Portland School Notebook

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Portland student excels at Pokemon City Championship

Matty Nappy, 9, of Portland, put his Pokemon trading card skills to the test Dec. 3 during the Play! Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championship Tournament in Tewksbury, Mass. After a full day of battling many fellow Pokemon players, Nappy was crowned City Champion after clenching third place and earning a City Championship medal. Tournaments such as the one Nappy competed in allow players to test their skills, strategy, and creativity.

Student representatives speak out on issues

In its inauguration last week Portland Public Schools inducted three new student representatives, Charles “Chip” Weber from Portland High School, Zev Bliss from Casco Bay High School, and Shaina Lam from Deering High School. All of these students are interested in being the vox populi for their school in front of the board.

Weber, a junior at Portland, is a school newspaper editor, member of the soccer, baseball, math and academic decathlon teams, class treasurer, student council representative, photography club officer, Key Club member and singer in the chorus and men’s a capella group. During his time as student representative, Weber said he is looking to help change the problems that “plague” Portland High School.

Bliss, a sophomore at Casco Bay High School and a member of the school chorus, said he wants to see the success of his school continue and feels that he might be able to pass something on to other Portland schools to help them succeed.

Lam, a junior at Deering High School, is a member of the Key Club, Future Teachers of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Upward Bound, the Phoenix Project and the Unity Project. She also plays on the school’s tennis team and plays violin in the orchestra. She said she decided to run for school board representative because she wanted to represent her school community.

While the students cannot cast official votes, they can actively participate in school board meetings, discussions and workshops.

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Portland Brownie troop 1714 spread some holiday cheer in Monument Square last week, singing carols in front of the city’s Christmas tree. The girls continued to spread cheer by singing at Seaside Nursing Home, purchasing a flock of chickens for Heifer International, and by adopting a family for the holidays.

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