Girls from 10 different schools attend Shine-On Saturday

Messalonskee Lady Eagle Emma Parsons poses for a photo with her cousin, Josie Burden, who traveled from Orrington for the 7th annual ShineOn Saturday on Sept. 24 in Oakland. The event links members of the Messalonskee High School girls soccer team with young girls for a day of learning soccer skills, playing field games, and honoring former soccer player and youth mentor, Cassidy Charette. (photo by Monica Charette)

by Monica Charette

(photo by Monica Charette)

GETTING THEIR SHINE ON: Messalonskee High School girls soccer welcomed a record 46 girls, pre-kindergarten to grade five, to the 7th annual “ShineOn Saturday” held September 24 this year at Messalonskee Middle School.

Girls came from 10 different local elementary schools to be mentored by the Lady Eagles, playing fun field games, learning new skills, and receiving autographed posters from the players. ShineOn Saturday was created seven years ago to honor former Messalonskee student Cassidy Charette. Charette was a leading Eagle mid-fielder and a youth mentor before she was killed in a hayride accident on October 11, 2014. Players also received a Cassidy bracelet, to receive a special snack, and recognition, at the team’s home games this season. ShineOn Saturday is sponsored by the Messalonskee girls soccer teams and the ShineOnCass Foundation.

The ShineOnCass Foundation was created to educate, inspire and empower youth to shine their own light through acts of kindness and volunteer charitable activities. For more information about the Foundation and upcoming ShineOnCass initiatives, visit or email

Kennebec Montessori kindergartners Emery Pell, front, and her twin sister Shea, learn new soccer skills under the guidance of their mentor Brooke Landry, left, at ShineOn Saturday. Landry, now a freshman on the Messalonskee girls soccer team, was a former youth participant at ShineOn Saturday. (photo by Monica Charette)


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