Bangor area school news, July 14

Posted July 11, 2011, at 9:57 p.m.

Schools

Sound of America

BANGOR — Cameron Perry, who will be a senior at Bangor High School this fall, will tour Europe this summer with the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus. The group is made up of high school students from across America who have been selected based on a rigid character and musical evaluation.

After four days of rehearsal and orientation on the campus of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa., the group will travel to Frankfurt, Germany, for the start of a 17-day tour of six countries. Along the way, the musicians will perform eight times in concert halls and cathedrals. In addition to Germany, the students will experience the cultures of Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Luxembourg.

Perry, the son of Paul and Moira Perry, plays the trombone and has participated in All-State Band and All-State Jazz Band the past two years. He also participates in the Bangor High Chorus, Chamber Choir and Jazz Choir.

The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus, celebrating its 35th year, has received international acclaim for its success in achieving outstanding cultural relationships with European countries. Each year, more than 125 students from nearly all 50 states get together for the tour.

Phi Beta Kappa

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Maine has announced the 2011 Academic Achievement Award winners. This year, 120 high schools throughout the state participated in the award program.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious college honor society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Awards are conferred on one high school junior in each participating school who is going on to higher education and demonstrates high academic achievement and intellectual curiosity in and beyond the classroom. By sponsoring these awards, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Maine seeks to reward outstanding high school students and to foster a greater commitment to the study of the liberal arts and sciences. Area honorees are:

• Bangor Christian School, Samantha Martin.

• Bangor High School, Joshua Elwood.

• Belfast Area High School, Kristen A. Martin.

• Boothbay Region High School, Kahla Vise.

• Brewer High School, Eric Arnold.

• Bucksport High School, Sadie Wight.

• Camden Hills Regional High School, Richard D. Saltonstall.

• Central High School, Corinth, Katrina Lessard.

• Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Emily Cormier.

• Dexter Regional High School, Sarah Johnson.

• Ellsworth High School, Isabelle Vachon.

• Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft, Christopher Shorey.

• George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Tatiana Urban.

• Georges Valley High School, Thomaston, Erika L. Brooks.

• Greenville Middle-High School, Steven W. Bilodeau.

• Hampden Academy, John Bjorn.

• Hermon High School, Ashley Harvey.

• Islesboro Central School, Dashiell Marley.

• John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor, Katherine Morelli.

• Jonesport-Beals High School, Robbi Carver.

• Katahdin High School, Stacyville, Sonja Williams.

• Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Hunter Reid.

• Machias Memorial High School, William Baker.

• Madison Area Memorial High School, Alex Helderman.

• Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, Paula Arias.

• Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, Erica McPhail.

• Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro, Hillia Aho.

• Mount View High School, Thorndike, Anna Piotti.

• Narraguagus High School, Harrington, Rachel Eaton.

• Nokomis Regional High School, Joseph H. Garcia.

• North Haven Community School, Leta Hallowell.

• Old Town High School, Danielle Harrington.

• Orono High School, Alexander Bulteel.

• Penobscot Valley High School, Howland, Gary J. Bragdon.

• Penquis Valley High School, Milo, Stephanie Vachon.

• Schenck High School, East Millinocket, Justin Juchnik.

• Searsport District High School, Hannah Betit.

• Shead High School, Eastport, Shelby Seavey.

• Skowhegan Area High School, Aren R. LeBrun.

• Stearns High School, Millinocket, Lilly N. Dow.

• Sumner Memorial High School, Sullivan, Brianna Fernandez.

• Upper Kennebec Valley Junior-Senior High School, Bingham, Hali McQuilken.

• Vinalhaven School, Blake Reidy.

• Washington Academy, East Machias, Nicole Harmon.

• Wiscasset High School, Abigail Ruth Foster.

• Woodland High School, Kimberly Carter.

Bangor High principal

BANGOR — The Bangor School Department has approved Superintendent Betsy Webb’s nomination of Paul Butler, former star athlete and student at Bangor High School in the 1980s, as the school’s new principal. Principal Norris Nickerson has retired.

Butler was director of gifted and talented and Title I programs for the Bangor School Department. He was previously principal at Fairmount School in Bangor and had taught English and language arts at James F. Doughty School. He graduated from Colby College in 1993.

National finalist

HOLDEN — Eighth-grader Anna Maxsimic from Holbrook Middle School has been named a national finalist in the Modern Woodmen of America’s National School Speech Contest.

Maxsimic earned the honor after winning the Eastern Maine Regional Speech Contest.

Local, county and state contest winners across the country were judged in a live presentation. The national winner will be chosen in mid-July from recorded speeches submitted to Modern Woodmen of America’s home office in Rock Island, Ill. For more information, contact Dale Tudor at 794-8000.

Colleges

Developmental workshop

ORONO — A University of Maine workshop scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23, will focus on the DIR-Floortime model, which offers a comprehensive framework that allows therapists, parents and educators to construct an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with developmental challenges, including autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

UMaine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies will hold the fourth annual workshop.

Psychologist Dr. Kathleen Platzman will lead the workshop, along with Mary Beth Stark, a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in social communication disorders in children. Platzman was a close colleague of the late Stanley Greenspan, who developed the model.

New and continuing participants, including those with DIR-Floortime training and experience, are encouraged to attend.

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. For more information about the summer workshop, contact Sandra Doctoroff, 866-230-4520 or sandra.doctoroff@umit.maine.edu.

Bentley University

WALTHAM, Mass. — Bentley University has honored two area students for academic achievement during the spring semester:

• Brewer: Melissa Dunn, a junior economics-finance major, president’s list, GPA of 3.7 or higher.

• Hampden: Lindsay Beauregard of Hampden, a freshman, dean’s list, GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Colby College

WATERVILLE — Area students named to the dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville are:

• Frankfort: Ryan D. Trafton, Class of 2012, psychology major, attended John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor.

• Orono: Matthieu R. Nadeau, Class of 2012, English major, attended Orono High School.

Students named to the dean’s list achieved a GPA of 3.68 or higher.

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation.

Eastern Maine Community College

BANGOR — Eastern Maine Community College has announced a new scholarship program targeted to meet the unique needs of adult students.

“By the year 2018, 59 percent of all the jobs in Maine will require an associate’s degree,” said Lawrence Barrett, EMCC president. “To be in a position to drive the new economy of Maine, we need to help residents of our communities achieve that increasingly important associate’s degree. The Fresh Start Scholarship provides such an opportunity.”

The scholarship provides full tuition for two classes for the 2011-2012 academic year for adult students with either a high school diploma or GED, who have been out of high school for five years and have never attended college.

“For those individuals who want to enter the workforce, are unemployed, or are considering ways to move up in their current job by earning a college degree, the timing of this program is ideal,” Barrett said.

In addition to providing students with the opportunity to take tuition-free classes through Fresh Start Scholarships, the program will have each participant meet with a counselor who will offer help in navigating the college experience.

The scholarship opportunity is available for students in the EMCC service area including Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Waldo counties. Students can take classes in person at the Bangor campus or one of the off-campus centers in Ellsworth, East Millinocket and Dover-Foxcroft.

While designated registration-information dates will be held in July and August, prospective students are encouraged to contact EMCC immediately to apply for the scholarship. Applications are available at http://www.emcc.edu. For additional information, contact Liz Russell, associate dean of enrollment management, at 974-4684 or erussell@emcc.edu.

Geneva College

GLENBURN — Amanda Rockhill of Glenburn graduated from Geneva College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting during the college’s May commencement ceremony.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in work, family and the church, and is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

University of New Hampshire

DURHAM, NH — These area students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester:

• Bangor: Dylan George, honors.

• Brewer: Shunsuke Sasaki, high honors; Evan Taylor, honors.

• Castine: Katherine Bertrand, honors.

• Frankfort: Elizabeth Eden.

• Hampden: Elizabeth Brooks, highest honors; Lauren Maltz, highest honors.

• Milford: Meghan Curtis, high honors.

• Newburgh: Zoe Kapler, honors.

• Orono: Benjamin Innis, honors.

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