On September 29, the Olympic Torch was lit in Ancient Olympia, beginning a 17-day journey across Greece and onto Russia where the torch relay began its universal journey. The torch reached the North Pole for the first time via a nuclear-powered icebreaker and was also sent into space for a stay on the International Space Station for a few days.As part of its 40,000-mile trip, the torch reached Europe’s highest mountain (Mount Elbrus) and the depths of Siberia’s Lake Baikal. The famous torch reached its final destination in Sochi, Russia, where it was lit on February 7 by figure skater Irina Rodnina and ice hockey player Vladislav Tretiak.
The 2014 Winter Olympic games are well underway and will continue through February 23. A record 88 nations qualified to compete in the Games, although I’m still not quite sure where Azerbaijan is!
While athletes from all over the globe are breaking records and winning medals, great things are also being accomplished closer to home. A bunch of Williams College students recently broke a world record! During a winter session class at the Massachusetts college, a group of students taking a class entitled “The Mathematics of Legos” built a 3,152-piece Lego in 10 minutes, 21 seconds, breaking the world record.
Local Eastport students in the news include the Wood sisters, Kate and Allie. Katie is a senior at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. Katie is a voice performance major. Allie, a freshman at the Maryland Institute College of Art, was also named to the dean’s list for last semester! Allie (Alyssa) graduated from Eastport South Manor last June.
The girls are the daughters of Gary and Lisa Wood of Lily Pond Lane. Congratulations to them on their excellent achievements.
Emily Lohse of Eastport was named to the dean’s list at Marist College for the fall semester. Emily is no stranger to the dean’s list! Congratulations!
Happy belated birthday wishes are going out to Barbara Connolly of Eastport who celebrated her special day on Tuesday, February 11.