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USW Local 900 scholarships announced
REGION -- USW Local 900, the Labor Union, which represents most of the hourly workers in the NewPage Paper Mill in Rumford, is pleased to announce that the Union scholarship program is presenting 30 local students with scholarship to help them further their education in the 2011-12 school year.
The first place winner will receive $1,000. Second place winners will receive $800 and third place winners $700. All of these letters to the editor are independently judged by Bill Murphy, director and his staff of the Bureau of Education in Orono. Mr. Murphy’s team does not have access to any names of the authors of these Letters to the editor.
First place this year and receiving $1,000 is Aaron Cayer, a 2007 MVHS graduate and son of Fern Cayer, Maintenance. Aaron attends Norwich University for Architecture and wrote about how manufacturing should stay in America.
Tied for second place are Nate (2011) and Matt Papsadora (2006) of MVHS, sons of Mike who works in the E/I department. Each will receive $800. Nate wrote about the “Right to Work” and Matt wrote about health care reform.
There is a a three-way tie for third place; all will receive $700 each. Stephanie Dragoon, MVHS class of 2009, is the daughter of Francine Dragoon, Storeroom, and Mike Dragoon, Maintenance. She wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Hollie Theriault, MVHS class of 2010 is the daughter of Maintenance worker Judilee Whittemore. Hollie wrote her essay about she feels the “Right to Work” bill would be a union buster.
Sandra Richardson, MVHS class of 2006, is the daughter of Wayne Mercier, who works in the maintenance department. Sandra wrote about our nation’s health care reform.
The remainder of the applicants (in no particular order) will each receive scholarship in the amount of $500:
Monica Chenard is a 2005 MVHS graduate and daughter of Greg Chenard of maintenance. Monica wrote about our health care as well.
Oliver Perry is the son of Larry Perry and a 2008 MVHS grad. Larry is employed in the utilities department. Oliver wrote his essay about health care.
Brian Cogley, class of 2009 from MVHS is the son of Paul Cogley of maintenance. Brian wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Brady Fergola is a 2010 grad from MVHS. His dad is Dave Fergola in the maintenance department. Brady wrote about wind power.
Jordan Theriault, son of Valerie Theriault of the Storeroom, is a MVHS grad from 2010. Jordan wrote his essay about keeping jobs in America.
Vanessa Cayer, MVHS class of 2008 is the daughter of Fern Cayer of the maintenance department. She wrote about “Right to work”.
Jane Hebert, daughter of John Hebert of the North End Paper Machines is from the Dirigo class of 2010. Jane wrote her essay about keeping green technology manufacturing in America.
Myles Mercier, MVHS class of 2009 is the son of Wayne Mercier of maintenance. Myles wrote about keeping jobs in America as well.
Kirsten Blood, is the daughter of Wendell Blood who is a Safety Advocate. Kristen hails from Dirigo, class of 2010. She wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Courtney Calden from MVHS class of 2010 is the daughter of Rick Calden who works in maintenance. Courtney wrote her essay about keeping jobs in America also.
Kiley Clement, whose father is Gary Clement of the maintenance department, was a MVHS grad in 2009. She wrote her essay on keeping jobs in America.
Cameron Barrieau, MVHS class of 2010, is the son of Tim Barrieau, who is employed in the Pulp Mill. Cam wrote about the need of tax relief.
Cassie Clement is the daughter of Gary Clement, Maintenance. Cassie is an alumni of MVHS, 2006. She wrote her essay about the “Right to Work” bill.
Brett Barrieau, son of Tim Barrieau, Pulp Mill graduated from MVHS, class of 2010. He wrote about health care.
Lauren Lepage, MVHS class of 2009 is the daughter of Mike Lapage, Utilities.She wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Becky Cote, Dirigo class of 2011, is the daughter of Chris Cote from the maintenance department. She wrote her essay about manufacturing in America.
Kera Miller’s dad is Barry Miller from the maintenance department. Kera is a MVHS graduate of 2011. She wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Ian Miller is a 2006 graduate of MVHS and his dad is also Barry Miller. He wrote about health care reform.
Nick Taylor’s father is John Taylor of the E&I department. Nick graduated from MVHS in 2010. He wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Derek Benedix is a 2011 MVHS grad. His dad is Tom Benedix in the maintenance department. Derek wrote about the “Right to Work” bill.
Jacob Hartford, son of Mike Hartford, maintenance department hails from Mt. Blue class of 2010. He wrote about the “Right to Work” bill.
Krista Ryder, Mt. Blue class of 2008 is the daughter of Scott Storer, Bleachery. Krista wrote her essay about the “Right to Work” bill also.
Bethany Moore, son of Paul Moore who works in Utilities, comes from the Jay HS class of 2011. She wrote about keeping jobs in America.
Lanette Bryant is the daughter of Bruce Bryant from the Utilities area. Lanette graduated from Dirigo High School class of 2011. She wrote about the “Right to Work” bill.
Congratulations to all these winning students. Best wishes and good luck with their future.
Local 900 wishes to commend our members who voluntarily contribute to this program. These Union people help make it possible to relieve some of the financial burden for these students (and their parents) in their pursuit of higher education.
Anyone who would also like to donate to the USW scholarship fund may call the Local office at 364-8981, Monday through Friday.
Prepared by Ron Hemingway ang Judilee Whittemore, chairpersons of USW Local 900 Scholarship Committee.