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Bristol Area Lions award $12,500 in Scholarships 06/06/2019

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Scholarship recipients from left: Aspen Dyer, William Shaffer, Jenna Gilbert, Jayden Gilbert, and Christopher Burrows with Bristol Area Lions Scholarship Chairman Michael Hope. (Photo courtesy Jenny Mayer)

The Bristol Area Lions Club congratulates five outstanding seniors of Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2019 who were each awarded $2,500 scholarships on Class Day, Tuesday, June 4, from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to recognize scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service.

Aspen Dyer, of Bristol, was the 34th recipient of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship. She plans a major in biology with a minor in neuroscience/animal science at Davidson College. Among Dyer’s achievements are: president of the Young Women’s Club, softball team manager, officer of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Sigma Chi, mentor of Unified Sports and of Freshmen Mentors and Ambassadors, member of the Interact Club and of Muddy Mustangs 4-H, kennel attendant at Haggett Hill Kennels, and sales clerk at the Granite Hall store.

Honors received by Dyer include Spanish Excellence, AP Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa Award, National Honor Society, Eagle Award, and Ekls Most Valuable Student. Her community services include raising money for cancer patients and low-income families, assisting the elderly, a local food pantry, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, suicide awareness, a refugee center, a local animal shelter, and collecting crutches for polio patients.

William Shaffer, of New Harbor, received the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship. He plans a major in economics at Vassar College. Among his achievements are: captain of the soccer team, vice president of the Ambassadors Club, National Honor Society, freshman mentor, mentor and counselor at Kieve-Wavus, sailing counselor at the Central Lincoln County YMCA, teacher and mentor at LA China Institute, co-founder and president of the Lincoln Area Community Fundraising Organization, a group that has raised thousands over the past three years for local charities. He has also worked for the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department, and volunteered for the National Honor Society and the Elmer Tarr Roadside Cleanup.

Jenna Gilbert, of Bristol, received the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship. She plans majoring in nursing at Husson University. Her achievements are: co-president of the Interact Club, freshman mentor, Sigma Sigma Chi Service Sorority, varsity softball, dietary aide, nanny, and ice cream scooper. Her volunteer work includes food drives and fundraising that support local efforts, such as creating Thanksgiving baskets for the needy and planting Arbor Day saplings around the baseball field at Lincoln Academy.

Jayden Gilbert, of Bristol, received the Al Rottner Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Husson University, majoring in nursing. Her achievements are: co-president of the Interact Club, freshman mentor, Sigma Sigma Chi Service Sorority, varsity softball. Gilbert’s work experience includes Schooner Cove Retirement Community and Round Top Ice Cream. Her volunteer work through the Interact Club has involved fundraising and various activities such as bake sales for toys donated to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and raffles to help families in need.

Christopher Burrow, of New Harbor, received the Bristol Area Lions Foundation Scholarship. He will major in woodwind performance at New York Institute. He excelled scholastically with six Advanced Placement courses and eight honors courses.

Burrow is a member of the Lincoln Academy jazz band, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble Orchestra, the Seacoast Community Orchestra, and the Bowdoin Concert Band. He has been accepted three times to the Honors Band and the Maine Music Educators Association All-State Band. Twice he has been a member of the Sousa National Honors Band and a pit member of the orchestra for Lincoln Academy musical productions. He participated in a summer program for the New York University Broadway Winds group.

Burrow is the high school representative of Healthy Lincoln County. He has been an entry-level teaching assistant and participated in a community service trip to Haiti through Maine Music Outreach, where he taught Haitians to play musical instruments.

The Bristol Area Lions Club has awarded 75 scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduating seniors from Bristol and South Bristol in the past 34 years. For more information about the nonprofit Bristol Area Lions Foundation, contact Michael Hope at 677-2193.

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