Southern School Notebook: Scarborough student named the U.S. Senate program

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Senate delegates announced

Lexie Jamieson of Scarborough has been selected as one of two Maine’s delegates to the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program, along with Julia Blackwell of Woolwich.

The Maine high school students will join 102 other students from across the country for a week in the nation’s capital, where they will have an opportunity to study the American political process firsthand.

The announcement was made by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King. “As a senior in high school, this incredible program strengthened my commitment to public service and gave me the opportunity to travel to Washington and meet with the legendary Senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith,” said Collins.

Jamieson attends Scarborough High School and serves as the New England and Bermuda District governor for Key Club International. She is also the treasurer of the Civil Rights Club, is a member of the National Honors Society, and is involved with Seeds of Peace. She plays soccer and lacrosse, and is a member of the wind ensemble band. Jamieson wants to establish a nonprofit focusing on women’s rights and healthcare in developing countries. She plans to attend Bates College in the fall, where she will study anthropology or women and gender studies.

During their week in Washington, the students will attend meetings and briefings with senators, congressmen, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, and an ambassador to the United States, among others. Delegates also receive a $5,000 college scholarship to help them pursue their future endeavors.

Scarborough students selected

Rachel Hatem and Will Vafiades, both of Scarborough, were among 74 Champlain College students who participated in the first induction ceremony of the college’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Also known as Sigma Alpha Pi, the organization is a leadership honor society, with membership based on nomination from campus faculty, academic achievement, and/or leadership potential. Students are also given access to leadership certification and scholarship opportunities through the organization.

College thespian honored

South Portland native Gabriella G. Salce was one of 13 students from Stonehill College in Easton, Masschusetts, to be honored by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for their work in the Stonehill Theatre Company’s fall production of “The Serpent Woman.” The festival, which recognizes the best and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs, honors student artists through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

In addition, Salce, who is a member of the Class of 2016 studying communication, was selected as an alternate for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship for her acting performance in “The Serpent Woman.” The scholarships provide recognition to outstanding student performers wishing to further their education. The group will audition at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Region I Festival at Western Connecticut State University Jan. 26-31.

Degree conferred

Joshua Adam Ungar of Cape Elizabeth was among nearly 1,400 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in ceremonies Dec. 18 and 19. Ungar earned a bachelor of science in education and human sciences from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The right chemistry

Rachel Inzana of Scarborough participated in the Biochemistry Club at Eastern Connecticut State University, located in Windham, Connecticut, during the fall 2015 semester. Inzana’s major is biochemistry. She is a member of the class of 2017.

Junior is on the best PATH

Alyssa Doherty, a junior from Scarborough, was awarded third place when Portland Arts and Technology High School Commercial Art class partnered with Pat’s Meat Market and Café in Portland for a poster competition. “All our Commercial Art students submitted work and the customers that came in to Pat’s voted on which ones they liked the best,” PATHS Commercial Art instructor Diane Manzi said. “There were over 30 posters to choose from.”

Pat’s Meat Market, which wanted to help students learn how to make a career out of creating art for commercial purposes, is displaying the winning posters, Manzi said. Commercial art students at PATHS learn layout, design and effective composition. All the students have a specialty and learn how to commercialize and make income from their art.

Dean’s lists

Colby-Sawyer College

Milani Hicks, of Scarborough, a member of the Class of 2019 with an undeclared major.

Allyse LeBlanc, of South Portland, a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in psychology.

To qualify, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Traci Lauren Yackulic, of Scarborough 

To be eligible for Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Lasell College 

Eliza Hellier, of South Portland, who is studying fashion design and production and is a member of the Class of 2016

Lauren Piper, of Scarborough, who is studying exercise science and is a member of the Class of 2018.

A student must carry 12 or more credits for the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above to receive Dean’s List recognition.

Stonehill College

Scarborough – Jennifer R. Carion, Erica L. Hanson, Malcolm L. Jacob, Alexis R. Johnson, Peter M. Krahe, Kimberly M. Lancaster, Evon Li, Kathryn P. Odden, Katherine S. Wahrer, Rachael V. Wallace and Rachel E. Webber.

South Portland – Lani M. Edwards, Savannah N. Fields, Mackenzie A. Mayes and Taylor R. Whaley.