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Chris Frey receives Julia Clukey Courage Award


Pictured here (at right) is award recipient Chris Frey. With him (from l.) are State Senator Eric Brakey, Auburn Middle School principal Celena Ranger, Olympian Julia Clukey, and Frey’s mother, Holly Bosse. (Photo by MBWDA)

Olympian Julia Clukey addressed nearly 500 students at Auburn Middle School recently as part of her ongoing “Julia Inspires” campaign to encourage students to find their passion, create a plan and go after their dreams.

As part of the campaign, Clukey presents the Julia Clukey Courage Award to a deserving student at each school she visits. Following her presentation at Auburn Middle School, she presented the award to AMS student Chris Frey, who was recognized for his ability to persevere though tough times in his personal life while maintaining a positive attitude and inspiring others.

Clukey continues to train for her 19th season in the sport of luge. Earlier this month, she was officially named to the USA National Luge Team for 2016-17. She has set a goal to compete in the sport of luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This summer, she will host Julia Clukey’s Camp for Girls at Camp KV in Readfield.

Through her “Julia Inspires” campaign, which is funded by the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association, Clukey has shared her story and message to date at 51 Maine schools, reaching a total of 16,770 students. Middle and high school administrators can request a presentation at

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  • Mrs. Susan Dunn of Buxton was honored in April during a Blaine House tea for school nurses as the School Nurse of the Year for the Maine School Nurse Association. The award recognizes outstanding leadership skills and excellence in school nursing practices. Mrs. Dunn has been a nurse for the MSAD 6 school district for more than 20 years, and currently coordinates and provides care for the students of three elementary schools in MSAD 6. She works as a volunteer and leader to promote many projects, such as bone marrow drives, food pantries, Red Cross blood drives and Pennies for Patients. Mrs. Dunn served as the district staff coordinator for the Wellness team for two years and teaches first aid and CPR in the schools and in the community. She also has been on the school nurse association s executive board, serving as the secretary for many years. When I heard that I was selected, I was very flattered and honored, said Mrs. Dunn. I have been a school nurse for 22 years and active in our school nurse association, but I know many nurses who are also deserving of this award. Mrs. Dunn was nominated by Mrs. Elaine Conant, the nurse here at BEHS. Mrs. Conant told Lake Region Weekly recently that when she first met her, Mrs. Dunn was soft-spoken. Through the years, she said, she learned Dunn had a lot to offer. To me she is a role model, a caring professional, and someone who is quite knowledgeable. Mrs. Ginny Day, the principal at Edna Libby Elementary School, Charles deSieyes, our district school physician, and Mrs. Joanne Lannin, a BEHS coach who has participated with Mrs. Dunn in the Southern Maine Senior Women s Basketball League, also recommended Mrs. Dunn for the award.

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