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Seaman Dion

GREAT LAKES, ILL. — Navy Seaman Stefanie J. Dion, daughter of David A. and stepdaughter of Carol Dion, of Townsend, was recently promoted to her current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

She received her early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Dion is a 1998 graduate of Lowell High School and a a 2003 graduate of Salem State College.

Local scholars

The following is a list of local students who have received honors while studying at the high school level.

* Cushing Academy, high academic honors and varsity letter for girls soccer: Alexandria Lorden.

* Cushing Academy, academic honors and varsity letter for cross country: Matthew Cavicchi.

* Cushing Academy, honors: Elizabeth H. Prescott.

The following is a list of local students who have received honors while studying at the college level.

* Clark University, academic honors: Marie Dunham.

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