Billy Baker

Billy Baker

Mrs. Willey

Grade 12

Machias Memorial High School

Machias, Maine

Ever since I was little I always loved to figure out and tinker with everything. I have a thirst for knowledge and enjoy fixing and improving things. The first attempt at fixing my go-cart at the age of nine wasn’t all that impressive, but all that wreathing wire and zip ties did make a difference.

My ways of fixing things have changed over the years, and the more I’m around engines and machines, the more I want to know how everything works. This has made me think about what I really want to do later in life. I threw around being a mechanic, or a engine specialist. But the more I looked and the further I researched, I found that there are many different career choices within my passion. It is just picking the one that gives me the challenge needed to motivate my everyday work, something that no matter what, will always make me feel accomplished when I’m finished.

This is why I have set my sights on going to one of the two best mechanical colleges in Maine. The college I’d like to go to the most is Maine Maritime Academy. But if that doesn’t follow through I also like the University of Maine at Orono. These schools do have a big difference in majors.

MMA (Maine Maritime Academy) has majors for marine mechanics. Unfortunately, no other type of mechanics is provided, so if I do go there, I have a limited number of choices. Yes the pay can be much greater being a marine mechanic, but it also comes with a down side. You have to leave for weeks or months at a time. So if you don’t really like your job you might get sick of it really quick.

UMO (University of Maine at Orono) has a great automotive mechanics selection. You can specialize in one type of engine, or a variety of engines. This can be helpful depending on what you like. They also have more in depth courses you can take to make you sharper and more experienced in your major. This not only makes you more knowledgeable but it makes you more sought after by employers.

Either path I take, I plan on staying in Maine and using my profession to my advantage. I look to live on the coast and enjoy what I do, because if there is no pleasure in what you do, then why do it?

Brandon Hooper

Brandon Hooper
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

With high school nearing the end, I’ve been thinking about college. I’m going to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor to study business management. I hope to get an associate’s degree and open up my own business with a couple friends in Escondido, California. I hope to move to California for several reasons. One is the beach scene, more job availability, the weather seems more enjoyable, my business has more of a chance of being a success, and it seems like a place where I would be much happier.

My plan is to open up my own head shop. The reason I want to do this is because I’ve always praised everyone’s civil liberties and where the constitution promises every American the right to the pursuit of happiness. I also want to do this because I could sell stuff to people who are sick and benefit from the medical use of cannabis, also the products don’t even have to be used for cannabis, they can be used for tobacco. Even though it is a business looked down on by many, it is a business that a lot of people also respect.

The reason that going to school could help me succeed in my plan is because I don’t really have much knowledge on how to open up my own business, and someone who teaches a college class could probably teach me step by step how to do so. And being a college graduate would probably make it easier for me to get the loans that are necessary for me to find a place to start my business.

I think that EMCC is a good college choice to help me get where I want to be because of the good things I’ve heard about their business management program. I also really don’t want to go to a four year college because I want to move from this state sooner rather than later, so a community college would be my best option.

Megan Huntley

Megan Huntley
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

I am not the average teenager. Unlike most teens I am extremely ready for college. Everyday is a new and exciting challenge to get me ready for the next step in my life. College! After high school, I look forward to going to Southern Maine Community College for the liberal arts in Social Work program. This program will take me two years to complete. Upon completing these two years at SMCC, I plan on transferring to the University of Southern Maine to further my education by getting my masters degree in Social Work, which will take me another five years.

I have such a high interest in social work my whole senior year in English has been based on the study, history, and facts in this field. I wrote a paper all about some of the people who have influenced social work to be what it is today. I’m creating a slide show, and as a physical project I’m looking into spending time with a younger child, making a journal, and then writing up a report about our time together. This will give me some firsthand experience to what I will be facing once I start working as a social worker.

After college I want to jump right into work. I love kids, and want to be able to work with them as much as possible. Although working in this field may not earn me a great deal of money, I will be happy. I want nothing more than to be able to help people and make them feel better about themselves and this world. To have a small child look at you like you’re their hero for helping them I feel is going to be the greatest feeling ever.

Taniesha Koch

Taniesha Koch
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

When I think about my my future plans, I think about myself going to college and having a nice job that I enjoy. When I go to college I hope to attend Eastern Maine Community College and study medical assisting, with hopes that right after I graduate from the program I can land the job that I want. During school, I know the work will be hard and that’s okay, because I feel like with working hard I can achieve my dream job. Being a medical assistant means that you go to get patients and then record their vital signs and you also have the ability to record notes during the patients’ appointments. Another thing that a medical assistant does is office work. The job that I want so badly is I want to work in a pediatric office because I love working with younger kids, but I want to do the clinical part, not the administrative part. Medical assisting is something that I hope to do so badly, and I know that I’ll be happy with my job when I’m older.

Kristin Lee

Kristin Lee
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

In my future I see myself hopefully traveling and going to all the different and unique places that there are in the world. I want to learn how things happen or are done in other countries and places. I want to see all the different cultures and I want to learn pretty much anything that I can about other countries and how people live and do things, and to learn how things are done or what people do. I want to learn about other places besides here, I love it here but I also want to see what’s out there. I think that there are so many beautiful places that I want to go out and see it all and do the things that I really want to do before I just decide on one thing.

I want to be successful in life but as well, because I know that even though I want to go out and travel, you need money to do things and to get places. I also get that you need an education too because that’s always important, but I don’t want to go to school again right after I get out of high school; I want to take a year off and figure out what I want to do. You’ll always have the rest of your life to work so I want to make sure that I am successful but that I have a good time with my life because you only get one and I don’t want to be stuck doing something that I hate or that I’m doing just because everyone else told me I should or because some test told me that that’s what I should do. I want to do what I enjoy and I want to put myself and my thoughts out first before anyone tells me what I’m going to do. I want to live my life the way I want to, not the way someone tells me to.

Morgan Look

Morgan Look
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

September 2004, an educational/active company came to Milbridge Elementary School and was offered to grades three through eight, with ninth through twelfth able to volunteer or work for the company. It began at 3:00, so I went, along with most of my classmates for something to do after school. We had a study/snack time at the beginning of the activities, and after study time, we went to the gym and we played games. It was so much fun that I wanted to work for them when I got into the 9th grade. I got close with the children, and they felt comfortable enough to come to me for advice when they were having a bad day. I was so happy to think that children felt comfortable enough with me to ask me for advice. This was when I knew I should go into a profession working with children.

First, I want to go to college to get my liberal arts studies out of the way so I can focus on my love for children and helping them out. I am planning to go to the University of Maine at Machias for my liberal arts background. Then, I might go to Eastern Maine Community College, majoring in guidance counseling of some sort, then find work in either an elementary school or a high school. I do believe that I would be great working with elementary school children, because I am great with this age and I believe that I would give them some wonderful advice and they would take it. After college, I would go right into finding ajob opening for an elementary school! high school guidance counselor.

Matthew Maker

Matthew Maker
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School

As I inch closer and closer to the end of the first big chapter in my life, that being high school, I plan on beginning my next chapter by going on and pursuing a degree in forest management at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. My reasoning for choosing a degree in forest management is, living in Maine my entire life I have spent a good chunk of it in the outdoors. From hunting and fishing to snowmobiling and four wheeling, I’ve fallen in love with Maine’s vast wilderness. With that being said, when I started thinking about my life after high school, I never considered a desk job. I couldn’t imagine being held back from what I’ve been used to my whole life, so I researched just about every career choice that offered an opportunity to work in the outdoors.

This is when I stumbled upon forest management, and I discovered there are several types of fields for forest management. From forest rangers and park rangers, to game wardens and timber management workers; however, the field that most interested me was the timber management field. This is mainly because the other fields involve some kind of law enforcement, and dealing with law enforcement is not something that interests me. I also enjoy watching logging shows on the television, like American Loggers, which is filmed right here in Maine, Swamp Loggers and Ax Men. All of these shows interest me so much, and every logging crew on all of the television shows have timber managers. This job involves making sure that the proper trees are cut in order to keep the younger trees around for future generations, which is key for the logging industry.

I have also been one that has put myself up to challenges mainly because I like them, and

I like to use my full potential to achieve as much as I can in life. My future plans will be a

challenge, but with that being said, I can’t wait to get started with it and achieve my goal in being

a timber manager.

Joe McCurdy

Joe McCurdy
Mrs. Willey

Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

Looking into the future my goals are to become a lineman for a power utility company. The first step to reaching my goal will be getting my CDL license so I can attend Kennebec Valley Community College and start in their electrical line-worker program. The course is nine months long and teaches students alternating and direct current with many hours of hands-on training in a safe working environment to show students how important safety is. Highly trained faculty members will show me an easier way to get hired and help me gain knowledge in the power distribution systems once I start working. Once I become an apprentice lineman out of college I want to do line-work until I become lead lineman in first class position, then, from there I want to be part of a management team in a utility company and be in-charge of line crews.

My father, who has worked for Bangor Hydro for the last 24 years, has shown me how electricity works and is maintained, giving me much knowledge in electrical systems. Since I was a kid I knew line-work is what I wanted to do. Watching my dad and crews working together restoring power from car pole accidents to storm restoration has shown me how dangerous the job can be, but also how rewarding it is at the same time. Becoming a lineman is more than just a good paycheck at the end of the week; it’s a career where you can go all over the United States meeting new people and learning new things about electricity. There is always something to learn. I can’t imagine doing anything else for work, especially since I have grown up around a good bunch of lineman showing me the ins and outs of electricity. The job outlook looks great with many retiring in the next 10 years with an estimated 1.4 billion dollars of construction in the power distribution industry.

Maeghan Peimell

Maeghan Peimell
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

Well my plan was to go to college. I wanted to be either a psychologist or a journalist. My whole plan was to go to a community college and get a degree and be successful, but now that I think of it, I think I have the potential to be very successful on my own. I mean my plan may not be go to college anymore, but I can still be successful without a big job and a degree. Having a degree just shows that you have the potential to do anything that has to do with that one specific job. I want to be able to experience many different possibilities that are out there for jobs. Being able to experience the different possibilities for jobs means that you would have your own personal degree to do any job you would like to be able to do.

There are so many choices to choose from with your own degree. You could go from a cashier at Hannaford, to a waitress and Helen’s, to basically anything you want to be. My goal in life is to be successful in my own way, so that I know people will be proud of me even though I won’t be going to college. I have the experience from being in school to cook, to be a house mom, even to work at the places I mentioned.

So as I’ve been saying, I don’t care what people think about my choice to not go to college to be what I wanted. I’ve changed my mind so many times from wanting to be a school teacher, to being a veterinarian to being a psychologist or a journalist. There are so many opportunities to get my life straight and the way I want it to be. The plan I’ve been talking about “getting my own personal degree” gives me the chance to see what’s out there and also gives me a chance to be myself.

Nikki Prescott

Nikki Prescott

Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

My name is Nikki Prescott and I have chosen to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent to major in nursing. Before last year I had no idea what I wanted to attend college for and, to be honest, if anyone had asked me, I probably would have said that I didn’t really see going to college in my future. That is until my grandfather got sick. I was fortunate to have my grandmother and grandpa living right next to me my entire life. My grandfather was a Korean War Veteran, who not only had bullet wounds, but he also suffered from many other illness.

He had the biggest smile a man with dentures could have. My favorite thing to do was run down over the hill to visit and before I even made it halfway down the driveway, I could see him just a smiling. My grandfather suffered a long time with his illnesses and he eventually developed Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of putting my grandfather in a home, my mom and grandmother took care of him through all the years. It wasn’t an easy job at times, especially when his memory started to go.

My grandfather has been gone for about two years now. After he passed, it really encouraged me to want to help people, so I figured why not go into a career field where I can help people like him every day. I want to be one of the first kids in my family to not only attend but graduate from college with a degree in a field that I am passionate about and could make a life long career out of When you come from a small town, you often have to dream big if you ever want to succeed, especially in Washington County. So many kids get caught up in drugs and alcohol that they forget who they were or even who they could be and I don’t want to be one of those kids. Failure just isn’t an option and I won’t settle for it.