Portland School Notebook: June 25

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Principals named at city schools

The Portland Public Schools has appointed new principals for Longfellow Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School. Terrance Young will become Longfellow’s new principal in July. He previously served for eight years as a principal and complaint resolution officer for Regional School Unit 23 and Saco Public Schools and for three years as an assistant principal for the Auburn Public Schools. Suellyn Santiago, currently the assistant principal at Hall Elementary School, was named the new principal at Lincoln. Santiago has worked for the Portland Public Schools since 1997. She taught at Presumpscot Elementary School and Lincoln before becoming Lincoln’s assistant principal in 2008. 

Second grader wins race for Presumpscot School

Kaine Karp, a second grader at Presumpscot Elementary School, won $250 for his school by winning a one-mile race in Boston. “He’s so excited and ran with his heart,” his mother, Jodi Theriault, reported from the finish line. “I was in tears.” The Kids Competitive Mile race is open to elementary students ages 11 and younger. Students from throughout New England participated. It was Karp’s first time competing outside of Maine. He has run in many local 5K races, and he usually places for his age. He was one of the top three male finishers in his last race, the Raccoon 5K, with a time of 26 minutes and 26 seconds. He hopes one day to become a professional runner.

Gorham student wins McAuley scholarship

Josephine Smith, the daughter of Ben and Sandra Smith, of Gorham, has been awarded McAuley’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, receiving $25,000 over the course of the four years she attends Catherine McAuley High School. Scoring in the 96th percentile nationally on the HSPT, Smith is the top-ranking student for those seeking enrollment in the Class of 2018.

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PATHS auto students win tools and scholarships

Kolbe Clifford and David Sutton, students of the automotive technology program at Portland Arts and Technology High School, won third place June 10 at the 65th annual National Student Auto Skills Competition at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Contestants had to correctly diagnose and fix problems within a car. In addition to a trophy, the students won “fully stocked auto repair tool kits valued at $2,000 and scholarships of up to $15,000 to several auto repair programs,” according to a news release from Portland Public Schools. In addition, PATHS will receive $750 for automotive interactive software. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Dutton, teacher John Carmichael, and Clifford.