Waynflete students recently competed in the annual Lion’s Club Speak Out contest at the University of Southern Maine. Students write a 4-6 minute speech on an issue they care about. After presenting, students are asked questions by judges and are scored by a three-person team.
Linguo Ren, a sophomore and an international student from Shanghai, China, spoke on stereotyping and how respect is needed to overcome it. He came in third place. Christine Odia Wa Ngalamulume spoke about the need to feel uncomfortable in order to learn. She placed second.
Pictured above: Linguo Ren, Levi Lilienthal, Audrey Orenstein, Sylvette Dupe-Vete Congolo, and Christine Odia Wa Ngalamulume.
On Friday, March 8, Waynflete competed in the Maine LifeSmarts Competition at Unum in Portland. Led by captain Ben Lualdi, team members included Sam Yankee, Hannah Babcock, Tabarak Al Musawi, and Haoming Ma. LifeSmarts is a consumer challenge competition whose goal is to educate young adults to be intelligent consumers. Some of the material is immediately applicable, some will help in the near future, while other material will help students long-term. The five core content areas are personal finance, technology, health and safety, consumer rights and responsibilities, and the environment. The format of competition is in a game show style, with two teams competing against one another at a time.
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The Upper School Jazz Combo recently represented Waynflete at the Maine Music Educators Association 2019 District II Jazz Festival in Auburn. Sophi Aronson ’20 and Ethan Armstrong ’20 each received certificates for achieving the top rating as soloists. The combo’s outstanding performance qualified them for the State Instrumental Jazz Festival.
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Middle school is the most important time in a child’s life for emotional and academic development—a pivotal few years when children gain a sense of identity and independence, develop their voices in the community of the classroom, and become ethical citizens who think deeply about diverse subjects.
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On February 27, 15 students descended on the University of New England’s campus to compete in the Titan Challenge, a daylong business simulation competition. The Titan Challenge is an immersive peek into the business world, in which students—in teams of three—work with a mentor from the business community to guide a start-up, fledgling company through the virtual ups and downs of the market. Through simulated business rounds, groups decide on price, production, marketing, research and development, and charitable giving. The choices made ultimately lead to the success or failure of their virtual company. The Titan Challenge draws on a number of skills each team member will need to become a meaningful contributor in tomorrow’s workforce: creativity, finance, collaboration, strategy, leadership, and more.
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