Friday, April 20, 2018

Student of the Week: Amari Angelo

Amari Angelo, a sixth-grade student at Jordan-Small Middle School, is The Windham Eagle’s Student of the Week.

“Amari Angelo is the kind of student who goes the extra mile,” stated her teacher. “She has a quiet leadership style that is appreciated by both teachers and peers, and she never hesitates to step up and take on new challenges. Quick to smile and lend a helping hand, Amari is a person to whom people are drawn. She is a voracious reader, a strong writer, and she has a creative mind. When it comes to science, Amari is out of this world. She is focused and persistent in the classroom, a star in the lab, and she orbits problems until she finds resolve. More than academics, Amari is a great human being. 
She is friendly, polite, helpful, and kind. She has been a great new addition to the JSMS community, and we are eager to see where life takes her. She is truly a wonderful and gifted individual.”

Angelo’s favorite subject is science and she believes that having your own study space helps to make learning fun. She enjoys soccer and dance and her favorite music group is Pentatonix.

Choosing a college, university or career school by Sue Hatfield

Investing in a college education or career training can lead to opportunity and success in a
competitive economy that is increasingly knowledge-based and global. If an individual has been offered admission to more than one institution, it can be challenging to make a choice. Making an informed decision involves comparing institutions on factors that enhance the student’s academic, financial and social “fit”.

Factors to be considered by prospective students and parents in choosing a college, university or career school include the following:

Total cost
Scholarships and financial aid
School rankings
Distance from home
Campus size and setting
On-campus housing options
Available majors
Work-study options
Student services
Student body
Available athletic and extra-curricular activities

Graduation data: Admission offices should provide current information on the percentage of students who graduate with a degree or earn a certificate of completion, and how long, on average, it takes them to complete their programs of study.

Return on investment (ROI): When choosing a school and possible field of study, students should consider the institution’s reputation and the popularity of various majors, as well as their career goals and predicted future earnings.

There are many institutional matches for every prospective student. Individuals should keep their needs, preferences, and goals in mind to arrive at a good post-secondary school choice. Admissions reps, faculty members, and/or current college/career school students are available to answer questions in order to help the prospective student make an informed decision.

May 1 is National College Decision Day. This date is considered the deadline for all high school students to choose the institution that they plan to attend. The student must send the required deposit and official notice that s/he intends to attend a single college that has offered admission. The school will expect to receive these or have them postmarked before/by May 1 for the student to secure a seat for fall. (Check school policy concerning the firm deadline.)

If a senior has been placed on a waitlist(s), there are important factors to consider.

Seat security: The student should send a deposit and his/her decision to attend a single school that has offered admission by May 1 in order to secure a seat in the fall. Note: If the student is admitted off a waitlist and chooses to attend that institution instead of the one where the deposit was made, s/he will usually forfeit the deposit made to the first school.

Cost: Some institutions may have already awarded most of their scholarships and financial aid by the time the waitlisted student is offered admission.


Sue Hatfield is a certified school counselor who worked in Maine high schools for twenty years before her retirement.

Earth Day events with Loon Echo Land Trust

Loon Echo Land Trust is celebrating Earth Day by hosting two special and free events for the public
in Bridgton, ME on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Help beautify your community in the morning and stretch your legs the following afternoon with a hike to the summit of Bald Pate Mountain.

 Loon Echo along with, Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) and the Bridgton Community Center, are hosting an Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday the 21st starting at 9 a.m. at the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street.  

This year participants will be giving back to the community and focusing on the downtown Bridgton area. Before rolling up our sleeves, Loon Echo and LEA staff will take a moment to remember former LEA staff member and close friend Adam Perron, who helped establish the Bridgton Earth Day Cleanup in 2015.  

After cleaning up, the Bridgton Community Center will provide a free picnic for participants. Work boots, gloves, bug spray and water are recommended. This program will run approximately four hours.

The following day join volunteers and friends from Loon Echo, for a 2-hour afternoon Earth Day Hike to the rocky summit of Bald Pate Mountain. Participants will meet at the main parking area on Rt. 107 in Bridgton at 3 p.m. At the summit hikers will share music, poems or stories that embody the spirit of the day. Sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water and snacks are encouraged for this moderate hike.