MSSM Student Elected as Youth Governor of YMCA Youth and Government Program

Submitted by Ryan McDonald, Public Relations Coordinator, Maine School of Science and Mathematics. 

Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) student Martin Brozman, a junior from Bangor, will serve as the 78th YMCA Youth Governor of the Great State of Maine. He was elected to the office by his peers at the 2019 Maine YMCA Youth and Government program on Sunday, November 11th. Martin is the first MSSM student ever to hold the position. With his election, Martin will attend the YMCA Youth Governor’s Conference in Washington, D.C., representing the Maine YMCA, and he will serve as Governor of the 2020 Youth and Government program in Augusta.

The MSSM delegation returned to Limestone Sunday evening where they were welcomed by a Limestone Police and Fire Department escort at the town line and a celebratory student body ready to welcome Governor Brozman and the rest of the group home. Additional recognition to this year’s senior participants: Will Whitman (Swan’s Island), Michael Delorge (Biddeford), Toben Streevy (Bar Harbor), Taesu Joo (Republic of Korea), Jordan Theriault (Fort Fairfield), James Lau (Buxton), Jay Philbrick (North Yarmouth), Christian Chagnon (Eliot), Annie Giroux (Wales), Shea Sewall (Hope), and Madelyn Battcock-Emerson (Kittery).

Brozman’s platform was based on a need for affordable healthcare here in Maine. He believes that this would “attract young people and families to live here and thrive. Without having to worry about healthcare costs, young families will be more likely to stay and be active members of their communities.” Brozman comes from a family of doctors and plans to be either an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist. Brozman went on to say, “This program has helped me realize the role of government, and now I have a better understanding of the politics behind medicine.”

YMCA Youth and Government program allows any High School student in Maine to participate in a hands-on experience of how Maine’s Legislative process works. Delegates have a variety of duties such as drafting all the bills to be debated and discussed, and electing their peers to serve in leadership positions to lead at the State House weekend. They also receive training in how to complete all leadership roles for the weekend. YMCA Youth and Government Program Delegates serve as Youth Governor, Cabinet, Representatives, Senators, Lobbyists, and Media Staff, and have a unique opportunity to have access to the State House during the program. The program takes place in the actual chamber and committee rooms.

For more information contact Lonney Steeves, Maine YMCA Youth and Government Director, at lonneysteeves@gmail.com.

 

Cape Elizabeth Students Honored at DOE Arts Showcase Celebration

Forty-two student artists from Cape Elizabeth Middle School were honored on December 10, 2019 in the Hall of Flags of the Maine State House in Augusta as part of the Maine Arts Showcase celebration.

IMG_1672The students were each awarded a certificate from the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and a letter from Governor Janet T. Mills for their outstanding artwork that is currently on display at the Maine DOE.

The Maine Arts Showcase is a program of the Maine DOE that displays the artwork of Maine students in the halls of the Maine DOE in a series of exhibits throughout the year. The program and the celebration event serve as a way for the Department to celebrate arts education in Maine and give Maine students the opportunity to have an impact with their art outside the walls of their own schools.

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Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Jason Anderson

“The process of making art is where all the ‘hard work’ happens,” said Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Jason Anderson in his opening remarks at the event. “The displaying of artwork is where we (as artists) get to sit back, take it in, and hear how the work affects others. For many students, making art is the activity where they feel the most creative and engaged with their world,” he added.

Maine DOE Deputy Commissioner Dan Chuhta also spoke at the event to congratulate the students, and thank everyone for coming including educators, students and their families, and arts education supporters. During his remarks he took note of the important work of arts educators across the state in their efforts to provide quality arts education programming to Maine students. “In addition to promoting creativity, involvement in the arts helps students build the important skills of problem solving, collaboration, and perseverance.”

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L to R: Cape Elizabeth Superintendent Donna Wolfrom, Maine DOE Deputy Commissioner Dan Chuhta, Cape Elizabeth Middle School Art Teacher and 2004 Maine Teacher of the Year Marguerite Lawler-Roher, and Cape Elizabeth Middle School Principal Troy Eastman.

Also in attendance at the event was Cape Elizabeth Middle School Art Teacher and 2004 Maine Teacher of the Year Marguerite Lawler-Roher, Cape Elizabeth Middle School Principal Troy Eastman, and Cape Elizabeth Superintendent Donna Wolfrom, along with Maine State Board of Education Chairman Wilson Hess, and Senator Rebecca Millet from Maine’s 29th District, representing South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and part of Scarborough.

Following the awards ceremony, students, educators, and family members were invited to the Maine Department of Education to tour the facility and find their artwork on the wall. The artwork has been on display since October 2019 and will be up until February 2020.

 

 

Bonny Eagle High and Boothbay Region Elementary Educators Named Assistant Principals of the Year

During two separate school assemblies held Monday, December 9, 2019 the Maine Principals’ Association named Erin Maguire, Assistant Principal at Bonny Eagle High School, Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year for 2020, and Tricia Campbell, Assistant Principal at Boothbay Region Elementary School, Maine’s NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for 2020.

The awards are programs of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Each program honors an Assistant Principal of the Year in each state in the nation. Maine’s awards are administered by the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA).

Bonny eagle AP AwardErin Maguire

Assistant Principal at Bonny Eagle High School and 2020 NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Maguire received the award based on her accomplishments as a strong educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture and climate, her ability to provide effective feedback for both students and staff, and on her ability to inspire all those around her to meet the learning needs of every student, every day.

In announcing Ms. Maguire’s selection as 2020 Maine’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director of the Professional Division, Holly Couturier noted, “Erin Maguire has been the epitome of what we want from an instructional leader.  Her leadership and her ability to connect with all students is commendable.”

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In 2004, Ms. Maguire received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2011.

Ms. Maguire began her educational career as a grade 8 math teacher in 2004 where she co-taught mathematics with a special education teacher.  She then went on to teach high school math until 2013 when she became the proud assistant principal of Bonny Eagle High School.

She is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

boothbay AP awardTricia Campbell

Assistant Principal at Boothbay Region Elementary School and 2020 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Campbell received the award based on her accomplishments as a strong community and educational leader, as a role model in the development of positive school culture and climate, her ability to create an educational learning environment for students and staff, and on her energy that motivates all around her to succeed.

In announcing Ms. Campbell’s selection as 2020 Maine’s NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, MPA Executive Director of the Professional Division, Holly Couturier noted, “Tricia Campbell has been instrumental in the professional development of her peers.  Her can-do attitude and enthusiasm is contagious!”

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In 1995, Ms. Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts from the Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire, her Masters in Education in 2002 from Lesley University in Massachusetts and most recently she obtained her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from St. Joseph’s College.

Ms. Campbell began her educational career as an educational technician in Wiscasset in 1996.  She then moved into a middle school teacher working in the behavior program for Wiscasset in 2000.  Ms. Campbell started the behavior and life skills classrooms at the same school while she co-taught grades 5-8 classes.  During this time, Ms. Campbell assisted the building principal and found her love of administration.  For the past five years, Ms. Campbell has been the Assistant Principal of Boothbay Region Elementary School.

She is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Boothbay Region Parent/Teacher Organization.

Lewiston Adult Ed Class Sparks New Life In Clown Car

Submitted by Mike Reagan, Education and Marketing Coordinator, Lewiston Adult Education.

Small Engine & Power Equipment Repair students at Lewiston Adult Education bring in chainsaws and snowblowers with seasonal regularity.

When the weather gets warm again, instructor Richard Hussey will see the return of lawnmowers. But this fall, he had a student bring in a repair job that would not fit in with the others, though it did have a small engine.

Patrick Penley is a member of the Kora Temple Shrine, a Kora clown and the owner of a multicolored jalopy that had several owners before him.

“My goal was to get that running,” he said.

The clown car had a three-horsepower engine and during the semester, it was removed and replaced by a power washer engine.

“We had to modify the engine. We had to modify the framework. We had to modify the drive system. And this was done primarily by the student. I just gave the guidance,” Hussey said.

He said that students can bring in gasoline engines at the start of the semester but are responsible for bringing them in and taking them home at the end of class. Penley brought the clown car in the back of his pickup truck.

“It has to come and go. That’s your size reference,” Hussey said.

The Small Engine class is finishing up for the fall semester but is scheduled to return for Winter-Spring 2020. The class listing will appear in the combined Lewiston Adult Education-Auburn Adult & Community Education brochure, which is set to come out in early January.

In addition to the clown car, Penley worked on a leaf blower and chainsaw in the class.

He hopes to have the car off and running in a 2020 parade. For those interested in seeing it run a little sooner, here is a link to a video of a test run on Tuesday night at Lewiston High School’s main entrance.

Maine School of Science and Mathematics Graduate Selected as a Schwarzman Scholar

Submitted by Ryan McDonald, Public Relations Coordinator, Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) graduate Gordon McCulloh, Class of 2016, has been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar and will undertake a one-years master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in 2020.

A highly selective international program, Gordon is the first student from Maine, and only the third from the USAFA, to become a Schwarzman Scholar whose programmatic focus is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

Gordon studies astronautical engineering, applied mathematics, and Arabic at USAFA. He earned the 2019 USAFA cadet of the year award and held various leadership positions that focused on building others, such as managing the academic performance of over 1,400 cadets. A proponent of commercial and international collaboration in the space environment, Gordon interned at Ad Astra Rocket and SpaceX. His intent to study in China is to inspire peaceful space policies and technological solutions as an engineer and acquisitions officer in the United States Air Force.

Full details of the Schwarzman Scholarship Program can be viewed at: https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org