By Hindley Wang
On Friday, January 8, 2016, in the first week of school back from Christmas break, Lincoln Academy students, Noah Jordan ‘18, Anton Kalmysh ‘16 and Hindley Wang ‘17, were invited over to the Blaine House in Augusta, accompanied by headmaster Mr. David Sturdevant and Social Studies teacher Ms. Kelly Duffy, to give Pecha Kucha presentations regarding “Education in the 21st century” to Governor Paul Lepage. This meeting was set up by the “Informed Young Leaders” program which started the Pecha Kucha events in Maine authorized by the Pecha Kucha Organization.
Pecha Kucha is essentially Japanese words for “chat chat.” A Pecha Kucha-style presentation consists of 20 slides that each show for 20 seconds, which requires participants preciseness and conciseness when delivering information upon certain subjects and topics.
The topic of the most recent Pecha Kucha Event in Maine held by the “Informed Young Leaders” program was “Reimagining Education in the 21st Century,” and it was indeed the subject of Education that interested the Governor. The topic was approached from six creative, distinctive and informative presentations in total given by seven students from three different high schools in Midcoast Maine including Lincoln Academy. Our own Noah Jordan presented “Student-Directed Learning in the 21st Century,” reimagining classrooms directed under constructivism, while Anton Kalmysh and Hindley Wang presented “Arts in Education” reimagining an educational system with more involvement of arts.
All presentations were given in the dining room of the Blaine House, where the invited guests had an excellent meal with Lepage. The atmosphere of this lunch was friendly and relaxing. Governor Lepage, who claimed himself to be a enthusiast, seemed to enjoy all of the presentations. At the end of the presentation and lunch, he commented on each of the presentations briefly, and presented the idea to have all of the presentations given to the State House of Representatives and Senate since he said all of the presentations were “spot on” and “fantastic.”
After the lunch the governor toured the the guests to his personal working area, which was originally James G.Blaine’s office, and showed students where one of the last handwritten notes from Abraham Lincoln was kept. Governor LePage reviewed a little bit of history of the Blaine House, took several photographs with all of the people invited and thanked each student personally with a handshake by the door.
Hindley Wang is a Lincoln Academy Junior from Shanghai, China. She is an Intern in the LA Communications Office.