What a week for Maine’s high school students

BANGOR – Many of Maine’s high school academic heavyweights traveled to competitions this week highlighting their mastery of poetry, drama and science.

On Wednesday, March 20, the Maine Arts Commission held their annual Poetry Out Loud competition and special guest, Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco announced this year’s winner is Dyer Rhoads of Waynflete School. Rhoads was one of 10 finalists who survived initial contests at local high schools and regional venues. When the competitions started there were  over 8,000 participants; in the end, there were just 10.

After the three-round final event, the Maine Arts Commission thanked all the students who made the 2013 final competition an amazing event:

2013 Finalists:

Iman Omar – Deering High SchoolPoetry Out Loud
Christian E. Heath – Gardiner Area High School
Skyler Samuelson – Merriconeag Waldorf High School 
Jai Aslam – Messalonskee High School
Isabelle Fall – Mt. Ararat High School
Abigail Abbott – Rangeley Lakes Regional School
Brianna Housman – Searsport District High School
Morgan Wiggan – Thornton Academy
Bethanie Brown – Waterville Senior High School
Dyer Rhoads – Waynflete School

The competition was emceed by Suzanne Nance from MPBN and will be broadcast at a later date.


On Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, the Class A and Class B state Drama Festival finals were held. The Class A finals took place at Camden Hills Regional High School and the Class B Finals at  Freeport High School.

Bangor High School took home top honors for Class A and Yarmouth High School won first place for Class B. The group of actors from Bangor High presented a  production of the one-act play “Hush Little Celia, Don’t Say a Word”  and it was judged to be the overall best performance of the Class A festival.


The student actors from Yarmouth performed  “The Secret in the Wings” and it was placed at the top for Class B.


Not to be outdone by groups from the humanities,on March 22-24,  students from more than a dozen Maine high schools competed in a state-wide science fair that will determine which teams move on and represent Maine in a national competition in Phoenix.

More than 200 high school students, including some who are home-schooled, arrived in Bar Harbor on Saturday to attend the Maine State Science Fair at the Jackson Laboratory.




David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at www.BrysonTaylorPublishing.com