AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage and Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy president and CEO Liza McFadden recently honored 14 teen mentors with Excellence Awards in leadership and service during a ceremony at the Blaine House.

Students mentoring in the Foundation’s Teen Trendsetters program assist first- through third-graders with reading during weekly tutoring sessions.

The Teen Trendsetters Excellence Award is given to mentors who provide outstanding leadership and service, particularly with helping their mentees read on grade level. After successfully piloting Teen Trendsetters in Windham during 2012 and 2013, the Barbara Bush Foundation this past year expanded the program to 20 schools throughout Maine.

Senior Brianna Miquelon at Lewiston High School helps her mentee, Saido, weekly, and has never missed a day to serve as a role model, despite her academic workload. Her adviser, Jenn Carter, said, “She is frequently the student who steps up to lead the group during our monthly training meetings, and models what leadership looks like by maintaining her weekly commitment to her mentee.”

The following students will receive Teen Trendsetters Excellence Awards:

Zoe Adams, grade 12, Gray-New Gloucester High at Russell and Memorial Elementary School; Megan E. Brown, grade 12, Bonny Eagle High at Buxton Elementary School; Eden Koehling, grade 12, Morse High at Dike Newell Elementary School; Aiyanna Maciel, grade 12, Windham High at Windham Elementary School.

Also, Meagan McKeon, grade 11, Searsport District High and Elementary School; Ayana McRae, grade nine, LearningWorks at Riverton Elementary School; Briaunna S. D. Meyer, grade 11, Kennebunk High and Elementary School; Brianna Miquelon, grade 12, Lewiston High at Gov. Longley Elementary School.

Also, Ahmed Mohamed, grade 10, Edward Little High School at Park Avenue Elementary School; Joseph Oakes, grade 11, Community School in Fort Kent at Community Elementary School; Jade Ouellette, grade 12, Wells Ogunquit Community High and Elementary School; Noah Pringle, grade 10, Mt. View High at Morse Memorial; Isaac Salisbury, grade 11, Freeport High at Morse St. S.; Ariana Viger, grade eight, Mountain Valley Middle School at Meroby Elementary School.

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