New England Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. talks on stage with Morse High School freshman Kennedy St. Pierre Friday in Bath, where the football player visited students to promote exercise. Credit: CBS 13

BATH, Maine — New England Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. was in Maine Friday morning to speak to Morse High School Students in Bath.

Deatrich was invited by freshman Kennedy St. Pierre who was selected as Maine’s “Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador,” which encourages students to be active a minimum of 60 minutes a day.

“That gave me a free Patriot player invitation and I tried to use it for freshman awareness,” St. Pierre said.

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The three-day program gives students three days off from academics and to instead focus on health, wellness, and reaching their goals.

“We’ve been doing this at Morse High School for about 30 years and it’s a time when an opportunity when we pause academics for ninth grade students and we just focus on them and any sort of influences that could get in the way of what their goals, whether that’s drugs and alcohol, maintaining healthy relationships, and even a piece of maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Morse High School Principal Eric Varney said.

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Wise answered questions from students and even showed off his dance moves.

“It’s always good to give back to the community, give your time back,” Wise said. “That’s one thing that’s very important that people can see people on TV actually in their gym or in their presence talking to them, so [it’s] pretty awesome.”