Lavern Stokes of Hancock (far right) graduates from the RSU 25 Adult Education Program Sunday with a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate, which instructor Jenny Bamford-Perkins (middle) presents along with RSU 25 Adult Education Director Kathy Pelletier. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Mom of two is top of the class at Bucksport Adult Ed graduation

BUCKSPORT — More than 20 students were honored at the RSU 25 Adult and Community Education graduation Sunday.

Among the graduates is wife and mother of two Lavern Stokes of Hancock. Stokes graduated from the two-year clinical medical assistant certification program.

Jenny Bamford-Perkins, who teaches the medical assistant program, helped RSU Adult Education Director Kathy Pelletier distribute diplomas.

“Despite working and raising two kids,” Stokes had the highest score of all the students in the program, Bamford-Perkins said.

Stokes currently works as a certified nursing assistant at Birch Bay Village in Bar Harbor.

“It was really good,” said Stokes about the adult education program. “It was a lot of work.”

The RSU 25 Adult Education program is as varied as the students themselves.

A total of 11 people graduated from the medical assistant program.

Five others graduated from a phlebotomy technician certificate program.

Two graduated from high school. One graduated from the University of Maine-Augusta because Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) has four UMaine classrooms.

Yet another student graduated with a “college transitions” certificate.

RSU 25 Adult Education Coordinator Tina Monreal said the transitions program is for any student needing help to attend college.

“The program is tailored to every single person,” Monreal said.

Two Bucksport Middle School students were recognized as well for their volunteer efforts at the adult education program, which their mother, Tina Monreal, coordinates.

Cody Monreal, a seventh-grade Bucksport Middle School student, studied welding with his father.

“We have a small engine garage we want to get going,” Cody said. “My dad and I did welding for two years. I loved it. It was fun. The teacher helped us a lot.”

Younger sister Natasha, who is in the sixth grade at Bucksport Middle School, said she attended the alcohol ink art class.

“You take ink and put it on a tile and let the magic happen,” Natasha said.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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