Portland School Notebook: Aug. 17

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Awards, Recognitions

Andrew Reagan of Portland received the Carroll L. & Ina G. Bean Award at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish for a high level of sustained motivation, a compassionate and caring attitude, high spirit of cooperation in working with others and pride in providing professional nursing to those in need.

Nicole Casasa-Blouin of Portland received the Human Services Award at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Kayla Cogle of Portland, a freshman at Connecticut College, was awarded the Vladimir Papov Prize, given for excellence in the study of Russian. Cogle was a 2010 graduate of Casco Bay High School.

Erin Gainey of Portland received the Award for Excellence in German at the University of Southern Maine.

Thomas Benoit of Portland was recognized at an Honors Day Ceremony in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. Benoit received the Outstanding Senior Award presented by the Geography Department.

The University of Southern Maine recently awarded two Creating Maine’s Future Presidential Scholarships, a privately-funded scholarship program. The scholarships provide incoming USM freshmen with $5,000 in tuition assistance per year for four years. Local recipient included Melania Jankowski of Portland, a 2011 graduate of Portland High School.

Hillary Morin, a 2011 graduate of the Cheverus High School, recently earned the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of Maine. The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development and is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recently honored Maine’s top two youth volunteers for 2011 at its 16th annual national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Local recipient included Charlotte Eisenberg, 13, of Peaks Island, who helped create and now leads an environmental club at her school that encourages composting and green living. Eisenberg received a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with her parents to Washington, D.C.

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Portland Brownie Troop 1714 recently donated $100 from their cookie sale proceeds to Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in Casco. The camp invited the brownie troop to participate in a grand opening ceremony of their new volunteer housing building. Additionally, the troop donated a case of Girl Scout cookies to the Maine men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces.