School Board Honors Top Ten Students and Retirees

Marshwood Top 10 seniors recognized by School Board

By Mark Pechenik
June 06, 2014 2:00 AM

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Student honors, plus board and teacher retirements, highlighted the School Administrative District 35 board meeting Wednesday.

Board members and an audience of parents and relatives honored Marshwood High School’s Top 10 graduating seniors: Brynne Elisabeth DuBois, Hana Rosalie Alleva, Jason Beland, Calvin Butler, Isabella Etro, Benjamin Corey, Suzannah Blass, Juliana Burke, salutatorian Hannah Bossi and valedictorian Darren LaPointe.

Seated on a line of chairs before those in attendance, each student offered words of praise for the student to their left.

State Rep. Roberta “Bobbi” Beavers read a state proclamation saluting the students.

The district’s principals recognized retiring teachers from their schools.

Among those praised was Rebecca Woodman, who Principal Nina D’Aran called “the heart of Central School.”

Paul Melhorn, principal of Marshwood High School, said of teacher Randy Hatch, “There has never been a student that Randy has not been able to connect with.”

In citing the work of Eliot Elementary School’s Susan Barbary, Gayle Janes, Kathy Avery and Andrea Rohde, Principal Maureen Goering said they represented “121 years of teaching brilliance that we will be losing this year.”

Other retirees are Joan Bostock of Central School, Rick Young of Marshwood Middle School and Patsy Wagner, Edwin “Ted” Pierce and Karen Camlin of Marshwood High.

Another departure from the district is Tom Flanigan, who is stepping down as the board’s vice chairman. In recognizing Flanigan’s service, board President Martha Leathe cited his “unique blend of sharp insight and fiscal acumen.”

Leathe also had positive words for the board’s two student representatives who will be leaving this year, seniors Bossi and Sophia Syrene, who she praised for their “energy and positive attitude.”

In other business

Shown at the meeting was a video of Marshwood High’s “We the People” U.S. government debate team, presented by faculty team mentor Matt Sansone. The video showed highlights of the team’s performance when they scored 13th of 52 teams nationally and first in the northeast region.

“A big reason for our success was the amazing dedication of students that was shared throughout the course of the year,” Sansone said.

In response, Suzie Burke, parent of Juliana Burke, said of Sansone, “As a parent, I am so appreciative of all that Matt has put into this competition. His dedication to the kids has been outstanding.”

The team was also recognized by Beavers with a state proclamation congratulating them on their efforts.


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