By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — Lexi Daggett, a Mt. Blue High School senior from New Vineyard, has been named Foster Career and Technical Education Center’s Student of the Year.
Acknowledged for having a great attitude and work ethic, Daggett is “the first to jump into any situation, regardless of the complexity or demands,” Melissa Williams, Foster CTE director, said.
“She has a strong desire to learn new and different things, and is very willing and committed to stepping our of her comfort zone for the betterment of herself and others,” Williams said.
Daggett completed Foster’s Composites Manufacturing program last year and was the only female in the class for the whole year. This year she is taking the Plumbing course, once again as the first and only female student in the program, Williams said.
Daggett is also taking the Franklin Savings Bank Teller Training classes. It is unusual for any student to take three Foster programs, she said.
Daggett was recognized Friday, April 7 during a Blue Day Program Recognition Awards Assembly and will go on to be honored and recognized at a Maine Administrators CTE ceremony in Lewiston on April 29, Williams, said.
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She is one of 27 students of the year from all 27 CTE’s across the state and, if chosen, could become the state CTE Student of the Year. Two $2,000 scholarships are also drawn from the 27 names, she said.
Daggett plans to attend the University of Maine at Machias in the fall to major in Inland Fisheries. She plans to work at a Maine fish hatchery one day, Daggett said.
She feels studying non-traditional courses such as composite manufacturing and plumbing will help prepare her for her goals.
She was drawn in to the composite class because there was a turtle shell there and she wanted to make one. It was also something she did not know much about, she said.
She doesn’t plan to continue with composite work but is glad she took the course. A plumbing background, on the other hand, will likely help her with work at a hatchery, she said.
“I don’t regret taking either,” she said.
Her friendliness, rapport with people and positive attitude prompted an invitation in to the banking program, she said.
“It is important in a male-oriented trade, to exhibit confidence, subject matter, knowledge and physical ability. She has it all! It is very nice to have her in class as she is not afraid to stand up and take on a leadership role. The male students in the plumbing class have great respect for Lexi and her abilities,” plumbing instructor Lucky Harrison and technician Tom Harrison, wrote about her for the state nomination.
Daggett, daughter of Sonny and Diane Daggett of New Vineyard, feels the opportunities at Mt. Blue and Foster CTE have provided an advantage and helped prepare her for her future plans.
Daggett is an active and involved student, Williams said. She is a Foster CTE Student Ambassador for the Plumbing Program and represented the Composites Manufacturing program last year.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America(FBLA) at Mt. Blue. She is the high school soccer team captain and a former member of the district’s School Board.
She works at Robin’s Flower Pot, teaches ski lessons at Titcomb Mountain, is a volunteer recreation department soccer coach and volunteers at the New Vineyard Library.
Daggett, 18, is also a member of the New Vineyard Planning Board.
She likes being outside and is often at her neighbor’s, the Webber farm, she said. She shows steers and has become involved in 4-H.
And, she especially likes doing things outside with her father.
“Anything Dad does, I do,” she said.