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Longtime coach, AD wins honor.

Blackstone-Millville Regional High School veteran athletic director, faculty member, and girls' field hockey and softball coach Sharon Dupre was among three recipients of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's prestigious Women in Athletics Distinguished Service Award. She received the award at a ceremony at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

She was nominated last November by school principal Richard A. Porter. Qualifications considered by the MIAA Girls and Women in Sport Committee were career longevity, contributions and distinguished service. The stated intent of the award "is to recognize people who have not received any previous consideration for their significant contributions to girls and women in sports."

In his nomination, Mr. Porter cited Ms. Dupre's 32-year career at the high school out of a total of 37 years as a wellness teacher and girls' field hockey coach; and 26 years' experience in coaching softball. Ms. Dupre is the school's athletic director and chairwoman of the wellness department.

"Sharon has been an outstanding role model and mentor for all our female athletes," Mr. Porter said in a prepared statement. "Her dedication to teaching and coaching our female athletes for these many years has been greatly appreciated but largely unnoticed. It was my pleasure to endorse her for this award wholeheartedly. "

In a prepared statement, Ms. Dupre said, "This award, this honor means so much to me for many reasons. I was flattered by the nomination. There have been so many students, parents, and fellow teachers who have helped me along the way. I just felt humbled by the recognition after so many years."

The MIAA is an organization of public and private high schools that approves and sponsors athletic activities in 33 sports, involving 195,000 young adults who compete in approximately 100,000 competitions annually, according to the association's Web site.

State Rep. Jennifer M. Callahan, D-Sutton, has announced that the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is holding its eighth annual online student essay contest. This contest is open to all Massachusetts students in grades 4 to 12, and is sponsored by Stop & Shop.

The contest theme this year is "Making Democracy Work: Citizens' Rights and Responsibilities." This contest encourages students and teachers to engage in discussions that help define and explain the rights and responsibilities that citizens have to keep democracy strong and vibrant.

All contest information and essay questions can found online at www.lwvma.org. The contest deadline is March 16.

Winners will read their essays from the historic podium in Faneuil Hall in Boston from 2 to 4 p.m. April 29. For more information on the league or the contest, visit www.lwvma.org or contact Ms. Callahan's office at (617) 722-2130.

Kenneth J. Redding, president and CEO of UniBank, has announced UniBank's 13th annual scholarship program, which provides $2,000 each to nine graduating seniors, one at each high school in the towns of Northbridge, Uxbridge, Blackstone, Douglas, Upton, Grafton and Sutton.

These scholarships are a part of UniBank's commitment to the Blackstone Valley in supporting the educational endeavors of exceptional students, selected on the basis of character, involvement in school or community activities, financial need and academic achievement.

Scholarship applications are available in the guidance departments of: Northbridge High School, Uxbridge High School, Douglas High School, Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, Nipmuc Regional High School, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Whitinsville Christian High School, Grafton High School and Sutton High School.

Schools are awarded the scholarships and form their own committees to select recipients. Applicants are required to be enrolled as undergraduate students in an accredited four-year institution of higher learning.

With his effusive smile and easygoing manner, Patrick Deane is popular with his peers at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. The young man from Northbridge is one of the top academic students in the Class of 2007, and his exceptional skills in electronics have earned him Valley Tech's Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award, given in conjunction with the Massachusetts Vocational Association.

Patrick, the son of Alison and Jeffrey Deane, also has lofty goals for the future.

"I want to be a chemical engineer, perhaps the lead engineer in guiding a team on special projects," Patrick said. "Chemical engineering is the wave of the future."

He particularly aspires to a career on the high seas. He is among the nearly 11,000 students nationwide who have applied for admission to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Only 1,200 students will gain admission to Annapolis as members of the Class of 2011.

"I applied to a number of schools and have been accepted to a few, but I most want to be a naval officer," Patrick said. He has been accepted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Tri-State University in Indiana.

He is a recognized leader to the rest of the Valley Tech student body, which elected him president of this year's Student Council after he served as council vice president during the 2005-06 school year. He is a member of the James Mullaney Chapter of the National Honor Society, serves as one of two student representatives to the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional District School Committee, and participates in SkillsUSA, the Safety Steering Committee, and the Students for Environmental Awareness Club.

He is also the captain of the varsity lacrosse team, as well as a three-year starter and two-year captain of the football team.

"We are particularly proud of the manner in which Patrick has evolved into such an impressive and mature young man during his career here at Valley Tech," said Superintendent-Director Michael Fitzpatrick in a prepared statement.

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CUTLINE: Patrick Deane of Northbridge has been chosen as the top vocational technical student at Blackstone Valley Tech for the 2006-07 school year. Deane hopes to pursue a career as a chemical engineer.

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