February 25, 2013



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The Cheverus High School Jazz Band played for Unum’s Mardi Gras celebration. Pictured, from left front, are Anna Neidermeyer, Brian Chiozzi, Caroline George and Kyle Severance, and back, Jack Sutton, Anders Nelson, Gerry Wagner, Ben Lamontagne, Drew Harmon, Josh Boynton and Louise Nielsen.

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Children’s author Bruce McMillan will head a photography workshop for children at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Springvale Public Library.

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Another award for top teen

Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen, Katie Elliott, 18, of Scarborough, was named Maine's top high school youth volunteer in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Now in its 18th year, the award is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Elliott, a senior at Scarborough High School, recruits fellow students to help her conduct a community collection drive each month to benefit a variety of local charitable organizations.

She had been involved in volunteer activities for many years before establishing her own charity, "The Driving Force" in 2011.

Each month, Elliott picks one nonprofit to support, contacts its officials to determine what they need most, and then asks area teenagers to help her collect and deliver donations.

She created a Facebook page that she uses to communicate with her volunteers, and publicizes her drives by hanging posters and stuffing mailboxes.

So far, the drives have benefitted a Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, the Preble Street Soup Kitchen, the Center for Grieving Children, the Animal Refuge League, the Lighthouse Shelter, Children's Miracle Network, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

As the state high school honoree, Elliott will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., this May, where she will join other honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia.

During the trip, 10 students will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2013.

This also qualifies Elliott for the President's Volunteer Service Award, recognizing Americans of all ages, who volunteer significant amounts of time to better their communities and the country.


Scholarship available

Applications are being accepted for the Portland Water District's Joseph A. DiPietro Scholarship, earmarked for graduates pursuing college and careers focusing on protecting public health and the environment.

Deadline for the submissions is May 15.

To apply or for more details, visit http://www.pwd.org or call Michelle Clements at 774-5961 Ext. 3050.


Spelling champ crowned

Bonny Eagle Middle School sixth grader Emma Whelchel, of Cunningham Clan, has won the school's spelling bee, following a contest of 219 words and 10 rounds.

Annabel Winterberg, of Brodie Clan, placed second and Marisa Pierce, of Stirling Clan, placed third in the contest.


Guest chefs make lunch

In an effort to add some flavor to its lunchtime routine and increase awareness and participation in the the Wells-Ogunquit School District's lunch program, the school nutrition services staff offered a Celebrity Chef Day recently.

Expanding on themes such as "A Taste of Mexico" or a "Taste of Italy," well-known guest chefs from the school district and the community volunteered to prepare made-to-order stir fry meals, featuring a wide variety of ingredients, for students and staffers at the cafeterias of Wells High School and Wells Junior High School.

Serving the meals were teacher Andy Lopez, Nutritional Services Director Tyler Goodwin, Principal Chris Chessie and Assistant Principal Bob Griffin.


Robotics team makes mark

The Kennebunk High School robotics team, Bottering Rams 5818, which competes in First Tech Challenge meets. has been chosen to compete in regional competition in Bridgewater, Mass., next month.

The group's members are Josh Behrens, Simon Wentworth, David Cavagnaro, Joe Quigley, Ethan Eymontt, Maia Mulcahy, Kim Keithley, Sierra Kuun, Josh Kuun, Judah Phipps-Costin, Caleb Wentworth, Elise Schwebler and Charlotte Zhang, and KHS staff members Aaron Germana and Becky Test and Ty Eaton,

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Bonny Eagle Middle School Spelling Bee moderator Ethel Atkinson, left, poses with runner-up Annabel Winterberg, winner Emma Whelchel and bee mistress Krista Poulin.

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Katie Elliott


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