TOPSHAM — Wright-Pierce, a New England provider of water, wastewater and
infrastructure engineering services, has announced the 13 recipients of its student scholarship program.

This year’s recipients, students of engineers and support staff at four of the firm’s nine New England offices, are Sarah Johnson, Jack Obery, Olivia Welch, Dylan Pinnette, McKell Barnes, Kimberly Preble, Benjamin Stiles, Laura Anne Till, Katelyn Taber, Miranda Parks, Brooke Davee, Erik Anderson and Nathan Braccio.

The scholarship program was initiated 47 years ago to honor the sons and daughters of Wright-Pierce employees for academic achievement. Since 1962, the scholarships have been awarded to more than 150 students. Wright-Pierce views the scholarship program as a way to acknowledge the importance of higher education by rewarding students who have completed at least their first year of college.

Sarah Johnson will begin her sophomore year this fall at Southern Maine Community College where she will continue her studies in behavioral health and human services. This summer she worked as a sales associate at Shaw’s. Her stepfather, John Lucas, is a mechanical engineering specialist in Wright-Pierce’s Building Design Services Group. She resides in Lewiston.

Jack Obery is beginning his sophomore year at University of Maine at Orono. He has been working this summer at Pine Tree Frosty in Rangeley. He is the son of Kevin and Jan Obery. Kevin is a civil engineer and project manager in the Topsham office. The Obery’s live in Topsham.

Dylan Pinnette will begin his sophomore year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this fall where he is majoring in biomedical engineering. He is also a member of the WPI debate team. He is the son of Jeff Pinette, a senior project manager in the firm’s Wastewater Practice Group, and Ann Pinnette. Dylan resides in Topsham.

Kimberly Preble begins her senior year at the University of Maine at Orono in the fall. She is a business administration major with French, Spanish and political science as minors. She plays intramural softball, flag football and ultimate Frisbee. She is working this summer as assistant director for the Auburn Recreation Department camp program and as a sales associate. She is the daughter of Wright-Pierce Civil Engineer/Project Manager Jeff, and Joanne Preble of Auburn.

Benjamin Stiles is entering his junior year at the University of Maine at Orono. He is pursuing a civil and environmental engineering degree. For the summer, he was employed as a grounds manager at J.A.Y. Enterprises in Freeport. He is the son of David and Patricia Stiles. Dave is a vice president at Wright-Pierce. They reside in Durham.

McKell Barnes is the daughter of Lori and Rob Barnes of Durham. She will be a junior in the fall at University of Maine at Farmington where she is pursuing a secondary education degree with an emphasis in mathematics. Rob is an environmental technical specialist at Wright-Pierce. She resides in Durham.

Olivia Welch begins her sophomore year this fall at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., where she is majoring in Russian and international relations. She also volunteers in the Worcester schools. This summer she worked in a day care center and as a restaurant hostess. She is the daughter of Susan O’Connor, who works in the marketing department at Wright-Pierce, and Michael Welch of Auburn.

Brooke Davee, the daughter of Rick and Anne-Marie Davee of Freeport, begins her senior year at the University of Georgia in Athens this fall. She is pursuing a degree in public health. Rick is a senior vice president of the firm and manager of the Water Division in the Portsmouth, N.H. office.


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