Wells High School senior Kate Pinette is a recipient of the MPA’s 2021 Principal’s Award

Wells High School senior Kate Pinette is a recipient of the MPA’s 2021 Principal’s Award.

Student recognized for academic achievement 

Wells High School Principal Eileen Sheehy announced that senior Kate Pinette has been selected to receive the 2021 Maine Principal’s Award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA), and given in recognition of her academic achievement and citizenship.
“Kate is an outstanding leader in our school community and very deserving of this recognition,” commented Principal Sheehy. “She is a dedicated student and athlete and she’s always willing to lend a hand.”
Pinette has maintained high honor roll status throughout her high school years and also has received several academic awards including a Breakfast of Champions Award, the Dartmouth College Book Award, and the DAR Good Citizenship Award. She was recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor, is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the WHS Class of 2021 and treasurer of the Environmental Club. Pinette has excelled in athletics, having been a member of the WHS soccer and track & field and cross-country teams where she was a recipient of the Rookie, MVP and Coach’s Awards. She also volunteers her time tutoring local elementary students in French.
WHS guidance counselor Sherri Anderson-Wormwood noted the “Kate … challenges herself academically, seeks leadership opportunities, and volunteers her time to help others.”

Car club supports food bank
The Mid-Maine Sports Car Club has donated $1,500 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank to be distributed among its member hunger-relief organizations.
In the past, the club made year-end donations to backpack food programs for school children. This year, however, since the club’s summer and fall events were canceled due to COVID-19, the treasury was in better shape than normal and club members decided it was time to make a more substantial donation.
The Mid Maine Sports Car Club dates back to 2002, when the late Jim Lea, a British car buff, called sports car owners together at Rockport’s Harbor Park. The club has since grown to more than 100 members from Portland to Bar Harbor and inland to Augusta and Bangor.
For more details, go to mmscc.com.

Senior up for prestigious national award
Gray-New Gloucester High School senior Madison Soule has been named a candidate in the 2021 United States Presidential Scholars Program. She is one of more than 4,500 outstanding candidates across the country to be selected for the honor from a field of 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high schools this year.
Inclusion in the USPSP is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President, the program recognizes some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. If circumstances permit, scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.
Soule is the daughter of Karen Dyer and the late Travis Soule.

Board of Trustees appoints new chair, vice chair
Board of Trustees of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation recently appointed Kylie Mason as board chair and Nolan Reichl as board vice chair, while also electing Rocky Cianchette and Don Foerster as honorary trustees.
Mason, RLA, LEED-AP, is a Maine licensed landscape architect and vice president of project delivery for Sebago Technics. She has served on the foundation’s board since 2017, previously serving as board vice chair. Mason resides in Scarborough with her husband and daughter.
Reichl is a partner in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation and appellate matters, including commercial disputes and challenges to administrative actions. He has served on the board since 2018 and previously served as campaign chair. Reichlresides in Cape Elizabeth with his wife and two sons.
Cianchette became a trustee of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation in 2013, assumed the role of board chair in 2018 and oversaw an executive leadership transition later that year. He is president and general manager of Main Line Fence Co.
Foerster began volunteering with Camp Susan Curtis more than 25 years ago and served as trustees board chair in 2012. As director of facilities operations at L.L. Bean, he contributed to ensuring the quality and safety of Camp facilities.
Since 1974, Camp Susan Curtis, a program of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation, has provided a transformative camp experience that nurtures self-confidence and a sense of belonging in Maine children facing economic hardship. Referred by their schools, children from around the state return year after year, with many moving to apprentice or camp staff roles that prepare them for life after camp.
For more details, go to susancurtis.org.

Alzheimer’s foundation offering college scholarships
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering scholarships to college-bound high school seniors affected by Alzheimer’s disease of up to $5,000 as part of its annual Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest.
High school seniors across the country are invited to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes how Alzheimer’s has impacted themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned from their experiences. Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, volunteering or working at a care setting, raising Alzheimer’s awareness or conducting research about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses are all experiences that teens are invited to share.
The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, with the first-runner-up receiving $2,500, the second-runner-up receiving $1,500 and honorable mentions also being given that range from $400 to $1,000 in college scholarships.
Additional information about the contest is available at alzfdn.org/scholarship. Entries must be submitted by Feb. 15.
For more details, call the foundation at 866-232-8484.

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