Calais High School

Quinn Sluzenski

Living in Maine means accepting that snow will occasionally ruin your plans.  However, this winter has been worst than most, and this week is a fine example of that fact.  The recent storm both delayed Wednesday’s math meet and put off the SkillsUSA team’s journey to Bangor for their state conference.

Despite the late start, the competitors from Calais, Woodland, and Shead brought home one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals in Prepared Speech, Carpentry Knowledge Test, and Employment Application Process.  They are holding a bake sale this Saturday from 11-2 at Artemis’ Attic to raise money to send their national team to Kansas City for the National Leadership and Skills Conference.

While these students were putting their trade skills to the test, others were competing on the musical stage.  The jazz combo scored an impressive 2 (the best possible score is 1) at the state festival.  Jackson Greenlaw scored a 1 on his solo, earning him an outstanding soloist award.

In another example of scheduling gone awry, the National Honor Society Induction that was supposed to be held on Tuesday has been delayed.  It was unfortunately moved because of its conflict with the school board meeting.  At this meeting, many students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in a variety of activities, such as the competitions already mentioned.

Several students also recently excelled individually.  Delayne Hold won third place in the high school division of the Downeast Salmon Federation Art Contest for her excellent artwork.

Caitlyn Reynolds is currently a semifinalist in the process to become a student member of the Maine State Board of Education.  The application is very competitive as there are only two student members on the board in the entire state.  Good luck to Caitlyn as she continues through the application process.

Jordan Hatch received some very exciting news of her own this week.  She was selected as the 2014 Calais High School recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association Award.  She has been recognized for her academic achievement, leadership roles, and good citizenship.  She will attend an Honors’ Luncheon, receive an honorary plaque and pin, and be entered in a drawing for a one thousand dollar scholarship.

Next Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:00, the band will host their annual spaghetti supper at the Calais Congregational Church.  This well-loved event features delicious food and a great Chinese raffle.  Tickets are available in advance and at the door.

A completely different kind of supper is also coming up.  The second annual Hunger Games fundraiser will be held on April 16 at 6:00 at Calais High School.  Guests must purchase a ten dollar ticket ahead of time and then draw a colored stone to determine the level of meal they will receive.  They could be served anything from steak to pizza to spam.  The event raises awareness for hunger and money for the food pantry.  It will feature several musical performances and information sessions throughout the evening.  More information will become available in the upcoming weeks.

Finally, Calais got into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with an impromptu band performance.  During a lunch period on Monday, the band played the popular Dropkick Murphy song “Shipping Up To Boston” to celebrate the holiday.  It was a surprise for the whole school, including most of the band!  If only all holidays were celebrating with Irish jigs.