JAY — Nick Billings believes the Jobs for Maine Graduates program is a great asset for students at Spruce Mountain High School.

“It helps you through everything in high school, from applying to colleges to giant tasks,” he said following an initiation and installation ceremony held in front of at least 100 parents, teachers and friends Tuesday night.

Nick was installed as the secretary/treasurer of the group.

During his speech, he said, “We believe each person should have the opportunity to develop their own creative potential and must recognize that they have a contribution to make in society.”

Nearly 30 new members were initiated into the the group that now numbers 43 students.

JMG programs throughout the state are committed to assist students who may face barriers in their education by helping them take steps toward continued education and a satisfying career.


A featured speaker during the event was Nicole Caron, a former JMG student at the former Livermore Falls High School. She is now a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington majoring in community health.

She said she faced many difficulties in high school, but she was helped by the JMG program.

“Sometimes, all you need is a little help,” she said. “There are teachers, supervisors, janitors and a community of people who will help. Challenge yourself and don’t settle for what is easy.”

Brianna Gould, a junior, was initiated into the organization.

“It’s awesome. Mrs. Jewett is really supportive and everyone is welcoming,” Brianna said.

Barbara Jewett has ushered many students onto careers in her seven years serving the program.


The JMG program was originally an offering at the former Livermore Falls High School. When LFHS and the former Jay High School merged a couple of years ago, the program was offered to all Spruce Mountain High School students.

State Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, also spoke during the evening.

“As I look at my own life and career, there was no JMG. I was far from the best student, but I found a mentor,” he said. “Since 1993, 28,000 students have participated in JMG. They meet you where you are and one of the most important things is community service.”

SMHS JMG students often are involved in a variety of community service activities throughout the three towns of RSU 73.

Installed as officers for this school year were co-presidents Matt Dyke and Kaylee Marraffa; co-vice-presidents Alexandria Chretien and Lydia Viollette Lee; Billings; secretary to the secretary, Brianna Gould; and community service representative, Calea Butler.

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