Southern School Notebook

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Local students make dean’s list

The following students have made the dean’s list at their respective college or university.

Cape Elizabeth

Choate Rosemary Hall: Megan Lubetkin
Connecticut College: Anna Jorgensen
Keene State College: Molly Ham
Mount Ida College: Amelia Bothel


Connecticut College: Nicholas Tolman
Keene State College: Felicia Brimigion
Mount Ida College: Carlen Bufo
Quinnipiac University: Kelsey Doane, Charles Doe and Tracy Najarian
St. Anslem College: Ashley A. Alofs and Matthew F. Galyean
University of Delaware: Joseph Servadio

South Portland

Curry College: Jessica Kim and Christine Nguyen
Quinnipiac University: Erin Coyne
St. Anslem College: Katherine E. Moreshead, Alexis Jane Bogdanovich and Kelsey A. Berglund

Sidebar Elements

SOUTH PORTLAND — Children’s book author Virginia Brown and illustrator Dawn Prindall recently spent the day at Kaler elementary School reading their book, “The Tangled Loon,” and teaching students about loons, a healthy aquatic environment and the process of writing and illustrating a book.

Children got the chance to look through the “Loon Kit” Brown and Prindall borrowed from the Maine Audubon. Using the kit, the two created games and activities that taught the students about loon migration and the obstacles that birds face in order to survive.

Brown’s book is based on a real life loon rescue on Mooselookmeguntic Lake near Rangely. Her husband and neighbor, Jim Langford, helped free a loon who had become tangled in a fishing line.

SOUTH PORTLAND – The South Portland High School Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble have found great success regionally and locally in the month of March.

The Jazz Ensemble recently placed second at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston, Mass. They scored 278 out of a possible 300 points and freshman Alex Quinn was awarded two outstanding soloist trophies for his playing with both the ensemble and the jazz combo.

At the state level the jazz band 2 won the State Championship in the Division 1 Multiple Jazz Bands; the combo won second place in Division 1 Combos; and the jazz ensemble won the state championship in the Division 1 Jazz Bands. Drummer Vinny Amaroso won an Outstanding Musician Award in the combo division and Quinn won an Outstanding Musician Award in the Jazz Band Division.