Meghan Mette ofCapeElizabethhas a passion for protecting the ocean, which led her to volunteer for the marine conservation organization Friends of Casco Bay inSouth Portland. As a 2010 summer intern, she helped with algae studies, water quality monitoring, and research on environmental issues for Casco BaykeeperJoe Payne. On her volunteer application, the high school student from Waynflete happened to note, “Although it isn’t relevant, I am a passionate fiddle player.” As it turns out, it has been extremely relevant, as she has leveraged her talent to raise over $1,000 for Friends of Casco Bay.
During the spring of her senior year, Meghan recorded a CD with 14 tracks, many of which she composed herself, inspired by the fiddle music of several genres: Celtic, CapeBreton, bluegrass, folk, and Louisianablues. She is contributing the entire proceeds from sales of First Day to the environmental organization.
Friends of Casco Bay’s Executive director Cathy Ramsdell enthused, “Meghan’s interdisciplinary approach to life is so enriching to be around. Her enthusiasm and her talents will take her far. We’ve been so lucky to have her as a generous Friend to the Bay. She’s a star at whatever she does, and we know we’ll be looking back one day saying, ‘We knew her when…’” Meghan has postponed entering Oberlin College for a year in order to devote herself to her other passion: studying fiddle music in Ireland.