Lincoln Academy senior Christine Hilton was chosen as the Mid Coast School of Technology Student of the Year for 2016-17. She was honored at a recent banquet in Lewiston that celebrated the Students of the Year from each of 27 Technical Schools in Maine.
“The banquet was a lot different from what I was expecting,” said Hilton. “All the technical schools were there, so I got to see what technical students around the state are doing. It makes you realize how much is going on around the state. I was amazed at the stories of how much people have done in a year…. that was really inspiring.”
As part of the ceremony, the Mid Coast School of Technology Assistant Director Robert Deetjen and EMT/Firefighting Instructor Mike Drinkwater presented the following statement about Hilton:
“Christine is everything a teacher wants in an EMT student. She is a mature, thoughtful, caring, fearless, and enthusiastic student, with the technical skills that impress students, teachers, and EMS Volunteers. Christine’s EMT instructor, Mike Drinkwater, believes Christine is capable of anything, and he knows she will be very successful in the EMS field.
“Since arriving at MCST, Christine has become a committed advocate for Career and Technical Education. At a recent student presentation, Christine told students that a CTE program would put them ahead of those taking a traditional pathway to graduation and everyone should do it.
“Christine represented MCST at the 2017 SkillsUSA competition, where she earned a bronze medal in the very competitive CPR/First Aid competition. Christine has been a member of the softball, basketball, and soccer teams at Lincoln Academy, and she was recently selected as captain of the softball team. She is an active member in her community, where she serves on the Damariscotta Volunteer Fire Department.
“Christine has taken full advantage of MCST’s Early College for ME program, as well as other early college opportunities. Her hard work and perseverance has paid off, as Christine will graduate with 15 college credits and her EMT basic license.”
Lincoln Academy Associate Head of School Andy Mullin said, “Lincoln Academy is extremely proud of Christine Hilton. Christine is a motivated and independent young woman, and she will undoubtedly do well in her post-high school pursuits. Christine has demonstrated both personal and academic success during her years at Lincoln Academy, and she has been able to balance both aspects very effectively. Christine’s work in the EMT field is impressive, and should be celebrated. Her work in the emergency field has given Christine a life-changing goal, and has ignited a true passion. Christine feels very strongly about this line of work, and she is committed to making emergency service her ambition. Christine will be taking her practical exam on May 21st, the successful completion of which will allow Christine to continue on her path to becoming a fully licensed EMT.”
The banquet took place at the Lewiston Green Ladle, a restaurant and catering venue that is run by the Lewiston Culinary Institute as part of their hospitality and chef training program. Hilton was impressed with the culinary students, the venue, and the food. “It was a good meal–sooo good!”
After graduating from Lincoln Academy on June 1, Christine will continue her education in the Paramedicine program at Southern Maine Community College.
“It’s a testament to Christine and her dedication to her studies that she has been given this award,” said Lincoln Academy Head of School David Sturdevant. “She is an outstanding representative of Lincoln Academy, and we are all proud of her accomplishments.”