Southern School Notebook: Nov. 24

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Cape student attends Global Youth Institute

Rohan Freedman from Cape Elizabeth High School was among 200 students nationwide selected to attend the 24th annual Global Youth Institute in mid-October in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Freedman engaged with global leaders in science, policy, and industry to discuss the world’s most pressing challenges in hunger and poverty.

In order to participate in the program, students research and write a paper on a topic affecting food security in a developing country and provide recommendations on how to better the lives of a typical family in the country. 

The Global Youth Institute is held in conjunction with the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, which annually gathers the world’s foremost leaders and thinkers in global food security. Students present and discuss their innovative ideas to combat hunger with World Food Prize Laureates, international experts and peers from over 60 countries. 

Trio of Scarborough students lobby for change

Eleven residents – including three students from Scarborough High School –traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for a nationwide, market-based climate solution.

They joined about 600 other Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers from around the country who entered the offices of 300 senators and representatives to press for carbon-pricing legislation that returns the revenue to households.

The Scarborough students, Riley Beliveau, Ryan O’Leary and Jackie DeQuattro, participated in Congressional Education Day on Nov. 14 by meeting with members of Congress and their staff. The three are active in their school’s ecology club and are founding members of the Maine Youth Environmental Alliance, a statewide association of high school environmental clubs.

The volunteer lobbyists carried data based on meetings with nearly all members of Congress in June which show that Republicans are more interested in market-based approaches to addressing climate change than anyone gives them credit for.

CEEF welcomes new board members

Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation announced the addition of five new CEEF board members for the 2017-18 year: Meredith Beauregard, Ari Berman, Troy McLaughlin, Eliza Sandals and Michelle Whitney.

New officers for the 2017-18 year are: Liz McEvoy, president; Kristin Riley, vice-president; Gil Hagan, treasurer; and Cory Mosunic, secretary.

Anna Eugene, an eighth-grader from China, concentrates as she paints a rose on the cheek of Ester Bolese, a fifth-grader from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The girls were part of the first Cultural Fair at Holy Cross School in South Portland on Nov. 16.

These Kaler Elementary School third-graders far exceeded their goal of raising $200 for victims of hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Isaiah and Maria by collecting change at their South Portland school.The girls raised $300 by the end of October. In front from left are Ellie Moro, Nevaeh Higgins, Delilah Fortin and Vivian Lolar. In the back row are Lisette Hakizimana, Nora Kennie, Olive Manns and Desire Kessinger.

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