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Plymouth Regional High School Principal Bruce Parsons posed for a recent photo with the top scholars from the Class of 2019. From left to right are Roger Babin (Valedictorian), Ryan Hardy (Salutatorian) and Ashley Ulricson (Third Honors). (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 22, 2019
PLYMOUTH ¬– Principal Bruce Parsons of Plymouth Regional High School announced recently that the top three scholars from the Class of 2019 are Ashley Ulricson, Ryan Hardy and Roger Babin, each of whom will be speaking to the class during their upcoming commencement ceremonies.

Ulricson is from Ashland, and has been awarded Third Honors. During her high school career, she was a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Her technical education focused on drafting, where she enjoyed engineering and design work on computers. She was also a member of the Yearbook Club and participated in not only the school chorus but the band as well. In addition to all of that, Ulricson was a five-sport athlete, participating on the XC running, XC skiing, ski jumping, soccer and track teams. She was captain of the track team and ran in three events throughout the season- the 400-meter, mile and 800-meter races.

"I enjoyed the team aspect of being involved in sports," Ulricson said. "Overall, I made a lot of really good friends in high school and had some great teachers, too."

On July 1, she will head to the prestigious United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. where she will study civil engineering.

Hardy is also a resident of Ashland and was named the Salutatorian of his class. In a busy four years at PRHS, he was the chair of the Student Senate, a member of the National Technical Honor Society, served as vice-president of the National Honor Society, and was also the vice-president of the InterAct Club, which was just introduced to the school this year as a partnership with Rotary International.

"It was good to be part of something that was new to the school," he said. "Because of that, however, it was a slow year but we solidified the involvement of future classes in InterAct and they're already working on some great projects for next year."

Hardy was involved in video editing while at PRHS and said he enjoyed learning how to line up video with music to get his desired results.

A member of two sports teams, Hardy was also a captain of the track team where he threw javelin, shot put and discus, then ran in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay. Hardy's interest in music found him participating in the band, playing the alto and baritone saxophones as his main instruments, while also playing the piano as a hobby.

He was a member of the two-time state championship math team, and also saw success in both the Quiz Bowl and History Bowl. As he now looks back on high school, Hardy said he is ready for the future.

"I feel I've been well-prepared for what I'm going into and high school gave me a lot of avenues for my future," Hardy said.

This fall Hardy will head to Elmira College in N.Y. where he will major in biochemistry as part of his pre-med track. His future goal is to then continue on to med school to become an anesthesiologist.

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2019 is Roger Babin of Plymouth who, like Hardy and Ulricson, had a full and challenging four years at PRHS. He was president of the National Honor Society, competed on the Math Team, played alto sax in the pep, jazz and concert bands, and still found time to be a three-sport athlete.

As one who likes working with numbers, Babin said he enjoyed being part of the Math Team, which right off in his freshman year finished third in the state championships. They then went on to win the title over the next two years, and finished in second place this year.

As for his involvement with the three bands, he said liked being part of the music community at PRHS, adding that teacher William Gunn helped make it even more enjoyable than he had expected.

Babin was the goalie for the Bobcat's varsity soccer team, which made it as far as the state play-offs in his senior year. In the spring he played on the school's tennis team, which he said had a lot of seniors this year with great chemistry on and off the court. During the winter months, he took part in Unified Basketball.

"When I got to high school I was kind of disenchanted with regular basketball so I began to look at other options," said Babin. "I decided to give Unified Basketball a try and really liked that so I continued to play over the next three years."

Fall of 2019 will find him at Boston College where he will major in accounting with a minor in a philosophy program called "Perspectives," based on the Western Arts. After that he said he may possibly continue on to law school, but he's still open to other possibilities.

As Babin prepares to leave high school behind, he felt the teachers and their personalities are what helped make the last four years such a positive experience for him.

"They knew you, you knew them and I think that's one of the nicest things about going to high school here, that personal touch," he said.

Plymouth Regional High School will hold their graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 8, at the ALLWell North Center on the Plymouth State University campus.

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