BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School students and teachers were honored Monday during a schoolwide assembly to recognize them for their achievements in six areas.
Will Whitham won the state competition in a field of 10 students in the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Project. He will advance to the national competition April 26-27 in Washington, D.C. He received an individual award of $200, and the school received $500 to buy poetry books for winning the state level.
Students Devin Lyshon, Jessica Horan and Chris Quirk won gold medals in the State USA Skills Competition in March at the United Technologies Center. Lyshon won in first aid-cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Horan in medical terminology; and Quirk in power equipment technology. Silver medal winners were Katrina Coston in architectural drafting and Matthew Martin in crime scene investigation. Bronze medal winner was Bryace Jones in auto refinishing technology.
The Rams won the Maine Scholastic Chess Team championship in March at the University of Maine in Orono. Team members were Keji Xu, Kellon McDonnell, Henry Chai, Andrew Audibert and Scott Dennis. Bangor High also won the high school reserve division, with team members Paul Rudnicki, Josh Audibert and Na-than Dee. Xu, McDonnell and Rudnicki were invited to the Maine State Scholastic Individual Chess Championship.
The Speech and Debate Forensics Team won the Maine State Debate Championship. Its individual members won several other awards. Team members included Ben Claeson, Caleb Shortt, Henry Chai, Andrew Audibert, Mary Beth Case, McKenna Unobsky, Ethan Tremblay, Andy Chen, Cheng Chen, Rami Blair, Hannah Khun, Cloe Brown, Tom Frisk, Becky Ye, Antonia Carroll, Andy Prusaitis, Keji Xu, John Peterson, Becca Pelletier and Will Benoit. Blair qualified in student congress and Claeson and Shortt in public forum for the National Speech and Debate Tournament to be held June 13-18 in Kansas City, Mo. Pelletier advanced to the semifinal round in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Benoit advanced to the final round in extemporaneous speaking. Also, the school sent four teams to the Harvard Speech and Debate Tournament, where Tremblay was 6-0 in preliminary rounds and was third going into the elimination rounds.
The school’s Bangor Red math team won the state title in the Eastern Maine Math League’s final competition. Top scorers in the league were Henry Chai, first, and Andrew Audibert, third. The school’s other math teams placed as follows: Mauvelous, fifth; White, sixth; Black, eighth, Gold, 10th; and Aquamarine, 18th. Other high scorers were: Andy Prusaitis, Keji Xu, Leila Musavi, Paul Rudnicki, Sam Patterson, Mabeel Hashmi, Ann Hayden, Josh Elwood and Liam Perry.
Teacher Cary James, chairman of the school’s science department, won the 2009-10 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement for teachers. The school received a $1,000 grant to go with James’ award.
Information provided by teacher Stephen Godsoe through Bangor High School’s student newspaper, RamPage.