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Southern School Notebook: Sept. 24

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Southern School Notebook: Sept. 24

Local students reach
national merit semifinals

EVANSTON, Ill. — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named five students from two area high schools as semifinalists in its 55th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Students who have made the semifinals include Cape Elizabeth High School students Laura Catsos and Carolyn Holland; and Scarborough High School students, Brett Beaney, Shannon Eddy, and Catherine Hall.

Winners of the National Merit Scholarship competition will be announced starting in April 2010.

South Portland students
earn AP Scholar awards

SOUTH PORTLAND — Eighteen students at South Portland High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their academic performance on Advanced Placement Exams taken last spring.

The five students that qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award are Evan Beck, Sean Feely, Mark O'Donnell, Laura Patriquin, and Jacob Viola.

Kevin Campbell, Timothy Dodd, Anthony Haeuser, and Francis Manuel qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.

The students that qualified for the AP Scholar Award are James Arn, Margaret Bagley, Kirsten Bakke, Maxwell Berube, Leah Greer, Johnna Landau, Megan Lundgren, Joseph Luther, and Allison Stack.

Cape Foundation
gives teacher awards

CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation presented Cape Elizabeth Middle School teachers with awards in recognition of beneficial contributions they have made to Cape Elizabeth schools.

Joe Doane received the 2009 Tim Thompson Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in reaching out to and mentoring students.

Doane has taught at CEMS for over 24 years, where he has served as the cross-country, middle school basketball and youth travel basketball coach, assistant football coach, and is a peer mentor at the middle school.

Rebecca Bean won the Elaine Brownell award for contributions she has made to the CEMS music curriculum.

She had previously received four grants from CEEF enabling her to incorporate a year-long guitar program into eighth grade, add drumming to seventh grade, create a "musicians in residence" program, and introduce Ghanaian drums and music to students.