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Mount View valedictorian drives toward his dreams

By Fran Gonzalez | May 14, 2020
Courtesy of: Sarah Kay Photography Logan Wadick, valedictorian of the class of 2020 at Mount View High School, and the beloved 1965 Ford Thunderbird he is restoring.

Unity — Logan Wadick has been tackling the restoration of his 1965 Ford Thunderbird mostly on his own. This year’s Mount View High School valedictorian said he bought his dream car four years ago after saving up money since he was 6 years old.

“It’s my only car so far,” Wadick said. “It’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted.”

In his senior picture, Wadick leans proudly against his maroon vehicle in a field of tall grasses framed in back by evergreens.

This year he has taken several college-level courses, including statistics and U.S. history. While he has found the courses interesting and challenging, he said he is “super thrilled” to be in the Mount View Chamber Singers, which he has been a part of since his freshman year.

“It is always exciting to be a part of that group,” he said.

Also an Eagle Scout, Wadick built a gazebo in 2018 for his hometown of Unity as his service project. He said the project not only taught him leadership skills, but also inspired him to achieve academically. Multitasking and making sure his work is completed on time were some lessons he learned along the way.

“I have always had a personal drive to get things done,” he said. “I don’t think you have to be particularly talented to do well, you just have to have the interest and want to do it.”

He said he manages his time well while in school, and usually does not have much homework, even while taking part in several “extracurriculars.”

“I think it's been easier for my parents to put up with me in that way,” he said. “I don’t come home with a lot of statistics questions for them. … I think they are fairly happy that I don’t do that.”

This year, with the global pandemic turning the school year upside down, Wadick said it has not been easy. While he said everyone in his class is getting through the year in the best way they can, “after working so hard now for four years, it has been difficult.”

“It almost feels like we are not going to get very much recognition...,” he said. “For me personally, being valedictorian, it’s kind of hard because this whole year I’ve worked really hard to maintain my place, my rank. It’s been a pretty close battle. It’s important and it feels like it is not going to receive the recognition that maybe other classes would have.”

As for future plans, Wadick said he would like to work his way up to owning his own business — contracting, fixing up old houses and reselling them.

Wadick will be studying electrical technology at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor in the fall. “I've always been interested in construction, being a contractor and automotive repair,” he said.

He offered the following advice to underclassmen: “I would say stick with it and try as hard as you can from day one in high school to achieve your goals.”

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