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2018 UMFK Awards and Scholarships

May 18, 2018
UMFK graduating students award recipients at commencement 2018
(l to r): Katelyn Roy; Donna Brinkham Twombly; Samantha Beaulieu; Kendra Freund; Brady Haynes; Amy Shaw; France McDermott; Odean Irons; Mariah Hebert; and Elizabeth Hardison were present for the photo opportunity taken of award recipients at the UMFK 136th Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 12 at the UMFK Sports Center.

The annual awards and scholarships presented to deserving undergraduate and graduating University of Maine at Fort Kent students this year took place on several occasions: UMFK’s ninth annual Scholars’ Symposium, Senior Sendoff, and Commencement.

The first scholarship awards were presented at the scholars’ symposium:

John L. Martin Environmental Scholarship Award was presented to undergraduate Alissa Lutz (Plymouth, MA). Jacob Pliskaner (North Andover, MA) and Thomas Newell (Princeton, ME) were presented the Thomas S. Pinkham Memorial Scholarship.

During the Senior Sendoff, formally known as convocation and senior awards banquet, Odean Irons (Montego Bay, Jamaica) was honored with the Student Senate Outstanding Senior Award. Andre Begin, UMFK Student Senate president, presented Irons with a plaque.

The following UMFK awards were presented during Commencement:

The UMFK Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Katelyn Roy (Fort Kent).

The Teacher Education Award, given in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area in education, was presented to Amber Devoe (Fort Kent).

Donna Brinkham Twombly (Eagle Lake) was named the recipient of the Roland A. Burns Award in the Arts and Humanities. The award is given in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area of the arts and humanities degree program and she was the recipient of the Grindle Award, which is presented annually to a student who shows great promise in the area of the history.

Elizabeth Hardison (Orono, ME) was honored with the Behavioral Science Award, which is given to an academically-strong graduating senior, who has either majored or minored in the behavioral sciences program.

Kyle Blake (Swanville, ME) and Kendra Freund (Delhi, Ontario, Canada) were presented the Environmental Studies Award for his outstanding achievement and work in the major area of study.

The Biology Award was presented to Samantha Beaulieu (Wallagrass) which is given to a student in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area of biology.

For his outstanding achievement and positive attitude toward learning, forestry student Brady Haynes (Winn, ME) was presented with the Applied Forest Management Award.

Wyatt Condon (Ashland) was named the recipient of the Computer Applications Award, for his high grade point average in computer science courses and future growth and development potential in the computer applications field.

The Cybersecurity Award was presented to Kortnee-Ann Hasselmann (Bangor, ME) for her academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area of cybersecurity.

The Business Management Award was presented to Katelyn Roy for her outstanding work completing the degree program.

Karina MacLean (Hudson, MA) received the Criminal Justice Award for her academic achievement and demonstrated active in the discipline.

The Conservation Law Enforcement Award was given to John Babcock (Bloomfield, NY in recognition of academic excellence and future contributions within the area of conservation law enforcement.

Lucas Gendreau (St. David) was presented the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Award.

The student award in the Rural Public Safety Administration program was presented to Lucas Anderson (Patten, ME).

Three separate awards were presented to UMFK nursing students. The Outstanding Traditional Nursing Award was presented to Amy Shaw (St. David). Crystle Eldridge (Newport, ME) was awarded the Outstanding RN-BSN Award. The Outstanding Accelerated Nursing Award was presented to Evan Drinkwater (Rockport, ME) and Stephanie Duval (Biddeford, ME).

The Faculty Academic Achievement Awards were presented to Valedictorian Katelyn Roy and Salutatorian Donna Brinkman Twombly.

Timothy Boyle (Boston, MA) earned the Associate of Arts Academic Achievement Award for his outstanding work toward attaining a two-year degree.

The Dean's Award, which is awarded to a junior or senior student with a high grade point average and has demonstrated scholarly attributes, was presented to Kendra Freund.

The Presidential Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to students who have achieved the Dean's List for seven consecutive semesters. Awards were presented by UMFK President Dr. John N. Short to; Lucas Anderson; Kyle Blake; Donna Brinkham Twombly;

Wyatt Condon; Amber Devoe; Kendra Freund; Mariah Hebert (Madawaska); Corey Henderson (Greenville, ME); Matthew McCarty (Perham); Odean Irons; Joseph Levesque (Madawaska); and Katelyn Roy.

The Haenssler Prize Award, which is given to a graduating senior who has shown courage in overcoming all obstacles in achieving high academic standing, was presented to France McDermott (Madawaska).

The senior class honored, Diane Griffin, assistant professor of nursing, with the Outstanding Faculty Award and Denise Potvin, clinical placement and testing coordinator, was honored as the Outstanding Staff Award for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.