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Launch day of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program

Launch day of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program

On the launch day of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program, students from several coastal schools gathered at the Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant in Stonington to get to know each other and the program. As part of the day, the students got into rowboats and participated in “wacky rowboat races,” wherein the rower is blindfolded and guided by voice by another student. The EMSP is an effort between schools to educate young men and women planning a career on the water.

Photo by Jessica Brophy

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Marine Technology teacher Tom Duym

Marine Technology teacher Tom Duym

Deer Isle-Stonington High School Marine Technology teacher Tom Duym, pictured here in May of 2012. “I think [the Eastern Maine Skippers Program] can help make school more relevant for the people who end up staying around here,” said Duym.

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Deer Isle-Stonington High School principal Todd West

Deer Isle-Stonington High School principal Todd West

Deer Isle-Stonington High School principal Todd West, pictured here in May of 2013. “I want students to understand the power of their own voice,” said West of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program.

Carla Guenther, Science & Leadership Advisor

Carla Guenther, Science & Leadership Advisor

Penobscot East Resource Center Fisheries, Science & Leadership Advisor Carla Guenther. “My hopes are that students from different communities connect with each other,” said Guenther about the Eastern Maine Skippers Program. “And as they become fishermen, they keep the connections across the harbors.”

Photo courtesy of Penobscot East Resource Center