National Merit honors
LIMESTONE — Luke Shorty, executive director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, announced that four Maine students at MSSM have been named semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Some 16,000 semifinalists throughout the nation are being recognized for placing among the top 1 percent of 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
• Kennebunkport: James Jelin.
• Lewiston: Klaas Pruiksma.
• Pittsfield: Shane Flanigan.
• South Portland: Nikolai Hersfeldt.
Commended Students, some 34,000 students who placed among the top 5 percent of students, will receive a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.:
• Cushing, Austin Hartwell.
• Eastport, Henry Schuth.
• Falmouth, Helen Roberts.
• Newburgh, Jack Seguin.
• North Haven, Anthony Murphy.
• Rockport, Thomas Murphy.
Shorty congratulated these promising students, saying, “MSSM is proud that their hard work and dedication have been recognized in this way. It is also a tribute to the educational foundation they received before coming to our school.”
Opened in 1995, MSSM is a tuition-free public boarding high school that enrolls students from around the state. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked it the 14th-best math and science high school in the nation, and the top in New England.
MSSM challenges students to achieve their aspirations by fostering intellectual growth through a rigorous curriculum in advanced mathematics, science and humanities. The residential experience encourages personal accountability and the development of skills in relationships, healthful living, and social diversity. MSSM also offers outreach programs including distance education and summer camps and workshops for students and teachers throughout the state.
For more information about Maine School of Science and Mathematics, visit http://www.mssm.org.
BANGOR — Community service is an integral part of the Penobscot Job Corps Academy experience as students pursue their Career Technical Training certifications. Recently several students volunteered at Hands of Hope assembling furniture, unloading trucks and sorting donations: Wesley Woodard, Newburgh; Will Withee, Waterville; Nate Dudley, Clinton; Michael Turner, Bangor; Hayley Evans, Concord, N.H.; Brittany Blyther, Bristol, Conn.; T. Justin Wallen, Pittsfield; Caleb Rapoza, Danville, Vt.; Keisha Gregoire, Old Orchard Beach; Mark Christiansen, Groton, N.H.; and Andrew Adams, Waterbury, Conn.
Volunteering at Ross Manor working with the activities department were Chermarie Comeau, Boston; Samantha Fleisher, Bradley; Keisha Gregoire, Old Orchard Beach; Brittany Blyther, Bristol, Conn.; Hayley Evans, Concord, N.H.
Samantha Fleisher, Hayley Evans and Keisha Gregoire also volunteered at the American Red Cross donor center. Volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity construction site were Wes Woodard, Newburgh; Ryan Lanwehr, Camden; and David Hinks, Glenburn.
Representatives of businesses which need volunteers or would like to help train students through internships may call Melissa Borden at Penobscot Job Corps Academy, 990-3000, ext. 259, or email email@example.com.
WINTERPORT — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has announced that Jarrod Bouchard, a Winterport native, has been awarded an internship this fall in her Washington office.
“Jarrod’s demonstrated interest in politics and government, academic background, and strong work ethic will be a great asset to my office,” said Collins. “During Jarrod’s internship, he will have the opportunity to assist in both my main Senate and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee offices. I welcome Jarrod to my staff.”
Bouchard recently earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where he was a member of the Student Senate, Student Orchestra, Mock Trial Team and Study Abroad Program.
Now working toward a master’s degree in international affairs at the Elliott School at George Washington University, Bouchard accepted his internship with Collins’ office with the goal of learning more about politics and how a legislative office runs at the federal level.
“I love politics, and have been a big fan of Senator Collins for a long time,” said Bouchard. “This is a great way to get more involved!” He aspires to a career in politics specializing in international affairs policy.
The son of Heidi and Brian Corliss of Winterport, Bouchard is a 2007 graduate of Hampden Academy, where he was a member of the National Honors Society, Mock Trial Team, Voices Unlimited and the Jazz Ensemble.
Husson Hall of Fame
BANGOR — Husson University inducted Donald P. White, a renowned leader in the Maine forestry industry; and Jessica B. House, a top performing physical therapy graduate; into its Hall of Fame during a recognition ceremony on Oct. 1 in the Gracie Theatre.
Donald P. White graduated with honors from Husson in 1975 and spent 12 years working for a Bangor-based entrepreneur. He then began his work at Prentiss and Carlisle Co. in Bangor, where he was chief financial officer and rose to the position of president in 2000.
Under his leadership, Prentiss and Carlisle expanded its operations to six states and Canada, increased its lines of business, created a program for small landowners, developed a national consulting presence and received the Austin Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award for outstanding stewardship of the working forest of Maine.
White served on the board of directors and executive committee, as treasurer, as president of the Maine Forest Products Council, and was a member of the board of directors of Farm Credit of Maine. In 2010 he served on the transition team for Gov.-elect Paul LePage.
Dr. Jessica B. House received the Husson University Distinguished Young Alumni Award. After earning a master’s degree in physical therapy from Husson in 2000, she earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of New England in 2009.
At Husson House received the President’s Prize, established to recognize extraordinary academic achievement; and the Watch Award in physical therapy. While at UNE she ranked in the top 10 percent of her class and was recognized during her residency for excellence by Eastern Maine Medical Center. House has remained active in her community while completing her education volunteering at Med Trek, Penobscot Valley Hospital, Alpha One and others.
The event was part of Husson University’s Homecoming celebration.
Education task force
BANGOR — Two local people were selected by Gov. Paul LePage to serve on a 19-person task force that will make recommendations on expanding early college and other postsecondary education opportunities for high school students. They are:
• Carlena Bean, director of admissions, Husson University, Bangor. Bean represents the Maine College Admissions Association.
• Fred Woodman, director, United Technologies Center, Bangor. Woodman represents the Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education.
BANGOR — Tawnie Whiting of Bangor was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
ORONO — University of Maine doctoral student Robert Gee has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is spending nine months at Dalhousie researching “Tangled Trawls: International Natural Resource Management in the Northwest Atlantic Fishery.”
As a Fulbright student, Gee will study marine resource areas of the Northwest Atlantic and its international collection of users to examine efforts to manage fisheries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through scientific inquiry, market manipulation and development and enforcement of regulatory institutions at the local, state, provincial, national and international levels.
“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Mr. Robert Gee to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright students,” said Michael Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada. “Mr. Gee’s research is important and timely, and his study will offer unique and critical insight into the marine resource management. His work will have far-reaching consequences that stretch across our shared border, and beyond.”
Gee earned a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from Colby College. He is working toward a doctorate focusing on environmental and international history and resource management. He has written several publications and conference presentations and has held teaching and research positions at UMaine, Southern New Hampshire University, Beal College and Hesser College.