Waldorf school takes first place at drama festival

Maine Coast Waldorf High School’s one-act production, “Metamorphosis,” placed first in the Maine Drama Festival Regional Class B competition on March 8, at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish. Charles Van West and Brenna Moore were both named to the All-Festival Cast. Carly Blackburn, Lauren Eichler, Ava Teegarden and Baxter Van West received a special commendation for outstanding supporting work as a dramatic chorus. By placing first, the cast and crew qualify to participate in the State Class B One Acts Festival March 22-23 in Ellsworth.

Award-winning student musicians to perform at jazz cabaret

Cape Elizabeth Middle School and High School students will perform at the annual Jazz Cabaret on March 29 at the CEHS cafeteria. The program will include performances by the middle school jazz ensemble, treble choir, repertory jazz ensemble, five jazz combos, and the award-winning concert jazz band.

The high school concert jazz band, led by Tom Lizotte, was awarded second prize in their division at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in January. Additionally, several student musicians have earned individual honors, including selections to the Southern Maine Middle School Honors Band, District 1 Honors Jazz Band, Honors Festival Treble Choir, All-State Jazz, and All-State Chorus.

The evening will also feature a performance by saxophonist David Demsey, a professor and coordinator of jazz studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Performances start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $25 for families. Dinner and dessert will be available for purchase.

Cumberland student wins municipal association essay contest

A middle school student from Cumberland was one of three winners of the Maine Municipal Association’s eighth annual statewide essay contest, which carried the theme “If I Led My Community …”

Lucie Noonan, a student at Greely Middle School, will receive a certificate and a $250 prize to be used for educational purposes.

Part of MMA’s Citizen Education program, the contest asked students to demonstrate how they would improve their hometowns if they held positions of local leadership. Some 168 essays were submitted from seventh-grade students across the state. Essays were judged on knowledge of municipal government, writing quality and clarity, and originality.

Winning entries also will be published in the May issue of Maine Town & City, MMA’s monthly magazine, posted at www.memun.org.

Portland teacher named nutrition superhero

The Dole produce company spotlighted three teachers and school nurses in Maine, Pennsylvania and Virginia for creating more nutritious kids and classrooms, including Christel Driscoll, a science teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Portland. Driscoll’s role includes managing the Lincoln Cooking Club, which helps students discover their culinary side and the importance of eating more sustainably for better nutrition and environmental health. The club is part of the Cooking Matters Maine program, which provides students with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes to show them how to prepare healthier alternatives of their favorite foods.

As part of honoring the teachers as “superheroes,” Dole donated bananas and Dole Kids’ cookbooks to each teacher to distribute in their classrooms.

Launched Feb. 25 and continuing through May 5, Dole’s 10-week “Powering the Hero Within” is meant to honor Captain Marvel’s distinction as the first female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to headline her own film.

Maine Coast Waldorf High School’s one act production, “Metamorphosis,” placed first in the Maine Drama Festival Regional Class B competition on March 8 at Bonny Eagle High School.Tyler Rodenberger and Marianna Godfrey (clarinet) and Tim Gilda (trumpet) perform at the 2018 Jazz Cabaret at Cape Elizabeth High School. This year’s performance will be held Friday, March 29.