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Father, Grandfather, Husband, Teacher, Headmaster

January 12, 1920 – March 19, 2010


Graduation 2010 pg. 3 | Student News pg. 5 | Sports Accolades pg. 11 | and more...

News from the Head of School Writing this letter today I think about the year

Board of Trustees 2009/2010 Officers Mr. Richard L. Gardner ’58 President Mr. Dennis L. Mahar ’79 Vice President Ms. Traci L. Sanborn ’81 Secretary Mr. Clinton E. Gardner ’49 Treasurer Mr. Dean M. McGuire ’99 Assistant Treasurer

Additional Trustees Mr. Larry Barker Mrs. Elizabeth Begin Mr. Brian S. Cates ’72 Mrs. MaryEllen Day ’87 Dr. John F. Gaddis ’65 Mr. Michael Hennessey Mr. Nicholas C. Lemieux ’93 Mrs. Suzanne Plaisted Mrs. Linda F. Varney Mrs. Susan West ’71

Honorary Trustees

Mrs. Jane E. Bell Mr. David C. Burns ’67 Mr. Donald Brown ’77 Dr. Harold W. Crosby, Jr. ’66 Mr. Dean Crosman ’75 Ms. Bettina L. Davis ’60 Mrs. Sandra S. Davis ’53 Mr. Arthur W. Gardner ’38 Mrs. Patricia M. Hall Mr. Francis J. Hallissey Mrs. Dolores G. Hanson ’55 Mr. Michael Hinerman ’69 Mr. Arthur W. Hoar ’37 Mrs. Marcia Jackson Mr. John S. Johnson ’53 Mrs. Suzanne Mace Mr. Ralph S. Mahar Mrs. Hope Prout Mr. Ricky W. Ramsdell ’76 Mr. Edwin Randall ’67 Mr. Donald G. Smith ’71 Mr. Richard H. Young ’55

W.A. Today Summer 2010

WA Today is published two times each year for alumni and friends of WA. If you are receiving duplicate copies or have a change of address, please contact the Development Office at WA, PO Box 190, East Machias, ME 04630. You may read WA Today on-line at Click on “Alumni” tab then “WA Today.” Published by: WA Development Office Layout: TERELAR Advertising Productions

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that has passed and look forward to the year ahead. I must say that I feel fortunate to be the Head of School at Washington Academy. Often my teachers say to me “I wouldn’t want your job” and I usually respond with a smile thinking to myself “I have the greatest job in the world.” Entering my fourteenth year at the helm of Washington Academy I recall my father telling me “a good dose of fear is healthy.” I must admit to you that not a day goes by that I am not struck with fear over the fact that I am responsible for the educational futures of 450 students, the careers of eighty employees and the impact that Washington Academy has on our community. Just as I am overcome with fear I think of all of the great people who work with me, those in the trenches carrying out the mission of the school, the Board of Trustees that supports us all in our work, the parents who entrust us with their children and a community that appreciates the work that we do and my fear turns to thankfulness for how blessed I am. I remember those who came before who laid the firm foundation that we build upon today. I will miss the wise counsel of past leaders like Mr. Arthur Gardner. I fondly recall sharing a meal at the Annual Meeting with Mr. Gardner and sitting near him at ball games in order to seek out his advice. Mr. Gardner always responded with “Old Boy” and then graciously provided me with a gem of common sense for whatever issue I was dealing with. These sage words were more valuable than any graduate course I ever participated in. That same common sense approach reinforces, that despite the accomplishments of this past year and the excitement for what the new year has in store, what matters most is who is in the classroom and what they are imparting to our children. With confidence I can tell you that the best of Washington Academy today is the work that our teachers do day in day out supporting, challenging and inspiring our young people to achieve more than they imagined that could. Their work has helped to create a culture that is serious about education. I have had the good fortune this last year to spend a great deal of time listening to Alumni fondly recall their years at Washington Academy. In each story the common theme was the positive impact that one or more teachers, administrators or coaches had on them. These conversations inspire me to ensure that the students of today will remember their days at Washington Academy with the same fondness. As we move into the Community Phase of our first capital campaign “Tomorrow Begins Today” I would like to challenge you to join me in recognizing the Washington Academy educators who made a difference in your time at Washington Academy by contributing to the campaign in their honor.

Thankfully Yours,

Judson McBrine Head of School

Graduation 2010 Washington Academy Announces Honor Parts Head of School Judson McBrine is proud to announce the honor parts for the Class of 2010. With 118 students, the class of 2010 has the most graduates in Washington Academy history dating back to 1792. V aledictorian

Allison Talbot


F irst H onor E ssayist

Seth Maker

Robert Harvey, son of Phillip and Birgitt Harvey of Dennysville, is the first honor essayist for the class of 2010. Robert has been involved in the drama club, math team, and Maine Youth in Government. Robert will be attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and has not yet decided on a major.

Second Honor Essayist

Allison Talbot, daughter of William and Nancy Talbot of East Machias, is the valedictorian for the class of 2010. Allison has been involved in a variety of activities including drama club, jazz band, student council, math team, Maine Youth in Government, the Silver Quill, Tri-M, formal speaking club, and Students Teaching About Respect (STARS). Allison represented Washington Academy at the American Legion Girls State program in the summer of 2009. Allison will be attending St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY majoring in English.

Kayla Anthony, Husson University Jiabin “Tony” Bai, Liberty University Frederick Barstow, UMaine Machias Justina Barter, Undecided Jonah Baskerville, MIT Megan Bell, Empire School of Cosmetology Serena Boynton, Army Chelsea Brady, UMaine Orono Barthold Brizee, UMaine Orono/Air National Guard Mathew Burke, Becker College Timothy Carter, Marine Corp. Chieh “Andy” Chen, Northeastern University Xu “Dennis” Chen, Drexel University Yi Jui “Danny” Chen, Valsparisio University Zeheng Chen, Georgia Tech Yi-Fang “Yvonne” Cheng, Otis College of Art and Design Chelsea Clark, Husson University Fawn Clark, Work Force Marvin Jr. Cling, WCCC Bryce Colbeth, Husson University Ivan Corey, UMaine Orono Katlyn Cox, UMaine Machias Lacie Craven, UMaine Machias Courtney Curtis, WCCC Maj de Christopher, Undecided Ashley DeSilva, Lynn University Kyle Dennison, Undecided Sandrine Diah, Undecided Hong Yi Dong, UMaine Orono

Seth Maker, son of Tony and Paula Maker of Machiasport, is the salutatorian for the class of 2010. Seth has been a member of the football club for one year, varsity baseball as a player and statistician, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, and Math team. Seth has placed in the state math meet each of the four years he has competed. Seth will be attending the University of Maine majoring in Mechanical Engineering and also studying in the University of Maine’s Honors College.

Senior Plans

Justine Eatherton, WCCC Lily Evans, Americorp Stephanie Farley, WCCC Keith Farren, Undecided Andi Flannery, Maine Maritime Academy Hayley Foresman, EMCC Nicolas “Nico” Forte, College in Spain Alex Foster, Undecided Klara Galiova, College in Czech Republic Patrick Gardner, UMaine Orono David Glidden, Bangor School of Ministry Kristin Griffin, Cosmetology School Charles Hanscom, UMaine Machias Robert Harvey, Vassar College Zachariah Hatch, WCCC Chelsie Hawkins, UMaine Presque Isle Lehann Hester, Husson University Daniel Hinojosa, Work Force Nicolas Hixson, University of Southern Maine Nai-Wen “Corey” Hsieh, Savannah College of Art and Design Yun “York” Huang, Northeastern University Channing Jessiman, EMCC Jessica Johnson, Work Force Stefani Jones, Thomas College Jin-A Kim, Lawrence Technological University Meen Kook “Chris” Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Seong Min Kim, University of Oregon Shelby Lee, Undecided Yeong Jin Lee, Bunker Hill Community College

Jonah Baskerville, son

of Reginald and Anna Baskerville of Eastport, is the second honor essayist for the class of 2010. Jonah has been involved in 2 local orchestras in Washington County as a violinist, and has taught violin and piano lessons for the past 3 years. Jonah has also been involved in Project SHARE which focuses on the restoration of Atlantic Salmon habitats. Jonah will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Sarah Lehman, Husson University Shawn Leighton, EMCC Michael Lenfestey, Husson University Wei Li, Stony Brook University Yizhuo “Lee” Li, University of Connecticut Shuang “Summer” Liang, Purdue University Jerry II Lingley, Universal Technical Institute Bin “Allen” Liu, Ohio State University Kaitlyn Look, Work Force Dongqin “Cassy” Lu, Northeastern University Brett Lyons, Maine Maritime Academy Seth Maker, UMaine Orono Jonathan Mallar, Thomas College William Manchester, Maine Maritime Academy Briana McFadden, UMaine Machias Yutong “Ava” Meng, Northeastern University Samuel Metta, Work Force Paul Michaud, WCCC Katherine Mickelinc, University of South Carolina Laura Mills, Husson University Frederick IV Moore, University of Southern Maine Justin Morren, UMaine Orono Chianti Mrazik, Jamestown College/Army National Guard Joshua Murray, Navy Breanna Nicely, UMaine Machias Brianne Noyes, Work Force Brianne Parker, UMaine Machias Derrick Porter, University of Texas at Austin Miranda Preston, UMaine Machias Christopher Pritchard, Husson University

Christina Ramsdell, UMaine Orono Arielle Richardson, Wagner College Leah Roberts, Thomas College Zachary Roos, Work Force Nicholas Rushforth, Thomas College Arianna Sanborn, University of New England Ryan Schoppee, Husson University Colby Soctomah-Lewey, UMaine Orono WenHao Song, Michigan State University Ryan Sprague, Universal Technical Institute Yan “Aileen” Sun, Washington State University Zhengfei “Sam” Sun, University of LaVerne Gretchen Swain, St. Lawrence University - Arizona Allison Talbot, St. Lawrence University Massachusetts Qijie “Jerry” Tang, Berkeley College Wanyi “Serena” Tao, University of Iowa Benjamin Teer, Lee Academy Prep Janelle Tinker, UMaine Machias Ashley Varney, St. Louis University-Madrid Noah Von Rotz, Dean College Yeran “Tiffany” Wang, Mont Clair University Apichaya “Waen” Wongkraisri, College in Thailand Sarah Wood, Southern Maine Community College Nikko Woodley, Marine Mechanics Institute Qian “Michael” Wu, University of Illinois at Chicago Grace Young, Undecided Guangyu “John” Zhao, Northeastern University Sheng “Monty” Zhou, Drexel University

WCCC = Washington County Community College

EMCC = Eastern Maine Community College

Summer 2010


WA says goodbye to Paula Maker, librarian of 31 years


After 33 years as Washington Academy’s


librarian, Paula Maker is retiring. Paula graduated from Washington Academy in 1964 as salutatorian. She attended the University of Maine at Machias and received a B.S. in Elementary Education and received her Master’s in Library Science from the Clarion University of Clarion, Pennsylvania.


In 1977, Paula started as the librarian at Washington Academy. She served as the Art Department Chair and helped with many projects at WA, including the Silver Quill literary magazine. We will miss Paula greatly as our librarian, but wish her luck in her retirement! You can still visit her at the Sturdivant Library in East Machias.

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Student News Math Team The Washington Academy Math Team won the 2010 Math League championship in Ellsworth this spring, winning three of the four Math Meets held throughout the year and finishing with the highest total among the 12 schools competing. Top individual honors went to several WA students: Seth Maker was number one among the senior class, with Robert Harvey finishing in third place. Max Ye was the number one junior, followed closely by Will Wang, who finished second. Twenty four students participated on the Math Team this year. This is the 7th year in a row that WA teams finished in first place!


The 2010 National Honor Society Members

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS The Washington Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony at the East Machias Congregational Church on March 24, 2010. The program began with a piano interlude by Sarah Holsapple, music teacher. Lacie Craven, president of the chapter, opened the ceremony. Two-year members reviewed the four society qualities. Seniors Allison Talbot, Seth Maker, Andi Flannery and Arielle Richardson addressed the qualities of scholarship, WA Head of School Judson McBrine guest William “Deke” Talbot flank President of the National Honor Society chapter Lacie Craven service, leadership and character. Following, senior two-year members Zeheng Chen, Derrick Porter and Gretchen Swain introduced new members and their parents. Junior two-year members Molly Abrams, Chloe Barnett and Jordan Porter presided over the introduction of new members. The following are new members: Seniors: Kayla Anthony, Justina Barter, Chieh Chen, Bryce Colbeth, Katlyn Cox, Maj de Christopher, Hong Yi Dong, Klara Galiova, Chelsie Hawkins, Nicolas Hixson, Channing Jessiman, Bin Liu, Brett Lyons, Briana McFadden, Laura Mills, Christina Ramsdell, Arianna Sanborn, Ben Teer, Janelle Tinker, Qian Wu. Juniors: Elizabeth Hull, Allison Holmes, Mara Lookabaugh, Christopher Plaisted, Taylor Seeley, Yiming Ye. Sophomores: Brittney Jamieson, Rachel Mahar, Matthew Talbot, Kelly Sawyer. After a candlelight ceremony with a recitation of the National Honor Society pledge, Headmaster Judson McBrine and Assistant Head Tim Reynolds presented emblems and pins. William “Deke” Talbot was the guest speaker. After his speech to the members of the Honor Society and their families, he paid tribute to Arthur “Tart” Gardner, former Headmaster of WA, who recently passed away. The Washington Academy Chorus, under the direction of the academy’s music instructor, Sarah Holsapple, presented “Up To The Mountain (MLK Song)” with soloists Molly Abrams, Cassidy Cook and Lacie Craven. At the conclusion of the program refreshments were served with Mr. and Mrs. David Craven. Virginia Plummer, English Chair at Washington Academy, is the NHS advisor.

Maine Principals Award Nomination Allison Talbot of East Machias, a senior at Washington Academy, was selected to receive the 2010 Principal’s Award, announced by Head of School Judson McBrine. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. Allison Talbot, Mr. McBrine and other award winners and their principals attended an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on April 3, 2010. The Honors Luncheon recognized these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler. Mr. McGowan and Mr. Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association. The Principal’s Award is presented in more than 140 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.

Summer 2010


Student News continued...

Silver Quill receives national recognition excellence Virginia Plummer, Washington Academy’s English Department chair, announced that WA’s literary magazine, Silver Quill, has received national recognition for its excellence in writing and presentation by the National Council of Teachers of English. The Silver Quill is one of only two student literary magazines in Maine to receive this national recognition. The cover artwork entitled Windmill was created by Yvonne Cheng. The Council judged the publication on its extremely high quality of writing; the inclusion of a variety of genres; meticulous editing; some writings from other subject areas; attractive design and graphics, pertinent to the writings; and students having strong roles in editorial, production, and business aspects. The 2009 Silver Quill was staffed by Allison Talbot, Yvonne Cheng, a senior at Washington Editor-in-Chief; Courtney Pearson and Tom Wood, Literary Academy, holds the nationally recognized, Editors; Arianna Sanborn, Yide Yan, and Lara Balmert, Busiaward-winning Silver Quill that boasts her ness and Advertising; Sam Gaddis and Tyler Holt, Graphic pen and ink drawing entitled “Windmill.” Editors; and Virginia Plummer, Faculty Advisor. Patrons supporting the production included Douglas and Lisa Holmes, Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant, Machias Savings Bank, Bluebird Motel, Inc., Yan Yufeng, Eva Kelley, Edward Hennessey and Traci Sanborn, Samuel Gaddis, Mr. Terrill, Mr. Windsor, Whiting Village Store, and Nancy and Deke Talbot. Many thanks are extended to Mrs. Paula Maker and Mrs. Felicia Avery for their support. The Silver Quill first began publication in 1991 and has not missed a year since. The 2010 publication, due out this Spring, is accepting submissions from students as well as faculty. Copies of the magazine are $3 each. This year’s editor-in-chief is Lacie Craven ’10.

The following is an excerpt from the award winning 2009 Silver Quill.

Where is Tomorrow? By Alex Foster All quiet Bare silk Silhouetted In silence And absence of light Cast gray Shadows for tyrants Ashen rain Falls swift On lofty wings Of sorrow Piled high On hollow men Where is tomorrow? And where is tomorrow? I say It was lost within Today

WA Finishes a Year of Service with More Than 7,000 Hours Students from Washington Academy logged over 7,000 hours of community service this year. To celebrate their continuing commitment to service, a school-wide community service day in several locations on Saturday, May 15. Students and their home room teachers were assigned to various organizations to assist in many service activities. The community service day also provided students with the opportunity to earn additional hours and experience the personal satisfaction that comes with serving your neighbors. Activities included: a neighborhood cleanup around Washington Academy in East Machias, conservation projects at Bear Brook and Harmon Brook in Wesley, painting at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, trail clearing and maintenance for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Machias Valley Sportsman’s Club, and East Jacob Huntley varnishing Stream ATV Club. Students also performed a picnic table service at the Beth Wright Walk in Addison, the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, Cotton Farms in Columbia Falls, and Porter Memorial Library in Machias. As of this current academic year, all Washington Academy students must complete 15 hours of community service per year. Many students participated this year in twiceweekly service activities as well as blood drives sponsored by the JMG program.

Yeong Je Lee, Jennifer Gonce, Courtney Curtis, and Serena Boynton

Mrs. Marty Jordan and students moving bales of hay.

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WA Celebrates 23 Years of Student Achievement Washington Academy held their 23rd Academic Awards Banquet on May 25, 2010. The guest speaker of the evening, Mr. William Prescott, Washington Academy Alumnus Class of 1958, was introduced by National Honor Society president Lacie Craven. After sharing his memories of misspelling academy at an Academy spelling bee and his mother’s unfortunate fall from her chair upon hearing her son’s faux pas, Mr. Prescott recognized the achievements made by all, encouraging each and every student to pursue their goals, whether they have met bumps along the way or not. “They choice to succeed is yours,” he concluded. Head of School Mr. Judson McBrine presented the awards, which are based on academic performance, following the remarks of WA Board President Richard Gardner ’58. Mrs. Jean Plummer, Advisor to the National Honor Society, explained how the achievements are awarded. Students who make the honor roll three times receive Honor Roll Pins. Students who have made the honor roll six times receive Lamp of Knowledge Pins. Academic Letters are given to students who make the honor roll ten times, the Pewter Apple letter opener is given to those students who make the honor roll 13 times, and the Headmaster’s Golden Apple Award is presented to those students who have made the honor roll 14 times, or every quarter through mid-year of their senior year.

Prom 2010

The following students received academic honors.

Honor Roll Pins — Freshmen: Emmanuel Aretakis, Andrew Cox, Jessa Cushing, Jillian

Day, Emily Eldridge, Andrew Farnsworth, Kara Graham, Katerina Graham, Emily Hawkins, Natalie Jones, Nakita Matthews, Frederic Merx, Devlin O’Shea, Chelsea Oakes, Nigel Pingree, Matthew Plaisted, Nicholas Raye, Breana Riquier, Ben Rose, Danae Shurn, Matthew Stanhope, Nathan Weaver. Sophomores: Taylor Ackley, Jordan Baskerville, Ashley Beam, Jennifer Gonce, Ashley Kumst, Kalah Mitchell. Juniors: Matthew Henry, Garrett Hopkins, Tavoy Johnson, Thomas Moody, Megan Paprocki, Timothy Sawyer, Elizabeth Stanley-Porter, Tai Thai, Lichi Wang, Yiting Zheng. Seniors: Shawn Leighton, Michael Lenfestey, Justin Morren.

Lamp of Knowledge Pins — Sophomores: Grace Barstow, Caleb Beal, Jessie Hardy, Nicole

Harmon, Mary Clare Hayward, Brittney Jamieson, Jennifer Johnson, Rachael Mahar, Kristen Miller, Cameron Morrison, Lauren Quirk, Allison Richardson, Michael Riley, Kelly Sawyer, Sophia Schmauderer, Matthew Talbot, Shelby Whitman, Toby Woods. Juniors: Lea Bushman, Bryhanah Esposito, Elizabeth Hull, Mara Lookabaugh, Tatum McFadden, Graham Pingree, Amy Stevens, Ngan Thai, Yiming Ye. Seniors: Bryce Colbeth, Hong Yi Dong, Lily Evans, Hayley Foresman, Nicolas Forte, Klara Galiova, Channing Jessiman, Wei Li, Bin Lui, Katherine Mickelinc, Wanyi Tao, Qian Wu, Guangyu Zhao.

Academic Letters — Juniors: Molly Abrams, Katherine Ackley, Kira Arnold, Chloe Barnett,

Taylor Davis, Kristina Pettegrow, Christopher Plaisted, James Prenier, Jordan Porter, Taylor Seeley, Jordan Spencer. Seniors: Kayla Anthony, Justina Barter, Zeheng Chen, Maj de Christopher, Andi Flannery, Patrick Gardner, Robert Harvey, Miranda Preston, Gretchen Swain, Benjamin Teer.

The Pewter Apple Award was given to seniors Chelsea Brady, Nicolas Hixson, Briana McFadden, Shannon Parker, Arielle Richardson, Janelle Tinker. The Headmaster’s Golden Apple Awards were given to seniors: Jonah Baskerville, Lacie

Craven, Chelsie Hawkins, Brett Lyons, Seth Maker, Laura Mills, Derrick Porter, and Allison Talbot.

So much fun! Summer 2010


What’s Happening At WA

WA hosts College Fair Washington Academy hosted the Regional College Fair sponsored by the New England Association of College Admission Counselors in May with over 55 colleges and universities attending. Students from local high schools were also in attendance.

Explore WA Day for Freshmen

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WA’s Third Annual

Arts Fest


Washington Academy would like to thank the following community artists for being a part of the 3rd Annual Arts Fest 2010: Hope Rowan – Island Institute, Rockland Laura Pierce – Iris Designs, Whiting Connie Harter-Bagley – River Meets the Sea, East Machias Terry Rowden – Steel Drums, Cutler Jim Sherman – Dulcimers & Limberjacks, East Machias Steve Schaefer – Maineline Studio, Calais James O’Neil – O’Neil Paintings, Lubec Kara McCrimmon and Kevin Thompson – Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott Debra Sternbergh – Berry Vines, Machias Gal Frey – Beaded Quill Designs, Princeton Nigel Chase – Planet Pan, Blue Hill Kelly Jessiman – Tole Painting, Cutler Shelby Greene – Eastport Arts Center, Eastport Amanda Ramsdell – Jewelry Making, Pembroke Monica Elliott – Monica’s Chocolates, Lubec Beth Roy – Fiber Arts, Charlotte Wayne Lobley – Jordan Gardens, Machias Jason Tardy and Matt Tardy – TWO Show, Turner Katherine Mahon – Healing Arts, East Machias Melissa Lee – Papermaking, Lubec Kessie Smith-Marengo – Bollywood Dance, Addison Paul Cunningham – Guitar & Songwriting, East Machias Lauren Sprague – Scrapbooking, Marshfield

Barbara Lara – Zumba Dance, Calais Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra – Trond Saeverud, Music Director & Conductor In addition, WA thanks the following staff and students for their workshop leadership: Martha Jordan – Fly Tying Heidi Reynolds and Emily Fitzsimmons – Culinary Arts Don Sprangers – GIS, Nature Journaling Paula McBrine – Nature Journaling Malcolm Holmes – Nature Hiking Amy Axe, Felicia Avery, and Rae Rowell – Fiber Arts Catherine Kropp – iMovie Ryan Zlomek – Animation, Art Games, and Digital Photography Courtney Radeka – Ukrainian Egg Painting Rhiannon Hampson-Jovin – Belly Dance Shawn Schmitter – Woodworking Sarah Holsapple – Singing & Songwriting Tina Pond – Dulcimers & Limberjacks Laurie Schoppee – Scrapbooking Pete Rensema – Chinese Films

Thanks for a wonderful festival! Summer 2010


WASHINGTON ACADEMY RAIDERS 2010 22 – 1 Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Ellsworth Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy Washington Academy

85 60 75 82 67 72 79 70 65 86 80 74 75 75 73 73 78 68 78 69 68 54 70

Ellsworth MDI Woodland Sumner GSA Calais Orono Washington Academy MDI Searsport Dexter Sumner Narraguagus Searsport Woodland Narraguagus Calais GSA Schenck Penobscot Valley Foxcroft Academy Calais Dirigo

77 49 50 36 52 63 55 68 51 42 29 52 47 35 43 47 41 40 74 52 50 49 58

Penobscot Valley Conference Champions Eastern Maine Class C Boys Champions

Maine State Class C Boys Champions

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Sports Accolades Track and Field Team 2010 Washington Academy put together its first Track and Field team in almost 80 years. Coached by Peter Diehl and Gina Gaetani, the team of 24 athletes - 14 boys and 10 girls - competed in 12 different events consisting of sprinting (100m, 200m, 400m), distance running (800m, mile, 2-miles), throwing (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin), jumping (long jump) and four-person relays (4x100m, 4x400m). The team competed in 6 regular season track meets. 10-15 schools were present at each meet, which were held in Bangor (Cameron Stadium), Foxcroft Academy, Ellsworth High School, MDI High School and Orono High School. Both the PVC and State Championships were held at Foxcroft Academy. Five individuals qualified for PVC Championships: Sante Sanchez – 100m Dash (finished 8th), 200m Dash Tavoy Johnson – 200m Dash Jerry Lingley – Javelin Danae Shurn – 100m Dash, Long Jump Ashley DeSilva – Shot Put (1st Place), Discus (2nd Place). Ashley was also named to the All-PVC teams for Shot Put (First Team) and Discus (Second Team). Three qualified for State Championships. (Due to severe weather conditions, the meet was postponed to a date in which the athletes were unable to attend.)

Jerry Lingley – Javelin Danae Shurn – Long Jump Ashley DeSilva – Shot Put, Discus

Wrestling Chianti “Kiwi” Mrazik is Washington Academy’s first state champion in the sport of wrestling in only their third year of competition. She placed 4th in class C wrestling against men, which only four women in Maine wrestling history have ever accomplished! She then went on to pin her way through her U.S.G.W.A (United States Girls Wrestling Association) State of Maine Championship. That qualified her for the U.S.G.A. New England Championship, making the trip to Nashua, New Hampshire. Mrazik had a bye the first round which gave her and the coaches a chance to watch the girls in her weight class. In her weight were girls from wrestling power houses such as Timberlane, New Hampshire, a school that is always in the top five in New England for wrestling as well as Mt. Anthony, Vermont, a school that boasts a twenty-one year run as Vermont state champions. At the end of the day these girls all made the top five with Mrazik standing higher on the podium than them all. She was the only girl to pin her way through the New England Tournament. Mrazik was one of only two girls from Maine that won a New England title also making her the first athlete from WA to ever bring home a New England Title.

PVC (Penobscot Valley Conference) All-Stars Winter and Spring Sports

Boys Basketball


Girls Tennis

Track and Field

First Team Ben Teer Noah Von Rotz

Second Team Andi Flannery, Shortstop Breanna Nicely, Utility Taylor Davis, Pitcher

Singles Second Team Mia Batljan Catenacci

First Team Ashley DeSilva, Shot Put

Third Team Bryce Colbeth PVC All Defensive Justin Morren

Girls Basketball First Team Andi Flannery Third Team Taylor Seeley Honorable Mention Breanna Nicely

Baseball First Team Ryan Schoppee, Outfield Toby Woods, First Base Second Team Bryce Colbeth, Shortstop Michael Lenfestey, Catcher Timothy Sawyer, Pitcher

Boys Tennis

Second Team Ashley DeSilva, Discus

Singles Second Team Romayn Richards Doubles Second Team Nick Raye Jordan Porter Honorable Mention Will Manchester

PVC All-Defensive Brandelyn Hodgdon

Summer 2010


Has Begun!

Athletic Field improvements have included re-locating light poles that illuminate our soccer/football field.

WA’s Big Dig!! Welcome Back sign: School begins September 1st with freshmen and new students, who will be joined by returning students on September 2.

The rear view of the new Arts & Music Center to the left of the Gardner Gymnasium. The front view of the new Arts & Music Center-open for education!

School Seal: Welcoming students, staff and friends alike to the new Arts& Music Center is WA”s official school seal-out of respect for the school’s long history, we are establishing a new tradition of stepping around the seal rather than walking across it!

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Dr. John Gaddis

When a need arises in a community, everyone pulls toAs a memgether to help. I see that time and time again as a practicing ber of the physician. Former students contributed to WA when I was community, I a student to help me and others. I contribute to help today’s have had the students. I’m asking everyone to contribute for tomoropportunity row’s students. It’s a pay it forward model. I’m proud, as an to observe alumnus, as a Trustee, as a father and grandfather, to be first-hand associated so closely with the Academy. And, I want the best what Washfor young people who will attend WA in the future. That’s ington why I made a leaderAcademy ship gift to my alma does. The mater. Now, I’m askquality of the ing you to consider education is outstanding. It prepares young people for a the same. successful future and to contribute positively to society. Those of us at Machias Savings Bank can’t think of any John Gaddis, DO‘65 investment more important. Machias Savings Bank is Trustee vitally concerned with our region’s economy. The Academy is a major economic driver, with an impact of over $12 million per year. Personally, as a grandfather, I am pleased to know there’s a great institution like WA available for the young people of Washington County. The bank’s gift of $100,000 put the campaign over the halfWe feel privileged to be part of Washington Academy, as way mark. Now we’re calling on everyone to consider a alumni, as teachers, and now as the Co-Chairs of the Acadgenerous gift. emy’s first capital campaign. Each of us have long appreciated Ed Hennessey, Grandfather the positive influence this and President, Machias Savings Bank wonderful school has had on so many lives. We need to look at leaving a legacy, no matter what Most high schools ignore subjects beyond the traditionour financial means or al academic courses. WA is a place where a student can walk of life. Each of us find and develop his interests while having the can ask ourselves, What broad education that allows various career can I do? One of the opportunities. As a fairly new Trustee, I am ways we answered that proud that 100% of the Board has contribquestion was offering our uted to this campaign. I don’t like to ask for financial support to WA. We hope you, too, anything, but this campaign requires gifts at will consider a sizeable gift to the Academy. every level. I was eager to make a leadership gift. I hope you will join us in making WA an Margaret ‘62 and Dick ‘58 Gardner, even better place with a donation. Trustee Chair Campaign Co-Chairs Nick ‘93 and Belinda ‘88 Lemieux Major Gift Co-Chair Trustee

Dick & Margaret Gardner

Nick & Belinda Lemieux

Summer 2010


Memoriam Gifts Gifts Made in Memory of Arthur “Tart” Gardner ’38 to the Health and Wellness Center Equipment Fund for the Capital Campaign

ADA Fence Company, Inc. Nancy Benn William and Delia Bess William ‘63 and Linda Beverly Stephen ’68 and Pauline Cates Bernard Cheney Fred and Linda ’66 Conley Hartley and Linnie ‘37 Crane Bettina L. Davis ‘60 Marjorie M. Devine Malcolm and Marilyn Doble Esther Downie Dick and Brenda Ellsmore Fort Fairfield Athletic Boosters Club Frank L. Foster, Jr. ‘38 George ‘68 and Mary Beth Gaddis Gordon Ganong ‘76 The Gardner Family Marilyn Gardner Richard ‘58 and Margaret ‘62 Gardner

Joyce Bryant Goodine ‘64 Alvin ‘47 and Pat Hall Michael and Mary Hawkins Charles ’62 and Charlene Henderson Edward Hennessey, Traci Sanborn ‘81, and Arianna Sanborn ‘10 David and Gloria Hitchings Constance Look Holmes ‘60 William ’60 and Judith ’57 Holmes, Jr. Shirley Hornketh Ronald and Carrie Horton Bruce and Martha Klipec Joann Kostacopoulos Richard and Elsie Larson Bo Leighton and Family Ruth Leubecker ‘60 Richard and Esther Lyford Judson and Paula ‘86 McBrine Machias Memorial High School Class of 1958 Jane Macomber Bill and Linda ’66 Mallar Charles Norton Hope Prout Ellis ‘48 and Wenona ‘49 Small Gerald and Judy Wood

Annual Appeal

Gifts Made in Memory to Adien Look ’47 to the Capital Campaign Michele Bortell Merry Ellen Eason and Jim Keeler Deborah Look Katherine Y. Look, M.D. James and Geraldine Newnum Karen Nielsen Larry and Kathy Rizor Martha Stilwell Julie Strieff-Hancock John Tubergen


Outfitting the 21st Century Classroom means combining the latest technologies with strategies that have been proven successful here at WA. A learning environment that stimulates creativity and thought is paramount to high quality education. You can help equip WA students for the 21st Century by contributing to the 21st Century Classroom. The Capital Campaign, Tomorrow Begins Today, includes five new classrooms that, once completed, will require proper outfitting-white boards, smart boards, LCD projectors, tables, desk and chairs, etc. Your gift to this year’s Annual Appeal can help complete this plan. The last issue of the Washington Academy Today neglected to list Valerie Smith Stimpson ’47 with the class listing of donors to the Annual Giving Campaign.

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The last issue of WA Today neglected to list Richard ’55 and Cecile Young as Decade Donors with the class listing of donors for the Annual Giving Campaign.

Alumni News & Notes ‘45

Harland and Mattie (Willigar) Flynn celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on March 13th. Congratulations!


Sarah Lingley recently graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, as well as received the Hovey Award for having the “Most Engineering Promise”. Sarah was hired on by Woodard & Curran in their Bangor, Maine office as an Engineer. Woodard & Curran is a 600 person integrated engineering, science, and operations company.

If you would like to help organize an Alumni Meet & Greet in your area, we’d love to hear from you! Please call the WA Development Office at 207-255-8301 ex. 208 or 209 or email us at

Florida Meet N Greet

In Memoriam Arthur W. “Tart” Gardner ’38 Eleanor (Mayhew) Richardson ’38


Daryl Crane ’39


Sidney O. Young, Jr. ’41


Tessie W. Green ’43


Donald M. Look ’43


Mabel (Griffin) Bowles ’44


Stillman W. Fitzhenry ’44


Beatrice (Holmes) Ettle ’47


Adien L. Look ’47


Brian L. Whitney ’65


Edward E. Gately, Jr. ’70

Front Row L-R: Sharon Crane ‘62, Betty (Beverly) Wood ‘71, Pat (Sprague) Wood ‘61, Valerie (Wood) Hopkins ‘83, Marlene (Gatcomb) Wood ‘70, Paula (Norton) McBrine ‘86 Back Row L-R: Cecile Young, Richard Young ‘55, Sam Wood, Darrell Wood, John Hopkins ‘81, Carlton Wood ‘69, Judson McBrine



Kenneth E. Roberts ’71


Duane F. Davis ’77


Daniel A. Geel ’81


Craig “CJ” Wood, Jr. ’07


Dorothy R. Gaddis


m u l A d e r u Feat

Det. Robert Burns receiving diploma from Mark Logan, the Assistant Director of Training for the ATF.


Det. Burns test firing a firearm at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Ammendale, MD.

Det. Burns and his wife, Cindy, after receiving diploma.

Det. Robert Burns graduated Sept. 18th, 2009 from the ATF’s National Firearm Examiner Academy after completing a year long training program which included 19 weeks in Maryland during 2009. To date 101 students have graduated from this program. The 2009 class consisted of 13 students from Law Enforcement agencies across the country included a mix of sworn officers and civilians. Det. Burns is a Forensic Specialist in the Firearms section of the Crime Lab.Det. Burns graduated from Washington Academy in 1990, graduated Cedarville College in 1994 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He joined the Maine State Police in 1994. His initial assignment was to Troop “C” patrolling Somerset and Kennebec County. He was promoted to Detective in 1999 and worked in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID 2) in central Maine. In 2002 he transferred to the State Police Crime Lab receiving specialized training as a Forensic Specialist in areas of fingerprints, footwear impressions, tire impressions and physical matching. The most recent training in firearms broadens his specialties to include firearms identification, toolmark identification, serial number restoration, and Gunshot residue and distance determination. Robert Burns recently appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of the Maine State Trooper, the official publication of the Maine State Troopers Foundation. He also appeared in a NBC Nightly News clip on “Behind the Badge: ATF Crime”. You can view the clip online at

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September 17-19th, 2010 Friday, September 17, 2010

PEP RALLY Gardner Gym


PARADE Line up on Water Street, proceed up High Street, ending on Soccer field

5 PM

Football Game VS. Ellsworth

6 PM

BONFIRE With a DJ & Snacks

1:30 PM 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Following the game

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Family Fun activities

Girls Soccer Game VS Fort Kent

Boys Soccer Game VS Fort Kent

Tri-M “Music in the Park Night” East Machias River Bandstand

WASHINGTON ACADEMY GOLF TOURNAMENT at the Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro. The 4-person Best Ball Tournament will have a shotgun start at 9am. Registration will begin at 8am. Golfers will also have a chance to win a car!

Registration 7 AM, Race 8 AM During soccer games

1 pm

1 pm

Sunday, September 19, 2010

5 - 9 pm

WA Today Summer 2010  
WA Today Summer 2010  

SUMMER 2010 January 12, 1920 – March 19, 2010 Father, Grandfather, Husband, Teacher, Headmaster