Two opportunities available to Orono students

What is EPSCoR, and why should Orono students care?

This program provides Maine high school students with a paid, hands-on opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research… (read full description)

Orono High has participated for several years as documented here and in these photos:

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Mr. Owen sent all of us information about the research internships available this summer at the University. As Mr. Owen points out This program is no longer exclusive to OHS students and the selection process will consequently be much more competitive.” Deadline is May 1st.

Program flyer      Application


Wabanaki Youth Science (WaYS) Earth Camp at Schoodic Recreation and Research Center

Aerial view of campus at Acadia

This camp will provide an opportunity for high school students (9th-12th grade) to learn about the intersection of traditional cultural philosophies and the environmental science that provide a foundation to care for the land and water that is such an integral part of Wabanaki heritage.

Program flyer     Application

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Beyond High School


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Will you be one of the lucky ones?


Orono Schools Coalition for the Arts announces scholarships for Orono students grades 4-12.  Application deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014.

Students can earn funds to help defray the costs of arts camps, workshops or post-secondary education. Available  awards this year:

  • 2 scholarships of $50 each for grades 4-5
  • 3 scholarships of $50 each for grades 6-8
  • 3 scholarships of $50 each for grades 9-11
  • 2 post-secondary awards of $200 each for graduating seniors

Application for grades 4-11: Print and submit to school office 

Application for seniors: Print and submit to school office You must have your arts teacher’s signature on the completed form

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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Celebrate the ARTS!, Press Release


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Organizers, paddlers negotiate high, fast water during Souadabscook Stream Race

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

Posted April 13, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.

There was no issue with low water this year for the 39th annual Souadabscook Stream Race in Hampden.

Instead, the levels were so high, and fast in the whitewater sections, that race co-director Rick O’Donald had to make some adjustments.

“I’ve been running that river for about 30 years. I know I’ve seen it that high, but it’s been a long, long time. It was just boiling,” O’Donald said.

The downriver race was shortened to about five miles, while officials also conducted a short-course race to accommodate the less-experienced paddlers.

“We stopped it right after Emerson Mill Bridge,” O’Donald said. “I didn’t want to flush anybody down over the falls.”

When all was said and done, paddlers in 35 craft had negotiated at least the respective courses on a gorgeous spring day that featured temperatures in the upper 50s.

Shortly after the start at Vafiades Landing, paddlers this year encountered a diversion from the normal race route. Instead of cutting across Hammond Pond, which was still iced in, racers followed an improvised path.

“We couldn’t go through the pond, so we had to go about a mile through the trees,” said O’Donald, who explained that was possible because the water had flooded up into the trees in that area.

“That was kind of cool. I blazed a trail and put some ribbon in the trees and you had a path right out through the forest,” he added.

O’Donald said the only difficulty with that arrangement was that because of the mass start, paddlers sometimes converged on the entrance to the path at the same time, creating some bottlenecks.

The overall winner of the Souadabscook downriver race was Hank Thornburn, who finished in 29 minutes, 52 seconds competing in the K1 Long Racing classification.

Jeff Owen and Kailey Schimidt, winners of the OC2 Mixed Recreational division, were second overall in 30:10, while Clayton Cole and Justin Wardwell clocked a 30:11 to claim top honors in the OC2 Medium Racing classification.

The Souadabscook short course title went to Terry Wescott and Ander Thebaud, who stopped the timer in 28:00 and claimed the OC2 Mixed Rec division. Nathan Hayes and Ryan Hayes (OC2 Short Racing) placed second in 28:43, while John Carter (K1 Short) took third in 28:53.

“There were a lot of spectators on the bridge, the crowd was out,” O’Donald said of Saturday’s welcome spring weather. “People have been cooped up so long this winter, they’re just glad to get outside.”

Souadabscook Stream Race results

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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in GoActive!


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Sunshine and fast times buoy St. George River Race paddlers

Posted April 06, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.

Paddlers in Canoe No. 22 (Harriet Manaker) negotiate the rapids just downstream from the Ghent Road Bridge in Searsmont during the 35th St. George River Race on Sunday.

APPLETON, Maine — Hundreds of people flocked to the rural riverfront between downtown Searsmont and the Route 105 bridge here Saturday, grateful for the chance to observe what they hoped would be the belated meteorological kickoff to a spring the calendar said should have started weeks ago.

Some were busy navigating the 101 canoes and kayaks that left the starting line for the 35th annual St. George River Race.

Others were cast as “river vultures,” perhaps hoping to see friends or family members take a chilly spill amid the whitewater along the six-mile route, though for most the main goal was to savor a sun-splashed afternoon in the wake of what almost universally is being considered the longest winter in recent memory.

“What a great way to celebrate the beginning of spring, just perfect,” said Doug Fox of Unity, who completed the race in a two-person canoe with his son Silas, a senior at Mount View High School in Thorndike. “The water level was just right, nice and fast. We could use some more practice, but we did all right.”

Less hospitable weather had pushed back the start of Eastern Maine’s canoe and kayak season, particularly lingering ice that forced the postponement of the St. George race for eight days and the cancellation of what was to have been the 41st annual Passagassawaukeag River Race in Belfast.

“Everyone had been waiting and waiting and waiting,” said St. George race director Dale Cross. “This is a week later than usual and we miss not having the Passy race, but just to get out and into some good water like we had today, I don’t know where else you could do it in the state of Maine right now. People were really excited to get out.”

Times were fast on the swift water, which was considered at a near-perfect level by veteran and younger paddlers alike.

“It was beautiful,” said Dan Littlefield of Belfast, who has competed in this race since its inception and made this year’s run with John Goulet of Holden. “The water level was a little higher than normal; I don’t think we touched a rock the whole way. There were a lot of waves, but we ran clean through them and had a good clean run.”

Kayaker Ray Wirth of Belfast won the race for the second straight year with a clocking of 39 minutes, 1 second. The canoe team of Mark Ranco and Chris Francis of Bangor finished second in 40:30, followed by a tie for third between the canoe tandem of Barry and Lori Dana of Solon and kayaker Hank Thorburn of Harpswell, both timed in 41:12.

But the festive mood of virtually all who took part in the event suggested that success on this day was not being measured by a stopwatch.

“Just paddling kind of reminds me of the warm weather to come,” said 18-year-old Sammi Nadeau, an Orono High School senior who teamed with classmate Kailey Schmidt to run the St. George for the fourth straight year.

The paddler in canoe No. 20 (Hanna Renedo) swaps the paddle side just past the Ghent Road bridge in Searsmont during the 35th St. George River Race on Sunday.

Nadeau and Schmidt are gearing up to defend their 2013 ACA Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver National Championship in the girls ages 16-18 division come mid-June in North Carolina.

“We went pretty hard in the flatwater, nice and clean,” said Schmidt of the St. George race. “We ran the lines very cleanly compared to [a practice run] Friday. We took our time in the whitewater and tried to stay as dry as possible and then tried to make up our time in the flatwater.”

The event also received some national attention as Evan Olmsted, a Farmington-based cameraman for the Animal Planet cable television series “North Woods Law,” shot video of race competitor Aaron Cross for an episode of the show based on the Maine Warden Service that is set to begin its new season May 29.

Cross, a game warden and the son of the race director, has been a regular participant in the St. George race and was competing this year with his cousin Andrew.

“There was a little extra incentive to keep the [two] GoPro cameras in the boat relatively dry,” he said. “I’m probably not worth enough to replace those cameras, and we did OK at keeping them dry.

“The water was unbelieveable. The rocks are covered up, the waves weren’t gigantic so it was relatively safe for everyone. It was perfect, I think.”

Race results from MaCKRO

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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in GoActive!


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No Foolin’ — The clock is ticking for students seeking financial aid | Consumer Information

April 1, 2014
by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist

If you’re a college student seeking financial aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can. Yes, I know, the deadline for submitting the FAFSA is June 30th, but many states and schools allocate funds on a first-come, first-served basis. What’s more, some states have deadlines for filing the FAFSA to be eligible for certain kinds of aid.

There’s no need to wait until your family has all of the necessary paperwork or has filed their income taxes to submit your FAFSA. You can submit the form using estimates, and then update the form to correct any discrepancies.

While you’re at it, be cautious about scholarship and student loan scams. Ads or solicitations from companies may claim they have programs that could make you eligible to receive financial aid, including grants, student loans, work-study and other types of aid. For a processing fee, they say they’ll handle all the paperwork. But experts caution: The only application that will determine eligibility for all programs is the FAFSA.

If you’re contacted by companies or visit websites that say they’ll process your FAFSA for a fee, do yourself a favor and save some money, too. Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Aid on the Web for free information on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. You can complete the FAFSA online, as well as learn about other FAFSA filing options. You also can call 1-800-4-FED-AID.

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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Beyond High School, scam alerts, Uncategorized


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Orono’s got T-A-L-E-N-T that will be featured Sunday, May 11th at Minsky

For several years we have promoted Young Artists Scholarship and Showcase

Application Young Artists is all you will need to apply for the young artists scholarship.

The deadline for applications is March 31st.  Auditions will be held April 9 in the library from 2:30-4:00.

Max Birgfeld-Davis was one of last year’s winners.  Orono students do well when they compete.

The search is on for artists — visual, literary, multi-media and performance. Appear alone or as a group.
Minsky Recital Hall is an amazing place to perform. Print an application, fill it out and bring it to
the library.  I’ll get it to the people in charge.


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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Celebrate the ARTS!, Competition Results


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Orono places 5th in Maine State Drama Festival, Class B

Gorham, Yarmouth win state championship titles at 2014 Maine Drama Festival – Bangor Daily News

Posted March 23, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
Last modified March 23, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.

This weekend, 17 schools competed for the state championship at the 2014 Maine Drama Festival and the honor of representing the state on April 15-17, at the New England Drama Festival in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

At the Class A state finals at Camden Hills Regional High School, Gorham High School won first place, and Falmouth was the runner-up. However, Gorham will be unable to attend the New England Drama Festival. Falmouth will represent Maine in Gorham’s place.

At the Class B state finals at Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth was the winner. Oak Hill came in second place. Yarmouth will attend the New England Drama Festival.

Eighty schools competed in the regionals March 7-8, with 17 schools advancing to the two finals. More than 3,000 students participated in the annual event.

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Judges’ Commendations:

Outstanding Scene Change Music to Hanna Renedo and Katherine Fergusson in A Beckett Trilogy

Outstanding Sound Voice Audio to Emily Noyes, Jesse Amar and Emma ElzHammond in A Beckett Trilogy

All-Festival Cast:

Orono A Beckett Trilogy
May: Emily Seavey
Bam: Conall Molloy


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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Celebrate the ARTS!, Competition Results


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