CBNA Sophomore Receives National Recognition In Scholastic Art Awards Program

<em>Legacy</em> by Fiona O’Shea

Legacy by Fiona O’Shea

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department is pleased to announce that sophomore Fiona O’Shea of Strafford was recently recognized with a silver medal for her painting entitled Legacy in the 95th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

Fiona’s painting was among 33,000 submissions of art work from the across the country received this year. Just 2400 were recognized nationally.  Miss O’Shea joins the ranks of thousands of notable artists and writers from this past century including:  Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Philip Pearlstein, Paul Newman, Richard Avedon, and many others who have received this honor.



The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will be celebrating FBLA Week during the week of February 4 through the 10th. FBLA members are America’s future leaders in our community. The group participates in five activities throughout the year -Professional Development; fundraising for attendance to workshops, socials/networking, and State Leadership Conferences; civic activities locally; social/networking activities to connect education with businesses/government; and service—helping local businesses with getting THEIR work done while learning at the same time. Activities through the week will include awareness about wellness & fitness on Monday, Feb. 5. Students can pay $5 to enter and get a chance to win a gas gift card at the end of the week, get fit and help the Make a Wish Foundation at the same time. Members will also be collecting unperishable items for a food drive to help those in need, even though the holidays are over. Items can be dropped off during the week at CBNA to help with this effort. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, some FBLA members will be going to area schools to talk about the “Future” Future Business Leaders of America and how younger students can get involved with the organization. Wednesday, Feb. 7, will bring a presentation on the Opioid Crisis and awareness in CBNA’s Library from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm. All Career and Technical Student Organizations will be in attendance. On Thursday, Feb. 8, the group will celebrate FBLA Awareness Day. Members will wear blue and gold and distribute FBLA flyers and applications, and on Friday, Feb. 9, the winner of the Wellness/Fitness Challenge will be announced and members plan to end the week with a pizza social. If you have any questions about this organization, want more information, or just want to learn more about FBLA, contact Dr. Zylak – at CBNA or our State and Local Officer, senior Nathaniel Schroeder for details.

CBNA Students Recognized for 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards

A number of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students were recently recognized by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a remarkable achievement and milestone for young writers at CBNA who were mentored by English department faculty.  A panel of writers, teachers, and literary professionals selected their work as being among the best works submitted by New Hampshire teenagers. Students are judged against other entries in the following categories: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, persuasive essays, humor, science fiction and fantasy.  Of the more than 750 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards that New Hampshire students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were honored:

Gold Key – Alyssa Reiff (Nottingham)

Silver Keys— Braelin Ash (Northwood), Emily Cunningham (2) (Northwood), Adah Keeney (Nottingham), Jacob Lock (2) (Strafford), Isabel Myers (Nottingham), Madison Rollins (Northwood), Kathryn Spadafora (Strafford)

Honorable Mentions – Braelin Ash (Northwood), Emily Buehne (Strafford), Sarah Burleigh (Nottingham), Susan Burnap (2) (Strafford), Inle Bush (Northwood), Addison Cox (Northwood), Emily Cunningham (Northwood), Corinne Fernald (Nottingham), Hannah Halka (Northwood), Nathaniel Hoffman (2) (Nottingham), Mirah Johnston (Nottingham), Adah Keeney (Nottingham), Cooper Leduke (Northwood),  Riley Mulligan (Strafford), Alyssa Reiff (2) (Nottingham), Madison Rollins (2) (Northwood), Julia Sommer (2) (Northwood), Kathryn Spadafora (Strafford).

In May, all award recipients, including those whose work was selected as honorable mention, will be invited to attend the NH regional awards ceremony to be held at Plymouth State University. In addition, every piece of writing which received a gold or silver key or an honorable mention will be published in this year’s edition of Middle/High School Voices.  Congratulations to this next generation of writers.

CBNA FFA Chapter Attends FFA Winter Leadership Camp

CBNA FFA Members stand together at the FFA Winder Leadership Camp

CBNA FFA Members at the FFA Winter Leadership Camp. Left to right: Front Row: Courtney Gervais, Bailey Travers, State President Sydney Wilson (CBNA Class of ’16), Elizabeth Parece, Ashley Gatchell
Back Row:  Tucker Hill, Patrick Murray, Colin Gollihur, Tyler Millette, and Joe Garcia

Members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do FFA chapter, along with advisors Charles Whitten and Sarah Ward, recently attended FFA Winter Leadership Camp, a two day camp focused on Personal Growth and Leadership Skills, presented by Corey Flournoy, former National FFA President and the New Hampshire State FFA Officer team. Located at Camp Brookwoods in Alton, NH, FFA members from across the state gathered together to learn more about themselves in order to learn the skills necessary to grow to be better agriculture leaders.  Students participated in individual, small group and large group activities and to learn life skills in cooperation, sharing, role modelling and more. The students truly enjoyed this experience because it gave them an opportunity to meet with other FFA members across the state in a non-competitive atmosphere helping to foster friendships and future agricultural connections.


CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Contest

Poetry Out Loud logoOn Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym, twenty Coe-Brown students will participate in this year’s Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Poetry Out Loud school contest as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the NH Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. This program is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The CBNA winner will advance to the regional competition. New Hampshire’s champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. This event is free and open to the public.

Twenty-Three CBNA Students Representing 40 Works of Art Receive Statewide Recognition in Scholastic Art Awards 2018

Dooly, by Alicia Baratier Dooley – Graphite and Color Pencil on Paper

Morgan Burnap Sunrise digital color photograph

Sunrise, by Morgan Burnap – digital color photograph

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department is pleased to announce that twenty-three visual arts students received recognition in The 2018 Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire – A Regional Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. Students from CBNA received nine Gold Keys, ten Silver Keys and twenty-one Honorable Mentions. The Gold Key works will continue on and compete in the national competition with national results announced in Mid-March. In addition, pieces from Coe-Brown are part of an exhibit of 968 pieces of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Award winning works from students statewide on display beginning Tuesday, January 16 through Saturday, February 4 at the Stockbridge Theatre on the campus of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.  The exhibition is open to the public Mon. – Fri. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  An awards reception will take place in the theatre on Sunday, February 4.  Students in grades 7-9 will be honored at a ceremony beginning at noon, followed by honors for grades 10-12 at 1:00 pm and ending with the closing of the exhibition at 3 pm.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy student recipients are as follows:


Domminique Depianti (12)
Honorable Mention – Drawing & IllustrationTitle:  Sugar Rush

Sarah Dorion (12)
Honorable Mention – Photography – Title:  When the Storm Comes
Honorable Mention – Photography – Title:  Beyond the Seven Seas
Honorable Mention – Photography – Title:  New Beginnings
Honorable Mention – Photography – Title:  In the Shadows
Honorable Mention – Photography – Title:  Night Ride

Isabelle Lupinacci (12)
Honorable Mention – Drawing & Illustration – Title:  Serene Safari


Alicia Baratier (12)
Gold Key Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Dooley
Honorable Mention – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Emotionless

Raven Barnes (11)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Open Water, Open Mind
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Dry Air

Morgan Burnap (9)
Gold Key Award – Photography – Title: Apple Harvest
Gold Key Award – Photography – Title: Sunrise
Honorable Mention – Photography – Title: Top of the Tower

Fiona O’Shea (10)
Gold Key Award – Painting – Title: Legacy
Gold Key Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: September
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Confidence/youthful prince

Elizabeth Parece (12)
Silver Key Award – Photography – Title: Ferris wheel
Honorable Mention Award – Photography – Title: Chlorophytum Comosum

Drew Trembley (12)
Gold Key Award – Photography – Title: Rocks on a Seashore
Gold Key Award – Photography – Title: Stars over Bow Lake
Silver Key Award – Photography – Title: The Good Ole’ Days
Honorable Mention Award – Photography – Title: Jetty


Emily Dallaire (10)
Gold Key Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Printed
Silver Key Award – Printmaking – Title: Nevermore

Madelyn Dallaire (12)  
Honorable Mention – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Starlet

Shannon Jackson (10)
Sliver Key Award – Painting – Title: Untitled 1984

Hayleigh McNeil (10)  
Silver Key Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Delicious Donuts

Reegan Osborne (11)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration – Title: Sent From Heaven

Caitlyn Ustaszewski (12)   
Honorable Mention Award – Digital Art – Title: Campfire Stories


Sierra Baker (12)
Silver Key Award – Photography – Title: Feathers

Jeremy Foster (10)
Honorable Mention Award – Printmaking – Title: Naturally

Brianna Jackson (10)
Honorable Mention Award – Printmaking – Title: Perfection in Purple

Nicolas LaMontagne (11)
Honorable Mention Award – Photography – Title: Log

Tyler LaMontagne (11)
Honorable Mention Award – Photography – Title: Water Bubble
Honorable Mention Award – Photography – Title: Fustic Leaves

Mabel Mackey (10)
Silver Key Award – Photography – Title:  Cooped Up
Honorable Mention Award – Photography – Title:  Quercus Phellos (Acorn Tops)

Sarah Madore (12)
Silver Key Award – Photography – Title: Crinkled

Courtney Snow (12)
Silver Key Award – Photography – Title:  Blurred Actions



CBNA Landscaping Class Plants Donated Tree

CBNA Landscaping students (left to right) Matt Messenger, Colin Golihur, John Renner, Devin Sullivan, and Sarah Jensen plant tree donated by Patuckaway Nursery.

CBNA Landscaping students (left to right) Matt Messenger, Colin Golihur, John Renner, Devin Sullivan, and Sarah Jensen plant tree donated by Patuckaway Nursery.

Mark & Carol Davis of Pawtuckaway Nursery in Lee, NH recently donated a Japanese Maple to Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The tree, which was planted in the Science Building entry way garden by the CBNA Landscaping class on December 5, 2017, is a “Spring Delight” which has cascading threadlike leaves with soft green leaves and pinkish red margins in the spring, turning vivid green in the summer and assorted orange hues in the fall.  It will be approximately 7-10’ when mature. For the last two years, the Davis family has also donated interesting specimen trees – a weeping hemlock and a weeping tamarack – which are planted on the grounds of Smith Hall on the CBNA campus. Thank you to Mark and Carol Davis for their generosity, and for helping CBNA maintain and sustain its beautiful grounds.



Winter Arts Festival 2017 at CBNA

Winter Arts Festival logo designed by Alexis Call

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that this year’s Winter Arts Festival will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, in the main building of the CBNA campus, in Northwood.  The festival will open at 6 pm to a student exhibition of entries to The Scholastic Art Awards in the Multi-Purpose Room.  At 7 pm, the Select Chorus will formally open the evening followed by a visual presentations of award recipients that will be moving on to the regional level of the Scholastic Art Awards of NH, and then performances by the CBNA Concert Chorus and members of CBNA theatre classes.  The evening will conclude with a performance by the CBNA Concert Band.  Students, faculty, friends and community members are all invited.  As in the past, this special evening in the arts helps to provide additional financial support for supplies and repairs for the programs of the CBNA Fine Arts Department that cannot be planned for in advance.  Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated. Admission is free to all participating students, while general admission is $5.00 each or $20.00 for a family of four or more.  Please join us for a memorable evening of visual and performing arts.


CBNA FBLA Attends Fall Leadership Workshop

CBNA FBLA students at State Leadership Conference left to right: Sarah Souliere, Matthew Ramstrom, Jacob Bisson and Jiaxuan (Alma) Li.

Members of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), along with their advisor Dr. Joann Zylak, recently attended the annual Fall Leadership Workshop held at Southern New Hampshire University.  There were many presentations including an address from an entrepreneurial student from Franklin Pierce University and presentations by NH State FBLA Officers, including CBNA senior and state officer Nate Schroeder, speaking passionately about their statewide projects for the year. There was also a presentation of chapter awards, installation of state officers, and a workshop that allowed all New Hampshire members to network with each other. The keynote address was given by Manchester fire fighter and paramedic Chris Hickey, whose successful Safe Stations project in Manchester is leading the fight against the Opioid crisis on both the local and national levels.


Coe-Brown Faculty and Students’ Solar Eclipse Activities Featured in the Boston Globe

Coe-Brown students view the eclipse.

We invite you to read the Boston Globe’s “Looking up into a personal path of discovery: NH students collect data for NASA studies of 2017 eclipse. This article features the partnership between Coe-Brown’s Science department and administration and the GLOBE Program US Country Coordinator Jen Bourgeault, based at UNH, to have students record and enter scientific data for NASA databases while also observing the August 21st solar eclipse, which happened to be our opening day. A special thank you to all involved, especially science faculty members Jill Forward and Scott Goelzer for their coordination, and the other science faulty who faciltitated viewing stations around campus for students.