Spirit Week and Other News

Following a practice established in Ken Nye's time, Spirit Week is held the first week after February vacation. Some new events appear each year, some disappear, but the basic structure remains the same. This year competitions included daily costume contests, karaoke, Improv, limbo, drum solo, cake decorating, badminton, hacky sac, blind art, Simon Says, arm wrestling, dodge ball. As usual, the festivities wound up on Friday with the cafeteria divided up into four creatively decorated "rooms" for each class, and an assembly to end the day. Guess what?? The Seniors won again. Many thanks go to Biology teacher Catie Wooten who has taken charge of running this event for several years. You can view many photos of the hilarity on the YHS website .

A surprise announcement occurred on Wednesday, February 25th when Principal Ted Hall announced to faculty, staff, and students that he would be stepping down at the end of the school year. Ted came to Yarmouth at the start of the 2005-06 school year, so he is completing his 10th year at the helm. He told The Forecaster that "…Throughout my whole career, I've always wanted to move on to something new, not when I'm burnt out, but when things are going good." Things have certainly gone well here at YHS during his tenure, and he will be missed by students, their parents, and faculty and staff.

The Playmakers have been rehearsing for the One Act Festival since early January, and are set to perform "Epic Proportions" in the Regional Festival this week-end at Freeport High School. They are hoping to win their third consecutive State Championship. The March 2nd Maine Sunday Telegram carried a story on the state-wide One Act Festival. Jackson Ruprecht '15 was interviewed at some length.

The winter sports season ended last week-end. The boys hockey team suffered a 3-2 OT loss to Gorham in the Western Maine Class B play-offs. Abby Condon '17 won the Skimeister Award in the Class B Ski championships. Three YHS indoor track team members qualified for the New England's, and competed in Boston last week-end: Darren Shi '15 in the shot put, Sam Gerken '15 in the 800, and Emma Egan '16 in the high jump, long jump, and 55 meters.

We are hoping that March will bring some warmer weather and melting snow. Still several feet of snow on the ground here, so who knows when we will see grass.

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