Snow, Snow, and other News

For those of you who don't live in the Northeast this winter, the snow, and efforts to remove it, is certainly the main topic of conversation these days. For the first time since April of 1982, schools were called off on successive days in late January, and again on February 2nd. As usual, seniors love it, but underclassmen despair the additional days of school in June. Despite the weather, school goes on, and here are some recent events and awards of interest:

Hebert Award This year's award, presented by Andy Shepard '76, went to Samantha Mangino '15. Samantha, a top-notch student, has participated in Playmakers during all four years at YHS. This year she is serving as co-President. The winner of the AP History Award and the Barnard Book Award in 2014, Samantha plans to study Journalism and Polical Science at Emerson College next year.

Poetry Out Loud For several years, YHS has participated in the national Poetry Out Loud competition. Every student is required to memorize a poem to recite in his/her English class. The winner in each class then competes against the winners in other classes. Eventually the field is narrowed to two contestants from each grade level. At an assembly in the YPAC in mid-January, the eight contestants recite two poems each, judged by professional poets. The winner of this event goes on to a regional competition. This assembly has become one of the highlights of the year.

Ella Werner '17, who competed as a 9th grader, won this year. She advanced to the Regional Finals, where she placed first again. Now she advances to the State Finals at the Waterville Opera House on March 11th. A victory there would send her to Washington for the Nationals. Good luck Ella!!

Unified Basketball YHS has joined eighteen other schools, nine in the East and nine in the West, in the MPA sponsored Unified Basketball League. Each team consists of three Unified Student Athletes, and two Unified Partners. A Unified Student Athlete must have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). The games are regulation length. The Partners are not allowed to score more than 25% of the team's points. YHS has seven Athletes and seven Partners. The team began playing in January, and the season culminates with the State Championships in Lewiston in mid-March.

Super Bowl Ad In addition to the Patriots' victory, the big news for Yarmouth alumni/ae was the award-winning ad created by Ross Fletcher '04. Ross in Creative Director of the Barton Graf Advertising Agency in Manhattan. His ad promoted a video game called "Clash of Claws" and was rated in the top five Super Bowl ads by ADweek.
Congratulations Ross.

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