Portsmouth Christian Academy names top students for Class of 2022


DOVER – Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover has announced the top students of the class of 2022, whose hard work and dedication to excellence have helped them achieve the highest status in the four years of high school. Graduation will take place on Friday, June 10 at 5 p.m. The best students are:

Jenna Mayes

Class of 2022 valedictorian Jenna Mayes is the daughter of Jennifer Mayes of Kingston and David Mayes of Hampton Falls. Jenna will be attending George Washington University in the fall to pursue a degree in political science. She was also accepted to Northeastern University, American University, and Dickinson College.

Jenna retained the highest honor status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover. Jenna has served in student government as class president since her sophomore year. She was also a stage manager for PCA productions and played on the varsity football team since her freshman year. Jenna was also a member of the Missions Club for two years where she helped organize Operation Christmas Child and local outreach missions. She spent the last year as a peer tutor during her free time. Last summer she was an intern for 350 New Hampshire.

Jenna has received the Presidential Academic Scholarship from George Washington University and Merit Scholarships from all other accepting schools. During her time at Portsmouth Christian Academy, she received 13 academic awards, including the highest GPA in the Freshman class and the highest GPA in the Sophomore class. She is excited to explore George Washington University in the fall and looks forward to living in Washington DC for the next four years. She thanks her family, friends and APC faculty for supporting her over the past four years.

Emily Tan

Class of 2022 Salutatorian Emily Tan is the daughter of Yung and Jodi Tan of Farmington and granddaughter of Michael and Marcia Gearwar of Colebrook. Emily will be attending the University of Vermont in the fall and will double major in Neuroscience and Chinese at Honors College. Emily has also been accepted to Dickinson University, Clark University and Wheaton College (MA).

Emily retained the highest honor status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover. Emily served as student representative for the first three years of her time at APC and served as treasurer for her final year. She was part of the Tennis Club for three years. Emily also works part-time at her family restaurant, Farmington House of Pizza.

From the University of Vermont, she received the Presidential Scholarship with her acceptance to Honors College. From other institutions she has also received numerous honorary scholarships. She was among the science fair winning groups at APC for her freshman and sophomore years and also won over 15 awards during her time there. She is excited to explore Vermont next year and thanks everyone who has helped her over the past four years.

Abigail Eisner

Abigail Eisner is a graduate of Portsmouth Christian Academy, and where she has been a student since year seven. She plans to attend Gordon College in the fall to double major in English and Theater Arts. Abigail retained the highest honors during her high school career and worked in many clubs and organizations across the school. She was an avid theater participant during her high school years, not only in the school community, but also in local theater.

She also served on a specialist leadership team at the PCA as Prefect of Fine Arts, working to raise awareness and funds specifically for the prevention of human trafficking through the arts.

Abigail is the published author of a novel titled “The Stars in Us” and is planning continued sequels to the series through Barnes and Noble. She hopes to one day be a high school English teacher or a theater director.

Emily Fisher

Emily Fisher is the daughter of Graeme and Cynthia Fisher of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Emily will be attending Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in the fall and pursuing a degree in vocal performance and clinical psychology. Emily received the Presidential Merit Scholarship at Wheaton as well as an additional vocal performance scholarship. Emily has also been accepted to McGill University, Texas Tech University, Belmont University Honors Program, Messiah University, Houghton College, and Liberty University.

Emily retained the highest honor status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover. Emily starred in the Blackbox production of “Arlecchino’s Big Mistake” and is a member of the Comedy Club, Prom Committee and General Theater Productions. Emily volunteered to serve and donated her art for a Destiny Rescue, “A Night of Fine Arts” fundraiser in the fight against human trafficking.

Emily attended Ipswich High School where she achieved honors and was part of the National Honor Society. Emily was also a member of the National Thespians Society and served as vice chair of the choir department. She starred in “Mamma Mia” and played the role of Sophie. She sang in the junior and senior districts. Additionally, she auditioned (for vocal performance) and was accepted for both states of Massachusetts, as well as the Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Emily was also in Handel and Haydn’s Select Student Choir in Boston, Massachusetts. Emily has also been involved in many extra-curricular activities at Ipswich, including a selected women’s ensemble, a mixed men’s and women’s ensemble, a chess club, a drama club and an art club.

Emily attends Netcast Church, where she recently joined and became an active member of the worship team.

Maggie Andress

Maggie Andress is the daughter of Jeffrey and Amie Andress of Dover. She will attend the University of Arkansas in the fall and pursue a degree in biology with a minor in Spanish.

Maggie maintained the highest status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover during her junior and senior years. She also earned top honors at Oklahoma Christian School, where she attended her freshman and sophomore years.

Maggie was named a National Merit Scholar and received a Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship from the University of Arkansas.

Maggie was an active member of student leadership programs throughout high school. She served as head of the homecoming committee for her freshman class as well as student council representative her freshman year. She spent the duration of her senior year serving as a spiritual life prefect, which involved a year of leadership classes as well as leading school-wide events.

Maggie is a multi-sport athlete, playing varsity softball for one season, varsity cross country for two seasons, and playing varsity volleyball for two seasons. In her senior year, she was voted captain of the varsity volleyball team.

Maggie served on a student leadership team at Faith Bible Church for two years, as well as a member of the Honduras Missions team in her freshman year. Maggie also attends Kanakuk summer camp each summer and has served the past two summers as a camp counselor-in-training.


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