Mid-Coast School Notebook: Jan. 29

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Geo bee winner announced

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, who is the winner from Mt. Ararat Middle School, will now take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on the test from each state will be eligible to compete in their state bee April 1.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 22-25. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The national finals will air on television on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations.

BMS artists awarded

The following Brunswick High School students were winners of the 2016 Maine Regional Affiliate Scholastic Art Awards:

Honorable Mention: Noelle Carpenter, Cleo Carrera, Kayla Denardo-Messer, Martha Foushee, Jordan VanSavage, Gianna Barnhart and Connor Foushee.

Silver Key: Kayla DeNardo-Messer, Anna Callahan, Lily Gaffney, Galen Gaze, Isabella Pols and Morgan Schlaack.

Gold Key: Galen Gaze, Logan Gillis, Calla Hladky, Maya Manzanero-Lopez, Cleo Carrera and Lily Hood.

This year 393 students from 50 schools participated in the competition, which is hosted by Maine College of Art. A total of 799 submissions were judged, which included 743 individual entries and 56 senior portfolios.

Maine College of Art, located at 87 Free St., Portland, is hosting an exhibition of Gold and Silver key art works until Feb. 13. In addition, special exhibit hours will be held during First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m Feb. 5. A ceremony is also planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb 13 for the student artists.

St. John’s extends invitation

St. John’s Catholic School is inviting prospective pre-K through eighth-grade students and their families to attend Mass at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 37 Pleasant St., Brunswick, on Sunday, Jan. 31, followed by tours of the school from 12:30-2 p.m. Interested families can meet the faculty and staff and ask questions about programing, extra-curricular activities and the application process. For more, call, 725-5507 or see www.sjcsbme.org.

Dean’s lists

Western New England 

Nicole E. Powers of Brunswick, majoring in mechanical engineering

Powers had to achieve a semester grade point average of 3.3 or higher

Springfield College

Grace Doehring of Brunswick, who is studying English.

University of Hartford

Jason Carter of Brunswick

Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, an eighth-grade student at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham, was the winner of the school’s National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. Lisandro and the other finalists answered questions Jan. 20 about geography as part of the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.