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Science Olympiad Move Up One Position At Nationals

posted Jun 4, 2019, 6:30 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 9:59 AM ]

SciO Team Photo at Nationals
The Science Olympiad Team competed at the National Tournament at Cornell University this past Saturday. Our team was seeded 53rd out of 60 teams and our team came in 52nd. Our best finishes included 32nd for Mousetrap Vehicle, 33rd in Boom-a-Lever, 38th in Mission Possible, 41st in Fermi Questions, 44th in Thermodynamics, 45th in Write It/Do It, 46th in Wright Stuff, 47th in Sounds of Music, 48th in Designer Genes, Disease Detectives, Geologic Mapping, and Water Quality.
  Merline  Merline Feero applied for one of four Founder's Scholarships.  As Part of the application, students were asked: "to demonstrate how Science Olympiad has impacted their choice of college and career, and how they are using their gifts to impact the community and do good in the world."  During the closing ceremonies, the recipients of the scholarships were announced and Merline was chosen!  Congratulations to Merline!
    Thank you to all of you for your support of our students and our team. Sincerely, Jon Ramgren

WSHS Drama High presents a Dessert Theater performance of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Good for All ages!!!

posted May 2, 2019, 6:05 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 9:59 AM ]

Based on a popular series of children’s novels by Louis Sachar, the play brings to life an elementary school classroom thirty stories high, in a wacky world where the oddest things keep happening!

Adapted for the stage by John Olive from the novels by Louis Sachar

Location: Trask Auditorium Auditorium on Saturday, May 18 @ 7 pm General Admission Tickets, available at the door or by contacting ppooler@aos92.org

Adults: $8 students and seniors: $5 Run time: 45 minutes. Dessert after the show!! 

Preview Play Photo
from Left to right: Vinny Palmer, Hannah Hall, Zoey Trussell, Evelyn Fuentez, Tait Blethen, Elle King, Emma Waldron,, Lily Ker, Collette Carrillo, Jacie Richards

Speech and Debate Members Place at Medomak Valley Tournament

posted Jan 9, 2019, 6:24 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jan 10, 2019, 8:11 AM ]

Speech and Debate Team Picture

The newly formed Speech and Debate Team is already making their presence known.  At the January 7th tournament, Waterville students Kolby Lovett and William Jackson placed 3rd and 5th, respectively, in Poetry and Collette Carillo placed 4th in Prose. In the previous tournament on Dec 8, Collette Carillo placed 1st in Prose. 

Team members: Colette Carrillo, Kade Dillaway, Alex Lecrone, Jaci Richards, Morgan Folsom, Jacob Gay, William Jackson, Andrei Bon Llanto, Kolby Lovett, and Susan Fossett.

If you see the students congratulate them on a job well done!!

Renaissance Awards

posted Dec 6, 2018, 8:02 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 4, 2019, 10:00 AM ]

By Ella Ruehsen

Ren Award 2 pic

Renaissance Awards here at Waterville Senior High School are a way for the school to give back to its students and community members by honoring and recognizing those who contribute to the positive environment that WSHS fosters. “For over 25 years, the Waterville Senior High School Renaissance Program has awarded students for achievements and actions that align with what our school respects. Attendance, extracurricular activities, and academic achievement are valued and therefore recognized,” said Ms. Rasmussen of the tradition. Ms. Rasmussen is a caring, dedicated, and hardworking staff member here at school, who is a primary contributor to putting on the event. “For me, the time and effort I put into this program more than equal the joy I get out of it,” she said of her involvement in the ceremony. And, that joy comes from seeing the positive reactions from students, staff, and parents.”

The deserving award recipients who were recognized at the assembly on Thursday, November 29th, were Brock Jolicoeur, Adam Livshits, David Barre, D’Nell McDonald, Nikkia-Lynn Pressey, Molly Wasilewski, Kai Rabideau, Merline Feero, Madeline Hallen, Gwinna Remillard, and Leah Shoulta. If you see any of these peers in the halls, be sure to congratulate them on their recent honorable recognition -- and more importantly, to thank them for the outstanding character and good school citizenship that they demonstrated in order to achieve it. Individual photos of award recipients and more information can be found in the most recent publication of the Parent Press.

Ren Award 1 Pic

XC Success

posted Oct 24, 2018, 5:37 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 11:58 AM ]

By Sarah Levesque

Runner graphic
This year’s cross country season ended recently, and not without success. Unlike other team sports, cross country is scored by each individual’s score, then by the team’s overall score; the lower the time, the better. Low times earn the team points, and those points help the team’s advance and place when compared to other teams from other schools.

This season seems to have been fraught with challenges, but nevertheless, Waterville pulled through. They sent two runners, Kali Thompson and Zack McAllister, on to states, who both placed within the top 30 for regionals. Assistant Coach Ted Brown explained that the boys’ team took a serious hit between injuries and ineligibility, but that the girls’ team did well with their strongest showing being at KVACs where they were placed 4th out of 11 teams in Class B. “While we will miss our seniors Ella Ruehsen, Arianna Znajmiecka, Merline Feero (Capt.), and Gwinna Remillard (Capt.), the future looks solid with 5 returning underclassmen led by Kali Thompson '21”, says Coach Brown. In addition to these four senior girls, the XC Team bids goodbye to senior boys Nicholas Dall and Zackary McAllister. He encourages both girls and boys who may be interested in running to contact him or Dan Gaunce, one of the returning captains.

When asked about her season, team member Annmarie Limberger said, “I had never run for more than half a mile at a time. It was hard work, I'm not going to lie, but I think all of the pain and hard work is overridden by the fun aspects, like team dinners, fundraisers, and the high before and after races.” Another team member, Hazel Dow puts her feelings into words brilliantly in this quote via email, “Running is something that clears my head. Running has taught me a lot about coping with pain, overcoming obstacles, and achieving success. Even if you're not the fastest runner in the world, the team accepts you and welcomes you in with open arms.”

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams.  We look forward to following them again next fall.

#Fourpeat: Seniors Achieve spirit Week Victory yet Again

posted Oct 2, 2018, 4:55 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

By Alexander Renaud

Friday marked the end of Waterville’s Spirit Week with Purple and White/Almost Anything Goes day. This gave everyone a chance to unify in a showing of school pride. After five days of competition, the senior class achieved their fourth consecutive Spirit Week win. At the assembly, the seniors solidified their win by placing well in numerous competitions. After making shirts with the hashtag Fourpeat on them, the senior class did just that, winning by over 15 points. In second, came the sophomores, followed by the freshmen, and rounded out by the juniors. The game on Friday night, a resounding 34-6 win against Medomak Valley, also helped add to a great week.   With the senior class moving onto careers and college, who knows who will take the crown next year.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week Photos by the author

Panther Football

Football Photos Courtesy of CentralMaine.com - by Jennifer Bechard

SCIO 2018-19

posted Sep 22, 2018, 6:06 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Sep 22, 2018, 6:06 PM ]

By: Amna Sheikh

September 21, 2018

Science Olympiad, or SCIO, is an annual science competition that consists of students from grades K-12. Teams of students across all 50 states compete in events based on STEM (science, technology, engineering math) concepts.

Every fall, Waterville Senior High School’s very own Science Olympiad team begins preparing for the competition they attend in the spring. Last year, their tournament destination was MIT. This school year, they’re excited to compete at the Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. They will also compete at the State Tournament, that will be held sometime between March and April of 2019.

The Waterville team holds 20 members, including alternates. Returning members include (seniors) Conrad Ayers, Merline Feero, Maddie Hallen, Brock Jolicoeur, Carter Jones, Adam Livshits, Ella Ruesen, (juniors) Jess Bazakas, Abi Bloom, Kevin Chen, David Ramgren, (sophomores) Emme Ayers, Josiah Bloom, and Inga Zimba. Joining this year’s team as a primary is sophomore Jayda Murray, and alternates  (junior) Taylor Bielecki, Max McGadney; (sophomores) Surya Amundsen, Evelyn Fuentes; and (freshman) William Jackson.

The team is optimistic about its performance in the coming competition season and definitely has our support. “We hope to win and move on to represent the state of Maine at the National Tournament at Cornell the weekend before Memorial day,” Coach Ramgren says.

(File Photo 2018 National SciO)

Senator Susan M. Collins you to consider the United States Senate Youth Program

posted Aug 28, 2018, 10:06 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 10:06 AM ]

Dear Waterville High School Educators,


US Capitol
I am emailing you today on behalf of Senator Susan M. Collins to inform you of the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington D.C. This national program provides an annual opportunity for talented high school students with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes. Senator Susan Collins is an alumni of this program.


Two students from each state are selected to participate in all expenses paid weeklong trip to Washington D.C. from March 2-9, 2019. The week includes meetings and briefings with the President of the United States, Senators, Cabinet Officials, Supreme Court justices, and other government officials. A $10,000 scholarship will be presented to each of the student delegates during their Washington visit. Any high school juniors or seniors who have participated in student government, civil, or educational organizations are eligible to apply by the deadline of October 12, 2018.


Attached to this email you will find a letter and flyer about the program and the student eligibility requirements. Each principal has the opportunity to nominate one student from their school. We would greatly appreciate your help in distributing this information to eligible Waterville students who demonstrate an interest in learning about our government.


Thank you for your time and assistance.






Abigail W. Silsby

Senator Susan Collins Office

68 Sewall Street, Rm. 507

Augusta, Maine 04330

(207) 622-8414

Waterville Math Team Ranks High In State Math Meet

posted Apr 13, 2018, 10:59 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 10:01 AM ]

Math Team at State Meet.

April 3rd saw the end of the Math Meet season with the state meet at the Civic Center in Augusta, and Waterville's math-athletes finished in style.

Of the 25 Division B schools competing at the state Math Meet, Waterville won the plaque for 7th place.  Even though five of the top seven Division B schools are private academies which provide keen competition, Waterville had a strong presence.  The only public school beating our team was the students from Cape Elizabeth. 

State standings for the entire season, regardless of divisions (95 sending schools):

Waterville - Division B - 31st

Other local high schools finished as follows:

Cony - Division A - 24th 

Messalonskee - Division A - 15th 

Erskine - Division B - 30th 

Lawrence - Division B - 51st 

Winslow - Division C - 71st 

Congratulations math scholars.  We are very proud.

Maine Community Colleges Placement Changes

posted Feb 27, 2018, 6:41 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 6:41 AM ]

New Maine Community College Guidelines:

Do you have community college ambitions?  Maine Community Colleges recently announced they are moving away from the Accuplacer and relying more on PSAT and SAT scores as the entrance requirements for classes beginning in the spring of 2019 (although Central Maine Community College has already transitioned away from Acuplacer).  

For example:
  • English score of a 480 or higher moves students into a credit-bearing English course.
  • Math score of a 500 or higher moves students into a College Algebra or Statistics course.
  • Math score of a 450 or higher + full year of math in 12th grade moves students into an Applied Technology or Quantitative Reasoning course.

More information will be coming, and we'll share as we get updates.

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