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Maine Community Colleges to honor scholars

Posted March 25, 2013, at 4:41 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Fourteen community college students will be named to the All-Maine Academic Team for two-year colleges at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the Senator Inn in Augusta. The event will be hosted by the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees.

Also that day, the MCCS Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled meeting in the conference room of the MCCS Office at 323 State St. in Augusta. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. The board will hear reports from several of its committees and vote to accept gifts to the colleges.

The students being named to the All-Maine Academic Team will each receive a $500 scholarship.  They are:

  •  Michael Cloutier, 51, Auburn, Central Maine Community College in Auburn, major in Human Services Achievements: Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa member, Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship recipient, Annette Brown Scholarship recipient, TRIO Scholarship recipient.;
  • Jennifer Woodard, 39, Turner, Central Maine Community College; major in Early Childhood Education, Education Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship recipient, CMCC Open House volunteer.
  • Sarah Freeman, 20, Bangor, Eastern Maine Community College; Bangor; Major: Business Management Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Follett Higher Education Group Scholarship recipient, Textbook Scholarship recipient, Marketing Award recipient, EMCC Tutor, Awana Leader, Cubbies Director.
  • Jonathan Torsch, 25, Bangor, Eastern Maine Community College; major in Electrical and Automation Technology Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Bangor Hydro Scholarship for Excellence in Power Systems Studies recipient, Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship recipient, EMCC President’s List, Relay for Life volunteer.
  •  Jennie Hart, 54, Pittsfield, Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield; major in Occupational Therapy Assistant Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Student Orientation and Registration Leader, Presidential Search Committee volunteer.
  •  Carol Lozito, 57, South China, Kennebec Valley Community College; major in Health Information Technology Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, Nation MS Society volunteer.
  •  Karl Kornchuk, 52, Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle; major in Wind Power Technology Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, High Honors, NMCC peer tutor, Disabled American Veterans member, St. Mary’s Catholic Church volunteer, Aroostook Amateur Radio League volunteer.
  • Valerie White, 43, Washburn, Northern Maine Community College; major in Accounting Information Systems Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Student Senate member.
  •  Justin Childs, 27, Portland, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland; major in Communications and New Media Achievements: Maine LIFE Events volunteer, Frannie Peabody Center volunteer, Frannie 500 Club.
  •  David Spenlinhauer, 36, Portland, Southern Maine Community College; major in Communications and New Media Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Maine Association of Broadcasters Scholarship recipient, Best Movie Mass Communications Class Final award recipient, Movie (short) Competition Best in Class award recipient, Beacon News school newspaper volunteer.
  • Lura Jackson, 29, Calais, Washington County Community College in Calais; major in Liberal Studies Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Presidential Award of Excellence in Liberal Studies recipient, Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship recipient, James and Marilyn D. Rockefeller Scholarship recipient, Student Senate member, Community Council member, Let’s Have a Merrier Christmas fundraiser volunteer, Neighborhood Watch volunteer, Public Library volunteer.
  • Christine Phillips, 32, Calais, Washington County Community College; major in Business Management, International Commerce Achievements: Maine’s New Century Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa member, President’s Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship recipient, Deans Award for Contribution to Student Life recipient, Student Senate member, Polar Dip volunteer, The Art of Music Project volunteer.
  • Rebecca DeSimone, 38, Springvale, York County Community College in Wells; major in Liberal Studies Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Thanksgiving Food Drive Initiative volunteer.
  • Diane Griffin, 50, Wells, York County Community College; major in Medical Assisting Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member, Presidential List Award, YCCC Presidential Search and Review Committee volunteer, Student Senate member, New Student Tour volunteer, Community Garden volunteer, Toys for Tots volunteer, Partners for a Hunger-Free York County volunteer.
    Two students named to the Team will also receive national scholarships.
  • WCCC’s Christine Phillips will be honored as Maine’s New Century Scholar in recognition of having achieved the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in the state. She will represent Maine at the American Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention in April, where she will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
  •  CMCC’s Michael Cloutier was one of only 50 students nationwide named a Coca-Cola All-State Community College Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The All-Maine Academic Team is part of the national Phi Theta Kappa program, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Students are nominated and selected for the team by their college based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service. The All-Maine Academic Team program is co-sponsored by Camden National Bank, Bangor Daily News, Creative Awards of Scarborough, Phi Theta Kappa, and the MCCS.

Photos and more detailed bios are available at http://www.mccs.me.edu/about/allmaine.html.

If special accommodations are needed to attend either of Wednesday’s events, please contact Ellyn Chase at 629-4017.

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