There was a surprise all-school assembly at Hancock County Technical Center on Wednesday morning, November 29th. When students went into the cafeteria, they were met with a who's-who of local and state educators.

HCTC Principal Bill Tracy welcomed everyone.

Bill Tracy, HCTC Principal Photo Chris Popper
Bill Tracy, HCTC Principal Photo Chris Popper
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He then turned the microphone over to Amy Boles, the Ellsworth Superintendent of Schools.

Amy Boles Photo Chris Popper
Amy Boles Photo Chris Popper
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Amy in turn introduced Pender Makin, the Commissioner of Education

Pender Makin, Commissioner of Education, Photo Chris Popper
Pender Makin, Commissioner of Education, Photo Chris Popper
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Commissioner Makin then introduced Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher. Mr. Gallagher spoke of the Milken Family Foundation and how it was his distinct pleasure to be at Hancock County Technical Center to present this award. 

Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher, Photo Chris Popper
Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher, Photo Chris Popper
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Using students from the audience, they revealed that the winner would receive an unrestricted gift of $25,000!

At that point, Commissioner  Makin and Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher announced the winner! 

Announcement of the Winner Photo Chris Popper
Announcement of the Winner Photo Chris Popper
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And the winner was Meghan Stubbs!

Meghan Stubbs embraced by Amy Boles Photo Chris Popper
Meghan Stubbs embraced by Amy Boles Photo Chris Popper
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“Dedicated, an advocate, a leader, and an all-in educator: That’s how Meghan Stubbs is known at Hancock County Technical Center,” said Commissioner Makin. “Meghan is constantly seeking ways to support her students, lift up her colleagues, and foster connections with the community. Being one of her students means not just gaining the skills and knowledge needed to be an early childhood educator but also getting real-world experience through the childcare center she established at the school, competing in state and national competitions, and developing a strong civic voice through visits with legislators at the State Capitol. We are proud to join the entire Ellsworth community to honor and celebrate Meghan Stubbs for her extraordinary contributions to her students, colleagues, and public education in Maine.” 

Meghan Stubbs and Greg Gallagher, Photo Chris Popper
Meghan Stubbs and Greg Gallagher, Photo Chris Popper
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Meghan Stubbs is truly helping to grow the next generation of educators,” said Gallagher. “Her exceptional creativity in curriculum development, the opportunities she creates for impactful civic involvement, and the responsibility she instills in her students to actively engage in their community is not just shaping their careers, but is also creating conscientious citizens who can facilitate positive change.”

Also in attendance were previous Maine Milken Award winners, including Dick Durost, who won while a principal at Presque Isle High School.

Dick Durost and Meghan Stubbs photo Chris Popper
Dick Durost and Meghan Stubbs photo Chris Popper
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Other Milken Award winners offered congratulations

Photo Chris Popper
Photo Chris Popper
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The 2022 Maine Milken Award Winner

Photo Chris Popper
Photo Chris Popper
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The 2021 Maine Milken Award Winner

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Turns out Commisioner Makin was also a Milken Award Winner!

Photo Chris Popper
Photo Chris Popper
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Meghan Stubbs with her $25.000 check and the previous Maine Milken Award winners in attendance

Meghan Stubbs with her $25.000 check and the previous Maine Milken Award winners in attendance Photo Chris Popper
Meghan Stubbs with her $25.000 check and the previous Maine Milken Award winners in attendance Photo Chris Popper
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Ellsworth Administrators and School Board members congratulated Meghan Stubbs

Ellsworth Administrators congratulated Meghan Stubbs Photo Chris Popper
Ellsworth Administrators  and school board members congratulated Meghan Stubbs Photo Chris Popper
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Group hug from Meghan's Early Childhood Education class!

Group hug from Meghan's Early Childhood Education class! Photo Chris Popper
Group hug from Meghan's Early Childhood Education class! Photo Chris Popper
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Principal Bill Tracy, Commissioner Makin, Meghan Stubbs, Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher and Ellsworth Superintendent Amy Boles with the check!

Principal Bill Tracy, Commissioner Makin, Meghan Stubbs, Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher and Ellsworth Superintendent Amy Boles with the check! Photo Chris Popper
Principal Bill Tracy, Commissioner Makin, Meghan Stubbs, Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher and Ellsworth Superintendent Amy Boles with the check! Photo Chris Popper
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Here's the video of the Assembly!

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