AUBURN – Established in 1955, the Edward Little Alumni Association was created to promote cooperation between the alumni and the school, to stimulate fellowship among the alumni and to support the financial need of the graduates of Edward Little as they further their education. This year the association presented seven $1,000 scholarships following completion of the students’ first semester of college.

The Class of 1931 scholarship was presented to Christine Ames, daughter of Celine Theriault and Kevin Ames. She is attending the University of Southern Maine.

The Richard O’Leary Jr. Scholarship went to Matthew Despres, son of Kathy and Peter Despres. Despres is attending the University of Southern Maine and is majoring in liberal arts. In high school he participated in drama, track and field and maintained a part-time job.

Jennifer Hawley received the Richard O’Leary Sr. Scholarship. She is the daughter of Donna Martin and Donald Hawley. While attending Edward Little she was a member of the tennis and swim teams. Hawley is attending New England College in Henniker, N.H., and is studying psychology.

An Alumni Association scholarship was presented to Jake Ference, son of Susan and Donald Ference. Ference was a member of the Drama Club, Latin Club and served as a DJ at Bates College. He is attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Jason Riethmann was also recognized by the Alumni Association. He is studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the son of Jackie Bennett and Dan Riethmann. He participated in soccer, tennis, drama, music, mock trial and the National Honor Society while attending Edward Little.

Recipient Allyson Keene is attending Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., this semester. She was a three-sport athlete, was involved in student government and was a member of the Oracle staff as a student at Edward Little. She is the daughter of Kathi and Eugene Keene.

Ethan LaRochelle is using his scholarship to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where his major is microbiology and his minor is photography. He attended the Maine School of Science and Math until illness forced him to return to Edward Little his junior year. He is the son of Susan and Paul LaRochelle.

Seventy-eight percent of the class of 2004 planned to continue their education, 15.6 percent planned to enter the workforce, 2.5 percent expected to join the military, with the remainder of the graduates being undecided.

There are several ways of honoring the memory of a loved one, a colleague, an institution or a friend through donating to the Edward Little Alumni Association. Information may be obtained by contacting Greg Whitney, 73, treasurer, at 783-5297, Diane Freeve, 62, secretary, at 786-2421 or by contacting the main office at Edward Little High School at 783-8528.

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