A 2021 Yarmouth High School (YHS) graduate, Parker Harnett, was recently awarded the $1,000 Subway® Student-Athlete Scholarship by local Subway franchisees. The award was announced in early January and is part of the restaurant chain’s partnership with the Maine Principals’ Association.
The Student-Athlete Scholarship is funded by Subway® and awarded to a senior who displays excellence in the areas of academics, athletics, and community service. Seniors set to graduate in 2021 were eligible to apply, and more than 250 applications were received.
During her years as a Clipper, Harnett competed in soccer, track, unified basketball and Nordic skiing while excelling in the classroom. The future Williams College student challenged herself with multiple AP courses and earned the YHS Ruth B. Plummer Award for Academic Achievement (2018) and a Princeton Book Award (2020). The talented student-athlete also received First Place in the Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge (2020) and was named a National Merit Finalist (2021). At her recent senior ceremony, she was also awarded with the Outstanding Bank Award and the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ (MIAA) top Student Athlete Award. Harnett also receive the community service distinction at graduation for having more than 120 hours of community service.
While Harnett’s academic and athletic successes were tremendous, her role in founding “How to Help in Maine” most impressed the selection committee.
“In middle school, I began volunteering and spent time at the Boys & Girls Club. During high school I got involved with the Midcoast Humane Society and helped at local athletic camps,” said Harnett. “However, early on I knew that I could make a more significant impact.”
In the Spring of 2018, Harnett and a close friend launched the Web site How to Help in Maine “for students interested in building a brighter future.” The Web site’s mission is to raise awareness of places students can donate their time, goods, and money to support organizations and people who need the donations most. Along with developing the Web site, Harnett supports the organization’s mission by organizing and attending volunteer fairs and speaking at leadership conferences. She also developed a mobile app and established the organization’s own scholarship to recognize two student volunteers in Maine.
“We are honored to recognize Parker for taking action and raising public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing Maine residents today,” said Loren Goodridge, local Subway owner and Business Development Agent for the Maine Subway territory. “She has proven that students have the ability to create tangible, positive change within our community.”
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