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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 1, 2001
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mccs.me.edu

AUGUSTA, Me.— Joanna Jones, Chair of the Maine Community College System's (MCCS) Board of Trustees, praised the accomplishments of 12 community college 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: Shawn Burns, of Lisbon, Travers LeClair, of Auburn, Stephanie Kennedy, of Greenbush, Shawn Evans, of Bangor, Andrea Watkins, of Windsor, Thomas Mauritzen, of Skowhegan, Megan Beals, of Houlton, Rocco Tripaldi, of Portland, Carrie Pulsifer, of Portland, Danica Thornton-Pray, of Topsfield, Desiree Smith, of Eastport, and Stephen Theriault, of Sanford. Tripaldi was also named Maine's 2005 New Century Scholar as the student who received the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in the state.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to share with the State the talent and academic quality of our community college students. These 12 students, through their hard work and commitment to excellence represent the best of the best students," said Jones.

At the ceremony, each of the students received a $500 scholarship made possible by a grant from KeyBank of Maine. Kathryn Underwood, President of KeyBank of Maine, Jane Lincoln, Chief of Staff to Governor Baldacci, and MCCS President John Fitzsimmons, all 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 academic 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 and 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 Scarborough, and the Maine Community College System.

Members of the 2005 All-Maine Academic Team

  • Shawn Burns, of Lisbon, a Liberal Studies major at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.
    Achievements: President's Honors fall 03-04; high honors spring 03-04; Cub Scouts/Brownies' instructor; Church Worship Leader; Sunday School Teacher; Christian Education Board Member; Prayer Service Leader; Webmaster; Adult Education Bible Study Leader.
  • Travers LeClair, of Auburn, an Electromechanical Technology major at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.
    Achievements: peer tutor; member of the Turner Timberland ATV Club; volunteer for the elderly; President's Honors spring 2004; high honors spring 2003.
  • Stephanie Kennedy, of Greenbush, an Early Childhood Education major at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
    Achievements: Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa; EMCC Women's Basketball Team member; childcare center tour guide; high school basketball program volunteer; named 2004 Maine Small College Conference All-Academic Team; Dean's list; 2004 Katherine Fisher Scholarship recipient; 2004 Johnson Outdoors Sons & Daughters Scholarship recipient.
  • Shawn Evans, of Bangor, a Welding/Pipe Fabrication major at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
    Achievements: Student Senate President; Senior Council member; Phi Theta Kappa member; EMCC student representative; WCCC Polar Dip participant; Governor's Summit on Youth Migration participant; EMCC Student of the Year 2004 nominee; 2004 Deans' Golden Eagle Award recipient; 2004 Excellence in Technology Award in Welding recipient; student nominee for MCCS Board of Trustees; speaker at 2003 Annual Legislative and Business Leaders Reception.
  • Andrea Watkins, of Windsor, a Computer Applications Technology major at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.
    Achievements: Student Senate Secretary; peer tutor; orientation leader; Chair of the Christmas Charity Event; Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer; created Website for Town of Fairfield; Phi Theta Kappa member; KVCC Dean's list; national Dean's list; Computer Applications Technology Program Award for Innovative Thinking.
  • Thomas Mauritzen, of Skowhegan, a Computer Applications Technology major at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.
    Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa member; Dean's list student maintaining a grade point average of 4.0; David Dumont Scholarship recipient; peer tutor for advanced computer classes; raising three step children ages 11, 13, and 14.
  • Megan Beals, of Houlton, an Early Childhood Development major at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.
    Achievements: America Reads volunteer; Central Aroostook Mentoring Program volunteer; Battered Women's Project/New Visions for Women volunteer; Edge Ministries volunteer; Phi Theta Kappa member; Campus Crusade for Christ; advocate for state funding of Maine mentoring programs; Dean's list, NMCC Foundation Scholarship recipient; Miss Maine scholarship pageant.
  • Rocco Tripaldi, of Portland, a Liberal Studies major at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.
    Achievements: Maine's 2005 New Century Scholar; Co-founder of SMCC student newspaper The Beacon; Co-Editor of The Beacon; Phi Theta Kappa member; SMCC Alternative Gift Market volunteer; South Portland Leaf Triad volunteer; homeless shelter/soup kitchen volunteer; 24-Hour Comic Day participant; SMCC Student Life Committee member; SMCC Players drama club member.
  • Carrie Pulsifer, of Portland, an Early Childhood Education major at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.
    Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa five-star member and regional volunteer; PTK induction ceremony, Regional Officer Leadership Training, and Regional Offices Choir participant; 2004 Project Graduation Chair; SMCC Alternative Gift Market volunteer; South Portland Leaf Triad volunteer; Campus Clean Up volunteer; Doctor Seuss Birthday activities volunteer; Candles for Cancer Kiosk volunteer; Breast Cancer Walk volunteer; Darcy Wakefield Fun Run/Walk participant; SMCC Campus Chorus member; SMCC Players Drama Club member; Children's Art Night volunteer; Portland Children's Museum volunteer; My Wonderful Dog volunteer.
  • Danica Thornton-Pray, of Topsfield, a Medical Assisting major at Washington County Community College in Calais.
    Achievements: Dean's list; Osher Scholarship recipient; Service Learning Group member; Treasurer of Campus Daycare Parent Committee; New England Organ Bank volunteer.
  • Desiree Smith, of Eastport, a Liberal Studies major at Washington County Community College in Calais.
    Achievements: Student Senate President; psychology and sociology tutor; WCCC Hiring Committee member; WCCC 2004 Perseverance and Dedication Award; Dean's list; Student Support Services volunteer; Merit Scholarship recipient.
  • Stephen Theriault, of Sanford, a Culinary Arts major at York County Community College in Wells.
    Achievements: Student Senate President; Maine Campus Compact Civic Fellow 2004; Multiple Sclerosis Walk participant; Phi Theta Kappa member; YCCC Dean's list and National Dean's list; awarded Best Presentation and Best Chocolate Sweet for the 18th Annual Chocolate Lovers Fling 2004.

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