LEWISTON — Over 300 people gathered at the Ramada Inn on April 17 for the Central Maine Commu­nity College annual dinner. The event, hosted by the college’s Education Foundation Board of Directors, marked the 30th anniversary of the foundation’s incorporation in 1989.

After welcoming remarks from Foundation Board Chairwoman Christine Bosse, CMCC President Scott Knapp delivered his annual “State of the College” address and recounted some milestone events in the foundation’s 30-year history. The event concluded with the presentation of awards to students, employees and supporters for their achievements or contributions to the college.

Proceeds from the dinner, which are expected to exceed $25,000, will benefit the foundation’s scholarship fund. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to CMCC and its students, to advocate on behalf of the college and to nurture relationships with the community and constituencies. The foundation has raised more than $1 million in scholarships for the college.

The awardees who were honored at the CMCC annual dinner are pictured. Seated from left are Kayla Thayer, Student of the Year; Ouseiny Ousmane, “Against All Odds” Award; Matt Kinney, Scholarship Recipient of the Year; Shawn Brown, Veteran of the Year; Terry Samson, President’s Award; Kauna Yaga, “Against All Odds” Award; Kristen Huntress, Female Student of the Year; and Jordy Knoren, Male Student Athlete of the Year. Standing are John Wallace, Faculty Member of the Year; Zakiya Sheikyh, All-Maine Academic Team; Chris Thoma, Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year; Rusty Vining, All-Maine Academic Team; Bert LaBonte, Corporate Partner of the Year; Dan Graham, Staff Member of the Year; and Ben Creznic, All-Maine Academic Team. Missing from the photo is Tyler Hayes, All-Maine Academic Team.

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