Northern School Notebook: Dec. 21

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As part of Computer Science Education Week, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Dec. 6 that Falmouth High School students John Wahlig and Pawan Yerramilli won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for Maine’s 1st District. The team developed an innovative smartphone app to help coaches, athletes and parents quickly diagnose potential concussions.

NYA plugs into global learning community

North Yarmouth Academy Upper School students now have the opportunity to further dictate their educational path. NYA has entered into a partnership with the Hybrid Learning Consortium, which provides online learning to member schools. The HLC is a collective of independent schools around the world whose faculty develop and teach a wider variety of rigorous course offerings in the independent school tradition. Seven NYA students are enrolled, taking Chinese II, AP Spanish, AP Psychology, Globalization, and Graphic Design. All courses have a maximum class size of 17 students who interact with their teachers and other students via online technology. The HLC will enhance the NYA curriculum by enabling students to take classes that are not currently offered, while NYA faculty will also teach online courses. NYA is the only member school in Northern New England.

Falmouth nominates pair for  youth leadership conference

Each year, Maine high schools are invited to nominate a sophomore student to attend the Maine Youth Leadership Seminar, a four-day seminar held on the USM campus in Gorham in June.

This year, faculty and staff from Falmouth High School selected Haley Stark as the representative and Lillian Bonnell as the alternate. Both students received the highest number of votes.

Since 1980, MYL has worked with Maine youth to seek out, recognize and develop their leadership skills. Their goal is to motivate Maine’s future leaders and create a network of civic-minded students who will better their communities through volunteering.