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ALL-MAINE ACADEMIC TEAM FOR TWO-YEAR COLLEGES HONORED IN AUGUSTA

Thursday, March 19, 2001
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mtcs.net

AUGUSTA, Maine — Eleven technical college students were named to the All-Maine Academic Team for two-year colleges at a ceremony at the Senator Inn in Augusta today.

The eleven students selected for the team are:

  • Kathryn M. Doak-McDonald of Wilton, a business administration-hospitality major at Central Maine Technical College (CMTC) in Auburn
  • Carrie Graiver of Norway, a general studies major at CMTC
  • Laura A. Manson of Corinna, a business management major at Eastern Maine Technical College (EMTC) in Bangor
  • Jon Morrison of Oakland, an applied computer and electronics major at Kennebec Valley Technical College (KVTC) in Fairfield. Morrison was also named Maine's 2001 Centennial Scholar by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. He will represent Maine at the AACC Centennial Convention in Chicago, IL in April.
  • Sarah Schuh of Waterville, a nursing major at KVTC
  • Jill A. McGlaughlin of St. Agatha, a nursing major at Northern Maine Technical College in Presque Isle
  • Michael Brown of Springfield, VT, a business administration major at Southern Maine Technical College (SMTC) in South Portland
  • Gael S. Jackson of South Portland, a nursing major at SMTC
  • John A. Gass of Bethel, VT, a marine technology/boatbuilding major at Washington County Technical College (WCTC) in Calais
  • Janice Rice Ham of Pembroke, a general studies major at WCTC

The All-Maine Academic Team is part of the national Phi Theta Kappa program — an international honor society for two-year colleges - designed to recognize academic excellence, leadership and community service among students attending two-year colleges. Students enrolled in an associate degree program at all accredited colleges from around the state were eligible for the competition.

"We are proud to honor these students and their accomplishments both in the classroom and in their communities," said John Fitzsimmons, President of the Maine Technical College System (MTCS). "They are role models for their peers and an inspiration for all Mainers wishing to pursue a college degree."

Each student received a scholarship in the amount of $500. The scholarships are made possible by a grant from KeyBank. "KeyBank is very pleased this year to include the All-Maine Academic Team in its program of educational giving," said Kathy Underwood, Maine District President of KeyBank N.A.

Maine Speaker of the House Michael V. Saxl was guest speaker at the ceremony. He was joined by Stephen Graebert, Chair of the MTCS Board of Trustees, Underwood and Fitzsimmons.

Each of the team members is eligible for selection to the All-USA Academic Team, which is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of Community Colleges and USA Today. Students named to the All-USA Team will be featured in USA Today on April 5, 2001.

The All-Maine Academic Team program is cosponsored by KeyBank of Maine, Bangor Daily News, Creative Awards of South Portland and the Maine Technical College System.

2001 All-Maine Academic Team

  • Kathryn M. Doak-McDonald, Central Maine Technical College, Auburn
    Achievements: Presidential Academic Fitness Award recipient; Phi Theta Kappa; hospital and child care center volunteer.
  • Carrie Graiver, Central Maine Technical College, Auburn
    Achievements: President, Phi Theta Kappa; student executive; high honors each semester.
  • Laura A. Manson, Eastern Maine Technical College, Bangor
    Achievements: Vice President, Student Senate; Phi Theta Kappa Fundraising Chair; Co-Editor, student newspaper; student representative to Maine Technical College System Academic Advisory Board; fundraising for American Cancer Society and Shaw House for teens; Student of the Year nominee 2000; President's List; Dean's List.
  • Erik J. Hanson, Eastern Maine Technical College, Bangor
    Achievements: President, Phi Theta Kappa; Phi Theta Kappa's 2000 Honors Institute representative; 2000 Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship recipient; President's List; Dean's List; Student of the Year nominee; National Collegiate Business Merit Award nominee; American Red Cross volunteer; Tech Day volunteer; Bradford volunteer firefighter; Bradford parade volunteer; church volunteer.
  • Jon Morrison, Kennebec Valley Technical College, Fairfield
    Achievements: Maine's 2001 CENTENNIAL SCHOLAR Recipient, sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phi Theta Kappa, and Maine delegate at AACC Centennial Convention in Chicago, IL in April 2001; Phi Theta Kappa; silver medal recipient at the National Skills USA/VICA competition; Dean's List; Certified Electronics Technician.
  • Sarah Schuh, Kennebec Valley Technical College, Fairfield
    Achievements: Dean's List; Julius Liembronowicz Nursing Scholarship recipient; Waterville Rotary Scholarship recipient; Americorp National Service Trust Award; Americorp participant; active in Boys/Girls Club.
  • Jill A. McGlaughlin, Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle
    Achievements: President, Student Nurses' Association; Vice President, Phi Theta Kappa, Secretary; Student Senate; Chair, Legislative Committee for the Maine State Student Nurses' Association; member, NMTC Women's Basketball team; Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer; National Student Nurses' Association Delegate (2000-2001); Dean's List; NMTC Foundation Scholarship recipient; NMTC Nursing Program Exceptional Performance Report; All American Scholar; Rausmussen Scholarship recipient; All-Maine Academic Team member.
  • Michael Brown, Southern Maine Technical College, South Portland
    Achievements: Student Senate; Phi Theta Kappa; student monitor; teacher's assistant; All-Star Basketball; All-Academic Basketball; Coach's Award, Baseball; Dedication Character Award, Basketball; IBM Scholarship; Dean's List.
  • Gael S. Jackson, Southern Maine Technical College, South Portland
    Achievements: President, Phi Theta Kappa; New England Regional Vice President, Phi Theta Kappa; Co-chair, Campus United Way Fundraising Drive; SMTC Maine State Referendum Committee member; Student Liason to MTCS accreditation team; Maine General Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship; Mary L. Reid Memorial Scholarship; Ronald Lettieri Memorial Scholarship to attend Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute; Dean's List; National Dean's List.
  • Janice Rice Ham, Washington County Technical College, Calais
    Achievements: President's List; Dean's List; WCTC Representative, Community College Partnership of Maine; Student Senate; Campus Tour Guide; Peer Tutor; Vice Presidential Search Committee; Christmas Party Committee; Building Committee; Blood Drive volunteer; Polar Bear Club; Job Fair volunteer.
  • John A. Gass, Washington County Technical College, Calais
    Achievements: President's List; Dean's List; Lubec Playground Committee; computer consultant; Lubec Community Library Volunteer; Quoddy Regional Land Trust.

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