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Cece McEachern and Maks Grover earn YMCA Teddy Saunders Awards

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Bio Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School seniors Cece McEachern and Maks Grover, Chuck and Belinda Lawrence of Blue Hill and Doug Clark and Todd Wagstaff, both of Ellsworth, earned recognition and awards at last week’s annual meeting of the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA.The 24th annual Teddy Saunders Awards went to McEachern and Grover for their athletic accomplishments at EHS and their YMCA volunteer service and achievements on the DEFY swim team.McEachern, who was honored in March with the girls’ Maine YMCA Citizen Award for 2013, is the daughter of Steven and Susan McEachern of Ellsworth.She has worked as a lifeguard and day camp counselor, has taught swimming lessons and helped coach younger swimmers and helped set up the swim team website for the YMCA.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textShe also has been involved with YMCA swimming from childhood, starting with lessons and progressing to swim team membership by the age of 6.She is a five-time qualifier for the YMCA Short Course National Championships and has won multiple YMCA state titles and a Maine swimming record.With the EHS swim team, she has won two state Class B titles and holds every individual girls’ record for the Eagles.In high school, McEachern has maintained a strong academic record, winning several awards and scholarships along the way, and will graduate first in her class.The son of Marianne Shirley and Seth Grover of Ellsworth, Grover has been active with the YMCA since 2000.He has been a leading swimmer with the Dolphin swim team and was named Class B high school swimmer of the year as a sophomore at EHS.He has been a captain of the Eagle soccer and swim teams and earned Penobscot Valley Conference all-star recognition for his soccer play.Grover also volunteers time on Sundays providing lessons and feedback to younger YMCA swimmers.The YMCA bestowed special recognition on Chuck and Belinda Lawrence for supporting the YMCA’s expansion to Blue Hill.They provided space for the facility in 2011 and a major donation in 2012 for a child care center for children ages 18 months to kindergarten and a fitness center for youth and adults.The James Russell Wiggins Service to Youth Award was presented to Doug Clark, who has been a volunteer for YMCA youth programs for more than a decade.Clark has worked with the Little League program since 2000, first as a coach and more recently as a primary umpire.Presenter Bob Gillis called Clark “the fairest, most even-keeled umpire in all of Little League.”Todd Wagstaff, who began his YMCA volunteer service in 2004, received the Maralyn “Pete” Turnbull Volunteer of the Year Award.Starting as a member of the Child Care Committee, Wagstaff soon moved into youth sports and has been active as a coach for the past five years.Last year, he served as Little League player agent and this year has been named president, and he also helped organized the YMCA girls’ softball program.Wagstaff volunteered his skills as a contractor to help prepare the former Moore School for the YMCA child care program and to establish the Blue Hill facilities.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more