Local high school and college students, from left, Evelyn Zumwalt, Sam Murray, Irene Choi and Ella Pappas are working as interns at A Climate to Thrive this summer. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACTT

Islander Students

Interns support

Climate to Thrive

BAR HARBOR — Four Mount Desert Island high school and college students are working as interns with A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) for the summer.

With support from the Fisher Charitable Foundation, the interns will be helping ACTT with initiatives such as large-scale solar, single-use plastics, and the Sustainable MDI restaurant initiative.

Each will also work on at least one self-designed project to help make MDI an inspiring model of sustainability.

“We are thrilled to have four super smart, creative and motivated interns working this summer to take advantage of the groundswell of action for sustainability that is happening on MDI right now,” ACTT representatives said in a statement. “They all love nature, care about the future of our island, and are very motivated to learn how to raise awareness and motivate change about climate change and sustainability, and how to implement those changes through our local and state governments.”

Sam Murray is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and a junior at Wheaton College, majoring in political science and history. He is especially interested in public policy and the process of how things get done. Ella Pappas just graduated from MDI High School and is heading to the University of Maine to major in cultural anthropology with a minor in political science. She is especially interested in the relationship between food and climate.

Irene Choi, a senior at MDIHS, is a jazz musician especially interested in public policy and political action for positive change. Evelyn Zumwalt, a junior at MDIHS, is excited about learning more about solar energy and is interested in art, invention, engineering and design.


Husson honors


BANGOR — Eight area students have been named to Husson University’s president’s list, dean’s list or honors list for spring 2018.

President’s list

Aaron Joseph Boumil of Bar Harbor is a sophomore studying for a bachelor’s in kinesiology-human movement and a doctorate in physical therapy.

Emily R. Butler of Bar Harbor is a sophomore studying for a bachelor’s in communications technology with a concentration in video production.

Malorie Dawn Young of Bar Harbor is a senior studying for a bachelor’s in criminal justice with an undergraduate certificate in counterterrorism and security.

Denise Lyakhovich of Mount Desert Island is studying for a doctorate in the pharmacy program.

Sarah E. Luna of Trenton is a senior studying for a bachelor’s in educational studies with a concentration in elementary education.

To make the president’s list, students must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a GPA of 3.8-4 during the period.

Dean’s list

Robert Olekszak of Mount Desert is a junior studying for a bachelor’s in business and liberal studies.

Meghan R. Catanese of Trenton is a senior studying for a bachelor’s and master’s in hospitality and tourism management.

To make the dean’s list, students must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of 3.60-3.79 during the period.

Honors list

Amy M. Remick of Bar Harbor is a sophomore studying for a bachelor’s in health sciences.

To make the honors list, students must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a GPA of 3.4-3.59 during the period.


Viertel on

dean’s list

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — Jacob Viertel of Bar Harbor was named to the State University of New York New Paltz dean’s list for the spring semester.

Dean’s list designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 GPA in a semester with a full-time course load.




BOSTON—Adam Perruzzi, MDIHS class of 2012, graduated from Northeastern University in August 2017. Adam received a bachelor’s in industrial engineering and a master’s in engineering management, graduating summa cum laude and top student in both programs. Perruzzi also graduated as a Galante Engineering Business Fellow and a Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellow, earning two graduate certificates to accompany his master’s degree.

During his time at Northeastern, Adam completed three co-ops with public and private sector companies. He worked for the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, The Walt Disney Company and for the US Department of Transportation. While working for the USDOT, Adam completed his master’s thesis in the machine learning-aided analysis of public sentiment surrounding fatal railway events.

Adam was selected for the Huntington 100, an honor bestowed each year on 100 students from the more than 8,000 seniors and juniors at the university. This award is presented by the university president to recognize exceptional academic achievement, leadership and service to both the University and surrounding communities.

Adam is currently a business transformation and blockchain consultant with IBM in San Francisco.




SOMERVILLE, Mass.— Nina Petersen of Bar Harbor recently graduated from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University along with 147 other students at the school’s 36th commencement ceremony on May 20. Petersen earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine.


Pepper earns

nursing degree

BOSTON — Emily Pepper of Mount Desert received a bachelor’s of science in nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in May.
Pepper was among the 583 students in the class of 2018.


Young on

dean’s list
BOSTON—Shelby J. Young of Southwest Harbor was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston.
To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.

Two named

to dean’s list

CANTON, N.Y.—Flannery Rose Dillon of Bar Harbor and Sara N. Norberg of Southwest Harbor have been selected for inclusion on the dean’s list for academic achievement during the spring semester at St. Lawrence University.

Dillon is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in art and art history.

Norberg is a member of the class of 2019 and is majoring in English.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.


Nicholson on

dean’s list

WALTHAM, Mass.—Robin Nicholson of Bar Harbor was recently named to the dean’s list of Bentley University for the spring semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher with no course grade below 2.0 during the term.


Cast on

dean’s list

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—Sierra Cast of Bar Harbor has earned a place on the dean’s list at Bard College at Simon’s Rock for the spring semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must carry 14 or more credits and achieve a grade point average of 3.5.

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