In Model UN, students immerse themselves in contemporary current affairs, familiarizing themselves with the role the real-world United Nations plays in current events, as well as the purpose and procedure of Model UN. To prepare for their participation in the various Model UN conferences, students study the history of the UN, the role of the Security Council, and speeches by prominent national and international politicians. They then go on to investigate the countries they represent and formulate strategies for representing these countries in the Model UN conference. The experience culminates in the conference itself, which is held over a weekend, usually at a regional New England school or college.
Committee on Social Inclusion
The Committee on Social Inclusion is a peer-to-peer discussion group that meets periodically to talk about bullying, teasing, and other topics related to social inclusion. By acting as role models, our students’ goal is to help other students take responsibility for creating a “no judgment zone” that fosters group and individual well-being.
The publication of our yearbook, The Gyre, is a multi-student effort. Under the direction of art teacher Johanna Flath, students learn the basics of editing, layout, design, photography, and advertising in the production of an annual chronicle of the year.
The Maine One Act Festival, or "One Acts," is an interscholastic drama competition for high school students coordinated by the Maine Principals Association. Students join One Acts as a winter elective with some after school practices and performances. Students are involved in all aspects of preparing a play for competition, from acting to technical design. In some years, students also write and direct the chosen play.
Regional Festivals are held each year around the state in early March, with the winning teams from each class (Class A and B) going on to compete at the State Festival in late March. Although a school places (1st, 2nd, etc.) as a whole team, individual students can be named to the All-Festival Cast or be awarded recognition for costume and set design, and even student directing. These festivals are a great opportunity for students interested in theater to study the craft and interact with other artists their age.
The High School Robotics Club was started in 2013 with a grant from the technology education company Intelitek, which provided the basic materials that are needed to take part in the VEX robotics competition: a microcontroller, motors, sensors, and structural components. Each team is tasked to design, build, and program a robot that can meet a particular set of challenges, which are different every year.