May 21, 2018
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Mitchell Scholars

PORTLAND — Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell was in Maine on June 6 to announce the selection of the 2011 Mitchell Scholars and to share news of an increase to the scholarships from $5,000 to $6,000 per student.

“Every year I look forward to announcing the naming of the new Mitchell Scholars — one from every public high school in Maine,” said Mitchell. “These are hard-working students from hard-working families, and it is our great pleasure to help them achieve their college dreams.”

Mitchell added, “It is especially exciting to announce that the board of directors of the institute recently approved an increase in the value of the scholarships we award.  Beginning with the students just selected, the Mitchell Scholarships will be $6,000.  We know that college costs are rising even as family resources are diminishing. This decision to increase the scholarship signals our commitment to Maine’s students and to the future of this great state.”

One hundred twenty-nine Maine high school students were chosen as Mitchell Scholars by the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute. More than 1,800 Maine students have been supported by the program in their pursuit of higher education with awards of more than $8 million in financial assistance since its inception.

Founded by Mitchell, the institute annually provides a scholarship to one graduating senior from every public high school in the state. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic potential, community service and financial need.

Mitchell Scholars also gain access to support programs such as community service projects, leadership and professional development, mentoring opportunities, and summer employment fellowships. These programs connect and engage the Mitchell Scholars with their communities and their chosen career paths to encourage graduates to remain in Maine after college. Nearly 90 percent of Mitchell Scholar alumni live and work in Maine or intend to do so within five years.

Since 2003, KeyBank has provided funding for 16 Mitchell Scholarships, one for each county in Maine. The KeyBank Mitchell Scholarships are targeted to first-generation college students. The Mitchell Institute also named the recipients of the Unum-Stephen B. Center Diversity Leadership Awards, five awards to encourage those who inspire others to value differences and end discrimination.

“These are students for whom the scholarship will make a real difference and who will, in turn, make a difference in their communities,” said Mitchell. “My family had few financial resources. Neither of my parents finished high school, but they believed in education. With their help and the help of others, I was able to go to college, and it changed my life. Maine’s young people deserve the same opportunity to succeed.”

Area Mitchell Scholars are:

Bangor High School, Jacques Larochelle.

Blue Hill, George Stevens Academy, Sabrina Vivian. *

Brewer High School, Catherine Nichols.

Bucksport High School, Ryan Bailey.

Central High School, Corinth, Ryan Cullen.

Hampden Academy, Michaela Hoffman.

Hermon High School, Chelsea Lear-Ward.

John Bapst Memorial High School, Marissa Rublee.

Old Town High School, Eryn Nelson. *

Orono High School, Mengting Guo. #

* Denotes KeyBank Mitchell Scholars

# Denotes Unum – Stephen B. Center Diversity Leadership Awards

For information about the Mitchell Institute, visit

Help with SATs

BANGOR — Lucas Hubbard, a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School, would like to give back to his community.  

Hubbard has offered to help high school students get higher scores on the SAT exam. The SAT Reasoning Test is the nation’s most widely used college entrance examination, typically taken by high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  

Hubbard will administer a free SAT practice exam 3-7 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the Bangor Public Library’s board room. After the test is scored, Hubbard will contact the student and give suggestions on improving his or her scores. Interested students should RSVP Lucas Hubbard by email at .

Adult education

200 graduates

BANGOR — Bangor Adult & Community Education held its 2011 commencement exercises on May 26 at Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School.

Two hundred adults earned their high school credential during this school year. The graduates

were encouraged by Bangor School Committee Chairman Phyllis Guerette to continue to pursue higher education.

Commencement speaker Jennifer Huerth shared her story of overcoming barriers on her

journey from being an adult education graduate to earning two master’s degrees and being in the midst of earning a doctorate.

Six scholarships were presented:

• Amanda Antworth, tuition waiver for one course from Beal College.

• Shannon Duncan, tuition waiver for one course from Beal College.

• Daniel Clark, Katherine Poor Memorial Scholarship.

• Amanda Antworth, Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship.

• Joshua Neagle, tuition waiver for one course from Eastern Maine Community College; completed the College Access for Everyone (CAFE) program.

• Sarah Cross, tuition waiver for one course from Eastern Maine Community College; completed the College Access for Everyone (CAFE) program.


Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College held its 206th commencement on May 28. Area students who graduated were:

Bangor: Teresa Arey, cum laude, chemistry-environmental studies; Zachary Kubetz, French and government and legal studies.

Bradley: Katrina Bergeron, government and legal studies and sociology.

Holden: Laura Connolly, biology; Meagan Tilton, biochemistry.

Hampden: Evan Farley, cum laude, visual arts; Sophie Kelmenson, government and legal studies.

Old Town: Alexander Yates, philosophy.

Orono: Emily Balaban-Garber, romance languages.

Bowdoin is one of the oldest colleges in the country, with alumni including U.S. President Franklin Pierce, writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain, Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen.

Connecticut College

ORONO — Ross James of Orono was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in government from on May 22 from Connecticut College in New London, Conn. at the 93rd commencement ceremony on May 22.

Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a selective private liberal arts college with 1,900 students from all across the country and throughout the world.

New England College

HENNIKER, N.H. — These area residents graduated with Master of Education degrees from New England College in Henniker on May 14:

Bangor: Kim Douglas, Kristen Shaw, literacy and language arts; Linda MacDonald, Julie Thayer, special education; Trisha Smith, school principal program.

Brewer: Heather Corbett, Deborah Crocker, literacy and language arts.

Hampden: Misty Conrath, curriculum and instruction; Deborah Daigle, literacy and language arts; Jessie Davis, school principal program; Tina Reed, special education.

Levant: Kristy Dube, literacy and language arts.

New England College is a private, comprehensive college offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the liberal arts tradition.

Worcester Polytechnic


WORCESTER, Mass. — These area residents were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Bangor: Nathaniel VerLee, a junior studying electrical and computer engineering.

Bucksport: Cortney Davis, a junior studying biology and biotechnology.

Hampden: Lauren Swalec, a senior studying chemical engineering ; John Swalec, a freshman studying chemical engineering.

Veazie: Ryan Casey, a sophomore studying interactive media and game development.

Rather than compute a grade point average, Worcester Polytechnic Institute selects students for the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects. The school was one of the country’s first engineering and technology universities.

In addition, John Swalec of Hampden was named a Charles O. Thompson Scholar for 2010-2011, an honor that recognizes outstanding performance by first-year students.


Hospitality scholarships

FREEPORT — Ten Maine students will receive hospitality scholarships from the Maine Innkeepers Association Education Foundation, affiliated with the Maine Innkeepers Association, at the seventh Tees & Textbooks event at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland.

The 17th annual Maine Innkeepers Association Hospitality Golf classic will begin at 9 a.m. June 21 at Sable Oaks Golf Course.

The scholarship program, begun in 1984, was designed to inspire Maine students pursuing hospitality careers and has awarded more than $138,000 to 239 students. Ten students will receive sponsored scholarships totaling $8100.

• Charlie Keegan Award, $600, Rachel Michaud, Hampden, attending Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.

• Jedediah Scott Award, $1,000, Ryan Asalone, Hampden, attending Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.  

• Women in Hospitality Award, $2,500, Belinda Place, Morrill, attending Thomas College, Waterville.

• Harold Nelson & Irving Small Award, $500, Sierra Warner, Northport, attending Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

• Charles Samelson Award, $1,000, Kathryn Hand, Kennebunkport, attending University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

• Ed Langlois Award, $500, Jordan Handy, Lewiston, attending Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY.

• Dennis Johnston Award, $500, Samantha Southam, Bethel, attending Boston University.

• John O’Keeffe Award, $500, Timothy O’Neill, Auburn, attending Southern Maine Community College, South Portland.

• Ed & Fay Carpenter Award, $500, Dylan Bouchard, Greenville, attending University of Maine.

• Larry Mahaney Award, $500, Laura Brown, West Poland, attending Husson University, Bangor.

Tickets are $55, with proceeds to benefit the Maine Innkeeper’s Association Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity. For information, contact Julie Campbell at 865-6100 or

Phi Theta Kappa

BANGOR — Eastern Maine Community College has announced that the Beta Beta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received special commendation during the New England Regional Convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a “Five Star Chapter.”

The chapter also was recognized at the society’s recent annual convention and will be cited on the society website at  Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among associate degree students through opportunities for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars and stimulation of interest for continuing academic excellence.

Membership is extended by invitation to students who have completed at least 12 credits, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and exhibit good moral character and qualities of citizenship.

EMCC advisers for Phi Theta Kappa are Kim Campbell, Hope Holyoke, Ed Raymaker and Bill Dorrity.

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