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Best and Brightest Honored at Maine Maritime Academy Celebration of Achievement

CASTINE, Maine—Maine Maritime Academy’s annual Celebration of Achievement was held on Thursday evening, November 7th, to honor the scholarly accomplishments of students and the service of faculty, trustees and alumni.

Scheel Scholars
The late Henry A. Scheel of Rockport, Maine was one of America’s most respected naval architects and yacht designers. During his long and distinguished career, Mr. Scheel produced more than 250 complete designs which have been utilized by builders of sailboats and other craft in the U.S. and Europe. To express his high regard for Maine Maritime Academy, in 1994 Mr. Scheel left funds to permanently endow scholarships for students in the three upper classes who best exemplify intellectual curiosity and achievement. The nine Scheel Scholars honored on Thursday include:

Amanda M. Bello, Class of 2014, is a Marine Biology major from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Ashley N. Burnett, Class of 2014, is a Marine Science major from Danville, New Hampshire.

Darrin T. Dionne, Class of 2014, is a Power Engineering Technology major from Skowhegan, Maine.

Ashley E. Harriman, Class of 2014, is an International Business and Logistics major from Augusta, Maine.

Thomas W. Howland, Class of 2014, is a Marine Engineering Technology major from Somerville, Massachusetts.

Warren F. Kelly, Class of 2014, is a Marine Engineering Operations major from St. Francis, Maine.

Wyatt B. LaPage, Class of 2015, is a Marine Transportation Operations major from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Thomas C. Perkins, Class of 2014, is a Vessel Operations and Technology major from Ellsworth, Maine.

Ethan M. Stubbs, Class of 2014, is a Marine Systems Engineering major from Brooks, Maine.

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholars
The ABS Mission is to promote the security of life, property and the marine environment, primarily through the establishment and verification of technical and engineering standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of ships and marine-related facilities. To express their regard for Maine Maritime Academy as an international leader in maritime technical education, ABS awarded scholarships to outstanding MMA marine systems engineering students in 2013:

Nicholas A. Cabral - Kennebunk, Maine
Gavin K. Cote - Arundel, Maine
Angela N. Fouquette - New Gloucester, Maine
Matthew J. Plocinski - Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Kyle B. Robbins - Little Sebago Lake, Maine
Benjamin C. Russell - Farmington, Maine
Brendan J. Scully -
Waterville, Maine
William J. Silver - Saratoga Springs, New York
Ethan M. Stubbs - Brooks, Maine
Thomas S. Whitney, Jr. - Orlando, Florida

Faculty Achievement
Laurie E. Flood, professor of engineering from Castine, Maine, was promoted to the rank of full professor at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. Her promotion was based on her extensive service to the engineering program and more than 12 years of dedication to teaching excellence at the college. Flood, a State of Maine Third Class Stationary Engineer, U.S.C.G. Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor Vessels, earned a B.S. from Maine Maritime Academy (Class of 1993), a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine, and a Master in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She was appointed to the college faculty in 2001.

Wall of Honor Inductee
The 2013 Wall of Honor inductee is the late Susan J. Clark, who graduated valedictorian of  the class of 1985, and who was a highly respected captain, Portland Harbor pilot, MMA trustee, and member of her community. Accepting the award in her honor was her brother, Joe Clark (Class of 1983). A 70-foot navigation training vessel was re-dedicated and named the Capt. Susan J. Clark at Homecoming this fall to honor her memory.

Trustee Service
Marion Morgan, a member of the Maine Maritime Academy Board of Trustees from 2008-2013, was honored for her service to the Academy with the gift of a traditional wooden rocking chair.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit

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