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A writing competition, teen artists needed and more in Oct. 8-14 school news

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Writing competition
Maine high school juniors are invited to submit entries for “A Journey Into Writing,” the Maine Community College System’s statewide writing contest. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 1. The contest will be judged by award-winning Maine authors Wesley McNair, Monica Wood and Richard Ford.
“When ‘Journey into Writing’ was created in 2004, we envisioned it as a way to encourage creativity and inspire young writers throughout our state to develop their craft,” said John Fitzsimmons, president of the Maine Community College System. “Since its inception, nearly 1,300 students have submitted entries to the contest and we have awarded more than $40,000 in prize winnings.”
The contest is sponsored by the community college system with support from U.S. Cellular.
Maine high school juniors are encouraged to submit an original poem, short story or essay of up to 1,500 words. Up to three winners may be chosen by the contest judges. Anyone achieving that distinction will be honored with the designation of 2010 Governor’s Young Writer of the Year and will receive a $2,500 cash award.
To enter, students must submit their entries electronically to The contest rules and entry form are available online at by clicking on “A Journey Into Writing.”

Midcoast Learning Center
ROCKLAND — Learn about academic and enrichment opportunities available for local students.
Midcoast Learning Center will host “Drop-In Day” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. Visit the center and meet directors Patti McMahon and Sheryl Whittier.
Midcoast Learning Center provides a setting where students of all ages and abilities may learn and grow in an environment which fosters confidence and self-esteem. The center serves students from area elementary, middle and high schools, home-schoolers, and adults in need of coursework assistance.
The center offers one-on-one and small group tutoring with extended business hours to accommodate even the busiest schedules. Enrichment activities and other programs are offered throughout the year.
Midcoast Learning Center is at 6 North Main St. in the white building adjacent to The Brown Bag. Learn more at or call the center at 594-5855.

Seeking teen artists

ROCKLAND — Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum reminds teen artists that the deadline for art submissions for the Fashionably Late show is Saturday, Oct. 10.
Students age 13 to 18 from around the state are eligible to submit work. The teen exhibit opens Saturday, Nov. 21, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs until Dec. 31 in conjunction with “Elegantly Attired,” the Farnsworth Art Museum’s show on Victorian clothing and accessories.
Staff at Julia’s Gallery is seeking artwork created by teens that showcases their exploration of identity, history and culture through fashion.
Teen artists are encouraged to think beyond the obvious and forge personal meaning into the artwork. Fashions are common, but not collective.
Participants should ask themselves what fashion means to them personally and how it affects their everyday lives. Artists should not feel limited to working around clothing or customary design — accessories, outfit additions and other fashion interpretation are welcome. As always, artists are encouraged to work with a wide range of media, from fabric and textiles to photography, pencils and paint. Three-dimensional pieces and installations are encouraged, as well as two-dimensional work.
More details about artwork delivery and the Artist Information Sheet may be found at The submissions will be juried by the staff at Julia’s Gallery, and all artists will be notified by early November.


UMaine wing ribbon cutting
BELFAST — University of Maine’s President Robert A. Kennedy and other dignitaries officially cut the ribbon to dedicate the Hutchinson Center’s new wing at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.
More than 220 guests were expected to attend, including Dr. Fred Hutchinson and his wife, Dione. The date coincided with the opening of the original facility on Oct. 5, 2000.

Student body grows young
ROCKLAND — A look at enrollment data this week shows that about 200 of the University of Maine at Rockland’s 600 students are now under 24. This is a dramatic change in demographics of the center.
According to Beverly Bayer, student service coordinator, the average age of the midcoast center’s student was about 40 years old when the college was in Thomaston. However, since the move to Rockland, the center has more appeal for the traditional-age college student.
“We are seeing many more students fresh out of high school who choose to stay local and keep their college expenses down,” Bayer said. “They are avoiding accumulating a lot of debt and choosing a practical route.”
Bayer said that some students might complete a bridge year locally, but many start and finish complete degrees in Rockland. She went on to say that there is healthy camaraderie at the center between the older and younger students.
“Their different backgrounds and ages make for a rich classroom experience,” she said. “Plus, with a name like URock, we’re really hip.”

Homecoming at UMA

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine Augusta’s reinvigorated Alumni Association will hold its first-ever Homecoming, 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, on the UMA campus.
All events, including a town-gown volleyball tournament, music, contra dancing, picnic and bonfire, are free and open to all UMA alumni and their families.
The schedule for the day includes:
– 1 p.m. Welcome from UMA President and Augusta mayor.
– 1-3 p.m. Volleyball Tournament with town vs. gown teams captained by president and mayor.
– 1-3 p.m. Alumni art, crafts, book signing and student organizations on the quad.
– 2:30-4:30 p.m. Contra dancing on the Student Center patio.
– 5 p.m. Homecoming picnic and bon fire.
– 5-8 p.m. Live music.
Earlier in the day, a UMA team will walk in the sixth annual Maine General Medical Center Walk for Hope 8-10 a.m.
The UMA Alumni Association annual meeting and luncheon will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP is required.
For all Homecoming activities that take place between 1 and 8 p.m., alumni are encouraged to RSVP in advance. To RSVP or to obtain more information, call Kathleen King, UMA Alumni, at 621-3299, or e-mail kathleen.