It is just wonderful to share good news about all our children. The Tisbury School just announced that eighth grader Danielle Middleton won the 2016 Tisbury School National Geographic Society Geography Bee.
After victory in her classroom, she met six other winners in the school final, where Danielle correctly answered all three questions: 1) Gray wolves were once wiped out from Yellowstone National Park but have made a comeback in recent years due to conservation efforts. Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana, and which other state? (Idaho.) 2) In the popular Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, Harry catches a train to Hogwarts at the King’s Cross Station in what major European city? (London.) 3) British Columbia’s largest city hosted the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship game. Name this city. (Vancouver.) (I have to admit that I could have only answered No. 2; what about you?)
Fifth grader Matthew Pouliot was the runner-up. Other contestants included Peter Burke (grade 8), Lexie Gardner (grade 7), Ruairi Mullin (grade 6), Linus Munn (grade 5), and Nate Porterfield (grade 7). We are so proud of all of you.
More congratulations — this time to all our teenage Island artists. Art students in grades 7 through 12 won 26 Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing awards this year. Seven of the awards were for the highest honor. The talent on this Island is amazing. The award winners will be on exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School for the month of March.
See more of the work of our high school freshmen. Next Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 6 is the free opening reception at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum for a display of at least 20 literary pieces, chosen by the teachers. These pieces, to be put up in the Spotlight Gallery, were inspired by photos in the collection of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. After the freshmen made the tour, they each chose one of the many pictures of children from the collection. This sounds like fun, even if I don’t know whether one of those chosen was the odd photo of a rooster pulling a small child in a wagon.This show will be up through April.
Tisbury seniors will want to join in the fun on Monday, March 7, from 11 to 1. Teams from the Tisbury and Edgartown senior centers will face off for an hour of bowling at the Barn, Bowl and Bistro. The bowling will be followed by lunch and dessert prepared by award-winning Chef Albert Lattanzi. Sandy says that bowling experience is not required; our Tisbury team is all over the lanes in experience. Bowlers with experience will give you any tips you need. Call 508-696-4205 to register by next Thursday for the advance lunch reservation. The special cost for this hour of team bowling and lunch is $10.
The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group wants you to know Daffodil Time is March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. That’s when you can buy a daffodil bunch of 10 buds for $10. Sales will be at Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, Stop and Shop in Edgartown, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, and at the gift shop at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital from 9 am to 5 pm, or until all bunches are sold.
The M.V. Cancer Support Group provides temporary and emergency ﬁnancial assistance to year-round Island cancer patients and families. They host conﬁdential meetings every Wednesday at noon in the library of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center. For daffodils, call Diane Ballay-Foley at 508-693-7115 or AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958. More about the weekly meetings or ﬁnancial assistance is at mvcancersupport.org.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen. I plan to party today as well. Wish the best on Sunday to Susan Goldstein. Next Wednesday belongs to Katie Kennedy.
Heard on Main Street: Just be yourself. No one can say you are doing it wrong.