Portland School Notebook: Feb. 3

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College Club celebrates at annual tea

For the first time in the history of the 116-year-old College Club of Portland, each woman was awarded a $1,200 scholarship.

The scholarships were announced when the Club met at St. Mary’s Church in Falmouth for the group’s annual Celebration Tea during Christmas vacation. Attending were Eva Brydson, a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, for Connecticut College; Renata Serio, of Casco Bay High School for University of King’s College; Shannon Mathews, Deering High School, for Sacred Heart University; Michela Micalizio of Falmouth High School for Boston University; Elizabeth Shibles of Greely High School for Stetson University; Lucy Wanzer, of Portland High School, for Wellsley College; Emily Griffin, Scarborough High School, for Wheaton College; and Morrigan Turner of South Portland High School for Vassar College.

Come sail away

Registration is now open for SailMaine High School Spring Sailing. The program is open to sailors in the eighth through 12th grade; register online at http://bit.ly/20b8Koo.

SailMaine hosts eight high school teams, including a combined team for sailors whose high school does not have a team, and a development team for sailors honing their race skills. Area schools with teams include: Falmouth High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Yarmouth High School, Portland High School Waynflete School, and Cheverus High School.

Tryouts begin the week of March 21, and practice begins the week of March 28. Weekly regattas will be held throughout the season. All sailors must have a dry suit for spring sailing. For more information, call SailMaine at 772-7245 or email Program Director Charlotte Kinkade at charlotte.kinkade@sailmaine.org.

Levey students paged

Students from the Levey Day School in Portland – Charlotte Schatz, Yuval Siman-Tov, Jacob Lucier, Avi Israel, Maddock Weisberg, Emily Darhower and Anna Greene – served as  honorary pages in the Maine Senate on Jan. 19, as guests of Sen. Justin Alfond.

Pages are tasked to deliver messages to senators and distribute amendments and supplements. Students from third grade through high school are eligible when the Senate is in session. For more information, contact Alfond at 287-1515.

School of rock

Registration is open for the 2016 MAMM SLAM, Maine’s High School Rock Off, hosted by The Maine Academy of Modern Music.

The competition is open to both solo performers and full bands. The winners have a crack at $1,000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Music Fund, along with recording time, radio appearances, gigs, a tour of Gateway Mastering, and college scholarships to the Maine College of Art of up to $16,000 per year for each member of the winning band.

The preliminary round will be held April 9 at Bayside Bowl and the finals will be held on May 14 at the Portland House of Music & Events. For more details or to register, visit mainetoday.com/mammslam until March 4.

Student service

Students at St. Brigid School in Portland are working with several local agencies on service projects as part of Maine Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31-Feb.6.

Kindergartners and first-graders are collecting soap, shampoo and lotion for assisted living clients at the Park Danforth in Portland. Students in grades two through four will bring in tissues and hand sanitizer for clients.

Fifth- and sixth-graders are donating healthy snacks for kids and adults, including granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds, at The Root Cellar on Washington Avenue in Portland. The Root Cellar is a safe place where youth and adults can gather for food, games, and friendship, enriching the life of residents of downtown neighborhoods.

Seventh- and eighth-graders will collect new adult socks and gloves for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which feeds, clothes, and heals individuals and families in need. The society operates the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen at 307 Congress St. in Portland.

Free help with college planning

Maine Educational Services are available to help all Maine students and families with the college-planning process. For example, many Mainers may not be aware they could be eligible for a substantial tax credit. The Educational Opportunity Tax Credit, or EOTC, can help provide significant benefits to Maine residents who have earned a college degree in Maine and continue to live and work in the state. Individuals could be eligible for a maximum annual state income tax credit of over $4,000 for student loan payments made for a bachelor’s degree, and nearly $800 in yearly tax credits for an associate’s. A complete, detailed list of eligibility requirements and FAQ’s can be found at www.opportunitymaine.org. All services and resources are free. For questions or how to start the process, call 800-922-6352 or email customerservice@mesfoundation.org.

In related news, the next #CollegeSuccess chat will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Members from across the country will offer advice and insights on what to do after college decision letters are received. To participate, jump on Twitter and follow #collegesuccess.

Dean’s lists

Bridgewater State University

Carly R. Ladd, majoring in psychology

College of the Holy Cross

Matthew Silberstein, majoring in philosphy

Hofstra University

Gabriel De Oliveira, who achieved a GPA of at least 3.5.

Mount Ida College

Eric Worden, a criminal justice major

Northeastern University

Jessica Goodman

Springfield College

Elizabeth Evans,  who is studying health science/occupational therapy.

William Barlock, who is studying health science/pre-physical therapy.

Lucienne Veilleux, who is studying health science.

LeeAnn Downs, who is studying mathematics.

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Rebecca Goodman

University of Rhode Island

Gabriela Tourangeau Cardona

Kelsey Janeen Foster

Western New England University

Anna V. Richard, who is majoring in electrical engineering with computer concentration.

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