LISBON — Samantha Foote, daughter of James Foote and Susan Bailey of Lisbon and Kerry Angell of South Portland, has been selected to receive the 2012 Principal’s Award.

Lisbon High School Principal Kenneth J. Healey announced. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. Samantha “Throughout Samantha’s years at Lisbon High School, she has distinguished herself in the classroom, and in her school as a member of the National Honor Society. She has also made significant volunteer contributions to the greater Lisbon community as secretary of the Interact Club,” said



Healey. “Samantha very much deserves this recognition.”

Healey and Foote will join other award winners and their principals by attending an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular

Event Center in Bangor on April 7 at 1 p.m. The Honors Luncheon recognizes these students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of

Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler, former Maine principals and executive directors of the association.

Eldridge is top January student

TOPSHAM — Amy Eldridge, a ninthgrader from Bowdoinham, has been named the January Student of the Month at Mt. Ararat High School.

Eldridge was nominated for being a quality Eldridge worker and putting forth great effort in science, Amy according to a news release from the school. She “is conscientious about turning in all her work, utilizing her time effectively and is a mature citizen in our school community.”

Every month, the faculty of Mt. Ararat High School identifies students who positively distinguish themselves by exhibiting behaviors that align with the school’s mission statement.

Other nominees included:

  • Grade 9: Finn Becker, Jacob Brawn, Dylan Johnson and Brittany Purington.
  • Grade 10: Isaac Bradshaw, Corey Brewster, Ellison Etnier, Katie Frizzle, Stephen Hoyt and Jonah Levy
  • Grade 11: Brian Johnson, Ryan Moody and Eric Stuckey.
  • Grade 12: Sara Cornish, Jordan Daigle, McKayla Hinderks and Catie Tringali.

Summer camp fair

PORTLAND — A Summer Children’s Camp Fair will be held on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at East End School gymnasium, 195 North St.

Admission is free. There are expected to be 70 camps represented. Parents will be able to meet camp staff and perhaps find a great summer fit for their children, ages tots to teens. Overnight and day camps will be represented. Slugger, the Portland Seadogs mascot, will attend as well.

According to organizers, this is the only camp fair scheduled in Southern Maine this year. For more information, call 518-9557 or visit

Student artists to be celebrated on laptop screensaver

AUGUSTA — Twenty student artists — including Ketty Stinson of Brunswick — will have an audience of more than 72,000 students and teachers for their artwork starting this fall. The 20 students from across Maine won the honor to have their artwork included in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptop screensaver for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 380 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the 2012- 13 screensaver. Students and teachers voted on their favorites, and two of the 20 featured works were the top vote getters. An independent panel of three judges selected the other 18 pieces.

Stinson, a seventh-grader from Brunswick Junior High, submitted a “Leaves” illustration.

Many of the images are photographs, though several students used pencil, paint, clay and other media to create their images.

“The arts are an essential part of the student experience in Maine. The arts offer students the opportunities they need to explore their passions, discover their talents and apply their creativity,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen. “I’m thrilled that we can celebrate student artwork, and wed it with technology, in this way.”

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative, or MLTI, equips all Maine seventhand eighth-graders, more than half of the state’s high school students, and all middle- and high-school teachers and administrators with Apple laptops. The devices all come with a standard set of educational software and the screensaver of student artwork.

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative also provides educators with frequent professional development to help them maximize the benefits of technology in the classroom.

The screensaver contest is an annual affair that has attracted entries from more than 1,000 students during its four-year history. The winning students will receive free registration to attend the 2012 MLTI Student Conference this spring at the University of Maine in Orono.

The winners are listed below. Their artwork is available for viewing at: about/photos.shtml.

T3 names Sara’s Scholarship winners

WISCASSET — Teens To Trails and Chewonki Foundation have announced that Shania Marr and Nicholas Brackley, both sophomores at Wiscasset High School, have been chosen to receive “Sara’s Scholarship — Engaging Teens in the Outdoors,” given in memory of Sara Leone who died seven years ago.

“Both teenagers recognize the important role that nature plays in a young person’s life,” said Carol Leone, Sara’s mother and a founder of Teens To Trails.

Brackley feels that the outdoors teaches “life skills, including responsibility, leadership and perseverance,” as well as being just plain fun. Marr is looking forward to this outdoor experience and has challenged herself “to get away from electronics” this summer.

Each recipient will spend three weeks with Chewonki Camp for Girls or coed Teen Wilderness Trips where they will learn about the natural world as they learn about themselves.

For more information about Chewonki and their summer programs for teens, visit

Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

SKOWHEGAN — The University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Library is accepting entries for its 16th annual essay contest for high school seniors.

In this year’s essays, the library invites Maine high school seniors to assess the current state of national affairs and describe their vision of the American Dream for the 21st century.

Entries are due April 2. For information, contact David Richards, Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976; or call 474-7133 extension 102.

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