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Biddeford High School student Austin Dutremble of Biddeford, Maine has been selected to receive the 2017 Principal’s Award, Principal Jeremie Sirois announced today. The award sponsored by the Maine Principal’s Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.
“Throughout his years at Biddeford High School, Austin has distinguished himself in the classroom, in athletics, and as a leader in the school and community. He is a fine young man with a tremendous future ahead of him. Austin very much deserves this recognition.” said Sirois.
Austin Dutremble, Principal Sirois, and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
The Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler. Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association. An addition five $1000 scholarships will be presented through the efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament.
The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.
Biddeford High School (BHS) and Biddeford Regional Center of Technology (BRCOT) are holding their first annual Academic Showcase to strengthen relationships and increase understanding, provide support for students, and better connect with families and businesses. The event is open to all grades and the community-at-large. It is an open-house style in which attendees may drop-in when it is convenient for them between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9.
"Through our Community Engagement Coalition we have heard from students, parents, teachers, businesses and members of the community that they would like to know more about what is occurring with academics as our youth prepare for college and the workforce,” stated Biddeford Regional Center of Technology Director Paulette Bonneau. “We are proud to showcase their efforts, display their robotics built through the STEM Academy and allow the community to learn more about our offerings to students, as well as adult learners.”
The showcase will highlight: innovative learning opportunities available to students as some showcase their own work; how you can support what’s happening in the schools; how your valuable tax dollars are shaping youth; how your business can partner with the schools; and the many technical and career programs offered through the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.
"No More Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bringing to Light Issues of Inclusion at BHS”
Biddeford High School’s (BHS) Civil Rights Team is tackling the issue of inequality head-on thanks to a visit by Maine-based artist and activist Pigeon, also known as Orson Horchler, on February 28. Pigeon will work with the Team to conceptualize and create a custom art installation that addresses the theme of belonging before co-presenting their work at a school-wide assembly. Students will create a piece that focuses on themselves as Mainers titled, “No More Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bringing to Light Issues of Inclusion at BHS.”
“We pride ourselves on our school spirit; yet, we know some students are still not fully accepted in our community,” stated BHS Civil Right Team Leader Veronica Foster. “Often this exclusion happens quietly: muttered comments in the hallway, students who are not elected to Student Council despite being qualified, hurtful generalizations about ‘those kids.’ As a result, our happy sea of black and orange can hide the more isolated experiences of students who do not fit the norm.”
While Maine is the most homogeneous state in the union, the Biddeford School Department benefits from remarkable diversity. More than half (53%) of York County’s English Language Learners attend Biddeford schools consisting of 160 students from nearly twenty countries. The BHS Civil Rights Team will make a piece of art that explicitly acknowledges the valuable contribution that ALL students bring to our school community, especially students who may not feel like they fully belong. They want students to be able to walk past the art installation and see themselves reflected back.
“I applaud our students for taking the initiative to bring this Maine-based artist to BHS,” stated Superintendent Jeremy Ray. “This is an unsettling time for many of our students and it is important they know they belong here. They enrich our curriculum and enhance the quality and diversity of our schools.”
Pigeon’s artwork depicts singular images of individuals with “Mainer” noted below. His goal is to create a lively dialogue around the perception of ‘Mainer’ and bring forth the issues of race, class and belonging to those who call Maine home. Pigeon has been invited to hang his portraits on vacant storefronts in Portland, at the Maine Historical Society, University of Maine at Farmington and more.
Sample of Pigeon’s artwork.
Biddeford Intermediate School (BIS) teacher Lori Flynn was recently announced as a Golden Apple Award recipient. The Golden Apple Awards, hosted by 99.9 The Wolf, was created to recognize individuals dedicated to the intellectual and emotional growth of Maine's children and young adults. Flynn was nominated by a parent, France Pelletier, and received a floral arrangement, dinner for two, and a limo ride to and from school. She will also be recognized at a special banquet in August in which all recipients will be honored.
Pelletier wrote in her nomination regarding Flynn: “Our daughter Katelyn was fortunate enough to have Mrs. Flynn as her second grade teacher. Katelyn really struggled with reading through kindergarten, first grade and the summer leading up to the start of second grade. Shortly after beginning second grade she looked Mrs. Flynn in the eye and told her ‘But Mrs. Flynn, I can't read.’ And Mrs. Flynn said to her ‘It's ok Katelyn, you will learn.’ And learn she did! Katelyn just started middle school this year and since second grade, Mrs. Flynn has been her favorite teacher. Each year since, Katelyn would go out of her way to make it a point to see Mrs. Flynn. Whether it be visiting her classroom, taking a different route in the hallways to walk past her door in hopes of catching a glimpse of her, passing her in the hallway, or to give her a hug. If ever there was a teacher to leave a lasting impression on a child's heart - it's Mrs. Flynn. She cares beyond measure. Thank you so much for your consideration of this great educator and person for the Golden Apple Award!”
“This is a tremendous honor for Mrs. Flynn,” stated BIS Principal Deb Kenney. “We are very proud of our educators but it is especially touching when a parent goes out of their way to recognize a teacher who clearly has had a significant impact on their child. This is ultimately every teacher’s hope as they educate their students.”
To nominate an educator for the 2017 Golden Apple Awards, visit http://wtht.nh1media.com/pages/golden-apple-awards
Golden Apple Award Winner Lori Flynn (center) with limo driver, Walter, and volunteer “Grammy Kay”.
Biddeford Middle School (BMS) is hosting the 2017 York County District Honors Music Festival where some of the most talented band and chorus students from twelve area middle schools will come to together for a full day to rehearse and perform culminating in a wonderful concert on Saturday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m. in the BMS Performing Arts Center. Admission to the concert is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students/children with a family cap for immediate family of only $15. Proceeds to the concert benefit members of the BMS Music Department. Doors open at 3:30 PM.
Selection to the festival is a tremendous honor. BMS students auditioned for selection. Students that were selected include from the Band: Aushe Edmond-alto saxophone, Maliha Raida, Emily Poisson, and Ru Liu-clarinets, Aurelia Leonard-french horn, Colin Tippett-percussion, Zowie Cheetham-Wilmot and Allie Hayden-trombones. Students selected from the Chorus include: Sally McGrath, Elizabeth Nunes, Katie Belanich, Katlyn Bickford, Sarina Strickland, Delia Boucher, Andrew Marcotte, Aiden Maliski, Vernika McDaniel, and Kerri Scott.
Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their support of this music festival and the BMS Music Department: Hannaford of Maine, Starbucks of Saco, Lois’ Pizza of Biddeford, Pappa Johns of Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach House of Pizza, Panera of Biddeford, Carolyn Marcotte, Lindsey Nadeau, Rob & Sally Petit, Doug & Amy Delorge, Alicia Phelps, Marie Potvin, Huot family, Gaudette & Kurtz family, Fleurent family, Boislard family, Leonard family, Emily Nhun, Vivi Coa, Nyapan Pan, Gabryszewski family, Christee Whittaker, Amanda Maliski, McGrath family, Bickford family, Wilmot family, Laura Perreault and Michelle Newton.
On January 27th, Biddeford High School (BHS) held its fourth Annual Hall of Honor Ceremony in which eight alum were inducted into the Class of 2016. Those chosen this year included: Nicole Binnette (Passeggio) '98, Jennifer Dutremble '06, Guy Garon '59, Lloyd LaFountain '49, Aimee Mortensen (Price) '09, Robert Parisien '99, Kay Saucier (Peace) '60, and Alfred Waterhouse. Their family and friends enjoyed a reception prior to the induction ceremony which was later emceed by WCSH Channel 6 news anchor Katie Bavoso. Inductee Robert Parisien addressed the crowd on behalf of the class.
“It is an honor to recognize such amazing athletes that have continued on to do great things,” stated BHS Principal Jeremie Sirois. “The Selection Committee has shared with me how challenging it is to narrow down the choices with so many deserving individuals. They strive to choose from different eras and genders for a well-balanced Class of 2016.”
Nicole Binette (Passeggio) participated in field hockey and indoor and outdoor track and field. She won state championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998 earning earned All-Conference and All-State recognition in each track season of her high school career. Nicole also finished second academically in her class. She was selected as a Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and her academic success afforded her the opportunity to attend the University of Maine on scholarship. While at UMaine, she was the Rookie of the Year in 1999 and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002 with a degree in Nursing. Nicole is currently a Registered Nurse at Mass General Hospital in Boston.
Jennifer Dutremble participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball. In field hockey she was an All-SMAA and All-State selection in 2004 and 2005. In her senior year she was selected to the Cape Cod Classic and Palm Springs, CA Classic. On the softball field, she was an All-SMAA selection in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She was selected to the All-State team in 2005 and 2006 and named the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006. Also in 2006, she was named a 2nd team EAS All-American. Upon graduation, Jennifer first attended Hofstra University on a softball scholarship. She was a 1st team Academic All-American. She later transferred to Boston College and obtained her degree in Life Science in 2010. She now works for Imprevada.
Guy Garon participated in football, basketball, and baseball. On the football field, Guy led his team to the 1958 state title. In 1959, the Portland Press Herald selected him to receive the Thom McAn Award as Maine’s most outstanding football player. Sporting News recognized him with a citation for being an Honorable Mention selection to the National HS All-America Team. On the basketball court, he earned three varsity letters and was named to the 1959 New England Catholic Tournament All-Tournament team. On the baseball diamond, he played for the 1956 Telegram League Champions and in 1958 was selected as an All-Conference player at second base. Upon graduation, he attended Boston College and played defensive back for the Eagles. He earned his History Degree from BC and has coached football at a variety of levels with this past year finishing his 53rd year as a coach.
Lloyd LaFountain participated in football and basketball. Lloyd was an Honorable Mention All-Maine football player as a sophomore and 1st team in his final two seasons. He was the only underclassman chosen as a 1st team recipient. On the basketball court he was a four-year starter and was known to be an aggressive rebounder and capable scorer. At the conclusion of the 1948 Western Maine tournament, he was selected to the All-Tournament team. His team reached the Western Maine Final in that year. As a BHS student, Lloyd was President of the Student Council, Editor-in-Chief of the Olympian and served a year as Class President. Lloyd was a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the School of Law. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, had his own private law practice and served as County Attorney for York. He was also appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be the US Attorney for the District of Maine. In 1974, he was a candidate for Governor of Maine.
Aimee Mortenson (Price) participated in basketball and softball. On the basketball court she played varsity basketball all four years and garnered All-Conference honors each year. In 2009, she was selected to play in the Maine McDonald’s High School All-Star Game at Husson College. She finished her high school career with 1,129 career points and is one of five girls to achieve 1,000 career points at Biddeford High School. On the softball field Aimee again played at the varsity level all four years and made All-Conference in each of those years. In 2009, she was selected to the All-State team. Upon graduation, Aimee attended Husson University and played four years of softball. She made the All-Conference team in each of those years. She was the 2010 NAC Conference Rookie of the Year and in 2011 the NAC Conference Player of the Year. She received her degree in Educational Studies. Aimee is currently employed by the Westbrook School Department as an Educational Technician.
Robert “Bobby” Parisien participated in football, basketball, and baseball. As a football player, Bobby was awarded the James J. Fitzpatrick trophy, the Gatorade Player of the Year, named a Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete, the Portland Press Herald MVP, US Today All-American Honorable Mention, and Gridiron Greats National All-Star. He amassed career numbers of 4,316 passing yards, 1,589 rushing yards and combined for 48 total touchdowns. As a basketball and baseball player, he earned SMAA All-Conference and All-Academic. Upon graduation, Bobby went on to play at Brown University. He became a stellar defensive player and as a junior was named All-Ivy Honorable Mention and led the defense with 71 tackles. In his senior year, he earned Brown’s Frederick “Fritz” Pollard Award for demonstrating a relentless pursuit of gridiron achievement in the tradition of Fritz Pollard. He graduated with a degree in Economics in 2003 and went on to study pre-med at New York University and later Tufts University School of Medicine, graduating with a Medical Doctorate in 2013. He is currently an Orthopedic Surgery Resident.
Kay Saucier (Peace) participated in basketball. Girls basketball in its early days had very different rules. Each team of six had three defensive and three offensive players and players were not allowed to dribble more than three times. Kay typically averaged 30 points per game and by the time she was a senior her teams began to win consistently. She garnered most of her attention as a state foul shooting champion in 1958, 1959, and 1960. Kay is a graduate of Keene State College and also earned advanced degrees from Springfield College and Boston University. Kay was the first women’s basketball coach in Keene State’s history and had the best winning percentage (.790) of any Keene basketball coach. She was also on the Physical Education staff and had been the women’s athletic coordinator. She was instrumental in adding the words “varsity” and “intercollegiate” to the Owls’ athletic program. Kay is a member of the Keene State Hall of Fame.
Alfred Waterhouse was inducted as a contributor to Biddeford High School. In 1929 Alfred, with some local investors, purchased land that was to be used for local high school athletics. In 1931, during the Great Depression many of the investor’s pledges went unpaid. With the mortgage on the field in default, Alfred, a modest hardware store worker, poured huge sums of money into the investment of the field. For many decades Waterhouse Field was considered the epicenter of Maine High School football. Waterhouse Field has been the host site of several Western Maine Championship games and the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic. The tradition of the field is well known as documented by the many success stories that surround the facility. Without the contributions of Alfred Waterhouse back in the 1930’s, the student athletes of Biddeford High School would not have been afforded the opportunity to play in such a sacred facility.
Nominations for the Class of 2017 are now being accepted up to October 31. Nomination applications can be obtained by visiting the Biddeford School Department website at biddefordschooldepartment.org or contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 282-8280.
Biddeford High School’s Hall of Honor Class of 2016 Inductees (l-r) Nicole Binnette (Passeggio) '98, Jennifer Dutremble '06, Guy Garon '59, Tom LaFountain accepting for his father Lloyd LaFountain '49, Aimee Mortensen (Price) '09, Robert Parisien '99, Kay Saucier (Peace) '60, and Helen Hamilton accepting for her grandfather Alfred Waterhouse.
Biddeford High School (BHS) held its first Annual Tiger PRIDE Ceremony in which students were honored for upholding the values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability and Empathy. Thirty-Nine students were nominated by their teachers for each category with a student from category being named the overall recipient. Of all the students nominated, BHS Junior Katlyn Brooks was chosen as the overall Tiger PRIDE Recipient for exemplifying excellence in all five categories.
Biddeford Education Foundation's Pillars of Pride recipients Roland Eon '70 and Jim Godbout addressed the students during the ceremony. Godbout stated, “I often talk about preparing our youth for the soft skills they will need in our future, specifically the workforce. Businesses are seeking employees who are hard-working, respectful, insightful, honest, thoughtful, and dependable team players. It is clear that the students here this evening are on the right path.”
The award nominees included: Perseverance - Austin Barnes-Waggoner, Morganne Bragdon, Katlyn Brooks, Chantel Gagnon, Victoria Lambert, Zoe LeComte, Pat Martin, Lina Nguyen, Kara Williams and Hailey Woodman; Respect - Andrew Curtiss, Lina Nguyen and Cameron Roy; Integrity - Grace Laverriere and Lina Nguyen; Dependability - Brianna Adams, Nadya Buffum, Trevor Dube, Cameron Roy and Ashlin Ruel; Empathy - Penny Breyman, Crystal Gammon and Jillian Greenleaf; and overall Tiger PRIDE - Anthony Ayala, Jared Bayley, Kyle Bshara, Keisha Dedrick, Caroline Gallant, Grace Martin, Kairlye McQueen, Addison Moore, Ernest Nijimbere, Jasmine Ross, Shane Spaulding, Alex Truehart and Olivia Whitaker.
The overall category award recipients were: Laurie M Kanyamuneza and J. Leslie Nyambo (Perseverance); Kristen Eugley (Respect); Carl Davis (Integrity); Matt Perkins (Dependability); Aaron Dutremble (Empathy); and Katlyn Brooks (Tiger PRIDE).
As Brooks was announced as the overall Tiger PRIDE Recipient, her teacher Lauren Wynne read from her nomination, “Rather than focus on what she couldn’t do, she took charge of her learning. She focused on doing whatever she had to do to succeed. When one thing didn’t work, she’d just try something else until she found something that did work. Now, in her third year of high school, with a full CP schedule, a member of the track team, and a class standing in the top 30%, she is on course for a promising career in the medical field. She has truly been an inspiration to me and to those around her. She exemplifies Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability and Empathy.”
Biddeford High School Junior Katlyn Brooks 'was named the overall Tiger PRIDE Award Recipient joining ranks with the Biddeford Education Foundation's Pillars of Pride recipients Roland Eon and Jim Godbout.Biddeford High School students nominated and award recipients of BHS’ Tiger PRIDE Ceremony for upholding the values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability and Empathy.
The STEM Academy provides students a project-based, student-centered pathway for those interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It allows them an unparalleled opportunity to engage in STEM coursework, enjoy early enrollment and specialized advising, and earn a STEM-endorsed diploma. This unique diploma tells employers and post-secondary schools alike that students are highly-qualified and ready for the unique and rewarding challenges of STEM careers. As Biddeford’s articulation agreements grow each year, the goal is for STEM Academy students to enroll in college with sophomore standing.
“We are grateful to the Biddeford Education Foundation’s Board and those who have supported academics throughout our schools,” stated Superintendent Jeremy Ray. “Funding continues to be a challenge for public schools and this Foundation opens doors for Biddeford youth to engage in opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them.”
The Biddeford Education Foundation appreciates the individual and business donors who have contributed to date and will continue to raise funds throughout the year to support other initiatives that meet their mission. It held its first inaugural Pillars of Pride event last Fall to honor two generous community partners and longtime contributors to learning, Roland Eon and Jim Godbout. Other funding sources recently received for the STEM Academy include grants from the Cohen Foundation, Toshiba America Foundation and Walmart Foundation.
“The STEM Academy is a perfect match to the Foundation’s mission,” stated Biddeford Education Foundation President Karen Chasse. “It allows for innovative, hands-on learning which not only cements what they have learned but encourages them to work together, be independent thinkers, problem-solve and think outside-the-box for solutions.”
For more information on the Biddeford Education Foundation or to make a gift, visit the Biddeford School Department’s website, click on the Giving Tab and Foundation link or call Karen Chasse at 207-391-6885.