Students take top honors in Maine National History Day competition — The Weekly

Posted April 13, 2015, at 2:37 p.m.

ORONO — More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools in nine counties participated in the Maine National History Day competition at the University of Maine on March 28.

The event was made possible by a partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society.

National History Day is an academic program that began in 1980 to promote critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than a half million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.

Student exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances were judged and awards were presented in an afternoon ceremony. The top state winners are eligible to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June.

A public recognition ceremony for the state NHD award winners was held April 7 in Augusta’s Cultural Building atrium in partnership with the Maine State Archives, Museum and Library.

Area winners include:

Orono High School: Liza Gallandt of Orono, second place, individual, documentary, senior division, for “Gertrude Bell: Her Fragile Legacy in Modern Iraq;” Patienze McIntyre of Orono, third place, paper, senior division, for “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Legacy.”

UMaine Educators Prepare Orono High School Students for Engineering Competition – WABI-TV


APR 15, 2015 7:45 PM EDT


In preparation for an upcoming engineering and design competition, Orono High School students partnered with the University of Maine Wednesday for a hands-on learning opportunity.

Instructors from the Advanced Structures and Composites Center helped students transform a kit of raw materials into solid, functional wind blades.

The students from Orono high school are participating in the 7th Annual Wind Blade Challenge at the University next month.

Organizers say the event provides a path for students to pursue careers in alternative energy and manufacturing

“They basically have a scaled down wind turbine and they put wind on it to see how much energy it can generate,” said Steve Berry, lab manager at UMaine.

“It is more hands on, actually using things that we learn in school and to design and make something completely out of scratch,” said Ryan Wells, a student at Orono High School.

34 teams from around the state are competing in the Wind Blade Challenge at the University of Maine in Orono on May 1st.

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Bangor Daily News Blogger brings Harriet’s story to her readers

More than anything, I wanted someone to say I was good enough.

I don’t remember the first time and I don’t remember the last. What I remember is desperation, loneliness and shame.

My name is Natalie Feulner. I am a wife, a mother, a journalist and an adventurer. I also have bulimia. Have, not had. That’s the thing about eating disorders, they’re never really gone.

Recovery is forever.

And that’s exactly why when someone in our community speaks out, especially a young woman with a life full of promise and possibility, we must support her.

Seventeen-year-old Orono resident Harriet Manaker is a daughter, a sister and a straight-A student. She also has anorexia. She remembers years of misery, loneliness and isolation.

But Harriet has so much more.


And she’s sharing that hope with the world even as she continues to struggle.

Last October, Harriet, an avid Buzzfeed video fan, reached out to producer Keith Habersberger. She wanted to make a video that would reach hundreds, thousands even, with her story. The video includes a montage of art and journal entries of Harriet’s and ends with her realization: “I am enough.” It has more than 1 million views.

I met Harriet at her home last week. She’s a bright, loquacious young woman with so much heart and passion.

For people with eating disorders, numbers are omnipresent and debilitating. For Harriet, numbers tell her story.


The age when Harriet realized there was a difference in her body size and that of another girl.


How old she was when she learned what a calorie is.


When she made the connection between eating less and losing weight and the first time she was hospitalized.

But now numbers simply highlight a list of messages she wants to share with others. They’ve given her life new meaning.

1.There is hope.

2. Recovery is possible but more than that, happiness is possible. And it’s worth it.

3. Recovery is exceptionally difficult. As Harriet puts it, “every day, every minute, every meal, every bite for that matter is a struggle.”

4. Eating disorders and seeking recovery are not and should not be shameful. Telling your story, as Harriet has done with the world, is the bravest thing someone with an eating disorder can do. But it shouldn’t have to be.

5. Resources in Maine are virtually nonexistent. Each time Harriet had to be hospitalized, often for months at time, she had to go to Boston. The distance made her disease all the more isolating.

6. You have to let it go. Harriet says recovery is a lot like a trade. You are trading weight loss for gain, sickness for health but also misery for happiness.

Numbers no longer tell my story. That’s the reason I didn’t have a number to give my midwife at my first appointment during pregnancy in 2013. I hadn’t owned a scale for almost 10 years, there was no way to know my pre-pregnancy weight.

Eating disorders manifest in many ways and for so many reasons, but at their core they are about control. Sometimes the numbers control you, sometimes you learn to ignore them.

I thought I knew how to do that in high school. I thought I knew that in college. But I didn’t really know what that really meant until my body did something amazing. It grew and birthed another human. A perfect baby girl.

Even if you don’t know Harriet or me for that matter, you probably know someone who has an eating disorder, even if you don’t realize it. Twenty million women and 10 million men nationwide suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life, according to the National Eating Disorder Association.

Those are numbers we cannot and should not ignore. If we don’t do something, if we don’t change hearts and minds, they will never change.

So, I challenge you.

Watch Harriet’s video. Share it with the world.

Then do something you enjoy.

Climb a mountain, breathe deeply, listen to the sounds of early spring. Remind yourself that your body is strong, resilient and beautiful. Focus not on what your body is or isn’t, but what it allows you to do.

Tell yourself you are enough. Because you are.

Let the whitewater racing season begin – St George on April 11th

Racers (Jeff and Katie Owen) make their way over rapids during the 36th Annual St. George River Race in Searsmont on Saturday- Ashey L. Conti photo


2015 St. George River Race – April 11 results – Check the MaCKRO results page to find familiar names like Kailey Schmidt and Nash Alan-Rahill now in the college division.

2015 Passagassawaukeag River Race – April 12 results

Amazing entries for Van’s Contest

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Orono High School students Daphne Murphy, Rebecca Gallandt and Lowell Ruck are competing in the Vans Custom Culture Contest under the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Jessica Barnes. These three students were given 4 pairs of blank Vans sneakers that they needed to be customized under four different themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.

The purpose behind the contest is to promote student creativity and arts education. The winning school will receive $50,000 for their arts program and the school may see one of its designs produced for sale.

After the initial judging, students will move on to a public voting round. Please stay tuned to see if we advance to the next round! We will need your votes!

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A special thanks to Peter Buehner for photographing the shoes for us!

Middle School Drama April 10th and 11th in the Cafeteria

The Orphan Train copy

Egg decoration — an international event

On Thursday April 2nd, members of Orono High School’s Art, French and Spanish Clubs joined international students repeating a spring ritual in the cafeteria.

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