Falmouth High School sophomore Ella Boyd earned first place at the ninth annual Merriconeag Festival May 1 at Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport. Boyd led a contingent of four other Falmouth students selected as festival finalists by Maine poet Rachel Contreni Flynn. Contreni Flynn also announced that Cape Elizabeth junior Anna Friberg and North Yarmouth Academy 10th-grader Charlotte Collins earned second and third place, respectively.
The prizewinners were among 20 poets selected by Contreni Flynn to read their work at the festival, which was attended by over 130 poetry lovers. The other finalists, in no particular order, included, from Deering High School, sophomores Fadumo Adan, Arlo Farr-Weinfeld and Alexander Fitzgerald; from Edward Little High School, sophomore Najmo Ali; from Falmouth High School, ninth-graders Emma Auer and Caitlyn Bull, and seniors Zachary Bull and Ellie Sapat; from Greely High School, sophomore Ethan Brouder; from Cape Elizabeth High School, junior Natalie Gale and senior Katherine Hansen; from Catherine McAuley High School, freshman Kelly Gilbert and junior Gabe Robbins; from Yarmouth High School, sophomore Salome Skinner; and from Maine Coast Waldorf School, 11th-graders Cassandra Albano and Riley Smith. Sapat, Friberg and Campbell were named finalists for the second year in a row.
Students received gift certificates donated by Longfellow Books in Portland, Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick and Sherman’s Books and Stationery in Freeport. They also received booklets containing all the finalists’ poems. The three top prize-winning pieces were printed on posters that will be sent out to the nearly 50 public and private high schools whose students were invited to submit work.
Greely senior, Matt Pisini, was named 1 of only 160 US Presidential Scholars, and one of only two from Maine. As part of Pisini’s application, he wrote an essay about a teacher who has greatly influenced him, Doug Pride. Because of the essay, Pride was also named a Distinguished Teacher in the 2016 Presidential Scholars program.
After winning the local and regional 2016 Lion’s Club Speak Out competitions, Ellie Sapat of Falmouth also bested four other regional winners in Auburn on April 30. Speaking about the potential of the millennial generation, she took first place, earning a cash prize of $500. It was a repeat win for Sapat, who also took first place at the district level in 2014. Along with other Lions Clubs across the state and nation, the Falmouth Lions Club sponsors an annual Speak Out each spring for local high school students.
Several local students received $2,500 National Merit Scholarships: Matthew A. Pisini, of Cumberland, who attends Greely High School; Faraz Sanal of Falmouth, who attends Falmouth High School, and Walter R. Conrad of Yarmouth, a senior at Yarmouth High School. The designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists. The winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and the potential for succes in college.
The following students at Greely High School in Cumberland were recognized for academic excellence and earned a place on the third quarter honor roll:
Katherine Bacall, Jaime Coyle, Katilyn Currier, Madelyn Day, Maggie Dickey, Claire Nicholson, Kelsey Otley, Jacob Small, Gianluca Sobrero, Bradford Spoerri, Christin Weatherbee
Kendra Anderson, Michaela Arsenault, Charlotte Benoit, Ryan Bray, Lucy Brown, Andrea Bryant, Ian Cameron, Declan Campbell, Camilla Civiello, Makenzie Copp, Jackson Cornwall, Joshua Coyle, Madison Cyr, Anne Davis, Dylan Doughty, Miranda Eisenhart, Kendra Elder, Siana Emery, Tara Ford, John Gaudet, Elizabeth George, Evan Hill, Abigail Israel, Timothy Keith, Wyatt Kilburn, Elena Kropp, Samantha Kurlanski, Brooke Lawrence, Alyssa Lovering, Caroline Maker, Emma Massey, Mason Mastera, Hannah Megathlin, Kaitlyn Megathlin, Rylee Michaud, Corey MitchellLaBrie, Colbi Munson, Alex Mwakilau, Meghan O’Donovan, Hwanhee Park, Sophie Pearson, Harrison Pershing, Matt Pisini, Stephanie Pitassi, Owen Potenziano, Leah Poulin, Faith Price, Nicholas Pronovost, Samantha Pynchon, Sofia Reali, Margaret Reed, Aidan Regan, Aidan Roberts, Connor Rog, Hannah Rose, Sarah Somes, Calvin Soule, Sophia Stickney, Alexandra Tebbs, Alex Wetmore
Mariah Belisle, Samuel Bonnevie, Alyssa Gerencer, Madeline LePage, Maggie Nolan, Jenna Pavis, Jackie Perlmutter, Isabel Porter, Hannah SmithErb, Maura Weegar, Benjamin Williams, Benjamin Wilson
Katherine Atwood, Jordan Bagshaw, Lindsey Beaulieu, Emily Braley, Benjamin Caiazzo, Molly Chapin, Samantha Dalton, Brianna Desjardins, Hannah Doolittle, Ryan Fraser, Natalie Fritzson, Aidan Greenlee, Liam Greenlee, Mikayla Guimond, Grace HaydenHunt, Troy Higgins, Erin Holmes, Kaitlin Hughes, Cameron Kennedy, Zoe Lambert, Kathryn Landry, Katherine LeggatBarr, Joseph MacDonald, Matthew McDevitt, Braden Megathlin, Ryan Megathlin, Benjamin Paine, Kathryn Pare, Emma Payson, Isabella Perry, Samantha Pitassi, Grace Quatticci, Justin Rice, Sophia Richard, Noah RovnerFrydman, John Saffian, Ellie Schad, Brendan Scott, Eavan SiboleLittle, Riley Soule, Moira Train, Ryan Twitchell, Kieran Volk, Caroline Zambardi
Isabelle Bachelder, Kallee Gallant, Joshua Herreid, William Murphy, Gregory Pershing, Trevor Rafford, Adeline Ray, Bridget Roberts, Peter Theodores
Brooke Bickford, Lillian Black, Ethan Bruder, Nathaniel Bryant, Olivia Bucknam, Timothy Coyle, Kate Curran, Kelsey Currier, Alexander Eisenhart, Rachel Ferris, Michael Geary, Alexander Gerencer, Lauren Gervais, Natalie Giroux, Kathryn Hall, Ashley Hayward, Caroline Isasi, Rebecca Israel, Samuel Jagolinzer, William Jenkins, Sophie Kaplan, Benjamin Kennedy, Eben Kiesow, Sarah Kinzer, Molly Matthews, Sydney MeredithPickett, Nicole Morse, Kasey Newman, Alexandra Peary, Coco Petrone, Madison Rawnsley, Allison Richards, Safa Saleh, Jacob Sherr, Megan Shibles, Sydney Smart, Chloe Smith, Jenifer Spencer, Taylor Steuer, Matthew Strout, Courtney Sullivan, Greta Van Curan, Chloe Waldrep
Skylar Cooney, Matthew Desjardins, Emma Dexter, Nathan Ingersoll, Madeline Irish, Kylie Josephson, Timothy Lester, Katherine Metzger, Madelaine Panici, Edmund Paquin, Madeline Perfetti, Colby Santana, Janelle Taylor, Adeline Traficonte
Brooke Asherman, Lillian Benoit, Lars Boddie, Anna Briley, Nina Brinker, James Brouder, Nicolas Brown, Jordan Bryant, Isabella Chandler, Erin Clancy, Madison Conklin, Hannah Craig, Helen Crosby, Julia Curran, Olivia Davis, Nathan Dillman, Darien Drouin, Morgen Dutil, Corrigan Farnham, Emma Fitzpatrick, Hunter Gaddis, Jack Gustafson, Eamon Harrison, Aidan Hayes, Jillian Juris, Anna Kennedy, Annie Langhauser, Carter Lawless, Hope LeClair, Sabra Lindsay, Maggie McCormick, Mollie McDonald, Alban Michaud, Aidan Michaud, Natalie Mullin, Julia Needham, Edie O’Keefe, Kyle Oliver, Ashley Parvin, Caroline Payne, Seth Pitcher, Adam Ray, Katelin Reed, Courtney Rog, Charles Saffian, Ibrahim Saleh, William Schumacher, Madison Scott, Ksenia Smart, Aiden Smith, Anna Smith, Rachel Smith, Matthew SmithErb, Rachel Spencer, Emma Spoerri, Kimberly Steinman, Luke Stickney, Ryan Thompson, Carolyn Todd, Quinn Tompkins, Sarah Traister, Blake Turner, Scott Wentzell, Grady White, Jacob Whiting, Jackson Williams, Evan Wyman, Carlotta Ziervogel