Bryant completes semester at Coastal Studies for Girls

FREEPORT — Isabella Bryant of Matinicus Island and Camden, recently completed the spring semester of her sophomore year of high school at Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport. Coastal Studies for Girls is a Semester School for 10th-grade girls. The school features an integrated marine science and leadership curriculum based on field work and experiential place-based learning.

While at CSG, Bryant completed a scientific research project examining the impact of background noise on bird calls. Using a sound level meter, Bryant and her research team collected background noise and chickadee calls at several sites that varied in their proximity to roads in Freeport. The team’s research results indicated that the kinds of calls produced by chickadees – including distress calls – varied with noise level, but were not negatively impacted by loud natural noises, such as stream flow. They presented their research results in a public forum held at the Freeport Community center in April. Bryant also completed a semester-long leadership course, earned credits in literature, history, math and foreign language and traveled with her classmates on a 10-day expedition along the Maine coast and islands.

Bryant will return to Camden Hills Regional High School in the fall as a junior.

Locals graduate from Colorado College

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Colorado College awarded 566 undergraduate degrees at its 132nd commencement, held May 19 outdoors on the campus in Colorado Springs. The following students from the Midcoast graduated:

Jonas Burke graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science. Burke is a graduate of Camden-Rockport High School.

Hillary Gordon graduated with a bachelor of arts in biology. Gordon is a graduate of Camden-Rockport High School.

Still time to apply for Student Garden Army

ROCKLAND — Youthlinks Director Kris Koerber announced that there are a few remaining openings for the June 30 to Aug. 21 Student Garden Army. This eight-week program for high school students features a wide array of agricultural and culinary experiences including: planting seedlings, growing vegetables, maintaining and developing a garden, harvesting crops, and cooking and preparing healthy foods.

For more information about application for the School Garden Army, contact Kris Koerber at 594-2221 or at

Island Institute announces 2014 Island Education Fund Scholarship Awards

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute recently announced scholarship awards to more than 100 students in year-round island communities from Down East to Casco Bay. Sixty-one students received awards, totaling more than $110,000 through the Island Education Fund to attend colleges, universities and technical schools across the U.S. and Canada.

The 2014 Island Education Fund scholarships are made possible by the ERQ Foundation, Nancy and Robert Jordan, the McLane Fund for Maine Island Education, the Philip Conkling and Peter Ralston Fund for Island Education, the Bingham Trust, Harvey and Pam Geiger, the Grayce B. Kerr Foundation, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, the Louis W. Cabot Island Education Fund, Nancy and George Putnam, the Otter Island Fund, the R. K. Mellon Family Foundation, People's United Community Foundation, the Shaw Fund for Mariners’ Children, Bobbie and Cyrus Sweet, the Sumner Scholarship Endowment Foundation, the Wilson Family Foundation, the Niemann Charitable Foundation, Lawrence Howe, and the generosity of many other donors.

For additional information about the Island Education Fund’s scholarship program, summer internships or the Island Sustainability through Leadership and Entrepreneurship program, visit or contact Ben Odgren, Island Education Fund associate, at 594-9209 ext.128 or

Henderson makes the dean's list

STATESBORO, GA. — Rebecca Henderson from South Thomaston, has been named to the dean's list for excellence in academics at Georgia Southern University. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Gardner named to Drake University dean's list

DES MOINES, IA — Ivy Gardner of Washington was named to the Drake University dean's list for the spring 2014 semester. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above to earn this honor.