2017 ILGENFRITZ LONGFELLOW SCHOLAR
Betsy Babbidge is a resident of Islesboro, Maine, and she attends Islesboro Central School. Betsy is going into her sophomore year this fall, and placed in the school’s Creative Writing Contest this past spring. Betsy enjoys writing stories and poems of all genres, however fantasy speaks to her the most. Betsy is very excited to receive such a generous scholarship, and looks forward to growing as a writer.
2017 ILGENFRITZ SLICE SCHOLAR
Amy Carpenter studied English and creative writing in college, but pursued a career in psychology. It wasn’t until her daughter was born in 2001 that she began to take seriously her lifelong passion for the craft of writing. Recently, Amy completed her second book, Channel Crossing: The Challenge and Success of Solo Parenting. A memoir/anthology, the book includes essays from 26 contributing writers who explore the psychological and emotional reality of “independent” parenthood. Her first book, Glen Stone is a middle reader novel about a young girl’s discovery of forest magic, and how it helps her overcome her fears. Amy has been in practice as a psychotherapist for nearly 25 years. She is a certified yoga instructor, and recently co-created a website by and for solo parents: singlehandedly.me