HHRC Awards Lawrence Alan Spiegel scholarship to Hermon HS Senior Neily Raymond
AUGUSTA — This year’s winner of the Lawrence Alan Spiegel Scholarship is Hermon High School Valedictorian Neily Raymond. Neily Raymond serves as Editor for both Key Club and Student Council. She is heavily involved in performing arts, participating in the Hermon Theatre program and Chamber Choir. In addition, she is a member of National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, and is a three-star thespian in International Thespian Society. She has been named one of two 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars for the state of Maine. Neily will attend the University of Maine in the fall, where she plans to double major in English and Music.
In 1997 Anne and Jack Spiegel established the Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine to preserve the memory of their son. Known to his many friends as Larry, the award recognizes his influence in arranging the very first commemoration of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance at the Blaine House in 1984.
In order to be considered for the Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship, the applicant must be a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited Title IV-eligible college or technical school or college, and submit an essay answering the question: “Why is it important that the remembrance, history, and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new generation?”
Neily’s moving essay recounted her experience visiting the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She concludes:
My generation is distantly removed from the Holocaust’s memory, tamely examining an event that seems illogical in the context of quotidian life. I can tell you this, because I know how it feels. As the years trickle in, these horrors grow further away, and risk being relegated to the realm of time-rippled myths. We must ensure that the memory of the Holocaust stays raw for future generations: not to prolong the pain, but to render its lessons gratingly fresh.
Larry Spiegel was a graduate of Deering High School in Portland, and of Amherst College. After college, Larry returned to Maine as a journalist in Portland. He soon joined the Augusta office of the Associated Press, and eventually was bureau chief for the AP in Providence, R.I., and Springfield, MA.
From 1978 until 1984, Larry served on Governor Brennan’s staff as press secretary, speech writer and special assistant. He was very interested in Holocaust study and was influential in arranging the first commemoration of the Days of Remembrance held at the Blaine House during Brennan’s governorship. It was after the 1985 commemoration that the founders of the Center walked to the Maine State Library to incorporate as the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. Larry passed away in 1988 at the age of 40.
He is survived by his wife, HHRC Board Member Nancy Spiegel, and their son David and his wife Sammy.
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