THE YORK EQUESTRIAN Team has qualified for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals after placing fourth at the Zone 1 finals at Mount Holyoke College. Team point riders were co-Captain Meaghan Hynes, co-Captain Katie Kirwin, Madison Cromwell, Molly Shoer and Samantha Taylor. Also qualifying for nationals were Meghan Hynes and Camden Carter. Abby Geiling attended zones riding individually in the intermediate flat class. Coaches Kate McDaniel, Stephanie Plaisted and Deanna Kravetz train the team at Greystone Stables in Berwick. The nationals competition will run Thursday through Sunday at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.


R.W. TRAIP Academy Class of 2011 is holding a fundraising campaign for their graduation gift of a public activity sign. The senior class has partnered with the Meat House, 459 U.S. Route 1 in York, to generate those funds. The butcher store will donate $1 from the sale of every pound of steak tips sold on May 25 to help fund the student project.


OXFORD HILLS Comprehensive High School will represent Maine as one of 14 New England high schools at a regional pilot program teaching personal finance through algebra. The Financial Fluency Pilot Program is led by Boston investment manager Valerie Mosley and a team at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Oxford Hills math teachers Amy Peterson and Tina Fox advanced the students’ studies by attending a financial fluency workshop in Boston earlier the month. For details, call Niaz Karim, financial fluency program director, at (617) 460-3653 or email him at [email protected]


MERRYSPRING Nature Center, 30 Conway Road, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension are offering the six-part children’s gardening program Kids Can Grow” this season. Children will attend monthly outdoor classes with their parents, planting and tending 3-by-5-foot raised garden beds. Children ages 8-12 may enroll. The fee is $25 per child. Volunteer garden mentors will advise families by making monthly home visits to supervise the home-based garden projects. For details, call Sarah Lambson at 236-2239.


PROJECT AWARE, a youth empowerment program, is accepting sign-ups for its fourth film institute for teens Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 15-21 at University College. Attendees, ages 13-18, will spend one week making their own public service commercial, with advanced students taking an additional week to shoot a 30-minute movie. The fee is $545. Deadline is June 20. For details, call 282-5598, email [email protected] or go to www.projectaware.net.


KENNEBUNK HIGH SCHOOL placed third in Division A at the Maine State Math Meet at the Cumberland County Civic Center. A total of 99 high schools were represented at the competition, sponsored by the Maine Association of Math Leagues. Kennebunk’s performance ranked seventh among the 99 schools. The team’s high scorer was senior Will Records. He was recognized as the sixth highest scoring senior among the 341 seniors competing. Other team members were seniors Erik Leslie and Katharine Feldman; juniors Sam Oransky, Chris Dunn, and Nat Skillin; and sophomores Calvin Beneck, Josh Behrens, Simon Wentworth, David Cavagnaro and Kim Keithley. Kennebunk ranked seventh for the year among all Maine high schools and has qualified for the New England Invitational Math Meet in Canton, Mass., on Friday.