Gould Academy Class of 2013 graduates Saturday
The Gould Academy Class of 2013 will receive diplomas on Saturday, June 8 during the school’s 177th commencement exercises.
The Reverend Virginia S. Rickeman of the West Parish Congregational Church will give the invocation, and the keynote speaker will be Linda Greenlaw, a New York Times bestselling author, America’s only female swordfishing captain, and a former Gould parent. Valedictorian Yutong Li and student speaker James Rambone will also address their classmates, teachers, and guests prior to the awarding of honors and diplomas.
A life-long commercial fisherman, Greenlaw received public attention when writer Sebastian Junger called her “one of the best captains...on the entire East Coast” in his hit book “The Perfect Storm.” When approached by a publisher to tell her own story as a swordfish captain, Greenlaw wrote her first book, “The Hungry Ocean,” in 1999. It became a New York Times bestseller.
Since then she has written eight other books, including two more New York Times bestsellers, and has appeared in three seasons of the Discovery Channel’s “Swords: Life on the Line,” a reality series chronicling New England swordfishing boats.
Greenlaw is the legal guardian of her “daughter” Sarai, a Gould alumna who graduated in 2010. Their relationship is the subject of the author’s most recent book “Life Saving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother.”
Raised in Topsham, Greenlaw and her family spent their summers in Isle au Haut. She is a graduate of Colby College, where she majored in English and government. She got her start in commercial fishing, working as a deckhand on the swordfishing boat Walter Leeman, during summer breaks and after college. In 1986 Greenlaw was made captain of the Walter Leeman. She settled in Isle au Haut in 1997.
Greenlaw is the 2003 U.S. Maritime Literature Award winner and she received the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004.
Valedictorian Yutong “Karen” Li is the daughter of Qingyu and Chunghong Li of Shanghai, China. She has attended Gould for three years and is a member of the National Honor Society. During her tenure at Gould, Karen received the Mathematics Book Award, the Sophomore Mathematics Book Award, and the Music Book Award.
Over her academic career, her course work has included AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus, AP Government and Politics, and AP Physics and Mechanics. A dedicated performer, Karen participated in Physical Performance, Gould Academy Singers, and the Drama Program, including roles in “Voices in Conflict” and “The Sound of Music.”
In the winter Karen took to the slopes at Sunday River, riding with the Gould prep snowboarding team. In the spring she was a member of the girls’ tennis team. She was elected a student proctor her senior year.
Karen will attend Carnegie Mellon University in the fall.
James Rambone is the son of Kristin Anderson of Georgia, Vt. He has attended Gould for four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. James’ course work over his academic career has included AP US History, AP Statistics, AP Government and Politics, and AP Literature and Composition.
A talented athlete, James spent his falls on the varsity golf team helping them win multiple MAISAD championships. In the winter he snowboarded on the prep snowboarding team, and was a member of the Gould varsity baseball team.
A natural leader, James was elected and served as a student head proctor his senior year. He is the recipient of the Sophomore History Book Award. James will attend the University of Vermont in the fall.
On Friday afternoon, Rev. Rickeman will deliver the invocation at Gould’s traditional Baccalaureate ceremonies at the West Parish Congregational Church. The graduating class has chosen classmate Courtney Colaluca and History Department Chair Dr. Brad Clarke to address them.
Courtney is the daughter of Aaron and Gina Colaluca of Glen, N.H. Courtney has attended Gould for four years. Over her academic career at Gould, her course load has included AP Literature and Composition, AP History, AP Language and Composition, and Spanish IV. With camera in hand, Courtney has been a dedicated member of the yearbook staff in the fall and spring at Gould. In the winter, she was a member of the ski patrol program. Courtney was a contributor to the student and faculty blog, a peer tutor in the Writing Center, and a member of the Admissions Office Blue Key program, providing tours to prospective families. She was elected and served as a student head proctor her senior year. She is the recipient of the Carolyn S. Wollen Award and the St. Lawrence University Book Award. Courtney will attend Suffolk University in the fall.
Dr. Brad Clarke has been teaching history for more than 15 years at Gould Academy and is chair of the History Department. He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts in 1989, and received a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University in 1997. Along with teaching, Brad loves the outdoors.
At Gould, he coaches cross-country running in the fall, Nordic skiing in the winter, and in the spring, baseball. He devotes time outside of Gould to the Bethel Outing Club and the Bill Koch youth league. A music fan, his extensive record collection lines the walls of his classroom. He and his wife, Beth, live just off campus with their children Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16 and Lavinia. Their eldest son, Jeb ’12, just completed his first year at Skidmore College.
On Friday evening the Gould Academy music department, under the direction of James McLaughlin III and Tom Zicarelli, will present its annual commencement concert in Bingham Auditorium. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature both instrumental and vocal selections.
It is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.