Nodine Webster is no ordinary college freshman. She is a girl with a plan. And when Trisha Wilson read Webster’s essay submitted for the Myles Henry Memorial Scholarship she says she felt that Webster clearly embodied the spirit of the scholarship best. “She is a real team player, an accomplished student, dedicated athlete and a positive roll model to all the kids,” said Wilson. And it was with great joy she picked the Wells High School graduate as the fourth recipient, and first female winner of the scholarship that was developed in 2010 in honor of her late husband.
Webster started playing softball when she was 7 and it was a passion that only grew over time. To try something new she became a cheerleader and ran on the cross-country team, but it was always softball that she loved most. “Being part of a team is important… it’s taught me about leadership and responsibility, and about a million other life lessons,” Webster laughs.
In her essay Webster wrote, “Pitching is not simply throwing the ball. To me it is an art form. Everyone has a different wind-up and different release. The pitcher and catcher are signaling back to each other about which pitch to throw. It is a language in itself… I have been pitching since I was seven years old; ten almost eleven years later, I have learned one very important thing: in the game of softball, every player on your team looks to you as a leader. Every move you make, they are sure to follow.”
Webster wants to make sure whatever the task at hand; she’s going to give it her all. “Winning the scholarship has helped me so much, and every dollar of it is going towards my education, said Webster who is studying to be a registered dietician. Webster stated, “It’s a long road, but it will be worth it. I am really trying to do this on my own so the scholarship had a great impact on my life. I can’t thank Trisha and the Diner enough.”
Before heading off to college, Webster bussed tables at the Diner. “I worked there for only a year and a half, and everyone there has already become part of my family. I work hard to help with the tables and keep things clean, so the waitresses don’t have to do everything. We all take care of each other… I know I do the same thing everyday, clear, wipe, set, but it’s the people who keep me entertained. Sharing their stories about their past lives, and pictures of their children and grandkids, laughing at each other’s mistakes, that’s what keeps me going at work.”
Unfortunately Webster never had the chance to meet Myles Henry, one of the beloved owners of the Maine Diner, who died unexpectedly in 2010, for whom the scholarship is named. But she feels the spirit of Myles lives on in the Diner to this day. There is definitely camaraderie in and out of the Diner.
Sometimes after work, she would help Myle’s brother Dick Henry’s granddaughter with her pitching, batting and catching. “It’s all a part of us taking care of one another,” said Webster. Just like Myles’s love of sports, Webster believes that her love of sports has greatly influenced how she looks at the world. And when asked how she felt about being the first female to win the award, Webster replied, “deeply humbled and very grateful. It means so much to me because it demonstrates how women can do just as much as men when it comes to being a leader… not just in sports but in their careers as well.”
The Myles Henry Scholarship Fund is a $1,000 scholarship that recognizes a Wells High School student athlete senior ‘who exhibits honesty, sportsmanship, integrity, passion and enthusiasm on and off the field of play.’ Each year submissions are reviewed and chosen by Henry’s wife Trisha Wilson.
People who would like to contribute to this fund may do so in the memory of Myles Henry by donating to the address below.
The Myles Henry Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 579
Wells, Maine 04090