Candace “Lee” Heald, a member of the Memorials & Celebrations Committee of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, had the pleasure of introducing this year’s scholarship recipients, Megan Field and Freemin Bauer, during worship on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Both Freemin and Megan are graduating seniors from Old Rochester Regional High School and members of the Church, which made the announcement especially exciting.
Freemin Bauer, son of Michael & Jodi Bauer of Mattapoisett, has been described as “motivated, tenacious and, above all, kind and respectful.” Freemin earned his Eagle, the Boy Scouts highest honor, last spring by fixing-up Fairhaven’s dog shelter. In order to accomplish the project, he needed to raise money, so he initiated the “Mattapoisett Dog Walk-a-thon.” Freemin has been active in many public service/volunteer projects including the shellfish propagation project for the town of Mattapoisett, set-up and clean-up at the Woman’s Club Taste of the Town, Lion’s Club Sunday breakfasts, Earth Day, and Harbor Days. Freemin will attend Bristol Community College in the fall.
Megan Field, daughter of Bob & Kim Field also of Mattapoisett, is the recipient of the Dagmar Coquillette Memorial Scholarship. In her essay, Megan wrote about the life-changing mission trip she took, along with 20 other volunteers from MCC, to the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia. They traveled into the mountains and brought food, books, games and laughter to Guatemalan immigrants who did not have much except the clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads. Megan wants to use technology as a way to help improve the lives of others, about which she is passionate. Megan is an all-star athlete on the ORR swim team, serving as captain in her junior and senior years. She has volunteered at “Gifts to Give” for three years and “Mercy Meals and More” for two years. Megan will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The service was followed by a brief reception for family and friends of the scholarship winners with cake and punch in Reynard Hall.