RUMFORD – USW Local 900, the labor union that represents most of the hourly workers in the New Page Paper Mill, has announced that the scholarship program presented 25 local students awards to help them further their education in the 2005/06 school year. Seven others will receive educational grants.

Tied for first and receiving $1,000 were Nicole and Richard Donahue, children of Richard Donahue of north end finishing. Nicole attends UMO studying in the field of nursing. She graduated from Dirigo High School in Dixfield in 2001. Richard is a 2004 graduate from Dirigo and studies political science at UMO.

Cory Stearns won the third-place award of $700. He is a 2002 graduate of Mountain Valley High School and attends UMO majoring in wildlife ecology. His dad, Daniel Stearns, works in the machine shop.

Lindsey Kerr, class of 2005, Dirigo High School, qualified for a $500 scholarship award as did the following 21 students. She enrolled at the University of New Hampshire for the fall and will major in occupational therapy. She is the daughter of Mark Kerr in north end finishing.

Derek E. Viger, Mountain Valley High School class of 2000, studies at the University of Southern Maine majoring in media studies. He is the son of Edmund Viger of the electrical and instrument department, Local 900.

Michelle Woods, Mountain Valley class of 2005, will attend the University of Southern Maine to major in social and behavioral sciences. She is the daughter of Paul Woods, beater engineer.

Monique Crawford, 2003 graduate of Dirigo, entered into the field of nursing at St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Her father, Robert Crawford, works in the pulp mill.

Monica Chenard, Mountain Valley class of 2005, plans to attend Saint Joseph’s College to study psychology. Her dad is Gregory Chenard, maintenance and air conditioning specialist.

Alison Kerr, Dirigo class of 2003, is majoring in accounting at Bentley College near Boston. Her father is Mark Kerr, north end finishing.

Lyndee Palmer, 2002 graduate of Mountain Valley, has been enrolled in business administration with concentration in marketing at UMO. Matthew Palmer in north end maintenance is her father.

Brittany DeMillo graduated from Jay High School’s class of 2003. She is furthering her education at the University of Southern Maine with a major in business administration. Her father is Antonio DeMillo. He works in the pulp mill.

Kristen Allen is from the Mountain Valley class or 2002. Her major is community health education at the University of Maine at Farmington. Jim Allen in maintenance is her father.

Lacey Bartlett, class 2004 from Dirigo High School, majors in occupational therapy at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus. Her step dad is Clint Hall of the maintenance department.

Ryan Daniel Mayo graduated this year from Dirigo and will attend UMO to concentrate in electrical engineering. His father is Danny Mayo, a shift electrical in instrument serviceman, Local 900.

Amanda Kimball from the class of 2004 at Dirigo has attended UMO and will be at UM at Farmington this fall to study business. Her father is Gregory, who works at the effluent treatment plant.

Christopher A. Jewett graduated from Jay High School this year and will major in marine engineering technology at the Maine Maritime Academy. His father is Randal in maintenance.

Heidi Kim Waterhouse is a 2005 graduate of Mountain Valley. She will be at the University of Maine in Orono or Farmington to study elementary or special education. Her father is Joseph of the utilities department.

Erin Stearns is a 2004 Mountain Valley graduate. She attends the UM at Farmington and is enrolled in early childhood education. Her father is Daniel Stearns of the machine shop.

Jada Carter graduated from Dirigo in 2003 and studies at UM at Farmington in the early childhood education program. Her step father is Wayne Hewitt of maintenance.

Andrew Dion, Livermore Falls class of 2002, attends the Maine Maritime Academy, majoring in marine systems engineering. His father is Dave Dion of north end maintenance.

Samantha Ann Averill from the Dirigo class of 2003 majors in social services at the Rumford/Mexico Campus of the University of Maine, Augusta. Greg Averill is her father. He works in maintenance.

Rachel Labrecque is a 2002 graduate of Mountain Valley. She majors in early childhood education, with a minor in psychology at UMF. Richard is her father, and he does maintenance work.

Michael Blais, class of 2005 at Dirigo High School, plans to major in sociology at Saint Joseph’s College in Windham. His mother is Penny Martin, who works at the groundwood facility.

Kimberly Johnson, Mountain Valley class of 2000, is enrolled at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She is the daughter of Don Johnson, an instrument technician.

Julie Dion, graduating from Livermore Falls High School this year, will travel to Vermont Technical College this fall to study veterinary technology. Her father is David Dion of the maintenance department.

The following seven students will each receive a $100 educational grant for their participation.

Trevor Parent, Mountain Valley 2004, is attending UM, Presque Isle. His major is athletic training education. His father is Edgar Parent, effluent treatment plant.

Emily R. Patrick, Mountain Valley 2004, is attending UMF. Her major is elementary education. Her father is John Patrick of shift maintenance.

Kimberly Decker graduated from Mountain Valley in 2005 and will study at Castleton State College in Vermont with a minor in forensic psychology. Her father is Derick Decker from cogen.

Christopher A. Fosdick, Mountain Valley 2005, will go to Northern Maine Community College to major in auto body repair. His father is Tim Fosdick of R15 finishing.

Jessica Allen, Mountain Valley class of 2005, will be studying at UMF and is as yet undeclared. Her father is James Allen in maintenance.

Kara Jaques graduated from Telstar High School this June. She is enrolled in pre-pharmacy biology at Saint Joseph’s. Her mother is Carol Davis of NE finishing.

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