Calais High School

Quinn Sluzenski

Last week, this column was almost entirely devoted to detailing the students’ involvement in the pivotal school board meeting two weeks ago.  Although those students definitely deserved to be recognized, the budget discussions overshadowed some other interesting events happening at Calais High School.

However, before I begin this week’s news, I have an apology to make.  When I described the student speakers at the school board meeting, I accidentally left out Alyssa Rocha.  Alyssa wore her volleyball uniform as she detailed the importance extracurricular activities have in her life.  She did an excellent job speaking.

Two weeks ago was “Banned Books Week.”  This is a national awareness campaign that encourages free speech and promotes the reading of “banned books,” books that have been censored for various reasons throughout history.  Calais High School celebrated it with a special display in the library that featured many different banned books.  Students in Mrs. Wilkinson’s English class chose censored books to do reports on and were surprised at how many books have been deemed unfit for students to read.  Even novels like “Harry Potter” and “Alice in Wonderland” have been censored at one time or another.

While some people have been celebrating censored books, others have just been trying to get them together.  The yearbook club has started collecting information for senior profiles, “what ifs,” “remember whens,” and superlatives.  The sooner all the forms are collected, the sooner the yearbook can be put together, so seniors are encouraged to submit their information on time.

The Jobs for Maine’s Graduates program has also been very busy lately.  Members nominated ten officers and will be electing them to positions later this week.  These officers recently attended a leadership conference at the Pine Tree YMCA Camp.  All JMG members (which includes every junior) attended a college fair in Orono last week.  Calais students were commended by many of the representatives for their appropriate dress and professional email follow-ups.

Student Council members are preparing for a conference of their own.  They will be attending the State Conference in two weeks.  Conor McCadden, Maine state president, and Dominic Gayton, president elect, will be the presiding officers of this conference.

National Honor Society is still selling tulips for the Relay for Life of St. Croix Valley.  People may purchase the flower in honor of a survivor or in memory of a loved one who battled with cancer.  The tulips will be planted in a ribbon shape at the Relay for Life site and will be displayed at the event in May.  At the Relay for Life, all of the honorees will be announced.  All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.  Tulips are three dollars each; please contact the school or a National Honor Society member if you are interested in purchasing one.

There is another upcoming event that is important for the community. The AP English class will again be hosting the annual Veterans’ Day Assembly.  It will be at Calais High School on November 8th at 9:00 a.m.  It will feature the Calais High School band, a video honoring our local veterans, and several speeches and presentations done by AP English students.  Any veterans interested in attending are encouraged to contact the school to RSVP for the event, but it is not required.  All veterans are invited and urged to come.  Also, anyone who has photographs of veterans and would like them to be included in the video tribute can contact the school.  The English class would like to include as many pictures as possible.

Once again at Calais, students’ leadership and community involvement goes above and beyond what is required of them.  It is wonderful to be part of a school where students honor others, fundraise for those who need it, become leaders in their school (and even their state), and continually fight for what they believe in.