Strafford resident to deliver valedictorian message at Saint Joseph’s College

  • Sarah Curtin of Strafford will deliver the Valedictorian Message at Saint Joseph’s College’s 2019 Commencement Exercises on May 11. Courtesy

Published: 3/28/2019 1:58:22 PM

Sarah Curtin ‘19 will deliver the Valedictorian message at Saint Joseph’s College’s 2019 commencement exercises May 11.

The daughter of Michael and Nancy Curtin, Sarah was raised in Strafford and attended Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. She selected biology as her major because she has always enjoyed her science classes and it gives her flexibility for job opportunities and career paths in the future. She was also selected for a grant through the Maine Space Grant Consortium and funded by NASA to investigate the genetic diversity of variable leaf milfoil in the Sebago Lake Region under the supervision of Dr. Lucas Bernacki. She spent the summer of 2018 collecting and analyzing samples from local lakes like Little Sebago and Panther Run Marina on Sebago.

Curtin has been on the dean’s list every semester and was inducted to the Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter her junior year, for which she served as vice president. She ran cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field for the Monks all four years. She was GNAC Runner of the week in 2016, team captain for three years, received the GNAC Sportsmanship award in 2016, was named All-Conference in 2016 and 2018 for cross country, and holds multiple school records in track. Off the field, she has worked as a resident advisor on campus since her sophomore year. She was elected as the senior class secretary, and is a member of the Pre-Professional Science Club. This spring, Curtin attended Spring Break Workfest through the Mercy Center and worked with Habitat for Humanity in Alabama.

Over the summer of her junior year, she worked as an intern for the Maine State Police Crime Lab. She entered data in the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database and observed procedures in all their labs. The internship culminated in a court trip to observe the analysts testify, and a trip to the Medical Examiner’s office to watch an autopsy. Curtin hopes to use her experience and degree to get more experience in the biological field before attending graduate school.

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