American Legion sending 11 Spruce Mountain juniors to Boys State

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George Bunten American Legion Post 10, Livermore Falls, is sending 11 juniors from Spruce Mountain High School in Jay to Dirigo Boys State, June 17-21 at Thomas College in Waterville. Donald Simoneau, Boys State chairman, is seated. Standing, from left, are Ed Quinn, Andy Gerrier, Parker Beaulieu, Tate Walton, Zakary Toothaker, Noah Gilbert, Garret Smith, Hunter Quirrion, Jonathan Brenner, Cameron Souther, Joel Hussey, Brett Hunt and Orion Schwab. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer

JAY — Donald Simoneau, Boys State chairman for George Bunten American Legion Post 10 in Livermore Falls, announced Wednesday that 11 juniors from Spruce Mountain High School will attend Dirigo Boys State in June.

The 71st Annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State program will be held June 17-21 at Thomas College in Waterville.

Simoneau said 25 Spruce Mountain students were nominated. Sponsorship by veterans’ organizations and local businesses made it possible for all who completed their applications to attend. Those nominated were asked to write an essay on “Why I am proud to be an American” and “Why I would like to attend the Boys State program.”

“This is something to be very proud of,” Simoneau said. “It will be an eye-opener. It’s not about party affiliation, it’s about learning how this government functions.”

Each of the 11 students participates in school activities or sports, volunteers their time and has received awards. The students are:

Parker Beaulieu, Jay, is the son of John and Jennifer Beaulieu. He plays football and baseball. He is a member of the robotics team and volunteers for Area Youth Sports football and the Lions Club. He has received department awards for World Studies and Biology.

Tate Walton, Livermore Falls, is the son of Tim and Marian Walton. He is a letterman in football and basketball. He was the class treasurer his Freshman year. He is an assistant coach for the Little Hoopsters Basketball team and volunteers for political candidates.

Cameron Souther, Livermore Falls, is the son of Ryan and Lynn Souther. He participates in One Act Play Competitions and community musical productions and plays tennis. He directed a play in his drama class. He received the Boys’ Tennis Phoenix Award, a department award for World Studies and the Phoenix Award for leadership.

George Bunten American Legion Post 10, Livermore Falls, is sending 11 juniors from Spruce Mountain High School in Jay to Dirigo Boys State, June 17-21 at Thomas College in Waterville. Donald Simoneau, Boys State chairman, is seated. Standing, from left, are Ed Quinn, Andy Gerrier, Parker Beaulieu, Tate Walton, Zakary Toothaker, Noah Gilbert, Garret Smith, Hunter Quirrion, Jonathan Brenner, Cameron Souther, Joel Hussey, Brett Hunt and Orion Schwab. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

Jonathan Brenner, Livermore, is the son of Mike and Kerry Brenner. He is a member of the robotics and Envirothon teams. He performs in theater productions and plays in the school band and jazz band. He received department awards for Band and Social Studies.

Zakary Toothaker, Jay, is the son of Tim Toothaker and Holly Duguay. He was on the cross country and track team as a Freshman. He switched to football as a Sophomore and earned his letter. He received a track coaches’ award as a Sophomore and was Captain last year. He is on the Honor Roll, received a Math and 2 Art awards and is a candidate for the AIM Coast Guard Academy program.

Noah Gilbert, Jay, is the son of Matt and Kelly Gilbert. He plays football and baseball and is an alpine skier. He was a KVAC/MVC All Star last year and his team won the MVC Alpine Championship. He is a Maine State certified welder. He is on the Honor Roll, has volunteered for numerous sports and community events and has testified for a bill at the State House.

Joel Hussey, Livermore, is the son of Amy Soper. He plays in the school band, is a cross country runner, is an alpine and Nordic skier and plays tennis. He is a Jobs for Maine’s Graduates student. He was named a KVAC All Star last year and took second place in the Skimeister.

Brett Hunt, Jay, is the son of Stephen and Darcie Hunt. He plays football and baseball. He received the coaches award in baseball as a Freshman. He volunteers for the Relay for Life and AYS sports programs. An Honor Roll student, he was a Student of the Month and received a Science award.

Garret Smith, Livermore Falls, is the son of Warren and Angela Smith. He is on the soccer and track teams. He participates in theater and student government. He is a peer tutor and volunteers for Special Olympics, AYS and summer recreation sports programs and at the elementary school. In the cast of the Maine Regional Drama All-Festival, he was a finalist in the 2018 Maine Drama Festival. A Student of Month, he received the Maine Youth Leadership Spirit Award.

Orion Schwab, Livermore Falls, is the son of Timothy and Ann Schwab. He is on the Envirothon, math and robotics teams. This year he was nominated for the Dean’s List Award for robotics. He is a student representative to the Regional School Unit 73 School Board.

Hunter Quirrion, Jay, is the son of Andy and Karen Quirrion. He is on the football, track, Envirothon and robotics teams. He skis and was part of the 2018 MVC Championship team. He belongs to the LEO’s Club and volunteers within the community.

Sponsors this year are A. Maurais and Son, Inc.; American Legion Post 10; AMVETS Post 33; Androscoggin Bank; Franklin Savings Bank; Hillside Sports Club; Jay-Livermore Falls Lions Club; Knights of Columbus #320; Nemi Publishing, Inc.; Otis Federal Credit Union; PalletOne of Maine; and Spruce Mountain Pharmacy Inc.

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