CUMBERLAND — This January, Greely Middle School welcomed 10 Japanese students and four adults from Namioka Junior High. Greely Middle School is a part of Maine’s sister state agreement with Aomori Prefecture, the Japanese equivalent of a state.
This year is Greely’s 19th year participating in an exchange with Namioka Junior High. Typically about 10 students and four chaperones come to Cumberland and North Yarmouth as exchange students and are hosted by middle school families.
The exchange students get to participate in a variety of activities so they can get a sense of what it is like to be a kid living in Maine. These activities include a lobster dinner, a day or two at school, a middle school dance, a day trip to Boston and a day trip into the Old Port. The students also put on a bunch of workshops for the Greeley students to participate in, some of which include learning how to make origami and Japanese games.
Every other year, Greely students are also given the opportunity to make a trip to Namioka Junior High School. The groups from Greely usually average around 10 to 16 students and four chaperones. This sister exchange program allows the Greely students an opportunity to learn about another culture and experience it for themselves. It is a great and unique opportunity and we hope it lasts many more years.
-Contributed by Kat Pisini, Greely High School
CUMBERLAND — Greely High School recently placed first in the Worldquest 2012 International Academic Contest, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine. They competed against 15 teams from eight schools alongside eight corporate teams.
Coached by Jason Curry, a social studies teacher, the Greely team managed to come out ahead of second place Freeport and third place Cape Elizabeth. Greely’s Ian Philbrick, Robert Potts and Hanna Willwerth demonstrated their knowledge on topics ranging from China to global economics and now have the opportunity to compete in the Worldquest Nationals in Washington D.C. in the spring.
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High Honors Grade 11: Sarah Bonney, Bennett Brainard, James Purdy and Ciera Wentworth.
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High Honors Grade 10: Julia Fosburg, Travis Libsack, Ethan Roney and Emily Sturtevant.
Honors Grade 10: Sydney Ambrose, Zoe Bernstein, Molly Brown, Dalton Chapman, Brandon Cigri, Emma Egan, Christopher Forest, Mary Gregory, Fiona Harbert, Katie Harlow, Emily Jennings, Destiny Kenney, Bethanie Knighton, Lily LaMarre, Heather Margerison, Braden Marstaller, Katie McClelland, Cody McEnery, Emily Ann Monahan-Morang, Nicholas Nelsonwood, Megan Peacock, Jessica Perry, Ashley Richardson, Rachel Sayward, Zachary Strozewski, Eric Wentworth, Ethan Whited and Michael Williams.
High Honors Grade 9: Caleb William Abbott, Ryder Bennell, Josef Biberstein, Lauren Carter, Lauren Cormier, Abigail Gray, Emily Johnson, Katelyn O’Neil, Jasmine Olins, Devin Robinson, Margo Ruby and Meredith Saunders.
Honors Grade 9: Shawn Anthony, Jill Baker, Julia Bowen, Conner Cameron, Virginia Fullagar, Kaitlin Johnson, Molly Kennedy, Elizabeth Kolle, Thomas Lawrence, Elizabeth Martin, Hannah Morrissey, Brendan Qualls, Alyssa Richardson, Rachel Rogers, Daniel Sinclair, Brittany Small, Abigail Smith, Lilly Smith, Hailey Sylvain, Sarah Watts, Amber Wiers and Samuel Wogan.
Peter Schrader, of Yarmouth, is senior computer engineering student at Villanova University where he was recently named co-captain of the 2011-2012 rowing team. The team competes on the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. Schrader is a former member of the Yarmouth High School rowing team’s inaugural season.