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Turner woman has courage to grow

TURNER – Melissa Ingalls, a resident of Turner, was a recipient of the Courage to Grow Award at the fourth annual ceremony held at Central Maine Community College on April 27.

The award is given to those who, for whatever reason, interrupted their education. Then, after a few years, they made an informed decision to go back to school, in spite of difficulties.

Ingalls’ family, of necessity, moved from place to place, and soon Ingalls found herself enmeshed in classes where she could not cope and with schedules she could not keep. She dropped out.

This year, she decided it was time to turn her life around. She enrolled in the SAD 52 Adult Education GED program and finished it in record time.

At the awards ceremony, in the company of 15 other scholars, Ingalls was rewarded. SAD 52 Adult Education instructor Razell Ward said that the “20-year-old student had a checklist of goals.” First in line was her GED diploma, then her driver’s license, then her enrollment at Central Maine Community College, where she plans to study computer programming and technology.

One by one, she has checked off her goals, and in her spare time, while caring for her two young children, she has created a recipe book for her family.

Ward said, “I can’t wait to see what else Melissa will accomplish as she adds goals to her lists and checks them off so systemically.”

Peru student performs in play

WENHAM, Mass. – Anne Colpitts, daughter of Richard and Marilee Colpitts of Peru, recently performed in Gordon College’s theatrical production of “Sueno.”

“Sueno,” a 17th-century allegory considered one of the outstanding Spanish dramas of all times, is Obie award-winning playwright Jose Rivera’s translation and adaptation of Calderon de la Barca’s classic “Life Is a Dream.”

“It was an unforgettable experience which I will always be grateful for,” said Colpitts of the opportunity.

The drama featured elaborate costumes and battle scenes. “It blended other-worldlines’ and true-life grit,” Colpitts said.

Colpitts, a 2003 graduate of Gould Academy, performed in the production from March 24 through April 1. She is presently a performance theater arts major, with a minor in communications.

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Student gets research grant

EASTON, Mass. – Auburn resident Amber Churchill has been awarded a summer research grant from Stonehill College through the school’s undergraduate research program, SURE.

Churchill, 08, will work with Robert Peabody, professor of biology, Diane Peabody, research professor of biology, and Maura Tyrrell, associate professor of biology, on “Can niche partitioning occur with a life cycle?”

Churchill, a biology major and environmental studies minor, will aid in the continuation of a five-year project by testing the hypothesis that different stages of the honey mushroom life cycle utilize different niches.

The outcome of Churchill’s work will include a paper published in a professional journal and a presentation at the Eastern New England Biological Conference.

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