The Orono Alumni Association, in collaboration with Orono High School and the Orono School District, announces the commencement of the nomination process for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Promising Alumni awards.

The Promising Alumni Award recognizes an alum who has graduated within 15 years; whereas the Distinguished Alumni is awarded to a graduate of over 15 years.

Both categories follow the same requirement process. There are a range of qualifications, and each alumni recommended is reviewed on an individual basis.

The Orono Alumni Association, launched in the fall of 2014, was created as an entity of the Orono Foundation for Education (formally Orono Alliance), to provide alumni with the opportunity to connect, engage, and support their school and their community. This prestigious Orono Alumni Awards program was first founded in 1997.  

“The creation of the Orono Alumni Association and the partnership with Orono Schools and the Orono Foundation for Education continues to build on dreams that I have to connect our schools with our community,” said Dr. Karen Orcutt, Superintendent, Orono Schools. “The past honorees for the Distinguished Alumni Award are an amazing group of community members; I look forward to seeing the younger alumni added to this prestigious group of Orono graduates,” Orcutt adds.

The Orono Alumni Association invites alumni, friends and community members to nominate an Orono High School graduate who has demonstrated excellence in their chosen field or occupation and/or has demonstrated leadership and character and made lasting contributions in their community.

Nominations for the honor of both the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Promising Alumni Award must be received by July 26, 2021. Submit nominations below or download the nomination form HERE.  One nominee will be chosen for each award and notified of their selection by early September 2021.

To get involved with the Orono Alumni Association (which include networking, mentorship and internship connections, the awards nominating process, and homecoming event activities) please contact us!

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