Weekly school news, Nov. 3, 2011

Posted Nov. 01, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.

Cabbage plant winner

BANGOR — Madison Hobert, a fourth-grade student at Bangor Christian Schools, was selected as the winner in the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program for the state of Maine. Last year, her teacher Sarah Keib invited Andy Boone from the Bangor Home Depot store to speak to her class about the importance of growing plants and becoming involved in local agriculture. Home Depot donated a starter cabbage plant to each student to take home and plant, harvest, and enter in the Bonnie Plant contest for growing a large cabbage. Hobert quickly accepted the challenge and planted her starter plant in June and harvested a 9½-pound cabbage head in early September. With 1.5 million participants entered into the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Contest, Hobert was one of only 48 students chosen to represent the program nationwide. She is the winner for Maine for her agricultural project. For her efforts, Hobert will receive statewide recognition for growing the cabbage plant and a $1,000 savings bond. She is the daughter of Jason and Stacey Hobert of Brewer.

Hunger awareness event

BREWER — Wednesday, Nov. 16, will be the fifth annual Empty Bowls Event at Brewer High School. Empty Bowls was initiated by John Harton in 1990 in order to help support local charities. Art teachers Randy Menninghaus and Lori Spruce have worked with their students to create original pottery bowls that will hold a simple meal of homemade soup. All donations will go to the Brewer food cupboard. From 5 to 7 p.m., people can also enjoy entertainment provided by Brewer music students and the Advanced Placement art students will have art on display.

Colleges

Storm preparedness

ORONO — National Weather Service officials visited the University of Maine Oct. 21 to officially convey “StormReady” recognition to the university. This designation, valid for three years, means that UMaine has met NWS standards for natural disaster preparedness.

In his letter announcing this recognition, Richard Okulski, meteorologist in charge of the NWS operation in Caribou, noted that the university is in compliance with “rigorous guidelines,” including:

• Development of severe weather safety plans.

• Active promotion of severe weather safety initiatives through awareness activities and safety training.

Maine has four other StormReady communities and institutions: Bangor, Caribou, Fort Fairfield and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. It is the sixth New England college or university with this designation, joining UMPI, the University of Vermont, Harvard, Boston College and Boston University.

Charity rider

BANGOR — Gary Theriault, academic instructor for the Penobscot Job Corps Medical/Business cluster, recently participated in two charity bike rides. Theriault attached his Job Corps patch to his riding gear in honor of the many staff and students at Penobscot, who donated to the charities. In June, he rode the “Trek Across Maine,” a three-day, 180-mile ride from Sunday River Ski Area in Bethel to Belfast for the American Lung Association. Students and staff donated more than $240 to that cause. On Oct. 9, he biked 54 miles to raise money for cancer during the “Dempsey Challenge.” The start and finish was in Lewiston. Staff and students again donated to this cause, giving more than $125. Theriault began riding again a few years ago, and can be seen riding his bike to work most days from May through October, providing a role model to students about healthy activities for life.

Endicott College

BEVERLY, Mass. — Endicott College has announced that Siobhan McCarthy has received an Emily Morris ’54 Kraft Scholarship. McCarthy is the daughter of Shand McCarthy of Bangor. She is a member of the Class of 2014 majoring in fine arts. This scholarship was established to recognize a student who is studying or involved with the arts at Endicott.

MMA Veterans Day

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will hold a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in front of Leavitt Hall on the college campus. Sponsored and organized by the college’s Student Government Association, and supported by the Regiment of Midshipmen, the annual student-centered event will feature student speakers and musical selections by the student a cappella group, the Maritones. Performances by the MMA band and drill team will be included in the ceremony which will conclude with a 21-gun salute and a moment of silence.

As a regular part of the ceremony, the Downeast Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veteran’s Association will also place a wreath at the base of the Merchant Marine memorial on the college campus. The granite memorial honors Merchant Mariners and members of the Naval Armed Guard from Maine who died in service to their country during World War II.

Maine Maritime Academy’s Veterans Day observance is open to the public, and all are welcome.

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