Waldo County General Hospital speech pathologist Jennifer Whitcomb was honored recently at the unveiling of the newly installed Alumni Accomplishments Wall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The wall is meant to showcase young alumni who have made important contributions and realized impressive achievements since graduating.

UMPI President Don Zillman said at the unveiling, “Many times, alums are recognized after a lifetime of accomplishments … but we wanted to showcase the fine work our young alums are doing.”

Whitcomb was selected for placement on the wall in part because of her work as the primary language/literacy consultant in the reading readiness program with local Head Start teachers. She recently gave a presentation on that “coaching” program at the annual conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in New Orleans.

Whitcomb was one of five alumni present to witness the unveiling of the wall. The other four were Robert Tarpey, who works as an athletic trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays organization; Erika Valtinson, a physician assistant practicing family medicine in Caribou; Scott Boucher, a partner in the statewide financial services firm of Barresi Financial; and Evan Graves, a physical education teacher who recently placed third overall in the Philadelphia Marathon.

Others featured on the wall, but not present for the unveiling, include an international investment banker working in Moscow; the owner of Rushton Sports, which owns and runs a Vermont Sun Triathlon series; and a U.S. Secret Service special agent who has provided security for several presidents.

“We couldn’t be more proud of these young professionals and the dedication they’re showing in their respective fields, and we’re delighted to be able to share that with the community at large,” said Zillman. The Alumni Accomplishments Wall is also designed to show incoming students that they can achieve great things in the state of Maine and beyond with a degree from the university.