Education

  • Former president addresses grads

    Former president addresses grads

    BAR HARBOR — There once were two neighbors, said Anote Tong, former president of the Republic of Kiribati, to the group gathered at the College of the Atlantic’s commencement ceremony Saturday. One of them had a tree in his driveway that made turning around in his car difficult. So he cut the tree. It fell

  • Teacher honored

    Teacher honored

    BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club awarded its 14th annual Golden Apple Award to Mount Desert Island High School teacher Megan McOsker. McOsker is the school’s gifted and talented coordinator. She also teaches computer science and coaches the robotics team. Club member Lisa Horsch Clark presented the award at an MDI High

  • MDI High to hold 50th commencement

    MDI High to hold 50th commencement

    BAR HARBOR — About 120 seniors will don caps and gowns and receive their diplomas at Mount Desert Island High School’s 49th annual graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 10. The ceremony will be held in the school gym starting at 2 p.m. This year’s commencement speaker is Max Mason, who was president of the high

  • COA to celebrate 45th commencement

    COA to celebrate 45th commencement

    BAR HARBOR — The College of the Atlantic’s annual graduation ceremony is set to take place on the school’s north lawn on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. Educators, entrepreneurs, artists and scientists are among 78 students from 27 states and 13 nations who are set to receive human ecology degrees. Anote Tong, fourth president

  • Pay gap cited in teacher talks

    Pay gap cited in teacher talks

    BAR HARBOR — Teachers in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) make less money on average and pay more for health insurance than teachers in what the Maine Education Association (MEA) says are comparable school districts in Maine. The MDIRSS teachers are using those comparisons to press for higher salaries and a smaller

  • Islander students

    Islander students

    Student project takes second in statewide history contest ORONO — Sophia Anderson and Gaia Daul, students at Conners Emerson School, placed second in the junior group division of the statewide National History Day competition at the University of Maine. The theme of this year’s contest was “Conflict and compromise in American history.” Anderson and Daul’s

  • Fulbright sends Heist to Indonesia

    Fulbright sends Heist to Indonesia

    NORTON, Mass. — Riley Heist of Bar Harbor, who graduated from Mount Desert Island High School in 2014 and expects to graduate this spring from Wheaton College, is set to spend next year teaching English in Indonesia. She received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William

  • New teacher named for Frenchboro school

    New teacher named for Frenchboro school

    FRENCHBORO — A whole new world awaits Mindi Vestal, who was recently hired as the new teacher on Frenchboro. A Tucson, Ariz., native, Vestal, 28, will begin her stint at Frenchboro School on Long Island this fall. She will replace outgoing teacher Jan Keiper and teach four students, ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade, at

  • Drennan receives National Merit Scholarship

    Drennan receives National Merit Scholarship

    BAR HARBOR — Ava Drennan of Bar Harbor, a student at Mount Desert Island High School, is one of 11 high school seniors in Maine to have been awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The corporation said in a press release that 2,500 scholarship recipients nationwide were selected from more than