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Michael Richard, a student at Fitchburg High School, recently received the national Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award for superior citizenship and achievement.

Hamilton Awards are given annually by the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association of Seattle. Winners receive a scholarship, commemorative certificates, memorabilia and acceptance into the Hamilton Leaders Academy.

For three years in a row Michael has won a merit scholarship to Cushing Academy's five-week Summer Enrichment Program, pursuing in-depth study of geometry, physics and algebra.

He was named a student of distinction in algebra II. Other awards from his school have recognized excellence in Spanish, Microsoft EP and English.

Michael was captain of the freshman football team and has played soccer and run both indoor and outdoor track. He founded the Peer Academic Tutoring Help program and was awarded a United Way Youth Venture Grant to expand the program in 2009.

He has also led fundraisers for the Fitchburg Senior Center and Relay for Life. He recently inaugurated an intercity competition with a group of students using the Free Rice website, which "rewards" student knowledge by channeling food to populations in need. The Free Rice contest between the FHS group and Leominster High's group was the subject of a May feature in TelegramTowns.

Michael donates time to the Interact Club and is a volunteer cameraman for Fitchburg's public-access TV station, while also working as a lifeguard at the Coco Key Water Resort.

He has been inducted into the National Honor Society and honored as a Pop Warner Second Team All-American Scholar.

Michael was recently named a 2012 QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.

The B-Cups We're Worth It team, with members from Leominster, Gardner and Orange, is kicking off its fundraising for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure by hosting the "B-Cups We're Jumping" sky dive at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Jumptown in Orange.

Members of the team and participants will be tandem sky diving to raise awareness and money for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

The event will also include a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go directly to the Boston affiliate of Susan G. Komen, which provides funding for breast cancer research and treatment programs throughout Massachusetts.

The cost of the jump is $225. To donate or for more information, call (978) 602-5820 or email msjbeaudoin@gmail.com.

HealthAlliance Hospital recently awarded 28 $2,000 scholarships to students through its Healthcare Career Opportunity Fund Scholarship. The scholarship program is designed to assist students in reaching their goals of gaining a career within health care.

The scholarships were made possible through the success of last year's Annual HealthAlliance Hospital Golf Classic and sponsors, including Gale Hurd, Enterprise Bank and Trust, Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corp., HealthAlliance Medical Staff, MedStar Ambulance, Shields Health Care Group, Commodore Builders, Dunkin' Donuts/Nell & Joe Cadette, Longview Development LLC, WDC Construction Inc., CentMass Association of Physicans Inc. and Gagne Realty.

Recipients include Nicole Adler, Abigail Capone, Olivia Carbone, Emily DiConza, Nathaniel Long, Victoria Lystila, Katherine Mahoney and Angela Torgersen of Fitchburg; Stephanie Ellis of Gardner; Zara Ashfaq, Mary Lynn Manduca, Bella Patel, Nichole Rota, Brian Yi, and Bianca Zarrella of Leominster; Elizabeth Broden, Sarah Cote and Lauren Feehan of Lunenburg; and Cassandra Doucet and Colby Aubuchon of Westminster.

The Practical Nursing Program at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School held its annual graduation and pinning ceremony recently in the school's Performing Arts Center.

A total of 28 students from throughout the region successfully completed the 40-week program.

Commencement speaker was Brenda Wright, LPN, a 2009 graduate of the nursing program. She is clinical operations manager for Sunbridge Healthcare, a national health care company providing management to seven medical units in the New Hampshire area.

Other speakers included S. Holly LaFrance, MS, RN, program director; Steven C. Sharek, Monty Tech Superintendent-Director; Eric Olson, chairman-elect of the Monty Tech School Committee, and William Zangarine III, class president.

Local students receiving certificates and pins were Tiffany Bartlett, Malkia Dobson, Grace Kiigi and Hannah Phaneuf of Fitchburg; Adrienne Boudreau, Colleen Dunham-Rayne, Tamra Proulx, Sara Rich, Laurie Richard and Shannon Gray of Gardner; and Jennifer Banchs, Janice Bissonnette, Malcolm Hinds and Luvonda Jeffreys of Leominster.

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CUTLINE: HAPPY 95th, MR. MILLIKEN! - Montachusett Home Care recently participated in a 95th birthday celebration for Russell Milliken at his daughter Bonnie Hebert's home in Leominster. He was presented with a birthday cake and a congratulatory birthday card signed by President Obama and his wife, Michelle. Mr. Milliken recently moved to Leominster from Winchendon. From left, Linda Chignola of MHC, Mr. Milliken and Bonnie Hebert.
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