Awards and scholarships were presented to deserving University of Maine at Fort Kent students at the senior class banquet and awards convocation held on Friday, May 13 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 awards 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, is Anita Plog (Strong, ME). The UMFK Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Joshua R. Kurensky (Windsor Glen, South Africa) and Vessa Villarreal (Limestone, ME).
The Joan T. Sylvain Award, which honors outstanding education students who are working on a second degree, was presented to Ethan Welch (Madawaska, ME),
Amber P. Devoe (New Canada, ME) was 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 Meghan Guerrette (Frenchville, ME) and Kayla M. Richards (Presque Isle, ME).
Curran James LeComte (Scarborough, ME) 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.
The Gretchen Prize in Fine Arts, which recognizes a student who shows exceptional initiative and industry in the visual arts, was awarded to Kristen Champagne (Perry, ME).
Kayla M. Richards (Presque Isle, ME) 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.
Mollie Hicks (Fort Kent) was named the recipient of the Grindle Award, which is presented annually to a student who shows great promise in the area of the social sciences.
The French Bilingual Studies award was awarded to Mark Christopher Olson (Conowingo, Maryland) which is given to a student in recognition of academic excellence and of future contributions to the French bilingual studies.
Lisa Marie Raymond Roy (Fort Kent) 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.
Amber Gabriel (St. David, ME) was presented the Environmental Studies Award for his outstanding achievement and work in the major area of study.
The Biology Award was presented to Hope Grace (Fairfield, California) and Jesse D. Rochester (Presque Isle, ME) which is given to a student in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area of biology.
For her outstanding achievement and positive attitude toward learning, forestry student Lynne Beaulieu (Fort Kent) was presented with the Applied Forest Management Award.
The Information Security Award was presented to John Kiehn (Caribou, ME) for his excellence in the study of information security.
Mauro Vičić (Kanfanar, Croatia) 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 Business Management Award was presented to Samuel Beaulieu (St. David, ME) and Elisha Madore (Caribou, ME) for their outstanding work completing the degree program.
Christopher Johansen (Millinocket, ME) received the Criminal Justice Award for his academic achievement and demonstrated active in the discipline.
The Conservation Law Enforcement Award was given to Isaac Milton Young II (Lincolnville, ME) in recognition of academic excellence and future contributions within the area of conservation law enforcement.
The student award in the Rural Public Safety Administration program was presented to Heather Albert (Fort Kent).
Three separate awards were presented to UMFK nursing students. The Outstanding Traditional Nursing Student Award was presented to Chantel Bernier (Frenchville, ME) and Kate Susanna Dorsey (Freeport, ME). Ellen L. Bartlett (Houlton, ME) was awarded the Outstanding RN-BSN Student Award. The Outstanding Accelerated Nursing Student Award was presented to Sarah Biggs (Kennebunkport, ME) and Kirk J. Shively (Fort Kent).
The Faculty Academic Achievement Awards were presented to Valedictorian Lisa Marie Raymond Roy (Fort Kent) and Salutatorian Kirk J. Shively (Fort Kent).
Sandra A. Cyr (Madawaska, ME) earned the Associate of Arts Academic Achievement Award for her 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 Lisa Marie Raymond Roy (Fort Kent).
Benjamin Andrew Hall (Winthrop, ME) was presented with the John L. Martin Environmental Scholarship.
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 John N. Short to Katelynn Beaulieu (Grand Isle, ME); Christina Lynn Beaulieu (Fort Kent); Samuel Beaulieu (St. David, ME); Chantel Bernier (Frenchville, ME); Andrea L. Dumond (Wallagrass, ME); Katherine Ferland (Saint-Agathe-Des-Monts, Quebec, Canada); Emily M. Gardner (New Sharon, ME); Amanda C. Pelletier (Madawaska, ME); Olivia Pelletier (Madawaska, ME); Carlee Pinette (Caribou, ME); Katie Pinette (St. Francois, New Brunswick, Canada); and Travis Powers (Presque Isle, ME).
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 Mindy Lou Morneault (Eagle Lake, ME).
The senior class honored Diane Griffin, assistant professor of nursing, with the Outstanding Faculty Award and Denise Potvin, nursing clinical placement and testing coordinator, was honored as the Outstanding Staff Award for the 2015 - 2016 academic year.