Dacie Manion has a big smile on her face these days — and perhaps a milk mustache.
The recent Old Town High School graduate is a recipient of the 2011 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards and a $7,500 scholarship.
Each year the National Milk Mustache “got milk” campaign and USA Today recognizes 25 outstanding high school senior student-athletes who represent excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership and include milk in their diets.
Manion was selected from more than 40,000 applicants nationwide for one of the 14th annual SAMMY awards.
She was her class valedictorian at OTHS, was a National Merit finalist, president of the National Honor Society and a member of the environthon team, math team, Key Club, the writing center, Junior Prize Speaking Exhibition, and Women in Science and Engineering Club.
Manion also captained the Army Junior Officers Training Corps leadership and academic team for two years. She earned recognition as the highest-ranking cadet of the OTHS Junior ROTC battalion and was the first female battalion commander.
The daughter of William and Lynne Manion, she is a two-time Class B state individual cross country champion in cross country, and also competed in swimming and diving at OTHS.
She also found time to help rebuild homes in New Orleans with her Young Adults with Pizzazz youth group.
Manion plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
In addition to the scholarship, Manion will attend a weekend of events at Disney World with her family, with that weekend of activities concluding with a special awards ceremony.
All of the SAMMY winners will star in a special Milk Mustache ad in USA Today on Friday, June 24.
Sturgis retiring from MPA; Durgin hired
Jeff Sturgis, an assistant director of the Maine Principals’ Association for the last nine years who has been heavily involved in the organization’s interscholastic activities, is retiring at the end of the month.
Sturgis was a teacher, administrator and coach at several Maine high schools before joining the MPA, and guided the Oak Hill of Sabattus football team to the 1982 Class D state championship.
Replacing Sturgis will be longtime Gorham High School athletic administrator Gerry Durgin. A former president of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Durgin also has been active on numerous MPA committees, and recently served as director of the Western Class A-B basketball tournament in Portland.
Wrestlers competing in Friendship Series
Some of the top high school wrestlers in Nebraska have made their way to the Pine Tree State for the 27th annual Maine-Nebraska Friendship Series.
The four-meet event began Tuesday night at Winslow High School, and will continue Thursday at the Farmington Community Center, and on Saturday at Morse High School in Bath before concluding at Marshwood High School in South Berwick on Monday, June 27.
Among 2011 state champions from Eastern Maine expected to compete in one of the meets are Jacob Powers and Tom Cassidy of Camden Hills of Rockport, Mark Smith and Wesley Stinson of Foxcroft Academy, Jordon Young and Brent Waterman of Belfast and Chris Powell of Bucksport.