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Nicklaus Ryan Laverty of Lewiston was awarded a Fellowship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on April 17. Laverty is a senior at the University of Maine. The fellowship will enable him to pursue a PhD in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the son of Scott and Linda Laverty.

The honor counts Laverty among 100 students nationwide to receive the fellowship and award of excellence. He is one of five students to receive the Walt and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellowship, named in honor of former Phi Kappa Phi National President Dr. Walter Hohenstein and his wife “Heide.”

The selection process is based on the applicants’ undergraduate academic performance; leadership and service on the campus and in the community; evidence of graduate potential; personal statement of educational perspective, purpose and objectives; and the evaluation reports from three individuals who are in a position to attest to the student’s performance, citizenship and character.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.



Johnathan Plummer of New Gloucester received an Introduction to Photography Award at an Honors Ceremony in April at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Plummer is enrolled in the multimedia and graphic design program. He is the son of Cary and Theresa Plummer of New Gloucester.

Midshipman Matthew Slover of Dixfield was recently named to the commandant’s list at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine in recognition of regimental excellence during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Capt. Jeff Loustaunau, commandant of midshipmen, presented the awards to members of the regiment of midshipmen based on exemplary performance and conduct throughout the year. Recipients must be actively involved in activities of the regiment and participate in community service or volunteer projects.

Slover, a member of the class of 2006, is majoring in marine engineering technology. He is a graduate of Dirigo High School of Dixfield.

UMF student receives geological society award

FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington geology major Jesse Powers was recently awarded the Walter A. Anderson Award at the Geological Society of Maine’s spring meeting at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The Walter A. Anderson Fund was founded in 1955 in recognition of Walter A. Anderson, state geologist emeritus.

David Gibson, UMF associate professor of geology, said, “This is the third time in four years that a UMF geology student has won this prestigious award, which recognizes the most outstanding senior research project presentation. It’s such a wonderful accomplishment for both Jesse and the university’s department of natural sciences.”

The purpose of Powers’ senior research project, “Petrography and Geochemistry of the Zoned Onawa Pluton,” was to perform whole-rock geochemistry using samples from the Onawa Pluton, a geologic region in central Maine’s Piscataquis County.

Powers said, “My research was valuable because it helps us to continue to understand Appalachian geology in central and coastal Maine.

“It’s also very important to know that the majority of the earth is made of mafic rocks while the continents are comprised of primarily granitic material. Knowing the evolution of the continents is an important part in studying how humans came to thrive on this planet,” said Powers.

For more information, contact Gibson at 778-7402 or dgibson@maine.edu.

Maine Maritime team tops in contest

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CASTINE – The Maine Maritime Academy Students in Free Enterprise team was named regional champion at the competition held on March 27 in Boston.

The team matched their educational outreach projects against the programs of other teams in their division, defeating collegiate competitors from Franklin Pierce College, Marymount University, Wilkes University and Boston College.

As a regional champion, the team will compete in the National Exposition May 21 to 23 in Kansas City, Mo. More than 100 teams will compete at the national contest.

Students in Free Enterprise encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, and to use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects. The academy team organized 15 projects in the community.

The team is led by Nicole St. Pierre of Baileyville, SIFE president. Team members include Jacqueline Auger, Cheshire, Conn.; Jarrod Bilodeau, Livermore; Julia Knights, Brookton; Isaac Koenig, McKinney, Texas; Meghan Marshall, Madawaska; and Travis Lamontagne, Scarborough.

For more information, contact SIFE national headquarters at 1-800-677-SIFE, www.sife.org or Dr. Shashi Kumar, Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics, Maine Maritime Academy, 326-2454.

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