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April 17, 2009


Student Support Services office at the University of Maine at Fort Kent held its first recognition banquet to honor students and staff involved in the TRiO program. 

TRiO programs are designed to help low-income and first-generation Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.  

They are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs because there were initially three programs.  

While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

The banquet’s guest speaker was Jerry Ellis, retired director of the College Success Programs at the University of Maine. 

The 2009 Student Support Services awards were given to the following students: 

Most Successful Freshman Award:  Monique Bosse; HonorableMention: Owen Cunnane, Jeff Freeman

Most Successful Sophomore Award: Justin Morin; Honorable Mention: Donna Jandreau, Sandy Mosquera

Most Successful Junior Award: Eric Brewer; Honorable Mention: Dean Cote, Steve Guimond

Most Successful Senior Award: Randi St. Peter; Honorable Mention: Macy Beaulieu, Antonio Mosquera 

The awards recognize students for their successful transition to higher education and their proactive approach to academic achievement.     

The following students were recognized for their exemplary participation and involvement with the Student Support Services program during the academic year: 

Most Involved Participant Award: Macy Beaulieu, Emery Demers and David Ditson 

The following students were honored for their significant improvement to academic achievement; recognizing their increased efforts towards becoming a successful student.

Most Improved Participant Award: John Forino, Andrew Pelletier and Ethan Pelletier 

The following students were recognized for their significant determination and persistence towards academic achievement and attaining their academic goals: 

Outstanding Persistence Award: Angela Hebert, Jon Gough, Trudy Landeen, Dwayne Lapointe and Ralph Reynolds 

Student of the Year Award:  Emily Cote.   

Emily has shown exemplary participation in the Student Support Services program, as well as on and off campus involvement. She also has shown skills in leadership, teambuilding, communication, as well as persistence towards her academic goals and success as a student.  

The 24 TRiO students who will graduate in May were recognized and presented with cords that they can wear at graduation. 

The graduates-to-be who were honored include: Jordan Carmichael, Michelle Caron, Maria Corriveau,   Emily Cote, Heather Jean Curran, Emery Francis Demers*, Nicole M. Derosier*, Jared Heath Dolley, Joshua Ryan Landeen Doucette*, Ashley Marie Hafford*, Trudy J Landeen, James R Lowe, Justin Andrew Morin*, Gaston Phillippe Pelletier, Tanya J Potvin, Robert Tylor Wales Rochester, Elaine Theresa Russell, David W Russo, Claire Nicole Saucier, Kyle Richard Stevens*, Jenna Lynn St-Onge, Cyndi Anne Tardif*, Chad Peter Vaillancourt*, and Afton Amber Woodson   *associate degree candidates  

Grant aid awards were made to the following students: Maureen Bard, Macy Beaulieu, Brenda Bourgoin, Jordan Carmichael, Maria Corriveau,     Amanda Daigle, Shondelle Daigle, Steven Daigle, Shawn Deprey, Nicole Ferree, Sean Greening,      Ashley Hafford, Cindy Hafford, Drew Janoch, Lori Jordan,Lois Michaud, Antonio Mosquerea,Sandy Mosquera, Loni Nadeau, Ralph Reynolds, Ian Robertson, Randi St. Peter, Cyndi Tardif and Monica Wilson 

Students who received grant aid awards were taking at least nine credit hours and were in good academic standing.  Their awards may be used to help pay off outstanding student bills, or reduce their student loans.   

TRiO is a nationwide, federally-funded organization committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. ###