Congratulations to Marshwood Seniors Lianna Leavitt and Abigail Rooney

Congratulations to Marshwood Seniors Lianna Leavitt and Abigail Rooney

Marshwood senior, Lianna Leavitt, earned second-place honors in the annual Margaret Chase Smith essay contest, open to Maine High School seniors.  This year's topic asked students to share their thoughts on the Electoral College by considering the following prompt:

"The nation has been through another election cycle that has reminded us that the President of the United States is not ultimately selected by “we the people.” The Library invites students to offer their opinions on whether the Electoral College has outlived its usefulness, or if it is more important than ever given the country’s current deep political polarization. Should it be abolished, retained, or reformed?"

Lianna's essay was titled, "In a Democratic Society, All Votes Should Be Considered Equally," and she was awarded $500 for her 2nd place essay.


Abigail Rooney, a senior, was selected as one of ten students in the nation to participate in the 2021 Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute, from June 26-July31, 2021 hosted virtually by Purdue University in Indiana. 

From the program description:  

"The 10 U.S. Fellows will join 45 BFTF Fellows from Europe to take classes in International Diplomacy, Media and Journalism, Global Problems, Democracy, and Civic Education. Over the course of the Institute, Fellows will meet with US diplomats and politicians, prominent scholars, and journalists. Fellows will participate in debates, practical workshops, and seminars. They will also learn how to organize and participate in community service activities."

Abby will be studying international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London in the fall.