Monthly Archives: December 2013

Living History: EL Student Finds and Returns WWI Purple Heart Certificate

EL junior Anthony Blasi and Alice Thyng when Blasi returned the Purple Heart.

EL junior Anthony Blasi and Alice Thyng when Blasi returned the Purple Heart.

By Alex Lally, ’14

Edward Little High School junior Anthony Blasi was at a yard sale a few weeks ago in South Paris, just casually looking around at the items for sale. Blasi’s mom found what looked like artwork from World War I.The poster had a picture of a soldier on his knee and an angel knighting him. There was a saying on the bottom: “Served with honor in the world war and was wounded in action.”

Letter to the Editor: Icy Roads but No Delayed Start?

What do you guys think about this weather? Do you think it’s safe to drive to school? I personally don’t think it’s safe to drive to school when the weather is how it was the morning of Monday, Dec. 2. It was icy and very hard to drive in. 

Edward Little Globetrotters: European Trip Slated for Spring

By Rahma Ali, ’15

The student group that went to Belize last year climbed pyramids, visited schools, snorkeled and more.

The student group that went to Belize last year climbed pyramids, visited schools, snorkeled and more.

During April 2014 break Edward Little High School students and interested parents have the chance to go and explore different parts of the Northwestern Mediterranean Coast. The locations include Italy, France, and Spain.  The deadline of Dec. 29 to sign up is approaching quickly.

Students interested in this eight day traveling experience should stop by science teacher Maureen Edgerton’s room for a brochure. The brochure helps students find the link (eftours.com/1317739) to further review the itinerary, provide their information, as well as pay  the down payment for the trip.

To discuss payment, students and parents can contact Edgerton, who is open to the idea of fundraising.

Edgerton said, “I’m especially looking forward to visiting St. Paul de Vence…and Monserrat…”.

During last year’s February trip, Edgerton, eleven students, science teacher Jessica Somers and a parent went to Belize in Central America. In Belize they explored Mayan ruins, zip-lined through the rainforest, went cave-tubing, swam with rays and sharks and snorkeled with sea turtles on a coral reef. “The greatest moment that I and many students will never forget,” said Edgerton, “was spending the day at a local school and meeting the Belizean students. It was great to see how well they hit it off. They were playing volleyball, listening to music, and getting to know each other. They realized that they aren’t that different from each other after all!”

EL Students Have Chance to Tackle College Early

Rahma Ali, ’15

College for ME-Androscoggin’s goal is to double the number of college degree holders in Androscoggin County by 2015. Science teacher Kim Finnerty is an Early College Coach here at Edward Little High School who can help students choose the right classes for them and fill out their applications. “The idea is that students have the opportunity to experience a college class and learn the difference between high school and college,” Finnerty said.

Thanks to the program, students are able to enroll in a college class while still in high school. Some of the possibilities are Bates College in Lewiston, Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Kaplan University in Lewiston, Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus, and University of Maine at Augusta.

Parkland: Aftermath of an Assasination

By Alex Lally, ’14

Zac Efron stars as Dr. Jim Carrico, a doctor that tried to save President Kennedy, in the new film "Parkland."

Zac Efron stars as Dr. Jim Carrico, a doctor that tried to save President Kennedy, in the new film “Parkland.”

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. His death is one of the most tragic deaths in American history. The new film “Parkland” shows the point of view of the people that experienced the tragedy, including the Parkland Hospital staff, the Secret Service, the F.B.I., Abraham Zapruder, and Robert Oswald.

Boys Soccer Ends Season in 5th Place

By Abdullahi Moallim, ’15

Edward Little’s varsity boys soccer team ended their season this year with a loss to Mt. Ararat. “Overall, it was a great season,” said head coach Matt Andreasen. “We started out losing our team’s scorer to transferring schools, and lost another to an injury, but we moved on, replaced them with different players, and had a good season.”

Need for Speed: EL Sophomore Not Phased by Go-Kart Crash

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Sophomore Brittany Jalbert's  go-kart was totaled after a wreck during her last race of the season in late October.

Sophomore Brittany Jalbert’s go-kart was totaled after a wreck during her last race of the season in late October.

The final go-karting race of the season was just about underway at Richmond Karting Speedway on Oct. 20. Edward Little High School sophomore Brittany Jalbert, a regular racer, was preparing to enter the first lap of what seemed like any other race. The normal feelings of anxiety and excitement rushed through her head as she waited impatiently for the race to start.

As soon as the racers took off, Jalbert’s nervousness was replaced with pure adrenaline. This particular race was her first time without the aid of a restrictor plate, which is designed to limit the speed of the vehicle for beginning drivers. As drivers become more experienced, they are allowed more speed. This was the first race Jalbert could go as fast as the engine would allow.