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Five scholar-athletes to receive $5,000 Maine Sports Hall of Fame scholarships

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PORTLAND Five outstanding high school student-athletes will receive $5,000 scholarships from the Maine Sports Hall of Fame at its 40th annual awards luncheon at noon Sunday, May 3, at the Augusta Civic Center.

The scholar-athletes recipients are Caleb Abbott of Freeport High School, Kevin Barrett of Thornton Academy in Saco, Caleb Gauvin of Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Lydia Roy of Waterville Senior High School and Kathryn Taylor of Noble High School in North Berwick.

Also at the event, nine people who have made 'A Better Maine Through Sport' William (Bill) Alfond, Peter Carlisle, Glenn Dumont, Anna Goodale, Roger Levesque, Rob Pendergist, Marcie Lane Schulenberg, Eric Weinrich and Amy Winchester will be inducted into the hall.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets to the banquet, which cost $50 for individuals, may be purchased through April 29. A reserved table for 10 is $450. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the buffet lunch begins at noon. To purchase tickets, visit mshof.com and click on the Banquet Tickets link or make checks payable to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and mail them to Kelly Pinney-Michaud, 58 Town Farm Road, Oakland, ME 04963.

'Once again we are blessed with a superior class of scholars who combine the best of successes in competition and the classroom. How blessed we are,' said Dick Whitmore, president of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Established in 1972, the organization awards scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes and honors Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state.

Abbott has excelled in and captained soccer, alpine skiing and tennis at Freeport High School. The soccer midfielder was named to the conference all-star team his junior and senior seasons. As a standout on one of the state's top skiing teams, he placed fourth in the Giant Slalom event at the 2014 Class B State ski meet and was a conference all-star in 2013. Abbott is the tennis team's top-ranked singles player, was a Western Maine Conference all-star as a junior and was the recipient of the program's Pride and Character Award.

The standout and captain for the school's math team also attended the Maine Model United Nations Conference, where he earned a Delegate Honorable Mention Award. The member of the Freeport chapter of the National Honor Society earned third place in the 2013 Maine Windstorm Competition. At Freeport High School, he has a grade-point average of 95.85 while taking honors and advanced placement courses. He plans to major in political science at Stanford, University of California, UCLA, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Davis, Santa Clara, or the University of Denver. The son of Alexander Abbott and Jennifer Melville lives in Freeport.

Barrett is a talented football and basketball player at Thornton Academy in Saco. The starting tight end and linebacker on two Class A state championship teams was named to the SMAA All-Conference Team, was a semifinalist for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy and was a member of Maine Sunday Telegram's all-state team. In basketball, he led the Golden Trojans to three consecutive postseason appearances. The versatile inside and perimeter scorer was named an SMAA all-conference performer as a junior. As a senior, he led Thornton Academy in scoring, was a first team all-star and was selected to the league's all-academic team.

Barrett has served as a youth basketball coach at summer camps, has volunteered with the annual Joyful Harvest Pancake Breakfast and has worked on the staff of the Charlie Brown Memorial Basketball Tournament in York. Through seven semesters, his career grade-point average of 3.94 in a challenging curriculum ranks him in the top 5 percent of his class of 363 students. He plans to attend Dartmouth College, major in engineering or finance and play football for Coach Buddy Teevens. The son of Kevin and Lori Berrett lives in York.

Gauvin is a star football, basketball and baseball player at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. The senior captain and starting tight end and defensive end for the Falcons was a Campbell Conference All-Star in 2014. On the court, Gauvin was selected to the Mountain Valley Conference All-Star Team. His leadership and performance helped the Falcons make the tournament this past winter and WGME-TV recognized him as an A Plus Athlete for his performance on the court and in the classroom. Gauvin also captained the baseball nine and was all-conference as a junior.

Gauvin is president of the Mountain Valley Student Council and the school's chapter of the National Honor Society. The class treasurer is a peer helper, has volunteered as a youth football coach and has been active in youth ministry. In the classroom, Gauvin has a career average of 96.77 while taking advanced placement courses. He ranks 10th in his class of 83 students and plans to major in finance at Suffolk University. The son of Scott and Marie Gauvin lives in Rumford.

Roy, one of the most decorated student-athletes in central Maine, has participated in soccer, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. The four-time KVAC all-star scored 59 goals and added 20 assists for the Waterville girls soccer program that won a regional championship in 2013 and the Class B state championship in 2014. Roy capped off the Panthers' undefeated season last fall with the winning goal in overtime in the state championship game. She also has been a member of three state championship squads in indoor and outdoor track and has been a three-time co-captain. The outstanding sprinter and long jumper has earned numerous individual honors and was the 2013 state Class B champion in the 400-meter run.

Roy has been inducted into the National Honor Society and Tri-M National Music Society and served on a coach selection panel. The peer tutor also served as a student columnist for the Central Maine Newspapers. In the classroom, the recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award has a career grade-point average of 3.92 in a college preparatory program and is ranked second in a graduating class of 160 students. She plans to major in math and English at Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Harvard, Wellesley or the University of Maine at Farmington. The daughter of David and Kathleen Roy lives in Waterville.

Taylor has played field hockey, basketball and softball for the Knights. The two-time field hockey captain was named to the SMAA All-Rookie Team as a first-year student and the all-conference team in 2013. She also earned four varsity letters in basketball and was the recipient of the Coaches Award and the Noble Award. On the diamond, the captain patrols center field for Noble. Taylor was an All-SMAA selection in 2013 and 2014 and was selected to play in the Maine East vs. West All-Star Game. ~

She has been inducted into the Noble chapter of the National Honor Society, was elected to the Student Council and represented Noble at the SMAA Student-Athlete Summit and at Dirigo Girls State. She volunteers for the local Little League program, as well recreational basketball, and at the Rochester Safe Haven, where she tutors children. Taylor has a career grade-point average of 3.97 in an academic program that includes advanced placement courses. Ranked 10th in a class of 202 students, she plans to major in political science at Thomas College. The daughter of Jeff and Kim Taylor lives in Lebanon.

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