Franklin County Adult Education holds graduation

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Franklin County Adult Education students get last minute instructions from HiSet Examiner Julie Sawyer, right, before they march into their graduation held Thursday in Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue Campus. Pictured from left Dawn Boivin, Allison Burnham, Dylan Crandall, Savannah Frost, Kaytlyn Hennessy, Mattie Kennedy and Makayla Tracy.

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

FARMINGTON — More education, more training is a game changer in life, Paul Brown told students graduating Thursday from the Franklin County Adult Education program.

It provides opportunities to earn better money, he said.

“But, personal success and happiness trumps money,” Brown said. “If you can’t find joy, then find a game changer. Adult Ed can help.”

Brown, keynote speaker, compared the game changing effort to the television show, Survivor, as he addressed the 26 students who graduated with their high school diploma or high school equivalency diplomas, along with 13 CNA’s who completed an intense certification program and 13 students who completed a 16-week College Transitions Program.

“The Franklin County Adult Education Program provided services this past year to over 2,300 residents in Franklin County and surrounding areas through both our Community Education classes and Adult Basic Education classes,” Glenn Kapiloff, director of the program, said.

“Students in Adult Ed demonstrate a desire to learn and a persistence to succeed,” he said. “These students, on their own, have overcome obstacles that make furthering their education difficult. They balance family responsibilities, demands of a job, economic struggles and the idea of picking up the pieces of their life from a long time ago.”

Student speaker Todd Katz said the people, teachers here challenge students to better themselves.

Franklin County Adult Education students get last minute instructions from HiSet Examiner Julie Sawyer, right, before they march into their graduation held Thursday in Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue Campus. Pictured from left Dawn Boivin, Allison Burnham, Dylan Crandall, Savannah Frost, Kaytlyn Hennessy, Mattie Kennedy and Makayla Tracy.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

“They possess the quality to give someone a second chance,” he said. Katz completed the College Transition program and is now a full-time student at the University of Maine at Farmington.

For the first time at this school, Principal Bruce Mochamer presented a 2017 Mt. Blue High School diploma to Dawn Lei Harris. Harris earned her HiSET and completed College Transitions in 2015. Initially, she was in the Mt. Blue class of 2010.

After successfully completing three semesters of full time college at the University of Maine at Farmington, by Maine law she has earned her high school diploma, Kapiloff said.

A Courage to Grow Award, presented by Central Maine Community College, was presented to Sue-Ellen Smith for “exhibiting an extraordinary ability to overcome adversity to pursue her educational goals,” according to released statement.

Smith earned a scholarship to attend one three-credit course at CMCC, where she is currently enrolled, at no cost. Smith and her husband, Charles, completed the College Transition program at Franklin County Adult Education.

Seven of 26 Franklin County Adult Education graduates attended graduation held Thursday at the Mt. Blue Campus. Pictured from left, Makayla Tracy, Mattie Kennedy, Kaytlyn Hennessy, Savannah Frost, Dylan Crandall, Allison Burnham and Dawn Boivin.

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National Honor Society Awards were presented to Todd Katz, Jr., Michelle Young, Mike Cain and Joseph Martineau. The National Honor Society recognizes students who demonstrate exemplary traits during their time with Adult Ed, cooperate by working with teachers and other students and have an outstanding work ethic.

Awards given by Adult Ed staff included a Persistence Award to Dylan Crandall and Savannah Frost and a Determination Award to Mattie Kennedy and Kaytlyn Hennessy. They each received a student scholarship from Adult Ed to help them continue their education.

Seven graduates of the 26 attended the ceremony held in Bjorn Auditorium. Graduates included Allison Burnham, Dawn Boivin, Martin Bolduc, Dylan Crandall, Kevin Crowley, Dallas Curtis, Tim Danforth, Michael Davis, Zachary DeMars, Mercedes Freeman, Savannah Frost, Austin Hardy, Kaytlyn Hennessy, Ariel Kaplan, Mattie Kennedy, Colin Ketcham, Kathleen Lightbody, Austin Melbourne, Christopher Moore, Amanda Morgan, Autumn Riley, Lundi Smith, Nathan Smith, William Tompkins, Makayla Tracy, and Summer Vigue.

Those completing the CNA certification program included Elizabeth Burke, Tina Collins, Marie Deluca, Michael Gagliano, Nathaniel J. Howard, James J. Jones, Niki Lake, Rachelle Knight, Sabrina E. Lowe, Kayla Morton, Nichole Pelton, Cheyenne Renshaw and Megan D. Weese.

Students who completed the College Transitions program included Kayla Berkey, Mike Cain, John Hawes, Jr., XinXiu Hogan, Crystal House, Todd Katz, Jr., Joseph Martineau, Kristina Parlin, Rosemonde Read, Lundi Smith, Charles Smith, Sue-Ellen Smith, and Michelle Young.

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Sue-Ellen Smith receives a Courage To Grow Award from Central Maine Community College during Thursday’s Franklin County Adult Education graduation. Glenn Kapiloff, director, presents the award as Smith’s husband, Charles, stands behind her. Both Charles and Sue-Ellen Smith and students standing completed the College Transition Program.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Dawn Lei Harris was honored Thursday at the Franklin County Adult Education graduation. Superintendent Tom Ward, Becky Dennison, College Transition Coordinator, Principal Bruce Mochamer and Glenn Kapiloff, Franklin County Adult Education director watch on the right.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Mt. Blue High School Principal Bruce Mochamer presents a 2017 Mt. Blue diploma to Dawn Lei Harris as Superintendent Tom Ward and Glenn Kapiloff, Franklin County Adult Education director watch.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Some of the 13 students who completed the CNA certification program were acknowledged during the Franklin County Adult Education graduation Thursday. The students, standing, are pictured with Superintendent Tom Ward and Glenn Kapiloff, director, on right.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Franklin County Adult Education graduation keynote speaker was Paul Brown. Brown has been employed with the RSU 9 school district for 43 years serving as teacher, principal and director of Franklin County Community Education for the last 15 years. He is retiring at the end of the school year.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

The Merry Plinksters perform for the Franklin County Adult Education graduation held Thursday in Bjorn Auditorium. The group is led by Mike Burd, right, technology integrator for Franklin County Adult Education.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

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