Teen Halo Awards presented to local students

12 years ago

By Jon Gulliver
Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — Often youngsters don’t get the recognition for the good things they do — for their school, community or friends. The Aroostook Teen Halo awards, presented on May 4 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, aimed to highlight the positive and found 12 very deserving people or groups to honor.
    Allison Heidorn is the developmental asset manager for Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention. She, along with many corporate and civic partners, developed the Halo Award recognition program. Halo stands for helping and leading others.
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ne-halo-dc3-pt-20AWARD WINNER — Mikayla Fitzpatrick of Houlton Jr./Sr. High School is congratulated by Nancy Wright for being honored with an Aroostook Teen Halo award.

    “It is clear to see that young people are changing their communities for the better,” said Heidorn. “Too often we only hear about the negative choices youth are making. It is time to start honoring those that are rising above the pressures that surround them and making a difference.”
    The first Halo award winner of the evening was Joshua Kovach of Caribou. Kovach was recognized for his many contributions to community. He serves as chairperson for the CADET Youth Commission. CADET stands for Community Alcohol and Drug Education Team. The senior was also been involved in Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp and is on the National Honor Society.
    Marissa Drake of Houlton was honored as an energetic self-starter. She is a Sunday school teacher, a senior high youth leader, a student-mentor and a National Honors candidate. She also is a regular volunteer for Adopt a Block of Aroostook.
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ne-halo-dc2-pt-20HALO AWARD — Marissa Drake of Houlton High School receives her Aroostook Teen Halo award from Tammy Goetsch, the program director for Adopt-A-Block of Aroostook.

    Mikayla Fitzpatrick of Houlton Junior/Senior High School was chosen for her anti-bullying efforts. She began an anti-bullying group to spread awareness of this serious issue and its harmful effects on the victims. Fitzpatrick named the group FFAB (Friends and Family Against Bullying). FFAB meets to brainstorm ideas, make anti bullying posters to display in the halls of their school and hope to raise enough money to bring a guest speaker to their school.