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Wells Conservation Commission holds 16th Annual Art Awards Night

posted Jun 15, 2015, 6:44 AM by Michael Richards

The artwork of 70 Wells-Ogunquit K-12 students, all with the theme of “Birds of Wells,” was recognized at the 16th Annual Student Poster Contest Awards Night held on May 28th at Wells Elementary School.  
Sponsored by the Wells Conservation Commission, the contest initially received an estimated 400 submissions, later narrowed down by a panel of judges. 
About 160 students, parents, educators and town officials attended the awards ceremony.  Before and after the program they strolled around the school’s café area to view the exhibit displayed on several upright panels featuring personal, unique views of our fine feathered friends.  A slide show of the student artwork was also shown on a large screen above the stage.
The ceremony opened with introductory comments from Wells Conservation Commission Chair Owen Grumbling who has been involved with the Commission’s work since its creation in 1981. The recipient of this year’s Espy Land Heritage Award presented by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Dr. Grumbling asserted that “we live in the most beautiful place on the earth.”  Grumbling had presented his $5,000 Espy Award to the Town of Wells Conservation Commission to support land and natural resource conservation, public education, and maintenance of public lands.
Wells Board of Selectman Chair Karl Ekstedt awarded certificates to the students. Award-winning students in attendance were presented with gift certificates for “Pick Your Own Strawberries” at Spiller Farm, courtesy of Anna and Bill Spiller.  Wells Conservation Commissioner Markus Diebolt, who serves as Trail Manager, offered closing remarks, encouraging students and families to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of our community and visit our town-owned public land and trails. 
Later Dr. Grumbling noted that in sponsoring the contest each year “the Conservation Commission encourages the Town’s younger citizens to be aware of our Wells natural resources, both for their use and their beauty. We want to share the vision of the children with the rest of the community." 
With the slogan of “Conserving Nature for Life” the Wells Conservation Commission is an official committee of the Town of Wells that meets the second Thursday of each month at Wells Town Hall.  Members keep vigil over the town’s natural resources, especially forest and water that provide wildlife habitat, human recreation, and outdoor education.  

The Commission establishes trails and interpretation on conservation lands that have been acquired for the townspeople through its Land Bank and its conservation partners.  
Award-winning student posters will hang in the Wells Town Hall through July. As in recent years, contest organizer Audrey Grumbling expects the artwork will go on to be displayed in other community locations into the autumn. 

"The artwork of our young people is by turns delightful, thoughtful, and inspiring,” commented Ms. Grumbling.  “This year's artwork is no exception. The children worked with their art or science teacher to express their understanding of the value and beauty of our natural world.  From drawing and painting to photography and graphic design, the art of our young people in kindergarten through high school demonstrates close observation and deep understanding that is truly inspirational." 
Wells-Ogunquit teachers Sandy Brennan, Bruce Fearon, Chris Milliken and Vanessa White-Capelluti were recognized for their continued support of the contest in encouraging their students from kindergarten through high school to participate.  Community businesses Spiller Farm, Lisart, and Claude Breton’s Framers Workshop also contributed to program efforts.  WES Principal Marianne Horne, Assistant Principal Ken Spinney and administrative assistant Sarah Blevins, along with custodial staff, facilitated the use of the school for the awards presentations.
Award-winning student artists include: Kindergarten: Camryn Ayer, Lauren Martin, Ryan Dyer, Ashley Morrell, Payton Maxon, Marissa Nafah, and Avalonne Gilpatric;  Grade 1: Nathan Colpetzer, Cadence Cox, Caroline Dufort, Owen Shangraw, Damian Cyr, and Evan Chase; Multiage Grade 1-2: Kendall Maxon, Reese Murphy, Madison Webb, Eli Potter, Brandon Talevi, and Elizabeth Nichols.

Grade 2: Alex Finn, Teagan Hludik, Chloe Madsen, Bella Smith, Jessica Palmer, Brandon Wallingford, Jada Pullen, and Sophia Signoretti; Grade 3 and MA 3-4: 
Camdyn Blynn, Lily Hubbard, Owen Clarke, Kaden Springer, Spencer Carpenter, Rachel M. Rallo, and Jace Patel; Grade 4: Emily Downes, Hunter Roberts, Ainsley Spofford, Marina Villator, and Emily Kenney.

Grade 5: Auguste Ciorra, Justin Boulay, Lindsay Plourde, Megan Cox, Anavi Curtiss, and Avery Seuter; Grade 6 Art: Michael Gregory, Kate Pinette, and Gavyn Leighton; Grade 6 Science: Garner Holdsworth, Grace Stevens, Jacob Michaud, Jon Brown, Jaiden Greaves, Lindsey Parker, Isaac Schuhmacher, and Emma Keniston; Grade 7 Art: Ashleigh Bolduc, Cailey Brickett; Grade 8 Art: Duncan Campbell.

Wells High School, Photography: Helana Griffith, Savannah Martin, Briauna Doughty, Reed W. Norton; Graphic Design: Brooke Nucci, Bethany Berger, Sarah Berger; Illustrated Graphics: Elise McCormack-Kuhman, Nick Maynard; Drawing: Nick Maynard, Allison Beecher, Olivia Holdsworth.and Michael Driscoll.

For a complete list of winners please check out this page.

The first place entry in the ‘Photography Category’ in the 2015 ‘Student Poster Contest’ sponsored by the Town of Wells Conservation Commission is a photograph of a chickadee being fed.  Contest entry by Helena Griffith (WHS).
The first place entry in the ‘Photography Category’ in the 2015 ‘Student Poster Contest’ sponsored by the Town of Wells Conservation Commission is a photograph of a chickadee being fed.  Contest entry by Helena Griffith (WHS).

Second Place in the ‘Pencil/Pastel Drawing’ category by Allison Beecher (WHS
Second Place in the ‘Pencil/Pastel Drawing’ category by Allison Beecher (WHS)

Elementary School collage of bird by Jessica Palmer, Grade 2 WES

Drawing of wingspread bird with images of Maine inside the wings is by Elise McCormack-Kuhman (WHS)
Drawing of wingspread bird with images of Maine inside the wings is by Elise McCormack-Kuhman (WHS)

Fifth grade student Auguste ‘Auggie’ Ciorra, standing next to his drawing of an eagle’s head.

Fifth grade student Auguste ‘Auggie’ Ciorra, standing next to his drawing of an eagle’s head.

Alumni Association to Hold Fourth Annual Golf Tournament

posted Jun 10, 2015, 4:13 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells High School Alumni Association is holding its Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at the Old Marsh Country Club on the Littlefield Road in Wells, Sunday, June 28th at 1:00 p.m.     Pre-registration is $90 per player and includes golf, golf cart, raffle tickets, prizes, and dinner.   All proceeds generated by the tournament will go towards the Wells High School Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund.  

Registration needs to be completed by the 21st of June.  Registration forms can be found at either Morse Hardware & Lumber, Brown’s Service Station or on line at  

Organizers are hoping for the “best tournament ever” in part by adding a new feature called the WHS Class Challenge.  Graduating classes can now compete against one other for later ‘bragging rights’.   To qualify, each of these teams will need to have at least two of their four members belonging to the same graduating class at Wells High School.

The tournament has a shotgun start with a scramble format.  For more information, please contact Sandy Brown at 646-5672.   

Wells High School Top Ten for 2015

posted Jun 4, 2015, 10:44 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 10:47 AM ]

Wells High School has released the “Top Ten List” for the Class of 2015.  What follows is an alphabetical listing of the top students with mini educational biographies.  Graduation is planned for June 14th at 1:00 pm at Wells High School.  The commencement address will be delivered by Mr. Donato Tramuto, a global healthcare activist.   

Allison BeecherAllison Noelle Beecher is the daughter of Edward and Kelly Beecher of Wells.  Allison will be attending Olivet Nazarene University this fall majoring in Spanish and Intercultural Studies.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, and the indoor and outdoor track teams.  She is also a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.  Allison has been involved in many drama productions at Wells High School with onstage roles and behind-the-scenes work as a set designer and technician.

Sarah ClawsonSarah Catherine Clawson is the daughter of Phil Clawson and Katie Wiebe, both of Wells.  Sarah plans to attend George Mason University and major in Criminal Justice/Psychology.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the marching band, concert band, and jazz band; participating in fall and spring drama productions; a member of the Winter Guard team; and the outdoor track and field team.

Julianne FitzpatrickJulianne Marie Fitzpatrick is the daughter of Charles and Jennifer Fitzpatrick of Wells.   Julianne has been accepted at the University of Maine at Orono and will attend there this fall as part of the Honors College majoring in Biology.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being President of the National Honor Society and member of the Student Council.  She is a recipient of a Student of the Trimester award, numerous academic book awards and second place in the 2013 Literary Achievement Awards.  Julianne also attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. 

Chloe KellumChloe Elyssa Kellum is the daughter of Zachary and Nicole Kellum of Wells.  She plans to attend Clark University to major in Biology.  Activities and/or awards while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of a Breakfast of Champions award.  Chloe is a member of the Student Council and the indoor and outdoor track & field teams.

Zachary PierceZachary Robert Pierce is the son of Randy Pierce and Shannon Emerton both of Wells.  He plans to attend Northeastern University to major in Environmental Sciences.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society and member of the Odyssey of the Mind team which qualified for five world competitions.  His OM team was awarded the OMER award at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in 2012.  Zach has also been part of numerous fall and spring drama productions at WHS.

Holly RobinsonHolly Rose Robinson is the daughter of Michael and Sandra Robinson of Wells.  This fall she will attend the University of Rhode Island and major in Engineering.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council and President of the Interact Club.   She has received several academic awards, a Breakfast of Champions award and a Student of the Trimester award.  Holly also received the Western Maine Conference Athletic Recognition award.

Sydney RobinsonSydney Pearl Robinson is the daughter of Michael and Sandra Robinson of Wells.  Sydney is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2015.  This fall, she will attend the University of Rhode Island and major in Engineering.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society, the Interact Club, and the Student Council.  Sydney has been President of her class for two years and is committed to volunteering in the community.  She is also a member of the Math Team, Book Club, and chorus.  Sydney has participated in soccer, lacrosse, basketball and indoor track and field throughout her high school sports career.  She is the recipient of numerous academic awards, Breakfast of Champions award, Student of the Trimester award and the Phi Betta Kappa and St. Anselm’s college book awards.  Sydney has received two Warrior Pride awards and the Most Improved Player award in Lacrosse.  

Sage SierraSage Alexandra Sierra is the daughter of Richard Sierra of Arundel and Ingrid Hagberd of North Berwick.  Sage plans to attend Colby College in the fall and major in Biology.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society and recipient of a Breakfast of Champions award, Student of the Trimester award and numerous academic awards.  Sage has been a member of the soccer, indoor track and field and lacrosse teams throughout high school.

Madeline TaylorMadeline Anne Taylor is the daughter of Michael and Debra Taylor of Wells.  She will attend Colby College this fall and major in Pre-Law.  Her major activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Interact Club.  Maddie was also a member of a state championship winning Odyssey of the Mind team.  She has received the Dartmouth College Book Award (in her junior year), and recipient of the Breakfast of Champions award, the Student of the Trimester award and numerous academic awards.  She has participated in varsity soccer, indoor track & field, varsity softball and named WMC All-Star for Softball.  

Jacob WilsonJacob Lewis Wilson is the son of Roy Wilson and the late Jennifer Wilson of Wells.  Jacob is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2015.  He plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute and major in Aerospace Engineering.  Activities and/or awards received while at Wells High School include being a member of the National Honor Society and Concert Band.  He is a recipient of the Maine Principals Association’s MPA award, a Breakfast of Champions award and numerous academic awards.  Jacob was also a member of the varsity soccer team.  In addition, Jacob earned the rank of Eagle Scout this past spring.

WHS honors school champions at awards breakfast

posted May 26, 2015, 3:59 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School presented the third and last of three ‘Breakfast of Champions’ for the 2014-2015 school year on May 1st.   Twenty-four students and four staff members were invited to be honored for their positive contributions to the learning and social environments at Wells High School.

Receiving a certificate, t-shirt, and plaque from WHS Activities Director Jack Molloy and teacher Jay Moore were students (in alphabetical order) Aliah Clay, Liz Curtis, Michelle Desjardins, Clarisse Goncalves, Raven Goodell, David Jacobs, Danielle Jarosz, Allison Jarvis, Taryn Lambert, Christian Levesque, Erskine Lothrop, Abigail N. Lord, Kate Macolini, Marisa Mizzoni, Hannah Moody, Alec Pinette, Sydney Robinson, Sam Sayward, Kameron Shaw, Ben Stevens, Maddie Taylor, Nikolai Tomaszewski, Ethan Huber-Young and Hannah Woodward. 

Faculty and staff members honored included Erin Boisrond, Linda Gaidimas, Jen Lewia, and Sally Marchand.

To become a ‘Champion’ and invited to this breakfast, one has to be nominated by a coach, teacher or other staff member for contributions to WHS.  Breakfast of Champions was instituted at the school by WHS Principal Jim Daly in 2007.  These events have been organized to date by Principal Daly and Secretary Lil Lagasse.   

Breakfast of Champions May 1, 2015
WHS students and staff recognized during a Breakfast of Champions event on May 1st

Creative writing contest organizers receive recognition from School Committee

posted May 22, 2015, 10:33 AM by Michael Richards

On May 6th, the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee recognized Maryanne Foley and Reg Bennett for their long-time commitment to the WOCSD’s Annual Literary Achievement Awards creative writing contest for Kindergarten through Adult Education students. 

The program began in 1986.  Foley, the District’s Community Resource Coordinator, took over coordinating the program in 1999.   In 2002, Public Information Officer Bennett became Foley’s assistant as Co-Coordinator of the contest.

Each year approximately 250 students submit various forms of writing including poetry, non-fiction, and short stories.  Entries are judged anonymously at two levels—by WOCSD staff and later by a panel of community members.  The two-tier judging process produces first, second, third place and ‘honorable mention’ winners from each grade level.

"The program is a showcase of talented writers which demonstrates the progression of writing skills from grade to grade as the students mature,” sums up Foley about the contest.

When asked, Foley, also the Mistress of Ceremonies of the Literary Achievement Awards Ceremony held each spring, said that her most memorable moment running the contest came in 2012 when eight grader Brenda Griffin received a standing ovation from the audience for her moving essay about “bullying”.

Since its inception, the contest has had various sponsors including the former Ocean National Bank, which supported the contest for over 20 years.  This year. sponsors included both the Wells and Ogunquit Rotary Clubs.   President of the Ogunquit Rotary Club, Joe Boyle, and President of the Wells Rotary, Terry Hodskins, appeared at the podium during this year's awards ceremony on April 30th to make introductory comments.  The Steakhouse in Wells was also a sponsor this year and in recent years by providing gift certificates to those receiving honorable mention.

Foley, Bennett, and Ackerson
Maryanne Foley, Reg Bennett, and WOCSD School Committee Chair Helena Ackerson.

Students Construct Shelter for Community Dog Park

posted May 14, 2015, 12:46 PM by Michael Richards

This April 7th photo shows Wells Junior High School students of Technology Education teacher Robert Winn building a 6 x 10 shelter for donation to the Ogunquit Dog Park.   Winn’s students (at WJHS and Wells High School) have been building a variety of structures under his guidance for 34 years.   Winn indicated that this hands-on class work allows students the opportunity to learn trade skills, give back to the community and build “self confidence in their abilities to accomplish a large undertaking!”  WOCSD Director of Instructional Improvement Patricia Hayden added, “The shelter exemplifies hands-on skills that students learn to apply.”   

Students and their Project
From left to right are several of Winn’s students working on this project: Tyler McDonnell (WHS student), Ethan McAllister, Darion Frasier, Manny Diggs and Dustin Blake.

Allison Beecher becomes Finalist in National Merit Scholarship program

posted May 1, 2015, 12:29 PM by Michael Richards

In March, Wells High School senior Allison Beecher was notified by WHS Principal Jim Daly that she had been selected a Finalist in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation of Evanston Illinois.

From the 1.4 million high school juniors who took the program’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or PSAT/NMSQT last fall, 15,000 were selected Finalists.   By July, more than half of this remaining group will have received a National Merit Scholarship earning the title of Merit Scholar.

“I was very excited when I got the letter because scholarships are going to be one of my main modes of getting into college...” said Beecher.  “Any scholarships that I can get is a really big thing for me.  I know this is a very prestigious award.  It’s a big honor.” 

Beecher, an AP Art Student, is also a member of the WHS Chorus, Winter Guard Team, Indoor and Outdoor Track Team, and a member of the National Honor Society.  She is also on the Odyssey of the Mind Team from Wells and will be attending the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May.

“She is a tremendous kid,” commented WHS Principal Daly about Beecher.  “She is the best of the best at WHS!  We are very proud of her.”

Beecher also had a minor role in WHS’s 2015 spring musical “South Pacific” and was the Principal Artistic Designer for the production.  

Beecher says that she plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois in the fall to study Spanish and Integral Studies.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  It is a non-profit corporation established in 1955.  Scholarship money awarded by the NMSC comes largely from corporate and college sponsorship.  Since its founding 60 years ago, the NMSC has awarded 396,000 scholarships worth 1.5 billion. 

Picture of Allison Beecher
Holding her certificate from the National Merit Scholarship is Allison Beecher

Information Concerning Measles

posted May 1, 2015, 7:45 AM by Michael Richards


Maine CDC was notified Tuesday by Massachusetts public health authorities that a student in Massachusetts who tested positive for measles visited the Kittery Outlet Malls on April 20 while infected by the virus. 

The individual who is from Western Europe and was unvaccinated, shopped at the malls between noon and 3 p.m. and stopped in stores including but not limited to: The Kittery Trading Post, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. 

“Since measles is a contagious airborne disease people who were at the Kittery malls from noon to 5 p.m. on April 20 should check their immunization records and be aware of the symptoms," said Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

People who are vaccinated are unlikely to be affected by exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spreads downward.

“Infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days after,” Pezzullo said. “As the exposure took place nine days ago, early treatments for those who may have been impacted is not effective. We recommend that a person with symptoms contact their primary care provider by phone to discuss treatment, as isolation to prevent the spread of measles may be necessary.” 

Maine’s last case of measles was reported in 1997, and there are currently no cases of measles in Maine. 

Pezzullo said that since Maine has a high vaccination rate against measles, a widespread outbreak is unlikely. This event serves as a strong reminder of the importance of vaccination against the disease, he said.

“Most measles cases in this country have been among unvaccinated people and people with unknown vaccination status,” Pezzullo said. “This incident offers an opportunity to encourage people to know their vaccination status and to get vaccinated if necessary.”

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles. As of April 24, 166 cases have been reported in 19 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, go to 

Hunter McDonnell Named Athlete of the Month for February

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:38 AM by Michael Richards

In late March, Wells High School selected senior Hunter McDonnell Student-Athlete of Month for February 2015.  This award is in recognition of McDonnell’s academic abilities, sportsmanship, on and off the field, and athletic skills as displayed on the WHS Indoor Track & Field Team.    

Presenting McDonnell with a plaque on March 27th was WHS Activities Director Jack Molloy, and Pamela Moody-Maxon.  

According to WHS Track and Field Coach Jennifer Lewia, Hunter McDonnell’s accomplishments in the sport are many.  He broke two individual school records in the 1000m Run and the 800m Run, was a member of the school’s record setting 4X800m Relay team, was the leading point scorer on the Wells Boys Track and Field team for the season, placed in three events at the 2015 Maine Track and Field Meet, and competed at the New England High School Track Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on a 4X800 Relay team which came in 21st  

“I am very flattered,” commented McDonnell.  “I had no idea that this was happening.  I feel honored to be selected for this.”  At WHS McDonnell plays Soccer and is a member of the WHS Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands.  He was also a cast member in the recent musical production of “South Pacific” at WHS.

Student athletes picked to receive this honor are selected by Molloy and Principal Jim Daly.   The Athlete of the Month award at WHS is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.

Hunter McDonnell Named Athlete of the Month for February

In the photo from left to right are Pamela Moody-Maxon, Hunter McDonnell, and Jack Molloy.

Jacob Wilson receives MPA Principal’s Award

posted Apr 26, 2015, 8:59 AM by Michael Richards

In late March, Wells High School senior Jacob Wilson was selected to receive the 2015 Principal’s Award, an award sponsored by the Maine Principals Association given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

“Jacob has played an important role at Wells High School for the past four years,” commented WHS Principal Jim Daly.  “He has challenged himself in the classroom and has exhibited leadership …(and) has demonstrated his dedication to his community through his work with the Boy Scouts of America.  This recognition is well-deserved.”

On April 11th, Jacob, along with other recipients throughout the state, was honored at a banquet at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.

This MPA Honors Luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler.  Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association.  This year an additional five $1,000 scholarships were presented through the efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament.

The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.

Jacob Wilson's senior picture
Jacob Wilson in his WHS senior photo

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