Annual holiday assembly
Crossing borders to expand minds
BY ATHEN HOLLIS
After a 10-day trip to China, Bonny Eagle HighnSchool Principal Mrs. Lori Napolitano has learned that Chinese education is more
similar to America’s education than it is different, and she hopes other teachers can get this experience in future years.
Mrs. Napolitano traveled to China with Mr. Benjamin Harris, the Bonny Eagle Middle School principal, and Mr. Douglas Parker, the Steep Falls Elemenary School principal, as part of the Chinese Bridge Delegation, a group sponsored by the national College Board.
The three principals spent two days in Beijing and then moved on to the Tianjin Province for the rest of their adventure. The whole trip is part of a program called the American Principal Delegation, whose goal is to inspire American educational leaders to visit schools, to learn about China’s educational systems, and build lasting connections.
Educators from all around the country attended the annual trip. Mrs. Napolitano is looking forward to sending other educators from Bonny Eagle to experience foreign education systems and to develop professionally.
While she was there, Mrs. Napolitano got to visit the Great Wall and many other tourist attractions. While in Beijing, her group also went to Hanban headquarters, a government organization whose mission is to spread culture around the world and put more Chinese language programs into schools.
Mrs. Napolitano had the opportunity to sign partnership agreements with many Chinese schools which, Mrs. Napolitano explained, would connect Bonny Eagle to sister schools programs and teacher exchanges in the future.
According to Mrs. Napolitano, the trip was a learning experience and gave her ideas for how to improve Bonny Eagle. She wants to work on promoting more of the positive aspects of BEHS to the community and celebrating and building respect among students and community members for the work that teachers do.
The biggest takeaway for Mrs. Napolitano was that, “We really are on the same page about what kids need.”
This is why the highlight of her trip was visiting the schools in the Tianjin Province.
It was there that Mrs. Napolitano had the opportunity to observe classes, meet with students, and tour the campuses. After this she could say that “their schools and education are more like ours than they are different.”
Professional thesbians put on a show for Bonny Eagle students
BY AYDAN SORG
The stage was set, the audience was silent, and as the actors entered, all eyes were drawn to them as they worked to bring Shakespeare to life for an auditorium full of high school students. Recently,the traveling company from the Theater at Monmouth, which is performing A Midsummer Night's Dream this fall, brought a condensed version of the show to BEHS during an assembly Monday (Oct. 16). The six actors, one of whom is from Portland, played multiple roles in the fast-paced Shakespearean comedy. After the show, the actors stayed for a talk-back session with members of Bonny Eagle's award-winning drama club.
Despite the small cast, they managed to fill 18 roles Each actor was able to portray different emotions and use different voices, based on their character’s personality and traits.
I absolutely loved the facial expressions the actors displayed, even when they were just observing a scene. I think the actors made sure everyone enjoyed the show. They were in tune with the audience throughout the whole show.
The only negative thing was the play itself, simply because the beginning was quite confusing. But by the end, everything made sense as the loose ends of all the stories were tied together in some way, and everything was resolved. Overall the play was wonderful, all because the actors really did seem to enjoy performing—or at least they acted like they did.
My personal favorite of the six actors was Ardarius Blakely. He really knew how to get the audience into the play and make them enjoy it. His facial expressions were absolutely hilarious, along with his stage presence. When Blakely was on the stage your eyes were immediately drawn towards him. He just had this aura of power, his voice was loud and proud, along with his stance. Blakely could tell a whole story without even speaking. Moving his body and changing the expressions on his face were all he had to do to win an audience over and make the show a success. Eagle Times photos
Bonny Eagle spirit out in full force at 6 a.m.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Bonny Eagle students and staff turned out in force Thursday morning (Oct. 5) at 6 a.m. to take part in the Channel 13 School Spirit Challenge. WGME's Jeff Peterson and Lexie O'Connor were on hand to interview all the school's athletic teams, the robotics team, the drama club, and the school band. The pep rally was broadcast live in several segments on WGME. The purpose of the event was to raise money for the Good Shepard Food Bank in Lewiston. Students and staff brought canned goods and other food stuffs, and made donations to the cause. BEHS is competing against other southern Maine high schools for the School Spirit trophy, the winner of which will be announced later this fall.
Quest to repeat comes up short
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The BEHS Scots were defending state champions when they took the field for the 2017 football season. But their quest for a second title fell short, thanks to a powerful Scarborough team that beat the Scots twice late in the season. Overall, BE had a record of 8-3 and gave its many fans lots of excitement throughout the season.
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A modest proposal indeed
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following video captures Eagle Times editor Ronahn Clarke's farewell to BEHS at the Senior Last Assembly June 7 at the University of Southern Maine. Ronahn was Salutatorian of the Class of 2017. He will be attending Colby College in the fall.
Teachers give Class of 2017
Model UN Club highly decorated
Talented seniors cap off careers with Addams Family musical
Bonny Eagle plays host
Scenes from the Christmas Assembly
BE students assessed