March 11, 2013



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Members of the Harrison Fire Department, from left, Miranda Murphy, Jeff Murphy, Mike Sampson, Nathaniel Sessions and Henry Hudson Jr., won the Mary’s Firemen for a Cure ski and fundraising competition at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

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Cheverus High School students compete in a Spirit Week tug of war, one of many fundraisers for a homeless teen shelter in Portland.

Firefighters help to battle cancer

The 10th annual Mary's Firemen for a Cure, held March 2 at Shawnee Peak, raised more than $15,000 in the fight against breast cancer.

Harrison Fire Department took top honors in the competition, as the fastest team to run the ski course and by raising more than $1,400 in pledges.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Maine affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The event has raised more than $100,000 in the last 10 years.


Expeditionary Learning honor

Casco Bay High School teacher Susan McCray is the first recipient of the Expeditionary Learning (EL ) Klingenstein Teacher Award.

The award acknowledges McCray's exemplary teaching style in conveying to her students the essence of the EL school culture's valuing and modeling a child's character while also instilling an ethic of "citizen scholarship" in the classroom.

Founded in the early 1990s, Expeditionary Learning is a leader in project-based teaching that challenges students to think critically about their educational experience and citizenship.

McCray was selected by her peers from a network of 4,000 teachers and based on rigorous criteria, including her ability to inspire students to take responsibility for their own education and participate in good citizenship initiatives in and outside of the classroom.

EL partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing ones for pre-K through grade 12 students. The EL network includes more than 160 schools, 4,000 teachers and 45,000 students.

Cheverus contests help teen shelter

Cheverus High School celebrated its annual Spirit Week with fundraising activities on campus, including a ping-pong tournament, Just Dance 4 Wii competition, a pie eating contest, ugly sweater and ugly tie days, tricycle relay races and a Minute to Win It and tug of war competitions.

Students' efforts raised $623 to benefit Preble Street's Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter.

The shelter provides a safe place for homeless and street-involved youths, ages 12 through 20, assisting them in making plans to get off the street.

Presidential Scholar at Cheverus

Cheverus High School senior Ian Lawson of Gorham was selected for recognition by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The program is by invitation only, with about 3,000 graduating high school seniors invited nationwide. Lawson is one of 47 Maine students who received an invitation.

Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes up to 121 students each year who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.

Lawson, the son of Polly and George Lawson of Gorham, has received a number of other awards and commendations during his four years at Cheverus, including as a 2013 National Merit Scholar Finalist. He is a National Honor Society member and a high honors student.

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. The scholars have access to national and international figures, educators, authors and scientists.

Scout wins Heroism Award

Cheverus High School sophomore Parker Montano has received a rarely bestowed Boy Scouts of America Heroism Award after he rescued two children from drowning in July 2012.

The award was given to just 155 of the organization's approximately 2.7 million members in 2012.

A member of Troop 1 in Portland, Montano is pursuing Eagle Scout status. He is the son of Karen and Peter Montano of South Portland.

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