Auburn: Abby Bellefleur, Felicia Binette, Ashley Brackett, Taylor Bracket, William Brewster, Derek Caron, Adam Chamberland, Marlee Collins, Alyssa Coyne, Joshua Delong, Benjamin Denison, Marie Dufresne-Dixon, Charlotte Gaylord, Devanne Goodine, Ashten Hackett, Mikael Heikkinen, Travis Landry, Michael Lucas, Zachary Lutick, Paige Martin, Jaclyn Masters, Eileen McKinney, Kayla Nadeau, Kaelina Perron, Kelsey Philbrick, Neal Timoney, Sophie Wallace
Durham: Shane Cloutier, Evan Hendershot, Daniel Jacques, William McEnery, Brittany Rice, Dory Whynot
Greene: Courtney Anderson, Brandon Clark, Taylor Cloutier, Sara Gosselin
Lewiston: Tanner Adams, Gabrielle Barboza, Nathan Berube, Joseph Bussiere, Kristen DiBello, James Dumas, Thomas Elie, Daniel Fortier, Jason Goulet, Katie Hummes, Katelyn Jacques, Caleb Laberge, Christian Labonte, Lukas Lamb-Wotton, Paige LeBlond, Thomas LeBlond, Amanda Li, Brianna Payne, John Peters, James Poulin, Hannah Rheaume, Kyle Rousseau, Kaitlyn Roy, Jacob Sicotte, Liza Sirois, Colleen Slebzak, Laura St. Pierre, Rong Zhang
Lisbon: Lydia Martin, Jaymi Thibault
Lisbon Falls: Ashley Cheetham, Justin Grant, Kartika Romano
Livermore Falls: Natalie Goding, Ashley Sidney
Mechanic Falls: Olivia Doyer, Michael Goss, Christopher Roderick
Poland: Hilary Clark, Jeanmarie Humphrey, Tucker Jones
Sabattus: Michelle Lane
Turner: Justin Bean, Shawn Berry, Macey Berube, Carter Hathaway, David Hersom, Britni Hutchinson, Samantha Hutchinson, Kate McKeown, Rebecca Rancourt, Morgan Shaw, Karli Soracco, Jennifer Vallee
Wales: Bethany Latulippe, Joseph Turcotte, Tyler Turcotte
Bancroft: Ashley Ballanger
Benedicta: Casey Fichter
Caribou: Devin Ballard, Annie Collins, Kayla Collins, Kayla Cormier, Renee Dube, Jerry Ferszt, Chelsea Griffeth, Haley Hunter, Nathanael Kamm, Charm Karunasiri, Katherine Keaton, Ginger Kieffer, Kelsey Morin, Samantha Murchison, Christopher Nadeau, Elainee Norris, Reanna Plourde, Paige Small, Jin Sun Thomas, Dean Walker, Nicholas Willey
Caswell: Emily St. Pierre
Chapman: Haley Bouchard, Kelsey Buck
Eagle Lake: Samuel Albert
Easton: Ariana Babineau, Sydney Trask, Holden Turner
Fort Fairfield: Nathaniel Devoe, Sarah Holbrook, Kacie York
Fort Kent: Amelia Stevens
Frenchville: Jonathan Roy
Grand Isle: Valerie Parker
Hamlin: John Parent
Houlton: Cordell Beaton, Kelsey Fitzpatrick, Nicholas Lunn, Rachael Torres, Benjamin Ward, Franki White
Island Falls: Jillian Diaferio, Desirae DuBois, Amanda Rose
Linneus: Echo Turner
Ludlow: Amanda Ryan, Erik Ryan
Madawaska: Melissa Albert, Jacques Daigle, Victoria Gagnon, Darin Jandreau, Kirk Michaud, Kyle Tardif
Mapleton: Elizabeth Wright
Merrill: Morgan Gustin, Vance Gustin
New Sweden: Kelsie Espling
Oakfield: Logan Desmond
Perham: Dani Wolland
Presque Isle: Casey Carson, Edward Escobar, Richard Flora, Brittany Good, Logan Good, Stephen Goulet, Kyle Goupille, Mary Green, Brandon Howlett, Jenice Jarvis, Kenedy Jarvis, Haley Johnston, Joshua Jones, Sarah Landry, Benjamin Picard, Connor Shaw, Harold Stewart, Jacob Towle, Evan Waddell, Wesley Zeng
Saint Agatha: Alex Michaud
Saint David: Samantha Pelletier
Van Buren: Natasha Bourgoin, Eric Laplante, Vanessa Lavoie
Wade: Nicholas Silver
Washburn: Marcella Cheviot, Cameron Huston
Winterville: Hannah Wood
Woodland: Andrew Cashman, Finn Bondeson, Kendra Stephens, Ethan Stetson
Bridgeton: Karen Lewis, Bryanna Plummer, Joseph St. Cyr, Wesley Sulloway, Michael Triglione
Brunswick: Sumner Blatt, Mara Bonsaint, Matthew Burnette, Lucy Comaskey, Audrey Cross, Matthew Day, Sally DeForest, Rashon Edgerton, Erin Eldridge, Megan Elliott, Rosaleen Erwin, Stephanie Hill, Jesse Holland, Timothy Kiely, Justin Libby, Heidi Martinson, Hillary Morin, Caroline Reno, Emily Roy, Samantha Roy, Whitney Salvail, Hanna Sprague, Olivia Tetu, Ryan Wilson
Cape Elizabeth: Ryan Bolduc, Tori Downer, Samuel Duddy, Theodore Farnsworth, Elise Galgano, Samuel Griswold, Colleen Howard, Stefan LaRose, Connor Logan, Shannon Lyons, Anders Nelson, Lynn Tarbox
Casco: Shannon Brenner, Leona Kluge-Edwards, Jeremy Leavitt, Corey Morton, Christian Oren
Cumberland: Laura DeVaudreuil, Kaitlyn Lavallee, Amanda MacDonald, Ian Mecray
Cumberland Center: Brittany Ames, Allison Farr, Katherine Harrington, Grant Kern, Robert Moore, Eliza Porter, Taylor Roach, Samuel Thompson
Falmouth: Eric Britton, Sydney Cheney, Marley Dewey, Courtney Greenwood, Sarah Hogan, William Jones, Danielle Li, Allison McDonald, Abigail Pratico, Alexander Robison, Shaina Sirois, Megan Smith, Sara Sukeforth
Freeport: Kathryn Blenk, Katherine Breau, Kaylon Brown, Amanda Curtis, Brady Davis, Kayley Johnson, Nathan Jones, Luke LaMagna, Alexandra Mitch, Sheila Murch, Rachelle Pallin, Megan Ragucci, Kathrine Turner, David Vitali, Gordon Wilson, Eric Wold
Gorham: Morgan Briggs, Abegayle Brown, Rachele Burns, Ashley Corbeau-Hasenflu, Joseph DeRoy, Johna Doyla, Chelsea Eagan, William Eldridge, Molly Folan, Leaha Keene, Christopher Nystrom, Jesse Orach, Christa Para, Eric Plourde Benjamin Pomeroy, Garrett Raymond, Marissa Roberts, Michael SeeHusen, Lindsey Smith, Matthew Southard, Rachael Webster, Lisa Wong
Gray: Alan Bennett, Abigail Diehl, Aeleah Granger, Lindsay McKeen, Garrett Mercier, Molly Mooney
Harpswell: John Bilodeau, Jamie Merriam, Lauren Rice
Harrison: Kyle Forsythe
Naples: Savannah DeVoe, Maude Meeker, Ryan Skillern, Haley Vaudreuil
New Gloucester: Benjamin Blais, Claire Chamberlain, Michael Flanders, Kathleen Hutchinson, Michael Lyons, Robin Pelkey, Elizabeth Pflugradt, Meghan Vadeboncoeur, Alicia Valente
North Yarmouth: Courtney Andrews, Lindsey Burton, Shannon Fitzpatrick, Michele Girard, Kyle Morrison, Robert Potts, Ryan Rybka, Nicholas Sprague, Eliza Taplin
Orrs Island: Alexandra Lafond
Portland: Eleni Anderson, Samuel Balzano, Holly Bauer, Caitlynn Brown, Patrick Celestine, Hannah Chambers, Michael Dandy, Taylor Dimick, Steven Doman, Caroline Green, Sierra Gridley, Alyx Hannigan, John Hardy, Jacob Hatch, Michael Hebert, Grace Kiffney, Ian Kuniholm, Christopher Mcgonagle, Michael Orne, Alexandra Perry, Sean Perry, Christine Reynolds, Patrick Robinson, Aoife Ryle, Rebecca Silver, Benjamin Smith, Darro So, Dillon Spear, Aleeza Stearns, Zeb Tarasevich, Alexandra Wirth
Pownal: Kelly Edwards, Helen Humphrey, Shane Verville
Raymond: Benjamin Algeo, Drew Gagnon, Megan Stevenson
Scarborough: Lauren Aceto, Ashley Anastasoff, Eben Bradley, Adam Brown, Danielle Cooledge, Matthew Daniels, Kelsey Dillon, Isabella DiPhilippo, Andrew Doran, Christie Edwards, Oleg Gross, Christian Harvie, Sarah Hoops, Kara Johnston, Moira Keahon, Jeanna Lowery, Austin Madden, Scott Merrill, Peyton Morrissette, Nicholas Prince, Jacy Quint, Jamie Rowe, Jacob Rutt, Craig Slavin, Daniel Slavin, Kristen Spencer, Lowansa Sprague, Brendan Sullivan, Kelly Thibeault, Anthony Verzoni, Brian Woodbury
Sebago: Kathryn Cutting
South Portland: Margaret Bagley, Maxwell Berube, Calvin Chen, Chelsea Chiamulera, Brandyn Cretien, Jordan Drown, Caleb Elsemore, Bridget Farrell, Jennifer Fletcher, Colton Gervais, Elizabeth Grant, Kaiya Hansen, Alicia Harvey, Anthony Jackson, Natasha Locke, Joseph Luther, Courtney Perruzzi, Thomas Salamone, Jaclyn Salevsky, Phoebe Shank, Donimic Tannoia, Rachel Wilkinson
Standish: Kaitlin Clark, Kaitlin Kohler, Sebastian Luy, Shannon Sanborn, Avry Wormwood, Whitney Yates
Steep Falls: Melissa Carrier, Benjamin Conner
West Baldwin: Christina Metcalf
Westbrook: Michael Bailey, Kevin Bois, Darren Brown, Shannon Clark, Evan DiPietrantonio, Kristopher Doyon, Eliot Gagne, Hanna Gowen, Andrew Lamson, John Logan, Aric Nappi, Andrew Silver, Zachary Tanguay, Kassie Wilson
Windham: Nicole Begley, Bradford Carpentier, Nate Dubuc, Renee Freudenberger, Jillian Gamache, Nicolas Gleason-Boure, Rachel Scala, Bronte Sone, Avery Topel, Haley Williams
Yarmouth: Campbell Belisle Haley, Ashley Eaton, Claire Fouchereaux, Thomas Fouchereaux, Ethan Gray, Brady Jacques, Benjamin Johnson, Abigail MacDonald, Anne Ryan, Adam Sampson, Jessica Smart, Matthew Waldroup
Chesterville: E. Kelton Cullenberg, Benjamin Tyler
Farmington: Ryan Flanagan, Ryan Howatt, Adam Paul
Industry: Samuel Prentiss
Jay: Devon Autrey, Brittany DiPompo, Dustin Hargreaves, Alexander Hartford, Gregory Melcher, Melanie Robitaille, Kathryn Ventrella
New Sharon: Naomi Caywood, Lena Kendall, Abigail Lochala, Mikaela Nida-Eldridge
New Vineyard: Lucien Langlois
Rangeley: Allison Hammond
Salem Township: Philip Coffren
Stratton: Christian Beauregard, Magalloway Field
Wilton: Ruth Leopold, Michael Maclean
Bar Harbor: Isabel Bohrer, Duncan Bowen, Michael Breen, Mary Chamberlin, Bradley Clemens, Sean Cox, Enrica Maffucci, Abbie Severance, Mackenzie Tibbetts, Meaghan Young
Bass Harbor: Zachary Gold, Rowan McIsaac
Bernard: Matthew Harkins
Blue Hill: Landere Naisbitt, Lara Naisbitt, Sabrina Vivian, Lucy Wanning
Brooklin: Viktoria Staples
Brooksville: Jessica Dyer, Tiffany Mitchell
Bucksport: Marie Bissonnette, Chloe Carmichael, Katelynn Hanson, Meagen Harriman, Mary Hunt, Emily Lenor, Megan Smith, Melissa Stewart, Jocelyn Thomas, Sadie Wight
Castine: Robert Brouillard, Thomas Gutow
Corea: Hanna Woodward
Dedham: Emily Carlson, Abigail Vicnaire
Deer Isle: Sarah Eaton, Eliza Kane, Janette Merritt
Ellsworth: Marshal Deckers, James Doty, Katrina Harris, Kathleen Hill, Samuel Keefe, Darien Lewis, Samuel Lounder, Cecelia McEachern, Nathan Rockwood, Rachael Searchfield, Rosa Tiemann, Isabelle Vachon, Rosehannah Vachon, Benjamin Walton
Franklin: Nicklaus Carter, Amelia, Forman-Stiles, Sarah Frost, Jamie Hoglund
Gouldsboro: Morgan Horn
Hancock: Jacob Kane, Jordan Servetas, Melissa Wells
Lamoine: Michael Nichols
Mariaville: Ethan Tremblay
Mount Desert: Ariel Bothen, Sierra Colson, Elizabeth Woolfolk
Northeast Harbor: Gretchen Blank
Orland: Kyle McGeechan, Lucas Wardell
Seal Harbor: Emily Walton
Sedgwick: Abigail Bowden
Southwest Harbor: Elizabeth Dunbar, Brandie Dziegiel, Gillian Morrison, Rebecca O’Donnell, Emma Oppewall, Mica Perruzzi
Stonington: Kathleene Melanio, Gareth Warr
Sullivan: Jacqueline Cormier
Sunset: Layla Eaton
Surry: Abigail Hayden, Adam Kaspala, Garrett Kaspala, Alyssa Langley-Wolf, Mackenzie Tefft
Trenton: Keegan McKim
Waltham: Anna Jordan
West Tremont: Bethany VanGorder
Albion: Ryan Garbe, Lucas Quimby
Augusta: John Beeckel, James Boyman, Jordan Brown, Arianna Castonguay, Elisha Glusker, Jacob Harriman, Todd Hawkins, Blake Peachey, Robert Pineau, Kolleen Richardson, Kurt Thiele
Belgrade: Bradley Bickford, Blake Bourque, Shelby Caret, Ryan Scott
Belgrade Lakes: Alexa Frame, Taylor Frame
Benton: Thad Chamberlain, Dean Pelletier, Douglas Robertson
Chelsea: Jack Brannigan, Anna Henderson
China: James Riordan, Julie Riordan
Clinton: Kaylee Cochrane, Sylvia Paradis-Reynolds, Olivia White
East Vassalboro: Hannah Grover
Fairfield: Elizabeth Chenevert, Meaghan Foster, Diana Haney, Margaret Ker, Alex Leathers, Erika Morin, Taylor Rolfe, Lawryn White
Farmingdale: Kyle Bell-Colfer, Heather Gilbert, Jake Levesque, Christina Ramsdell, Bradley Shepherd, Dylan Sirois, Kristi Woods, Michael Woods
Gardiner: Hillary Carter, Emily Kobrock, Alysha Mosher, Rebecca Paradee, Camerin Seigars, Dehvin Trussell
Hallowell: Samuel Shepherd, Taylor Smith
Litchfield: Amanda Bloss, Kenneth Clarke, Samuel Hatch, Karissa Panzino, Clyde Tibbetts, Oleg Wing
Manchester: James Cumming, Cameron Guild, Teaka Jackson, Chelsea McLaughlin
Monmouth: Amy Nacca, Abigail Szotkowski
Mount Vernon: David Despres, Rose McGlauflin
North Monmouth: Clayton Merrill, Colby Wilson
Oakland: Lucas Bartlett, Charles Cheevers, Samuel Dubois, Hannah Jalette, Benton Purnell, Alana Silverman, Katherine Swenson, Lucas Thomas
Pittston: Leigh Shaw
Randolph: Colby Fortier-Brown, Patrick Fortier-Brown
Readfield: Madeline Nazar, Kathryn Smith
Rome: Allison DeLisle
Sidney: Philip Bean, Emily Deering, Nickolas Ferguson, Keenan Knox, Douglas Putnam, Sydney Shackett, Travis Stacey, Christopher Tosi, Andrew Wilson
South China: Kristen Alberts, Stacy Gunning, Jade McGuire, Rory McGuire, Gregory O’Connor, Morgan Prescott, Katherine Wight
Vassalboro; Marissa Bovie, Patrick Meunier, Jeffrey Pulver
Vienna: Robert Sepanek
Waterville: Michael Bailey, Michael Connors, Sage Duguay, Harrison Goodhue, Grace Gould, Lucas Higgins, Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Lavin, Ryan Lopes, Celena Lucier, Wade Marcoux, Katelyn Massey, Taylor Merk-Wynne, James Nelson, Michael Nelson, James Robe, Mathew Rumsey, Allison Scully
West Gardiner: Hannah Luken, Ashlynn Smith, Eric Sprowl
Windsor: Bethany Beaudry, Dylan Holt, Jarrod Lenfest
Winslow: Kyle Castagnetto, Kimberly Curtis, Melissa Freeman, Nicole Greene, Cody Lachance, Christopher Low, Karlee Price, Kody Price, Morgan Stuart, Keanna Vear, Meghan Wolfe
Winthrop: Connor Chu, Travis Hutchins, Julia LaRochelle, Emily Mayer, Jessica Scott, Lauren Selwood
Appleton: Neal Harrison-Billiat
Camden: Cody Barnett, William Garske, Peter Gimlewicz, Kyle Nolan, Kevin Pierce, Emily Sargent, Sarah Skovran
Cushing: Erika Brooks, Hayley Brooks, Thomas Jones, Julia Sell, Alec Young
Hope: Christopher Josselyn
Owls Head: Ciera Bedard, FuFei Chen, Afton Hupper, Emma Mason
Port Clyde: Lauren Abbate
Rockland: Marshall Cole, Jacob Collins, Heidi Mills
Rockport: Jennifer Karod, Campbell Miller, Emily Watts
South Thomaston: Ian Ellis, Jessica Luttrell, Cameron Paddock McCrea
Spruce Head: Amber Ellwell
Tenants Harbor: Amelia Reinhardt
Thomaston: Alex Grierson, Ariana Wadsworth, Tamra Wallace
Union: Samantha Hilt, Anne Howell, Samantha Taylor
Warren: Rachel Chase, Abigail Hilt, Adam Lynch, Nicole Weaver
Washington: Amanda DiBenedetti, Amos Wolven
Alna: Alyssa Urquhart
Boothbay: Jesse Bonin, Andrew Goode, Benjamin Gottlieb, Kathryn Gottlieb, Dante Guzzi, Nellie Kelly
Boothbay Harbor: Robert Hallinan
Bremen: Christopher Martin, Arielle Rancourt
Edgecomb: Hanna Elder, Robert Langton, Arden McSwain
Jefferson: Robert Fasano, Michaela Fortin, Andrew Foster, Ryan Hall, Stephanie Mazerolle
Newcastle: Chelsey Riendeau
Nobleboro: Melissa Howard
Pemaquid: Kiley Bickford
Somerville: Hannah Ladd
Waldoboro: Sophie Berger, Julianna Ennamorati, Brandon Poli, Hannah Vail, Maggie Wallace, Carla White
Walpole: Katherine Bolster
Westport Island: Abigail Bradford, Jackson Cromwell, Kerry Cummings, Emily Whitaker
Whitefield: Nathan Burns, Joseph Gould, Abigail Gower, Abraham Hamilton, Belinda Kirkpatrick, Jocelyn Magnusen, Robert Soohey, Stephen Soohey
Wiscasset: Winston Smiddy
Bethel: Timothy Aguilar, Jamie Steven
Brownfield: Catherine Gillette, Tyler Hill, Ian Shea
Bryant Pond: Mariah Bundy, Kara Zadakis
Buckfield: Jeffrey Pepin
Byron: Shayne Plourde
Canton: Justin Conant
Denmark: Logan Gerchman
Dixfield: Natalie Bolduc, Justin Chartier, Kyle Hutchinson, Michael Smith
East Andover: Elek Pew
Fryeburg: Aubrie Howard
Greenwood: Naomi Ellsworth, Avery Rossow
Hartford: Kristen MacBride
Hiram: Benjamin Mayhew
Lovell: Walker Day, Janna Kurnick, Austin Ward
Mexico: Derek Benedix, Hayley Jones, Sarah Nicols, Jordan Theriault
Norway: Tabatha Hawkins, Nathan Tomczyk
Peru: Ambyr Wilson
Porter: Christopher Rowley
Rumford: George Day, Mercedes Gurney, Kera Miller
South Paris: Tyler Morin, Michael Walker
Waterford: Mariah Kimball, Jaidyn Rice
West Paris: Ryan Billings, Mikko Liimatta
Alton: Kaytee O’Berry
Argyle Township: William Haskell
Bangor: Allen Adams, Joseph Ahern, Joshua Andle, Scott Arritt, Joshua Audibert, Thomas Augustine, Emily Baker, James Barry, Celina Bernhardt, Daniel Bourgeois-Capozzi, Kille Branson, Jonathan Breard, Meghan Bruni, Daniel Buck, Jennifer Burnham, Crystal Burns, Vincent Caccese, Anthony Capuano, Sarah Chadbourne, Catherine Chavaree, Adam Clark, Christina Clewley, Julie Clifford, Emma Coffey, Angela Commeau, Sarah Conlin, Aimee Conner, Carly Cosgrove, Katrina Coston, Sarah Courtright, Jenna Cross, Bethany Curtis, Jordanne Cyr, Nathan Dee, Emily DeWitt, Mark Dwyer, Darlene Emerson, Allyson Eslin, Jayne Foley, Andrew Fournier, Taylor Francey, Allison Gaudet, Ryan Gonyar, Ciara Gordon-Magro, Leland Graves, Emma Greenberg-McDonald, Benjamin Hanson, Jessie Hardy, Johanna Haskell, Zackary Henderson, Shawn Higgins, Todd Hillier, Johanna Holman, Cameron Holmes, Leslie Hood, Hannah Hooke, Meghan Hope, Dimitrje Howe-Poteet, Noah Karam, Tyler Kenney, Joachim Kisilywicz, Jason Linnell, William Long, Samantha Love, Raymond Luc, Danielle MacDonald, Jessica Majors, Jenna Marshall, Julie McDonald, Elisha McKinley, Nikkiah McManus, Thomas McOscar, Dylan Merchant, Lindsay Mestieri, Jessica Moore, Cassandra Murchison, Trang Nguyen, Aron Nichols, Mary Nickerson, Emily Normandin, Whitney Norton, Julia Osborne, Nina Owen, Ashley Paradis, Laura Pasquine, Andrew Prusaitis, Addie Richards, Joshua Richie, Ashley Robinson, Jeffrey Rogers, Stephanie Russell, Thomas Scaggs, Sean Seeley, Erica Silliboy, Roberta Silliboy, Ilana Silver, Jeremiah Simonsen, John Skinner, Ashara Slagger, Erin Smith, Alison Somers, Nicholas Stahl, Doretta Stevenson, Welles Tisdale, James VerLee, Leanne Violette, Jaime Williams, Molly Wypyski
Bradford: Rebecca Arrants
Bradley: Emily Barnes, Brandon Nadeau
Brewer: Hanna Anderson, Margaret-Grace Atherton, Sonia Biswas, Morgan Bragdon, Roger Brasslett, Jason Brown, Molly Chapman, Tyler Cline, Coralie Dapice, Hope Eye, Matthew Fern, Andrew Fleishman, Erin Helfen, Taylor Kaulfers, Lucas Lamond, Therese McLaughlin, Scott Mitchell, Kirsty Moriarty, Catherine Nichols, Henry Norwood, Ray Peck, Benjamin Pushard, Shane Raymond, Andrea Rickards, Jason Seymour, Spencer Warmuth, Eric White
Burlington: Jean Desrochers
Carmel: Sarah Treadwell
Charleston: Diane Dunham, Bethany Ward
Chester: Dailyn Markie
Clifton: Garrett Boardway
Corinna: Jennifer Hastings, Sarah Mullis
Corinth: Bryan Bouchard, Colby Darling, Heather Speed, Kara Voisine
Dexter: Rebecca Mason, Hunter Ogden
Dixmont: Holly Hegarty, Cory Johnson, Angela Silke, Theresa Spieldenner
East Millinocket: Kristina Jamo, Haley Michaud, Matthew Morris, Taylor Tanous
Eddington: Joadi Benton, Brian Berger, Rachel Castiglia, Shelby Colburn, Emily Illingworth, Sinclair Braden, Morgan Tidd, Lauren Tourtillotte
Enfield: Nicholas L’Italien
Etna: Joseph Garcia
Exeter: Taylor Gross, Cody Morgan
Garland: Morgan Galligan, Dylan Hanscom
Glenburn: Joseph Belanger, Brittney Chase, Joseph Cheff, Jasmine Despres, Margaret Dionne, Jennifer Federico, Patrick Hall, Joshua Hughes, Kimia Kashkooli, Mara Michaud, Nadine Nicke, Elise Nosel, Victoria Roy, Marissa Rublee, Bree-Anne Shaw, Julia St. John, Breianna Tocci, Amanda Wakeling
Greenfield Township: Dustin Levesque
Hampden: Jefferson Adams, Emily Bartlett, Alexandrea Becker, Erika Bisher, Nicholas Boomer, Catherine Bruno, Gabriel Burditt, Renee Butler, Katherine Campbell, Randy Canarr, Amy Cirrinone, Benjamin Cirrinone, Andrew Closson, Dylan Cole, Christina Fortin, Jordyn Gilio, Christopher Hammond, Julia Hidu, Meave Higgins, Thomas Hoffman, Angelina Iannazzi, Katherine Jurson, Matthey Kelley, Sophia Lataille, Jennifer Lilieholm, Matthew Lindemann, Jacob Marsh, Jenna Packard, Taylor Plaisted, Danielle Pratt, Mitchell Pratt, Kent Reichel, Zachary True, Emma Upton, Jacob Ward, Kimberly Wilson, Benjamin Wyman
Hermon: Kelly Berglund, Evan Bowman, Audrey Cliff, Brieana Evans, Kaitlyn Feeney, Kassandra Foss, Shannon Graves, Nicolette Hashey, Morgan Jewett, Joanna Lynn, Margaret Pierce, Zachary Rogers, Fawn Sullivan, Jessica Wade
Holden: Megan Ackley, Shayne Anderson, Elissa Bate, Jonathan Burke, Joseph Burke, Jordan Campbell, Molly Caron, Daniel Ghergia, Alexa Grindle, Katy Hein, Molly Horne, Ryan Jennings, Morgan Johnson, Jaron Leonard, Karen Lucky, Molly Martin, Molly Moreshead, Jennifer Morrill, Jordan Nickerson, Katelyn Porter, Krystina Sanzaro, Reagan Smith, Blaine Williams
Howland: Sarah Scofield, Denise Smart, Amanda Thurlow
Hudson: Jordan Brasslett, Zachary Hussey, Victoria Pendleton
Kenduskeag: Derek Frey
Lagrange: Zachary Eells
Lee: John Chase, Katelyn Mallett
Levant: Jessica Devou, Todd Nicholas, Jorden Osnoe, Morgan Robinson, Brooke Sheridan
Lincoln: William Cloran, Kara-Beth Farrell, Taylor Gordon, Logan Helsor, Maeve Luken, Harli Maxwell, Rebecca Radovic, Asiya Sbayi, Connor Smart, Nicolette Smith, Paul Springer, Lindsay Thornton, Sarah Thornton, Tiffany Wheeler
Milford: Robert Bickford, Heidi Crouse, Jessica Ford, Danielle Harrington, Stephannie Kreyssig, Sara Lemik, Stacy Meister, Matthew Murray, Erin Perry, Benjamin Reed, Kaylie Smith, Rachael Turcotte
Millinocket: Lillian Dow, Steven Gregory, Daniel Krause, Joseph Linscott, Alexandria Mooney
Newburgh: Melinda Grover, Bethany Leavitt, Rogan Winch
Newport: John Butler, Fenton Cummings, Courtney Horton, Tara Lovely, Nicole Moore
Old Town: Nia Abbott, Scott Audet, Lucas Baillargeon, Tyler Barnes, Christiana Becker, Craig Blackwell, Spencer Blanchard, Ottilia Boros, Joel Brown, Tanner Caron, Ileana Castro, Michael Choiniere, Michael Comstock, Jared Conley, April Dehetre, Kevin Dumas, Sebastien Espourteille, Elizabeth Farrell, Sarah Gagnon, Edward Gonnella, Abbie Gray, Brianna Hammond, Danielle Hannan, Ashley Hannigan, Leo Helderman, Cory Helmick, Jessica Horan, Megan Jackson, Paige Kelley, Evan Lane, Jake Leithiser, Amanda Livingston, Blaine Livingston, Hannah Livingston, Seth Lockman, Cassandra Lueneburg, Vanessa Mitchell, Gwyndolyn Morneault, Liam Nee, Logan Nee, Susan Outman, Jalisa Patten, Timothy Paylor, Yi Peng, Sarah Pressley, Jason Priest, Kimberly Pszenny, Patrick Quimby, Lucas Richards, Scott Richards, Julie Roach, Natalie Roberts, Benjamin Segee, Danae Shurn, Amy Singer, Alan Smith, Amy Smith, Ella Sulinski, Allison Thompson, Siobhan Trombley, Darlene Turcotte, Steven Vandez, Andres Velez, Ryan Walker, Axl Wallingford, Ladoiya Wells
Orono: Antonio Addessi, Majed Alhelal, Salma Almarri, James Antle, Audrey Bergeron, Kate Berry, Norah Bird, Sarah Bishop, Jenna Borden, Allison Brakey, Joshua Brown, Samantha Brown, Emily Bryant, Myungji Choi, Joseph Claar, Leah Clement, Aimee Co, Avery Cole, Blaise Collett, Zachary Connerty-Marin, Chloe Douglass, Kristen Douglass, Randilyn Driver, Ashlyn Edes, Taylor Emhart, Jared Escobar, Jennifer Ferguson, Thomas Foley, Timothy Foley, David Gibbons, Laura Goldshein, Joseph Goodin, Jessica Hamilton, Shelby Hartin, Caroline Harvey, Gary Hunt, Alexander Introne, Ruth Kish, Ronnie La Pierre, Maryanne LaFollette, Troy Lawrence, Linda Lewis, Ethan Luthin, Amy Mares, Kayla Marquis, Aman Maskay, Haleigh Moran, Kimberly Mulvaney, Bienvenu Ndaruhutse, Bill Norman, Ian Penman, Meredith Polhemus, Nicholas Richmond, John Robinson, Jacqueline Rosa, Travis Russell, Chapin Scaggs, Courtney Schaff, Sean Sibley, Benjamin Smith, Javahn Smith, Travis Sproul, James Spruce, Christopher St. Peter, Andrea Steward, Jonathan Torsch, Laura Triandafillou, Steven Utecht, Duojia Wang, Rebecca White, Angela Wilson, Yilei Zhao
Orrington: Kara Cowan, Robert Cowperthwaite, Matthew Dunning, Aaron Engroff, Shannon Falvey, Abigail Marvin, Jacob McCrea, Erica Peavey, Jaime Roy, Hannah Ruhlin, Justin Smith, Melissa Smith, Faith Thomas, Emily Travis, Lee Washburn
Patten: Nathan Moore, Andrew Vetter, Sonja Williams
Plymouth: Renee Levasseur
Stetson: Phillip Buchstaber, Sara Kennedy
Stillwater: Mary Lambert, James LeVasseur, Kaitlin Libby, Dominique Scarlett, Robert Shaw
Veazie: Timothy Albert, Jordan Carr, Shawn Casey, Rebecca Clements, Christiana Dagher, Laura Donovan, Hina Hashmi, Katie Hathaway, Eben Jordan, Ira Kramer, Tabitha Olmstead, Kayla Paul, Matthew Simone, Matthew Storgaard
West Enfield: Bernard Whitney
Woodville: Lauren Goodine
Abbott: Ian Maines
Atkinson: Aaron Richard
Beaver Cove: Cody Watson
Blanchard Township: Marie Miller
Brownville: Jason Durant
Dover-Foxcroft: Daniel Decker, Rebekah Flanders, Andrew Heretakis, Julia Kurzius, Frederick Maddocks, Brent Thomas, Adolfo Zepeda, Madeline Kelly
Greenville: Lily McLaughlin, Alacyn Murray, Amanda Sarol
Greenville Junction: Anthony DiAngelo, Saige Weeks, Kenneth Howard
Guilford: Ruby D’salva-Bouton, Megan Martell, Amanda Willard-Morrill
Milo: Camille Cramer, Lucas Grinnell, Madeline Ruffin
Monson: Leslie Martin
Parkman: Kelly Bussell, Derek McKenney
Sangerville: Matthew Pinkham, Megan Soden
Sebec: Mamie Clark
Bath: Michael Alvarez, Alicia Bolduc, Elizabeth Connolly, Kai Whitehead
Bowdoin: Allison Goodridge, Ryan Herrick, Morgan Kinney, Haley LaGrange, Morgan Martin, Mikaela Melcher
Bowdoinham: Shauna Ferry, Adeline Schneider, Kyle Williams
Georgetown: Kathleen Crosby, Mikaela Martin, Nicole Rubin
Phippsburg: Catherine Luedee, Charles Pye
Richmond: Noell Acord, Sarah Dean, Danica Hurley, Brianna Snedeker
Topsham: Margaret Bouchard, Timothy Brown, Linda Fogg, Robert Herrick, Gregory Kritzman, Sara Rogers, Thomas Schofield”
West Bath: Michael Orr, Hilary Warner-Evans
Woolwich: Emily Buczkowski, David McGuire, Gabriela Peralta
Athens: Jacob Johnson, Patrick Toribio
Bingham: Jennifer Hovey
Cambridge: Sarah Hoak
Canaan: Caron Chase, Samantha Santos
Cornville: Samantha Turcotte
Detroit: Breanna Brown, Olivia Perkins
Fairfield: Grace Chavis
Hartland: Kestrel D’Antilio
Madison: Simon Elias, Lindsey Kandiko, Evan LeBrun, Coady Richardson
Norridgewock: Amanda Dickey, Gregory Hiltz, Savanna Power
Palmyra: Alex Nash
Pittsfield: Megan Dunphy, Laura Horowitz, Anna Olsen, Brittany Seekins, Lauren Tata, Morgan Thies
Rockwood: Katherine Miller
Shawmut: Brandon Pelletier
Skowhegan: Molly Ballou, Ryley Burkhart, Jaden Dickinson, Rhiannon LaPlante, Jamie Leo, Craig Lizotte, Anna Mabie, Lucas McDaniels, Lindsey Tatakis, Micah Thorpe
Smithfield: Adrienne Davis
Belfast: Erika Brown, Lydia Futcher, Stephen Hess, Katrina Lapham, Amy Paine, Faith Von Itter, Candace Work
Belmont: Susannah Long
Brooks: Wendy Gibbs, Andrew Sousa
Frankfort: Katherine Bishop, Micah Valliere
Freedom: Kyle Hadyniak, Kayla Jones, Zoli Kertesz, Joseph Malady
Islesboro: Roxanne Pendleton
Jackson: Alex Shaffer
Liberty: Catharine Cloutier
Lincolnville: John Cummons, Christopher Smith
Monroe: Mary Marchini
Montville: Margaret Raymond
Morrill: Annette Ambrose, Kristen Martin, Jacob O’Jala, Amanda Strusz, Abigail Wessels
Palermo: Brooke Glidden
Searsmont: Samuel Hoey, Dylan Lindsey, Beverly Settle, Maeve Weggler, Zachary Beaudry, Benjamin Bucklin, Michelle Murnane
Stockton Springs: Anderson Denduang, Frances Doyle, Marisa Higgins
Swanville: Chelsea Lord
Thorndike: Brian Blanchard
Troy: Lorna Harriman
Unity: Danielle Ludden, Stephen Wright
Waldo: Samantha Slack
Winterport: Olivia Barberi, Cecilia Dube, Samantha Dunton, Lindsey Fields, Samuel Lebel, John Meehan, Ian Miller, Daniel Schaeffer
Alexander: John Knowles, James Martin
Beals: Harold Lyons
Brookton: Molly White
Calais: Brandy Carle, Meaghan Cavanaugh, Jesse Clark, Meagan Cloutier, Alexandria McVicar
Cherryfield: Cody Blackburn
Columbia: Brandon Torrey
Columbia Falls: Haley Toppin
Cutler: Molly Abrams
Dennysville: Laura Mills
East Machias: Kristina Pettegrow, Matthew Talbot
Jonesboro: Taylor Seeley
Lubec: Chad Denbow, Janelle Tinker
Machiasport: Caleb Beal
Marshfield: Michael Larson
Milbridge: Cristina Perez
Pembroke: Rachael Mahar
Perry: Natalie Altvater
Princeton: Chad James
Trescott Township: Emily Jones
Weston: Felicia Cowger
Acton: Jenna Nichols, Abby Tranchemontagne
Alfred: Tabatha Goodale, Jacqueline Stolo
Arundel: Gordon Merrick, Joshua Nault, Megan Rounds
Berwick: Abbigale Beaulier, Nathan Dunn, Haley Junkins, James O’Connor, Jhen-da Prince
Biddeford: Justina Adams, Justine Bouthot, Robert Cote, Destinee Cyr, Kimberly Dao, Spencer Desrochers, Emily Doyon, Taylor Hallczuk, Maeghen Howe, Christopher Jones, Rebecca Kaiser, Michael Kennedy, Christian Knight, Nicholas Laverriere, Ashley McCauley, Jaclyn McCurry, Anna Mininni, Vie Nadeau-Carney, Steven Roberge, Michael Shea, Timothy Waterman
Buxton: Jared Duggan, Brendan O’Neill, Jory Reistad, En Yin Wu
Cape Neddick: Mitchell Benoit, Alexandra Hayford, Andrew Hayford, Samantha Kwok, George Lindbom, Autumn Murtagh, Wesley Warner
Cornish: Emily Miliano
Dayton: Thomas Allain, Christina Caron, Avery Dunn, Mariah Picard
East Parsonsfield: Elleena Petersen
East Waterboro: Marjorie Lee, Kayla Schneider
Eliot: Bethany Ames, Ryan Anderson, Garrett Brown, Melissa Drysdale, Jordan Guy, Thomas Kent, Olivia Mondene, Shane Odiorne, Hannah Waldron, Madison Waterman, Hannah Waters
Hollis Center: Casey Libby, Riley Mattor, Olivia Staples, Sean Turner
Kennebunk: Caleb Drake, Andrew Estrup, Jonathan Fulford, John Grillo, Nicholas Haritos, David Kerschensteiner, Jessica Langlais, Evan McMahon, Taylor Radomski, Nathan Ruel, Hannah Sirois
Kennebunkport: Jennifer Davis, Evan Goodwin, Ryder Noyes, Samantha O’Shea
Kittery: Stephanie Beeskau, Alexis Ovington, Andrew Perkins, Wesley Raines, Amber Robinson, Timothy Rogers
Kittery Point: Cailyn Flynn
Lebanon: Nicole Brown, Laurel Sacco, Samantha Wozmak
Limerick: Benjamin Morrison
Lyman: James Sobanik, Phillip Twombly
North Berwick: Nicholas Moore
North Waterboro: Madeline Sanborn
Old Orchard Beach: Molly Anderson, Nicholas Chen, Charles Duffield, Tricia Evangelista, Kailey Fogg, Lauren Fogg, Cold Hamilton, Stephen Poirier, Zachary Porter, Matthey Regan, Jason Regis, James Strohm, Rebecca Wittman
Parsonsfield: Meagan Ouellette
Saco: Michelle Beauchemin, Robert Begin, Katilyn Coburn, Alexandra Courtney, Kayleigh DeFrancesco, Jilly Faucette, Frances Foehrenbach, Alison Folsom, Jeffrey Gelinas, Amanda Gibbons, Mariah Gilbert, Rebecca Harris, James Hutchinson, Calle Jackman, Ashley Kane, Philip Kolmar, Meaghan Labbe, Cain Landry, Danielle Laverriere, Colin Leary, Patrick Leary, Katherine Lees, Christopher Nashi, Sarah Parker, Christianna Roberts, Gabriella Sanchez, Brigitte Sifuentes, Kristyn Souliere, Lindsay Stack, Tyler Walsh, Collin Wells
Sanford: Emily Bordeau, Colby Cronin, Victoria Guiliani, Michael Hurley, Dillon Ludlow, Joshua Patnaude, Zachary Perigo, Andrew Stefanilo, Meaghan Stewart, Kimberlee Watson, Valery Winsor
South Berwick: Chelsea Folger, Lindsey Gori, Corrin Hoyt, Toni Kaplan, Bartley Kelliher, Jannell Moriarty, Seraphina Orsini, Tyler Picard, Catherine Pouliot, Andrew Purgiel, Erik Rae, Erica Sedler, Lucas Taylor, Kendra Threeton
Springvale: Chad DiPrisco, Kelly Gagne, Shane L’Heureux
Waterboro: Jonna Casoli
Wells: Dominic Barra, Veronika Barra, Meghan Connelly, Augustus Heptig, Monica Link, Benjamin Lipton, Zachary Mason, Cameron McMahon, Patrick Menard, Mattie Paradise, Gillian Ramsdell, Katherine Sevigney, Steven Valentino
York: Garrett Beebe, Monique Boutin, Peter Hanlon, Allison James, Hannah Keating, Craig Lane, Rafael Mata, Meghan McKenna, Michelle Raymond, Lauren Segalla, Andrew Sheehan, Zachary White
University of Maine economist James Breece has traveled to China a half-dozen times and as a University of Maine System (UMS) representative, he recruited Chinese students for the seven UMS campuses.
When Breece — who specializes in macroeconomics, international trade and forecasting — recently returned to the classroom he thought it was important for UMaine to offer a course about the Chinese economy.
After all, in the last decade, China’s economy grew seven times faster than that of the United States. China is the largest exporter and second-largest importer on the planet and, with a population of 1.3 billion, its workforce is considerable.
So he designed and guided a spring 2014 course titled The Chinese Economy that examined its transformation and impact on global trading patterns, distribution of wealth and the environment. A total of 43 students, including 12 graduate students, enrolled.
Breece dubs the class format “Leveraged Flip” — one in which students read assigned textbooks, write papers and view videos outside of class and interact with guest speakers and participate in discussion during class time.
He called upon UMaine colleagues who concentrate in Chinese culture, food, history, language and government to share their expertise with students. Other guest lecturers included Michael Riedel from the American Embassy in Beijing, as well as gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, an attorney who lived in Beijing for several years and represented investors in the Chinese market.
The class “was an unbelievable learning experience,” says Elyse Doyle of Gray, Maine, who is on track to earn a master’s in economics in May 2015. “It was unlike any course I had ever taken.”
Mike Kuhn of Bridgewater, New Jersey, says in this increasingly globalized environment, he took the class to understand how the world’s largest economy functioned from a business perspective.
“The format of the class was probably the best I’ve ever taken part in because we got actual exposure to people who have lived through both success and failure in China, both of which provided insightful feedback,” says Kuhn, who recently graduated with a Master of Business Administration.
“Dr. Breece has done a fantastic job of giving students an in-depth, hands-on experience of what China is all about as opposed to staring at a book and sitting through lectures, neither of which spark much interest.”
The pedagogy was so successful that Breece is replicating it this fall in a course titled Health Economics. He’ll team-teach with staff from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and continue to invite a variety of guest speakers.
Breece, a forecaster of national and state economies, says this format makes it possible to maintain important classes during a fiscal climate in which some colleges are struggling to replace retiring professors.
The Associated Press, The Grower, Phys.org, WVII (Channel 7) and Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on a new pepper variety developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Maine. The researchers — Robert Jarret from the USDA/Agricultural Research Service in Griffin, Georgia, and Jason Bolton and L. Brian Perkins from the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture — developed the new small-fruited Capsicum annuum L. pepper to have a high capsinoid content to make it less pungent while maintaining all the natural health benefits of the fruit. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5), Portland Press Herald and seattlepi carried the AP report.
David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, and Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with UMaine Extension, were interviewed for a Maine Public Broadcasting Network report titled “Climate change presents Maine farmers with new challenges.” Handley spoke about testing new crops for the region, such as grapes, as the climate changes. Moran, who is currently testing several varieties of peaches, plums and cherries, warns climate change is unpredictable and more research is needed before any farmer is recommended to make a big investment in traditionally warmer weather fruits.
Mohammad Bataineh, an assistant research professor of quantitative silviculture and forest modeling at the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, was awarded $69,747 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service for his proposal, “Incorporating spruce-budworm impacts into the Acadian Variant of the Forest Vegetation Simulator.”
Outbreaks of the native spruce budworm insect (Choristoneura fumiferana) cause tree mortality and growth reduction, which negatively affect forest productivity. Outbreaks also cause uncertainty in predicting future wood supplies and forest conditions. Sustainable management of the Northern Forest requires accounting for outbreak effects in forest management planning and wood supply forecasts, according to the proposal.
Bataineh’s five-year project aims to modify the Acadian Variant of the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) to account for spruce budworm effects on tree and stand development.
Aaron Weiskittel, an associate professor of forest biometrics and modeling, is the project’s co-principal investigator.
The FVS is a system of forest growth simulation models that have been calibrated for specific geographic areas, or variants, of the country. The system can simulate a range of silvicultural treatments for most major forest tree species, forest types and stand conditions, according to the Forest Service’s website.
The research project also proposes to establish the Acadian Variant as the base stand growth model in the Spruce Budworm Decision Support System. The Canadian Forest Service developed the Spruce Budworm Decision Support System to assist foresters in planning and carrying out management activities that potentially reduce the damage caused by spruce budworm.
Researchers will compile a regional dataset on individual-tree growth and mortality under Maine’s most recent spruce budworm outbreak that occurred in the 1970s and ’80s.
The new capability of the Acadian Variant will provide Northern Forest managers with improved growth and yield projections and the ability to assess the potential impact of spruce budworm outbreaks on wood supply and forest level planning through the Spruce Budworm Decision Support System, according to the researchers.
Funeral services will be held July 11 in Belfast, Maine, for University of Maine alumnus and benefactor Richard Collins of Northport, Maine, and Key Largo, Florida, who passed away July 7. He was 77.
Graveside services will be July 12, followed by a reception at UMaine’s Hutchinson Center. Details are online.
Dick Collins graduated from UMaine in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He was president of his class and captain of the men’s basketball team, and went on to a career in the insurance industry. His wife, Anne Adams Collins, is a member of the Class of ’61 with a degree in education.
The many philanthropic contributions by Dick and Anne Collins to UMaine included the 2007 pledge of $6 million — one of the largest gifts in the history of the University of Maine. That pledge included $5 million for improvements to the then Maine Center for the Arts.
Through the years, both Dick and Anne Collins have been active members of the UMaine community, serving on numerous alumni boards and committees, helping raise funds for building projects and establishing scholarships. Dick Collins’ many leadership roles included chair of the University of Maine Foundation Board and a member of the UMaine President’s Development Council.
One of the couple’s many UMaine honors for their dedication and leadership included a 2007 Stillwater Presidential Award. Dick Collins also was inducted into the 2011 UMaine Sports Hall of Fame.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the University of Maine’s most dedicated alumni volunteers and benefactors,” said UMaine President Susan Hunter. “Dick and his wife, Anne, worked tirelessly to make their alma mater the pride of the state of Maine and beyond. Their many philanthropic interests included the performing arts and athletics, and the Collins Center for the Arts that bears their names. The University of Maine community has lost a visionary and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, the Collins family and their friends.”
UMaine Professor Emeritus George Jacobson, a longtime friend of Dick and Anne Collins, said: “Maine has lost one of its greatest sons. Dick Collins loved our state, and was extremely grateful that the University of Maine prepared him so well for what became a fascinating and distinguished career in international business. Dick and his wife, Anne have been the most consistent and selfless supporters of the university because they were determined to see that others would be able to experience the joys of an educated life.
“(Dick) deeply loved the Black Bear teams, and supported them, win or lose, though he greatly preferred the wins,” Jacobson said. “But his continual efforts to strengthen Maine’s research university were even more impressive. He understood that Maine’s economic future depends on new ideas that are born and nurtured in the university’s vigorous research environment.”
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program was the focus of the latest installment of the “Backyard Gardener” series on WVII (Channel 7). John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with UMaine Extension, spoke about the importance of the program that provides produce and recipes for those in need. This week, Master Gardener Volunteers at the Orono Community Garden will harvest greens for about 50 local senior citizens. Since Maine Harvest for Hunger began about 15 years ago, it has provided more than 1.6 million pounds of food for community members, according to the report.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the passing of Richard “Dick” Collins, a major benefactor of the University of Maine. Collins passed away Monday, July 7. He was 77 years old. Collins and his wife, Anne Collins, both UMaine graduates, donated $6 million to the university in 2007. Their contribution supported $5 million in improvements to the then Maine Center for the Arts — now Collins Center for the Arts — and $1 million to the Memorial Gym restoration project. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the University of Maine’s most dedicated alumni volunteers and benefactors,” said UMaine President Susan Hunter. “Dick and his wife, Anne, worked tirelessly to make their alma mater the pride of the state of Maine and beyond.”
The St. John Valley Times reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Potato Board will sponsor the “Potatoes for the Health of it” potato-cooking contest July 27 at the 2014 Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle. Participants are asked to prepare a heart-healthy recipe using the Maine potato as a primary ingredient. Recipes must contain no more than 30 percent fat and no more than 140 mg sodium per serving, feature Maine potatoes and use ingredients that are readily available. Recipe categories are soups, salads, breads, casseroles, desserts and miscellaneous.
Master Gardener Training Offered in SkowheganUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training will be held Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17, 2014, and Mondays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 9, 2015. Classes will meet 6–9 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, County Drive, Skowhegan.
UMaine and state specialists will present 15 three-hour gardening sessions focused on vegetables, fruit and volunteerism. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and, following the course, work on educationally based, volunteer projects. Projects may include assisting people taking part in community vegetable gardens and/or school gardens, designing and creating displays for fairs and other public functions and answering public calls and requests.
Cost is $220; scholarships are available. The course features an online manual and requires an Internet connection. For more information, to request an application or disability accommodation, or if interested and do not have reliable Internet access, call Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622, 800.287.1495 (in Maine). Completed applications are due by Aug. 22, 2014.
University of Maine research this summer in the Arctic’s Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) is expected to provide one of the first comprehensive views of the spatial distribution and abundance of phytoplankton under the ice.
UMaine oceanographer Mary Jane Perry, interim director of the Darling Marine Center, was awarded $196,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research to sample the biogeochemistry of the Marginal Ice Zone from a Korean icebreaker, the R/V Araon, and with underwater gliders. UMaine scientist Cameron Thompson will participate in additional cruises from Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay; Ivona Cetinic, also at the Darling Center, will be involved in data analysis.
On July 30, Perry will join an international group of over 40 scientists to study the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic. The Arctic has experienced a dramatic decline in sea ice thickness, aerial extent and age distribution. Changing patterns in sea ice have significant implications for the planktonic food web, and flow of carbon and nutrients in the Arctic, including timing, magnitude and location of plankton blooms.
The Marginal Ice Zone Program, led by the University of Washington, is an Office of Naval Research initiative that will use a combination of autonomous robotic technologies, ships, aircraft and satellites to study the breakup of ice in the Beaufort Sea and its northward retreat in summer. It is expected to contribute to our understanding of ice dynamics, including feedbacks in the ice-ocean-atmosphere system that affect rates of sea ice decline. More about the MIZ Program is online.
Perry will use small underwater gliders to repeatedly sample open water, the MIZ and water under full ice cover. The optical data collected from the gliders over a two-month period will offer the first comprehensive view of the spatial distribution and abundance of phytoplankton under ice in the Arctic. Relatively few observations of under-ice blooms exist, due to the logistical constraints of sampling under thin and melting ice.
Thinner ice and greater abundance of melt ponds facilitate greater penetration of visible light through the ice, allowing planktonic photosynthetic organisms to grow. Perry will use measurements from the icebreaker to calibrate the glider sensors. She hopes to assess how changing ice patterns affect plankton productivity in the Arctic, and better understand the role of phytoplankton on the heat budget under the ice.
Phytoplankton are microscopic photosynthetic organisms at the base of the marine food web; their production of carbon fuels the ecosystem. For more than a quarter-century, Perry has studied marine phytoplankton in an effort to understand its biomass variability and production dynamics. Her research has taken her to the subpolar North Atlantic and North Pacific on several major expeditions, the last in 2008, as well as other regions in the world’s ocean.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
Enhancing green sea urchin egg production to aid Maine’s depressed urchin market is the research focus of a University of Maine marine bioresources graduate student.
Ung Wei Kenn, a second-year master’s student from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hopes to increase the egg or roe yield of farm-raised green sea urchins through high-quality feed, a process known as bulking. His research is part of a two-year, more than $215,000 research project funded by the National Sea Grant National Strategic Initiative and led by director Nick Brown and biologist Steve Eddy of UMaine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine.
“I was always interested in the vertical integration of aquaculture and seafood processing,” says Ung, who completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tasmania, Australia. “I am also passionate about seafood that is popular in Asia. This topic is a blend of all that.”
Ung came to UMaine because he was attracted to the project, but he praises CCAR, where he conducts his research, as a key part in his decision to work at UMaine.
“I always felt that aquaculture is not just a science; it is a business as well,” says Ung. “CCAR is special in that it is specifically set up to assist aquaculture businesses by providing scientific and technical know-how. I would not have this luxury at most other places.”
Ung’s research potentially could have significant economic benefit for the state. Maine exports roe to Japan, where it is considered a delicacy. Since the late 1990s, Maine has suffered a dramatic sea urchin industry decline, dropping to a 2.6 million-pound yearly harvest after 1993’s 42-million-pound high, according to information on the Maine Sea Grant website.
“(Using bulking), we can produce out-of-season urchins, enabling the industry to get the best prices, such as when there is a festival in Japan,” Ung says.
Ung places wild green sea urchins, which are harvested from Hancock County’s Frenchman Bay, in a recirculating aquaculture system, where they are fed fresh and dried kelp and a commercial diet that fosters higher-quality eggs. Harvested sea urchins are usually 57 mm in diameter.
Ung hopes his research will lead to increased roe yield and improved roe quality. After four months of urchin dieting, Ung analyzes roe yield, texture and color data at the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department’s physical properties lab. Taste testing is completed at the UMaine Consumer Testing Center. Roe pre- and post-experimentation aspects are compared to determine if quality has been enhanced.
High-quality roe is sweet, smooth and yellow, gold or orange in color, while poor-quality roe has a watery appearance or bitter taste.
“There is a commercial component where we want to demonstrate that the urchins can be enhanced at a commercial scale,” Ung says. “A higher-quality roe yield would mean better selling prices.”
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
University of Maine researchers will design and test a wireless leak detection system for the International Space Station (ISS) that could lead to increased safety on the ISS and for other space activities, as well as on Earth in the event of gas and oil leaks at industrial plants.
The project was one of five in the nation to receive funding from NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for research and technology development onboard ISS.
Ali Abedi, a UMaine associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a three-year, $100,000 NASA grant through the Maine Space Grant Consortium in Augusta, which consists of higher education institutions and nonprofit research organizations that are actively involved in aerospace-related research and education.
“We are very excited to be selected among the only five groups in the nation to conduct a flight test on ISS,” Abedi says. “This will be a great training experience for our students to learn how to take a prototype out of the lab, and not only to the field but also to space.”
Leaks causing air and heat loss are a major safety concern for astronauts, according to Abedi.
“It is important to save the air when it comes to space missions; find the leak and fix it before it is too late,” he says.
Abedi’s project involves the development of a flight-ready wireless sensor system that will be able to quickly detect and localize leaks based on ultrasonic sensor array signals. The proposed system is fast, accurate and capable of detecting multiple leaks and localizing them with a lightweight and low-cost system, Abedi says.
“Our goal is to push the boundaries of hardware and software in order to design a highly accurate, ultra-low-power and lightweight autonomous leak detection and localization system for ISS,” he says.
The lab prototype was developed by UMaine Ph.D. student Joel Castro and postdoctoral fellow Hossein Roufarshbaf as part of a previously funded NASA EPSCoR project and was tested on UMaine’s inflatable lunar habitat, located in the Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab) on campus. The new funding will allow researchers to make the system more rugged and revise it for a microgravity environment through testing at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and then onboard the ISS over the next two to three years.
The testing and verification of the system in a microgravity environment will help determine how well the system performs in space, as well as on Earth.
“Leak detection methods developed for extreme space environments will push the limits of current technology for ground-based leak detection at home and in industrial plants,” says Abedi, who directs the WiSe-Net Lab. The lab conducts research on wireless communications ranging from coding and information theory to wireless sensor networks and space applications, as well as houses the NASA’s lunar habitat.
Vince Caccese, a UMaine mechanical engineering professor, and George Nelson, a former astronaut and current director of ISS Technology Demonstration Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center, also are involved with the project.
Proposals from the University of Kentucky, Lexington; Montana State University, Bozeman; University of Nebraska, Omaha; and the University of Delaware, Newark also were funded. Other research includes improving spacewalking suits by incorporating self-healing polymers that are tested against micrometeor impacts.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
A new pepper variety has been developed with a high capsinoid content to make it less pungent while maintaining all the natural health benefits of the fruit, according to researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Maine.
The researchers — Robert Jarret from the USDA/Agricultural Research Service in Griffin, Georgia, and Jason Bolton and L. Brian Perkins from the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture — developed the new small-fruited Capsicum annuum L. pepper through traditional breeding methods in an effort to make the health benefits of hot peppers available to more consumers.
In hot peppers, capsaicinoids are the compounds associated both with their signature heat and health benefits, which include being a source of antioxidants. But that pungency can limit their use in foods and pharmaceuticals.
Capsinoids, closely related compounds of capsaicinoids, provide the same benefits without the pungency.
Starting in 2006 with a USDA seed grant, Perkins, a UMaine assistant research professor and director of the Food Chemical Safety Laboratory, and Bolton, then a food science graduate student, screened about 500 subspecies of Capsicum annuum. They forwarded their data to Jarret, who selected those with the highest concentrations of capsinoids.
Jarret then began to classically breed the selected varieties at the USDA facility in Georgia. Perkins screened the results and they repeated the process, selecting the best capsinoid producers from each generation.
The culmination of their work is germplasm 509-45-1. The peppers are very small, with each plant producing up to 1,000 peppers. According to Perkins, there will likely be additional selection to prepare the plants for marketability, both as a food product and for medical experiments.
Currently, small quantities of seed are available from the USDA for research purposes.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
Reuters and the Portland Press Herald cited information on the state’s blueberry industry from the University of Maine in articles about a lawsuit alleging labor violations during the state’s 2008 wild blueberry harvest. The Reuters article states Maine harvested nearly $70 million worth of wild blueberries in 2012, and the industry depends on migrant labor to harvest the native crop, which grows on about 60,000 acres of fields, according to UMaine. The Press Herald reported the industry’s economic impact in Maine was about $250 million in 2007. Chicago Tribune carried the Reuters report.
Keri Kaczor, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and coordinator of Maine Healthy Beaches, spoke with SeacoastOnline about the health of Maine’s beaches following the release of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual report on the water quality at beaches throughout the nation. Maine Healthy Beaches is a partnership between the UMaine Extension/Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and local municipalities. The statewide organization is dedicated to monitoring and keeping beaches clean. Kaczor said despite Maine’s low rank in the NRDC report, there are plenty of beaches in the state with nearly spotless records, and most of those beaches are in state or national parks where there is little to no development.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a youth 4-H club focusing on entomology from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 4–20, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. Activities are designed to teach youth ages 8–10 about the environment through bugs. Cost is $10 per child; registration is limited to 10. For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.255.3345 or email email@example.com.
Linda Silka, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for Part 1 of its “Innovation in the Maine Economy” series. Silka spoke about the importance of innovation for the state’s future and the latest Maine Policy Review, which focuses on innovation in Maine’s economy.
The Portland Press Herald reported the number of out-of-state students enrolling at University of Maine System schools is on the rise. The University of Maine is one of four of the system campuses that is seeing an increase in the number of out-of-state students, who pay almost three times more in tuition than in-staters. So far this year, the flagship Orono campus has seen a 13.5 percent increase in out-of-state enrollments for this fall when compared to last fall. Jimmy Jung, vice president for enrollment management at UMaine, said out-of-state recruiting efforts by officials are “paying off quite well.” The Associated Press published a report citing the Press Herald article, which was carried by The Washington Times, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5), SFGate and The Republic.
Rich Kent, an associate professor of literacy education at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about Sam Morse, an 18-year-old skier from Carrabassett Valley Academy who is a member of the U.S. ski development team. According to the article, Morse has been writing journals since childhood and believes the practice makes him a better
Alpine skier by allowing him to reflect on and improve his skills. Kent, who wrote, “Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports,” is a leading proponent of journal writing. He has a resource website and works with college coaches to establish journal training among their teams. Kent was introduced to Morse in 2011 by Morse’s English teacher at Carrabassett Valley Academy. “Sam’s writing is huge,” said Kent. “I’ve never seen such a package of writing. In Sam’s writing you see evidence of planning.” Kent added he believes writing gives Morse a psychological advantage over other skiers.