Meghan Charest, a senior at Falmouth High School, has been selected as the DAR Good Citizen for the 2015–16 school year.
Selected by the staff and faculty, Charest, who is the daughter of Mark and Meredith Charest, will be invited to attend a chapter breakfast and is eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. The winning entry of the local contest will then advance through state and national levels. Each state winner will receive an award of $250. The national winner will be invited to Washington, D.C., to attend DAR Continental Congress, be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl and certificate. Each of the eight national division winners will receive a cash award in the amount of $500.
The program, sponsored by the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. These qualities consist of dependability, which includes truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality; service, which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others; leadership; and patriotism, which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation.
Megan Josephs, a member of Brass Knobs 4H Working Steer Club, qualified to represent the state of Maine along with three other club members in the Eastern States Exposition at the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts, this fall. Josephs, 14, who is an eighth-grader at Falmouth Middle School, won Best Overall Teamster, Junior Division, in New England, scoring 38 out of 39 points. She also competed at Maine fairs, winning Overall Teamster for the Junior Division at Cumberland, and third place for the Intermediate Division in Fryeburg.
The Chet Jordan Leadership Award Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded a scholarship to Falmouth resident Abbey Mitchell, who is attending Gordon College. The Chet Jordan Leadership Award of up to $10,000 is presented to students who are achieving their goals despite hardship, adversity, or disability. Recipients demonstrate leadership, independent thinking, initiative and hard work in their communities and schools. The scholarship was established in 1995 in memory of Joseph “Chet” Jordan, who grew up in Portland. Jordan’s family and friends established the scholarship to celebrate the rich legacy of his leadership in business and civic affairs in Maine. Applications for the 2016 Chet Jordan Leadership Award will be available online in January at www.mainecf.org.
Burke S. Paxton, son of Lynne Werner and Gregory Paxton of Yarmouth, is participating in Hamilton College’s Academic Year in Madrid, Spain, for the 2015 fall semester. A junior majoring in government and Hispanic studies at Hamilton, Paxton is a graduate of North Yarmouth Academy. The Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain (HCAYS) is a hybrid program in that it offers small liberal arts-oriented classes as well as the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. Students may also participate in a professional internship program, which combines the Spanish immersion experience with opportunities to make a difference in the local community.