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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 18, 2023
Island high school announces 2023 honor parts

Valedictorian Katherine Gell

Valedictorian Katherine Gell

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle-Stonington High School

Deer Isle-Stonington High School has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2023. Seniors Last Assembly is set for Friday, June 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Reach Performing Arts Center. Graduation is Sunday, June 11, at 12 p.m., also in the Reach center. Attendance is by invitation only, due to the location and number of seats available.


Katherine Emily Gell is the daughter of Kelly and Billy Gell of Deer Isle. Gell is graduating from high school with 30 college credits, seven academic awards and three certifications. She is interested in science, tennis and baking. Gell plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she will study biochemistry and chemical biology. She plans to earn her PhD and become a medical research scientist.


Taylor Rose Wiberg is the daughter of Kristy and Kenny Wiberg of Deer Isle.She has participated in many of the school’s extracurricular activities such as National Honor Society, student council, tennis, cross country, math team, eco club, theater and is participating in two internships through the Extended Learning Opportunities program involving the arts with Jadyn LaDeau and Climate Action Net. Wiberg plans to attend Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and will major in biology and art to eventually pursue a career in medical illustration. Wiberg ran her first half-marathon this past winter and hopes to join a running club at Smith College.

First Honors Essayist

Macey Lynn Brown is the daughter of Tasha and Garrett Brown of Deer Isle. Brown participated in several extracurricular activities at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, including basketball, soccer, track and field, National Honor Society, and student council. Brown has won PVC Class D girls basketball player of the year, completed the Maine Lobster Apprentice Program, and was selected for the Eastern Maine Athlete of the week three times. She plans to attend Southern Maine Community College in South Portland and plans to study Health Sciences with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist. Brown also plans on playing on SMCC’s basketball team.

Second Honors Essayist

Elizabeth Anne Leaf is the daughter of Jennifer Leaf and James Daniel Leaf. Leaf has been part of the early college program through the Bridge Academy since her junior year. Leaf has special interests in ethology, animal medicine, biology and dance. She will be studying biology and pre-health in the fall at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., in hopes of becoming a research scientist.

Valedictorian Katherine Gell

Valedictorian Katherine Gell

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle-Stonington High School
Salutatorian Taylor Wiberg

Salutatorian Taylor Wiberg

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle-Stonington High School
First Honors Essayist Macey Brown

First Honors Essayist Macey Brown

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle-Stonington High School
Second Honors Essayist Elizabeth Leaf

Second Honors Essayist Elizabeth Leaf

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle-Stonington High School