South School Notebook: Singers and scholars succeed

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Cape woman named to honor society

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Camille Braun of Cape Elizabeth, a senior at Carleton College, was named to the college’s chapter of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. Founded in 1918, Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The Carleton College chapter of Mortar Board was one of only 36 collegiate chapters to earn the 2015 Gold Torch Award, a national distinction that is conferred upon the most exceptional chapters of Mortar Board. Recipients must excel in all areas of chapter operations while promoting scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to their institutions. Carleton College is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1866.

Chet Jordan scholarships awarded

PORTLAND — Three local Maine high school graduates have been awarded scholarships by the Chet Jordan Leadership Award Fund of the Maine Community Foundation: Adrienne Damicis of Scarborough, who is attending Case Western Reserve University; Clarice Diebold, Cape Elizabeth, who is attending University of King’s College; and Abbey Mitchell of Falmouth, 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 must demonstrate leadership, independent thinking, initiative and hard work. 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

Trio of teachers recognized

CAPE ELIZABETH – Annual teacher awards were presented by Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation during the school district’s welcome back breakfast. The Brownell Award, named in honor of retired Cape Elizabeth High School math teacher Elaine Brownell, recognized Amanda Kozaka and Jonathan Werner. as faculty who did an outstanding job implementing a CEEF grant during the prior year. Kozaka and Werner are Cape Elizabeth Middle School library instructional technology specialists. They earned this year’s Brownell Award because of their efforts and commitment to transforming the CEMS library into the new Library and Learning Common. The Thompson Award, established in memory of Timothy Thompson, recognizes faculty or staff who go above and beyond in reaching out and mentoring students. Bri Gallagher is a Pond Cove Elementary School counselor who earned this year’s Thompson award for her commitment to helping guide students through tough decisions, making sure they are accountable for their actions and encouraging every student to do the right thing. The Brownell and the Thompson awards were presented by Elaine Brownell, Nancy and Tim Thompson, and Ellen Jordan, CEEF Executive Director.

Colby inaugurates local student

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College recently announced that Sonia Diaz Rodriguez of Scarborough has been selected as an inaugural member of The Presidential Blue Key Society. Chosen to embody and inspire the learning spirit of Colby-Sawyer, the 10 students selected will be formally recognized at the Presidential Blue Key Society Induction Ceremony during Alumni Fall Festival Oct. 17. Diaz Rodriguez is a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in biology.

Student singers join choir

GREENVILLE, S.C. − Madison Hertel and Colleen Morehead, both of Scarborough, have recently been named to the University Singers, the freshman choir at Bob Jones University, a Christian-based, liberal arts institute of higher learning in Greenville, South Carolina. Hertel is majoring in business administration, and Morehead is an elementary education major. This year, the choir has been invited by audition to present a solo concert for the South Carolina Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference. The University Singers is also preparing to go on a European tour in May, when they will perform in Hungary and Austria.

Fall open house at SMCC

SOUTH PORTLAND — Southern Maine Community College is holding an open house 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 24, for prospective and enrolled students, families, as well as anyone else who is interested. At the campus located at 2 Fort Road, visitors will learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet faculty and tour the ocean-side campus. For more information and to register, visit Southern Maine Community College was founded in 1946, and offers more than 45 degree programs.