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Posted May 13, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.

Talking Art Museum

BANGOR — Fifth-grade students of Bangor Christian Schools will present an opportunity to “meet” and talk with world-famous artists in the “Talking Art Museum” 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St.

Students have researched the lives of famous artists and created PowerPoint presentations. Each student also re-created a famous work from his or her artist. Some students will be dressed as the artist and others will be painted to be a talking part of the painting. Those attending will learn about the artists and the paintings directly from the “source.”

This year’s featured artists include Jackson Pollock, Paul Signac, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh and many more. It will be a night of art, history and entertainment. The event is free and open to all. For information, contact BCS teachers Erin McDonald or Carol Kutz at 947-7356.

State essay winner

BANGOR — Bangor Christian Schools has announced that eighth-grader Joslin Ford, daughter of Ed and Barbara Ford, has been chosen middle school  winner for the state essay contest “Why Patriotism Is Still Important in America,” sponsored by Bangor Lodge of Elks 244.

Josie and her parents were honored during an awards dinner, where the young writer received a cash award of $100 and a plaque. She also received $75 for winning the regional competition. Josie also won two years ago as a sixth-grader, and her plaque contained that winning essay in its entirety.

Law Day contests

BANGOR — Four area high school students were honored May 4 by the Penobscot Bar Association in its annual Law Day essay and poster contest. The theme was “The Legacy of John Adams, from Boston to Guantanamo: Does the presumption of innocence still exist today, in the face of: the 24-hour news cycle, stereotyping of disfavored groups, creation of and access to information over the Internet?”

Winners were:

• First place essay, Teagan Cook, Dexter Regional High School.

• Second place essay, Jordan Campbell, John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor.

• First place art poster, Chelsea Kuzio, Hampden Academy.

• Second place art poster, Kathryn Laverdiere, Bangor High School.

Winners were honored at a reception at the Penobscot Judicial Center. The contest awarded $500 and $250 prizes for first and second places, respectively.

The bar association has offered the scholarship since 1997 in connection with Law Day, celebrated on May 1 since 1958. The day was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a “day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” During the height of the Cold War, Law Day was counterpoised against May Day as feted in the Soviet Union, according to the bar association.

Contest judges contest were U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret J. Kravchuk; Seth D. Harrow of Vafiades Brountas & Kominsky; Heather L. Parent of Eaton Peabody; Steven J. Mogul of Gross, Minsky & Mogul; Jennifer L. Eastman of Rudman & Winchell; and Eugene M. Sullivan with the Joseph Baldacci law firm.

NHS at John Bapst

BANGOR — The induction ceremony for the Harlow Floyd Chapter of the National Honor Society at John Bapst Memorial High School was held April 13 in the school’s historic auditorium.

New inductees were seniors Camden Amoroso, Brandon Cyr, Megan Doane, Cody Emerson, Keith Nelson, Aaron Ortiz, Lauren Piccirillo, Deanna Power and Kristen Shaw.

Juniors inducted were: Shayne Andersen, Emma Branch, Krista Burr, Mary Carmack, Olivia Cohen, Christopher Coleman, Paige Cote, Kara Cowan, Laine Ferrill, Taylor Flagg, Ryan Gonyar, Ryan Jennings, Kelsey Johns, Jennifer Kane, Lindsey Kinsella, Kristen Krueger, Julia Laverdiere, Marisa McCray, Katherine McGuire, Katherine Morelli, Vanessa Norris, Amber Oakes, Julia Pelkey, Lillian Slazas, Joshua Storgaard, Sarah Tapley, Maria Ullo, Katelyn Ward and Kristen Weed.

In addition, the John Bapst Chapter welcomed senior Joshua Paredes.

The guest speaker was Marcia Diamond, principal of All Saints Catholic School, parent of two John Bapst alumni and a John Bapst board member. Diamond detailed the qualities exhibited by National Honor Society members — scholarship, character, leadership and service. Music was provided by the John Bapst Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Julienne Ewing.

Current NHS members are President Margaret Bryan, Vice President Jennifer Cormier, Treasurer Robyn Handley, Secretary Marissa Rublee and Historian Adriana Pelligrini, as well as seniors Andrew Babbitt, Keegan Bate, Jordan Campbell, Michael Campbell, Theresa Copeland, Katelyn Day, Christopher Desmond, Laura Donovan, Jacquelyn Dougherty, Bob Tom Flynn, Molly Horne, Amy Hughes, Kimia Kashkooli, Margaret Lynn, Alexandra Michaud, Jennifer Morrill, Sheila Rajan, Brianne Robertson, Chad Ryder, Nicholas Southwick, Sarah VanKirk and Jennifer Wainer.

At John Bapst, NHS applicants are considered by a five-member faculty council led by NHS co-advisers Scott Burgess, the school’s science department chairman, and Michael Murphy, associate director of technology.

John Bapst is a nonsectarian, independent, college-preparatory school that serves students in grades nine through 12, the majority of whom are publicly supported. Located in its original 1928 building in Bangor’s Broadway Historic District, the school welcomes students from more than 50 communities. The school’s new boarding program already is attracting students from around the world.

Dental academy

BANGOR — Students entering the ninth grade will have an opportunity June 28-30 to explore the dental profession, thanks to the PCHC Dental Academy being offered by Penobscot Community Dental Center and UMA-Bangor. Applications are being accepted through Friday, May 20.

The goal of the PCHC Dental Academy is to plant the early seeds of a career in dentistry. It is an opportunity to interact and learn from dentists, hygienists and staff. The students will spend time in a classroom setting; job shadowing dentists, hygienists and assistants; and receiving hands-on experiences at UMA-Bangor’s newly renovated and updated Dental Hygiene Clinic. In addition, they will receive academic counseling to help them prepare for a career in dental medicine and to encourage them to start taking the right courses in high school.

The aim, according to program coordinator Nicole Kelley, is to encourage youngsters from an early age to consider a career in dentistry.

“We are looking to them to become part of Maine’s next generation of dental professionals,” Kelley said.

According to the Muskie Institute at the University of Southern Maine, Maine’s few dentists are concentrated in metropolitan areas. Maine has far fewer dentists than the nation as a whole, with 48 dentists per 100,000 residents in Maine compared with 64 dentists per 100,000 throughout the U.S. This more limited supply of dentists is heavily concentrated within Maine’s larger population centers. For example, Cumberland County has twice as many dentists per 100,000 residents as Aroostook, Oxford, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and York counties.

Teen Parent Education

BANGOR — The Teen Parent Education Program at the Good Samaritan Agency is accepting applications for the fall. If you are or know a pregnant or parenting teen who is ready to work toward a high school diploma, call  942-7211 to schedule an appointment.

Science curriculum

BANGOR — The Challenger Learning Center of Maine will celebrate “Connecting Climate to Curriculum,” three years of connecting with colleagues and scientists to improve science curriculum and pedagogy in the teaching and learning of climate and earth science at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the center at 30 Venture Way.

Activities will include student project presentations, “Real Students, Real Data, Real Science;” a talk on “Connecting on the Tara Expedition” by guest speaker Dr. Lee Karp-Boss, University of Maine; and refreshments.

The event will culminate a three-year partnership among the Challenger Learning Center, the University of Maine School of Marine Science, the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, the University of Maine Center for Science and Math Education Research, four regional  school districts and the  United Technologies Center of Bangor.

Admission is free, but preregistration is appreciated at 990-2900, ext. 3. Through a diversity of programs, CLC of Maine educates students and teachers in order to inspire an active lifelong passion for space and earth science.

Colleges

Beal College

BANGOR — Beal College held its 119th commencement on May 1, graduating the largest class in its history. A total of 187 students graduated at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School. This is also the first year the college has graduated students from its newer one-year diploma in substance abuse counseling.

“As small business is the backbone of the Maine economy and employees are the backbone of a business, Beal College is proud to be graduating the largest class in our 120-year history,” said Beal College President Allen Stehle. “Our well-trained graduates will strengthen Maine businesses that will help drive our economic growth.”

This year’s valedictorian was Cody Laite, and the salutatorian Catherine Burke. Both are graduates of Beal’s Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program.

“In high school I started out as just an average student, but when I came to Beal, the teachers spent extra time helping me, and now I am graduating with honors,” said Brittney Shibles, a member of the Class of 2011 who gave the farewell address at Sunday’s graduation.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dan Cashman, host of a late-night television show and owner of Cashman Communications, a public relations consulting firm in Bangor. Cashman spoke to the graduates of living and working in Maine, a state that “teaches people at an early age what it means to work hard.”

“Remember this day,” said Cashman. “Remember receiving this degree. Remember the hard work that was involved getting to this point. Remember the sacrifices that had to be made to receive this education. And then, remember that anything is really possible.”

New England School of Communications

BANGOR — As New England School of Communications in Bangor celebrates 30 years of educating tomorrow’s communications professionals, the school’s founder will return as this year’s commencement speaker.

NESCom will hand out 60 Bachelor of Science degrees in both communications technology and media studies at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14,  in the Newman Gym at Husson University.

NESCom graduates will go on to specialize in the fields of Web media, journalism, marketing communications, video production, audio engineering, radio broadcasting and live sound technology.

On hand to congratulate the graduates will be the school’s founder and former president, George Wildey. Since creating the school 30 years ago, he remains active in the life of NESCom, serving on the Husson University board of trustees. Wildey earned a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s degree in business from Husson College. He has been a member of the Maine Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame since 1993.

Also on graduation day, NESCom will honor Adrienne Bennett with NESCom’ s Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011. Bennett, who is press secretary to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, graduated from New England School of Communications in 2001 with an associate degree in communications.

Husson commencement

BANGOR — The 112th Commencement of Husson University will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Winkin Sports Complex on the Husson campus. Gov. Paul R. LePage,  a 1971 graduate of Husson, will be the speaker and receive an honorary doctorate for public service.

Dr. Diana Beaudoin, educator and longtime member of the Husson board of trustees, will receive an honorary doctorate in education.

Husson will award a total of 685 degrees at the ceremony and on May 21 in Portland. At the Bangor ceremony, Husson will present 583 degrees to more than 500 students.

Valedictorians are Melanie R. Moore of Brewer, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology; and Kelsey H. Smith of Van Buren, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, life sciences. Both have a GPA of 4.0. Salutatorian is Kassie J. Lovely of Easton, who has a GPA of 3.978 and will receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Senior Class President Michelle Osgood from Easton will deliver the class address and receive a bachelor’s degree in biology and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, summa cum laude.

Babson College

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Babson College has announced local student who qualified for the fall semester dean’s list, which recognizes outstanding student scholarship:

• Tawnie Marie Whiting, Class of 2011, Bangor.

• Colleen Carr, Class of 2012, Brewer.

USM commencement

PORTLAND — The University of Southern Maine will present three honorary doctorates and three Distinguished Achievement Awards at its 131st commencement slated for Saturday, May 14, in the Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland.

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be awarded to:

• Isle au Haut resident, best-selling author and swordfishing captain Linda Greenlaw, who also will give the commencement address.

• Carl Kasell of Washington, whose voice many National Public Radio listeners recognize as judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”

• Dona D. Vaughn, artistic director of Portland’s PORTopera.

Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented to:

• Everett “Brownie” Carson of Brunswick, environmental activist and longtime director of the National Resources Council of Maine.

•Robert S. Blackwood Jr. of South Portland, founding chairman of the USM Advocacy Steering Committee and member of the Board of Visitors.

• Nathan M. Nickerson of Portland, executive director of Konbit Sante, a local volunteer organization partnering with the northern Haitian health system.

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