Tag Archives: Juniors

Bridge Program Connects High School to College

By Hannah Stauffer, ’17

The Bridge Program, a recent addition to Edward Little High School, allows juniors and seniors to take college courses in English, history, science, and math. The program allows students to earn college credit before graduating high school, giving them a jump-start on their post-high school goals.

Increased Number of Underclassmen Graduating Early

By Aisha Ali, ’14

In previous years, graduating early was uncommon. Now, students are warming up to the idea of leaving high school early. This year marks  the most underclassmen graduating early, according to Assistant Principal Steve Galway. There are five juniors graduating: Zachary Hurd, Mohamed Mohamed, Nina Wallingford, Nicole Morin, and Rahma Ali [ed. note: Rahma is the younger sister of writer Aisha Ali].

“The reason I am graduating early is because I feel like I’m ready to move on,” said Hurd. “I really wanted [a] chance to see how I could do academically by taking some college courses. Once I saw that I was able to succeed in [those classes], I decided to get my diploma and not delay my higher education.”

Songwriting, Life, and “Staying Zach”: The Budding Career of Student Musician Zacharie Hurd

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Zacharie Hurd, a junior at Edward Little High School, was born in Haiti. He’s over six feet tall, a black belt in karate, and most importantly, he’s a compassionate, principled person. He started writing music when he was ten and from the beginning, crafting meaningful lyrics has been Hurd’s focus. 

“I’ll never write a song unless it has a subject matter,” Hurd explains. “I don’t like to talk about frivolous things,”  he said, deep in thought about his songwriting process. Finding a subject that means something to him is both a challenge and an adventure. That’s what sets him apart from the many rappers in the music industry today. While a lot of mainstream rappers talk about their expensive cars, alcohol, drugs, or women, Hurd earns respect with songs about issues with material possessions, his religion and spirituality, or just staying positive and having a good day.

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.

Community Service: A Benefit or a Detriment?

By Bryan Koester, ’14

In our day and age, high school diplomas are becoming harder to obtain, with new requirements almost every year. It seems like the reason for this is to create a better, well rounded and more sophisticated student. The latest addition: community service, which has been spreading across the country over the past two decades.

Class Presidents have High Goals for School Year

By Danica Nadeau, ’15

The senior and junior class presidents of Edward Little High School both have ideas to help raise money for their classes. Both presidents love being able to see their classes work together and be successful.

Rakiya Mohammed, the senior class president, is planning on hosting a dodgeball tournament, along with a winter carnival to try and help raise money for her class this year. Also, because the senior class will not be holding the handball tournament like they have in the past, Mohammed says, “The idea is still kind of up in the air for other classes if they want to take it.”