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School Board recognizes Cape's advance to finals in National Science Bowl

A team of five students from Cape Elizabeth High School will represent the town and the state of Maine at the 27th annual National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. April 27-May 1, 2017.

Cape High won regional competition at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham March 4-5. Cape Elizabeth last won a spot in the national finals in 2012.

"We're very excited to represent the town and the school in Washington, D.C.," junior Ryan Collins told members of the School Board at their meeting March 15. Team members said they practiced daily during 30-minute achievement periods at school for about a month prior to the Jeopardy-style competition.

Board member Barbara Powers called it a testament to the work of the students and their teachers throughout their school careers. "What that says to all of us is your incredibly deep science knowledge over your years here," she said. "Bringing that to the table and then just practicing the buzzer Jeopardy thing is what made you state champs, so good for you guys and good for our teachers in Cape for having you be able to accomplish this," Powers said.

Allie Moulton, a senior, said she was glad Powers pointed out the teachers' role, "because it's very important and we're very thankful to our teachers for helping us through."

The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Cape team is coached by science teacher Dr. Shawn Guerrette.

Night to celebrate student accomplishments

Like many School Board meetings, the meeting March 15 was a time to celebrate student accomplishments as Interim Superintendent Howard Colter highlighted the Middle School Chess Club's capture of the Maine State Scholastic Chess Championship March 11-12; and, State Rep. Kim Monaghan presented a legislative sentiment to the Cape Elizabeth High School Mock Trial Team for winning its seventh consecutive state championship on Dec. 7. Cape will go on to the National High School Mock Trial Championships in Hartford, Conn. May 11-13.