a couple of baseball tournaments with Seacoast United this summer before WPI baseball starts in August. He also has a summer job in Bedford.

Anna is the daughter of Andrew and Debbie Harmon and has two older sisters and one older brother. A Raymond school district student since preschool, she was a top athlete at RHS and will be attending Boston College, where she will be running for its Division I track team. She has not decided on a major.

Anna ran for the RHS track team and also played varsity soccer. She was involved with Reach High Scholars and was a member of the National Honor Society and the RHS Math Team.

“Reach High Scholars was really helpful for me when I was younger and didn’t know how to talk to colleges,” she said, noting she wanted to attend a Division I school. “It was a good starting point.” She attended Phillips Exeter’s summer program in 2016 and St. Paul’s School’s summer program in 2017.

In track, she ran middle distance events – 800-meter outdoors and 600- and 1000-meters indoors. This year she won the Division 2 indoor state championship in the 1000, and the Division 3 state championship in the 800, followed by winning the Meet of Champions all-division 800. The Meet of Champions brings together the best high school athletes from all divisions.

Anna said she would advise incoming seniors that “senioritis” is real. “You can’t just stop trying in your senior year,” she said. “It’s really a life-changing year. Most people feel it’s not as important as the other years of high school, but it is.”

In her speech at graduation, Anna spoke about friendship. “If we don’t want (friendships) to end, they don’t have to end,” she said. “I also stressed the importance of continuing to work hard - both in the things we’re good at as well as those we’re not good at. I reminded my classmates not to let their talents go to waste.

With her high school years over, Anna is at work at a summer job, but is looking forward to enrolling at BC. ‘I’m excited and nervous,” she said.