Portland School Notebook: Oct. 3

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Students reach semifinals in National Merit program

EVANSTON, Ill. — Four students from local high schools were recently named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Students qualify for the scholarship program by receiving the highest scores in the state in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt).

Qualifying students are Scott Potter of Cheverus High School; Ellen Jewett of Portland High School; and Chris Burke and Max Loeffler of Waynflete School.

CBHS awarded $42K for Quests program

PORTLAND — Casco Bay High School recently received two grants totaling $42,000 for Casco Bay Quests, an adventure-based orientation program for all freshmen and seniors that includes kayaking and camping on islands in Casco Bay with their advisory groups and writing about their experiences.

The Quimby Foundation awarded a grant of $15,000 for the program, with an additional $27,000 grant from the White Pine Foundation. The school is partnering with two local nonprofit organizations, Rippleffect and the Telling Room, to produce the Quests program.

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Cheverus High School’s acapella vocal jazz group ‘Soulstice’ has been selected to perform at the 2012 Third Annual Jazz Education Network Convention in Louisville, Ky., on January 4-7, 2012. Members pictured here are (back row, from left) Nathan Caso, Erin Fitzpatrick, Christian Cilley; and (front row, from left) Samantha SaVaun, Bobbiella Andoh, Jake Boyce. Cheverus was one of two New England groups, along with the group from Berklee College of Music, invited to perform at the Convention.

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