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Maine Community College System

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 22, 2004
CONTACT: Karen Hamilton
Tel: (207) 767-0116 x 4

AUGUSTA, Maine—Governor John E. Baldacci praised the accomplishments of 12 Maine Community College System students who were named to the All-Maine Academic Team at a ceremony today at the Senator Inn in Augusta. The team, which recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students, is sponsored in part by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges.

The students selected for the team are: Paul D. Corey, of Auburn; Rachael A. Begin, of Auburn; Jessica Trundy, of Brooks; Adrianne J. Graves, of Orland; Thomas L. Brooks, of Unity; Kathy A. Hooper, of Sangerville; Lynn M. Farwell, of Presque Isle; Tania Margate, of Portland; Tammy L. Quimby, of Portland; William J. Cody, of Calais; Denis French, of Jonesport; and Christine A. Parent, of Kennebunk.

"Our honorees today exemplify the high quality of teaching and learning that goes on at our community colleges, and the exceptional achievements of community college students," said Governor Baldacci. I am very proud to have initiated legislation last year that created the community college system. In just the first year, our community colleges enrolled 1,000 more college students, proving to all Maine that the broadenin of the mission from technical to community college was the right decision for our state."

At the ceremony, each of the students received a $500 scholarship made possible by a grant from KeyBank of Maine. Joanna Jones, Chair of the MCCS Board of Trustees, and John Fitzsimmons, President of MCCS, also gave remarks recognizing the students' achievements.

The All-Maine Academic Team was introduced in 1997 as a way to recognize two-year college students who have achieved adademic distinction. It is a division of the All-USA Academic Team for Community and Technical College students, an international program sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today an the American Association of Community Colleges. By being named to the All-Maine Academic Team, the students are eligible for selection to the All-USA Academic Team.

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