Gorham High School wins at the 2011 Maine Drama Festival

Gorham High School wins at the 2011 Maine Drama Festival

Gorham High School's production of The Elephant Graveyard has taken first place for Class A at the 2011 Maine Drama festival. The Maine Drama festival finals were held March 25th and 26th.  Cast members Nathaniel Dombek, Ian Hawkes, Quincy Owens Hungry and Lia Van de Krol Young received awards for their performance. Special recommendations were also given for Stage Management, Set Design, Ensemble Acting and Overall Technical Excellence.

Over 2,500 Maine High Schools students from 77 high schools competed.  The Maine Drama festival is an annual event sponsored by The Maine Principals' Association and the Maine Drama Council.

The runner up for Class A was Lincoln Academy for their production of Runtime.


Saint Joseph’s to Host 2011 GNAC Baseball Championship

STANDISH, ME – The final two days of the 2011 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Baseball Tournament will be played at Larry Mahaney Diamond on the campus of Saint Joseph’s College.
Mahaney Diamond will host the GNAC semifinal round on Saturday, April 30th and the championship on Sunday, May 1st. Game times will be announced as the tourney nears.
The six-team GNAC tournament begins with a play-in round on Tuesday, April 26th when the four lowest-seeded teams face off to advance to the double-elimination portion of the tourney. The #3 and #4 seeds host the #6 and #5 teams, respectively, in the play-in round. The losers of these games do not advance.
Play resumes on Thursday, April 28th when the top two seeds host the play-in round winners in quarterfinal match-ups. The tournament then moves to a neutral site, Saint Joseph’s, for the remainder of the conference playoffs.

Annual Maine History Day Competition to Commence in Augusta

250 students will compete for the opportunity to travel to the
National Competition in Maryland

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, March 23 the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) will host 250 students from across the state as they take part in Maine History Day, an annual educational competition for all Maine students in grades 6 through 12.  An award ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm in Jewett Hall at UMA.

Maine History Day is part of a nationwide program involving all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Maine State winners may take part in the national competition at the University of Maryland in June.

Maine Community Colleges to Honor Scholars

AUGUSTA, ME - Fourteen Maine community college students will be named to the All-Maine Academic Team for two-year colleges at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at the Senator Inn in Augusta.
The event will be hosted by the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees.
The students receiving the award and a $500 scholarship are:

Gail Bennett, Otisfield, Central Maine Community College in Auburn; Suzanne Cohen, Sabattus, Central Maine Community College; Alexander Wallace, Bangor, Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor; Helen Chamberland, Hampden, Eastern Maine Community College; Kera Cummings, Pittsfield, Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield; Melanie Morin, Fairfield, Kennebec Valley Community College; Jessica Gal, Bridgewater, Northern Maine Community College in Pre


PORTLAND - Saturday will be the first public workout session for Maine's newest semi-professional
football team, the Maine Sabers.

For those who follow Maine football, the Maine Sabers is a familiar moniker. From 1991 through 1993,
the Sabers were Maine's dominant semi-professional football team.

In January, the Maine Sabers were officially admitted into the Eastern Football League, the oldest semi-
professional league in the nation, along with 15 other teams. The team is based in Portland and will
play at nearby fields such as Portland's Fitzpatrick Stadium or Scarborough High School's stadium. The
team's 2011 schedule has yet to be finalized but the season will run from late June through September.

The team was organized by Stephen Goodrich, a former administrator with the original Sabers and
Jason McLeod, Windham High School football team's offensive coordinator.

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.


In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design.