Portsmouth Christian Academy recognizes the Class of 2022’s top students, whose hard work and dedication to excellence helped them achieve highest honors status all four years. These students completed every quarter of high school with a 96% average or higher. Let’s congratulate each of them on their amazing accomplishments!
Pictured left to right: Jenna Mayes, Emily Tan, Abigail Eisner, Emily Fisher, & Maggie Andress.
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 at Northeastern University, American University, and Dickinson College.
Jenna has maintained the highest honors status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover and is the Class of 2022 Valedictorian. Jenna has served on Student Government as class president since her sophomore year. She has also been a stage manager for PCA productions and has played on the varsity soccer team since her freshman year. Jenna was also a member of the Missions Club for two years where she helped to organize Operation Christmas Child and local outreach missions. She has spent the last year as a peer tutor during her free periods. Last summer Jenna spent her time as an intern for 350 New Hampshire.
Jenna received the Presidential Academic Scholarship from George Washington University and merit scholarships from all other schools of acceptance. During her time at Portsmouth Christian Academy, she has received thirteen academic awards, including Highest GPA in the Freshman Class and Highest GPA in the Sophomore Class. She is excited to explore George Washington University in the fall and cannot wait to live in Washington D.C. for the next four years. She is thankful to her family, friends, and the PCA faculty for supporting her over the last four years.
Emily Tan, Salutatorian, is the daughter of Yung and Jodi Tan of Farmington and the 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 in the Honors College. Emily was also accepted at Dickinson University, Clark University, and Wheaton College (MA).
Emily has maintained highest honors status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover. Emily served as a student representative for the first three years of her time at PCA and served as treasurer her senior year. She was a part of the Tennis Club for three years. Emily also works part-time at her family-owned restaurant, Farmington House of Pizza.
From the University of Vermont, she received the Presidential Scholarship along with her Honors College acceptance. From other institutions, she received many top honors scholarships as well. She was a part of the winning science fair groups at PCA for her freshman and sophomore years and has earned over fifteen awards during her time there as well. She is excited to explore Vermont next year and is thankful for everyone who has helped her over these four years.
Abigail Eisner is a graduating senior at Portsmouth Christian Academy, where she has been a student since seventh grade. She plans to attend Gordon College in the fall to double major in English and Theatre Arts. Abigail has maintained highest honors over the course of her high school career, and has worked in many clubs and organizations throughout the school. She has been an avid participant in theatre during her high school years, not only in the school community, but also in local theatre.
She also served on a specialized senior leadership team at PCA as the Fine Arts Prefect, working to raise awareness and funds specifically for the prevention of human trafficking through the arts.
Abigail is a published author of a novel called “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 theatre director.
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 will pursue 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 was also accepted at McGill University, Texas Tech University, Belmont University Honors Program, Messiah University, Houghton College and Liberty University.
Emily has maintained highest honors status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover. Emily acted 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 fundraiser, “A Night of Fine Arts,” in the fight against human trafficking.
Emily attended Ipswich High School where she achieved High Honors and was in the National Honor Society. Emily was also in the National Thespians Society and was Vice President of the Choir Department. She was the lead in Mamma Mia and played the part of Sophie. She sang in Junior and Senior Districts. Additionally, she auditioned (for vocal performance) and was accepted for both All-States in Massachusetts, as well as Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Emily was in the Select Student Choir of Handel and Haydn in Boston, Massachusetts. Emily also participated in numerous extracurricular activities at Ipswich including select women’s ensemble, select mixed men and women’s ensemble, chess club, drama club, and art club.
Maggie Andress is the daughter of Jeffrey and Amie Andress of Dover, New Hampshire. She will be attending the University of Arkansas in the fall and will be pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish.
Maggie has maintained highest honors status while attending Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover for her junior and senior years. She also achieved highest honors at Oklahoma Christian School, where she attended her freshman and sophomore years.
Maggie was named a National Merit Scholar and was awarded a Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship to the University of Arkansas.
Maggie has been an active member of student leadership programs throughout high school. She served as head of Homecoming Committee for her freshman class, as well as a Student Council Representative her junior year. She spent the duration of her senior year serving as a Prefect in the area of Spiritual Life, 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, running varsity cross country for two seasons, and playing varsity volleyball for two seasons. Her senior year, she was elected as a varsity volleyball team captain.
Maggie served on a student leadership team at Faith Bible Church for two years, as well as serving as a member of the Honduras Mission Team her freshman year. Maggie also attends Kanakuk summer camp every year and has served the past two summers as a camp counselor-in-training.