TOPSHAM — Wright-Pierce, a New England engineering firm providing water, wastewater and infrastructure engineering services, has announced the 14 recipients of its student scholarship program. This year’s recipients, students of engineers and support staff at four of the firm’s eight New England offices, are Sarah Johnson, Jack Obery, Olivia Welch, Dylan Pinette, McKell Barnes, Benjamin Stiles, Jessica Bourget, Eva Glidden, Eben Musich, Laura Anne Till, Miranda Parks, Katelyn Taber, Alexandra Bowen and Samuel Hewitt.

The scholarship program was initiated 48 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 175 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.

Among the 14 recipients, the following are from the Central Maine region:

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 with disabled adults at Independence Association in Brunswick. Her step-father, John Lucas, is a mechanical engineering specialist in Wright-Pierce’s Building Design Services Group. Johson resides in Lewiston.

Olivia Welch will begin her junior year this fall as a student at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., where she is majoring in Russian and international relations. She is studying abroad for her junior year; the first semester in Prague, Czech Republic, and the second semester in St. Petersburg, Russia. This summer she volunteered in a refugee settlement home in Washington, D.C., and worked in a law office. She is the daughter of Susan O’Connor, who works in the marketing department at Wright-Pierce, and Michael Welch of Auburn.

Jack Obery will begin his junior year at University of Maine at Orono where he is a psychology major. He worked this summer at Pine Tree Frosty in Rangeley. He is the son of Kevin and Jan Obery. Kevin Obery is a civil engineer and project manager in the Topsham office. The Oberys live in Topsham.

Dylan Pinnette will begin his junior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this fall where he is majoring in biomedical engineering. Pinnette is involved in the WPI Debate Team and the Philosophical Society. He is the son of Jeff Pinnette, a senior project manager in the firm’s Wastewater Practice Group, and Ann Pinnette. Dylan Pinnette resides in Topsham.

Benjamin Stiles will enter his senior year at the University of Maine at Orono. He is pursuing a civil and environmental engineering degree. This summer he was an intern at Wright-Pierce in the Wastewater Practice Group. Stiles is the son of David and Patricia Stiles. David Stiles is a vice president at Wright-Pierce. The Stiles family resides in Durham.

McKell Barnes is the daughter of Lori and Rob Barnes of Durham. She will be a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington where she is pursuing a secondary education degree with an emphasis in mathematics and plays on the women’s soccer and softball teams. Rob Barnes is an environmental technical specialist at Wright-Pierce. McKell Barnes resides in Durham.

Jessica Bourget will begin her junior year at Bennington College where she is a psychology major and participates in extracurricular dance classes. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Richard Bourget. Richard Bourget works in the Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Practice Group at Wright-Pierce. The Bourgets live in Bowdoinham.

Laura Anne Till is in the nursing program at University of Maine at Fort Kent where she completed her junior year. She worked as a CNA at the Caribou Nursing Home and at Houlton Farms Dairy in Caribou this summer. Laura Till is the daughter of Andy Till, a resident project representative in the field for Wright-Pierce. They reside in Caribou.

Eben Musich is beginning his sophomore year at the University of Vermont where he is a student in the community and international development program. His summer employment was with Cabbage Island Lobster Bakes in Boothbay Harbor. He is the son of Elaine and Jeff Musich. Jeff Musich is vice president and principal-in-charge of the Water Engineering Division. The Musichs reside in Turner.

Eva Glidden will begin her sophomore year this fall at Lyndon College. Her major is atmospheric science. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. She is the daughter of Linda and Dan Glidden. Dan Glidden is an electrical engineer in the Building Design Services Group. The Gliddens reside in Gardiner.


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