BY SARAH DUROCHER
The crowd roared as the curtains closed. The students, competing with their play Humbletown: The Greatest Town On Earth, crossed their fingers. On Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, Bonny Eagle Drama Department headed to Camden Hills Regional High School to compete. They were competing against three other Class A schools (schools with 500+ students): Camden Hills Regional High School, Waterville High School, and Edward Little High School.
Bonny Eagle's performance was on the first day of competition. While the cast and crew knew that it had been one of their best performances yet, they were informed shortly after they finished that they had exceeded the time limit by 5 seconds, and that they had been disqualified. The students, angry and disappointed, headed back to their hotel for the night.
But, on Saturday morning, they arrived at the theater to discover that after an appeal, they had been put back into the competition. After watching six more plays performed by schools from both Class A and B, Bonny Eagle waited for the results to be announced. The members of the cast and crew sat, their hands joined, whispering prayers. Finally, they heard: “The winner of the Class A Regionals at Camden Hills Regional High School is... Bonny Eagle!"
Cheers rang out as the drama students ran down to the stage to get their trophy. The first place award means that Bonny Eagle will be advancing to compete in the state championship festival two weekends from now, March 23 and 24 at Windham High School. The Class A runner up was Camden Hills Regional High School, with its play The Idiot and The Oddity.
Bonny Eagle also walked away with five All Festival cast awards. They went to Michaella Tillo, Mia White, March Steiger, Eliza Fowler, and Lakadi Reid.
Get ready for some Cornhole
BY MAX ZYGADLO
The Class of 2021 will be holding a unique event as its annual fundraiser in March. This time around it will be a Cornhole tournament! Freshman class president Mia Kovacs,who organized this fundraiser, says “There will be teams of two, and it is a $5 entry per team.”
The tournament is scheduled for March 14 and 15. In preparing for the tournament, class officers are trying to gauge how many people will be interested.
“It will be single to double elimination, depending on how many teams there are," Mia said. "We will be sending out a survey to see how many people are interested in the tournament.”
The tournament is open to anyone at the high school, staff and students both, and food and drinks will be available. The winners of the tournament will receive gift cards of their choice. If you or anyone you know has questions about the tournament, email Mia Kovacs at email@example.com.
BE wrestling back in full swing
BY HADYN GOULET
Although it may not be as popular as basketball or football, the fan base for wrestling has grown immensely this year. Seniors Caleb Frost, Tyler Fitz, Alex Smith, and star freshman Colby Frost have all played a key role in the expansion of the wrestling fan base. As a team, they only have a 4-10 record, but those guys have great individual records.
Caleb, although battling through some adversity throughout his wrestling career, has established himself as one of the best in his weight class throughout the state. Many speculate it must run in the family, because his brother Colby has wrestled in 29 matches this year as a freshman, and has won 27 of them. Ironically, both losses came from the same opponent, Jake Craig of Skowhegan.
Scholastic writing award winners to be honored
BY GARRETT HAWXWELL
Fourteen BEHS students earned an award or recognition for their writing in the Scholastic Writing Contest. They will be recognized at a ceremony at Hannaford Hall, at the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus on March 16 at 6 p.m.
Ian Jarvis was one of the winners, earning a Silver Key for his poem, Renaissance.
“I enjoyed entering my piece in the contest and was happy to have been recognized,” said Ian.
Two students won Gold Key awards: juniors Lauren Bearor for her short story, “Dark,” and Michael MacFarland-Foley for his poetry collection, “Outliers.”
Robotics build season begins
BY KADY MURPHY
High school students around the world have questioned for years what the future will look like. Will there be robots to do our work for us? We might have the answer to this question because of FIRST, an organization dedicated to spreading the recognition of science and technology. FIRST Robotics Competition is the subdivision of the program for high-school aged students, and it’s also the program in which our MSAD 6 robotics team, BERT 133, competes.
Every year, FIRST reveals the theme of the competition season. Last year’s theme was called FIRST Steamworks. This year, the competition is called FIRST Power Up and is video-game themed.
Robotics teams from all over the world have six and a half weeks to build their robots and prepare for competitions. BERT has been brainstorming the best ways to tackle this year’s game.
Students with special needs learn to cook
BY LEA PILLSBURY
On Wednesday’s the special needs students load the bus from the high school and are taken to the Jack Memorial School. Their faces light up as soon as they see Chris Pillsbury, who started the program in 201, with the hopes of teaching students in the special needs department to cook and have everyday life skills.
The students yell “Hey Chef” and go in for personalised handshakes and hugs.
Unified basketball has another good year
Class of 2019 chooses theme for junior "promenade"
BY MARISA PIERCE
Prom, short for promenade, began in the 1800s in universities in the Northeast to celebrate the manners of the graduating class. Nowadays, proms have become a rite of passage for many teenagers, including juniors at Bonny Eagle High School.
Just recently, the Class of 2019 chose its theme for prom this year: Starry Night. The prom will be held at The Landing at Pine Point on May 5.
“We sent out a survey to all juniors with different options for the theme, and starry night was the winner,” said junior class president, Maddy Love.
Maddy said the theme isn’t based on the painting, "Starry Night," by Vincent Van Gogh, but rather the night sky itself. The other options on the survey were, Old Hollywood, and Rustic Barn.
The prom committee, made up of about 10 people, is in full swing implementing this theme. Maddy mentioned plans to have tables based on different constellations.
Junior, Paige Quilty, who’s going to multiple proms, is looking forward to this one especially.
“I’m excited for prom," she says. "I can’t wait to go shopping for my dresses.”
China trip shows similarities
BY ATHEN HOLLIS
After a 10-day trip to China, Bonny Eagle High School 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 in November 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.
Chinese spoken here at BEHS
BY MADISON CHAYER
Growing up in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of North China’s Hebei Province, our new Chinese language teacher, Mrs. Ji Wenhua, says that her experience in school was much different from what she is encountering at BEHS. In China, schools were much stricter and the students were forced to wear uniforms. She likes the fact that the students here are allowed to express who they are.
Mrs. Wenhua says she was interested in working in the U.S. because the students know very little about China, and she’d love to give the students more in- formation about the culture.
“I think your country has the most advanced educational system,” adds Mrs. Wenhua.
Inside was so delightful at the BEHS winter talent assembly
FROM STAFF REPORTS
As the snow came down outside, a cavalcade of voices entertained students at the annual holiday assembly on Dec. 22, hosted by Zach Klein as Santa and Nathan Carlow as the Grinch. Below, a group of select chorus members perform a vocal percussion rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" during the annual holiday assembly. Staff photos and video
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