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Local residents graduate from Saint Michael's College, hear ocean explorer Sylvia Earle as speaker


COLCHESTER, Vt. — The following local residents graduated from Saint Michael's College during the 107th commencement exercises held on the college campus May 11, 2014:

Sarah Emily Ames-Foley, daughter of Roy Ames of Tamworth, with a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude in psychology.

Jessica Marie George, daughter of Kristina and Michael George of Madison, with a bachelor of science, magna cum laude in mathematics and secondary education.

Andrew John Macdonald, son of Ellen and John MacDonald of Center Conway, with a bachelor of arts in history.

Madelaine Leigh Plauché, daughter of Marc and Nancy Plauche of Tamworth, with a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude in political science.

The Commencement speaker was internationally known deep-sea explorer and oceans champion Sylvia Earle, who ultimately struck an optimistic note in her message to 2014 graduates about their power to offer hope and take actions that might preserve our planet for future generations.

The National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and world-renowned oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer, nicknamed "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and New York Times, addressed an audience of nearly 4,500 including 438 undergraduates (169 bachelor of science, 269 bachelor of arts), 41 master's students (11 master of arts in clinical psychology, 19 master's in education, one master of science in administration, 10 master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages) along with families, friends, faculty and staff. Degree recipients from last August and December also attended, bringing the total number of participating undergraduates to about 480.

Earle noted how appropriate it was on Mother's Day to honor "the mother of all mothers – Mother Earth," or perhaps even "Mother Ocean," since that's where 95 percent of the world's life-giving water is. Earle suggested "we're in a time like never before and never again" for making policies that might, in the true spirit of Saint Michael's, takes others into account -- even if they are the others of the future. Saint Michael the Archangel, she playfully reminded the audience, "was an action figure" representing the victory of good over evil -- a good role model in a life-or-death struggle like the survival of the planet that is our only small shared home in such a vast universe.

"What are the reasons for hope? There is no greater reason for hope than this Class of 2014," she concluded to cheers.

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Krista Taylor retires from FAA

As of July 1, 2014, Krista Taylor has retired as supervisor of the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Service Department in San Diego, Calif.
Taylor is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor of Kearsarge and a graduate of Kennett High School.
After graduating from Swarthmore College she trained at Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City and began her career in Palmdale, California.
 She held several managerial positions in San Diego over her 32 years of service and now has time to enjoy being in the air and let others guard the planes. Her family and friends congratulate her and are proud of her achievements.

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Local students to attend Clarkson University


POTSDAM, N.Y. — The following local students will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as members of the Class of 2018:

Ashley Ann Wissmann of Lovell, Maine, a graduate of Fryeburg Academy, will be majoring in mechanical engineering.

Asa X. Frankowski of Madison, a graduate of Kennett High School, will be majoring in university studies.


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Henry receives promotion in Maine Army National Guard


AUGUSTA, Maine — Bryan Henry, of Brownfield, a sapper with the 251 Engineer Company of the Maine Army National Guard has been promoted to specialist.

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Students receiving academic recognition, published July 5, 2014


Skelton wins outstanding student achievement award at Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Rebecca Skelton of Conway, a member of the Class of 2015 at Connecticut College, was awarded the Macroeconomics Prize by the college. Skelton was presented with the award at the annual honors and awards ceremony at Connecticut College on May 5.

Skelton, a 2011 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, is the daughter of John and Jody Skelton of Conway.

At the ceremony, the awards were presented by President Katherine Bergeron and Carolyn C. Denard, dean of the college. Anthony Graesch, assistant professor of anthropology, gave the keynote address.

Skelton, has also been named to the dean's high honors list for the 2014 spring semester. At Connecticut College, dean's honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.65, and Dean's High Honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.77.

Cadet Gustafson to be presented with Gold Stars for Spring of 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Cadet Max Gustafson of Ossipee is among those appearing on the Spring 2014 Gold Stars list at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
Rising seniors as well as junior and sophomore gold star cadets will receive their stars at parade on Sept. 26 and have earned the right to display the stars on their uniforms for the fall semester.
The Citadel awards gold stars to cadets who earned recognition for their academic achievements during the spring semester of 2014. For some cadets, this is a second or third achievement.
Gustafson has also been named to The Citadel's dean's list for academic achievement during the spring 2014 semester. Dean's list recognition is earned by those registered for 12 or more semester hours whose grade point ratio is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester's work.

Freedom student receives winter 2013-14 NESCAC All-Academic honors at Bates

LEWISTON , Maine — Abigail Alexander, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew D. Alexander of Freedom, and a member of the women's indoor track and field team at Bates College, received New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic distinction for the winter 2013-14 season. To receive NESCAC all-academic honors, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.

A 2010 graduate of Holderness School, Alexander is majoring in neuroscience at Bates.

Nash on dean's list at University of North Carolina

Ashleigh Marie Nash, of Eaton has been named to the dean's list at University of North Carolina at Asheville. The dean's list is made up of full-time students who have achieved between 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average.


Students named to Colby-Sawyer College spring 2014 dean's list

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement during the 2014 spring semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.

Haley Murnik of Intervale.

Aaron Records of North Conway.

Area students named to Champlain College dean's list

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The following area residents have been named to the spring 2014 dean's list at Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, located in Burlington, Vt. It is a national leader in educating students through its unique program that prepares students for life beyond college with a mix of professional training, academic enrichment and cultural immersion.

Hannah Andersen, of Madison, majoring in social work.

Alyssa Tetreault, of Center Conway, in business administration.

Olivia Kramp, of Intervale, majoring in early childhood/elementary education.

Local students named to Keene State's dean's list

KEENE, — About 1,470 students have been named to the spring 2014 dean's list at Keene State College. To qualify for the dean's list, Keene State undergraduates must be enrolled in a degree program and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn dean's list honors.

Among this semester's honorees are the following local students:

Jacob Boucher of Sandwich.

Holly Evans of Center Ossipee.

Matthew Ashnault of Albany.

Sean Timberlake of Eaton Center.

Shelby Love of North Conway.

Zachary Spadaccini of North Conway.

Shannon Ridge of Ossipee.

Amanda Coakley of Ossipee.

Amanda Hayford of Tamworth.

Corbyn Lamy named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Spring 2014 dean's list

WORCESTER, Mass. — Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Corbyn Lamy, of Wolfeboro Falls, N.H., a junior majoring in biology and biotechnology, was named to the university's dean's list for academic excellence for the Spring 2014 semester.

A total of 1,380 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's Spring 2014 Dean's List. The criteria for the WPI Dean's List differ from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

Emily Leich of North Conway named To St. Lawrence University dean's list

CANTON, N.Y. — Emily A. Leich of North Conway has been selected for inclusion on the dean's list for academic achievement during the Spring 2014 semester at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Leich, a member of the Class of 2015 at St. Lawrence, is majoring in anthropology. Leich graduated from Kennett High School. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.


Saint Anselm College Dean's List Spring 2014

MANCHESTER — Mark W. Cronin, interim dean of Saint Anselm College, has announced the following students that were named to the dean's list for the spring 2014 semester.

Ari Lehner of Wolfboro Falls.


Springfield College recognizes dean's list students for the 2014 spring semester

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Mitchell Petitti of Tamworth has been named to the dean's list at Springfield College for the 2014 spring semester.

Criteria for selection to the dean's list are as follows: The student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded coursework for the semester, exclusive of "P" grades; the student must not have any incompletes, missing grades or "CPs" in the designated semester; the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500 for the semester; and the student must not have been barred from the dean's list due to a disciplinary action.


Students named to the University of Vermont dean's list

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The following students have been named to the University of Vermont dean's list.  To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Sarah Fauver of North Conway.

Sara Hopkins of North Conway.

Taylor Schoonover of North Conway.

 Elizabeth Major named to dean's list at Fort Lewis College

DURANGO, Colo. — Elizabeth Major, of North Conway, was named to Fort Lewis College's Dean's List for the Spring 2014 semester. Major's major is elementary education .

To be eligible for Dean's List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.

Ashley Watkins on dean's list at Elmira College

ELMIRA, N.Y. — Ashley Watkins, of Lovell, a member of the Class of 2015, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Elmira College. She is currently studying nursing at Elmira College. Elmira College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1855, located in Elmira, New York.


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