“10 years and Rising” runs Friday through Sunday

CONWAY — The Mount Washington Valley and surrounding communities are invited to enjoy an evening of dance as the Kennett High School Dance Department celebrates 10 years and is proud to present its spring production entitled "10 years and Rising" May 12-14.

This year the team was challenged to learn 11 group routines to represent each year of the dance program. Early in the fall of 2016 a survey was sent to alumni and current dance members to vote on the routines they would like to see brought back to life. The response was overwhelming with 42 people casting their votes.

Some of the routines chosen to bring back were "Minions." "All That Jazz," "Nerdz" and "Pirates of the Caribbean."

"It has been fun bringing old routines back to life and reminiscing about all the students that have come through the program," said Coach Holly Fougere. "The show will also feature 21 'Where are they now' alumni highlight videos. The show is upbeat and fun and appropriate for audiences of all ages."

The Dance Team will also be hosting a fundraiser for former Dance Team member Madison DiSilva who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year. This Saturday, the team will donate $3 from every ticket sale to Madison's Journey to help with her medical bills. There will also be some great raffle baskets every night of the show with proceeds benefiting Madison.

10 Years and Rising will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Loynd Auditorium at Kennett High School. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students in grades 1-12.

For more information, contact Holly Fougere at (603) 356-4360 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

'Back to the 80’s' takes the stage Thursday

CONWAY — The Kennett Drama Club will be opening its annual musical entitled "Back to the 80's" this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kennett High School's Loynd Auditorium.

Additional performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical "Back to the 80's." In the style of movies such as "Back to the Future," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Karate Kid," "Back to the 80's" is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

"Back to the 80's" tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now 30-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around.

Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a "Star Wars" dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, 20 cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse you.

Wear your best 80s costume and enter the "Best Dressed" costume contest!

 

Fryeburg Academy Math Team finishes strong season

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy Math Team recently completed its regular season by capturing the regional title at Leavitt High School in Turner on March 8.

This year, 190 students from 14 West Central Maine teams competed in the Pi-Cone North League this year. The Fryeburg Diamond team took first place with 1,453 points combined over five meets. Oxford Hills was second with 1,131 points, followed by Spruce Mountain at 855.

The Fryeburg Platinum team finished the season in fifth place at 785 points and the Fryeburg Gold Team landed in eighth place with 438 points.

Six of the top 10 mathletes in the league were from Fryeburg Academy.

Leading the regular season competition for Fryeburg were senior co-captains Mike Chen and Erik Porter. Chen was the top scorer in the Pi-Cone North League with a total of 257 points, while Porter placed second with 251 points.

Senior Brain Gong ranked sixth with 194 points and was awarded a medal for the third best senior.

Junior Jake Zhu medaled as the second best junior, finishing in eighth place overall with 177 points. Also awarded medals were seniors Rondo Chang and Joey Xiao, who placed ninth and 10th, respectively, with 160 and 154 points.

Junior Yaru Gong received a medal for the third highest junior at 151 points and freshman sensation Arvin Ma took home the second place medal for his grade level with 90 points for the season.

At the state level, the Fryeburg Platinum team finished the regular season in third place out of 90 teams from throughout the Pine Tree State.

Chen and Porter were awarded medals for finishing in eighth and 11th, respectively, out of over 1,000 students who competed at the five regular season meets.

On April 3, the Fryeburg Platinum team boarded the bus and headed northeast for the annual state meet at the Augusta Civic Center. Eighty-four of the best high school teams in Maine attended the meet in spite of a threatening snowstorm. The morning competition consisted of six individual rounds of three questions each, followed by two team relays and two team rounds in the afternoon.

After all the dust had settled, Fryeburg was awarded the second place trophy in its division with 567 points. Maine School of Science and Math was the top team in the state with 801 points, followed by Lincoln at 661 points and Bangor with 611 points.

Porter and Chen missed only one question each in the individual rounds and were awarded medals for placing in the top 20 in the state.

Thus ended another fine year for the Fryeburg Academy math team. The season ran from October through April, with weekly practices and six monthly meets. All of the members of the team put in a great deal of time and effort to maintain Fryeburg Academy's high standards and renowned excellence in academics. The team was coached by Erik Gustafson and assisted by Jim Gibson.

 

The Waldorf Way — Waldorf School’s memorable cross-country ski trip

 

By Hunt Barclay

ALBANY — Early on the chilly morning of Feb. 27, Waldorf students from grades fifth through eighth met in the school parking lot for the 2 plus hour ride to Kingston, Maine, central location for the non-profit organization, Maine Huts and Trails.

"All aboard" with cross-country skis, lots of warm gear and six adult chaperones/guides; parents Denice Tepe, Amy Rogers, Michael Baptista and faculty/staff Bruce Cooper, Louis Bullard and Heather Burnell.

DAY ONE. Four miles of skiing. The group headed off. It was largely uphill going and icy to boot. After a hard slog they finally arrived at the Stratton Brook Hut, a large, comfy retreat with a roaring stove around which the collective chowed down on chicken pot pie, Caesar salad, veggies and bread...let's not to forget ample, yummy cupcakes for dessert.

After dinner, Mr. Cooper regaled all with tales of King Arthur. Mr. Cooper reflects back a week later, "Our ski trip was a three-day Arthurian Quest to discover the winter landscape of central Maine." Charades ended the perfect day and then the tired skiers piled into their sleeping bags, drowsy and content from a day well spent.

DAY TWO. Ah, the challenging day two; seven miles of skiing! It was bugle call at 7 a.m., the smell of pancakes, eggs and bacon filled the hut while our young adventurers struggled into their gear and prepared themselves for what was to come.

Apprehension turned into wonder as the first four miles presented an easy downhill under a sunny sky, between rolling hills, in the pristine northern Maine environment.

The remaining terrain was mixed and easy. They all finally arrived at their warm 'n cozy hut in mid afternoon.

Heather Burnell reflects, "It was a truly amazing feat to witness these students overcome a challenging terrain with smiles on their faces, and pride in their hearts, really priceless. This was the perfect situation to help guide these pre-teens into a more secure feeling of confidence."

Spirited chess and monopoly jousts were followed by a casserole, sweet potatoes and cornbread. Then Mr. Bullard led the group in songs that reverberated through the cathedral ceilings. Take home memories included the passing of a massive icefall/waterfall earlier in the day, easily the most dramatic sighting on the trip so far.

DAY THREE. Once again reveille at 7 a.m. Today's skiing would take the group back to their cars at the end of the three-day loop. The run included a super long downhill and a gathering rain storm as right of passage. All agreed that the trip was a "10."

Classroom activities resumed the following day but few students were yet mentally off their skis. Louis Bullard reflects, "In total, the students skied about 14.5 miles. For some, the challenge was only the distance, for others, it was their very first time on skis. It was great to bring the two classes together, grades 5-6 and 7-8. They had to work together to support each other."

Our thanks go out to Maine Huts and Trails, whose generosity helped make this trip possible. The students are already planning another trip next year that will reach a hut that has an 11-mile ski day.

Hunt Barclay is a White Mountain Waldorf School parent.

The White Mountain Waldorf School helps raise children from nursery to grade eight. Located 2 miles south of Conway Village in Albany. Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour (603) 447-3168 or go to www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org