Achievements & Recognition February 2014

posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:19 AM by Susan Conley

MSAD 51 Achievements and Recognition~ February, 2014

Mabel I. Wilson School

MIW recently held an assembly with guest Chef Erin Dow where students learned about healthy foods and helped to plan our special meal that they will have in a couple weeks. Thanks to the planning team of Martha Leggat, Lalla Caruthers, and Jon Carlson, as well as Foundation 51 for the funding.

North Yarmouth Memorial School

The NYMS Chorus performed their first concert on January 30th.  The event was well-attended by family and friends, and the singing was absolutely magical.  Ann Dillon, chorus director, chose a selection of contemporary and traditional pieces that highlighted the range of talent of participants. Special congratulations to Maddie Hall, Rylan Harrison, Hannah Kropp and Hannah Perfetti for being invited to perform in the 2014 District Two Honors Chorus in April.

The Fifth Grade Math Team, led by Vance Benoit, participated in their second Southern Maine Elementary School Math League meet on January 28th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. They competed against 27 other schools from Southern Maine. The math team meets weekly to review skills, learn new concepts, and explore new ways of problem solving. Congratulations to Lizzy Hanson who took fourth place in the individual round. She solved twelve very challenging arithmetic and geometry problems to earn her ribbon.

Greely Middle School

Congratulations to Toby Kany for placing third in individual scores in the Southern Maine Elementary math meet in Portland on Tuesday January 28, 2014.

Music Department Highlights:

Last October over 1200 students from Maine Music Educators Association District 2  auditioned for placement in the 2014 Vocal and Instrumental Festival.

Over 30 Greely Middle School students were selected from an audition process held last October. With the guidance of their teachers Ann Dillon, Sarah Cummings, and Scott Thurston they prepared and performed challenging literature for the District 2 MMEA Instrumental Honors Festival on January 24th and 25th. These students have proven themselves to independent impartial well qualified judges during the audition process and represented our school in a very positive manner throughout the festival.  

The names of the 7th and 8th grade Instrumental Festival students who represented Greely Middle School are the following:

Brooke Asherman, Lars Boddie, Anna Briley, Nina Brinker, Camden Bubblo, Clarissa Campo, Kelsey Currier, Benjamin Follett, Nicolas Giandrea, Evan Goettel, Kate Hall, Duncan Lary, Cole Moore, Erin O’Donovan, Edmund Paquin, Wren Payne, Eli Penza-Clyve, Maddy Perfetti, Nicole Perry, Ksenia Smart, Matthew Smith-Erb, Peter Theodores, Caleb Thurston

The names of the 7th and 8th grade Vocal Festival students who represented Greely Middle School are the following:

Lizzie Brown, Kallee Brown, Camden Bubblo, Pablo Burnsteel, Cori Farnham, Christina Gove, Tim Lester, Maddie Perfetti, Kyle Sidders, Katy Steinberg, Caleb Thurston, Rachel Thurston, Stuart Wickard

Greely Middle School and Greely High School

Congratulations to the following students athletes who took part in the 2014 Winter Special Olympics at Chilly and Windy Sugarloaf Mountain:


Elena Johnson

Jack Rosenblum

Charlie Saffian

Scotty Wentzell


Noah Hamer

Josh Meisner

Cross Country-

Michael Thibodeau

Conner Hines

Greely High School

Our top performers in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud competition at Greely:

First Place:  Brooke Lawrence

Second Place: Jenna Demers

Third Place: Julie Ramseyer

19 students participated in yesterday's event, and each did a fabulous job!   Brooke will represent Greely at the Southern Regional Finals at Biddeford City Theater.

The following students are award winners of the prestigious 2014 Scholastic Writing Contest.  Please congratulate:

Gold Key Winner Rylee Michaud for her flash fiction piece Three Broken Glimpses;

Silver Key Winner Emily Gardner for her short story I Am Monster;

and Honorable Mentions:

Ashlynn Barnes for her poem A Wolf in the NIght

Lydia Dahlgren for her flash fiction Engulfed

Emily Gardner for her poem A Simple Poem of a Boy

Andrew Sacco for his poem A Winter's Opinion

Stephanie Weeman for her short story The Girl Who Died

Along with others from across the state, these students will be honored at an awards banquet in March at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Creative Collaborations Class is a co-taught, inclusive class providing students with an opportunity to learn together by creating products and selling them taught by Maureen Holland, special education teacher, and Kelvin Hasch, technology education teacher.  At the end of the class students learn about high performing, non-profit organizations to help them decide where their profits will go. Our students developed an online catalog which is updated with each new class.

This year's recipients are $500 to Firefighters for Kids and $500 to the Cumberland Food Bank.