MEDIA RELEASE: Maine DOE Joins MACTE in Honoring 2020/2021 CTE Students of the Year 

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) would like to congratulate the recently announced 2020/2021 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students of the Year.

Maine’s CTE Sites and Centers recognize an outstanding graduating senior annually. Students who are recognized participate in one of a multitude of CTE programs in regions across Maine including electrical, culinary arts, multimedia, heavy equipment operations, advanced communications, certified nursing programs, early childhood education, law enforcement, building trades, agriculture, and plumbing and heating, to name a few. Many of these students are graduating high school with college credits and/or certifications that will allow them to begin working on the frontlines immediately while others have obtained advanced training and experience that will enable them to make informed choices about their future career path and education journey.

“Maine’s Career and Technical Education programs provide some of the most innovative, project-based learning opportunities available in our state,” said Education Commissioner Pender Makin. “I commend these distinguished seniors on their dedication and determination in following their passions through experiential learning. I wish each and every one of them the very the best as they write the next chapter of their future!”

To honor these students individually, Maine DOE will be highlighting each of the CTE Students of the Year with an individual profile in the Maine DOE Newsroom and on its social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) showcasing their work as CTE students and future plans as graduating seniors, including positive words from the educators who guided them on their journey.

“The Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education are incredibly proud to honor these exceptional students,” said MACTE President Rob Callahan.  “Their hard work, professionalism and personal character have distinguished them in rigorous programs of study.  They are surely the leaders of tomorrow both in their chosen professional area and in Maine. Congratulations all!”

2021 CTE Students of the Year:

Students are listed in alphabetical order by CTE Site/Center

Nathan Crossley
Electricity Program
Bath Regional Career and Technical Center, Bath
Matthew Laflamme
Business Leadership Program
Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, Biddeford
Everett Blair
Law Enforcement Program
Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta
Brendan Blackstone
Agriculture & Welding Programs
Caribou Regional Technology Center, Caribou
Dymond Dake
Welding Program
Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology, Machias
Elaine Perkins
Early Childhood Education
Croix Regional Technical Center, Calais
Haley Walsh
CNA & Biotechnology
Foster Technology Center, Farmington
Bryce Carter
Biomedical Science Program
Hancock County Technical Center, Ellsworth
Omar Elalam
Advanced Computer Technologies II program
Lake Region Vocational Center, Naples
Colin Merritt
Plumbing & Heating
Lewiston Regional Technical Center, Lewiston
Wyatt Shepard
Building Trades program
Maine Region Ten Technical High School, Brunswick
Emily Miller
Design/Technology Program
Mid-Coast School of Technology, Rockland
Paige Dudley
Outdoor Leadership program
Mid-Maine Technical Center, Waterville
Alexis Violette
Machine Tool and Business Programs
MSAD #24, Van Buren
Katahdin Javner
Construction Technology, Information Technology, and Automotive Technology
Northern Penobscot Tech, Lincoln
Culiandra Nero
Graphic Design
Oxford Hills Technical School, Norway
Christiana Rae Gannon (Anna)
Carpentry Program
Portland Arts and Technology High School, Portland
Brandon Dubie
Agriscience Program
Presque Isle Regional Technology Center, Presque Isle
Mary T Lombardi
Engineering & Architectural Design
Sanford Regional Technical Center, Sanford
Jasmine Dixon
Building Construction
School of Applied Technology, Mexico
Emma Huntley
Early Childhood Education Program
Somerset Career and Technical Center, Skowhegan
Alyssa Drake
Nursing Program
Southern Aroostook County, Houlton
Anthony Pelletier
Allied Health Pathway
St. John Valley Technology Center, Frenchville
Ann Gerardi
Criminal Justice Program
Tri-County Technical Center, Dexter
Mackenzie Stepp
Medical Assisting Program
United Technologies Center, Bangor
Daisy Bradney
Culinary Arts Program
Waldo County Technical Center, Waldo