It’s no horror story: charter school will compete at Maine Drama Festival

Students from Baxter Academy charter school will advance to the Maine Drama Festival state finals March 18 and 19, with their production of “How to Survive a Horror Movie.”

Baxter students, who come from throughout southern Maine, finished ahead of students from Catherine McAuley High School in the Class B competition held March 4 and 5 at Marshwood High School in Berwick.

Students from Deering and Portland high schools finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the Class A regional competitions held at Thornton Academy in Saco. The top two finishers, Falmouth and South Portland High schools, advance to the state championships March 18 and 19.

Cheverus and Casco Bay High school students placed third and fourth, respectively, in the regional competition held at Westbrook High School.

In the festivals, students perform a maximum of 35 minutes, with five minutes allowed to set up and take down props and lighting. The students are judged by a panel of three on individual and ensemble acting and technical aspects of the productions. Individual awards are also presented.

For a complete list of scores and awards, visit and tab on the “Marshwood,” “Thornton Academy,” or “Westbrook” listings.

Deering partners with Million Meals Maine

Deering High School is partnering with a charity that sends food to hungry children in Third World countries – and is inviting the community to help. On Friday, March 18, starting at 8 a.m., shifts of 600 people, including students and teachers, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates and members of the Portland community – will be packing more than 250,000 meals in the school gym to be sent to countries in need. The meals, which include rice, soy protein and dehydrated vegetables, will be transported to Nicaragua and Haiti as part of the Million Meals Maine program.

This is the second year the charity has partnered with the high school; at last year’s two-day event, a total of 217,728 meals were packed. Students have been fundraising in their Deering coaching groups to see which group can pack the most meals. Each class will have a two-hour shift, and when they are not packing meals, they will be competing in a friendly World Quest global knowledge competition. The event will continue with a second shift for 600 people from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friends, siblings, parents, students and community members are invited and encouraged to participate; all ages are welcome. Donations will be accepted until April 18. Register to volunteer and/or donate on the Million Meals Maine website.

Waynflete open house

Discover Waynflete, an open house for Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, for prospective parents of preschoolers through grade 11, will be held 8:30–10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Waynflete, 360 Spring St. To register, email Shelley Hodges at [email protected] or call 774-7863, ext. 1224. Snow date Thursday, March 24.

Dean’s lists

Bates College

Bridget Ruff, who is majoring in mathematics and history.

Karl Rickett, majoring in politics.

Jesse Butler, majoring in biology and mathematics.

Emmanuel College

Ashley Frank


James Peabody-Harrington

Rochester Institute of Technology

Vladimir Kravljaca, who is studying electrical engineering.

Jomkit Jujaroen, who is studying electrical mechanical engineering technology.

Justin Donatelli, who is studying in the film and animation program.

Arsen Tufankjian, who is studying in the game design and development program.

Taryn Brennan, who is studying in the international and global studies program.

Dylan Bruce, who is studying in the mechanical engineering program.

Victor Xu, who is studying in the mechanical engineering program.

University of Iowa

Flannery McAdam

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