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October, 2019


GEAR UP Maine staff

What's Happening at GEAR UP Maine
41 Students, 6 Districts, 3 Days, 2 Nights, 5 Campuses!
GEAR UP Maine in partnership with FOCUS Training, took GEAR UP Maine students on a New England college visit bus tour in September. The first day included UNH in Durham and a visit to the JFK museum. Students ate at an italian restaurant, and then stayed in Brockton, Mass. The next day started with a tour at Wheaton College, followed by lunch on campus and then an afternoon at Boston College. The final day was spent at UVM in Burlington, Vermont. There were a fair amount of students who had never been out of our state, and one that had never left far from their town. Read below for some of the feedback from our students, and check out some of photos we captured.
MeANS GEAR UP Student defends state fishing title, heads to nationals for second time in spring

OAKLAND — It took an afternoon on the water with a friend for Tyler Williams to realize just how far his bass fishing skills had come between picking up a rod at age 13 and becoming a two-time state champion at age 17.

“I’ll take people out who are new to it and be like, ‘Do you feel the piece of gravel, do you feel the rock (touching the line)?'” Williams said in an interview. “They’ll say, ‘What?’ And I’m like, ‘The gravel and the rock, and do you feel the weeds right next to them?’ (They’ll say,) ‘How do you tell!'”

But being able to distinguish the subtleties of what’s around his underwater lure and line is part of what has made the Belgrade teenager so successful at the sport — and what could one day carry him to the professional level.

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Telstar student chosen to perform in the Maine Jazz All State Music Festival!
From the MSAD #44 high school music department: Congratulations go out to Evan LeConey (Class of 2020) who was chosen to perform in the Maine Jazz All State Music Festival! Evan’s audition process for this group was formidable as he had to improvise (Scat) a melody and stretch his learning beyond his comfort zone. The Jazz All State Choir only accepted seven other Basses out of their 32 member ensemble, so competition was tight.

He will be performing January 4, 2020, at Bangor High School along with the most talented young Jazz artists in the State of Maine.
Experiences at this level of competition carry with a student wherever they go in life and we are extremely proud of Evan’s accomplishments!
2019 GEAR UP Graduate hikes 2,192-mile Appalachian Trail — and graduates high school in the process

HINCKLEY — Kaylin Brown could not fall asleep on her pillow Saturday night. It was the 18-year-old’s first night home after finishing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. For the greater part of the past six months, a pillow was a forgotten luxury.

“I couldn’t do it,” she said, laughing. “I moved it aside.”

Brown, a Winslow resident who graduated from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences this year, is the third student from the charter school who has completed the 2,192-mile trail connecting Georgia and Maine, according to Grace Hilmer, a teacher at the school and a supporter of Brown’s trek.

The teenager said she was inspired to complete the long-distance trip after hiking Mt. Katahdin, the trail’s northern terminus, with her father three years ago.

“After that first hike, I started researching and it was just something that I fell in love with and wanted to do really badly because I love hiking,” she said.

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The GEAR UP Maine program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037;
Karmon Simms-Coates, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to
University of Maine at Farmington administered by Syntiro.

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