Catholic Schools Week Heroes

During Maine Catholic Schools Week from Feb. 1-5, students at St. Brigid School in Portland, shown here, assembled over 200 cleaning kits for Maine Needs, a Portland organization that helps Maine residents meet basic needs by providing clothing, hygiene products and household items. Students, teachers and staff at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick participated in Catholic Schools Week by conducting a food collection contest between classrooms, with all proceeds benefiting Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Contributed / Portland Diocese

NYA student draws accolades

North Yarmouth Academy announced Sally Stronge, class of 2023, of Freeport, received an honorable mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her acrylic painting, “Brothers,” and mixed media, “Catching a Miracle.”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition for creative teens. Since 1923, the awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of the nation’s youth and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.

OUT Maine awarded $100K

OUT Maine is converting its in-person professional development curriculum and expanding the content to reach more people who work with LGBTQ+ youth, thanks to $100,000 in funding from Jane’s Trust and You Have Our Trust Fund.

While over 8,000 educators, health care and behavioral health providers have been trained in the last five years, the need for community-based support is growing. According to the Maine Department of Education, 20% of Maine’s teens identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary or questioning.

Dollars for scholars

The 2021 Atlantic Federal Credit Union College Scholarship is now open to applicants. Members who will be graduating high school this spring and have plans to continue their education are eligible to apply for one $10,000, one $5,000 scholarship, one $2,500 scholarship, one $1,500 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship. Download an application at or obtain one at any Atlantic branch. All applications must be received or postmarked no later than March 26; see for more.

The Maine Press Association is awarding $4,000 in scholarships to three journalism students for the spring semester to juniors and seniors with financial need who plan to pursue a career in the field. For details, contact Sindhu Manjesh at [email protected]

Parker Harnett of Yarmouth was selected as the recipient of the Maine JCI Senate’s Denis R. Pratt Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $250. Harnett’s application will be forwarded for national judging by the U.S. JCI Senate Foundation, which will award 35 scholarships nationally in the amount of $1,000 each.