Carrabec High School announces top 10 seniors

From left-to-right, top row: Emma Baker, Julia Baker, Abigayle Ballard, Cheyenne Cahill, Tyler Edwards. Bottom row: Shyanne Holmes, Courtney Rollins, Trinity Slate, Brandon Smith, Garrett Wilson.

Carrabec High School, in North Anson, top ten students in the class of 2022.

Emma Baker is the daughter of Dean and Melissa Baker, of Embden. Emma will be attending Suny Plattsburgh University in New York for computer science.

Julia Baker is the daughter of Eric and Kelly Baker, of Embden. Julia will be attending Kennebec Valley Community College for nursing/general studies.

Abigayle Ballard is the daughter of Kevin Ballard, of Wiscasset, and Terry and Adam Soosman, of Embden. Abigayle will be attending Kennebec Valley Community College for business/barketing.

Cheyenne Cahill – Valedictorian, is the daughter of Michael and Kimberly Cahill, of Embden. Cheyenne will be attending the University of New England majoring in applied exercise science.

Tyler Edwards is the son of Heather Wahler, of Embden. Tyler will be attending the University of Maine for new media.

Shyanne Holmes – Salutatorian, is the daughter of William and Jennifer Holmes, of North Anson. Shyanne will be attending Thomas College majoring in business.

Courtney Rollins is the daughter of Duayne and Jenney Rollins, of Solon. Courtney will be continuing in the work force.

Trinity Slate is the child of Stacey Slate, of North Anson. Trinity will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington for International and global studies.

Brandon Smith is the son of Kenneth and Rebecca Smith, of Anson. Brandon will be attending Thomas College for their public accounting program.

Garrett Wilson is the son of Jonathan and Susan Wilson, of Embden. Garrett will be attending a four-year college.

Endicott College announces local dean’s list students

Endicott College, in Beverly, Massachusetts, the first college in the U.S. to require internships of its students, is pleased to announce its Fall 2021 dean’s list students.

The following students have met these requirements:

Alana York, of Palermo, majoring in business management, is the daughter of Cheryl York and Andrew York.

Kristen Dube, of Sidney, majoring in nursing, is the daughter of Sarah Dube and Robert Dube.

Area residents named to dean’s list at University of New England

The following students have been named to the dean’s list for the 2021 fall semester at the University of New England, in Biddeford. Dean’s list students have attained a grade point average of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0 at the end of the semester.

Olivia McPherson, of Albion; Valerie Capeless, Zinaida Gregor, Jessica Guerrette, Brooklynn Merrill and Julia White, all of Augusta; Sidney Knox, of Benton; Alden Balboni, Kierra Bumford and Tyler Pellerin, all of Oakland: Sarah Kohl and Olivia Roy, both of Sidney; Julia Steeves and Dawson Turcotte, both of Skowhegan; Lauren Boatright, Noelle Cote and Richard Winn, all of South China; Libby Breznyak and Lauren Pinnette, both of Waterville; and Juliann Lapierre and Justice Picard, both of Winslow.

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Local residents named to Simmons University dean’s list

The following local students were named to the 2021 fall semester dean’s list at Simmons University, in Boston, Massachusetts. To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.

Allyson Cunningham, of Augusta; Kaili Shorey, of Vassalboro, Abigail Bloom, of Waterville, and Maddie Beckwith, of Winslow.

Local residents receive Academic honors at Northeastern

Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. The following local students were recently named to the University’s dean’s list for the Fall semester, which ended in December 2021.

Augusta resident Mandy Cooper, majoring in business administration.

Augusta resident Lauren Murray, majoring in economics.

Chelsea resident Michael Nicholas, majoring in mechanical engineering/physics. In addition to achieving distinction through the dean’s list, Nicholas is a member of the University Honors Program.

To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

Teenage historians honored

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On April 2, at the Winslow Congregational Church, the Fort Halifax Chapter, NSDAR presented awards to six young adults at a Student Tea held in their honor. The American History Contest is offered to students in grades 5-12. The fifth grade winner was Elizabeth Longfellow, the daughter of Hailey Longfellow and Patrick Morrison. Dominique Giroux-Paré the daughter of Michelle and Rick Giroux-Paré was chosen as the winner from the eighth grade. They both wrote on the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” and were presented Certificates of Participation. They also both received a historical coloring book published by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Carrina Chen, the daughter of Sandy and Wing Chen received the Jennie Paine Howard Award for achieving the highest rank in American History in her junior class. She was presented a medal and certificate for her outstanding work. Carrina also received a historical coloring book.

Three students were chosen by the faculty from area schools as the DAR Good Citizen Candidate. They included Megan Huesers, daughter of Katie and Thomas Huesers, of Winslow High School, Kloe McEachirn, daughter of Brandy and Corey Dow, of the Maine Arts Academy, and Sawyer Inman, the son of David Inman and Frieda Mavor, of Mt. View High School. Megan Huesers wrote the winning essay for the Fort Halifax Chapter entitled “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” They all received the DAR Good Citizen certificate and pin. Megan will receive an American flag that has been flown at the Maine State Capitol.

VCS middle schoolers take a trip down the road to witness historic event

Matt Streeter, one of the key people on the alewife project, tells students about ecological changes that have occurred at the old Mill site. (photo by Gillian Lalime)

by Gillian Lalime

On Friday, May 6, students from the VCS middle school took a field trip following the Outlet Stream that runs from China Lake into the Kennebec River. This educational experience was orchestrated through a collaboration of Brian Stanley, librarian at the Vassalboro Public Library, and Melora Norman, at Vassalboro Community School, with the chosen topic of Alewives. Students visited the Box Mill, in North Vassalboro, and the Masse Mill, in East Vassalboro, to learn about the seasonal migration of these fish as well as historic and ecological impacts of the run. Over the last ten years organizations including Maine Fish and Wildlife and Maine Rivers have worked to restore the annual alewive’s run by removing unused dams and creating fish passages. The year 2022 marks an historic event of the alewive’s unobstructed route to China Lake, where they will spawn for the first time in over 200 years.

Middle school students sit in a circle while Vassalboro community member, Holly Weidner, leads a discussion about indigenous history of the land on which East Vassalboro’s Masse Mill is located. (photo by Gillian Lalime)

CORRECTION: Previously, the caption on the photo above referred to Holly Weidner as being from the Vassalboro Historical Society. She is not a part of VHS. The caption has been updated.

Roger Files graduates from academy

Roger Files

Roger Files, of Palermo, the son of Rachel Files, of Palermo, and Michael Simmons, of Belgrade, has graduated from the Maine Connections Academy, of Scarborough, on June 3, 2022.

Throughout Roger’s high school career he achieved high school honor status and was inducted into the National Honor Society during his senior year. He also attended Palermo Consolidated School, and Grace Academy, in South China.

His interests include playing e-sports, swim team competition (USA) through the Mid-Maine Dolphins, at the Alfond Youth and Community Center, in Waterville, and holds a brown belt in karate through Club NAHA, also located at the AYCC. He also received a Dolphins award.

In 2019, Roger was a CIT (coach in training) for assisting the younger children in swimming. He also worked as a lifeguard at the Waterville Municipal Swimming Pool during the summer of 2021.

Immediately following graduation, Roger intends to enter the workforce.

Carrabec High School third quarter honors, Spring 2022

Carrabec High School

Grade 12, high honors: Julia Baker, Cheyenne Cahill, Elisa Corradini, Seth Sayles, Trinity Slate, Cassidy Smith and Ethan Wyman; honors:  Lilly Augustine, Emma Baker, Roger Beaulieu, Erin Clark, Alexander Cloutier, Xavier Cloutier, Charlee Davis, Shyanne Holmes, Brianna Kimball, Abigail Luce, Sean Olson, Courtney Rollins, Devon Spencer and Garrett Wilson.

Grade 11, high honors:  Luke Carey; honors: Jessica Benedict, Zebadiah Burnham, Joel Gehrke, Robert Lindblom, Jr., Caitlyn Oliver, Conner Peabody and Hunter Sousa.

Grade 10, high honors:  Kolby Carpenter, Jayden Cates, Devyn DeLeonardis, Brooke-Alexis Dube, Molly Hay, Dillon Nelson and Hailey Wyman; honors: Riley Crocker, Cooper Dellarma, Toby-Nicholas Gower, William Lawrence, Summer Lindblom, Jordyn Plourd and Alyssa Schinzel.

Grade 9,  high honors:  Machaon Pierce and Desmond Robinson; honors: Logan Caldwell, Kobi Jennings, Haley McFadyen, Gerald Rollins, Josephine Scheve and Brooks Sousa.

Vassalboro Community School third quarter honors, Spring 2022

Vassalboro Community School (contributed photo)


High honors: Emily Almeida, Ava Lemelin, Alexandria O’Hara and AddisonWitham.

Honors: Moira Bevan, William Ellsey, Madison Estabrook, Talula Kimball, Timothy Kiralis, Jacob Lavallee, Paige Littlefield, Brayden McLean, Emily Piecewicz and Leahna Rocque.

Honorable mention: Saunders Chase, Leigh-Ann Gagnon, Daniel Ouellette, Lillian Piecewicz and Leah Targett.


High honors: Madison Burns, Eilah Dillaway, Henry Olson and Bryson Stratton.

Honors: Tyler Clark, Owen Couture, Ryley Desmond, Peyton Dowe, Wyatt Ellis, Alora Edquibel, Madison Field, Xavier Foss, Adalyn Glidden, Bailey Goforth, Kylie Grant, Mason Lagasse, Kaitlyn Maberry, Josslyn Ouellette, Noah Pooler, Natalie Rancourt and Mackullen Tolentino.

Honorable mention: Aliya Bourque, Emma Charleston, Jack Malcolm, Ayden Norton, Mackenzie Oxley, Taiya Rankins and Kaleb Tolentino.


High honors: Benjamin Allen, Drew Lindquist, Caleb Marden, Paige Perry, Judson Smith and Reid Willett.

Honors: Juliet Boivin, Tristyn Brown, Gabriella Grundage, Zoey DeMerchant, Dylan Dodge, Jennah Dumont, Ryleigh French, Zachary Kinrade, Cooper Lajoie, Bentley Pooler, Abigail Prickett, Leigha Sullivan, Hannah Tobey, William Trainor and Alana Wade.

Honorable mention: Dominick Bickford, Kayden Renna, Brooke Reny and Jade Travers.


High honors: Samuel Bechard, Emily Clark, Keegan Clark, Basil Dillaway, Baylee Fuchswanz, Zoe Gaffner, Allyson Gilman, Lillyana Krastev, Kaitlyn Lavallee, Cheyenne Lizzotte, Mia McLean, Agatha Meyer, Mackenzy Monroe, GraceTobey and Ava Woods.

Honors: DaVontay Austin, Peyton Bishop, Bryleigh Burns, Tess Foster, Fury Frappier, Bayleigh Gorman, Jack LaPierre, Aiden McIntyre, Jaelyn Moore, Kaylee Moulton, Kassidy Proctor, Emma Robbins and Landen Theobald.

Honorable mention: Kaleb Charlebois, Olivia Dumas, Weston Pappas and Naseem Umar.


High honors: Zander Austin, Xainte Cloutier, Samantha Craig, Mariah Estabrook, Riley Fletcher, Sarina LaCroix, Landon Lagasse, Cassidy Rumba, Haven Trainor, Ashton Walters and Cameron, Willett.

Honors: Lukas Blais, Jayson Booker, Sophia Brazier, Twila Cloutier, Kaylee Colfer, Wyatt Devoe, Dekan Dumont, Dawson Frazier, Aubrey Goforth, Isaac Leonard, Jade Lopez, Elliott Rafuse, Juliahna Rocque, Bryce Sounier and Meadow Varney.

Honorable mention: Aliya Anthony, Kiara Apollo, Grace Clark, Brandon Fortin, Camden Foster, Peter Giampietro, Lucian Kinrade, Jayden Leighton, Arianna Muzerolle, Olivia Perry and Isaiah Smith.


High honors: Hunter Brown, Kamdyn Couture, Cooper Grant, Olivia Lane, Brooklyn Leach, Simon Olson, Landon Qyuint, Willa Rafuse, Alexis Reed, Jackson Robichaud, Asher Smith and Robert Wade.

Honors: Ryder Austin, Alexander Bailey, Rylee Boucher, Reese Chechowitz, Garbriella Coderre, Braiden Crommett, Molly Dearborn, Levi DeMerchant, Addison Dodge, Anthony Dyer, Mikkah-Isabella Grant, Hunter Green, Sophia-Lynn Howard, Tanner Hughes, Kendall Karlsson, Jase Kimball, Jason Marhefka, Keegan Robinson, Christopher Santiago and Elliot Stratton.

Honorable mention: Amaya-Lynn Belanger, Maverick Brewer, Liam Dowe, Chase Fay, Aubrie Hill, Landon Lindquist and William Vincent.