What an evening! May 20, 2010 – the Augusta Civic Center was alive with middle level energy as scores of students representing the best of Maine’s 8th graders gathered for the annual Maine Middle Level Scholar Leader Recognition Banquet. Smiles and pride were the prominent features as honored students, parents, teachers and administrators filled the auditorium, while the Middle School of the Kennebunks Jazz Band performed.
Greetings were offered from co-sponsors, Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE), Sandy Nevens, and the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS), Bob Spear. The Maine Department of Education was represented by Argy Nestor. The attendees were treated to a delicious meal, and as dessert was served, the audience heard the inspiring words of 2008 NELMS Scholar Leader, Andrew Schanck.
Following dinner, each Scholar Leader was introduced, presented with a plaque, and photographed with Bob Spear, acting NELMS Executive Director, Wally Alexander, MAMLE Executive Director, and Argy Nestor.
It was wonderful to honor these inspiring middle level students from across Maine and to see the pride in the faces of so many. The room was filled with students who are most certain to give back to their communities in so many ways, far into the future. The evening ended with the traditional “Thank you” ovation given by the Scholar Leaders to their families and teachers in appreciation of their guidance and support.
Both NELMS and MAMLE hope that all schools with middle grades students will honor the efforts of their students, staff, and families in 2011 by nominating students for the only statewide celebration of middle level education! Please join us in congratulating these students by posting a comment.