May 27, 2018
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Merit Scholarship

BANGOR — Margaret Bryan, a senior at John Bapst Memorial High School, has been named a finalist in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. The daughter of Beth and Andrew Bryan of Holden, she has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

The NMS Program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest achievers on the 2009 Preliminary SAT-National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in each state.

Four John Bapst seniors were named Commended Students for placing in the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2009 PSAT-NMSQT and are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

They are: Andrew Babbitt, son of Gail and Joseph Babbitt of Hampden; Thomas Easton, son of Patricia and Christopher Easton of Dixmont; Jennifer Hannigan, daughter of Paul and Jane Hannigan of Holden; and Adriana Pellegrini, daughter of Joanmarie and Anthony Pellegrini of Holden.

“National Merit recognition has proven to be a great way to motivate talented young people to make the most of that talent,” said John Bapst Head of School Mel MacKay. “The leaders of the future will have to be well-educated to work effectively on the challenges they will face.”

John Bapst is a nonsectarian, independent, college-preparatory school that serves students in grades nine-12, the majority of them publicly supported. Located in its original 1928 building at 100 Broadway, the school welcomes students from more than 50 Maine communities and several countries.

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Summer science camps

BANGOR — The Challenger Learning Center of Maine at 30 Venture Way will offer summer science camps for children in kindergarten through grade eight.

For those entering kindergarten to grade two, Scientific Thrills will be held 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1 June 27-July 1, Part 2 Aug. 8-12.

Children entering grades three to five may attend Gizmos and Contraptions, both focusing on astronauts,  9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11-15 and July 25-29.

Students entering grades six to eight may attend:

• Robo-Tech, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18-22.

• CSI: Challenger Special Investigation, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 25-29.

• Astronaut Academy, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1-4, including overnight Tuesday. A second option is 9 a.m. Tuesday-3 p.m. Wednesday. Or attend the mission only, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday.

For cost, information and registration, call 990-2900, ext. 3, or visit A $50 deposit is due with registration, the balance by June 15. Bring a bag lunch, snacks are provided. Partial scholarships may be available. After-care is available for grades three and up.

CLC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to educate teachers  and students and inspire an active lifelong passion for earth and space science.


Husson College

BANGOR — Husson University has announced the restructuring of its Advancement Office, which includes two staff promotions.

Julie Green has been promoted to director of public affairs and government relations. In her new role, Green will focus primarily on government relations at the federal and state level, public affairs and crisis management.

She brings many years of experience to the position, most recently serving as the university’s director of public affairs.

Amanda Kitchen has been promoted to director of university communications.  She will be responsible for implementing Husson’s marketing and branding strategy, will serve as media spokeswoman and will oversee university communications.

She has been employed at Husson for four years, most recently as director of advancement communications. Kitchen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Husson.

“This reorganization begins to position the university’s Advancement Office appropriately to accommodate the needs of our growing, medium-sized private university,” said Vice President for Advancement Thomas Martz.

For more information, contact Amanda Kitchen at 992-4925 or

College of William and Mary

BANGOR — Erin Riley Dean of Bangor was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Students named to the dean’s list must have a GPA of 3.6 or higher. She is a 2009 graduate of Bangor High School and is majoring in chemistry.

Loyola University

NEW ORLEANS — Two area students earned degrees during May 14 commencement ceremonies at Loyola University in New Orleans. They are:

• Michael Earle Whalen, Brewer, master’s degree in pastoral studies from the College of Social Sciences.

•Samantha Jannenga, Bangor, bachelor’s degree from the College of Humanities and Natural Science.

Award-winning actor Wendell Pierce, star of HBO’s “Treme” series, addressed the Class of 2011 and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Northeastern University

BOSTON — Northeastern University in Boston has named area students to the dean’s list for the spring semester:

• Bangor: Scott Farnham, majoring in political science.

• Brewer: Sarah Breau, majoring in English.

• Hampden: Rizalina Arce, majoring in criminal justice.

• Hermon: Caitlin Barrows, majoring in biology.

• Orono: Sarah Harrington, majoring in music.

Barking Foundation

After 15 years and hundreds of grants to Maine college and university students, the Barking Foundation has closed its doors. All currently awarded grants will be honored, but new applications are not being accepted.

Stephanie Leonard, administrator of the Barking Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to have been able to help Maine high school seniors and nontraditional residents of the state gain access to higher learning.

“Year after year we’ve been impressed with the quality of applicants,” Leonard said. “We’ve also been very fortunate to have highly dedicated board members who spent countless hours each spring reading applications and essays from some of Maine’s best and brightest students.

“We realize losing the Barking Foundation from the pool of available scholarships will concern those who are looking for help in affording a higher education,” said Leonard. She suggested that students check out other scholarship opportunities, such as this website:

UMA, Augusta and Bangor

BANGOR — Area University of Maine at Augusta and UMA Bangor graduates are:

• Bangor: Thomas Linwood Avon Palmer, Zachary James Keenan, Bryan D. Bishop, Linnea Michelle Miller, James Edward Morrill, Brian Paul Strout, Sheila Ann Sandin, bachelor’s degree; Katie N. Jewell, Joshua M. Cyr, William B. Hicks, Heather Batcheldor Lawrence, Talitha Hope McMillan, Heather L. Read, Carrie Marie Hallowell, Sarah A. Chavaree, Leah Marie Gorman, associate degree.

• Blue Hill: Lisa Marie Bowden, associate degree.

• Bradford: Nicole Lee Kelley, associate degree.

• Bradley: Abigail Carter, bachelor’s degree; Erin Alisa Smith, associate degree.

• Brewer: Lawrence P. Ayotte, Ashley Elizabeth Hyde, bachelor’s degree.

• Bucksport: Esther L. Shinn, Blanche Louise Buzzell, Stacy Lynn Freeman, bachelor’s degree; David B. Davis, Mary H. Allen, Tanya J. Reynolds, associate degree.

• Carmel: Jeanette B. Rogers, Rebekah Ruth Treadwell, bachelor’s degree; Allen Batchelder, associate degree.

• Dedham: Laurie E. Greene, bachelor’s degree.

• Etna: Tara Lynn Madore, associate degree.

• Glenburn: Chelsea M. Atkinson, Kristen Lee

Willard, bachelor’s degree; Cindy R. Bishop, associate degree.

• Hampden: Shawn T. Cole, Katherine Mae Tusing, bachelor’s degree; Matthew G. Chadwick, Cynthia Elshaw, Natalye K. Lenon, Ashley Roux, associate degree.

• Hermon: Amanda R. Foye, Janice M. Brady, bachelor’s degree; David Joseph Francis, Mycah Julia Cyr, Krista Anne Schaap, associate degree.

• Holden: Tina M. Sullivan-Thorp, bachelor’s degree; Douglas A. Morris, associate degree.

• Kenduskeag: Debra Ann Bourgoin, bachelor’s degree.

• Levant: Sarah Ann Robinson, associate degree.

• Milford: Samantha Ellen Brown, Samantha P. Shorette, bachelor’s degree; April Lynne Lawson, associate degree.

• Old Town: Miigam’agan, Jeffrey W. Barclay, Christine Lynne Dexter, associate degree.

• Orland: Troy W. Frye, associate degree.

• Orono: Diane Louise Scalia, bachelor’s degree.

• Orrington: Traci Lane-Garcia, associate degree.

• Veazie: Howard H. Frye, Susan Elizabeth Bernard, bachelor’s degree.

• Winterport: Nicole Yvonne Hoad, Debra M. Fratini, Kimberly Ann Nalewajek, Sherry Lee Fennimore, associate degree.

Schooner Bowdoin

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s historic schooner Bowdoin is gearing up for a busy summer sailing season according to Capt. Eric Jergensen, small-vessel master at MMA. The schedule will find it sailing primarily along the coast of Maine for appearances at traditional sail and community-based festivals. The Bowdoin also will have youth sailing excursions, both overnight and day sails, and several special alumni sail outings.

“Our main goal is to expose people to the elements of traditional sail in a friendly, hands-on setting,” said Jergensen. At the beginning of the season, the vessel will take Sea Scouts from Bath on a brief sailing adventure, stopping in Boothbay participate in Maine Windjammer Days.

“We’ll be part of the parade of sail and then we’ll open the boat up to the public for tours,” he said. “We maximize every opportunity to share the vessel’s history and the experience of sail, and to talk about the tremendous learning opportunities at Maine Maritime Academy. Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and her activities in that capacity only complement her role as the flagship of our limited tonnage programs. We hope that the public will keep an eye out for us and feel free to approach us when they see us in port.”

The Bowdoin will provide a welcome escort to the training ship State of Maine on its arrival in Portland on June 25. Later in the summer, Bowdoin will be the focal point of a waterfront celebration to mark the sailing vessel’s 90th birthday.

“We’ve planned a Castine community day to welcome our home port,” said Jergensen. “It’s no coincidence that we scheduled the fun for the day that we will welcome a number of historic vessels to our waterfront campus.”

The Bowdoin birthday celebration will correspond with the beginning of a local tribute to the designs of naval architect and Bowdoin designer William Hand, Jr. and his design partner Richard O. Davis. Throughout the summer, Bowdoin will offer sailing field trips to students in the Penobscot Marine Museum’s summer day camp program.

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