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Ryan Marsh Named Athlete of the Month for January

posted Mar 26, 2015, 6:14 AM by Michael Richards

In March, Wells High School selected senior Ryan Marsh Athlete of Month for January 2015.  This award is in recognition of Marsh’s academic abilities, sportsmanship, on and off the field, and athletic skills as displayed on the combined Noble High School/Wells High School hockey team, the Noble Knights.   

During his four year career with the Knights, Marsh scored 126 points, a combination of goals and assists.  This year there were eight WHS students playing on the Noble Knights which practices and plays home games at the Rochester Ice Arena in Rochester, New Hampshire. 

Presenting Marsh with a plaque on March 16th was WHS Activities Director Jack Molloy, John C. Kreie and Pamela Moody-Maxon.  The Athlete of the Month award at WHS is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.

“It is an honor to be recognized as athlete of the month from a community so full of talented athletes,” commented Marsh later.  “Without the support of my teammates, coaches, and family it would be impossible to have become the athlete and person that I am today.  I hope that this recognition will inspire my teammates to strive to be the best they can be at everything they do.”  

WHS student athletes picked to receive this honor are selected by WHS’s Activities Director Jack Molloy and Principal Jim Daly. 

Ryan Marsh Athlete of the Month

In the photo from left to right are John Kreie, Ryan Marsh, Pamela Moody-Maxon and Jack Molloy.

A winter wonderland at WES

posted Mar 25, 2015, 12:30 PM by Michael Richards

No doubt that the evening of March 21st marked the social event of the year at Wells Elementary School as over 150 elementary school girls along with dads attended this year’s Girls Gala.   The theme of this year’s ball was definitely in line with the outside moonscape of lingering snow and cold, aptly called “Winter Wonder Land.”

Under strings of lights cascading down from the ceiling in a winter themed decorated gymnasium, couples in formal attire danced the evening away to a variety of music provided by Mike’s Music Mix.  

The school’s cafeteria was also decorated.  Couples took breaks there to sit and socialize while enjoying cupcakes and other snacks provided by parent volunteers.

PTSA members Jen Olin and Kim Woodward were the organizers of this large event.  According to Olin the final tally of guests attending this year reached 314.  Woodward added that there was a great selection of raffle prizes donated by local business.

During the night each girl and dad had the opportunity to have a professional portrait taken of them 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 night. 

On behalf of the PTSA, Olin and Woodward wish to give special thanks to Naviina Hair Salon and Day Spa, Bella Tress Hair Salon Inc. and Flowers by Christine. 

Winter gala setup
Behind the Girls Gala registration desk is WES teacher Pam Lear assisting her daughter Emma Grace with her dress. 

Girls Gala Posing

In gala dress are WES students (left to right) Maya Olin, Amelia Rider, Lucy Breton, Molly Tavares and Camille Decato.

“Once on This Island Junior” on stage at WJHS

posted Mar 24, 2015, 4:38 AM by Michael Richards

Wells Junior High School will present the “junior” version of the one act musical “Once on This Island” March 27th and 28th at 7 p.m. in the Ward Gymnasium.  All tickets are $5 and available at the door. 

With story elements similar to “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Little Mermaid”, “Once on This Island Junior” is essentially a tragic love story set on a Caribbean archipelago revolving around a peasant girl, who, after saving his life, falls for a young man from an upper class, aristocratic family.

This musical first ran on Broadway in 1990-91.  It is based on the novel “My Love, My Love” or “The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy.  The music is by Stephen Flaherty with lyrics written by Lynn Ahrens.   

The WJHS production is directed by Ronda Verges and Margaret Grady (Asst. Director).  Lisa White is the Musical Director.

“Once On This Island Junior” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI located at 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York.  Any video and/or audio recording of this musical production is prohibited.

For more information please call WJHS at 646-5142

Once on This Island Jr cast
Several cast members from “Once on This Island Junior.” From left to right is Ella Poulin (peasant), Zoe Angelakis (lead peasant), Givon McLean (Daniel, Grande Homme), Lily Iannillo (Goddess of Love) and Vanessa Perreault (Goddess of Water).

WHS Student Athletes Boyle and Durfee Recognized for Citizenship

posted Mar 18, 2015, 3:12 PM by Michael Richards

Wells High School students Reilly Boyle and Charlie Durfee have been selected by WHS Principal Jim Daly to receive this year’s Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award from Wells High School.

Each year two senior athletes are selected by principals of schools in the Western Maine Conference area for this recognition. Students are selected based upon performance in academics, school activities including athletics, and community service.  

“I am really honored to have received this award,” commented Boyle.  “I have several community service hours (like many of the seniors this year), and it felt good to know that my own principal is noticing what I do for the community and it means a lot to me.”

Boyle has played on the WHS Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track teams. Her community service includes painting children’s faces at a York Hospital event, serving food to the homeless at Preble Street, refereeing basketball at Wells Park and Recreation, coaching soccer at Wells Rec and working at Wells Junior High School track meets.  She also volunteers at the annual day-long Shooting For a Cure charity basketball event selling food and t-shirts.   Boyle is the daughter of Michael and Colleen Boyle of Wells.

During his four years at WHS, Charlie Durfee has played on the Wells High School Wrestling, Soccer (Captain) and Baseball teams.  He has performed community service in the Boy Scouts and at the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk.   In addition, he has volunteered in the wrestling program at WJHS plus the WJHS Thanksgiving Dinner for area seniors. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to be held to the same standards as the past attendees after seeing the many great achievements they have made,” commented Durfee about his recognition from Principal Daly and the Western Maine Conference.  Durfee is the son of Jim and Tracy Durfee of Wells.

Along with many other invited student-athletes, Boyle and Durfee will be honored by the Western Maine Conference on April 7th at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.

WHS Students Recognized for Citizenship Award
Caption: Recognized by WHS and the Western Maine Conference for their demonstration of good citizenship are seniors Reilly Boyle and Charlie Durfee.

Students ‘Pay It Forward’ to emergency responders

posted Feb 27, 2015, 5:57 AM by Fran Prentice

In line with the school’s core values, students at Wells Elementary School this winter have been practicing what is known as “paying it forward”, selfless, random acts of kindness toward one another in the WES community.  To understand that it is often better to give than to receive, students, in class, have been giving gifts of appreciation; simple gifts that they have created including poems, drawings or something from a craft project.

To pay it forward in a wider community sense, WES held an assembly February 10th for several area police officers and firefighters from Wells and Ogunquit.   Students and staff wanted to show appreciation to these professionals for the work that they do to keep the communities safe.

“I thought this was a great opportunity to recognize the police and fire departments in both town,” said one of the assembly’s organizers teacher Melissa Stapleton.  “We are a community of both Wells and Ogunquit and it was important to recognize all organizations.”

Several students spoke to the guests and the officers, including Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam, took questions from the audience.

“I really think the ‘Pay It Forward’ project was a great idea for the kids to participate in,” commented Chief Putnam. “I am very pleased and would like to thank all of them for choosing the Wells and Ogunquit police and fire departments to recognize.  Any time we get the opportunity to interact with the young children in a positive manner like this it benefits all of us.”

Towards the end of the assembly, each guest received a white gift basket filled with items donated by parent volunteers from the classrooms of Melissa Stapleton, Beth Bush, and Amy Sevigny.   “We are so fortunate to have such generous parent volunteers,” commented Stapleton.

“Our students are naturally caring and giving,” commented Beth Bush.  “By teaching students to ‘Pay It Forward’, our hope is it will be a lesson they will remember for the rest or their lives.”


Caption:  Standing with students from left to right are Sgt. Mike Faia (Ogunquit Police), Ogunquit Fire Chief Mark O’Brien, Lt. Gerald Congdon (Wells Police), Sgt. Kevin Chabot (Wells Police), K-9 Jagger (Wells Police), Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam (Wells Police), Patrolman Chris Baez (Wells Police) and Captain Dan Moore (Wells Fire Dept.)


Caption:  Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam fielding questions from students to other officers present at the “Paying It Forward” assembly at Wells Elementary School on February 10th.

WHS Project Graduation Presents Annual Raffle and Auction

posted Feb 27, 2015, 5:51 AM by Fran Prentice

Project Graduation for Wells High School’s senior class will hold their annual Basket Raffle and Silent Auction on March 13th at 5:30 p.m. in the Wells JUNIOR High School Ward Gymnasium.  The location is new for the event this year due to the construction at Wells High School.  The public is invited; doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and names of raffle prize winners will be drawn at 7:00 p.m.

This fundraising event consists of a silent auction and raffle for gift baskets of varying themes.   Raffle tickets will be sold at the door with ticket prices as follows:  $5 for 10 or $10 for 25.  Ticket holders will have about an hour to walk around the basket tables examining all of the prizes.  Buckets are arranged in front of the baskets and tickets are tossed into the buckets for the drawings that commence at 7:00 p.m. 

This year there will be 60 plus themed baskets to select from providing something of interest to everyone.  In addition, there will be over 40 silent auction items.   Both categories of prizes are donated by the families of seniors at Wells High School and area businesses.

Should inclement weather cause the event to be postponed, a snow date has been set for the next day, March 14th, with all event details remaining the same. 

All proceeds from this event will go to support the efforts of Project Graduation to provide a chemical-free celebration for all WHS graduates on graduation day in June. 

Project Graduation 2015 also announces two more upcoming fun fundraisers. 

On April 11th at 11:00 a.m. the Project Graduation Committee will hold the “Fools Rush In” Polar Plunge at the Drake’s Island Jetty.  All participants will receive a t-shirt with the payment of their participation fee of $10 for students and $20 for adults. 

On May 1st, Project Graduation 2015 will present an appearance by psychic medium and author Vicki Monroe at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit.  Tickets will be available via the Jonathan’s Ogunquit website at  Thank you to Jonathan’s and Vicki Monroe for their generous support of WHS Project Graduation 2015.

For more information regarding any of the fundraising events, please contact Deb Taylor at 207-432-3830.

Caption: A file photo from a previous Project Graduation’s Basket Raffle and Silent Auction.

WHS becomes State winner in Samsung contest

posted Feb 27, 2015, 5:47 AM by Fran Prentice

Wells High School has been selected by Samsung Electronics America as winner for Maine in the state round of competition in the 2014/2015 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.   This recognition comes to WHS for the work of the school’s Hydrofoil Class currently in a nine-month process to create a hydrofoil craft from scratch.   

“Congratulations!” began a letter received by WHS earlier this winter from David Steel, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Communications with Samsung Electronics America.  “Your entry was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among your students as well as making an impact in your community.”   Steel added, “Your commitment to your students and school as well as to advancing STEM education is evident through the great work that you are doing.”

The acronym STEM refers “to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in technology development.”  (Source: Wikipedia)

During an assembly on February 11th in the Olenn Auditorium, William Dawe, a Field Sales Manager with Samsung Telecommunications America presented the class with a plaque.

“I think it is phenomenal,” said Dawe in an interview about the WHS project he compared to a huge puzzle.  “I am excited to see what’s going to be the outcome at the end.”

All state winners will receive $20,000 in technology from Samsung.   Each will have the opportunity to compete further and become one of five national winners.

The objective of the Hydrofoil class at Wells High School is for students of varying backgrounds to create a functioning, human powered two passenger hydrofoil boat, approximately 16 feet in length and capable of achieving lift over water, significantly reducing drag and increasing speed. 

Going forward, state winners have to produce a short video about their project and present their video at a gathering in March.   A process will reduce the 51 finalists to five who will receive technology packages worth between $35,000 to $120,000 plus recognition at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The $8,800 hydrofoil project at Wells High School is dependent solely upon donations. Individuals and/or area businesses interested in contributing to the project by making either a financial or material donation need to first contact Jason Hludik or Chrys Demos at Wells High School either by phone at (207) 646-7011 or email to: and 

Caption: Back row left to right: Ryan Marsh, Chrys Demos, Jason Hludik, Gavin Turnbull,     Jacob Wilson, Kyle Goodale and David Jacobs.   Front row (l to r): William Dawe of Samsung, Erskine Lothrop, Nathan Ouellette, Daniel Charpentier, and Zachary Pierce.  Present for the plaque presentation but not in the photograph is engineer Dave Hawk from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  Hawk is one of the advisors to the hydrofoil project.

 Caption: WHS Hydrofoil project student David Jacobs displaying a computer model of the planned hydrofoil.

Lady Warriors raise 35K for hospital programs

posted Feb 11, 2015, 5:35 AM by Fran Prentice

On January 17th , the girls basketball programs at Wells Junior High School and Wells High School held the 6th Annual “Shootin’for a Cure”, an all-day free throw extravaganza to honor pledges previously garnered by team members raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer care at York Hospital.


This year, the ball players raised $35,000 for York Hospital’s Breast Cancer Living Well Fund and Heart Care for Women.  


From morning till evening, sixty-four 5th through 12th grade student athletes, all in pink uniforms, shot 50 free throws each.  According to Lady Warriors Coach Don Abbott, eighth grade student Mackenzie Foss was the free throw champ of the day scoring 43 out of 50 tosses at the basket.  Freshman Olivia Durfee was this year’s fund raising champion raising just under $1200.  In the evening a ceremonial check covering the amount raised was presented to representatives of York Hospital including York Hospital President Judd Knox.


It was closeness to a friend whose wife had breast cancer and knowing some team members whose relatives were suffering with the disease that inspired Coach Abbott to create Shootin’ for a Cure.  To date, Shootin’ for a Cure (along with a partnership between the Lady Warriors and the Wells Rotary Club in the sponsorship of the Chuck Cumming Memorial Golf Tournament) has raised over $160,000 for breast cancer care at York Hospital.

Caption: In the photo are some of the members of the girls’ basketball teams in Wells-Ogunquit CSD.   In this December 14th photo, they are walking in the 29th Annual Wells Christmas Parade for 2014.  Coach Don Abbott is at right. 

High school pauses to say “Thank You”

posted Feb 11, 2015, 5:32 AM by Fran Prentice

It takes many working together in a variety of ways to help make a high school operate smoothly and efficiently.  In order to show appreciation to those who may go an “extra mile” in helping to make that happen, Wells High School holds a ‘Breakfast of Champions’ three times each school year.

On January 30th, the second Breakfast of Champions was held before the start of school in the school’s library.  Recognized by Principal Jim Daly, Activities Director Jack Molloy and teacher Jay Moore were 13 students and nine faculty and staff members.  Each received a light breakfast, a certificate and red t-shirt for their support in facilitating a positive learning, work and social environment at WHS.   

Those recognized included students Ryan Barber, Tyler Bartlett, Bethany Berger, Mary Berger, Sarah Berger, Mark Brewster, Chris Carney, Kent Kellar, Isabelle Sossei, Charlie Durfee, Ryan Marsh, Jesse Taylor and Nikolai Tomaszewski.  Faculty and staff members invited included Don Abbott, Pierce Cole, Chrys Demos, Tim Ericson, Kevin Fox, Tim Roche, Jeré Pierce, Becky Murphy, and John Murray.

“It's a great opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff to be recognized for going ‘far and above’”, commented WHS Principal Jim Daly.  “I appreciate all the support we get from the community for this event!”

Breakfast of Champions was instituted at Wells High School in 2007 by Principal Daly.  Each of these events is organized by Daly and Lil Lagasse.   To be invited, one has to be nominated by a coach, teacher or staff member.  

Caption: In the front row kneeling (from l to r) are Mark Brewster, Tyler Bartlett, Kent Kellar, and Isabelle Sossei.  Standing in the front row are Jesse Taylor and Nikolai Tomaszewski.  In the back row (l to r) are Tim Roche, Don Abbott, Jere' Pierce, John Murphy, Pierce Cole, Chrys Demos and Becky Murphy.

Chase places first in geography bee at WJHS

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:30 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 8:07 AM ]

On January 22nd, Wells Junior High School eighth grade student Matt Chase became champion in the school’s annual geography bee, part of the first round in the 27th Annual National Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society in Washington.    Another eighth grader, Spencer Poulin, became runner-up.  This marks the second time that Matt Chase has emerged victorious in this contest, the first time in January of 2013.

As in past years, there were ten student finalists taking on challenging and sometimes obscure questions about geography in front of a large audience consisting of students, parents and school staff in the Ward Gymnasium.  Other finalists included Hannah Chase, Covy Dufort, Tori Hayward, Garner Holdsworth, Guss Madsen, Samuel Norbert, Katie Plourde and Wyatt Rowe. The process creating these finalists began earlier this winter with bees held in classrooms followed by a semi-final round. 

At the end of March, after passing a national qualifying exam, Chase will be eligible to challenge other junior high schoolers in a state geography bee to be held on a campus of the University of Maine with a location and time to be announced.   

Winners of state level competitions are then invited to compete at the National Geography Bee held in May in Washington.  The national winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific.

“Our whole school is wishing our school winner Matt Chase, ‘Good Luck!’, commented bee organizer and moderator Bonnie Dill, a Social Studies teacher at WJHS.   “I have great confidence in Matt.  He has the geographic enthusiasm, the desire, the brainpower and the special skills needed to climb this mountain.  Pardon the pun!" 

Added this year is a round about animals of the World and another called Pop Stars on Tour.  “The kids had fun relating their favorite animals and singers to their geographic knowledge,” commented Dill.

The National Geographic Society sponsors this contest from the local to the national level.  The Society provides participating schools with questions, supplies, rules, guidelines and prizes.  

All ten participants in the bee at WJHS received a certificate and a Toblerone Swiss chocolate bar.  In addition, Chase and Poulin each received a hard cover copy of “Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas”.                                                  

Caption:  At left is Matt Chase with teacher Bonnie Dill following this year’s school competition at WJHS in the National Geographic Bee at WJHS.


Caption: From left to right are contestants in the WJHS Geography Bee for 2015:   Wyatt Rowe, Covy Dufort, Garner Holdsworth, Katie Plourde, Spencer Poulin (1st Runner-up), Matt Chase (Champion), Tori Hayward, Hannah Chase, Samuel Norbert, and Guss Madsen.

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