Merrymeeting Adult Education
Enriching Lives Through Community Education

June 2019
AVAILABLE MAY 31!
Summer 2019 Catalog
Cover art, "Contemplation,"  by Marv Wiehe

Our summer catalog will be mailed on Friday, May 31, and available to be picked up at the Topsham and Bath offices, as well as local businesses. You can also register online beginning May 31 at merrymeeting.org.

Please scroll for stories about our recent graduation ceremonies!
Celebrating Shaine Robinson's success
Photo by David Ingmundson 
Diana McCain, left, presents Shaine Robinson  with his high school diploma on May 21.



From homeless to high school graduation

Graduating from high school seemed like a lost dream for 19-year-old Shaine Robinson, but a chance encounter in a local homeless shelter put Shaine on track to achieving his dream.

Shaine describes his youth as challenging. He grew up in and out of foster homes until he was 15. Since then, he has lived in homeless shelters. That changed in April when someone suggested Merrymeeting Adult Education might be able to help him finish the only credit he needed to receive a high school diploma. 

Shaine reached out to Paul Elisha, Merrymeeting's academic counselor, and soon he was doing an independent study with Kathy Ingmundson, long-time Merrymeeting English teacher.

"It was really great to work one-on-one and to have someone there helping me. It was very invaluable," Shaine said. "Merrymeeting helped me to (begin) helping me. I've been on my own for so long."

In addition to finishing his English credit, Shaine applied and was accepted to Southern Maine Community College, where he will begin classes at the end of May. On campus housing at the South Portland campus also means that Shaine will no longer be homeless.

He looks forward to developing a career working with young people, because he wants to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

"No matter how good you think you are at taking care of yourself, you can't succeed without somebody's help. Everyone needs a little bit of help."

Merrymeeting Adult Education was happy to help Shaine, and fulfills an ongoing commitment to providing students facing any number of challenges to their educational goals with the support they need to complete a traditional high school diploma or the High School Equivalency Test.

For more information about academic programs, please call Paul Elisha at 729-7323. 
Congratulations 2019 graduates of
Merrymeeting and RSU 1/Wiscasset adult ed!
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Joshua Bouchard (and Diesel), left, Elijah Levausser, Erin Brehm, Kiley Brackett, Shaine Robinson, Rachel Kopp, Martyna Martin, Sage Gowan, Mary Waters, Marilyn Daniel, and Kimberly Holbrook received their high school diplomas in a ceremony held by Merrymeeting Adult Education on May 21, at Mt. Ararat High School. 

Graduates not pictured include: Marissa Chaney, Ryan Cotter, Vivianne Courant, Madison Cowette, Abigail Green, Molly Martin, Will Martin, Renan Moguel, Mackenzie Nichols, Jax Rogers, Gwenyth Sullivan, Lee Taylor, and Richard Williams. 

Merrymeeting Director Diana McCain led the celebration, followed by opening remarks from Bob Lucy, interim superintendent of MSAD 75, and Paul Perzanowski. Brunswick School District superintendent.

Pierre Martin and Kathy Ingmundson, two of Merrymeeting's academic teachers, introduced and honored three students accepted into the National Adult Education Honor Society. Sage Gowen, Shaine Robinson, and Kimberly Holbrook were pleased to accept recognition for their academic accomplishments.

These three students went on to present speeches to their graduating class, friends, families, and Merrymeeting staff and faculty.

Diplomas were presented by Diana McCain and Paul Elisha, Merrymeeting's academic counselor.

Volunteer tutors thanked for their service to and support of Merrymeeting students include Anne Funderburk, Valerie Heath, Cyrus and Gail Kendrick, Ruth Lavoie, William Mitchell, Jack Walker, and Betsy Williams.
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Brittany Coyne, bottom left, Kylee Spainhower, and Zebulon Piasecki, and Kylie Forest, top left, Ryan Wyman, Ryan Schroeder, and Mathias Richardson celebrated their graduation from Regional School Unit 1/Wiscasset Adult Education on May 16.

Christian Garland, Vaughn Faller, George Harrison, Brooke Keach, Brian Lamper, and Cody Ring not pictured, also completed their high school equivalency program.

Merrymeeting Director Diana McCain led the celebration, followed by opening remarks by Lou Ensel, vice-chairperson of the RSU 1 Board of Directors.

Pierre Martin, David Ingmundson, and Linda Parish, three of RSU 1's HiSET Learning Lab teachers, honored Ryan Wyman, Vaughn Faller, and Kylee Spainhower as inductees to the National Adult Education Honor Society.

Vaughn Faller offered his words of wisdom to his fellow graduates before diplomas were presented by Diana McCain, Dawn Wheeler, RSU 1/Wiscasset site coordinator, Lou Ensel, And Patrick Manuel, RSU 1 school superintendent.

The following Midcoast Literacy volunteer tutors were also recognized for their contributions and support of adult education students: Christine Anderson, Candace Austin, Barbara Brennan, Ellen Endter, James Gillies, Betty Hartley, and Alden Sproul.

Beginning July 1, RSU 1/Wiscasset Adult Education will officially become part of Merrymeeting's family of adult education programs. Academic and enrichment classes will continue to be held both at Morse and Wiscasset Middle-High School, in addition to courses in Topsham and Brunswick.
Thank you to our partner organizations!