Jolie Snipe, 10, of Winslow, left, and Adam Fitzgerald, 10, of Skowhegan, captured the 10-year-old sumo wrestling championships in November. (Photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

Winslow teen wins preliminary round of video competition

Ely Yang, left, a student at Winslow High School, and Allen Rancourt, president of Kennebec Federal Savings. (Photo courtesy of Dave Carew)

Advances to national competition

Ely Yang, a 17-year-old senior at Winslow High School, also studying videography at Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville, has been selected by Kennebec Federal Savings as the winner of the preliminary round of the “Lights, Camera, Save!” video competition, sponsored by the American Bankers Association. The competition, open to those between 13 and 18 years of age, solicits original short videos from teens nationwide; each video must promote the value of saving money and using money wisely among teens.

Ely worked with his MMTC teammates, Joseph Damon and George Bailey, to create the video. Ely’s teacher at MMTC, who made his team aware of the “Lights, Camera, Save!” competition, is Dave Boardman, Mass Media Communications Instructor.

Ely submitted his video to Kennebec Federal Savings, a participating financial institution for the “Lights, Camera, Save!” video competition. Kennebec Federal Savings selected Ely’s video to advance to the national competition and awarded Ely a new GoPro camera at a ceremony held in Waterville on January 4.

Ely’s video now advances to the national competition, where the first, second and third place winners will be announced by the American Bankers Association Foundation on February 27. The top three national winners will receive cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively, to fund their savings goals. Each winner’s school also will receive a scholarship for a teacher to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference.

Click on the video below to view the winning entry, or please visit:

Dave Carew is a freelance book editor / publicist / copywriter. He can be reached at (615) 540-7457.

Winslow grades 1-3 cheerleading squad 2018

Members of the Winslow Youth cheerleaders for grade 1-3 include, front, from left to right, Navaeh, Ashleigh, Coralee, Savannah and Hailey. Back, Kaylee, Kayla, Hailee, Skyla, Lilly, Makayla and Coach Megan. Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

Winslow grades 4-6 cheering squad 2018

Front row, from left to right, Cassy, Emma, Dinah, Emmie, Hayden, Emma and Delana. Back, Coach Meg, Tayia, Abby, Jamie, Kalia, Mary, Grace, Makayla and Kaylee. (Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

The Winslow Youth Football cheering squad, grades 4-6.

Vassalboro, Winslow: Before/After program receives gold recognition

From left to right, Laurie Lizotte, administrator and Samantha Bernatchez, director of operations, recently were recognized for their outstanding collaboration with the 5210, Let’s Go! Program for Out-of-School Programs. (Contributed photo)

5210 Let’s Go!, introduced in 2012, is committed to promoting policy and environmental changes at child care programs, schools, out-of-school programs, health care practices, and workplaces. The program’s multi-setting approach, daily 5-2-1-0 message (five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks) and 10 evidence-based strategies are used to effect change across the state of Maine. Strong leadership from The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and collaboration across health systems and community health coalitions contribute to the program’s success.

5210 Let’s Go! awards bronze, silver and gold awards to programs who support and collaborate with them around healthy eating and increased physical activity. A Bronze award reflects a site’s implementing the program’s five evidence-based priority strategies. Silver acknowledges a site that has communicated these changes to parents and family members. Gold, the highest level of recognition, is reserved for sites that have written all five priority strategies into policy or have school staff participate on the district’s wellness committee.

Winslow police drive nets food for local school pantries

The successful food drive

Submitted by Mark Huard

Over the last month and a half, the Winslow Police and Parks & Recreation Department have been collecting food donations for the Winslow School Department’s Food Pantry Program. As we know, there are families that are struggling even in Winslow, and they depend on the school to provide at least one solid, healthy meal a day. However, when school is not open during the weekends or vacations, many students go hungry.

Last year the Winslow Police Department collected gifts for families that were unable to purchase Christmas gifts. This year they elected to help out the entire family but providing needed food that anyone in the household could benefit. The food drive was extremely successful with so many people stopping by to drop off food, toiletries, checks and gift cards. The records room was so stuffed that the records clerk had to suspend moving end of the year records. Having a problem like this is not a real problem, but a wonderful problem to have.

At the end of the food drive, they needed a full-size van and truck to transport all the supplies to the high school. There it will be separated and moved to the other schools. This minor gesture of community service will serve so many in need.

Winslow youth football grades 5-6

Members of the Winslow Youth Football grades 5-6 team are, front row, from left to right, Izaiah C, Tucker P, Lucas S. Elijah O. Second row, Cameron W, Tevor T. Wynn P. Logan O, Tavis H, Dan O, Brody D. Third row, Salmon V, Nick M, Kullen S, Gage G, Khale T, Donovan P, Liem F. Back row, Coach PJ, Coach Mattson, Coach LeBlanc, Coach Davidson. (Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

Winslow girls soccer KVAC champs

Front row, from left to right, Paige Trask, Hailey Grenier, Sara Doughty, Desiree Veilleux and Maeghan Bernard. Back, Coach Steve Bodge, Carly Warn, Ashley Quirion, Lauren Roy, Harly Pomerleau, Jennifer Ferry, Olivia McCaslin, Grace Smith, Coach Jim Smith, Katie Doughty, Jenna Libby, Alison Stabins, Madison Jacobs, Kristin Rancourt, Juliann Lapierre, Hannah Dugal, Jenna Veilleux, Coach Joel Selwood. Absent, Jenna Rodrigue and Grace Bilodeau. (photo courtesy of Kelley Bernard)

The Winslow High School girls soccer team claimed the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 win over Maranacook played at Lincoln Academy on October 18.

Local trio cited at annual soccer banquet

Ben Danner (left), Carter Lambert (center), and Isaac Lambrecht

by Dan Cassidy

The Maine Soccer Coaches held their 45th Annual Maine Soccer All-Star Banquet Sunday in Bangor.

Presentation of Awards included the 24th Maine Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl MVPs, Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Star teams, Northern and Southern Maine State teams, Maine Soccer “Coach of the Year” Awards, United Soccer Coaches “Coach of the Year Nominees, Class “Players of the Year” Awards, All Region Awards and All American Awards.

Over 200 high school boys soccer students attended the banquet from throughout the state of Maine.

Local awards were presented to Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Star teams that included senior Carter Lambert, a keeper from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, senior Ben Danner, mid-fielder from Waterville High School and senior Isaac Lambrecht, forward from Winslow High School.

Winslow youth football, grades 3-4

Front, left to right, Timothy Knowles, Jaxon Lizzotte, Owen Vigue, Jonathan Kesaris, Aiden Reny, Drew Lindquist and Lucas Cormier. Back, Patrick Loubier, Bradley Tobias, Nolan Bell, Ben Thomas, Terrance Reffett, Thomas Turbousky and Bryce Whitman. Absent, Chase Burgin and Nolan Pierce. Coaches, coach Lizzotte and Coach Choate. Absent, Coach Crayton. (Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)