LEWISTON – The city of Lewiston announces that Tarrah Bowen, a senior at Lewiston High School, is the recipient of the 2004 Alfred A. Plourde Memorial Scholarship Award. The $500 award was presented to the senior at the May 4 City Council meeting by Council President Renee Bernier and Mrs. Alfred (Janice) Plourde.

The scholarship was established in 1990 for presentation annually to the LHS senior demonstrating the most interest and promise in a public service career. Seniors apply each year by submitting an essay titled “The Role of the Young Political Leader in the New Millenium,” along with a statement of public service goal and transcript.

The Lewiston City Council selects the winning entry each year, and Bowen’s winning essay spoke of the importance of developing self-confidence as young leaders and becoming involved with one’s community.

Bernier stated, “Freddie, as Mayor Plourde was more commonly referred to, loved everything about the city of Lewiston. He also believed in reaching for goals and in the potential of youth. It is very fitting, therefore, that a scholarship legacy continues to carry on his memory.”

Bernier commended Bowen’s active involvement on the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council and also praised a presentation on diversity that Bowen had previously made at a National League of Cities Conference.

Bowen will graduate top 10 from Lewiston High School in June and will attend Middlebury College in Vermont to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatrician.

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