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I took advantage of a start from scratch. I was new and I could make a name for myself. Only until now I realize what kind of name I want that to be, I want it to be a name everyone including myself can respect and accept. I know what’s important in my life, that’s education, goals, choices, and healthy relationships between friends and family. To have goals is to dream and envision myself on a higher level, a level that must push me to reach one step at a time.

~Student in a graduation speech at Mountain View

Education Commissioner Susan Gendron awarded the first Maine Department of Education Diploma to Chelsea Edgar
July 24, 2008

Task Force Summary
-> Read the Final Executive Summary [pdf] [doc]! <-

Summary presented to Governor Baldacci May 12, 2008
- Read the Press Release [pdf] [doc]
- WCSH6 Article & Video: State Wants Youth Engaged in Education

Youth James Lawson presents plaque to Governor Baldacci
James Lawson, a youth member of the Task Force, presents Governor Baldacci with a plaque made by Augusta area youth to thank the Governor and First Lady for their commitment