Chasse wins school geography contest

Hillary Hallett, Special to The County
6 years ago

Rylee Chasse, a seventh-grade student at Easton Junior/Senior High School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 4 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The school bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.  Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 bee. The school champions, including Chasse, will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee in April.

Chasse (Courtesy of Hillary Hallett)

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds in May 2018. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The program will air on television.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past bees.  For more information, visit  

Spelling Bee winners

The first round of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee was held at the Easton Junior/Senior High School gymnasium Jan. 10.  The Easton School Department congratulates the winner, Logan Bernier, and the runner up, Alexander Hale.  

Logan is the daughter of Leane Saucier and Alexander is the son of Jeremy and Heather Hale. Logan and Alexander will represent the Easton School Department at the Aroostook County Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Fox Auditorium at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  

Students of the Month  

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month at Easton Junior/Senior High School:

September — Logan Bernier and Keagan Kinney.

October — Benjamin Wipperman and Isaac Wipperman.

November — Ethan Thibeault and Isabelle Morin.

December — Barrett Drost and Paige Flewelling.  

The Easton School Department congratulates these students.

Bone Builders  

The Bone Builders class meets each Monday and Friday starting at 9:45 in the Recreation Room at the Manor.  

Bone Builders is a free strength training, balance and exercise program.  The program’s goal is to prevent and reverse the effects of osteoporosis.  This class is for women and men who want to stay healthy. You must have a doctor’s permission to join the class.

To be successful, you should commit to attending twice a week for six months. You’re never too old; studies have shown that strength and fitness can improve at any age. This program relies on weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis. Each one-hour classes, held twice a week will increase muscle strength, balance and bone density. This program is offered through Area on Aging, Cary Medical Center and the Easton Recreation Department.  

Happy Days Club

The next Happy  Days meeting will be Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch.  Members will elect new officers at this meeting. Please join them and bring a friend.  

Community calendars

The Easton Community Celebration Calendars have arrived at the Town Office.  Please pick up your copy or copies as soon as possible.  There are extras available.

Library changes

The community library at Easton High School will no longer be open for regular hours on Saturday mornings.  In the future, library services will still be available on an “as requested” basis. To arrange a mutually convenient time please contact Steve Demaio at 805-2702.

Hillary Hallett is the correspondent for Easton. She can be reached by sending an e-mail to: or calling 551-7737.