Auburn: Abby Bellefleur, Lauren Bennett, Colin Benson, Felicia Binette, Ashley Brackett, Taylor Brackett, Ryan Chamberland, Joshua Delong, Marie Dufresne-Dixon, Mikael Heikkinen, Nathaniel Hernandez, Kennedy Hubbard, Nicole LaRue, Michael Lucas, Zachary Lutick, Briana Lynch, Jaclyn Masters, Eileen McKinney, Kaelina Perron, George Peterson, Gabriel Poulin, Claire Ross, Taylor Tyrrell, Sophie Wallace, Jake Willows
Durham: Shane Cloutier, Evan Hendershot, Daniel Jacques, Vanessa Lee, William McEnery
Greene: Katherine Bartos, Brandon Clark, Kristen DiBello, Sarah Gosselin, Callie Greco, Trevor Lessard, Sierra Santomango
Lewiston: Nathan Berube, Zakkary Castonguay, Perry Chan, James Dumas, Jared Dumas, Daniel Fortier, John Goulet, Katie Hummes, Christian Labonte, Paige LeBlond, Laurianne Murphy, Brianna Payne, John Peters, Christopher Poulin, James Poulin, Cameron Poussard, Hannah Rheaume, Kaitlyn Roy, Viany Selengbe, Faith Shaw, Jacob Sicotte, Mikaela St Laurent, Alexandria Wilson
Lisbon: Nicholas Corey, Lydia Martin
Lisbon Falls: Sierra Crosby, Kartika Romano
Livermore: Adrienne Alley, Thomas Bizier, Katelyn Townsend
Livermore Falls: Natalie Goding, Amanda Robbins
Mechanic Falls: Olivia Doyer, Christopher Roderick
Minot: Hanna Paradis, Stephanie Sirois, Lindsay Theriault, Delaney Woodford
Poland: Tucker Jones
Sabattus: Zachary Fisher, Kayla Gayton, Brittney Marshall
Turner: Justin Bean, Macey Berube, Brianna DeGone, Allison Fereshetian, Zachary Goulette, Carter Hathaway, David Hersom, Morgan Hill, Britni Hutchinson, Samantha Hutchinson, Taylor Ouellette, Rebecca Rancourt, Morgan Shaw, Shelby St Pierre, Matthew Thibodeau
Wales: Ian Bouffard, Joseph Turcotte, Tyler Turcotte
Ashland: Kali Pelletier
Benedicta: Casey Fichter
Caribou: Devin Ballard, Annie Collins, Kayla Cormier, Jerry Ferszt, Charlie Griffeth, Haley Hunter, Charm Karunasiri, Chaya Karunasiri, Katherine Keaton, Ginger Kieffer, Emilee Sirois, Dean Walker, Delaney Williams
Castle Hill: Kelsey Corriveau
Caswell: Bailey St Pierre, Emily St Pierre
Chapman: Clarissa Buck, Kelsey Buck
Crystal: Shelby Hartin
Eagle Lake: Samuel Albert
Easton: Sydney Trask, Holden Turner
Fort Fairfield: Sarah Holbrook
Fort Kent: Lauren Doak, Antonio Naranja, Chelsey Plourde
Frenchville: Jonathan Roy
Grand Isle: Valerie Parker
Hodgdon: Gregory Griffin, Courtney Jurson, Jordan Wilson
Houlton: Sarah Abbotoni, Cordell Beaton, Rebecca Crandall, Kelsey Fitzpatrick, Marcy Hernandez, Nicholas Lunn, Abigail Moody, Emma Reed, Rachael Torres, Franki White
Island Falls: Desirae DuBois, Amanda Rose
Linneus: Devon Logie
Ludlow: Lauren Howell, Amanda Ryan, Erik Ryan
Madawaska: Kevin Boucher, Victoria Gagnon, Deejay Gendreau, Darin Jandreau, Kirk Michaud, Kyle Tardif
Mapleton: Hanna Postell, Elizabeth Wright
New Limerick: Taylor Carpenter
Perham: Dani Wolland
Presque Isle: Amanda Bagley, Brittany Good, Joshua Gordon, Stephen Goulet, Kyle Goupille, Jenice Jarvis, Jacqueline Lambert, William Paradis, Connor Shaw, Harold Stewart, Jacob Towle, Evan Waddell
Saint David: Jacob Gendreau, Samantha Pelletier
Stockholm: Elsa Thibodeau
Van Buren: Nicholas LaJoie, Eric Laplante
Wade: Nicholas Silver
Woodland: Kendra Stephens
Bridgeton: Frances Kimball, Derrek Schrader, Wesley Sulloway, Michael Triglione
Brunswick: Sarah Basquez, Matthew Burnette, Lucy Comaskey, Sally DeForest, Rashon Edgerton, Erin Eldridge, Rosaleen Erwin, Alexis Gillis, Devin Greenlaw, Jesse Holland, Timothy Kiely, Ethan Knowles, Justin Libby, Amanda MacDonald, Caroline Reno, Emma Reno, Dylan Robinson, Emily Roy, Samantha Roy, Evan Studwell, Isaac Turner, Kylie Wild
Cape Elizabeth: John Campbell, Anthony Castro, Tory Downer, Samuel Duddy, Dylan Egeland, Elise Galgano, Kia Hewins, Stefan LaRose, Connor Logan, Rachel Matusko, Shannon Nicholson, Matthew Oberholtzer, Kayla Raftice, David Terwilliger
Casco: Stephanie Fowler, Leona Kluge-Edwards, Christian Oren
Cumberland: Evan Campbell, Laura DeVaudreuil, Ian Mecray
Cumberland Center: Matthew Blanchard, Paul Caruso, Allison Farr, Michael Geissler, Mariah Gilbert, Katherine Harrington, Grant Kern, Robert Moore, Samuel Parkinson
Falmouth: Marley Dewey, Samuel Favreau, Stephanie Gramse, Sarah Grondin, William Jones, Allison McDonald, Abigail Pratico, Alexander Robison, Lee Skillin, Megan Smith, Sarah Sukeforth, Matthew Tseng
Freeport: Mallerie Chomyn, Amanda Curtis, Brady Davis, Alexis Dietrich, Dillion Hindley, Zachery Hindley, Drew Johnson, Lorin Martens, Logan Parker, Danielle Perry, Ethan Roney, Katherine Turner, Colleen Williams, Eric Wold
Gorham: Abegayle Brown, Ashley Crane, Joseph DeRoy, Julia Donley, Johna Doyle, William Eldridge, Molly Folan, Leaha Keene, Aleksandr Kutchmarick, Jesse Orach, Clayton Peterson, Benjamin Pomeroy, Sarah Robinson, Kaitlyn SeeHusen, Michael SeeHusen, Lindsey Smith, Matthew Southard, Rachael Webster, Lisa Wong
Gray: Alan Bennett, Grace Ferguson, Aeleah Granger, Allyson Kirby, Lindsay McKeen, Molly Mooney, Casey Myhaver, Ethan Ridge, Matthew Taplin
Harpswell: William Hayes, Anne Mclaughlin, Jamie Merriam, George Ouellette, Lauren Rice
Harrison: Justin St John
Naples: Kathryn Caulfield, Taylor Cronin, Savannah DeVoe, Maude Meeker, Ryan Skillern, Haley Vaudreuil
New Gloucester: Benjamin Blais, Drew Densmore, Michael Flanders, Stacey Libby, Stephanie Libby, Michael Lyons, Eliabeth Pflugradt, Emily Tynes, Alicia Valente, Peter Westra
North Yarmouth: Lindsey Burton, Peter Colesworthy, Mimi Edmonson, Rachel Ferrara, Molly Fitzpatrick, Jamie Kittridge, Kyle Morrison, Ryan Rybka
Portland: Cleo Barker, Holly Bauer, Caitlynn Brown, Kayla Cavallaro, Patrick Celestine, Benjamin Chapman, Michael Dandy, Taylor Dimick, Sean Foley, Maxfield Freeman, Olivia Glidden, Sierra Gridley, Jacob Hatch, Michael Hebert, Gene Herrschaft, Emily Kelsey, Grace Kiffney, Zachary Lane, Delaney Loring, Nathan Mathis, Jack Melcher, Hannah Noonan, Briar Pelletier, Samuel Pierce, Griffin Py, Sean Randall, Christine Reynolds, Jack Rideout, Daniella Runyambo, Aoife Ryle, Evan Sampson, Ahmed Shkara, Elijah Tabachnick, Alexandra Wirth
Pownal: Kelly Edwards, Sadie Russell, Shane Verville
Raymond: Emily Callahan, Drew Gagnon, Leah Orsini
Scarborough: Lauren Aceto, Adam Brown, Alexander Cherry, Danielle Cooledge, Kelsey Dillon, Isabella DiPhilippo, Samantha Donahue-Ramsey, Sydney DuEst, Russell Garland, Connor Gervais, Christian Harvie, Sarah Hoops, Colin Hulst, Lucy Iselborn, Joseph Lancaster, Benjamin Lindsay, Peyton Morrissette, Madeline Palmer, Kathleen Pride, Charles Raybine, Jamie Rowe, Jacob Rutt, Daniel Slavin, Kristen Spencer, John Sullivan, Anthony Verzoni, Joseph Viola
Sebago: Kathryn Cutting, Heather Hall
South Portland: Brandyn Chretien, Samuel Cross, Kelly Dooling, Caleb Elsemore, Jamie Fisher, Jennifer Fletcher, Elizabeth Grant, Alicia Harvey, Taaniel Kiidli, Krista Kornchuk, Natasha Locke, Hannah Noll, Dominic Tannoia
Standish: Kaitlin Clark, Kaitlin Kohler, Sebastian Luy, Cameron McKague, Shannon Sanborn, Avery Wormwood, Whitney Yates
Steep Falls: Kayla Leland, Haley Thorne
West Baldwin: Christina Metcalf
Westbrook: Austin Blake, Kevin Bois, Darren Brown, Eliot Gagne, Rachel Germaine, Emily Grossman, Jacquelyn Harris, Andrew Lamson, Emily Marean, Aric Nappi, Kelly Wilson
Windham: Samuel Blauvelt, Meaghan Byrnes, Bradford Carpentier, Nate Dubuc, Jillian Gamache, Nicolas Gleason-Boure, Cameron Goodwin, Courtney Greenwood, Hannah LaClaire, Patrick Laliberte, Gregory Morrison, Keith Sample, Rachel Scala, Avery Topel, Haley Williams, Colin Zwirner
Yarmouth: Campbell Belisle Haley, Olivia Conrad, Emma Corbett, Sara Costello, Suzanne Driscoll, Ashley Eaton, Claire Fouchereaux, Benjamin Johnson, Conner Lajoie, Abigail MacDonald, Bailey Sheehan
Carrabassett Valley: Nicholas Vickers
Farmington: Ryan Flanagan, Ethan Howatt, Rachel Karno
Industry: Hanna Deon
Jay: James Barker, James Bartlett, Brittany DiPompo, Alexander Hartford, Joshua Horne, Jared Ouellette, Lucas Preble, Melanie Robitaille, Kaitlyn Smith, Trevor Tufts, Kathryn Ventrella
Kingfield: Emma Houston
New Sharon: Naomi Caywood, Lena Kendall, Abigail Lochala, Daniel Reed
Phillips: Joshua Beedy
Rangeley: Allison Hammond
Stratton: Christian Beauregard
Strong: Ivy Mitman
Wilton: Thomas Haines, Joseph Lawson, Ruth Leopold, Michael Maclean, Kjell Nordstrom
Aurora: Jacob Neal
Bar Harbor: Ryan Cox, Sean Cox, Coleman Fernald, Molly Moon, Elliot Ossanna, Mackenzie Tibbetts, Mary Yarumian
Blue Hill: Mindy Carter, Austin Erickson, Gabrielle Farley, Landere Naisbitt, Sabrina Vivian, Lucy Wanning
Brooklin: Viktoria Staples
Brooksville: Jessica Dyer, Tiffany Mitchell
Bucksport: Kelli Alley, Chloe Carmichael, Jade Darragh, Mary Hunt, Christopher Powell, Megan Smith, Melissa Stewart, John White, Sadie Wight
Castine: Anthony Codega, Justin Willis
Corea: Hannah Woodward
Dedham: Johathan Deschaine, Brittney Nickerson, Abigail Vicnaire, Linley Wakeland
Deer Isle: Kelsey Davis, Samuel Grindle, Megan Weed
Ellsworth: James Doty, Miranda Grant, Nichole Hamrick, Anna Jordan, Robert Looker, Patrick MacKay, Justice Maddocks-Wilbur, Cecelia McEachern, Michael Newman, Nathan Unruh, Isabelle Vachon, Rosehannah Vachon, Benjamin Walton
Franklin: Sarah Frost, Benjamin Reed
Gouldsboro: Michael Dunleavey
Harborside: Kevin Neal
Hulls Cove: Brittany Bedard
Lamoine: Ashley Oleson
Mount Desert: Sierra Colson, Elizabeth Woolfolk
Orland: Jacob Chase, Merrill Slaven
Southwest Harbor: Elizabeth Dunbar, Brandie Dziegiel, Gillian Morrison, Emma Oppewall, Mica Perruzzi, Sarah Stanley
Stonington: Hayden Ciomei, Gareth Warr
Sullivan: Jacqueline Cormier, Jennie Daley, John San Diego
Surry: Karyn Carlin, Abigail Hayden, Adam Kaspala, Alyssa Langley-Wolk, Cynthia Thielen
Trenton: Brailee Black, Keegan McKim, Tyler McKim
Verona Island: Kayla Gray, Colleen Lucy
Augusta: David Audet, John Beeckel, Jordan Brown, Arianna Castonguay, Dallas Clark, Elizabeth Cote, Elisha Glusker, Mckenzie Green, Jacob Harriman, Victoria Lovejoy, Erin Mercier, Blake Peachey
Belgrade: Blake Bourque, Alexandra Cole, Ryan Scott
Benton: Thad Chamberlain
Chelsea: Jack Brannigan, Justin Puckett
China: James Riordan
Clinton: Jaimie Belanger, Aaron Brown, Ryan Duperry, Sarah Heald, Miles Smith, Olivia White
East Vassalboro: Hannah Grover
Fairfield: David Austin, Mary Ellen Blodgett, Nicole Bowen, Josie Champagne, Hannah Chavis, Joseph Leclair, Erika Morin, Taylor Rolfe, Anthony Sementelli, Lawryn White
Farmingdale: Heather Gilbert, Jake Levesque, Steven Longfellow, Bradley Shepherd, Michael Woods
Fayette: Aaron Black, Alex Black, Ian Jewett
Gardiner: Marianna Desoto, Bridget Duffy, Emily Kobrock, Brianna Mosher, Rebecca Paradee, Matthew Plourde, Camerin Seigars, Dehvin Trussell
Hallowell: Erin Ballew, Adam Fullmer, Shanay Gilbert, Thomas Macy, Jonathan McCullum, Samuel Shepherd, Kurt Thiele
Kents Hill: Shaunna Damboise
Litchfield: Amanda Bloss, Kenneth Clarke, Samuel Hatch, Oleg Wing
Manchester: Emily Colfer, James Cumming, Cameron Guild, Margaret Keeley, Michael Kelley, Tyler Lang, Chelsea McLaughlin
North Monmouth: Colby Wilson
Oakland: Lucas Bartlett, Samuel Dubois, Kirsha Finemore, Colby Fischang, Kyle Hanson, Audrey Knowlton, Samantha Mathieu, Olivia Poulin, Benton Purnell, Benjamin Schaff, Allan Walsh
Randolph: Colby Fortier-Brown, Alexander Roberts
Readfield: Megan Dood, Mitchell Fellows, Grace Kavanah, Kelby Mace, Eleanor Nazar, Madeline Nazar, Kathryn Smith, Gwendolyn Walsh
Rome: Allison DeLisle
Sidney: Philip Bean, Jacob Cole, Cameron Dick, Nickolas Ferguson, Keenan Knox, Daniel Paradis, Sydney Shackett, Jennifer Stanley
South China: Kristen Alberts, Emily Deering, Mason Emery, Jennifer Prescott, Morgan Prescott, Katherine Wight
Vassalboro: Taylor Bailey, Marissa Bovie, Moriah Cloutier, Jeffrey Pulver, Sarah Toto
Vienna: Robert Sepanek
Waterville: Michael Bailey, Riley Barth, Rachael Bergeron, Alexis Bowman, Cassandra Dechaine, Sage Duguay, Grace Gould, Lucas Higgins, Hannah Jabar, Marisa Jolicoeur, Elizabeth Jones, Celena Lucier, Katelyn Massey, James Nelson, Michael Nelson, Morgan Pellerin, James Robe, Mathew Rumsey, Allison Scully, Todd Serbent, Grace Skoczenski
Wayne: Jason Stevenson
Weeks Mills: Chase Drummond
West Gardiner: Rebecca Champagne, Emalee Couture, Justin Ladner, Hannah Luken
Windsor: Sarah Allisot, Jarrod Lenfest, Emma Wilkinson
Winslow: Kyle Castagnetto, Nicole Greene, Karlee Price, Kody Price, Rachel Sirois, Aysha Vear, Meghan Wolf
Winthrop: Connor Chu, Reilly Fitzgerald, Christopher Halligan, Travis Hutchins, Lauren Kaiser, Julia LaRochelle, Emily Mayer, Lauren Selwood, Justin White
Appleton: Neal Harrison-Billiat, Lydia Powell
Camden: Julie Beauchesne, Morgan Cates, Samuel Jordan, Paige Kuplinski, Stephanie Leclerc, Caroline Matteo, Kyle Nolan, Kevin Pierce, Emily Sargent
Cushing: Lindsey Joyce, Julia Sell
Friendship: Suzanne Rourke
Hope: Hanna Karas
Owls Head: Ciera Bedard, FuFei Chen, Afton Hupper, Emma Mason
Rockland: Cody Chase, Jacob Collins, Kyle Fowlie, Heidi Mills, Jason Walker
Rockport: Tyler Coleman, Emily Lane, Meghan Lane
South Thomaston: Maggie Drinkwater, Sean Grace
Spruce Head: Amber Elwell
Tenants Harbor: Amelia Reinhardt, Katlyn Rich, Michael Ansart
Thomaston: Ariana Wadsworth, Tamra Wallace
Union: Sarah Fearing, Samantha Hilt, Anne Howell
Vinalhaven: Jennifer Guptill
Warren: Rachel Chase, Kaitlyn Hanson, Nicole Weaver
Washington: Oliver Fenn
Alna: Alyssa Urquhart
Boothbay: Jesse Bonin, Andrew Goode, Kathryn Gottlieb, Nellie Kelly
Boothbay Harbor: Shelby Neuschwanger
Bremen: Teiga Martin, Timothy Wells
Damariscotta: Joshua Hoepner
Dresden: Helen Call, Megan Corson
Edgecomb: Karen Brown, Hannah Elder, Arden McSwain
Jefferson: Robert Fasano, Michaela Fortin, Andrew Foster, Kyle Scherer
New Harbor: Alice Gluchanicz
Newcastle: Chelsey Riendeau
Nobleboro: Melissa Howard
Somerville: Hannah Ladd
Waldoboro: Kelsie Grady, Carla White
Walpole: Katherine Bolster, Jake Daly-O’Donnell
Westport Island: Abigail Bradford, Lynne Cooney, Jackson Cromwell, Kerry Cummings, Thomas Reiss, Emily Whitaker
Whitefield: Nathan Burns, Abigail Gower, Michael McCormick, Cory Pedersen, Robert Soohey, Stephen Soohey
Bethel: Anneliese Smith
Brownfield: Catherine Gillette, Ian Shea
Buckfield: Jacob Bailey
Byron: Shayne Plourde
Center Lovell: Sarah Welch
Denmark: Mark Schrader
Dixfield: Eric Bolduc, Natalie Bolduc, Isiah Brown, Loren Keim
East Andover: Elek Pew
Fryeburg: Aubrie Howard, Liam LeConey, Alicia McDonald
Greenwood: Naomi Ellsworth
Hiram: Cole Miller
Lovell: Ellen Bacchiocchi, Austin Ward
Mexico: Derek Benedix, Sarah Nicols
Norway: Avery Gates, Jesse Newcomb, Nathan Tomczyk
Oxford: Abigail Bennett, Krista Clifford, Brittney Turnbull, Michael Walker
Peru: Samuel Rock, Ambyr Wilson, Kelsey Wilson
Porter: Christopher Rowley
Rumford: Lynsie Dupuis, Emily Gallant, Mercedes Gurney, Kera Miller
South Paris: Tyler Morin
Stow: Joshua Brecker, Currenn Mackie-Malcom
Sumner: Abigail Bragg
Waterford: Bryanne Starbird
West Paris: Ryan Billings
Alton: Kaytee O’Berry
Bangor: Joshua Andrews, Nicholas Ashey, Ariana Babineau, Patrick Bartley, Brian Berger, Samuel Bolduc, Amanda Brainerd, Addison Brewer, Crystal Burns, Kelly Bussell, Vincent Caccese, Daniel Clark, Julie Clifford, Katrina Coston, Sarah Courtright, Jenna Cross, Nathan Dee, Katelyn DeLong, Lucas Desjardins, Sennen Dillane-Warwick, Cara Doiron, Hannah Dubois, Michelle Duff, Darlene Emerson, Allyson Eslin, Benjamin Fearn, Devon Foster, Andrew Fournier, Mercedes Goodine, Jill Hamm, Jessie Hardy, Zackary Henderson, Todd Hillier, Cady Hockridge, Leslie Hood, McKenzie Hood, Steven Hooke, Marlee Huston, Taylor Jenkins, Alexzea Joles, Noah Karam, Maryam Kashkooli, Nicole King, Joachim Kisilywicz, Aaron Lamoreau, George Lindbom, Jason Linnell, William Long, Johanna Lunn, Nikkiah McManus, Lindsay Mestieri, Michelle Moeller, Rebecca Morgan, Aron Nichols, Julia Osborne, James Ozog, Joshua Paredes, Laura Pasquine, Julie Patterson, Peter Pfister, Andrew Prusaitis, Andrea Rickards, Ashley Robinson, Jeffrey Rogers, Erica Rovito, Andrya Ryan, Shannon Scarlett, Kaila Scione, Terry Shortt, Ashara Slagger, Erin Smith, Nicholas Stahl, Jonathan Stanhope, Katrina Stinson, Lauren Tata, Allison Thompson, Leanne Violette, Adam Weiner, Eric White
Bradford: Christopher Albert, Nicole Lamarche
Bradley: John Fatula, Miranda Gifford, Matthew Richard, Anna Spitzfaden
Brewer: Margaret-Grace Atherton, Juliana Bilodeau, Sonia Biswas, Mariana Bouchard, Roger Brasslett, Timothy Bush, Kimberly Caron, Molly Chapman, Cassie Garcelon, Kimberly Grindle, Anna Hayden, Erin Helfen, John Herlihy, Teal Jackson, Taylor Kaulfers, Lucas Lamond, Thomas Leighton, Amber Moon, Evan Nadeau, Casey Nash, Catherine Nichols, Emma Nichols, Keith Parker, Meghan Parkhurst, Kathleen Vallance
Carmel: Deborah Heyden, Kayla Nason, Sarah Treadwell
Charleston: Diane Dunham, Bethany Ward
Clifton: Charles Giammarco, Amanda Hughes
Corinna: Sarah Mullis
Corinth: Nicole Lessard
Dexter: Dylan Hanscom, Brooke Haskell, Rebecca Mason, Anna Ritland
Dixmont: Holly Hegarty
East Millinocket: Kristina Jamo, Matthew Morris
Eddington: Shelby Colburn, Caroline Deroche, Synclaire Tasker, Morgan Tidd
Enfield: Alissa Whitten
Etna: Joseph Garcia, Katelyn Manzo
Exeter: Cody Morgan
Glenburn: Katie Bishop, Kayla Bousfield, Brittney Chase, Joseph Cheff, Katrina Daigle, Jennifer Federico, Gabriel Gerow, Kimia Kashkooli, Katelynn Ronan, Matthew Schaefer, Connor Scofield, Bree-Anne Shaw, Christopher St Peter, Brittany Towle, Isaac Walton
Greenbush: Garvey Melmed, Shawn Ripley
Hampden: Orie Bartlett, Rebekah Boomer, Sarah Boomer, Catherine Bruno, Gabriel Burditt, Amy Cirrinone, Andrew Closson, Matthew Closson, Dylan Cole, Alex Cust, Ashley Danforth, Katherine Danforth, Joshua Deakin, Jasmine Deschesne, Samuel Donnelly, Olivia Duron, Christopher Francis, Jordyn Gilio, Julia Hidu, Maria Howson, Logan Huston, Angelina Iannazzi, Sophia Lataille, Jennifer Lilieholm, Margaret McCollough, Maci Monson, Benjamin Nelson, Taylor Plaisted, Kent Reichel, Kristina Reichel, Margaret Ross, Elizabeth Sturgeon, Dakota Sudbeck, Kristen Thibodeau, Nolan Turner, Jacob Ward, Ellie Webb
Hermon: Kelly Berglund, Evan Bowman, Audrey Cliff, Colleen Cropley, Nicolette Hashey, Bonnie Hatch, Nickolette Higgins, Elias Pasquerillo, Margaret Pierce, Miranda Roberts, Fawn Sullivan, Jessica Wade, Joshua Wilson, Jessica Wood
Holden: Megan Ackley, Shayne Andersen, Max Andrews, Keegan Bate, Marc Cammack, Molly Caron, Sarah Caron, Theresa Copeland, Alexa Grindle, Jill Hein, Ryan Jennings, Morgan Johnson, Robert Kiah, Chelsea King, Molly Martin, Forrest Miller, Emily Mills, Molly Moreshead, Jennifer Morrill, Hannah Nickerson, Jordan Nickerson, Katelyn Porter, Krystina Sanzaro, Reagan Smith, Blaine Williams, Tristan Wortman
Howland: Ryan Bergeron, Denise Smart, Monique Theriault, Amanda Thurlow
Hudson: Krista Foster
Indian Island: Thomas Attean
Kenduskeag: Derek Frey
Lee: Brandon Bourgoin, John Chase
Levant: Samantha Bullard, Jessica Devou, Erin Iverson, Amber Oakes, Jorden Osnoe, Christine Paul, Morgan Robinson, Brooke Sheridan
Lincoln: William Cloran, Logan Helsor, Gavin Higgins, Merissa Jordan, Harli Maxwell, Andrew Phinney, Connor Smart, Nicolette Smith
Lowell: Nicholas Garfield
Mattawamkeag: Dailyn Markie
Medway: Maxine Burleigh, Jared Lyons
Milford: Margaret Benson, Danielle Harrington, Stephannie Kreyssig, Stacy Meister, Matthew Murray, Christopher Phinney, Laura Vaillancourt, Jared Winchenbach, Amanda York, Zachary Zoroya
Millinocket: Lillian Dow, Steven Gregory, Cory Ladd, Alexandria Mooney
Newburgh: Alexandrea Becker, Amy Brown, Rogan Winch
Newport: John Butler, Camden Clark, Nicole Moore
Old Town: Nicole Altwater, Christopher Anderson, Meagan Areno, Scott Audet, Ryan Bateman, Hannah Cloutier, Taylor Cloutier, Meaghan Delcourt, Lisa Dezso, Kevin Dumas, Jennifer Dunham, Chynna Fuller, Edward Gonnella, Abbie Gray, Tyler Greenlaw, Sarah Harman, Kimberly Herron, Jaron Jones, Evan Lane, Jake Leithiser, Adam Letourneau, Amanda Livingston, Blaine Livingston, Hannah Livingston, Kylee Locke, Susan Lodge, Sophie Meltzer, Haley Michaud, Andrew Morgan, Kaitlyn Moriarty, Maxwell Morin, Evan Nedik, David Nelson, Susan Outman, Jalisa Patten, Yi Peng, Sarah Plunkett, Chandra Poliquin, Sarah Pressley, Jasmine Proctor, Dara Raymond, Scott Richards, Emma Richford, Julie Roach, Jason Robinson, Pamela Shimmel, Braden Sinclair, Amy Singer, Benjamin Smith, Jacob St Peter, Shaun Sylvester, Melissa Thompson, Zoie Trussell, Drew Van Steenberghe, Steven Vandez, Andres Velez, Sonja Williams
Orono: Antonio Addessi, Nathaniel Allan-Rahill, Ayman Alsuruj, James Antle, Sokhna Aw, Rodney Banks, Kate Berry, Sarah Bishop, Allison Brakey, Tyler Brooks, Samantha Brown, Joshua Brown, Emily Bryant, Heather Burke, Joseph Claar, Leah Clement, Avery Cole, Blaise Collett, Schuyler Collett, Kayla Collins, Zachary Connerty-Marin, Keren Copperman, Mariah Curtis, Derek Derosier, Guthrie Dyer, Jared Escobar, Shannon Fitzpatrick, Andria Foster, Marie-France Georges, Laura Goldshein, Joseph Goodin, Daya Hall-Stratton, Jessica Hamilton, Diana Inkova, Alexander Introne, Autumn Kendal, Benjamin Koehler, Philip Kolmar, Robert Laraway, Troy Lawrence, Tyrel Love, Hunter Manley, Alexis Mantis, Kayla Marquis, James Martin, Sage McClain, Whitney Moores, Haleigh Moran, Lindsey Moran, Kirsty Moriarty, Kimberly Mulvaney, Jayna Murphy, Amber Murray, Bienvenu Ndaruhutse, Anders Nelson, Cameron Ouellette, Zechariah Palmeter, Abby Parker, Samantha Pelletier, Meredith Polhemus, Nicholas Richmond, Travis Russell, Nicholas Shorette Alana Silverman, Jeremiah Simonsen, Javahn Smith, Kylie Smith, Bronte Sone, James Spruce, Aleeza Stearns, Andrea Steward, Jaymi Thibault, Sareena Toothaker, Zandalee Toothaker, Jonathan Torsch, Ethan Tremblay, Laura Triandafillou, Camila Tsuda, Anna Vanasse, Sydney Veljacic, Axl Wallingford, Angela Wilson, Annabelle Wilson, James Winters
Orrington: David Bickford-Duane, Kara Cowan, Matthew Dunning, Aaron Engroff, Shannon Falvey, Meagan Grass, Benjamin Jeffrey, Abigail Marvin, Jaime Roy, Hannah Ruhlin, Justin Smith, Faith Thomas, Emily Travis, Jeffrey Weeks, Haley Williams
Patten: Delaney Fitzpatrick, Nathan Moore
Plymouth: Darren Hayes, Renee Levasseur
Stetson: Kortlyn Gilley
Stillwater: James LeVasseur, Jocelyn St Jean
Veazie: Jordan Carr, Shawn Casey, Rebecca Clements, Katerina Dagher, Laura Donovan, Thomas Griffith, Emma Hardy, Hina Hashmi, Katie Hathaway, Ira Kramer
Woodville: Lauren Goodine
Atkinson: Sadie Zambrano
Blanchard Township: Marie Miller
Brownville: Mindy Downing
Dover-Foxcroft: Christine Cannon, Amber Chadrawi, Miranda Church, Daniel Decker, Mary Dever, Charles Hildebrant, Brent Thomas, Katie Thomas, Adolfo Zepeda, Madeline Kelly
Greenville: Gretel Breton, Amanda Sarol
Greenville Junction: Spencer Bernier, Anthony DiAngelo, Kenneth Howard
Guilford: Ruby D’salva-Bouton, Tara Fortier, Megan Martell
Milo: Camille Cramer
Sangerville: Megan Soden
Sebec: Mamie Clarke
Bath: Amy Franklin, Paige Martin, Kristen Shirley, Kai Whitehead
Bowdoin: Allicyn Fitzgerald, Allison Goodridge, Haley LaGrange, Morgan Martin, Mikaela Melcher, Eloise Melcher
Bowdoinham: Shauna Ferry, Adeline Schneider
Georgetown: Kathleen Crosby, Mikaela Martin, Nicole Rubin, Hannah Russell
Phippsburg: Dana Douglass
Richmond: Noell Acord, Sarah Dean, Margaret Robbins, Brianna Snedeker
Topsham: Margaret Bouchard, Courtney Burne, Robert Herrick, Gregory Kritzman, Caitlin LaFountain, Brian Messmer, Haley Michaud, Marie Ring, Sara Rogers, Connor Scott, Casey Williams
West Bath: Hilary Warner-Evans
Woolwich: Emily Buczkowski, Gabriela Peralta
Cambridge: Sarah Hoak
Canaan: Samantha Santos
Cornville: Samantha Turcotte
Detroit: Olivia Shaw
Fairfield: Grace Chavis
Harmony: Jacob Stutzman
Hartland: Kestrel D’Antilio, Abigail Elwell, Russell Wilson
Madison: Jason Copp, Lindsey Kandiko
Moscow: Dylan Belanger, Kristen Mathieu
Norridgewock: Devin Lachapelle, Stephanie Little, Savanna Power
Pittsfield: Alexander Audet, Megan Dunphy, Morgan Schanck, Andrew Schanck, Brittany Seekins
Rockwood: Katherine Miller
Saint Albans: Everett Coulter, Alyssa Taylor
Skowhegan: Molly Ballou, Nicolette Curran, Jaden Dickenson, Rhiannon LaPlante, Craig Lizotte, Anna Mabie, Lucas McDaniels, Christopher Paradis, Jillian Redmond
Smithfield: Holly Lupo
Belfast: Allison DellaMattera, Katrina Lapham, Harvey Shue
Brooks: Wendy Gibbs, William Yori
Frankfort: Katherine Bishop
Freedom: Trevor Diemer, Kyle Hadyniak, Zoli Kertesz, Joseph Malady
Liberty: Emily Lewis
Lincolnville: Jesse Drotar, Maximilian Geffken, Crockett Lalor, Renee Moody, Christopher Smith
Montville: Alexandria Jimenez, Skye Siladi
Morrill: Abigail Wessels
Searsmont: Emily Blood, Samuel Hoey
Searsport: Zachary Beaudry, Benjamin Bucklin, Jacob Bucklin, Pascal Francis-Mezger, Melissa Gent
Stockton Springs: Anderson Denduang, Frances Doyle, Colin Graebert
Swanville: Nikky Boyington
Thorndike: Brian Blanchard
Troy: Lorna Harriman
Unity: Daniel Ludden, Robert Powell
Waldo: Jennifer Allenwood, August Sender
Winterport: Olivia Barberi, Joshua Bessey, Cecilia Dube, Samantha Dunton, Erin Foley, Samuel Lebel, Ian Miller, Brittany Oettinger
Addison: Ross Trundy
Calais: Katie-Lynn Bridges, Meaghan Cavanaugh, Jesse Clark, Meagan Cloutier, Jordan Daley, Kimberly Harvell
Charlotte: Nicholas Sluzenski
Columbia: Brandon Torrey
Columbia Falls: Haley Toppin
Cutler: Molly Abrams
Danforth: Logan Crone
East Machias: Nigel Pingree, Matthew Talbot
Jonesboro: Kassidy Seeley, Taylor Seeley
Lubec: Chad Denbow
Machiasport: Caleb Beal, Jillian Day
Marshfield: Michael Larson
Milbridge: Cristina Perez, William West
Pembroke: Rachael Mahar
Perry: Natalie Altvater
Steuben: Cary Robinson
Topsfield: Taylor Cochran
Waite: Tamara Thomson
Weston: Felicia Cowger
Whiting: Gianna Porter
Acton: Abby Tranchemontagne
Alfred: Andrew Bullard, Katherine Caramihalis, Tabatha Goodale, Brady Goodwin, Jacqueline Stolo
Arundel: Colin Buttarazzi, Ciera Lamontagne
Bernard: Matthew Harkins
Berwick: Abbigale Beaulier, Andrew Butler, Nathan Dunn, Hayley Junkins, Cory Sollberger
Biddeford: Brooke Bailey, Justine Bouthot, Robert Cote, Kent Dao, Spencer Desrochers, Emily Doyon, Maeghen Howe, Christopher Jones, Michael Kennedy, Christian Knight, Maggie Maloy, Ashley McCauley, Anna Mininni, Amber Mondor, Vie Nadeau-Carney, Michael Shea, Timothy Waterman
Buxton: Lucas Knight, Brendan O’Neill
Cape Neddick: Mitchell Benoit, Andrew Hayford, Autumn Murtagh
Dayton: Alexander Belanger, Christina Caron, Audrey Dean, Avery Dunn
East Waterboro: Marjorie Lee, Kayla Schneider
Eliot: Bethany Ames, Garrett Brown, Alyssa Curtis, Melissa Drysdale, Isabella Etro, Jackson Foley, Thomas Kent, Olivia Mondene, Nathan Nappi, Hattie Stiles
Hollis Center: Casey Libby, Riley Mattor, Sean Turner
Kennebunk: Jedd Dill, Caleb Drake, Lauren Errico, Nicholas Haritos, Leah Malitsky, Nathan Ruel, Hannah Sirois
Kennebunkport: Nicholas Ames, Jennifer Davis, Samantha O’Shea
Kittery: Stephanie Beeskau, John LaMarca, Sarah Noble, Alexis Ovington, Andrew Perkins, Wesley Raines, Ariel Rochester, Timothy Rogers
Kittery Point: Abigail Hannigan, Mary Lambrecht, Mark Lambrecht
Lebanon: Nicole Brown, Alexandria Dix, Kylie Paradis, Samantha Wozmak
Lyman: Aleeshia Carroll, Phillip Twombly
North Berwick: Corey Halliday, Elizabeth Littlefield, Anna Wright, Ian Wright
North Waterboro: Madeline Sanborn
Old Orchard Beach: Emily Bordeau, Jamie Crowley, Shania Evangelista, Kailey Fogg, Samuel Jenkins, Jason Regis, James Strohm, Rebecca Wittman
Saco: Michelle Beauchemin, Robert Begin, Shelby Conklin, Alexandra Courtney, Amelia Courtney, Kayleigh DeFrancesco, Elizabeth Demin, Alison Folsom, Amanda Gibbons, Rebecca Harris, James Hutchinson, Meaghan Labbe, Cain Landry, Drew Landry, Danielle Laverriere, Katherine Lees, Devin Marsh, Christopher Nashi, James O’Neil, Kendall Pike, Christianna Roberts, Samantha Saucier, Jenn Seneres, Kent Seneres, Lindsay Stack, Jaime Strain, Henry Ta
Sanford: Mathew Allen, Colby Cronin, Michael Hurley, Michelle Jacques, Jenna Nichols, Justin Norman, Joshua Patnaude, Taylor Pepin, Meaghan Stewart
South Berwick: Hannah Folger, Madelyn Folger, Ariel Kaplan, Toni Kaplan, Seraphina Orsini, Sarah Personeni, Kacey Pope, Catherine Pouliot, Andrew Purgiel, Erica Sedler, Lucas Taylor, Kendra Threeton
Springvale: Chad DiPrisco, Isaac Sweeney
Waterboro: Jonna Casoli
Wells: Dominic Barra, Meghan Connelly, Anthony Crawford, Douglas Darling, Zachary Mason, Cameron McMahon, Patrick Menard, Gillian Ramsdell, Nadia Rashed, Katherine Sevigney, Steven Valentino
West Kennebunk: William Bauld
York: Allison James, Hannah Keating, Craig Lane, Michael O’Connor, Zachary Pease, Michelle Raymond
Keri Kaczor, a marine professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has secured annual funding for the Maine Healthy Beaches Program.
Kaczor is the coordinator of the statewide program that is dedicated to monitoring water quality and protecting public health on Maine’s coastal beaches.
The program, which is funded annually by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant managed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), was recently awarded $177,500 for “Maine Healthy Beaches 2015.”
The program is a partnership between UMaine Extension/Maine Sea Grant, the Maine DEP and local municipalities.
Participation in the program is voluntary and provides a quality-assured, unified structure for monitoring, assessment and public notification of coastal beach water quality conditions. Beaches in the program span from Kittery to Mount Desert Island, according to Kaczor.
UMaine Extension staff involved in the project work to make well-informed beach management decisions as well as address pollution issues, Kaczor says.
Miladin Bogetic, a public information officer at the United Nations Office at Geneva, attended the University of Maine from 2001–02 as part of UMaine’s international student exchange program while he was an undergraduate at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG).
Bogetic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and grew up in Podgorica, Montenegro, where his family still lives.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from AUBG in 2003, a diploma in advanced international studies from Johns Hopkins University-SAIS in Bologna in 2004 and master’s degree in advanced international studies from Diplomatic Academy Vienna in 2005.
Why did you decide to come to UMaine?
After spending two years at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), I felt like changing the environment a little bit and trying something different. The University of Maine was an obvious choice — an established, well-respected school that had very strong bilateral ties with AUBG. There were a number of courses I wanted to take that were available at UMaine and not at AUBG. I also had heard great things about beautiful nature in Maine.
How did your UMaine experience compare to your time at other universities?
From the start, I felt very warmly welcomed by the entire UMaine community, from the Office of International Programs to my American classmates, staff and faculty across campus.
The small Bulgarian community at UMaine, primarily Aglika Georgieva and Orlina Boteva, took care of me and another exchange student and made us feel even more welcome. They picked us up on the day we arrived in Bangor and provided so much invaluable advice and assistance during the whole year.
The fact that UMaine is located in a small town — without big city distractions nearby — contributed to this sense of belonging and community. All other places where I studied (Blagoevgrad, Bologna, Vienna) were much larger and the student body was more dispersed.
Academically, there were some courses I truly enjoyed, such as professor James Warhola’s classes on Russian foreign policy and professor Michael Palmer’s political philosophy.
Describe your current job and responsibilities with the UN:
My job entails communicating to the press corps and the public on the activities of the UN and International Geneva. This is done through regular and ad hoc press briefings and conferences, coverage of human rights treaty bodies, running UN Geneva social media accounts, and conducting outreach activities with local schools, universities and NGOs [non-governmental organizations].
A major project I recently worked on was TEDxPlaceDesNations, which took place Dec. 11 and featured 11 extraordinary individuals making a difference in people’s lives with the help of International Geneva.
How long have you been in your current position?
I have been in Geneva since September 2013. Prior to that, I worked as a political affairs officer at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for three years. Before, I was a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry of Montenegro.
Have you been back to Maine or campus since 2002?
My girlfriend and I visited Maine and campus in September 2005. We were warmly welcomed by Karen Boucias [the former director of UMaine’s Office of International Programs], who let us stay at her beautiful home for a couple of days. It was great to see some former classmates, favorite professors and staff, and have a meal at York Commons, where I used to work.
While at UMaine, did you work closely with a professor or mentor who made your experience better?
I particularly enjoyed classes with professor James Warhola; one on the history of the Soviet Union, and the other on Russia’s foreign policy. Coming from Eastern Europe, it was great to exchange thoughts and ideas with such a connoisseur of Slavic cultures and political systems. As I was preparing to graduate from the American University in Bulgaria, Warhola gave me valuable advice and support for graduate studies, for which I am still grateful.
The entire staff in the Office of International Programs was truly supportive and made me feel welcome throughout the academic year.
What was your favorite place on campus?
I liked the large central lawn [the Mall], which was great to hang out in early fall and late spring, with trees assuming colors they can only have in New England. I also quite enjoyed my residence hall — Estabrooke — and the state-of-the-art gym.
Most memorable UMaine moment?
Perhaps the excursion to the stunning Acadia National Park, organized by Mireille Le Gal of the Office of International Programs. That was when I saw a moose for the first time in my life. Oronoka parties were always fun, too.
What advice would you give students who are considering studying abroad?
Studying abroad would truly expand your horizons and open your mind. It is a great opportunity to experience a different culture, improve a foreign language and live in a new community for 8–10 months. Friendships and connections made during a year abroad often last a lifetime.
Twelve years later, I can say that I am glad to have been given an opportunity to spend a year at UMaine. It helped me learn a lot, grow and develop as a person, and experience beautiful New England, which is still my favorite part of the U.S.
About 300 students at 13 Maine high schools are collecting data on Maine’s snowpack to feed into a national database tapped by scientists.
The project is part of the Acadia Learning Program, a joint venture of the University of Maine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine’s School of Forest Resources and the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park.
The Acadia Learning Program has been in place since 2007 and has included research on mercury concentrations in dragonfly larvae that has expanded to 50 national parks and schools throughout the Northeast.
The snowpack project is collecting data not available elsewhere, program coordinators say. Though the National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey record snowpack measurements, they only do so in open areas, while Acadia Learning Program students can compile data from forested areas.
The students measure depth, snow-water equivalent and duration of snowpack, plus additional datasets based on their interests.
“Students develop background understanding about weather and climate, create hypotheses, develop a collection strategy, collect data and analyze them,” says Sarah Nelson, an associate research professor at the Mitchell Center and UMaine’s School of Forest Resources, as well as the principal investigator of the snowpack project. “We discovered that students learned a lot through hands-on field investigation and authentic data collection and analysis.”
More about this project is online.
For years, the University of Maine has hosted popular races such as the Black Bear Triathlon, the Healthy High 5k/10k and the Black Bear Attack Adventure Race. This summer, UMaine will host its first full and half marathon as part of the Black Bear Race series.
The inaugural Black Bear Marathon and Half Marathon will take place at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21.
“We believe that the marathon and half marathon will be the biggest events in our already exceptionally popular race series,” says Lauri Sidelko, director of the Student Wellness Resource Center and co-director of the race.
The 26.2-mile course is a double loop of the 13.1-mile course that begins on the UMaine campus and travels through Orono and Old Town and back to the university’s bike path. The marathon is a certified course, which gives runners the opportunity to qualify for larger races, such as the Boston Marathon.
The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and has a six-hour limit for the marathon course. An early start at 6:30 a.m. is available to those who prefer an extra hour to complete the marathon. The early start is not available for the half marathon. A 7:15 a.m. start also is available for wheelchair entrants.
Registration is open online. Until March 30, fees are $85 for the full and $60 for the half. After March 31, fees are $95 and $75, respectively. The first 1,200 runners to register will receive a logo race shirt, and the first 500 also will receive race logo running socks. Medals will be given to all registered runners who cross the finish line. Participants must be at least 14 years old on race day, as recommended by the Road Runners Club of America.
A race expo and packet pickup will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on campus Saturday, June 20. More information, including the exact location, will be available online.
In advance of the race, Campus Recreation is offering Black Bear Marathon Training for runners who are interested in participating, but would either prefer some coaching or training with others. Participants will run weekly as a group with an experienced trainer and will be given a detailed training plan, handouts on various race topics and $10 off race registration. Training starts Saturday, Feb. 7 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. To join, runners must currently be able to run at least three miles without stopping. More information on the training is on the Campus Recreation website.
The Black Bear Race series is run by the Student Wellness Resource Center. Proceeds from the Black Bear Marathon and Half Marathon will provide scholarships to Campus Recreation summer camp participants, as well as support student projects and opportunities offered through the wellness program. Race organizers also plan to form a fundraising partnership with charitable organizations to give back to the community.
More about the race is on the Black Bear Marathon and Half Marathon website and Facebook event page. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact race directors Sidelko at firstname.lastname@example.org, 581.1423; or Thad Dwyer at email@example.com. Those interested in volunteering as part of the race committee, at packet pickup or on race day should contact Sidelko.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in an article by The Forecaster about the Portland School Department’s new school lunch campaign, “Choose School Lunch.” The program is a collaboration between the schools, Portland-based Cultivating Community, UMaine Extension and FoodCorps, a team of AmeriCorps leaders working to connect children with healthier food options, according to the article. The program aims to provide more local and nutritious food for students.
The Tri-Town Weekly published an interview with Tori Jackson, an associate professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, ahead of her Feb. 10 talk on growing elderberries at the UMaine Extension office in Lisbon. Jackson will host the meeting for gardeners who either grow the berries or are considering growing the crop. “Elderberries are one of those fruits everyone has heard of, but not many people have grown,” Jackson said. “We have elderberries growing wild in Maine, but since they are not eaten fresh, you would have to know what to do with them to enjoy them.” She said the fruit is commonly used to make jams and jellies, pies, juice or wine, as well as for medicinal purposes.
The Ellsworth American reported soprano Karen Pendleton, who teaches in the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts, and tenor and pianist Colin Graebert, a UMaine student, will perform a free concert in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The program of love songs is the second show in a series of free noontime concerts presented by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center in Ellsworth, according to the article. Pendleton and Graebert, who is completing a degree in music education with a concentration in voice, will perform selections from the classical and music theater genres as well as some familiar standards during the Feb. 11 event, the article states.
The Maine Edge advanced two new exhibitions on display at the University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery from Feb. 6 to March 13. “Featured Faculty/2015” will show new work by Department of Art faculty that will include photography, painting, ceramics, glass and mixed media installations. “Illusions and Reality: The Photographs of Alan Stubbs” is a retrospective of photographs by former UMaine psychology professor Alan Stubbs, who also was an accomplished photographer who taught courses in the Department of Art. Stubbs died in October 2014. The exhibition honors his contributions to the department’s faculty and students, as well as the university. The Maine Edge also reported the Career Center’s 17th annual UMaine Career Fair that was previously scheduled for Jan. 28 is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11, due to a winter storm. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Balance Student Recreation Center and will feature more than 110 employers from Maine and around the country with job and internship opportunities.
The University of Maine’s 26th annual Scholar-Athlete Recognition Ceremony will honor 268 student-athletes for their academic success on Feb. 9 in Wells Conference Center.
At the 6:30 p.m. ceremony, 187 student-athletes will be recognized as scholar-athletes for achieving a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the 2014 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Eighty-one first-year student-athletes will be honored as “rising stars” for earning a 3.0 GPA or higher in their first semester at UMaine.
A total of 3,376 medallions have been presented since the annual awards began in 1989. This year marks the largest group of student-athletes to be recognized at the ceremony. It also is the 11th consecutive year that more than half of the university’s student-athletes will be honored.
During the reception, the annual recipients of the M Club Dean Smith Award — presented to the top male and female scholar-athlete — will be announced. Team MAINE will also be named, honoring the sophomore, junior or senior from each team who has achieved the highest grade point average in 2014.
The event is sponsored by the University of Maine Foundation, University Credit Union, University of Maine M Club and the UMaine Alumni Association.
Jonathan Rubin, a professor of resource economics and policy at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. Rubin and other guests spoke about electric rates in Maine, including how rates are determined and why they fluctuate.
Per Garder, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maine, talked about the impact of the recent deluge of snow on the economy in the Sun Journal piece “Businesses mixed on too much snow.” “People have gotten the expectation nowadays it should be possible to drive like summertime, all the time, everywhere. If we go back a couple of generations people had very different expectations,” Garder said. “To a great extent, I think, snowstorms just delay. People don’t go out shopping today but tomorrow will be a sunny, beautiful day and there’s a pent-up need. I don’t think snow and winter is devastating to the economy. And of course it can also be beneficial that people come to Maine for snowmobiling or skiing.” A 2010 study that Garder co-authored for the UMaine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center estimated agencies in Maine spent $98 million ($76 per person) maintaining winter roads and purchased about 750 pounds of rock salt per person each winter.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget and planned State of the State address. LePage is expected to outline his tax reform and budget proposals during the address and then take his message around the state to gain support among voters and lawmakers, according to the article. Brewer said often the best way to sway undecided legislators is to convince constituents to make the case. “I think it is even more important in this case because the governor’s budget, as proposed, is such a dramatic change from business as usual in Maine,” he said. “We are hearing from a lot of Republican legislators who are very uneasy about this budget … so he needs to go out and sell this proposal, and not only sell it to local leaders but sell it to regular Mainers.”
The Weekly published a University of Maine news release about research on teaching methods by Michelle Smith, an assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology. Aleszu Bajak penned “Lectures Aren’t Just Boring, They’re Ineffective, Too, Study Finds,” for ScienceInsider about the research that Smith and others conducted with lead author Scott Freeman of the University of Washington, Seattle. The piece was ScienceInsider’s third most popular of 2014, just behind articles on plagiarism and Ebola.
Sylvia Most, a high school teacher in Windham, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network about her current Maine Policy Review commentary, “Creative Pathways Through High School: A Response to John Dorrer, ‘Do We Have the Workforce Skills for Maine’s Innovation Economy?’” Dorrer’s piece appeared in an earlier edition of the Maine Policy Review. Most said the image of the trades needs to change in education.
Times Higher Education recently published a review by Deborah Rogers, an English professor at the University of Maine. Rogers wrote about “Loving Literature: A Cultural History,” by Deidre Shauna Lynch.
Kenneth Palmer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report “Why is Maine so politically independent?” Maine has more unenrolled voters than it does voters registered with either of the major parties, and it is also one of the most reliably “purple” states, which means in both statewide and presidential elections, Mainers may vote for a member of either party, according to the report. Palmer spoke about several reasons for the high number of independent voters in the state, including Maine’s communitarianism culture, high political engagement and dislike of professional politicians.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites alumni to take part in a national contest to help it win a $10,000 “Innovation Incubator” Science Sponsorship.
The contest is part of the 4-H GROWN Alumni Campaign, sponsored by the National 4-H Council and HughesNet. The goal is to share hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences with youth in small communities across the country.
Maine 4-H alums are asked to “check in” online, tag friends and cast votes. If UMaine Extension 4-H wins the contest, the $10,000 sponsorship will provide for STEM activities that encourage youth to design innovative science solutions for real community challenges. The contest ends Monday, March 16.
Also, if Maine 4-H wins, two local young innovators will have a chance to receive an all-expense paid trip to the flagship 4-H National Youth Science Day in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in the world’s largest youth-led science experiment.
More information is available online or by calling 207.581.3188.
The second Academic Affairs Faculty Forum, focusing on evaluation of student learning outcomes in foundational areas, will be held from 3–4:40 p.m., Feb. 4, in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union. The open forum will continue the dialogue started at the Oct. 6 Faculty Forum focused on “Foundational Competencies for the 21st Century.” In addition, the Feb. 4 forum will include discussion of the Multi-State Collaborative (MSC), an agreement among signatory states to work together on a pilot project to test a process for learning outcomes assessment based on the LEAP VALUE rubrics, that UMaine has been invited to join.
More about the Feb. 4 forum is online.
You can find relevant background materials, including video of the Oct. 4 forum, linked on the Provost’s Web page.
Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Despite recent decline, Maine’s divorce rate is still among highest in U.S. Why?” Milardo said the majority of divorces occur by the seventh year of marriage because around year five to seven, the romance starts to decline and conflicts increase. He also said having young children can put stress on a relationship, and couples are less likely to divorce the older they are when they get married. “Those people who are marrying in their late 20s or early 30s develop more stable relationships. They enter the marriage more financially secure and more secure in themselves,” Milardo said.