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Adult Education graduation
ROCKLAND, Maine — RSU 13 hosted its 2011 Adult Education graduation on Friday, June 6, a ceremony to honor the 25 adults who earned a high school diploma or GED this year. Graduates attending the ceremony were Payton Bickford, Felicity Butler, Abel Delgado, Joel Gerhmann, Cathie Harrington, Chloe Jonasson, Jake Johnson, Jocelin Murphy, Lisa Pinkham, Angelia Sawyer, Amber Esther Stover, Lauren Witham, Philip Witham and Miranda Wotton-Thayer. Several students spoke at the ceremony, thanking family and friends for support.
Dr. Judith Lucarelli, RSU 13 superintendent of schools, was the guest speaker and awarded diplomas.
Beth A. Gifford and Elaine Robbins, GED preparatory teachers, were honored for their dedication to students. Students earning the GED worked within RSU 13’s fulltime Adult Learning Center at the McLain School, while Adult Education High School Diploma students took evening classes at Rockland District High School.
Nearly 150 family members and friends of the graduates joined in the celebration. “The graduates have worked hard to overcome incredible obstacles, and I hope they feel inspired by their achievement and continue their education,” said Shannon M. Parker, director of RSU 13 Adult and Community Education.
FRANKFORT, Maine — Elaine Gray of Frankfort arrived in Mobile, Ala., on June 12 to participate in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Gray is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $142,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011.
The 54th National Finals will be held June 23-25 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.
Over the next two weeks, Gray will participate in team building activities, complete community service projects and interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events.
The mission of the organization, founded in 1958, is to impact positively the lives of young women by providing an experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Stephanie Bradford at 251-622-5335, Stephanie@DistinguishedYW.org, or visit http://www.distinguishedyw.org/.
Grant deadline extended
The Maine Commission for Community Service, in partnership with Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” initiative, announced a request for proposals from teachers, service-learning coordinators and administrators in public schools to implement science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based service-learning projects that increase student engagement, participation and persistence in STEM disciplines while helping to address local community needs and concerns.
Funded service-learning projects will bring together schools and multiple community partners to address local and regional related issues. Recipients of the grant will gain expertise in designing, implementing and assessing service-learning projects.
MCCS will award five $1,000 grants. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.maineservicecommission.gov/grants/. The deadline for applications is 2 p.m. June 29.
CAMDEN, Maine — Ultimate Frisbee at Camden HIlls Regional High School has grown in popularity over the past three to four years. It started out as a weekend and after school activity organized and run by students. About 4 years ago the students got an adviser and were approved as a full fledged club. What started as a group of about 15 has grown into one of the school’s largest clubs, boasting more than 40 participants this year, said school principal Dr. Nick Ithomitis.
What sets ultimate Frisbee apart from most other teams, Ithomitis said, is that it still remains a sport almost completely run by students. The adviser is there as the school’s official representative, but the students run the show.
Enough CHRHS students participate in Ultimate Frisbee to field two teams and won a “Spirit of the Game” award this year.
Geoff Scott serves as the team coach.
Lake Keepers Camp openings
LIBERTY — Lake Keepers Camp has openings for Lake St. George area youth who will be entering the fourth, fifth or sixth grades. The Citizens Association of Liberty Lakes is offering the free program 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, at Lake St. George State Park in Liberty.
Educators from the Department of Environmental Protection and trained CALL volunteers will present land-based environmental activities and a fishing-from-the-bank day. The Maine Lakes Conservatory will play host to the campers aboard the Melinda Ann, a 30-foot pontoon boat, on the final day of camp.
For registration and information, call Pat Smith at 589-4039 or pick up an application at the Liberty Town Office.
Student artists honored
BELFAST, Maine — One hundred eighteen young artists from schools in RSU 20, whose creations were sponsored by the University of Maine Hutchinson Center and the Senior College Festival of Art, had their art celebrated earlier this spring at the 2011 RSU 20 Student Art Exhibit. Ron Bisbee, art teacher at Searsport Middle School and High School; Samantha Maheu, who teaches in four elementary schools; and Chuck Brown, fine arts coordinator at Belfast Area High School, were involved in planning the exhibit and presenting certificates of achievement to the students.
Student Summer Pilley’s grandfather saw dreams in her art. Mackenzie Banks, a fourth-grader at the Captain Albert Stevens School in Belfast, spoke of his “flattened elephant.” Michael George, second-grader at Stockton Springs, explained that his chair had splinters but no paint on one rail because the animal hovering over it that looked like a tiger was eating the chair.
As each individual work was flashed on a screen, the students came to the front of the room wearing badges with their names and the word “artist” written on them. In addition to certificates, they received tote bags with their individual work of art silk-screened on the side of the bag.
CAMDEN, Maine — Lydia Rose Hardy of Camden graduated from Simmons College in Boston summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in communications on May 20. She is a member of The Academy, the College’s honor society, and the recipient of the Communications Department’s Faculty Award.
Hardy, a 2007 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, is now employed as graphics design manager at Impact Performance Group in Wellesley, Mass. Her parents are Carolyn Silsby and Stanley Piecuch of Camden, and Kerry Hardy and Kristina King of Polacca, Ariz.