Ashland Community High School grads bound for college

17 years ago

    ASHLAND, Maine – Thanks to nearly $80,000 in scholarships received during this year’s commencement services held at Ashland Community High School on June 1, many members of the Class of 2007 will soon be heading off to college with few, if any, bills to worry about.     Valedictorian Melissa Sue Cray, daughter of Douglas and Lori Cray, served as president of the National Honor Society, secretary of both Student Council and her class, has been a member of Future Farmers of America for four years and competed in varsity soccer, basketball and softball.
Cray will attend the University of Maine (Orono) this fall to study pre-veterinary medicine. She was presented with the King-Thomas Scholarship and Envirothon.
Salutatorian Kevin Baker, Jr., is the son of Kevin and Tracy Baker. An accomplished athlete, Baker was a member of the varsity basketball, baseball and soccer teams. He also served on the Student Council.
Baker is enrolled in the liberal studies program at Husson College. His awards included: Arthur P. Rafford Memorial; Ashland Rotary; Town of Ashland; Four Sisters Memorial; Mitchell;  VFW Ladies Auxilliary; Fraser Timberland, LTD; King-Thomas Trust; Levesque Family Trust; and the Husson Distinguished Scholars Award.
Michael Condon was first honor essayist this year. The son of Todd and Christine Condon, he was a member of the varsity soccer, basketball and baseball teams, Boy Scouts of America, and attended Upward Bound. He plans to attend Northern Maine Community College studying computer-aided drafting. His awards included: Town of Ashland, Maine Masonic Lodge and the King-Thomas Trust.
Jesse Martin served as second honor essayist. The son of Frank and Carol Martin, he has participated on the basketball and ski teams and a church mission to Mexico. He will be attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle majoring in criminal justice. His awards included: Ashland Rotary Club; Town of Ashland; Fraser Timberland, LTD.; King-Thomas Trust; and the Ricker Endowment.
Other members of the Class of 2007 and the awards they received included:
• Curtis Belanger – Arthur P. Rafford Memorial, Khambatty Scholarship, St. Peter Memorial, Town of Portage, King-Thomas Trust, Levesque Family Trust and the Bobby Goding Memorial;
• William Belanger – Ira Hersey Memorial, Town of Portage, Northern Community College Presidential Achievement and the R.L. Fournier Memorial Scholarship;
• Anthony Chase – King-Thomas Trust, R.L. Fournier Memorial and the Town of Masardis Scholarship;
• Kathaleen Clark – Ashland Rotary, Town of Ashland, St. Peter Memorial, Four Sisters Memorial, Nikki Beaulieu Memorial, Bryon Boutot Memorial, Elsie G. Jones Memorial, King-Thomas Trust, Levesque Family Trust and Pete and Irene Sawyer Memorial;
• Autumn Cobb – Ashland Rotary Club; Clara Fisher Memorial; Four Sisters Memorial; Fraser Timberland, LTD.; King-Thomas Trust; Larry Lyons Memorial; and Town of Masardis Scholarship;
• Alicia Collins – Khambatty Scholarship, Town of Portage and the King-Thomas Scholarship;
• Jennifer Cray – Town of Ashland and King-Thomas Trust;
• Christopher Good – Town of Ashland, Ira Hersey Memorial, King-Thomas Trust and R.L. Fournier Memorial Scholarship;
• Shane Hopkins – Town of Portage Scholarship;
• Theresa Jordan – MEL MAC Education Foundation, Town of Portage and the King-Thomas Trust;
• Jessica Landry – Ira Hersey Memorial; Town of Ashland; Nikki Beaulieu Memorial; Fraser Timberland, LTD.; King-Thomas Trust; and the R.L. Fournier Memorial Scholarship;
• Lyndzie MacDonald – VFW Ladies Auxiliary; Bob and Karen Sawyer Scholarship; Fraser Timberland, LTD.; King-Thomas Trust; Levesque Family Trust; and the Town of Ashland Scholarship;
• Jeremy Poulin – Travis Grover Memorial, Town of Ashland, Ira Hersey Memorial and King-Thomas Trust;
• Ian Robertson – Nancy and Leroy Farris Memorial, King-Thomas Trust; Town of Portage and Khambatty Scholarship;
• Matthew Tardie – King-Thomas Trust and Town of Nashville Scholarship; and
• Isaac Ward – Portage Hills Country Club, King-Thomas Trust, Maine Potato Board, Town of Masardis and the Bobby Goding Memorial Scholarship.
Alumni of Ashland Community High School are eligible for the King-Thomas Trust Scholarship, which was established by the late Barbara King-Thomas, of Masardis.
Applications for this scholarship must be received by the first Monday of May each year. Students must be residents of an SAD 32 community to qualify. Applications can be obtained by visiting the district’s Web site at www.sad32.k12.me.us or in the Guidance Office.
According to the Guidance Office, $24,700 was awarded to alumni enrolled in post-secondary study. Award letters were scheduled to arrive this summer.