Stevens graduates from Baylor

Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, celebrated nearly 1,800 graduates who received their respective degrees during summer and fall commencement ceremonies.

Among the graduates was Sarah Stevens, of South China, who received a master of science in communication sciences and disorders, from the graduate school, in August 2021.

Endicott College announces local dean’s list students

Endicott College, in Beverly, Massachusetts, has announced its Spring 2022 dean’s list students. Hunter Scholz, of Augusta, a history major, is the son of Kimberly Scholz and Stephen Scholz

Hailey Hobart, of China Village, studies/education major, is the daughter of Deborah Hobart and Daniel Hobart.

Alana York, of Palermo, a business management major, is the daughter of Cheryl York and Andrew York.

Cambelle Nutting named to spring 2022 dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College

Named to the dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester, Vermont, for the Spring 2022 semester was Cambelle Nutting, a junior business administration / gender studies major, from Vassalboro, and a graduate of Maranacook Community School.

 

 

 

Wynn Pooler earns All-American honors

Wynn Pooler

Wynn Pooler, recently completed his freshman year at Erskine Academy, in South China. He has been named an Academic All-American by the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) for his accomplishments this past year. He was the only freshman and the only wrestler from Maine to earn Academic All-American honors. He is also one of only 15 freshmen nationally, across all sports, to earn either first or second team honors.

He maintained a 4.0 GPA while competing in three sports and was the first freshman in Erskine Academy history to win a state title in wrestling. He went on to wrestle at the Interscholastic New England Championships, where he made it to the quarterfinals. He then competed at the NHSCA High School National Championships, where he finished with a 2-2 record. Finally, he wrestled as a free-agent for a Pennsylvania-based club at the NHSCA National Duals, where he finished with a 4-2 record.

Winslow resident named to UMass Lowell dean’s list

Treva Campbell, of Winslow, has been recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Campbell, majoring in psychology, was named to the dean’s list at UMass Lowell for the spring 2021 semester.

 

 

 

 

Winslow resident inducted into International Honor Society

Saint Anselm College student Christine Quirion, of Winslow, a business major in the class of 2022, at the college, in Manchester, New Hampshire, has been accepted into the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration for the 2021-2022 academic year.

To be eligible for induction a business student must rank in the top 20% of their junior or senior class and must be invited by their chapter’s faculty officers.

Erskine Academy third trimester honors (2022)

(photo credit: Erskine Academy)

Grade 12

High Honors: Julia Barber, Alana Beggs, Jacob Bentley, Jack Blais, Autumn Boody, Olivia Bourque, Lilian Bray, Kevin Brownell II, Emily Clark, Jesse Cowing, Jasmine Crommett, Isabella DeRose, Luke Desmond, Alexander Drolet, Coralie Favier, Emma Fortin, Jenna Gallant, Rayne George, Josette Gilman, Samantha Golden, Trace Harris, Isaac Hayden, Hayden Hoague, Grace Hodgkin, Rachel Huntoon, Emma Jefferson, Grace Kelso, Mallory Landry, Aidan Larrabee, Isavel Lux Soc, Hunter Marr, Calvin Mason, Kaden McIntyre, Adam Ochs, Abigail Peaslee, Tony Pedersen, Matilde Pettinari, Devon Polley, Sarah Praul, Riley Reitchel, Mackenzie Roderick, Abbey Searles, Andrew Shaw, Hannah Soule, Lily Thompson, Daniel Tibbetts, Lily Vinci and Summer Wasilowski.

Honors: Isaac Baker, Nickolas Berto, Jon Bonner Jr, Evan Butler, Lodin Chavarie, Nicholas Chavarie, Daniel Cseak, Colby Cunningham, Kaden Doughty, Abigail Dutton, Kelsie Fielder, Chase Folsom, Wyatt French, Ciera Hamar, Larissa Haskell, Krystal Ingersoll, Hunter Johnson, Taidhgin Kimball, Lili Lefebvre, Shawn Libby, Madison Lully, Rebecca Main, Malcolm Martinez, Wes McGlew, Rebecca Morton, Brady O’Connor, Lilly Potter, Julian Reight, Parker Reynolds, Ely Rideout, Shawn Searles, Nathaniel Solorzano, Natalie Spearin, Hannah Strout – Gordon, Hannah Torrey, Samuel Worthley, Emily York.

Grade 11

High Honors: Carson Appel, Andrew Bentley, Abigail Beyor, Katherine Bourdon, Breckon Davidson, Nicole DeMerchant, Lillian Dorval, Lilly Fredette, Loralei Gilley, Cooper Grondin, Nabila Harrington, Grady Hotham, Grace Hutchins, Olivia Hutchinson, Hallie Jackson, Beck Jorgensen, Kaiden Kelley, Dale Lapointe, Brenden Levesque, Malachi Lowery, Emily Majewski, Lily Matthews, Timber Parlin, Kayla Peaslee, Jonathan Peil, Gabriel Pelletier, Sophia Pilotte, Kaden Porter, Alexis Rancourt, Samantha Reynolds, Sarah Robinson, Noah Rushing, Jarell Sandoval, Gabriela Sasse, Zuriah Smith, Sophie Steeves, Aidan Tirrell, Mackenzie Toner, Emma Tyler, Katherine Williams and Damon Wilson.

Honors: Molly Anderson, Kassidy Barrett, Eve Boatright, Angel Bonilla, Caleb Buswell, Marianna Charlebois, Kayleen Crandall, Grace Ellis, Myra Evans, Hailey Farrar, Brianna Gardner, Ciara Glidden, Alivia Gower, Mallary Hanke, Ronald Haskell Jr, Jakob Kennedy, Brady Kirkpatrick, Casey Kirkpatrick, Siena Klasson, Matthew Knowles, Lydah Kong, Meadow Laflamme, Emmet Lani-Caputo, Zephyr Lani-Caputo, Bryce Lincoln, Gwen Lockhart, River Meader, Gage Moody, Angelina Ochoa, Ezra Padgett, Hannah Patterson, Jenna Perkins, Casey Petty, Karen Potter, Cadence Rau, Ally Rodrigue, Conner Rowe, Emmalee Sanborn, Sammantha Stafford, Emma Stred, Paige Sutter, Colby Willey, Joseph Wing and Keanah Young.

Grade 10

High Honors: Lacey Arp, Isabella Boudreau, Heather Bourgoin, Robin Boynton, Elizabeth Brown, Nolan Burgess, Makayla Chabot, Elise Choate, Alexia Cole, Caleigh Crocker, Brielle Crommett, Noah Crummett, Gavin Cunningham, Hailey Estes, Kaylee Fyfe, Jackson Gamblin, Meilani Gatlin, Caleb Gay, Leah Grant, Nathan Hall, Tara Hanley, Natalie Henderson, Hannah Kugelmeyer, Stephanie Kumnick, Mackenzie Kutniewski, Carol Labbe, Sydney Laird, Sophie Leclerc, Aidan Maguire, Richard Mahoney III, Holden McKenney, Austin Nicholas , Jazel Nichols, Jeremy Parker, Remy Pettengill, Nathan Polley, Jessica Pumphrey, Keith Radonis, Giacomo Smith, Kinsey Stevens, Lara Stinchfield, Reese Sullivan and Baruch Wilson.

Honors: Abigail Adams, Austin Armstrong, Duncan Bailey, Kellsie Boynton, Wyatt Bray, Kaleb Brown, Nathalia Carrasco, Hayden Chase, Simon Clark, Thomas Crawford, Keira Deschamps, Brayden Erie, Hunter Foard, Cole Fortin, Brayden Garland, Jessica Hendsbee, Lilliane Herard, Kiley Lee, Landon Lefebvre, Jack Lyons, Liberty Massie, David McCaig, Carlos Michaud, Gavin Mills, Lucas Mitchell, Cami Monroe, Alexis Moon, Royce Nelson, Alejandro Ochoa, Nora Schweter-Clarkson, Adam St. Onge, Hayden Turgeon, Ryan Tyler, Jack Uleau and Haley Webb.

Grade 9

High Honors: Ava Anderson, Emmett Appel, Bryana Barrett, Noah Bechard, Geneva Beckim, Octavia Berto, Brooke Blais, Carter Brockway, Keenan Clark, Madison Cochran, Hannah Cohen-Mackin, Gabrielle Daggett, Brady Desmond, John Edwards, Chloe French, Ellie Giampetruzzi, Tristan Goodwin, Jonathan Gutierrez, Brandon Hanscom, Emma Henderson, Serena Hotham, Kailynn Houle, Ava Kelso, Rion Kesel, Sophia Knapp, Lucy-Anne Knowles, Bodi Laflamme, Chase Larrabee, Jack Lucier, Owen Lucier, Eleanor Maranda, Jade McCollett, Abigail McDonough, Shannon McDonough, Madison McNeff, Owen Northrup , Makayla Oxley, Sadie Pierce, Wallace Pooler IV, Elsa Redmond, Justin Reed, Lillian Rispoli, Nathan Robinson, Laney Robitaille, Carlee Sanborn, Joslyn Sandoval, Aislynn Savage, Kyle Scott and Zoey Smith.

Honors: Haileigh Allen, Kaleb Bishop, Lauryn Black, Olivia Brann, Paige Clark, Dylan Cooley, Andra Cowing, Lauren Cowing, Aydan Desjardins, Ryan Farnsworth, Lucas Farrington, Kaylee Fortier, Kenneth Fredette, Echo Hawk, Parker Hunter, Walker Jean, Montana Johnson, Kaiden Kronillis, Cassie LaCroix, Addison Mort, Thomas Mullens, Colin Oliphant, Gavyn Paradis, Ava Picard, Bronwyn Potter, Alyssa Pullen, Carter Rau, Achiva Seigars, Jordyn Smith, Parker Studholme, Katherine Swift, Grant Taker, Grace Vashon and Clara Waldrop.

Erskine Renaissance awards 2022

Seniors of the trimester, from left to right, Larissa Haskell, Madison Lully, Jesse Cowing, and David Martinez-Gosselin. (contributed photo)

On Friday, June 10, 2022, Erskine Academy students and staff attended the final Renaissance Assembly of the year to honor their peers with Renaissance Awards.

Recognition Awards were presented to the following students: Aydan Desjardins, Kenneth Fredette, Morgan Miller, Austin Nicholas, Lilly Fredette, Zuriah Smith, Emma Jefferson, Isavel Lux Soc, Gabriella Berto-Blagdon, Sarah Praul, and Malcolm Martinez.

In addition to Recognition Awards, Senior of the Trimester Awards were also presented to four members of the senior class: Larissa Haskell, daughter of Tanya Haskell, of China; David Martinez-Gosselin, son of Louise McMillan, of Whitefield; Madison Lully, daughter of Janet and Kevin Lully, of China; and Jesse Cowing, son of Kirsten and Anthony Cowing, of Palermo. Seniors of the Trimester are recognized as individuals who have gone above and beyond in all aspects of their high school careers.

Faculty of the trimester, from left to right, Colt Pierce and Shara MacDonald. (contributed photo)

In appreciation of their dedication and service to Erskine Academy, Faculty of the Trimester awards were also presented to Colt Pierce, maintenance, and Shara MacDonald, health educator.

Vassalboro school board elects new chairman

Vassalboro Community School (contributed photo)

by Mary Grow

Vassalboro School Board members began their June 21 meeting by electing Jolene Gamage chairman, succeeding Kevin Levasseur, with Jessica Clark vice chairman, and proceeded through routine business.

Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer reported the 2021-22 year ended well, with field trips, a student concert and the annual eighth-grade promotion ceremony. He thanked all the staff, including the new substitute teachers who made in-school classes possible; the parent-teacher association; and everyone else who made a difficult year successful.

Pfeiffer said summer plans include hiring new people to fill staff vacancies and the usual building maintenance, which will feature interior painting. Board members unanimously gave him authority to issue contracts to new personnel from June 22 through Sept. 15.

Speaking for finance director Paula Pooler, Pfeiffer said the Vassalboro school department will end the fiscal year on June 30 with the budget in the black. The exact amount to be carried forward won’t be known until final bills are paid.

Board members approved the proposed 2022-23 school calendar, which has classes beginning Sept. 1. The calendar is on the school’s website, vcsvikings.org.

The website says summer school begins June 27, and from June 27 through Aug. 19 Vassalboro Community School will offer free lunches to residents under 21 years old. Hours are 11 to 11:20 a.m., Monday through Friday, except July 4.

The Vassalboro School Board will not meet in July; the next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. It will be preceded by a workshop beginning at 5 p.m.

Erskine Academy’s Paige Reed named America’s Most Spirited Student for 2022

Paige Reed, front, surrounded by cheerleading coaches, from left to right, Tarsha Donar, Julie Wing and Amy Rau. (contributed photo)

Submitted by Amy Rau

Varsity Brands, the national driving force behind cheerleading’s transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, has named Erskine Academy senior Paige Reed America’s Most Spirited Student for 2022. The award program celebrates schools, organizations, and individuals that go above and beyond to build school pride, student engagement, and community spirit, and carries with it a $3,000 cash prize.

Reed’s classmates voted her as “most school spirited” earlier in the year, recognizing her love for Erskine Academy and its community of students, faculty, and staff.

Reed, of Vassalboro, was nominated for Varsity Brands’ award by her cheerleading coaches Amy Rau and Julie Wing, and her school advisor Shara MacDonald. The nominators penned the required 500-word essay, solicited letters of recommendation, and gathered “spirited photos” of Reed in action.

On June 1, Reed joined other finalists from across the country for a virtual awards presentation, viewed by Rau, Wing, and MacDonald, who were anxiously awaiting results. The three fought back the tears when hearing Reed named Varsity Brands’ Most Spirited Student in America, and accepting the award on her behalf, as she could not accept it while recovering from a stem cell transplant as part of her battle with a second bout of leukemia. Early in the school year and following a 12-year remission, the Reed family and Erskine community were shocked yet united by the resurgence of leukemia affecting Paige. Subsequently, Reed endured several months of chemotherapy, lumbar punctures, and stem cell transplant with cells donated by her hero brother, Seth.

Paige and her journey, entitled Paige Power, became well known by the outpouring of support and good will through fundraisers, benefits, and gatherings, particularly within the cheerleading and basketball communities, all worthy yet bittersweet. “It is a welcome change to be in the news at this time to celebrate the positive for Paige,” said cheerleading coach and nominator Rau.

Paige is currently home from Boston and recovering well. Coach Wing was able to Facetime her about the award, and with the news, she was back to her sassy, fierce teenage self. The entire EA community cannot wait until she is well enough for visitors and when she returns to her friends and teachers in her special and favorite place, Erskine Academy.