This year’s delegates to Boys and Girls State from Falmouth High School have been announced. Alaina Birkel, Adelaide Cooke, Meghan Dye and Hannah Michaud have been chosen to serve at Dirigo Girls State to be held at Husson University in Bangor. Reed Lonsdale, Ben Rudnick, Ben Simonds and Brock Issac Welch have been selected to serve as delegates at the 69th Annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State program at Thomas College in Waterville.
Sponsored by the American Legion, the program provides Maine high school juniors with an opportunity to participate in an interactive program that supplements their high school courses in government and its functions. In this week-long program, girls and boys role-play and learn to campaign for local, county and state offices. They then organize and carry out the functions of the state government.
Instructors include town and city managers, selectmen, judges, attorneys, members of the Legislature, teachers and guidance counselors.
Attendees are assigned to be members of a fictional town, county, and the State of Dirigo. At the beginning of the week, they participate in local “town meetings,” take out nomination papers, participate in caucuses and learn what it takes to run a campaign for public office. They participate in mock primary and general elections, and eventually elect their own governor, legislature and county officials. Bills of current concern to youth are debated and acted on through the same procedure as regular state government.
Matthew Claar, a senior who lives in Falmouth, has accepted an offer to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, nominated Claar in December.
“I come from a family with a long history of military service, and have always been taught that serving a cause greater than myself is the highest honor I could achieve,” Claar wrote in a letter requesting the nomination. “On a personal level, I have always had a deep-rooted interest in aerospace, and am currently working toward my private pilot’s license. I feel that applying my skill and passion in this field is an excellent way to serve my nation, and I’m seeking the highest quality of education to help me follow that pathway.”
To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes Members of Congress.
The following students who live in the Forecaster’s coverage area attained honor roll status for the first semester:
Grade 5: Laurel Buehner, Carson Gall, John Hegarty, Campbell Litz, Seamus Rohde, Clara Taylor
Grade 6: Owen Frank, Abigail King, Jack Schaeffer, Blythe Thompson
Grade 7: Camille Beaudoin, Nathan Cook, Wylie Jacobs, Elaine Lemieux, Annie Sillin, Tellie Stamaris, Jack Thibodeau, Samuel Yankee, Anna Yankee
Grade 8: Sydney Billings, Rachel Burns, Benjamin Frank, Ellen Hilscher, Qiyou Lu, Hannah Mills, Afton Morton, Cameron Pickle, Eliza Tod
Grade 9: Abram Buehne, Isabelle Coleman , Hannah Gagne , Sydney Gilman, Xander Kostelnik, Margaret Larson, Alexandra Markonish, Andrew Schaeffer, Elizabeth Sevigny, Reed Silvers , Joshua Soucy
Grade 10: Richard Hilscher, Kara Jensen, Michael Pitts, Lea Webster
Grade 11: Sarah Austin, Alexander Bartone, Andrew Keith, Gabrielle Linscott, Kiersten Marr, Savannah Shaw
Grade 12: Julia Blackwell, Katherine Hilscher , Sonia Lin, Wyatt Nice
Grade 5: Anson Dana , Lucas Markonish , Aiden Skillman, Sarah Stronge, Vy Tran
Grade 6: Henry Bergeron, Oliver Hemphill, Lila Jackson, Aidan Lacombe, Bryce Poulin, Charles Rohde
Grade 7: Cole Adams-Beyea , Patrick Alberding, Eleanor Commons, Lily Davis, Molly Healey, Taylor Hemenway, Michael Hynes, Keegan Irwin, William Jackson , Anders Jonsson, Olivia Juve, Marina Piehl
Grade 8: Madison Argitis, Spencer Barton, Emily Beisel-Bolen , Marley Boettcher, Jack Bontatibus, Maya Davis, Elizabeth Gagnon, Pierce Manchester, Bronwen Ramsey-Brimberg, Daniel Zajkowski
Grade 9: Carson Fassett, Elora Griswold, Cooper Hogan, Jack Lent, Amber Rose, Joseph Strabley
Grade 10: Megan Alberding , Reece Bartolini, Charlotte Collins, Evan Davis, Parker Elkins, Xingzhi Guo, Jack Sillin
Grade 11: Amelia Demetropoulos, Sam Johnson , Kyle Kostelnik, Amber Liu, John Malcom, Robert Murray, Dana Nichols, Henry Quesada, Milla Rosenfeld, Isabelle See, Jeremy Thelven, Manna Zhao
Grade 12: Stanzin Angmo, Emily Baker, Dagen Braun, Acacia Bright, Sarah Cooper, Morgan Elkins, Hailey Frager, Linnea Hull, Anna Laprise, Peteri Li, Daniel McVicar, Jake Rasch, Eleanor Rich, Mackenzie Sangster, Callahan Sturgeon, Emily Taylor, Adrienne Tracy, Celine Xu
Grade 6: Tiger DiMillo, James Tourigny
Grade 7: Elyse Baron, Salem Griswold, Lucas Lathrop, Alexis Saxton, Samuel Soroff
Grade 8: Lila Henderson, Linus Maurer, Samuel Telsey
Grade 9: Cora Braunfels, Miles Chapman, Emma Cohen, Avery Jackson, Lloyd Lathrop, Jackson Linscott, Phineas Murray, Zachary Woods
Grade 10: Ellie Dickson, Troy Hou, Isabella MacMahon
Grade 11: Michael Adams, Henry Briggs, Zelda Clegg, Coleman Conner, Haven Cutko, Daniel Edgerton-Dickey, Joseph Hogan , Samuel Jackson , Hunter Mahone, Thomas Pitts, Nathaniel Sinibaldi, Cameron Woods
Grade 12: Keeley Bartolini, Hannah Chapman, Nicholas Demers, Haize Fassett, Leona Guo, Chenxi Liu, Elizabeth McIntosh, Blake Morton, Corinne Poitras, Anne Rines
Yarmouth residents Noah Miller, a student at Yarmouth Elementary School, and Elena Miller, a student at Harrison Middle School, as well as Quin O’Meara, a Harrison Middle School student, all served as honorary pages in the Maine Senate in March.