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CASTINE, Maine - Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is seeking nominations from the public for student awards recognizing outstanding service and leadership within the greater Castine community. According to Deidra Davis, dean of student services at MMA, the Eleventh Annual Alumni Participation and Leadership Awards Banquet, to be held on Monday, April 9, 2012, is designed to honor truly distinctive and exceptional students who have contributed to Maine Maritime Academy or the community at large.
The top student achievement award is named in memory of the late Phyllis Tenney. A well-known Castine resident, Tenney served for more than 30 years as the college’s social director and staff advisor to the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO). The Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award is given annually to a student who has shown dedication to Maine Maritime Academy, loyalty to its students, faculty, and staff, and has contributed positively to the Castine community. The award recipient will receive a crystal plaque and a cash award to be shared with a charity of their choice. Their name will be recorded on a perpetual plaque for campus display.
Two other special awards, added to the program last year, will be presented again this year. The Mariner Pride Award will honor an organization, event, or activity that enhances Mariner pride by bringing people together and helping strengthen the campus community. The organization, event, or activity must have been active during the 2011-2012 academic year. The Unsung Mariner Award will provide a special opportunity for students to nominate a faculty or staff member for demonstrating outstanding community service and support of student life. The individual must be actively supportive or involved in student activities or events and have been an employee during the current academic year. Members of the community are annually invited and encouraged to submit nominations for the awards. Students nominated for recognition may be long-standing volunteers, club or group leaders, or a constant, positive Academy-related student employee who has been especially dedicated or has demonstrated an uncommon work ethic. Students may be nominated for service to Maine Maritime Academy or to the community. Nominations will be evaluated in conjunction with the student’s overall academic standing and behavior record. Nominees will be accepted in the areas of community service, leadership, and academy related employment.