Portland School Notebook: May 8

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Cheverus gridiron stars earn awards

Cheverus High School seniors Ryan Casale and Donald Goodrich will receive National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards from the foundation’s Maine chapter at a May 22 banquet at Bowdoin College. Every year, working through its state chapters, the foundation recognizes approximately 3,300 of the best scholar-athletes at local awards banquets. The foundation distributes more than $1 million in scholarships. Criteria for the award includes but is not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community leadership. From the 3,300 candidates, each chapter nominates one candidate as a finalist for national consideration. The foundation national committee then reviews the finalists and selects five regional winners. The five recipients are honored each December during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon in New York City.

Reiche weather data now online

A wireless, solar-powered weather station was installed several feet above the Reiche Community School on Brackett Street. The station measures indoor and outdoor air temperatures, wind direction and speed and daily rainfall. Current weather conditions are sent to a monitoring console inside the school and are available at Weather Underground, a website of more than 42,000 other weather stations across the country.

Cheverus graduate to study in Rome

Scott Potter, a 2012 graduate of Cheverus High School, has received a $7,500 grant from the Bishop’s Experiential or Service Term Projects Fund at Bishop’s University, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. His grant project is to spend six weeks at the Paideia Institute, in Rome, where he will participate in a Latin immersion program, using it as a language of living communication. Potter is a first year student at the university, with a concentration in French and classics.