Student artists in your neighborhood to be honored at Blaine House

Augusta, ME – Student artists from across Maine will receive recognition from Maine’s First Lady at a Blaine House ceremony at 2:00 pm, on Monday, April 11.

The students, from 17 schools, will receive certificates for their participation in the Maine Youth Excellence in Art exhibition that has been on display in the Capitol Complex since February.

“These works of art are inspiring and showcase the talent of our youth,” said Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage. “Two pieces of artwork are on display currently in the Blaine House and we are making space available for a third.

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

Native American End of winter Gathering

Indoor Native gathering celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of Spring.Vendors, drums, dancers and Native foods. Something for everyone. Admission: Donation at the door. If you enjoy the pow-wow in the fall you will also enjoy this event. This event is hosted by North Country Inter Tribal Pow-wow in Newport, Maine

March 19

Nokomis High School
Newport, Maine
Contact Ellie Luce for more information
207 368 4959 or

Skowhegan Basketball Player Nominated to McDonald's All American Team

Skowhegan Basketball Player Nominated to McDonald's All American Team


Skowhegan, Maine (Feb. 8, 2011) – With a nomination to the 2011 McDonald’s All American® High School Basketball Team, Whitney Jones of Skowhegan High School was recognized tonight as one of the top high school standouts in the nation. Jones was presented with her nomination certificate by Skowhegan McDonald’s® Owner/Operator Michael Ortins prior to the start of the Skowhegan home game on February 8.

Jones is one of just ten players nominated for the honor in Maine. She is among 800 nominees competing nationwide to fill one of 24 positions on the Girls Team. Nominees were submitted by members of the McDonald’s All American Selection Committee as well as state representatives who closely follow prep and high school basketball in each player’s respective area.



WHAT: Announcement of Skowhegan High School Girls Basketball Player (name not yet released) nominated for the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team

WHEN:  Tues., Feb. 8, 2011
6:45 PM (prior to the start of the 7PM Varsity Game)

WHERE: Skowhegan Area High School
61 Academy Circle
Skowhegan, Maine

WHO:   Skowhegan H.S. Girls Basketball Player will be announced
and receive a Certificate of Nomination to the McDonald’s All-American Team from a representative of the Skowhegan McDonald’s restaurant.

Background: 2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games
This Skowhegan Area High School basketball player ranks among the top 800 nominees from across the U.S. competing to fill one of 24 positions on the Girls Team, which will feature an East vs. West showdown on March 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

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.