Southern School Notebook: April 29

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RIT student from Scarborough recognized

Eric Johnson of Scarborough, the son of Glenn P. Johnson and Karen R. Friedman, was named a 2015-2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar at Rochester Institute of Technology. Johnson is a fifth-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

The award, a bronze medallion, was given in ceremonies April 7 to those students who have met the scholarship criteria: a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of 4.0; completion of more than two-thirds of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated community engagement.

Project completed abroad by local college student

Jeffrey Sirocki of Scarborough, a member of the class of 2017 majoring in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, completed a project in New Zealand titled “Stakeholder Study: Resource Management of Wairarapa Moana.”

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s more than 45 off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.

Michaela Donahue and Patrick Libby share their talent and knowledge of crochet with the school community during a recent Maker Monday at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland. The new Fab Lab is a makerspace for students in kindergarten through fifth grade that promotes project-based, student-directed exploration learning experiences. To learn more, see

Cape Elizabeth students Analise Gordon and Kathryne Clay visited the State House in Augusa, where they served as honorary pages.