Educational Achievements

Educational Achievements




The value of educational achievements cannot be overstated. Education helped springboard our family into the middle class resulting in better-paying jobs and homeownership.

During the early 1900s, very few students advanced beyond grade school. In 1900, only 11 percent of all children between ages fourteen and seventeen were enrolled in high school, and even fewer graduated. –

The effort to identify family educational achievements¹ for 29 surnames is in its infancy. We hope everyone will help us discover this part of our family history. Do your part by submitting educational achievements for yourself and others.

Slovakian Immigrants and Education

Slovak culture traditionally did not place a high emphasis on education. The Hungarian government’s Magyarization policy, together with the agricultural nature of Slovak society, worked against developing a culture that valued formal education.  – June Granatir Alexander

The 1800s

1893n/aMary A.F. Elcik (born Fabian)Elementary School, 4th Grade.
1896n/aPaul J. Elcik, Sr.Elementary School, 4th Grade.
1886n/aJohn P. ElcikElementary School, 8th Grade.
1887n/aMary E. ElcikElementary School, 8th Grade.
1896n/aJohn P. Elcik, Jr.Elementary School, 8th Grade.


1901n/aMary G. Elcik (born Byras)HS, 3rd Year.
1905n/aClyde Raymond Skillin, Sr.Elementary School, 8th Grade.
1905n/aAnnie M. Karkos (born Elcik)Educated In the schools of Durham and Lisbon Falls.
1907n/aJoseph ElsikElementary School, 8th Grade.
1909n/aMary E. ElcikElementary School, 8th Grade.
1911n/aRose ElsikElementary School, 8th Grade.
1916n/aCecile L. Elcik (born Lagueux)
1917John LucasHS, 4th Year.
19201979Ferne W. Adams (born Whitlock)HS, Lake Region High School in 1979, the same year her son William graduated.
19201937Norman GamacheHS, Lisbon Falls High School.
19201936Madeline Elcik (born Lucas)HS, Lisbon Falls High School.
19211941Gertrude Dorothy Gamache (born Elcik)HS, Lisbon Falls High School.
1925Roland M. “Mac” McClanahanBachelor of Science in Commerce, DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, Alpha Delta Sigma.
1925Andrew W. Elcik²Graduate of Gorham State Teachers College, Industrial Engineering.
19261946Barbara Elcik (born Morse)Bachelors, Colby Junior College in New London, New Hampshire. Graduated in 1944 from Lisbon Falls High School as a co-valedictorian.
19281947John P. Elcik, IIIHS, Lisbon Falls High School.
1929Joyce Elaine Skillin (born Gardner)Graduated as a salutatorian from Merrill High School.
1929Wanda L. McCauley/Elcik (born Simmons)A top graduate of the Franklin High School class of 1948.
19301948Jacqueline Elcik/Skillin (born Skillin)HS, Cony High School.
1931Clyde Raymond Skillin, Jr.
19331982Eugene Paul ElcikBachelor of Science, Business, University of Southern Maine.
1935Thomas E. GruhlFranklin College and the Banking College at the University of Wisconsin. He served in the US Army for two years and was blessed to receive the GI Bill.
1940Edward P. ElcikHS, Lisbon High School.
1942John Edmond “Jack” GamacheBachelors,  Maine Maritime Academy.
1947Larry KashmerBachelors, Electrical Engineering.



1952Kathleen (McClanahan) GruhlBachelor of Science, Ball State University.
19521984John P. Elcik, Ed.D.³Education Doctorate (1984), Educational Administration; Master of Arts, Executive Development for Public Service; Bachelor of Arts (1974), American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Associate of Arts (1972), Secondary Education, Anne Arundel Community College, Phi Delta Kappa.
19531975Andrew W. “Bucky” ElcikBachelor’s, Environmental Conservation, University of New Hampshire. Attended Maine Maritime Academy for one year.  Graduate of Berlin High School in 1971.
19541979James Stacy ElcikBachelor of Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
19541977Pamela Ann Elcik (born McClanahan)Bachelor of Science, Public Relations, Speech and Theatre, Ball State University.
1960Suzanne Mary “Suzy” Elcik (born McMahon)Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Maryland.
19611991Jeffrey Lee ElcikMaster of Science (1991), Operations Research, George Washington University, Bachelor of Science (1984), Electrical Engineering, Omega Rho.
19651992Kelly Ann McClanahanBachelors, Carthage College.
1968Shannon Lee McClanahan, M.Ed.Master of Education, Business/ Marketing, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
19681989Karen ElcikBachelors, SUNY Oneonta.
1969Karen Lawler (born Strand)Bachelors, Purdue University; HS,   Shortridge High School.
1970Loni Beth Knoedler (born Gamache)
19721994John Derek Gamache
Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, University of Maine.
19812016Dennis DuryeaDoctor of Radiology. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stratford. Bachelors, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. Medical School, UMDNJ – New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine – 2009
Residency, Diagnostic Radiology Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – 2015
Internship, Osteopathic Medicine Crozer-Keystone Health System – 2010
19842010Stacey Daniel Duryea, MD (born Elcik)Medical Doctor, Anesthesiologist, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
19862010John “J.P.” Elcik, VBachelor of Science, Science Education, Bright Futures Scholarship, State of Florida 2006-2010.
1986Matthew PortellMaster of Business Administration (2022 expected), Finance, General, Loyola University Maryland. Diploma of Graduation with Honors, Maryland Banking School, Maryland Bankers Association.
19872012Lauren Portell (born Elcik)Bachelors, Secondary Education and Social Studies, McDaniel College.
Masters, Education
19872009Michelle Kathleen ElcikBachelor of Science, Political Science, Bright Futures Scholarship, State of Florida 2006-2010.
19902019Samuel Martin Elcik, DMDDMD, Dentist, Roseman University of Health Sciences.
19922019Christopher James ElcikDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Earth and Atmospheric Science.
1993Maxwell Crews Elcik
1994Devon Elcik (born Flickinger)Ph.D. Coursework (ABD), Earth and Atmospheric Science, Mississippi State University.
19982020Harrison Joseph ElcikBachelor of Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland.

2000 and Beyond


Birth YearGrad

Educational Achievements

The Elcik’s began life in America as day laborers and demonstrated a strong work ethic of which we should be proud. By getting an education, working hard, they experienced homeownership when few did.  Today’s family has built on their real success, placed emphasis on education, and most have graduated from college. And at least four have earned doctoral degrees.


¹The documentation for educational achievements is found in historical and public records. Sources include the U.S. Federal Census, obituaries, and LinkedIn.

²Is Andrew the first family member to earn a college degree?

³Is John the first family member, to earn a doctorate? [John claims to be the first person with a  2-year Associates Degree to continue earning a Doctorate. Pam thinks he should have been a lawyer.]