Last summer I wanted to get dairy goats and show them at fairs. This spring, I got two doelings (baby girl goats) and I showed them at fairs throughout the summer. I showed them in their age classes and in showmanship. The age classes consist of goats of similar ages being shown against each other to decide which one is the best dairy animal. Showmanship is when humans are judged on how well they show their goats and how well they have prepared their goats for the show (hair clipped, hooves cleaned and trimmed, ears clean, coat brushed etc.).
On Sunday, I showed my goats In an open show but my main focus was on the 4-H show scheduled for Monday. An open show Is a show were anyone with goats registered in ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) can show their goats. At a 4-H show, you have to be under 18 to present your goats. Both shows can be sanctioned if the goats can get a "leg." A leg is when a goat gets to be a champion. If the goat receives three legs, it is considered a permanent champion. For the leg to count, there needs to be at least ten goats in each breed showing. At the 4-H show, I won my showmanship class. It was a really great day!
Elsa Knowles, 7th Grade
Elementary Outdoor School
This year, grades five through eight ventured to Camp Lawroweld on Lake Webb for an adventure-filled week of Outdoor School. Students in grades five and six explored the forests and ponds collecting specimens to bring back for the nature center. They swam, canoed and rocketed down the giant slip n slide. Most of the seventh and eighth-grade class did canoeing with Mrs. Tyson. They paddled three miles down to the camping site where they stayed for two nights. During a couple of days that they were there, they did many fun activities. They played on the playground, went swimming, and played many group games. Their adventures came to an end on Friday when they traveled back to the school.
-A. Monsell, Sophomore
Beach Day is an event put together by the student association (SA) that the academy participates in every year. In years past, Beach Day has taken place at Popham Beach State Park; however, this year the SA decided to change things up and take everyone to Winslow Park Beach and Campground in Freeport. Though there was some speculation about the change in location and the weather, it turned out to be a great day! We started the day with worship, ended it with ice cream and had volleyball tournaments, watermelon, capture the flag and mud baths in between. This was a great way to kick off the school year!
By Lainey Stong
Oxford County Fair
Students in grades 3 & 4 attended the Oxford County Fair this past week. Some highlights included petting the animals, the smoke house, and hanging out with friends. One student even came home with a new birthday bunny (the parent was present of course).
Community Service Elective
Members of Pine Tree Academy community service elective class assisted the Special Reaction Team at the Freeport Adventist Church, with their training today.
Junior Heritage Tour
Every year students in the junior class take a history tour. This year some of the sights they visited on September 8-10 included Castle in the Clouds (Moultonborough, New Hampsire), and the Wright Museum of World War II.
Internet Safety Presentation
Pine Tree Academy now sells merchandise! Please visit our Spreadshirt store and place an order. Maybe you are an alumnus, maybe you are a student who wants to show off their school logo on the weekend - sorry kids - for now this is not approved for school days, maybe you are a proud parent, or maybe you just like new merchandise! Whatever your reason, visit the store by clicking on the link below OR by clicking on the link posted on the school's website, for the next 14 days to get 15% off!