Raider Reader August 25th
Posted 09/05/2017 11:04AM
Some of you may have noticed that something was missing from the top of the Old Academy (OA) Building. The old weather vain on the building from 1823 had lived a full life, watching many students walk the path in and out of the OA over the years, and it was time for it to retire. Since the OA is a historical building the weather vain could only be replaced by an exact replica of its predecessor. The new weather vain is now in place topping the OA ready to greet the students taking the path to the OA this fall.
Workers installing the new weather vain.
Mrs. Terrill, chair of the WA history department, is the new 2017 cross country coach. She has been the assistant coach for the 2016 season and is a tremendous fitness advocate. Her interest in coaching the team came naturally as she incorporates running into her own daily regime. Before coming to practice these first few days, Mrs. Terrill has already completed a lengthy run of her own. However, she continues her exercise with the team as a cyclist. She can be seen pedaling behind the team on the Sunrise Trail during evening runs. Mrs. Terrill is committed to helping each runner reach their potential and have as much fun as possible!
Runners gather daily before practice and read from a whiteboard of team reminders and goals. The team presently has 12 runners and are still welcoming newcomers. Their 2017 goals are for everyone to finish races, boys and girls to qualify for the state final meet, and for everyone to improve. Mrs. Terrill states, "Although running is an individual sport we will run as a team! We are only as fast as our slowest runner!" The team will run their first meet against Narraguagus on Wednesday, September 6th at Narraguagus.
Good luck Raiders!
Jason Kehrer, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
.Meet Jason Kehrer the new Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Jason has a Construction Management degree from Northern Michigan University and a Masters degree in Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University. He will be overseeing and managing all maintenance, custodial, and capital improvement projects on campus. Jason joined us in mid July and has already jumped in on his first projects, the the Old Academy weathervane restoration and the Larson dorm addition.
He is also involved in the assisting with the football team, specifically with the defensive end and offensive line coaching. Jason has played 16 years of football, one year collegiately, as well as collegiate rugby. Jason remarked that, " I hope my involvement with the team helps the players to improve and grow as young adults."
Over 100 new students will join us on Tuesday, September 5th for new student orientation day. The day will begin with an assembly to welcome students and an adviser meeting to review student handbooks. Students will then enjoy a shortened version of their fall classes which will include locker break and lunch. Assigned lockers will also be able to be tried and used during the day. Classes will end with an assembly and scavenger hunt in the Gardner Gymnasium. WA student ambassadors will be available throughout the day to familiarize new students with campus and classes. We are looking forward to all of the new faces!
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