Portland School Notebook: April 9

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Women’s Literary Union writing contest winners

PORTLAND — Deering High School student Elizabeth Yeaton recently took first place in the Women’s Literary Union’s annual Creative Writing Contest. Valerie Carpentier and Alexis Stephenson, also of Deering, were awarded honorable mentions.

Lincoln students unplug at Ferry Beach

PORTLAND — Seventh graders from Lincoln Middle School recently took a three-day trip to Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco.

The field trip is part of a multi-year project, “Science and Ecology: Live and Unplugged!” The trip provided hands-on learning for all Lincoln students through the spring semester. All of the students immersed themselves in environmental education by unplugging and leaving their cell phones, iPods and other electronics at home.

During the past several years, students have built a geodesic dome, monitored solar panels on the school roof, tended community gardens and instituted a recycling program in the cafeteria.

Breakwater team wins Odyssey of the Mind

PORTLAND — Months of teamwork and innovation paid off for Breakwater Middle School’s Odyssey of the Mind team who took first place in Division II at the Maine State OM Tournament. Their victory qualified the team to travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the World Finals in May.

The Breakwater OM teams joined 185 other teams from across the state in the organzation’s largest tournament to date. Competing in divisions based on their grade levels, each team was judged by the creativity and style with which they solved a long-term and spontaneous problems.

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PORTLAND — The Cheverus community recently gathered at Portland’s Yankee Lanes to raise money for the Maine Parkinson’s Society. Ten teams of four from Cheverus participated in the event and raised $4,300. That money will help provide respite care for Maine families caring for those with Parkinson’s disease. Cheverus senior Brian Cross organized the event, gathered his classmates and members of the Cheverus community to participate in the bowl-a-thon, and solicited funds and sponsors.

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