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Caden Cote of Oakland, a senior at Messalonskee High School, is receiving the 2022 Principal’s Award.

The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

Throughout his years at the high school, Cote has distinguished himself in the classroom, on the ski trails, and as a volunteer in his community, according to a news release from Messalonskee Principal Paula Callan. Currently ranked number one in his class, he plans to continue his academic studies at Harvard next year, studying architecture.

He is a Nordic skier who has earned awards at the state and national level. He has twice qualified for the New England Junior Nationals. During the winter months Cote, along with his father, help to maintain the Quarry trails.

In the summer Cote is a member of the community trail crew, which builds mountain bike trails.

Cote, Callan and other award winners and their principals plan to participate in a live virtual scholarship drawing event on Friday, April 1. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be drawn in the names of former Maine principals and MPA Executive Directors Horace O. McGowan, Richard W. Tyler, and Richard A. Durost.

The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.