GORHAM — The interests of Gorham High Valedictorian Bryce Gauthier and Salutatorian Abbie Bernier have included student government, sports and academic pursuits.
The two said they have enjoyed their years at Gorham High and they will miss the close-knit community they shared as students. They describe their class and the school as a big family.
“We’ve really grown up with the kids in our class,” said Bernier.
One of the memories both said they cherish is this year’s homecoming. Gauthier said as underclassmen, the class felt pressure to try and prove itself. This year, he said the class relaxed and worked at its own pace.
“We were more intent on making memories,” said Bernier.
The son of Richard and Linda Gauthier of Gorham, Gauthier will attend the University of New Hampshire this fall. He plans to major in English as a prelude to obtaining a law degree.
“I was kind of drawn to the spectrum of opportunities law offered,” Gauthier said.
He said the guidance counselor suggested law as a possible career path for him because it seemed to fit his different skills and passions. As part of his senior project Gauthier said he explored the law as a career — interviewing several attorneys and attending a session at Berlin District Court.
Gauthier also worked with the N.H. Institute for Civics Education’s “Lights, Camera, Civics” project setting up a film screening of the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Gorham school library. After the showing, he oversaw a discussion about law, justice, and civics.
Gauthier has been a three-sport athlete at Gorham High, playing soccer and being a member of the alpine ski team all four years. He played baseball two years and served as manager one year for the team, admitting he played baseball his senior year only to provide the needed number of players for a team.
Starting as the freshman class representative, Gauthier has been a member of the student council and served the last three years as vice president. He is a member of the National Honor Society.
Gauthier has worked summers as a ride operator at Santa’s Village in Jefferson. In his spare time, Gauthier said he enjoys reading and currently is enjoying science fiction, fantasy, and horror books.
The daughter of Tim and Alison Bernier, Abbie will be attending the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, majoring in biology as a pre-med student. Bernier said her dream is to be a doctor but said she is also open to exploring other medical career options.
Bernier explained that she used to think she wanted to be a teacher. But she found that she loved science and feels pursing a medical career would also allow her to help people — another passion of hers. For part of her senior project, she researched the field of medicine and job shadowed a physician assistant and nurse anesthetist.
Bernier has been class president the last three years. She has been on the student council for four years and this year is serving as president of the council. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Like Gauthier, Bernier is a three-sport athlete, playing basketball and soccer all four years. She has played softball for the last two years, also mainly to provide the necessary students to staff a team.
Bernier works part-time at Scoggin’s General Store and likes to read in her limited spare time.
Graduation is this Friday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorham High Middle School gym.