More 50 than awards and scholarships were presented to deserving University of Maine at Fort Kent students at the senior class banquet and awards convocation on Friday, May 7, in the UMFK Sports Center.
The annual event, held the evening prior to commencement, is designed to honor graduating students for outstanding achievement throughout their years at the University and to award underclassmen who are continuing their education at UMFK, with financial assistance in recognition of their hard work and campus involvement.
The first award presented were the outstanding senior honors given by the UMFK Student Senate and the University’s Alumni Association. Receiving the top student award, voted upon by members of the Student Senate was Owen Michael Hendershot (Turner, Maine).
The Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Emlyn Reece Jacoby (Randburg Gautens, South Africa) and and the Alumni Association Scholarship was presented to Nicole Erika Moss (Caribou, Maine).
The Joan T. Sylvain Award, which honors an outstanding education student who is working on a second degree, was presented to Kristin Langille (Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada) and Tiffany Jean Young (Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
Andrew Lionel Albert (Madawaska, Maine) and Maureen Lynn Bard (Fort Kent) were awarded the Hubert J. Thibodeau Award, which is given to an education student who has a record of good scholastic achievement and shows promise to be an excellent future teacher.
The Teacher Education Award, given in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area in education, was presented to Dustin Scott Martin and Justine Haley Martin, both from Madawaska, Maine.
Dustin Scott Martin was named the recipient of the Roland A. Burns Award in the Arts and Humanities. The Burns Award is given in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area of the arts and humanities.
Charissa Paige Carter (South Portland, Maine) was named the recipient of the Grindle Award, which is presented annually to a student who shows great promise in the area of social sciences.
The Gretchen Prize in Fine Arts, which recognizes students who show exceptional initiative and industry in the visual arts, was awarded to Katie Lynne Levesque (Fort Kent).
Yair Gal (Ashdod, Israel) was awarded the Performing Arts Award, which is given to a student who has made major contributions and outstanding achievements in university theatre and musical productions.
Yair Gal was honored with the Behavioral Science Award, which is given to academically strong graduating seniors, who have either majored or minored in the area of social science.
Christopher Adam Roy (Fort Kent) received the Criminal Justice Award for his academic achievement and demonstrated active interest in that field.
Heather Lynn DeCotes (Albany, New York) was presented the Environmental Studies award for her outstanding achievement and work in her major area of study.
The Mathematics/Science Award, presented to a graduating senior who has completed a major or field in the subject area and has maintained good academic standing, was presented to James L. Campbell (Fort Kent) and Julie-Ann Trudel (Fort Kent Mills, Maine).
Yair Gal and Melinda Mindy Plourde (Fort Kent) were honored with the Business Management Award for his outstanding work completing the degree program.
For his outstanding achievement and positive attitude toward learning, forestry student Jonathan Andrew Morin (Madawaska, Maine) was presented with the Forest Technology Award.
Jody Howard Nadeau (Fort Kent) 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 area.
The top student award in the rural public safety administration program was presented to Cyndi Anne Tardif (St. Agatha, Maine).
Two awards were presented to UMFK nursing students. The Outstanding Nursing Student Award was presented to Randi Jean Annie St. Peter (Cross Lake Township, Maine) and the Outstanding RN-BSN Student Award was presented to Isabelle Virginia Markley (Waterville, Maine).
The Faculty Academic Achievement Award, which is presented to the student with the highest overall grade point average on all undergraduate work, was presented to Yair Gal.
Bradley Jeffery Hubert (Augusta, Maine) earned the Associate of Arts Academic Achievement Award for his outstanding work toward attaining his two-year degree.
The Dean's Award, which is awarded to a junior or senior student with a high grade point average and demonstrated scholarly attributes, was presented to Deborah Lynn Daigle (Madawaska, Maine).
Nine students were awarded scholarships from the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine System, Fort Kent chapter. They were presented to Andrew Lionel Albert, Owen James Cunnane (Alfred, Maine), Cameron Donald Dufour (Augusta, Maine), Katie Lynne Levesque, Michelle Joan Michaud (Grand Isle, Maine), Christopher Adam Roy, Julie Ann Seehagen (Waterboro, Maine), Rebecca Joanne Stokdijk (Beaver Brook, Nova Scotia, Canada) and Damion Allando Stone (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica). In addition to awards, students were presented with scholarships at the annual banquet.
The Professor Richard B. Dinsmore Memorial Scholarship was presented to Dustin Scott Martin (Madawaska, Maine).
Stacy Jo Paradis (Frenchville, Maine) received the Floyd "Red" Powell Scholarship.
The John L. Martin Environmental Scholarship was presented to Christopher Adam Roy.
The Dr. Zui Sun Tao Memorial Scholarship was presented to Allison Rose Charette (Fort Kent).
Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence, awarded to students who have achieved the Dean's List for seven consecutive semesters at UMFK, were presented to Andrea Michelle Cyr (Madawaska, Maine); Amanda L. Daigle (Wallagrass, Maine); Yair Gal; Emlyn Reece Jacoby; Dustin Scott Martin; Justine Haley Martin ; Goran Nagradić (Croatia, Kutina) and Randi Jean Annie St. Peter.
A final scholarship award, the Haenssler Prize was presented to Macy M. Beaulieu (Fort Kent Mills, Maine).
Aside from students, a faculty member was honored by the senior class with the Outstanding Faculty Award. Diana White, assistant professor of mental health nursing, was named the recipient for the 2009 - 2010 academic year.