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WELLS− The school Newspaper Club at Wells Junior High School recently donated $225 to the community food pantry at St. Mary’s Church in Wells. The money was raised by club members selling flowers to other students and staff for Valentine’s Day.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the pantry on April 1st was food pantry Director Elinor Grover. In the classroom of teacher Marilyn Zotos, Grover, who prefers to be called Ellie, posed for a photo with club members and advisers Zotos and teacher Julie Esch.
“I think it is wonderful,” said Grover about the student gift. “Although we get (donated) food, we have to buy a lot of stuff.” Some of the extra items that the pantry purchases include laundry and dish detergent, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.
“They really wanted to be able to provide some sort of philanthropic opportunity that they could be involved with…,” said Zotos about the young reporters’ desire to give something back to the local community. After some research, club members discovered that St Mary’s was an ideal choice for their gift as St. Mary’s food pantry is open to anyone in need.
Zotos indicated that students are made aware that schools and the operation of them are funded by community members. “Consequently it’s important for the students to acknowledge the community’s needs too. It is an important lesson for kids to understand that when you receive you need to be appreciative but you also need to find opportunities to give.”
Grover indicated that people of all ages visit the pantry. “There are a lot of elderly people that come and we have been getting a lot of younger people that have lost their jobs.”
According to Grover, the pantry has been in existence for over 20 years and is open to anyone in the community at large (parishioner of St. Mary’s or non-parishioner) every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Grover says those who are in need of food are welcome to visit the pantry a first time without any application. However, for a second visit, one must first visit Wells Town Hall to meet with the general assistance representative to prove income eligibility.
St. Mary’s Church is located at 236 Eldridge Road in Wells. They can be reached at 646-5605.
The WJHS school newspaper is called the WJHS Press and comes out once a trimester.
Caption: In the back row (from left to right): Channing Wang, Nolan Potter, Kyle Crothers, Elinor Grover, Megan Schneider, Olivia Durfee, Madison Szczygiel, and Paige Raymond. In the front row (l to r) Julie Esch, Christian Saulnier, and Marilyn Zotos
WELLS –Wells High School selected Jake Moody as Athlete of Month for January 2014. This award is in recognition of Moody’s academic abilities, sportsmanship, on and off the field, and athletic skills as displayed as point guard for the WHS Warriors Basketball Team in January.
This award is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate. WHS athletes picked to receive this honor are selected by WHS’s Activities Director and Principal.
“It feels great to be picked Athlete of the Month,” said Moody upon receiving the award on March 19th. Moody indicated that it is a “great honor” to be listed along with previous recipients of this award formerly sponsored at WHS by Liberty Mutual.
In 2012, Moody was selected as Liberty Mutual Athlete of the Month for January. Back then in just nine games, Moody scored 190 points averaging 21.1 points per game.
Presenting Moody with a plaque on the 19th was John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate.
“I’m not sure I have seen a kid work as hard as Jake,” commented Kreie later. “He is a lot of fun to watch play the game and was the nuts and bolts of this year’s basketball program. He is one of the best high school basketball players in the State of Maine and, more importantly, is a very well-mannered young man.”
After graduation from WHS, Moody says that he wants to go to college to study finance and accounting. He has yet to pick a college, but wants to attend a Division III school so that he can continue to run track or play basketball. Jake Moody is the son of Peter and Judy Moody of Wells.
Photo File Name: WOCSD-WHS Athlete of Month Award January 2014.
Caption: In the photo from left to right are John Kreie, Jake Moody, and Pamela Moody- Maxon.
WELLS− With a motto of “Memories Should Last a Lifetime”, the Wells High School Boys & Girls Indoor Track and Field Teams recently completed a double fundraiser in early March. These funds were raised not only for their sport at WHS, but to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. As a result of their season-long efforts, representatives of the teams and their coach were able to present a check for $3,000 to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter in Scarborough on March 7th.
Coach Jen Lewia presented the idea of a dual fundraising campaign as a way to simultaneously support the teams while giving back to the community for an important cause. Lewia got the athletes interested in this effort by showing them a video about dementia and Alzheimer’s and the effects that these afflictions can have, not only on the affected individual, but on family members and friends. Lewia presented data that indicated that these maladies are on the rise.
“They thought this would be a great idea and jumped aboard,” commented Lewia. “We had many generous donations given to us by community members including $500 from Cheers From the Heart.”
On days of track meets, team members wore purple t-shirts, headbands and other purple accessories to school and to track meets to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s.
Lewia indicated that the $1,300 raised for the teams is for a recent equipment purchase, unexpected future team needs such as footwear and the purchase of Alzheimer’s themed T-shirts for next season.
Pledges made were based upon individual team member improvement in athletic performance over the three month indoor track and field season. In February, pledges and flat donations were received that, according to Lewia, far exceeded the teams’ original goal by over 50 percent. She pointed out that junior Maddie Taylor was the top fundraiser raising $1314.25.
“I think many of our team members are now more aware of this disease without a cure,” commented Lewia. “They did a great job of bringing Alzheimer's awareness to our school, town, and Indoor Track & Field communities.”
The Indoor Track and Field Boys and Girls Teams at WHS both practice and travel to meets together but are separate teams and scored separately.
This year, Lewia and her Assistant Codey Rich coached 54 members. Currently the teams are making plans to participate in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event at York Beach on September 13, 2014.
Photo by Jen Lewia.
Photo file name: WOCSD-WHS Alzheimer’s Fundraiser 2014
Caption: In the picture (l to r) are Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter Laurie Trenholm. Maddie Taylor, Jenna Ingalls, Michaela DeWitt (team Captain), Clayton Martin and Walk Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter Ross Endres.
March 7th, Wells Junior High School, in partnership with the Wells
Rotary Club, held their third annual Celebration of Reading Day.
start of the event, Wells Rotary President Peter Leon and five other members
presented event organizer, Cindy Roche with a check for $500 to cover the cost
of books that were distributed to 5th, 6th, and 7th
grade classrooms. Rotary has donated $500 to this program each
the check presentation, six members of Wells Rotary and six Wells High School
students who are members of Rotary’s junior organization, INTERACT, paired off to
give copies of “What Color is My World, The Lost History of African-American
Inventors” to various fifth grade classrooms.
They also read selections from
this book to students.
the WHS students returned to their classes, Rotary members continued with
visits to sixth grade and seventh grade classrooms to deliver copies of “From
Norvelt to Nowhere” and “Medieval Times” respectively. Rotary members discussed what their favorite
books were from childhood and spoke about the importance of literacy in their
life and careers. They also spoke about what Rotary Club is, what the
organization does for the community and how junior and high school students can
become involved with Rotary.
exciting to have them take time out of their busy day and away from their jobs
to come and work with the kids,” said Cindy Roche who is a fifth grade teacher
at WJHS. “Everyone is very
appreciative. Both groups (Rotarians and
students) gain a lot from this experience.”
collaborated with Terry Hodskins, the Literary Chairperson for the Wells Rotary
Club, to make Celebration of Reading Day a collaborative event once again this
Leon indicated that this year’s Celebration of Reading Day was better in that
it was more informative for students. “They
had opportunity to interact with the Rotarians to learn about us as well as (we
had the opportunity) to learn about them.” said Leon who added that he stressed
the “value” of literacy with the students he met. Leon firmly believes that opportunities
increase with the more one studies and learns.
This includes gaining proficiency in reading and communicating.
guest readers included Peter Leon, Suzanne Ilsley, Rick Goodrich, Ryan Liberty,
George Raftopoulos, and Karyn Morin.
Interact members included Anna Furness, Anna Olsen, Meghan Young, Ally
O’Brien, Stephanie Woods and Melanie Godin.
(Left to right) Wells Rotary President Peter Leon, Anna Furness, Suzanne Ilsley,
Anna Olsen, Rick Goodrich, Ally O’Brien, Ryan Liberty, George Raftopoulos,
Meghan Young, Cindy Roche, Karyn Morin, Stephanie Woods and Melanie Godin
WELLS – Wells High School announced that seniors Jasmine
Loukola and Gabriel Kellett have been selected by WHS to receive the Western
Maine Conference’s Citizenship Award for 2014.
“Great,” commented Loukola of her selection. “Actually I was
very surprised and honored.” “Sounds
very neat,” responded Gabriel Kellett when asked what it was like to be picked.
Jasmine Loukola’s community service includes hours of
volunteer work with Relay for Life, Shootin’ for a Cure, and Little
Dribblers. At school she has been a
member of the field hockey, lacrosse. Basketball and indoor track teams. She is
a member of the National Honor Society and Equestrian Club and performs with
the marching and concert bands and chorus.
She has received the Maine Society of Women Engineers Award, as well as Student
of the Trimester Awards and other academic awards.
Gabe Kellett has given many hours of volunteer work to Camp
CARD New England, the WHS Greenhouse and school store and he has participated
in Special Olympics each year since his freshman year.
“Gabe accepts every challenge presented to him in the classroom
and holds an Honors status,” commented teacher Cheryl Oakes. “His quiet leadership is one of Gabe’s most
impressive attributes and he always speaks up for the underdog.”
Loukola and Kellett will be honored for their good
citizenship Thursday, April 10th, by the Western Maine Conference at
the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.
Each year two students from high schools within the Western
Maine Conference (WMC) area are selected by their school principals and
athletic directors to receive this honor based on, according to WMC Secretary/treasurer
Ken Levinsky, “…contributions to their school in the areas of academics,
athletics, leadership and citizenship.”
Photo file name: WOCSD-WHS WMC Citizenship Award 2014
by the Western Maine Conference for their demonstration of good citizenship are
WHS seniors Jasmine Loukola and Gabriel Kellett.
Saturday night, March 8th, 150 elementary school girls and their dads
(many wearing wigs) attended this year’s PTSA sponsored “Girls Gala” at Wells
Elementary School. While last year’s dance had a much more formal
theme of “Masquerade Ball”, this year had a laid back, hippie theme of ‘Peace,
Love and Music’. Suddenly it was the
a gigantic peace symbol hovering over the dance floor with colored lights streaming
down to the gym walls, couples danced to a variety of dance music provided by
Mike’s Music Mix.
were refreshments provided by the WOCSD Nutritional Services and a raffle held for
prizes donated by area business including an American Girl Doll and passes to Funtown
members Jen Olin and Kim Woodward were the organizers of the event. Last year Olin indicated that there are five themes planned for these annual dances, themes that will be rotated year-to-year to provide variety for this special night as students pass through their elementary grades.
girl and dad had the opportunity to have a professional portrait of them taken together
by photographer Marina DeMarco of Angel DeMarco Photography. As a result, each girl’s family will receive a
5 X 7 portrait to remember this special event.
The PTSA wishes to thank the following for support of this year’s Girls Gala: Jo-Ann’s Gardens, Inc., Merriland Farm Café & Golf Course, High Standard Stable, Funtown Splashtown USA, Gymnation, Wonder Mountain Fun Park, Naviina Hair Salon and Day Spa, Bella Tress Hair Salon Inc., Webhannet River Bait and Tackle, Liquid Dreams and Perkins Cove Candies.
WES fourth grade student Leah Finn and father Chad Finn
PTSA member Kim Woodward and daughter Anna Woodward
Fourth grader Kara Borkowski and Keith Borkowski
The Wells Players of Wells High School will present Cinderella in the Olenn Auditorium April
2nd through April 5th.
This Rogers and Hammerstein musical is directed by George Perkins with
musical direction provided by Larry Downing.
The April 2nd performance is a matinee beginning
at 3:30 p.m. All tickets for this
general admission show are $5.
Curtain time for the evening shows of April 3rd through
the 5th is 7:00 p.m. Ticket
prices for these shows are $8 and $5 for students and seniors. The April 3rd show is also
general admission but seating for the 4th and 5th shows
is reserved or preferred seating.
To purchase tickets and to make
reservations please visit the office of Wells High School Monday through Friday
from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For further information, please call Wells
High School at 646-7011.
The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District will host its
10th Annual Festival of the Arts at Wells High School on Thursday,
March 20th from 5:00 p.m. until
8:30 p.m. This free, public event will
feature a variety of displays of student choral, applied and visual art.
Attendees will experience performances from the Wells Winter
Guard teams, the WHS and WJHS choruses and bands and be able to view hundreds
of pieces of student art work exhibited in the school’s lobby area, cafeteria
and adjoining hallways.
Also scheduled are teaser performances from the upcoming WJHS
and WHS spring musicals, “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “Cinderella” respectively. Each
performance in this year’s festival is scheduled to last approximately 20
For more information, please call WHS at 207-646-7011.
Principal of Wells High School James Daly has
announced that Nicole Moody, a senior at Wells High School, has been selected
to receive the Maine Principal’s Award for 2014.
This award is sponsored by the Maine Principal’s
Association in recognition of high academic achievement and good citizenship
demonstrated by Maine high school seniors.
Each year one senior from each Maine
high school in the MPA is selected by their school principal for this
“It is a huge honor to be…selected for this,” said
Moody who indicated that she has performed a lot of community service including
five years of service with “Shootin’ for A Cure”, an annual basketball hoops fundraising
event held in the WOCSD that has raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer
care at York Hospital. “It means a lot that
my principal selected me,” added Moody in an interview.
“Nicole’s has played an important role at Wells High
School for the past four years,” read a statement from Principal Daly’s office announcing
this year’s choice. “She has been an
outstanding role model and a high achiever.”
“Academically, Nicole has challenged herself by
participating in several AP courses and has also elected to take advantage of
the honors challenge in many of her core courses,” reads the statement. “Nicole’s leadership extends beyond the
classroom as is evident by her extreme involvement in Varsity Soccer, Golf, Girls
Basketball, and Lacrosse.”
“She is a great kid,” said Principal Daly. “She has done a great job in the last four years
and she has worked extremely hard. She
deserves the best.”
A luncheon to honor all recipients of the Maine
Principal’s Award for 2014 will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the
Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. At
this luncheon, MPA recipients will be presented with a plaque and a pin.
Attendees to the luncheon are also eligible to win one
of ten Horace O. McGowan Scholarships of $1,000 each in honor of McGowan, the MPA’s
past executive director.
Moody, who is the daughter of Amy and Patrick Moody
of Wells, says that she has been accepted at nine institutions of higher
learning but as of this writing remains uncertain which college she will attend
for a degree in Nursing.
Caption: WHS senior Nicole Moody.
A somewhat surreal, yet definitely fun atmosphere
descended upon Wells Junior High School for a short time Tuesday afternoon,
March 4th, when a mixture of 7th and 8th grade
French and Spanish students paraded through the long and winding halls of WJHS
celebrating Mardi Gras.
Strolling to the beat of recorded music while
wearing festive masks, parade revelers greeted and handed out candy to other
students who came out of class temporarily to line the parade route.
This event, along with several other coordinated festivities
such as ‘Day of the Dead’ at Halloween are annual celebrations planned by the
foreign language department at WJHS to reinforce student awareness of the
cultures they study.
According to French teacher Beth Cilluffo, learning
a foreign language is not just about learning the language, but also learning
about the customs and cultures of the countries where the language being taught
Mardi Gras, French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, has been observed
in various ways in French and Spanish speaking countries and other places
throughout the globe for several hundred years.
It is usually held on the day before the start of the Lenten season and usually
includes parties, music, food, and parades featuring participants wearing identity
According to Cilluffo, most of the masks worn in the
school’s parade were made in class, some, depending upon the material used,
took a few weeks to complete. Along with creating masks, students learned
about the roots of Mardi Gras and where it is celebrated.
The wearing of a mask for Mardi Gras essentially
provided anonymity for the wearer to be whomever they wanted to be for a few
days and mix with those of other social classes.
Some masks for Madi Gras are elongated with a beak. According to Cilluffo, the origins of these masks date back to the plague years of
medieval Venice, when, doctors wore masks filled with herbs and other
substances in the nose of the mask to (they believed) ward off the plague.
Caption: A few of the foreign language students who
paraded through WJHS on Mardi Gras posing for a photo after the parade had
concluded. Teacher Beth Cilluffo is in
front wearing an elongated mask.