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Owen Berry receives Student-Athlete of the Month at WHS

posted Apr 27, 2017, 4:18 AM by Michael Richards

In April, Wells High School senior Owen Berry was honored with Student-Athlete of the Month for January of 2017.  He received this award for his academics, sportsmanship, and athleticism with a focus on his performance on the WHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team in two crucial late-season games. 

Presenting Berry with a plaque on April 18th was Pam Moody-Maxon, John C. Kreie and Boys Basketball Coach Troy Brown.  The Student-Athlete of the Month awards program at WHS is sponsored by WHS, the Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.

“It means a lot,” said Berry about receiving the award.  “I put in a lot of hard work in the classroom and on the court and to be recognized is pretty special.”  

“Owen is one of those kids who doesn't necessarily go out there and do anything real fancy,” commented John Kreie.  “What he does is give 100 percent, every second he is in the game.” 
Berry, a three-year starter and team captain was credited by Coach Brown with scoring several last-minute points in two end-of-the-season games including one with rival York High School.  
Berry scored “… a three-pointer to get us ahead and keep us ahead to revenge a loss earlier in the season,” said Brown about the final minute of a home game with York in January.  “He also hit the biggest shot for our playoff hopes when he hit the shot with eight seconds left in a game at the Cumberland County Civic Center against Spruce Mountain.   That put us into the Western Maine Championship game.”   Brown also noted that Berry was named a Western Maine Conference All-Star. 

The Student-Athlete of the Month Program is in its 11th year at Wells High School.  
Berry receiving his award
Pam Moody-Maxon, Owen Berry, Troy Brown and John C. Kreie 

“Swing your partner and do si do” as annual Rodeo project ends at WES

posted Apr 25, 2017, 11:13 AM by Michael Richards

Good memories have been made for students and their parents alike for almost 30 years at the annual Wells Elementary School Rodeo held this year on April 13th. 

In the gymnasium, there was fiddle, piano and banjo playing to accompany the singing, square dancing, and even a sing-along with parents over a make-believe campfire.  But behind all the smiles and fun were weeks of learning and preparation leading up to the hoedown. 

Among staff at the school, the event is formally known as the Arts Integrated Project Rodeo, a culmination of a multidisciplinary unit of study that involves art, music, history, computer science, library study and physical education.   This project involves the school’s “core” teachers coordinating with one another for 12 weeks prior to the Rodeo.

According to art teacher Sandy Brennan, students, as in past years, “dressed up as pioneers, cowboys, cowgirls, or Native Americans to sing and square dance together.  Families were invited and thoroughly enjoyed our hoedown,” commented Brennan.  

In this unit of study, second grade and multi 1 & 2 grade students study the westward expansion of America (roughly from 1840-1860) including what life was like for pioneers traversing the few routes west including the famed Oregon Trail.  Imagining themselves as pioneers, students wrote journals about their journey, designed quilt squares, and created large murals that hung in the school.  

“This year's performance was probably the best I have ever witnessed,” commented Assistant Principal Ken Spinney.  “So much movement and variety!”    Physical Education teacher Kathy Calo indicated that the crowd of parents and others attending this year’s Rodeo almost filled the gymnasium.  

Providing western-flavored music at the rodeo were Keith Fletcher on fiddle and staff members Henry Ingwersen on banjo and guitar and Karen Taylor on piano.
Students in Rodeo
Dressed in old western attire are a few of this year’s rodeo participants.  They are (from bottom left to right) Payton Maxon, Evan Suitter, Hailey Worthing, and Elliott Kennedy.  Behind Maxon is Nicholas Dardia.   All five are students of Clarrisa Sweeney.

Stage Setup
One of the murals created by students to celebrate the 2017 WES Rodeo on April 14th.

Wells Elementary PTSA to Hold ‘ALL-4-KIDS Consignment Sale’ April 29th

posted Apr 25, 2017, 11:08 AM by Michael Richards

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for Wells Elementary School is holding their spring All-4-Kids Consignment Sale’ on Saturday, April 29th  from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Parents and others in the general public are invited to browse and shop for bargains inside the Wells Elementary School gymnasium rain or shine.

Items for sale include girls’ and boys’ spring and summer clothing with sizes from newborn to size 18.  There will also be children’s shoes and boots; toys; books; CD’s and videos; games; sports equipment; baby items and children’s furniture.  

This is an opportunity to get some great kids’ items at very reasonable prices while supporting Wells Elementary School.  Those who plan on attending should consider shopping early for the best selection.  

With funds generated from events like the ALL-4-KIDS Consignment Sale, the PTSA is able to sponsor popular annual events at WES including Colors Day and Starz for Broadway.  PTSA money is also granted to teachers for various requested classroom items and field trips. 

Wells Elementary School is located at 279 Sanford Road (Rte.109) in Wells.  For more information, please contact the PTSA at 646-5953 EXT 4330, or e-mail  
Consignment Sale stock photo
A previous ALL-4-KIDS Consignment Sale at Wells Elementary School. This is where the next sale will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 8:00 a.m. - noon.

WOCSD Adult Community Education offering RAD self-defense program

posted Apr 14, 2017, 5:29 AM by Michael Richards

Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education, in conjunction with the Wells Police Department, is offering a dynamic new program called RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) May 2nd through May 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wells High School.  

The RAD System teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.  Designed by police officers and safety experts, RAD uses a woman’s natural strengths effectively against an attacker’s vulnerabilities. This comprehensive program includes lecture, discussion and physical resistive strategies. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, risk avoidance and progresses to basic hands-on training and practice. Nationally certified instructors from the Wells P.D. will take participants through this 4-session program. 

Each participant that completes the program will receive a manual outlining the entire program. This manual is the key (or pass) to a free, lifetime “return and practice” policy.  The total cost of this program is $29, with a portion going to the Wells P.D. to purchase additional equipment and expand the program.

For more information, or to register for this program, call 207-646-4565, or visit their website at   

Biology class receives portable lab for DNA testing

posted Apr 13, 2017, 4:34 AM by Michael Richards

This spring, two AP biology classes of teacher Lee McGlashan at Wells High School had the opportunity to work with sophisticated portable DNA testing equipment on loan to them for two weeks from the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor.  This unique collaboration was a result of one WOCSD administrator’s participation in the Education Leaders Experience (ELE), a program connecting educators to those working in various sectors of the Maine economy so as to learn the critical role that education plays in the economy.

In late March and early April, 24 students learned to work with a protocol to study genes from human DNA; a double strand helix “macromolecule” made up of possibly 25,000 genes. 

“I brought what I learned from one of the sessions to Lee,” commented Stacey Schatzabel, Director of Instruction in the Wells-Ogunquit CSD who completed the ELE program last year. “He immediately was excited and applied to take the genome course at Jackson Lab.”   

The week-long “Teaching the Genome Generation” course was taken by McGlashan in the summer of 2016.  This trained him to work with the DNA analysis lab so as to incorporate it into his class’s curriculum. 

Working with limited time, McGlashan and students selected to isolate and examine their own “ACE” gene, a gene which influences the degree of one’s muscle strength and aerobic performance.  The four-day lab process, which first gathered anonymous saliva samples from students, eventually revealed that about half of the group had a form of the gene primarily associated with favoring the development of muscle strength and power.  The other half of the group were shown to have a variant of the gene that favors development of more aerobic performance and efficiency.

“The Education Leaders Experience program has been the best professional development I have been involved in during my 26 years in education,” commented Schatzabel.  “Sharing an educational opportunity with Lee McGlashan allowed us to bring the amazing work of Jackson Lab directly into a classroom at Wells High School.  My hope is that his students not only
learn about genetics, but have a better understanding of the research happening and the opportunities available right here in Maine”.   

The Education Leaders Experience Program is supported by the Maine Principal’s Association, Unum, and Educate Maine.  This group believes “…that if you immerse K-12 education leaders in the Maine economy and connect them with leaders in other sectors, they’ll create meaningful opportunities for students to be best prepared for the workforce and for life – and they will become stronger leaders in the process. …”(Source: the Maine Principals Association).

Students watching a demonstration
WHS biology teacher Lee McGlashan with students.  He is talking about the microcentrifuge, and what's happening in a microcentrifuge tube where a pellet of cellular material is separated out from liquid containing DNA.  Along with others in the photo are (l to r) Lee McGlashan, Lily Iannillo, Hailey Smith and Lauren Bartlett.

Students watching a PCR procedure
WHS Biology teacher Lee McGlashan explaining what was going on with the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) apparatus, in relation to what students could see on the laptop containing graphs of warming and cooling during PCR.  PCR produces millions of copies of the original DNA sample.   Along with others in the photo are (l to r) Lily Iannillo, Gary Andrews, Tyler Bridge, Kiah Holdsworth, Kim Towne, Lee McGlashan, Sarah Holdsworth, Hailey Smith, Lauren Bartlett and Delaney Bailey.

Literary Achievement contest winners and ceremony date announced

posted Apr 12, 2017, 4:36 AM by Michael Richards

On Thursday, April 27th, at 6:30 p.m., the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District will present the 31st Annual Literary Achievement Awards ceremony on stage in the new Wells High School Performing Arts Center.  This event will recognize 66 students who placed in this creative writing contest for 2017.  

Fourteen ‘first place’ winners from grades kindergarten through Adult Community Education (ACE) will read all or a portion of their short stories and poems to the audience.  At this time, prizes will be awarded including the prize of $500 to WHS senior Madison Morin for her poem, Reflecting Hope. 

First place winners include Robert Roche (Kindergarten), Carolyn Nichols (1st gr.), Francesca MacEwen (Gr. 2), Aiden Lear (Gr. 3.), Angelina Demarco (Gr 4), Zachary Smith  (Gr. 5), Alivia Boucher (Gr. 6), Kara Borkowski (Gr. 7), Kathryn Cafaro (Gr. 8), Felicia DesJardins (Gr. 9), Katherine Reidy (Gr 10), Estelle Reardon (Gr. 11), Madison Morin (Gr. 12) and Tam Tran (ACE).

The Literary Achievement Awards contest was established in 1986.  The program is sponsored by the Wells-Ogunquit CSD, the Rotary Clubs of Wells and Ogunquit and the Steakhouse in Wells.  

The contest and ceremony is an annual event that encourages, recognizes and rewards outstanding creative writing at all grade levels.  In 2017, 236 students submitted various forms of writing including poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.  All entries were judged anonymously at two levels—district staff and a community panel.  The top winner at each grade level (with the exception of 12th grade) will receive $100.  Second place winners will receive $50 and third place winners will receive $25.  Honorable mentions will receive $10 gift certificates to the Steakhouse in Wells.  
Literacy Award Evaluators
From left to right are this year’s community judges for the 2017 Literary Achievement Awards:  Donna Thompson, Brittany Maffei, Ina Toth, John Madden, Josh Lagasse, Jody Demmons, Jack Ford and (sitting in the center) Diana Abbott

Wrigley selected Student-Athlete of the Month at WHS

posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:55 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School has honored junior Michael Wrigley with the school’s Student-Athlete of the Month Award for December 2016.   Wrigley received this award for his academics, sportsmanship, and performance on the WHS Wrestling Team during the team’s most recent season.  
Presenting a plaque to Wrigley on February 10th was John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency, Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and coach of the wrestling team Scott Lewia.

“I have been watching Michael Wrigley wrestle since he was a 4th grader wrestling for Wells’ PeeWee Program,” commented Moody-Maxon.  “He was a great wrestler then and he has only grown as both a person and as an athlete.  He is calm and cool on the mat and is a true competitor that is well respected by both his teammates and his coaches, but also by his competition.”  
Wrigley earned 49 wins this past wrestling season in his weight class of 170 pounds bringing his high school career total wins to 116. 

During the season he became South Regional Champion at 170, mid-State League Champion at 170, and State Class-B Runner Up.  He was a member of the State Championship Wrestling Team, and winner of the Sean Sheehy Award for being the top Wells wrestler at the Atlantics Invitational in December.  He is his team’s co-MVP, sharing that honor with teammate Nolan Potter.   In February, the WHS Wrestling Team, led by Coach Lewia, won the State Championship in Bucksport; the first time since 1996.

The Student-Athlete of the Month awards program at Wells High School is in its 11th year.  It is sponsored by the Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.  Recipients of the award are chosen by the administration at Wells High School.
Wrigley accepting the award
From left to right is Pam Moody-Maxon, Michael Wrigley, Coach Scott Lewia and WHS Activities Director Jack Molloy.  

Wrigley in front of WHS

Student-Athlete of the Month at WHS, Michael Wrigley

Alyssa Loukola receives MPA Principal’s Award

posted Mar 30, 2017, 5:56 AM by Michael Richards

Alyssa Loukola, a senior at Wells High School, has been selected to receive the 2017 Principal’s Award, Principal Eileen Sheehy announced recently.  This award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.  Annually, one senior from each Maine high school in the MPA is selected for this recognition by their school principal.

“Alyssa leads by example in her volunteer work, her kindness to others and her commitment,” commented Principal Sheehy about Loukola.  “She is most deserving of this recognition that honors achievement and citizenship.”

Assistant Principal Josh Gould added, “As a recipient of this award, Alyssa is among a select group of very talented, dedicated and motivated students from WHS.  She is an outstanding example of scholarship and leadership.” 

In an interview, Loukola said it was an “honor” to receive this recognition.  “I was very surprised.  I thought it was really awesome because I know there are a lot of people in my class that worked really hard.  To be recognized for my hard work made me very happy.”

Throughout her high school career, Loukola has maintained high honor status, receiving numerous academic awards.  She has distinguished herself in the classroom, the arts, and on the athletic fields.

Loukola is president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter, captain of the WHS Volleyball and Lacrosse teams and member of the WHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team.  Additionally, she is involved in her school’s music programs and volunteers with various community service projects including Shootin’ For a Cure, Little Dribblers Basketball, and working with the Band Boosters at their winter and spring turkey dinners.

She is a digital artist and photographer using her expertise in photography to coordinate an independent marketing project connecting WHS with the local community.  She has participated as a lobbyist for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education, networking with Maine state senators and representatives advocating for the arts in schools.  In the fall, she plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to study photographic imaging. 

On April 1st, recipients of the 2017 Maine Principal’s Award will be recognized at the MPA’s Honors Luncheon in Bangor. 
MPA Citizenship presentation
WHS Principal Eileen Sheehy, Alyssa Loukola, and Assistant Principal Josh Gould.

Wells Elementary School recognizes students who demonstrate “core values”

posted Mar 29, 2017, 7:35 AM by Michael Richards

On February 17th, Wells Elementary School held its second Breakfast of Champions to honor 53 of its students who demonstrated the school’s core values in interacting with their fellow students and school staff during the month of January and early February.   

“We are very proud of all the students who demonstrated District core values and were recognized for showing respect, responsibility, honesty, trustworthiness, or compassion,” commented WES Assistant Principal Ken Spinney.  “They were rewarded with a healthy and tasty breakfast.”  

Following the breakfast, attended also by parents and younger children, WES Principal Christopher Roche and Mr. Spinney greeted each student and presented them with a certificate of recognition plus a special sticker to wear throughout the school day.   

Those honored at the breakfast included: Kendall Ball, Lacey Baxter, Ava Belanger, Halle Bohn, Nathan Bohn, Christopher Buckley, London Chadwick, Katelyn Chase, Tory Chase, Luke Chrimes, Joshua Corbett, Kylie Corbett, Kaitlyn Daly, Wyatt DeVoe, Caroline Dufort, Summer Durham, Logan Eldridge, Anthony Ferragamo, Tanner Fifield, Cole Gauthier, Molly Graffam, Colby Haskell, Malina Hoffman, Kayana Jacobson-Theriault, Annaliese Latulippe, Genevieve Latulippe, Aiden Lear-Lapierre,  Emma Grace Lear-Lapierre, Autumn Leslie, Lia Lord-Rozeff, Chloe Madsen, Maren Maxon, Noah McDonough, Elliott Meggs, Austin Mills, Colin Moody, Emily Morrell, Grayson Mosher, Carolyn Nichols, Bobby Quint, Isabella Randle, Kayla Rollins, Jacoby Ryder, Grace Seguin, Owen Shangraw, Thomas Spencer, Camden Springer, Savannah Tardiff, Molly Tavares, Addison Townsend, Olivia Townsend, Carson Vennard, and Kaylee Webber.
Students recognized as students of the month
WES students recognized at the second Breakfast of Champions

Student receiving her award

Student Malina Hoffman receiving her certificate and sticker at a Breakfast of Champions at Wells Elementary School

WHS student receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:08 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School Principal Eileen Sheehy has announced that Emma Clarrage, a senior at WHS, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.    Clarrage received this recognition for 197 hours of volunteer community service.  As of mid-March 2017, she had reached 223 hours of service.

Clarrage was notified of this honor through a letter from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program which grants the award on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.  This award is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

“Emma Clarrage is an excellent student and a distinguished community member,” commented Principal Sheehy.  “Her positive presence permeates our school and is contagiously welcoming. She is an inspiring example of someone who makes a difference in her community.  I am extremely proud that Emma has been selected for her outstanding citizenship.”

Along with a certificate, Clarrage received a letter from former President Barack Obama.
“Congratulations on receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and thank you for helping to address the most pressing needs in your community and our country,” wrote Obama. 

In relation to the above news, Wells High School nominated Clarrage last fall for national honors in recognition of her volunteer service including time spent volunteering at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. 

“Extremely exciting,” said Clarrage when asked about receiving the Presidential award.  At WHS she is a member of the Student Council (Treasurer) and Interact Club, “FEMS in STEM” which focuses on careers in math and science for women, plus coach for the WJHS Division II Odyssey of the Mind Team.  

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes mid-level and high school students across the United States for outstanding volunteer service.

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” commented NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards letter to Clarrage.  She closed with, “We salute you for your community spirit and significant accomplishments.”
Clarrage and her award
Winner of a 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award is WHS student Emma Clarrage

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