Southern School Notebook: May 18

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CEHS releases names of top students

The top 10 percent of students graduating with the Class of 2018 from Cape Elizabeth High in alphabetical order are: Sean Agrodnia, Derek Allen, Samuel Berman, Ryan Collins, Christie Gillies, Anthony Inhorn, Henry Menz, Erin O’Rourke, Grace Roberts and Madison Sarka, in addition to Valedictorian Preston Stewart.

Holy Cross student wins state poster contest

Rowan Keller, a fourth-grade student in Susan Hasson’s class at Holy Cross School in South Portland, took first place in the 2018 Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced.

The annual contest allows Maine students from kindergarten through grade 12 to participate, with older students submitting essays about the Maine Constitution, voting and democracy and younger students creating posters reflecting Maine history or symbols.

“The essay and poster contest is a great opportunity for students to reflect on the wide spectrum of Maine’s identity, from our traditional industries to the iconic animals that roam our woods and waters,” said Dunlap. “We congratulate the winners and hope that all of the students gained a deeper appreciation for their state through their participation.”

The poster contest, open to students from kindergarten to grade 5, includes two categories, with a theme of “Maine Symbols” for grades K-3 and “Maine History” for grades 4-5. The posters were judged on April 18 by three members of the Maine Legislature. 

All the winning students and their classmates were invited to view the state’s original 1820 Constitution at the Maine State Archives in Augusta – a special honor, as it is not regularly removed from the storage vault for viewings.

To learn more about student programs and view winning entries from this year’s contest and past contests, visit the Secretary of State’s Kids’ Page at bit.ly/2KwaB1r.

CEHS student a presidential scholar finalist

Grace Roberts, a graduating senior at Cape Elizabeth High School, has been named one of 630 semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.

The semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,300 candidates. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. 

The Commission of Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 citizens appointed by the president, will select the finalists, who will be announced sometime in May.

A poster by Rowan Keller, a fourth-grade student at Holy Cross in South Portland, took first place in a statewide contest sponsored by the Maine Department of the Secretary of State. 

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