Students to travel to nation’s capital for History Day competition


DIXFIELD — Middle and high school students from Buckfield Junior-Senior High School will again travel to the Washington, D.C., area this year to participate in the National History Day competition.

Principal George Reuter told the Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 board Monday night that nine students from grades six, seven, nine, 10 and 11 will travel with parents or with adviser Linda Andrews to College Park, Md., on June 13 for the competition.

In addition to competing, the students and an equal number of chaperons will have a chance to take part in a sightseeing tour of the U.S. capital.

The estimated cost for each student is $800, a sum that has been raised by the participants. Also, the state will pay the $95 registration fee for each participant. Students will return to Buckfield on June 18.

In other news, Reuter said Buckfield resident Martha Catevenis is donating $1,000 a year for three years to promote the high school’s drama and music departments.

Reuter said the funds will be used to enhance the area of the stage and play productions.

Superintendent Tom Ward announced that Addy Fuller, a student at Dirigo High School, has been chosen to perform with the All National Honor Choir in Washington, D.C., from June 23 to 27.

He said he thinks this is the first time a student from one of RSU 10’s high schools has been chosen for the honor.

Also, a $1,000 gift from the Rumford Hannaford store to Dirigo Elementary School will help create two book rooms at the Peru school.

In other matters, the board approved Project Graduation trips for Buckfield, Dirigo and Mountain Valley graduates to Windham and Waterville for a night of activities after each of their graduation ceremonies.

The board also approved the purchase of up to $2.6 million in revenue anticipation notes from Bangor Savings Bank at an annual interest rate of 1.19 percent.

Ward said that a couple of times each year, either member town or state funds don’t arrive in time to make payroll.