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Prize that honors retiring math teacher awarded for first time

May 11, 2018
Courtesy of: Lisa Genthner Gunn From left, retiring Medomak Valley High School math teacher Neil Payson presents the prize named in his honor to math team high scorer for the year Gabrielle Keene, a sophomore. They are accompanied by math teacher Wiliam Hinckley.

Waldoboro — At the annual Medomak Valley High School Academic Awards ceremony May 8, the Mathematics Department awarded the first annual Payson Prize to sophomore Gabrielle Keene of Waldoboro. The prize honors the Math Team Top Scorer for the entire season. This season Keene earned a total of 98 points, edging out junior Mackenzie Bickmore (79 points) and senior Rose Hickey (73 points).

The prize is named in honor of Neil Payson, who is retiring this year after 41 years of service to Medomak Valley. Payson was on hand to help award the prize and received a standing ovation from the audience for his commitment to generations of students.

The physical prize is, fittingly, a 5-foot wooden pencil lettered by Maine Printing in Warren. The pencil will reside in school’s trophy case and each year the winner will have their name added to it.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Anthony Lee | May 21, 2018 20:54

SOH CAH TOA Mr. Payson. Happy Retirement!


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