Rebecca Tripp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tripp of Frankfort, was selected by the faculty at Searsport District High School to be the recipient of the “Student of the Month Award” for November. Tripp, a senior, was nominated for her commitment to academics, citizenship and personal development. —-
Kurt Wood of West Baldwin, a junior business administration major at the University of Maine at Machias, has been awarded a $1,300 scholarship from the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation.
Wood, who is maintaining a 3.8 grade-point average at the Down East campus, was chosen by UMM to receive the award in accordance with established criteria. This year, MHEAF trustees selected 12 Maine colleges and universities to receive scholarships. All recipients must be graduates of Maine high schools and enrolled in their second, third or fourth years of postsecondary studies. They must be majoring in a business-related subject, have strong academic standing at the time of the award and show a need for financial assistance. —-
Shawn David Pelletier, a student at Madawaska High School, and Jody Jaye Daigle, a student at Wisdom High School, have been selected from nearly 129,000 applicants nationwide as semifinalists in the 1997-1998 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.
They rank among 1,800 students recognized for excellence, leadership and achievement in school and community activities and are now in the running for $1.4 million in college scholarships to be awarded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. This is Coca-Cola’s 10th year of awarding scholarships. —-
Seven Islesboro Central School students have been named to the school’s National Honor Society chapter. Nicole Bolduc, Brianna Rolerson, Wendy Dow, Robin Pendleton, Ross Carver, Nakomis Nelson and Steven Shand, all juniors at the school, were selected by the Faculty Council for their outstanding scholarship, leadership, service and character. They were inducted on Dec. 19 in a ceremony at the GH Kinnicutt Center. —-
Steven Galway, assistant principal of Edward Little High School in Auburn, has been named Maine Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maine Principals’ Association as part of the McDonald’s/National Association of Secondary School Principals assistant principal recognition program. Galway earned the recognition based on his willingness to take risks to help students, ability to anticipate and solve problems, and success in improving the school’s learning environment. —-
People who have earned their high school diploma or graduate equivalency diploma through an adult and community education program in Maine may be eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship provides tuition and books for one course through Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor. Scholarships, if awarded, may be used on campus or at any outreach sites in the state.
For more information or an application form, contact the adult and community education office at 924-7674. —-
The Medical Assisting Program at Beal College in Bangor recently was granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs until the year 2004, following the recommendations of the American Association of Medical Assistants.
Beal College, established in 1891, is an official testing center for the National Certification Examination for Medical Assistants. —-
The Camille and Henry Dreyfuss Foundation of New York has announced a $50,000 grant given to the College of the Atlantic in honor of the late Henry B. and Elizabeth A. Guthrie. The Guthries were longtime friends and benefactors of the Bar Harbor college and served on the board of directors of the Dreyfuss Foundation.
The grant will be used to establish the Henry B. and Elizabeth A. Guthrie Fund for Chemistry and will provide annual support through the endowment income for activities in chemistry and biochemistry. —-
Brewer High School will hold a financial aid workshop at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the school cafeteria. All parents and students interested in obtaining financial aid or scholarship information are invited to attend. Peggy Crawford, financial aid director at the University of Maine, will discuss financial aid issues and provide assistance in completing the FAFSA and PROFILE forms that will be available. The public is invited to attend. —-
The Toddy Pond School chess club — open to all interested young people in kindergarten through grade eight — will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday. Chess coach Mike Schaab will lead both instruction and practice games.
Last year, Toddy Pond School placed first in the state in the elementary chess competition and went to the national competition in Tennessee where they placed 26th of 75 teams.
Schaab also has coached many top teams from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The Toddy Pond School is located on the Oak Hill Road in Swanville, five miles from the center of Belfast. For directions to the school, call 338-3848. For more information about the program, call Schaab at 525-3201. —-
Brewer High School will host the 1998 District VI Honors Music Festival on Saturday, Jan. 17.
More than 450 young musicians in Hancock, Washington and part of Penobscot counties have been selected to participate. The larger group will form four performing groups and have a daylong rehearsal.
A concert will be presented at 4:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens or students. —-
Wayne Enman, principal of the Hancock Grammar School for the last 18 years, will be honored at a farewell reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the school. The reception will be open to the public. —-
Paul A. Howard of Hampden participated in a congressional internship program, sponsored through the political science department at Bates College, during the fall 1997 semester.
Howard, the son of Arthur and Courtney Howard of Hampden, is a 1993 graduate of Hampden Academy. He is working this semester in the Auburn office of Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. A senior dean’s list student, Howard is an admissions tour guide, member of the debate team, vice president of the Representative Assembly and served last year as a resident coordinator for students. —-
Maine college students who were born in or are legal residents of Maine are eligible to apply for $1,000 scholarships offered by the Maine State Society Foundation of Washington, D.C.
The scholarship foundation was established in 1991 by Mainers living in Washington who belonging to the Maine State Society. Since then, the foundation has made awards to Mainers from Sherman Mills, Patten, Winterport, East Machias, East Brownfield, West Gardiner, West Enfield, Kennebunk, Windham and Millinocket.
Applications for the 1998 awards are available at the financial aid offices of Maine colleges or by writing to the Maine State Society Foundation at 3508 Wilson St., Fairfax, Va. 22030. All applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 1998. —-
Dexter Middle School has ordered 16 new computers with funds received from its $60,000 Title III Technology Fund Literacy Challenge Grant. The computers should arrive in the next few weeks and will be placed in the math and science classrooms of the school. After the holidays, Paige Keeley of the Maine Math and Science Alliance will begin working with teachers on the application of technology in classrooms. The school will host a math and technology night on Jan. 27. —-
The fifth-grade pupils and teachers of Dexter Middle School collected 255 pounds of food to be distributed to those in need during the holidays. —-
The second annual SAD 4 “Christmas is for Kids” campaign came to a close during the week of Dec. 15 when Santa Claus delivered shoe boxes filled with toys, books and small articles of clothing to 103 children from 44 families residing in Wellington, Cambridge, Parkman, Abbot, Willimatic, Guilford and Sangerville.
The Piscataquis Community High School National Honor Society collected names and addresses of needy children and contacted parents to determine their willingness to be involved in the program. Members then distributed collection boxes to classrooms at the middle school and the high school and began advertising to encourage students and staff to donate money and gifts to fill shoe boxes donated by Dexter Shoe Co.
Last year the honor society filled 59 shoe boxes and students delivered them after school hours. This year a concerned citizen from Abbot, Leonard Hitchner, volunteered to dress as Santa Claus and delight children by delivering their gifts.