Portland School Notebook: May 28

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Cheverus teacher earns naturalist certification

PORTLAND — Erika Rhile, a science teacher at Cheverus High School, recently received certification as a Maine Master Naturalist.

In addition to her teaching position at Cheverus, Rhile works as a research biologist for the University of Pennsylvania.

Her Maine Master Naturalist certification has given her the tools to expand her classroom curriculum into a more diverse and creative experience and to extend her classroom beyond the Cheverus campus.

As a part of her classes and in her role as advisor to the school’s outing club, Rhile takes Cheverus students to explore Acadia National Park and hike in the White Mountains, among other things.

Cheverus student makes Eagle Scout

PORTLAND — Scott Potter, a senior at Cheverus High school, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.

At Cheverus, Potter served as the class treasurer during his sophomore year, as a member of the Math Team and a charter member of its Investment Club. He has been a member of the ski team, is a National Merit Semifinalist and received the Cheverus Silver Award in Latin and English.

For his Eagle Scout project, he constructed a sand boat play area at Auburn’s Learning Park. He designed and ran the project, soliciting donations, products, cash, labor and food for the crew in the approximate amount of $6,000.