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Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale had some special visitors on Friday. Preston Sharp of California (pictured below) has been traveling around the country to honor the service of veterans in each state and to speak their names out loud, to keep their memories alive. Maine marks the 43rd state he has visited. He was joined by volunteers from Southern Maine Veteran Cemetery Association, United States Veteran Reserve Corp, and Rolling Thunder. They laid flags and flowers for headstones across the cemetery. They had a beautiful Maine spring day for it, too!

Ethan Mathieu of Sanford (pictured below) is one of twelve undergraduates to be named 2022 Outstanding Graduating Students at the University of Maine. Ethan is the Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Education and Human Development. He is a secondary education major with a concentration in physical science. Mathieu is the recipient of the Edward and Barbara McManus Scholarship and the Hervey A. Hanscom Scholarship, and served as treasurer of the Student Maine Educators Association. His Honors thesis is “The Effects of a course in Multicultural Education on the Development of a Socio-Cultural Consciousness of Pre-Service Teachers.” Mathieu did his student teaching at Orono High School, and had field placements at John Bapst High School and Kennebunk High School. On campus, he was a tutor with TRIO Student Support Services and a student instructor’s aide in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Mathieu plans to be a physics teacher in Maine and pursue a master’s degree in teaching science. A full Q&A with Mathieu is online.

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