Oakland Student Wins Messalonskee MPA Award


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Caden Cote of Oakland, a senior from Messalonskee High School, receives the 2022 Principal’s Award.

The award, sponsored by the Maine School Principals Association, is given in recognition of a high school student’s academic achievement and citizenship.

Throughout his high school years, Côté distinguished himself in the classroom, on the ski slopes and as a volunteer in his community, according to a press release from Messalonskee Principal Paula Callan. Currently ranked number one in his class, he plans to continue his college education at Harvard next year, studying architecture.

He is a Nordic skier who has won state and national awards. He has twice qualified for the New England Junior Nationals. During the winter months, Côté, along with his father, helps maintain the quarry trails.

In the summer, Côté is a member of the community trail team, which builds mountain bike trails.

Cote, Callan and other winners and their directors plan to participate in a live virtual scholarship draw event on Friday, April 1. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be drawn in the name of former Maine Directors and MPA Executive Directors Horace O. McGowan, Richard W Tyler and Richard A. Durost.

The Principal’s Award is presented at more than 100 public and private high schools in Maine by principals who are members of the MPA, the trade association representing Maine school administrators.


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