County Teachers of the Year

AREA — First lady of Maine Ann LePage and Acting Education Commissioner Tom Desjardin marked Teacher Appreciation Week by announcing the top teacher from each Maine county at a State House ceremony on May 7.

Teacher of the Year for Penobscot County is Angela McLaughlin of Glenburn Elementary School in Glenburn.

Teacher of the year for Waldo County is Kathryn Foran of Leroy H. Smith School in Winterport.

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Artwork showcased

AREA — These area students were among 21 student artists who have been selected by the Maine Department of Education to have their work showcased on the many devices the state provides to schools to support local teaching and learning:

  • Jake Wilson, Bangor High School, grade 12, “Marker Family.”
  • Lyndsey Cross, Bangor High School, grade 12, “Studio.”
  • Sherwin Yuen, Bangor High School, grade 10, “Hallway.”
  • Michael Smith, United Technologies Center in Bangor, grade 11, “Wake Up.”
  • Emilee Burton, Central High School in Corinth, grade 11, “The Younger Years.”

They are among more than 100 Maine students who submitted images to be considered in the 2015 Maine Learning Technology Initiative Screensaver Contest. An independent panel of three judges selected the winners whose work will be featured on more than 70,000 devices deployed during the 2015-16 school year.

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Penobscot Job Corps Academy

BANGOR — Thousands of tourists visit Acadia each year. Although many efforts have been to make Acadia as green as possible, the number of visitors yearly do leave their impact.  It is through the efforts of volunteers, including Job Corps Students, on a yearly basis that supplement the basic maintenance provided by the government that separates Acadia National Park from the rest.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed every year to maintain the park. Eighty to 90 Penobscot Job Corps students will participate in the park’s clean up effort at Blackwoods Campground, located just south of Bar Harbor, which has approximately 300 campsites. The students will rake and do general campsite cleaning, participate in sign installation, do fire pit cleaning and general tree trimming and brush removal.

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Reeds Brook Middle School

HAMPDEN — Andrew Barrett, a seventh-grade student at Reeds Brook Middle School,  was cast as Tom of Warwick in a production of Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot” that took place May 7 at Cross Insurance Center.

Andrew has been interested in theater since being chosen to play Peter in a production of “Narnia” last year at the Penobscot Theatre Dramatic Academy in Bangor. He also has appeared in “Holes” at Penobscot Theatre and “Into the Woods”  at Next Generation Theatre in Brewer.

He is rehearsing for two more productions this spring.


Bowdoin College

HOLDEN — Margaret Bryan of Holden received the Bowdoin College Art History Department 2015 Anne Bartlett Lewis Memorial Prize in Art History at the college’s Honors Day ceremony on May 6.

Champlain College

HOLDEN — Victoria Morelli of Holden was recognized recently for academic achievement on April at the Stiller School of Business honoring excellence reception at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She is the recipient of the KPMG David Coates Scholarship.

Husson University

BANGOR — At its 116th commencement exercises on May 10, 2015 at the Cross Insurance Center Husson University conferred honorary doctorates on three people who have distinguished themselves in banking, energy distribution and space exploration.

Honorary degree recipients were:

  • U.S. Navy Capt. and NASA Astronaut Christopher Cassidy, who also was the keynote speaker at commencement, received an honorary doctor of science degree in recognition of his patriotism, courage and commitment to education.
  • Robert E. Cort, president of Maine Energy, received an honorary doctor of business administration degree in recognition of his service to Husson University, entrepreneurship and the community.
  • Yousif Abdulla Taqi, director and chief executive officer of the Al Salam Bank in Bahrain, received an honorary doctor of business administration degree in recognition of his international business leadership, integrity and commitment to education.