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Spotlight - May 2014

posted May 2, 2014, 10:39 AM by Susan Conley   [ updated May 2, 2014, 12:35 PM by Dawna Green ]

Multiple History Day honors for Greely Middle School and

Top Honors for GHS student Isaiah Merrill!


“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that

doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton


Photo L-R: Tim Kendall, Lily Black, Claire Davis, Chloe Waldrep, Izzy Evans.

National History Day is a competition which gives students the opportunity to really explore an historical topic of interest. Each year students are presented with an annual theme and this year it was “Rights And Responsibilities.” This year is the first in which Greely Middle School students have participated in this excellent program under the guidance of GT teacher Barbara Dichter with additional support from our K-5 GT teacher, Kathi Kearney. The students have worked most of this school year researching and preparing for the event, which was held at UMaine Orono. To say our students did well is an understatement -- every participant placed in the competition, which is quite remarkable.

As winners at the state NHD contest, they are eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June. This is where the best National History Day projects from across the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International Schools and Department of Defense Schools in Europe all meet and compete.

The results are listed below. Bravo to each of these students for their accomplishments realized from hard work!

  • Tim Kendall 3rd place Website: Equal Rights For Students - How The Supreme Court's Decisions Have Changed
  • Chloe Waldrep 2nd place Paper: Disney Princesses Portray The Evolution of Women's Rights
  • Lily Black, Claire Davis, Izzy Evans 1st place Performance: Women's Fight For The Right To Vote In Maine - Both Sides Of The Story

Congratulations to our PATHS Career and Technical Education student of the year, Isaiah Merrill from Greely High School


Isaiah is currently a second year carpentry student here at PATHS. He is at the top of his class for his work ethic, which has fostered considerable knowledge and skills as a carpenter. Isaiah has completed nearly three years of curriculum in just two years. Furthermore at the completion of the school year, Isaiah will receive up to seven advanced college credits from Eastern Maine Community College and three certifications in carpentry.

Isaiah comes to school every day with a plan for his work, and always accomplishes that plan with precision and accuracy. As everyone at PATHS knows, an important aspect of any successful professional is good attendance at work. He rarely misses any time at PATHS and when he does he makes up his work immediately.

Isaiah has volunteered on two different occasions with Habitat for Humanity and they are always thrilled with the work that he does and the accuracy of his construction. Always a team player, he is quick to drop what he is doing to help complete a “rush job” for an unannounced client.

Upon graduation from Greely High School, he will enlist in the United States Army. The staff at PATHS is proud of Isaiah and all he has achieved during his time here in the carpentry program. Isaiah is the son of Greg and Elizabeth Merrill, two very proud parents.

-Rebecca Davis
Portland Arts & Technology High School
Student Services