The Caribou Regional Technology Center is pleased to announce that Idella Thompson
has been selected as the outstanding Career and Technology Education student of the
year for 2013. Idella is the daughter of Penny and Dana Thompson of Caribou.
Criminal Justice Instructor Reed Nonken states: “I believe that Idella Thompson
exemplifies a top technology center student by living the example of what we promote
here with the combination ofeducation realized through real-world work experience.
Idella has been a part of numerous programs within the Technology Center and has
maintained the highest grade point average inher classes, all while working at a local
business serving the community and participating in numerous additional activities
promoting the technology center and excellence in education. In addition to the
accomplishments directly related to her classroom experiences, Idella has been able to
demonstrate a unique quality with her ability to work well with and gain the respect of
both faculty and students alike.”
“She took Marketing her Junioryear and Criminal Justice her senior year. Her average
has been consistently 100 inboth classes. She is a pleasant young lady who is always
willing to help out.”
Idella is a licensed funeral attendant. She is charter member of the teen advisory group at
the Caribou Public Library. She was selectedfor Dirago Girls State and served as
Secretary of State for 2012. She is secretary of her high school
class, served as homeroom representative and helps publish the school newspaper.
Idella also plays Violin, Cello and Accordion for the Fort Fairfield Fiddleheads and
Friends fiddle group. As a member of Girl Scouts of America Troop 405 a diamond
service unit, she earned a Bronze Star Award and was a delegate to state convention.
Idella and guests attended an Honors Dinner at the Lewiston Regional Technology Center
on Saturday April 27th. The dinner recognized one outstanding student from each of the
27 technology centers in Maine. The Maine Administratorsof Career and Technical
Education (MACTE) awarded two $1000 scholarships and Congressman Mike Michaud
awarded a third. Idella won one of the scholarships.
Idella plans to attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the fall to get an
associates degree in criminal justice and then onto a 4 year degree in
Mortuary science at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.