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Awards and Honors

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Below are examples of recent awards and honors won by students and staff in the Portland Public Schools.

Read about outstanding graduates of the Portland Public Schools and see their videos.

See a list of college and university acceptances for 2018 graduates of the Portland Public Schools.

  • • 2018 Maine Poetry Out Loud champion (Allan Monga, Deering High School)
  • • 2018 Bank of America Student Leaders (Bilan Mohamed, Deering High School, and Reagan Brown, Portland High School)
  • • 2018 National Merit Scholar (Lucy Tumavicus, Deering High School, who won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship)
  • • 2018 National Merit Finalists (Jessica Brown and Samuel Mermin, Portland High School)
  • • 2018 Maine winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition, grades 10-12 (Will Gordon, Portland High School)
  • • 2018 Change Maker Award from United Way of Greater Portland (Superintendent Xavier Botana)
  • • 2018 Odyssey of the Mind State Finals Tournament, First Place Award (Odyssey of the Mind team of seventh-graders from Lyman Moore Middle School)
  • • 2018 MPA Principal’s Award (Christina Donato, Portland High School, Husna Munezero, Deering High School and Jacob Libby, Casco Bay High School)
  • • 2018 MPA Secretary of the Year award (Deb Kierstead, Casco Bay High School administrative assistant)
  • • 2018 Maine State Debate Champions (Deering High School Debate Team members Christopher Sheehy and Glynis O’Meara)
  • • 2018 Cumberland County Spelling Bee champion (Sam Scala, Lyman Moore Middle School)
  • • 2018 Student internship in the Portland office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine Portland (Kate Bourque, Portland High School)
  • • 2017 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, Silver award for poetry (Anna Behuniak, King Middle School)
  • • 2017 Hoops for Heart Coordinator of the Year award from the American Heart Association (Denise Pressier, Lincoln Middle School physical education teacher)
  • • 2017 Bezos Scholars (Mulki Hagi, Deering High School Make It Happen! student and her mentor, Make It Happen! Site Coordinator Danielle Wong)
  • • 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) state finalist (Priya Natarajan, a Casco Bay High School math teacher)