CBNA FBLA Chapter Attends State Leadership Conference

CBNA FBLA (from left) Michael Mulligan, Joel Boulanger, Caitlyn Pitre, Ander Wensberg, Mikayla Prina, Donald MacCallum, Advisor  Dr. JoAnn Zylak, Peter Vollersten, & Derek Meyer attend the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Future Business Leaders of America attended the 45th State Leadership Conference held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH on March 23 & 24, 2017. Those who participated in the State Leadership Conference were Ander Wensberg of Strafford who competed with Donald MacCallum of Epsom in Graphic Design. The team of Chelsea McCallion, Michael Mulligan, and Caitlyn Pitre of Strafford, and Northwood respectively also participated. Mikayla Prina of Nottingham and Joel Boulanger of Northwood competed in Economics. Derek Meyer of Nottingham competed in Personal Finance. Our three State Finalists this year included Peter Vollertsen of Strafford competing in Insurance; Liu Yong, an exchange student residing in Deerfield, competing in Business Calculations and Nate Schroeder of Strafford placing in Impromptu Speaking. Wrapping up the competitions was Summer Barnes of Strafford placing first overall in the Organ Awareness project that she chaired as a state project. In addition to this, the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FBLA Chapter received second place in the Making Cents state officer project, and also received the Honorary Chapter Award.

 

Public Speaking Students Attend the HYPE Convention at UNH

CBNA Public Speaking students (from left) Nick Shutt, Caitlin Pitre, Governor Lynch, Joseph Guptill and Abigail Devaney attended the annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) Convention at UNH on Thursday, March 16, where they met with Governor Lynch and 1000 other NH students to explore the role of a responsible citizen in today’s society.

CBNA Students Recognized for 2017 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:

Silver Keys—Cassandra Barnhart (Northwood), Shannon Jackson (2) (Nottingham), Tristan Jardon (Nottingham), Mirah Johnston (Nottingham), Caroline Lavoie (Barrington), Olivia Roach (Nottingham), Kelsey Wallace (Strafford)

Honorable Mentions – Braelin Ash (Northwood), Alicia Baratier (Strafford), Lauren Best (Nottingham), Ruby Carr (Nottingham), Addison Craven (Strafford), Caroline Lavoie (2) (Barrington), Olivia Lee (Strafford), Lily Libbey (Strafford), Noah Olewine (Northwood), Nicholas Shutt (Northwood), Madison Tortorella-Lewis (Barrington)

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 Science Students Work with UNH Professor

CBNA sophomores Emerson Ross (left) and Logan Morton work with UNH professor Dr. Nan Yi on a project to create biodiesel.

Recently, some Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students taking introductory biology and introductory physical science classes had the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary collaboration featuring student designed experiments exploring calorimetry of food, connections to energy use in the human body, research into biological sources of fuel production, and research into the production of biodiesel using corn products, which led to classroom debate on the pros and cons of using biodiesel. As a result of this collaboration, students had a unique opportunity to experience an in-class field trip, with Dr. Nan Yi, Professor of Chemical Engineering, at the University of New Hampshire as a culminating activity. Bringing chemical engineering into the CBNA classroom, Dr. Yi and the students chemically produced biodiesel from used cooking oil donated by the UNH dining halls. By the end of the extended class, the students had produced enough biodiesel to make small oil lamps which used the biodiesel as a fuel source.

 

 

CBNA Students Receive Statewide Recognition in The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire 2017

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department is pleased to announce that eighteen CBNA art students representing 28 works of art received recognition in The 2017 Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire – A Regional Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. Their works are among the 925 pieces of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Award winning works on display beginning Tuesday, January 23 through Saturday, February 5 at the Stockbridge Theatre on the campus of Pinkerton Academy, 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 5. Students in grades 7-9 will be honored at a ceremony beginning at noon, followed by grade 10-12 at 1:00 PM. The exhibition will close at 3:00 PM. CBNA Student award totals: 12 Gold Keys, 4 Silver Keys, and 15 Honorable Mentions. In addition, two seniors, Sarah Turmell – Honorable Mention and Curtis Lashon – Silver Key and Honorable Mention, were recognized for their portfolios, an opportunity that will provide them with scholarship opportunities. The Gold Key artworks will continue on to compete in the national competition later this spring.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Student recipients are as follows:

Barrington
Emma Arsenault (11) / Silver Key Award – Photography / Title: Kaleidoscopic

Strafford
Annabella Fasulo (10) / Gold Key Award – Mixed Media / Title: Safety Pin
/ Gold Key Award – Drawing /  Title: Elementary Hatred
Raven Barnes (11) / Honorable Mention Award – Drawing / Title: Secure
Sydney Jacques (9) / Silver Key Award – Photography / Title: Nailed Together
/ Silver Key Award – Photography / Title: Decomposing
Zowi Woodman (12) / Gold Key Award – Drawing / Title: Hidden
Kelsey Wallace (12) / Honorable Mention Award – Photography / Title: Cut Off

Center Strafford
Lily Grace York (12) / Silver Key Award –Mixed Media / Title: Paint Swatch Thoughts

Nottingham
Davio DeLuca (12) / Gold Key Award – Photography / Title: Adventure
/ Gold Key Award – Photography / Title: Drops
/ Silver Key Award – Photography / Title: America
Shannon Jackson (9) / Gold Key Award – Drawing / Title: Origins
/ Gold Key Award – Printmaking / Title: Guitarist
/ Honorable Mention Award – Mixed Media / Title: Empty Gold
Madelyn Dallaire (11) / Honorable Mention Award – Photography / Title: Stemmed
Mackenzie Ledoux (10) / Silver Key Award – Printmaking / Title: Brother

Northwood
Cassandra Barnhart (12) / Honorable Mention Award – Mixed Media / Title: Say Anything
/ Honorable Mention Award – Painting / Title: Tastes Like Travelling
Griffen Bono (10) / Honorable Mention Award – Drawing / Title: Bottles and Circles
Curtis Lashon (12) / Honorable Mention Award – Photography / Title: Northwood Sunrise
/ Silver Key Award – Portfolio 1 / Title: Friendly Waters
/ Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio 2 / Title: Oh Sun How You Shine
Sophia Menjivar (12) / Honorable Mention Award – Drawing / Title: Ange
Sarah Turmel (12) / Silver Key Award – Drawing / Title: Flies and Cobwebs Unwind
/ Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio
Shemrey Lussier (11) / Silver Key Award – Photography / Title: Holding On
Jordan May (12) / Honorable Mention Award – Drawing / Title: The Birch Tree

Gold Key Award Winning artworks by Davio DeLuca, Shannon Jackson, Annabella Fasulo and Zowi Woodman:

 

CBNA FBLA Organ Donor Awareness Day

On January 11, 2017, the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of FBLA held activities related to Organ Donation Awareness Day. The chapter distributed green ribbons and talked to students about the statistical need for organ donors, as well as asking students to consider being organ donors when their drivers’ licenses come up for renewal. Coincidentally, CBNA sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive on the same day, which FBLA members assisted with and many FBLA members donated blood for the first time. In addition, several Economics classes participated in a research writing project explaining reasons for the demand for organ donors, and reasons for the supply not meeting the demands for donors. CBNA FBLA chapter secretary senior Summer Barnes, who is heading the CBNA chapter initiative for the New Hampshire FBLA Organ Donor project contributed the following paper:

The Market for Organs by Summer Barnes, ‘17

The world is full of gracious people waiting to help those in need.  There are also many people looking out for themselves and ready to make a quick buck off anything they can.  These two types of people are what causes the debate on whether or not there should be a market for organ donation.  Around the world there are many people in need of organs, blood, bone marrow, etc.  People in need typically have a very short window of time to receive what they need. There are no to little organs available to those who are in desperate need of them.  It seems obvious that a market for organs would solve the problem at hand.  However, the question remains on whether or not this would be equitable and efficient.  Despite these reasonable concerns, a market in organs is the only sensible solution to helping the people who are in urgent need of this vital necessity.

The government is utilized for its various resources in many aspects of everyday life.  Law enforcement is a major source of cost for the government.  Each year around 100 billion dollars are spent on police units and law enforcement in the United States (Justice Policy Institute).  Most of this spending is used to control illegal trade of drugs, people, organs, etc.  This valuable money and time could be being employed elsewhere in the country.  If an organ market was created there would be less pressure on the police forces to control this aspect of illegal trade.  The market would provide viable opportunity for the funds to be shifted elsewhere; thus creating more time and money to be spent on more pressing matters, such as the drastic rise in human trafficking and drug trade.  The United States is in desperate need of more law enforcement to control this rising problem, however they are lacking sufficient funds to increase the already extremely expensive budget.  The creation of an organ market would give more time and money to other more pressing needs (How the Government Controls What You Buy and Sell).  This is just one of the many reasons why the United States should legalize organ trade and provide the resources to establish an organ market.

America has always been known as a country of opportunity and promise.  However, there have been points throughout American history where a certain class of people have been left to greatly suffer.  Over the years the government has provided new ways to help the less fortunate.  Less governmental attention, and less suffering would occur if organs were allowed to be sold for money or in exchange of products or services.  As of 2014, 47 million Americans were reported to be living in poverty (Poverty Facts).  This is about 14 percent of the population.  In spite of this, these numbers could be greatly reduced if people were allowed to sell non-vital organs when they were in desperate need of money. For example, a kidney is estimated to be sold for around 262,000 dollars on the black market (Jade).  This large sum of money could greatly benefit people suffering from job loss.  Being able to sell organs would not only benefit the people selling them, but the people in desperate need of said organs.

Across the world, children, adults, and seniors are in need of an organ. This may be due to a rare illness or condition, an accident, etc.  Despite the cause, each day 22 people die while awaiting an organ transplant (Organ Donation Statistics).  Twenty-two people a day is far too many to be lost to a problem that could be resolved.  Most humans are walking around with two kidneys, one of which they do not need.  These useless organs could be vital to other people.  An organ market would instigate the beginning of more organ donations.  As of now not nearly enough organs are donated to cover the amount of demand.  If people were allowed to trade their organs on free choice with possible benefits to them, this may promote more donations.  A simple change of law would allow so many lives to be saved, so many families spared the suffering of losing a loved one.

The selling of ones’ organs comes across as gruesome and unethical. Despite the negative persona organ trade receives, it is absolutely necessary to save many people each year.  There are several reasons why organ trade should be legalized.  It would reduce the amount of law enforcement money and time spent on controlling illegal trade of organs.  An opportunity to make a large sum of money off an organ that is not necessarily needed, would provide people in poverty with a chance to get back on their feet.  However, most importantly it would help save countless lives that are lost each day because they were awaiting an organ transplant.

Works Cited

“How the Government Controls What You Buy and Sell.” Lard Bucket. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.

Jade. “How Much is Your Kidney Worth on the Black Market?” REV 96.7. N.p., 23 Apr 2012. Web. 02 Dec 2012.

Justice Policy Institute. “United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates”, Justice Policy Institute. N.p., 22 May 2012. Web. 02 Dec 2016.

“Organ Statistics.” Organdonor.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec 2016.

“Poverty Facts.” Catholic Bishops. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec 2016.

CBNA FFA Students Attend Chainsaw Safety Course

Mr. Dan Tilton instructs CBNA FFA students in a recent chainsaw safety course on the CBNA Campus.

Mr. Dan Tilton instructs CBNA FFA students in a recent chainsaw safety course on the CBNA Campus.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FFA students Faith Wilson, Ryan Graeme, Preston Bethke, Devin Sullivan, Sam Whitehouse, Nick Jenson, Nik Mewkill, Troy Russo, Caleb Rollins, Evan Wimsatt, Wayne Libby, Jackie Joy, Molly Swansburg, Matthew Brown and Brenda Hayes recently had the opportunity to attend a chainsaw safety course at CBNA taught by Mr. Dan Tilton of Tilton Equipment, Rye, NH. A resident of Strafford, NH, Mr. Tilton instructed students on everything they needed to know about chainsaws including correct safety equipment, how to correctly and safely hold and operate a chainsaw, and the parts of a chainsaw and the purpose for each part. He also showed students how to properly sharpen a chain and the different types of chains used for different types of logging. Part of Mr. Tilton’s instruction also included the correct way to fell and limb a tree, the way to avoid injury from a kick back from a chain saw and the way to control it when it happens.

 

CBNA FFA Students Travel to New England Grows Conference

CBNA FFA Students at New England GROWS conference. From left:  Steven Chase, Ryan Graeme, Wayne Libby, Preston Bethke and Faith Wilson

CBNA FFA Students at New England GROWS conference. From left:
Steven Chase, Ryan Graeme, Wayne Libby, Preston Bethke and Faith Wilson

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy agriculture students Steven Chase, Preston Bethke, Ryan Graeme, Wayne Libby and Faith Wilson with Mrs. Sarah Ward with Emmett Bean and Frank Grano of Bartlett Tree Company traveled to Boston, MA to attend the New England Grows Conference on December 1, 2016. New England Grows is renowned for its world-class education offerings and innovative trend spotting. Founded in 1993 by green industry professionals for green industry professionals, the educational conference and exposition gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information, education and connections. The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association are the organization’s founding partners. The CBNA students were invited guests of Bartlett Tree Co. and while at the conference attended a workshop on Tree Assessment with Tom Smiley, and had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion on the subject of Future Leader GROWS.  New England GROWS is a great place for students to explore all the possibilities and potential available to them in the country’s burgeoning green industry. Involvement with GROWS allows students an exclusive opportunity to gain cutting-edge horticultural knowledge, engage with industry leaders, explore the latest equipment and services, and become familiar with many career options. The goal of this new program is to introduce new students to all the green industry has to offer while providing an improved framework for their experience at GROWS. Students had also had an opportunity to walk around the trade show and see all kinds of equipment, plants, etc. for arboriculture, nursery management, landscaping and other green industries.

 

Winter Arts Festival 2016 at CBNA

Winter Arts Festival logo designed by Madelyn Dalliare

Winter Arts Festival logo designed by Madelyn Dalliare

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Winter Arts Festival Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s Winter Arts Festival will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 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 Award in the Multi-Purpose Room.  At 7 pm, the Select Chorus will formally open the evening followed by a presentation of visual art award certificates, 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.

 

 

Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team Coming to CBNA

Members of the Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball will be coming to Coe-Brown on Friday, November 18, 2016 to benefit CBNA Hoop.

Members of the Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball will be coming to Coe-Brown on Friday, November 18, 2016 to benefit CBNA Hoop.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy will be hosting some very special guests on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Smith Hall Gym on the CBNA campus in Northwood, NH.  The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible show time basketball skills and family-friendly comedy, will face the Coe- Brown All Stars in a game benefiting the CBNA Boys and Girls Basketball Programs.

Having played over 2500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy.  Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets.  Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Clarence “Mugsy” Leggett. Mugsy is one of the world’s extraordinary dribblers and a former Harlem Globetrotter. Included will be the appearance of the “Twin Towers” Curtis “Tiny” Johnson standing 7’ 5” tall and “Super Mario” standing 7’ 3” tall. Yes, (2) 7-Footers will be in the building! And since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets present to you the All Time Funny Man and one of Show Basketball’s Greats……. James “Speedy “Williams, who was featured in the movie, “Above The Rim” starring Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin. Better known as The “Crown Prince of Laughs”, Speedy was also one of the “Original Nike Free-Style Ballers in the Nike Commercial, and he also performed live at the MTV Music Awards while Jay Z did his thing. The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.

In this special event to raise money for the CBNA Basketball Programs, the Coe-Brown All Stars have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets. The CBNA “Dream Team” players include Sam Struthers, Mark Struthers, Mark Carrier, Brent Tzaczyk, Tim Cox, Bill Clarke, Scott Young, Bethany Garboski, Tony DePalma, Joel Kutylowski, Kristen White, Michael Clauss, Peter Attisano, and Ryan Smith will be coached by the inimitable Joe Vachon.

Advance tickets for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for the community are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and are available from basketball team members or at the CBNA Main Office. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the game at a cost of $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.  Get your tickets early. This is a special event you don’t want to miss.