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Posted May 18, 2009, at 3:21 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

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Bangor High School

Bangor High School recently overcame a 17-point deficit against Hebron Academy in the final day of the state math competition to take the championship.

The math teams and individuals from Bangor High and the school’s Junior Engineering Technical Society team, which recently placed among the top teams in the nation, were honored on April 28 during an assembly in the school’s Red Barry Gymnasium.

It had been several years since Bangor had won the state math championship after a few years of close finishes, math teacher and team coach Stephen Godsoe said.

Joshua Scripture’s score of 252 points led Bangor and was fourth overall in the state.

Henry Chai’s 251 points was second-best on the Bangor Red team and fifth-best in the state.

Scripture, Chai and team members Andrew Audibert and Andy Prusaitis will attend nationals at the end of May at Penn State University.

The Bangor Red team scored 1,558 points over five meets to best Hebron and 136 other teams from 95 schools.

Hebron’s Green team wound up with 1,546 points, with Cheverus of Portland in third place with 1,508 points.

JETS coach and math teacher Mark Brittelli announced the JETS Varsity A team had placed 12th in the nation out of more than 2,200 teams in its division, and the Varsity B team was 23rd.

The JETS teams had swept the state competitions for the eighth year in a row to qualify for nationals.

Will Whitham, one of the math team members, was recognized for winning the state Poetry Out Loud Competition, a recitation contest. He was one of 12 finalists last week in the national competition.

Brewer High JROTC

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Unit ME-20071 at Brewer High School has been selected as one of 393 units to receive the 2008-2009 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award.

The award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

The Junior ROTC program educates and trains high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, promotes community service, instills responsibility, character and self-discipline and provides instruction in air and space fundamentals.

Enrollment is open to those in the ninth grade or higher who are physically fit and are citizens or nationals of the United States.

Air Force Junior ROTC is in 879 high schools in the U.S. and selected schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. Junior ROTC enrollment numbers more than 102,000 cadets.

For more information, contact Brewer High School Principal Rebecca Bubar or the Air Force Junior ROTC department at the school, 989-4140.

FFA competition

BANGOR – Members of Maine’s Future Farmers of America will be on the Eastern Maine Community College campus Thursday, May 7, to compete in the Agricultural Mechanics portion of the Maine FFA State Competition.

The competition will run 1-5 p.m. in the EMCC Welding and Automotive departments.

The skill components of Agricultural Mechanics break down into welding, small engine repair, parts identification and electrical. The competition will involve both hands-on and written tests.

Twenty students age 14 to 18 will compete in teams of four.

Pre-kindergarten science fun

BANGOR – Challenger Learning Center of Maine is taking registrations for its next pre-kindergarten program, Hands-on Science Fun, to be held 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays:

. May 15, Sun Fun.

. May 22, Up, Up and Away.

. May 29, Space Sounds.

. June 5, Journey to Mars.

Topics are subject to change at teacher discretion. Programs are designed for children age 3 to 5. Sessions typically include a story and hands-on activities.

Pre-pay four weeks, $40 for the series. Single sessions are $15 per session – pay at the door, if space allows. A 20 percent sibling discount applies for additional children. To make a reservation, call 990-2900, ext. 3.

For media students

BANGOR – Full Exposure, a four-day hands-on media experience for high school students, will be presented for the second year by New England School of Communications Tuesday-Friday, May 19-22, at its Communications Center on the Husson University campus.

Two hundred fifty students from 11 schools in Maine and one from New Hampshire will attend the sessions to operate audio and video equipment, do marketing communications role-playing and radio broadcasting, use remote facilities and utilize Web media for journalism purposes, directed by NESCom faculty members.

Between 80 and 100 students will take part each day to give students the best experience possible. Schools may choose the date that suits their schedule, said Patricia Plourde, NESCom marketing director. The experience will give media students a better working knowledge of the communications profession, she said.

One of the highlights will be an American Idol-type competition with students from each school showcasing their talent – singing, dancing, playing or reading – which will be recorded by their peers.

Sessions will run noon-5 p.m. daily for students attending schools that have media programs: Hampden Academy, Brewer High School, Maine Central Institute, Edward Little, Skowhegan Regional Vocational Center, Searsport District High School, Hancock County Technical Center, Mountain Valley in Rumford, Portland Arts and Technology High School, Sacopee Valley High in Hiram and Huot Technical Center of Laconia, N.H.

A limited number of openings is available. Information may be obtained by visiting www.nescom.edu/fullexposure.

Preschool registration

ORRINGTON – Appointments are being scheduled for Registration-Visitation Day for 4-year-olds for the new school year on Friday, May 15, at Center Drive School.

Residents of Orrington who have a child who will be 4 years old on or before Oct. 15 may call the school office at 825-3697 to make an appointment.

Colleges

About service academies

BANGOR – Maine Maritime Academy of Castine will host an informational workshop for prospective students and parents on admission to federal service academies and maritime and military colleges.

The workshop, free and open to all, will be presented 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bangor International Airport, 308 Godfrey Blvd. Registration will be 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the program 6:30-8:30 p.m.

According to Jeffrey Wright, director of admissions at MMA, the workshop will encourage personal consultation with representatives of postsecondary institutions that offer structured leadership environments or opportunity for U.S. military service. High school students interested in disciplined training environments or opportunities for personal growth are encouraged to attend.

The evening workshop will have informational sessions on federal military academies and the nomination process, military ROTC opportunities at colleges and universities, private military college options and public maritime colleges.

College program personnel and representatives from Maine’s congressional delegation will be on hand.

To obtain information or make a reservation, call 800-227-8465, or e-mail admissions@mma.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

Bennett College

BANGOR – Ashley Sherrill, a 2008 graduate of Bangor High School, was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., where she is studying forensic psychology.

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and are in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

Maine Maritime Academy

CASTINE – Maine Maritime Academy held its 66th commencement exercises on May 2.

Commencement speaker Dr. Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, received an honorary doctorate from the college.

MMA’s 66th class comprised five associate’s, 151 bachelor’s and 10 master’s degree candidates. The class represented nearly 80 Maine communities, 16 other states, Dominican Republic, India, Kuwait, Panama and Turkey.

Thomas College

GLENBURN – Lauren Fish of Glenburn was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Thomas College in Waterville. She is a first-year student in the Masters Program of Business Administration.

Math student awards

ORONO – The University of Maine Department of Mathematics and Statistics has awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships. The department also awarded 13 book awards and inducted 19 members into the Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society during ceremonies on April 30 at Barrows Hall.

Award winners:

. Timothy Baker, Bowdoin, the Matthew and Ramona Highlands Mathematics Scholarship, $3,500.

. Nick Millett, Hermon; Sarah Davee, Rockport; Yin Chiu, Portland; Jeff Merckens, Palermo, the George and Helen Weston Scholarship Fund award of $3,000 each.

. Matthew Sawyer, Bangor, the Theodore and Dorothy Whitehouse Scholarship award of $1,000.

. Nick Millett, Hermon, Frederick M. Viles Scholarship math and physics award, $750.

. Christine Young, Westbrook, president of the math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon, the John and Beverly Toole Award of $150, given annually to the Pi Mu Epsilon president.

Department Book Awards for graduating seniors were awarded to Kevin Bonarrigo, David Clifford, Michelle Fields, Jack Hill, Sarah Krause, Matthew LeClair, Kathleen Lyons, Isaac Michaud, Andrea Morrill, Joseph Normand, Mary O’Brien, Christine Young and Ben Wasserman.

Members of the department’s scholarship committee are Bill Bray, department chairman; Ali Ozluk, professor of mathematics and statistics; and Steven Kimball, math lecturer.

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