Crushing COVID logoAfter what has been one of the most challenging years in our history, we are thrilled to celebrate those members of our community who have stood out for their ability to motivate, collaborate, support, and excel amidst the many curveballs thrown our way!

This year’s campus awards include the opportunity to celebrate your peers and colleagues in multiple arenas and we encourage you to nominate anyone deserving of recognition. Please take a few moments to read through the descriptions below and contact Deidra Davis at deidra.davis@mma.edu with any questions you may have.

Nominations were open from March 15 thru March 24. Thank you to all who submitted nominee names and achievements! Winners will be announced on campus, on our website, and on social media beginning March 29.

Awards

These awards celebrate individuals or groups who have developed or implemented new and creative ways of engaging students or peers. Nominate those who accepted the challenges presented and went above and beyond to ensure the success of others by learning new ways of doing things.
These awards celebrate individuals or groups who helped navigate their community through the most challenging of times. Nominate those who were at the forefront: researching, developing plans, making decisions, and executing the plans that would provide the best outcome for the most people.
These awards celebrate individuals or groups who may not have led the way but without them, working tirelessly in the background, our experiences would have been far different. Nominate those who you knew you could count on to be there day in and day out, and who did it not for recognition, but because it’s what they do.
These awards celebrate individuals or groups who, through their actions, continue to elevate the public image of the Academy and build a sense of pride on campus.
This award is presented in honor of Phyllis Tenney who served Maine Maritime Academy and the Castine community for more than forty years through exemplary leadership, volunteerism, and community service. This award celebrates the student who has displayed exemplary dedication and loyalty to MMA, commitment and service to the Castine community, overall exemplary leadership skills and has achieved great success academically and socially at MMA.

We are proud to introduce senior Korey Deboth as the winner of this year’s prestigious Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award!

This award is presented in honor of Phyllis Tenney who served Maine Maritime Academy and the Castine community for more than forty years through exemplary leadership, volunteerism, and community service. Nominees must display exemplary dedication and loyalty to MMA, commitment and service to the Castine community, overall exemplary leadership skills, and have achieved great success academically and socially at MMA.

In his nomination materials, Jack Spratt, Asst. Chief, Castine Fire Rescue Department, notes the following:

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Korey Deboth, Class of 2021

“Certainly, no other MMA student has been more proactively involved in a more significant, community-wide manner than Korey. Korey has faced the unique challenges posed by the pandemic, not only as an individual and a college student, but also as an emergency responder and medical care provider. Further, he has voluntarily taken on significant additional civic responsibilities to assist MMA and the Town of Castine’s response to the crisis. His dedication, leadership and immense personal efforts have proved critical to the success of our small community’s ability to weather the ongoing storm posed by the COVID pandemic.”

Spratt goes on to describe Korey’s critical involvement in “assisting CFRD with the development of [the town’s] COVID response procedures,” which he developed while working closely with Tom Gutow, Medical Service Chief, in coordination with Maine EMS, CDC, MMA, Town of Castine and other state and local agencies. Korey was specifically asked by Castine’s Town Manager to serve as the Castine’s COVID Response Coordinator. In that role, Korey helped develop and post signage around town, and monitor compliance and protocol implementation.

In closing, Spratt says: “, I am struck by the enormous responsibility and remarkable level of effort being put forth by such a young individual. Korey’s maturity, leadership, personal and professional growth have all been extraordinary. As an alumnus and MMA Alumni Association Board member, I believe Korey is the very best of what MMA’s student body has to offer, both to itself and the Castine community at large. MMA and Castine have significantly benefited from Korey’s involvement as an emergency responder, community care provider and emergency manager. His leadership and cheerful service are a testament to himself, the Academy, and Castine.”

Myles Block, Maine Maritime Academy’s Director of Fire Training, echoes the sentiments outlined above. “Korey has an outstanding work ethic and pride in everything he does. His willingness and eagerness to learn, outgoing personality, inner drive, and overall demeanor has set the standard for my teaching assistants,” he says. “Korey has a natural leadership ability and has not only shown this leadership with on-campus programs but has taken this to the Castine Community as a whole.”

Block elaborates on Korey’s role, adding that is also currently serves as a Lieutenant and EMT. “Being a Lieutenant places added responsibilities and duties that are above and beyond the normal for a volunteer fire fighter,” Block explains. “In this capacity Korey is responsible for ensuring the safe and effective training of the newest members of the department as well as oversight of government compliance paperwork and State of Maine Fire and EMS Call reporting requirements.”

In both testimonials, Korey’s contributions to our campus and our community crystallize the impact he has had while at MMA. With this award, we celebrate his work and his successes in Castine.

Congratulations again, Korey, on being the 2021 recipient of the Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award.

Click winners below for more information on their nomination

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Ryan King
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Zachary Mercier
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Marion Grunwald
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Eric Terrill
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Finn Jordan
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Nicholas Forsythe
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Elise Allen
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Theodore Hallett
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Mark Cote
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Nicholas Starbird
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Hope Thomas
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Craig Dagan
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Kelly Gualtieri
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Bryan Wolf
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Alexis Petter
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Brandon Melville
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John Cashman
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Tamra Miller
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Jeff Walls
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Rachael Cotoni
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Casey Littlefield
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Joceline Boucher
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Jessie Muhlin
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Dan McNeely
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Samuel Hoff
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John Weeks
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Roxanna MacGregor
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Norm Yates
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Tony DeMuro
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Mark Moran
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Richard Miller
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Sue Loomis
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Lucas Gaddini
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Haley Yager
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Megan McLean
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Elizabeth True
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Emily Baer
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Victoria Blackwood
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Dana Willis
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Riana Sidelinger
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