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DHS Student Honored for Numerous Accomplishments

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DHS Student Honored for Numerous Accomplishments
Posted on 01/07/2016
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Deering High School senior Owen Sprague was recently recognized by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Portland Superintendent Jeanne Crocker for his accomplishments, including aiding a fellow student experiencing a medical emergency.

At the board’s Jan. 5 meeting, Crocker and school board Chair Marnie Morrione presented Owen with a certificate of recognition for “maximizing his potential as individual to build and enrich his knowledge to continue to learn outside of the school environment.”

Crocker read the following statement DHS Principal Ira Waltz submitted regarding Owen:

“Owen Sprague is currently a full time student at Deering High School and an employee of the city of Portland’s Recreation & Facilities Management Department. Owen maintains an 84 GPA while organizing recreation programs for people of all ages throughout Portland. If you’re taking a fitness class or attending a special event in any of Portland’s venues, chances are Owen has planned that class and maintained the site where it’s being held. His is the smiling face you’ll see as he carries out his responsibilities with swift and precise measures.

In true volunteer spirit, Owen also donates his time and knowledge as an umpire for all Little Leagues in the county of Cumberland. He is the vice president of Westbrook Little League, where he is responsible for the operations of the T-ball division, creating an atmosphere of learning and healthy, safe activities for our next generation.

Owen is also a certified emergency medical responder. This made my decision to make him the first student in Deering’s First Responder Team a practical one. I rely on his calmness and control of any situation, which was evident at the beginning of the school year when one of our students went into cardiac arrest. Owen ran to the room where the student was in crisis and instructed the staff on the use of the automated external defibrillator and performed CPR until our nurse arrived. His response time was almost immediate, which most likely saved his fellow student’s life. I trust Owen implicitly with the maturity to respect that student’s confidentiality and the professionalism to contribute to the successful ending in any crisis situation. We are fortunate to have Owen on our team.

Owen is a young man of exemplary character and a true citizen of Portland. He deserves accolades in so many areas and I know this is the first of many awards of recognition in this 17-year-old hero’s lifetime.”

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left)  School Board Chair Marnie Morrione, DHS senior Owen Sprague and Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker.