Southern School Notebook: May 30

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Tech Team provides cell phone assistance

South Portland High School Tech Team students recently visited the Community Center May 8 in order to help senior citizens with one-on-one cell phone problems and common questions. It was a great opportunity for the school to connect with the community and for local cell phone experts to share their knowledge. Students gained experience working with the community and look forward to doing more tech-related work in the future. The team has also repaired old school laptops for  the district. Tech Team is an elective offered by Julie York in the Career Preparation Department. For more information on the course, contact York at

SMCC student receives scholarship to study abroad

Southern Maine Community College student Amber Powell has received a George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship to study in Ireland next fall. Powell, who lives in Cape Elizabeth, will attend Cork Institute of Technology, where she plans to study community development or business. Her great-grandmother was born in Cork County, Ireland, so she also hopes to explore her family history while she’s there. The Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System created the scholarship as a tribute to former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell for his efforts to facilitate peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Powell is one of two community college students in Maine to receive the scholarship this year.

Cape Elizabeth Latin students recognized

Eighteen of the 20 students who took the National Latin Exam in Cape Elizabeth High School’s two Latin 1 sections, scored above the national average. Ten students. Eli Babcock, Ethan DuPerre, Nat Jordan, Eamon Kelley, Michaela Kohan, Emma Landes, Emily Lynch, James Planinsek, Harry Queeney and Katharine Zajkowski each received the Gold summa cum laude award, the contest’s highest medal. Babcock and Jordan had perfect scores on the 40-question test, which measures a student’s knowledge of grammar, idioms, history and culture. They are students of Portland resident Morton G. Soule.