Erskine announces class of 2018 Top 10 Seniors

Erskine Academy top 10 seniors in the class of 2018 include, front, from left to right, Valedictorian Caleb Tyler, Salutatorian Kayla Hubbard, Kassandra Nadeau, Luke Hodgkins, and Maggie Anderson. Back, Megan Lemieux, Emma Stone, Gabriella Pizzo, Kaylee Porter, and Carleigh Ireland. (Contributed photo)

Erskine Academy has announced the class of 2018 Top Ten Seniors.

Valedictorian is Caleb Tyler, son of Regan and Jason Tyler, of Palermo. Throughout his four years at Erskine, Caleb has participated in such activities as National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Soccer, and Lacrosse and he has completed a variety of community service projects. Caleb is a Maine Principal’s Association Award recipient, he is a Rensselaer Medal recipient, and he has received high honor roll distinction every trimester with awards of excellence in the areas of Algebra, Integrated Science, Chemistry, and US History. Caleb plans to attend the University of Maine to study Mechanical Engineering.

Salutatorian is Kayla Hubbard, daughter of Phil and Julie Hubbard, of Palermo. Kayla is a member of National Honor Society and she has participated in such activities as Student Council, EA Leadership, the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, Drama Club, Soccer, Tennis, and she has participated in numerous community service endeavors. A student who has received high honor roll distinction every trimester, Kayla has received awards of excellence in the areas of Algebra, Social Studies, PreCalculus, and Physics, she was the recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, and she has received Renaissance Recognition and Senior of the Trimester awards. Kayla plans to attend Lancaster Bible College where she will major in Elementary Education.

Third in academic standing is Kassandra Nadeau, daughter of Christine and Andrew Nadeau, of Vassalboro. Kassandra is a member of National Honor Society and she has participated in such activities as Business Club, Prom Committee, Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field. Kassandra has completed a variety of community service projects and she was selected to attend the New England Student Leadership Conference. Kassandra plans to attend the University of Maine with a major in Biology.

Fourth in academic standing is Luke Hodgkins, son of Lisa and Craig Hodgkins, of Jefferson. Luke is a member of National Honor Society and he has participated in such activities as Student Council, EA Leadership, Math Team, Future Business Leaders of America, the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, Cross Country, Tennis, and he has served as a class officer for three years. Luke has received an award of excellence in English and he has received Renaissance Recognition and Senior of the Trimester awards. Luke plans to attend the University of Maine to pursue studies in Biology.

Fifth in academic standing is Maggie Anderson, daughter of Michelle Anderson, of China, and Frank Anderson, of Augusta. Maggie is a member of National Honor Society and she has been a participant of the Drama Club, Prom Committee, and TLC (Erskine’s community service group). Maggie was a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Award and she has received high honor roll distinction every trimester. Maggie plans to attend Gordon College with an undeclared major.

Sixth in academic standing is Megan Lemieux, daughter of Debbie and Richard Lemieux, of Vassalboro. Megan is a member of National Honor Society and she has participated in such activities as TLC (Erskine’s community service organization), Drama Club, Math Team, and the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club. Megan has received the Society of Women Engineers award, she has received high honor roll distinction every trimester with an award of excellence in English, and she has received a Renaissance Recognition award. Megan plans to attend Unity College with a major in Biology.

Seventh in academic standing is Emma Stone, daughter of Katrina Johnsen Smith, of Palermo, and Andrew Stone, of Hope. Emma is a member of National Honor Society and she has participated in such activities as Drama, the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, and Tennis. Emma plans to major in Business at Gordon College.

Eighth in academic standing is Gabriella Pizzo, daughter of Deanne and Greg Pizzo, of China. Gabriella is a member of National Honor Society and she has been a participant of the Drama Club, the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, and Tennis. Gabriella has received high honor roll distinction every trimester and she has received a Senior of the Trimester award. Gabriella plans to attend Sarah Lawrence College with a major in Theater.

Ninth in academic standing is Kaylee Porter, daughter of Deann and Shawn Porter, of Palermo. Kaylee is a member of National Honor Society, she has participated in such activities as Student Council, EA Leadership, the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, Soccer, Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field. In addition, Kaylee has completed a variety of community service projects. Kaylee was the recipient of the Smith Book Award, she received the Most Valuable Member of Student Council award, and she has been a Renaissance Recognition award recipient. Kaylee plans to major in Nutrition at the University of Maine.

Tenth in academic standing is Carleigh Ireland, daughter of Amy and Scott Ireland, of Vassalboro. Carleigh has participated in such activities as Math Team and Prom Committee. Carleigh has received awards of excellence in Health, English, and French. Carleigh plans to major in Nursing at the University of Maine.

How local officials are making our schools safe again

“Both times I visited the school, I was asked my business within seconds of stepping through the front doors.” –Eric Austin (photo source: jmg.org)

by Eric W. Austin

“Nothing’s foolproof,” Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills told me at the beginning of our meeting on the issue of school safety. “The best laid plans are not going to prevent this from happening.”

What is ‘this’? Take your pick. Terrorists and school shooters. Bomb threats and bullying. Our students and teachers have a lot to deal with these days.

The fact that nothing is completely foolproof hasn’t stopped our local law enforcement and school administrators from laying down the best possible plans. In researching this article, not only did I speak with Deputy Chief Mills, I also sat down with high school principals Chad Bell, of Winslow, and Paula Callan, of Messalonskee; Headmaster Michael McQuarrie, of Erskine Academy; and Detective Sergeant Tracey Frost, of the Oakland Police Department and one of two school resource officers for RSU #18.

Fifty years ago, schools were primarily designed around the fear of fire. Plenty of exits. Regular fire drills. Today, those concerns have shifted to include “access-point control” and lockdown practice. Fire is still a concern, but now each additional exit or entrance is also a point of vulnerability that needs to be considered. Those changes are obvious by looking at the design of our schools over time. Messalonskee High School, built in 1969, has 37 exits, while the middle school, constructed nearly 50 years later, has only ten.

These warring priorities of access and security are a constant theme for administrators looking to update their facilities for the 21st century.

The front entrance at Messalonskee High is now equipped with a buzz-in system (photo source: jmg.org)

Schools have responded to the new safety concerns in various ways. Messalonskee High School, like many area schools, has implemented a buzz-in system for the front entrance, and keycard-only access for outlying classrooms. Anyone coming to the front door is required to press a button which signals the front office. After verifying your identity, the door is unlocked and you can enter. Winslow High School does not have this system yet, but Principal Chad Bell told me its implementation is at the top of the school’s list of priorities. New policies have been implemented in both schools restricting which exits can be used during school hours in order to more carefully monitor who is entering the building.

Erskine Academy has its own set of challenges. It’s the only school without a full-time school resource officer and, located on the outskirts of China, it faces the longest response time from law enforcement in case of emergency. Though Erskine’s main building does not have a buzz-in system, external classrooms now require keycards to enter, and all classrooms have been fitted with deadbolts that lock from the inside.

Security upgrades have not only encompassed entrance and exit points. Classrooms have also received attention. In older buildings, classrooms were primarily designed to prevent students from being accidentally locked inside. As such, classrooms could always be opened from within, but often could only be locked from the outside, with a key. Now, schools are preparing for situations where being locked inside a classroom might be the safest place for a student to be.

Winslow High School Principal Chad Bell

Winslow has come up with a simple and low-cost solution to the problem. Instead of replacing the outdated locks at significant cost, they have installed a thin, magnetic strip that covers the strike plate of the door jamb. Doors are always locked, but with the magnetic strip in place, they can be closed without latching. In the event of a lockdown, anyone can pull the magnetic strip away from the door jamb and close the door, latching and locking it securely. It’s a simple and elegant solution to a problem that can pose a substantial cost to schools faced with regularly insufficient budgets.

Classroom doors at Messalonskee High School are kept locked but left open so they can be pulled closed at a moment’s notice.

Security cameras have also become a fixture at our schools. Winslow High School has 30 security cameras installed, and although there’s no buzz-in system yet, safety and security are a top priority for the staff. Both times I visited the school, I was asked my business within seconds of stepping through the front doors.

Messalonskee High School has only ten cameras, and the system desperately needs replacing. Installed seven years ago, camera resolution is far below current standards and, after operating 24/7 for nearly a decade, quality has degraded even further. The school intends to replace the system and add more cameras soon, but, as always, cost is the driving factor: new books or new cameras?

Each of these improvements can be taxing on schools scrambling for every cent. Take for example what seems at first a simple problem. Most classroom doors have windows installed in them. Administrators can easily walk the halls and see what is going on in each classroom. But when faced with the worst possible situation, an active shooter in the school, that visibility quickly becomes a dangerous liability. To fix the issue, the windows in classroom doors are now fitted with curtains that can be pulled down from the inside. A fairly easy fix, and cheap. And yet: “At $20 a curtain, roughly,” RSU #18 resource officer Tracey Frost explained, “for hundreds and hundreds of doors across the district? The bill came, but we got it done.”

For Tracey Frost, preparation is key. He aims to make lockdown drills as automatic for students as fire drills, and he thinks he’s almost there. “I can have 800 kids out of a line of sight in under a minute,” he told me proudly. “When we first started doing it, it was maybe two to three minutes.”

The lockdown drills students practice today remind me of the old Nuclear Strike Drills from the 1970s that ended only a few years before I entered school. They start with “LOCKDOWN DRILL! LOCKDOWN DRILL!” blared over the intercom speakers. Students lock classroom doors, pull curtains, and shut off lights. Then they gather in a designated “safety spot” in the classroom, keeping as low as possible, and quietly wait for the all-clear. Or as Tracey Frost puts it: “Locks, lights, and out of sight.”

All of the school administrators I spoke to were in the process of investigating additional training programs to help them prepare for the unthinkable. Three specific such programs seem to be most popular here in central Maine.

“Run, Hide, Fight” is a program endorsed by the Maine Department of Education, and offers a low-cost option with support from the state, but it has its detractors. “I’m not too comfortable with the concept of teaching kids to fight a gunman,” SRO Frost confided, “but I can teach them to stack desks in front of the door. If a bad guy spends 30-seconds trying to get into a classroom and can’t, we’ve saved lives and gained half-a-minute, and that’s a long time in such a situation.”

A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is another popular program many schools are evaluating. It focuses on preparation and planning to, per their website, “proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.”

The final program, which Officer Frost has adapted in large part for schools in RSU #18, is called the Standard Response Protocol. It was developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation (iloveuguys.org), an organization started by the parents of a girl killed in the school shooting at Platte Canyon High School in 2006. Frost particularly likes the program’s way of presenting its concepts with colorful, kid-friendly materials, and its method of using what Frost terms “teacher speak:” a common lexicon of terms that make communication between students and teachers simple and unambiguous. The foundation was named after the last text message sent from the girl to her parents before she was shot and killed.

Erskine Headmaster Michael McQuarrie

Beyond lockdown drills and hardening schools and classrooms, everyone agrees the best way to prevent school violence is to develop a culture that makes each student feel understood and respected. “[Students] all have to feel valued,” Erskine’s Headmaster Michael McQuarrie told me at the conclusion of our discussion. “If you’re alienated, if you’re disenfranchised and bullied on top of that — that is an incredible variable that we cannot dismiss or underestimate.”

For law enforcement and school officials both, the introduction of the internet has complicated things, especially in the area of identifying possible threats. In the old days, threats came by way of graffiti on bathroom walls, an anonymous phone call or an overheard conversation.

Today, none of those avenues have disappeared, but now there is also Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, email, and internet discussion boards to worry about. Add to this the tendency for children to post their thoughts on the internet without fully considering the implications of their words, and it’s common for casual threats to be bandied about on social media platforms with little thought of serious evil intent. In our current safety-conscious climate, however, each of those casual threats must be run down by law enforcement, which takes time away from other, equally important, tasks.

Thankfully, central Maine is still small enough that this hasn’t become the insurmountable effort that it has in bigger urban areas. “We still have the ability to follow up on every tip,” Augusta Deputy Chief Mills assured me. Local law enforcement works closely with the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the FBI to track down the source of any online threats.

Kids are also figuring out that behavior which might have been viewed as merely mischievous in the past is now considered a serious crime. It starts with parents having a conversation with their kids at home. It continues with teachers and administrators creating a school atmosphere where students feel comfortable bringing their concerns to adults. It ends with law enforcement and the courts, which are dealing out tough sentences for online threats of violence. It’s not unusual for students to be expelled, fined or even jailed for such behavior, as happened in Skowhegan where two boys were recently charged with terrorizing, a class C felony; or in Ellsworth where, this past February, police arrested a 19-year-old student for making threats against the high school in a chat for the online game Clash of Clans.

Messalonskee High’s Principal Paula Callan

New challenges face our schools like never before, with budget shortfalls, teacher shortages, and now safety concerns that would have seemed unthinkable 50 years ago. Still, the brave public servants in our schools are not shrinking from the challenge, and resource officer Tracey Frost is also quick to point out, “[Statistically,] your child is much more likely to get hurt on the drive into school than they are once they enter this building.”

Despite the challenges, school officials are determined to make student safety a priority, whatever the cost. “You can’t put a price on a student’s life,” Messalonskee principal Paula Callan told me firmly, as we shook hands at the end of our talk. In the face of this scary new world, these heroic public servants are taking no chances with the safety of our kids.

Eric W. Austin is a writer and consultant living in China, Maine. He writes about technology and community issues, and can be reached by email at ericwaustin@gmail.com.

Erskine Academy releases 2018 second trimester honor roll

Grade 12

High Honors: Maggie Anderson, Courtney Austin, Lauren Boatright, Harald Christiansen, Noelle Cote, Grace Crouse, Cody Daigneault, Bryanna Emery, Shaylee Fisher, Hunter Gagnon, Brock Glidden, Angel Hall-Stuart, Nicholas Howes, Kayla Hubbard, Samantha Jackson, Megan Lemieux, Jordan Lewis, Rita McCausland, Hunter Merrill, Kassandra Nadeau, Jakob Peavey, Gabriella Pizzo, Leanna Prime, Mercedes Richard, Chantelle Roddy, Adam Silvia, Emma Solorzano, Emma Sullivan, Caleb Tyler, Lauren Wood. Honors: Annemarie Allen, Cody Azevedo, Cassidy Baldwin, Jamin Blais, Mariah Blanchard, Noah Bonsant, Hannah Bragg, Victoria Chabot, Madison Choate, Alexander Cleaves, Bailey Cloutier, Ashlyn Cook, Kaitlyn Coston, Austin Cowing, Corvus Crump, Stephen Csengery, Joshua Davis, Chelsea Duplessis, Madeline Durant, Derrick Dyer, Morgan Emond, Hannah Farrington, Brooke Fongemie, Kyle Frederick, Madyson Geboskie, Jadelynn Giroux, Samuel Grady, Elizabeth Green, Hunter Hoague, Luke Hodgkins, Billy Howell III, Carleigh Ireland, Damien Jackson, Isabella Johnson, Bjorn Jorgensen, Liam Keefe, Jacob Lamoreau, Alexis Lee, Tucker Leonard, Alex Logan, Devin Mason, Ryan Michaud, Chandler Moore, Harrison Mosher, Noah Osborne, Cassidy Penney, Kali Porter, Kaylee Porter, Molly Pullen, Jedidiah Regalado, Justin Rollins, Michaela Roy, Kaili Shorey, Michael Sprague Jr, Emma Stone, Hunter Swift, Makayla Tobey, Tyler Walker, Christopher Wight, Olivia Wyman, Martie Young, Morgan Young.

Grade 11

High Honors: Molly Babson, Madison Boynton, Jenna Butler, Caitlyn Denico, Tiffany Doyle, Dominic Durant, Cameron Falla, Ethan Furlong, Madeline Geidel, Sage Hapgood-Belanger, Samantha Heath, Eleanor Hodgkin, Kayla Hodgkins, Amber Rose Holmes, Peyton Houghton, Andrew Jackson, Christopher Jamison, Kyli Julia, Brenna Kitchen, Morgaine Kmen, Olivia Kunesh, Caitlin Labbe, Noah Labbe, Haeden Landry, Milo Lani-Caputo, Alexander Mahon, Rivers Malcolm, Desiree Mayo, James Mayo, Conner Paine, Jacob Praul, Seth Reed, Christina Roy, Hunter Rushing, Caleb Sacks, Seth Savage, Conor Skehan, Braden Soule, Briana Strout, Elizabeth Sugg, Willow Throckmorton-Hansford, Jack Tobey, Kassidy Wade, Hagen Wallace, Asiah Wilmot, Ashlyn Wing, Alana York, Peilin Yu. Honors: Alex Barney, Mark Barney, Gavin Blanchard, Lydia Boucher, Nina Boudreau, Justin Browne, Arthur Carey, Joseph Clark, Shannon Cornett, Leah Couture, ArizonaLee Crooker, Megan Crouse, Mireya Dos Santos, Keara Doughty, Travis Dow, Marshall Dugal, Austin Dunn, Dawn Elliott, Samuel Falla, Courtney Gallagher, Aaron Gilbert, Phillip Gilbert, Ashley Gillis, Dylan Grotton, Alexis Haskell, Tristan Hawk, Kaleb Hopper, Alicia Hotham, William Jones, Jack Jowett, Garrett Keezer, Dylan Keller, Tiffany Kiefer, Robert King, Tara Maltese, Noah Miller, Rebekah Morrill, Joshua Peaslee, Zachary Plourde, Nicholas Rancourt, Hannah Reid, Jessie Sepulvado, Krystina Shorey, Brianna Soucy, Shayleigh Springer, Shaine Staples, Mercedes Tibbetts, Megan To, Caden Turcotte, Jacob Wright, Jiwei Jeff Ye.

Grade 10

High Honors: Lucy Allen, Julia Basham, Derek Beaulieu, Haley Breton, Cassidy Clement, Norah Davidson, Nathan Evans, Alyssha Gil, Annika Gil, Boe Glidden, Keimi Henry, Summer Hotham, Sarah Jarosz, Parker King, Tristan Klemanski, Cole Leclerc, Stephanie Libby, Jordan Linscott, Adalaide Morris, Lyndsie Pelotte, Hunter Praul, Morgan Presby, Miina Raag-Schmidt, Mitchel Reynolds, Dominic Rodrigue, Alyssa Savage, Dominic Smith, Courtney Tibbetts, Brandon Tibbs, Katelyn Tibbs, Ashleigh Treannie, Hailee Turner, Cameron Tyler, Richard Winn. Honors: Lucas Anderson, Jay Austin II, Alec Baker, Adam Bonenfant, Faith Bonnell, Bridget Connolly, Devin Davis, Michael Dusoe Jr, Dominick Dyer, Vincent Emery, Jada Fredette, Mitchell Gamage, Lydia Gilman, Bryce Goff, Joshua Gower, Clara Grady, Tori Grasse, Alyssa Hale, Emma Harvey, Nicholas Hayden, Nicholas Howard, Ashley Huntley, Emily Jacques, Cameron Johnson, Colby Johnson, Marisa Klemanski, Brandon LaChance, Eleena Lee, William Leeman, Brandon Loveland, Reece McGlew, Kaytie Millay, Jakob Mills, Jamara Moore, Krysta Morris, Nathaniel Mosher, Matthew Picher, Benjamin Reed, Jennifer Reny, Andrew Robinson, Shawn Seigars, Serena Sepulvado, Santasia Sevigny, Nicholas Shelton, Ryan Sidelinger, Alissa Sleeper, Kayla Sleeper, Lily Solorzano, Jacob Sutter, Nicole Taylor, Matthew Veilleux, Tanner Watson.

Grade 9

High Honors: Mara Adams, Philip Allen, Nicholas Barber, Abbygail Blair, Everett Blair, Jane Blanchard, Christopher Bourdon, Samantha Box, Trevor Brockway, Eleanor Brown, Emma Burtt, Ashley Clavette, Cody Devaney, Jacob Devaney, Amelia Evans, Nathaniel Farrar, Addison Gamage, Margaret Gamage, Cameron Gifford, Hailey Haskell, Avery Henningsen, Nathan Howell, Emma Hutchinson, Muzzammil Iqbal, Delaney Ireland, Bryan Joslyn Jr, Madyx Kennedy, Sierra LaCroix, Isabela Libby, Joanna Linscott, Colby Lloyd, Chiara Mahoney, Hailey Mayo, Jessica Mayo, Riley Mayo, Isaiah Michaud, Michael Nicholas III, Ian Oliphant, Courtney Paine, Aiden Pettengill, Sydni Plummer, Harry Rabideau, Kristin Ray, Acadia Senkbeil, Hanna Spitzer, Logan Tenney, Mollie Wilson, Samuel York. Honors: Brooke Allen, Paris Bedsaul, Vanessa Berry, Isabella Bishop, Hailey Brooks, Zoe Butler, Anthony Chessa, Saydi Cote, Nolan Cowing, Joleigh Crockett, McKayla Doyon, Abigail Dumas, Jake Emond, Avril Goodman, Braydon Hinds, Paeshance-Rae Horan, Kaylah Kronillis, Haley Laird, Gabriel Laweryson, Drew Lowell, Hunter Luczko, Eva Malcolm, Jonathan Martinez, Gavin Mills, Alicia Nelson, Tyler Ormonde, Brian Ouellette, Olive Padgett, Daniel Page, Isabella Parlin, Annaliese Patterson, Elek Pelletier, Lexis Perry, Jacob Pomelow, Allison Roddy, Kyle Rowe, Noah Soto, Hunter St. Jarre, Ariel Stillman, Riley Sullivan, Joshua Tobey, Sarena Walker, Dylan Wing, Kelby Young.

Erskine to hold benefit concert

Erskine Academy’s music department will host its annual benefit concert on Friday, April 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the James V. Nelson gymnasium. The concert will feature most of the ensembles with a special Erskine alumnus guest artist. Students will be showcasing their original compositions and performing solos and traditional ensemble pieces. Donations will be accepted.

Erskine Academy presents Renaissance awards

Above, Seniors of the trimester were, front row, left to right: Jake Peavey, Luke Hodgkins; back row, Corvus Crump, Gabriella Pizzo, and Noelle Cote. (Contributed photos)

On Friday, March 30th, Erskine Academy students and staff attended a Renaissance Assembly to honor their peers with Renaissance Awards.

Recognition Awards were presented to the following students: Dale Peaslee, Nick Barber, Kassidy Wade, Victoria Chabot, McKayla Doyon, Nolan Cowing, Peilin Yu, Jonathan Martinez, Kristin Ray, Maverick Lowery, and Billy Howell.

Faculty of the trimester were, from left to right, Randy Pottle and Lynn Wood.

In addition to Recognition Awards, Senior of the Trimester Awards were also presented to five members of the senior class: Corvus Crump, son of Debra Crump, of Vassalboro; Noelle Cote, daughter of Tami and John Cote, of China; Luke Hodgkins, son of Lisa and Craig Hodgkins, of Jefferson; Gabriella Pizzo, daughter of Deanne and Greg Pizzo, of China; and Jake Peavey, son of Sheryl Peavey and Matt Emmons, of China. Seniors of the Trimester are recognized as individuals who have gone above and beyond in all aspects of their high school careers.

In appreciation of their dedication and service to Erskine Academy, Faculty of the Trimester awards were also presented to Marilyn Wood, special educator; and Randy Pottle, maintenance.

Erskine alumni Red Sox trip planned

CHINA – Erskine Academy Alumni has planned a trip to a Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday, May 20, at Fenway Park, Boston. The cost will be $110 and covers the bus and game ticket. Tickets are limited; reserve your tickets now! Coach bus will leave the Erskine Academy parking lot at a.m. For more information and to reserve your tickets, please email Halda hstout@erskine247.com or call the Alumni Office (207) 445-4026.

 

Erskine Academy announces school calendar change

Parents and students should be advised of a change to Erskine Academy’s school calendar due to excessive storm days. Friday, April 13, will now be an early release day with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Any additional school cancellations will be reviewed to determine if further make up days will be required.

Tyler receives MPA principal’s award at Erskine

Caleb Tyler

Erskine Academy Headmaster Michael McQuarrie is pleased to announce that Caleb Tyler of Palermo, a senior at Erskine, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal’s Award. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principal’s Asso­ciation, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic excellence, outstanding school citizenship, and leadership.

Tyler is a consistent high-honors student in a highly competitive academic program with numerous Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment classes with nearby colleges. He received formal commendation from his teachers for excellence and outstanding achievement in the sciences, mathematics, and social studies, and he is a standout athlete in both soccer and lacrosse.

“Caleb is esteemed by his teachers and peers, earning and enjoying universal acceptance in the school community. He is an exemplary student and fine ambassador of Erskine Academy and young people in general, and he personifies the school’s core values of scholarship, leadership, stewardship, and relationships,” noted Headmaster McQuarrie when making the award.

Tyler, McQuarrie, and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 12:30 p.m.

The Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler; both were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association. Additionally, five $1,000 scholarships will be presented through the efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament.

The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association that represents Maine’s school administrators.

Erskine girls team national winner

Front row, left to right, Bailey Cloutier, Summer Hotham, Parker King, Tori Grasse, Lydia Boucher, Madison Boynton, Alyssa Hale, Julia Basham. Middle row, Hunter Hoague, Lauren Wood, Joanna Linscott, Chiara Mahoney, McKayla Doyon, Keara Doughty, Isabella Bishop. Back row, Headmaster Michael McQuarrie, Assistant Coach Meghan Hughes, Coach Mitch Donar, Elizabeth Sugg, Madyx Kennedy, Mercedes Tibbetts, MaKenzi Strout, Alyssa Savage, Jordan Linscott and American Cancer Society representative Brian Casalinova (far right). Contributed photo

The Erskine Academy girls varsity basketball team that recently won the national American Cancer Society’s 2018 Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, by raising $10,000 throughout the 30-day challenge. Over 330 high school basketball teams from across America participated in the program.

Scrapbooking workshop at Erskine Academy

The Erskine Academy Class of 2018 will host a scrapbooking workshop to benefit Project Graduation on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Erskine cafeteria. Creative Memories consultant Mary Haskell will be there with how-to workshops, ideas, and materials to purchase. In addition, Kiwi Lane consultant Gail Pottle, Stampin’ Up consultant Jeannine Tarrio, Positively Wonderful Creations consultant Sheila Bacon, A Handmade Occasion consultant Jenny Hansen, and Thirty One consultant Cara Hanson will also be available to demonstrate various techniques and products. The cost of the event is $30 and includes lunch, snacks, and drinks. All participants will also receive a thank you gift for attending.

To register, please send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and seating preference (i.e. names of other participants you’d prefer to sit with) along with the non-refundable fee of $30 to: Betsy Benner, c/o Erskine Academy, 309 Windsor Road, South China, ME, 04358. Checks should be made payable to Erskine Academy and registration information should be returned by February 26 to ensure a spot. For more information, please e-mail Betsy Benner at bbenner@erskine247.com.