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 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.

The Time of Giving: CBNA FCCLA

by Victoria Sheridan  ‘18

Items collected by CBNA FCCLA to help the community during this holiday season.

Items collected by CBNA FCCLA to help the community during this holiday season.

With the holiday season comes the spirit of charity and a time of giving. People are more generous during the holidays, and CBNA’s FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) feels that way too. From Parent’s Night Out on December 9th to our backpack drive for End 68 Hours of Hunger, we are doing our part to make the holidays a happy time for everyone. FCCLA is also filling and donating stockings to Santa’s Helpers in Northwood as part of their Christmas Drive.

Over the past two months, FCCLA has participated in community building activities, including a CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) dinner, where all Coe-Brown’s vocational clubs (FCCLA, FBLA, and FFA) joined together for a spaghetti dinner and friendship building activities. FCCLA helped with the Feed My Starving Children food pack at Turbocam in Barrington in November. FMSC packs dehydrated food full of essential nutrients and sends the bags to those in need all over the world.

As always, FCCLA hopes to continue to participate in community services events into the New Year. We hope that your New Year is phenomenal, and that you join us in the spirit of giving this holiday season too!

 

CBNA Ugly Sweater Day 2016

CBNA students and staff embrace their holiday ugly sweaters at the recent CBNA Ugly Sweater Event.

CBNA students and staff embrace their holiday ugly sweaters at the recent CBNA Ugly Sweater Event.

On Friday, December 9, students and staff at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy were recently caught spreading a bit of holiday cheer on the school’s annual “Ugly Holiday Sweater” day. Students competed for a chance to win gift cards to Dunkin Donuts by wearing their ugliest sweaters. Sweaters were judged by a panel of faculty members. This year’s winners were senior Joseph Guptill in the category of ugliest unaltered sweater and junior Courtney Snow for the ugliest altered sweater. This activity provides a chance for CBNA students and staff to get into the holiday spirit and spread some good cheer throughout the school community.

 

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.

 

CBNA Theatre to Present One Act Showcase

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present a showcase of student directed one act comedies on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. The evening will feature On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning by Alex Dremann, a spy spoof with a twist, directed by sophomore Cooper Leduke featuring Nina Laramee and Mackenzie Flanders; the hilarious detective send-up No More Mr. Nice Guy by Jonathan Rand directed by senior Teagan Folland featuring Paige Marston, Lily Marston, Cailinn Monahan and Jacob Lock; Poor Bob by Elizabeth Meriwether, a comedy that examines the meaning of life, Yahtzee, and The Neverending Story, directed by senior Cassandra Barnhart featuring Ian Gollihur, Kayla Pollak, Dylan DeTrude and Brian Downer; the sci-fi spoof Aliens vs. Cheerleaders by Qui Nguyen directed by senior Joseph Guptill featuring Madison Rollins, Hannah Munck, Tim Bowen, Lauren Rose, Rylee Rogers, Cassuarina French, Zach Helm, Patrick Helm, Sandra Black, Cody Peck, Mirah Johnston, Olivia Roach, and Caitlin Reynolds; and the New Hampshire premiere of Ray and Milo by Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove, an examination of our conventional notion of family units, told in the form of a parable about penguins in a zoo. Ray and Milo is directed by senior Lauren Burrows and features Alex Mercedes, Ian Gollihur, Arianna Jones, Marissa Gast, Braelin Ash, Julia Sommer, Erin Boodey and Emma Tobbe. Several of the pieces contain material which may not be suitable for younger audiences. General admission tickets are $5 and will be available at the door the night of the show. For further information contact elent@coebrown.org or call 603-942-9931 ext. 237.

CBNA FFA Members Participate at the National FFA Convention

CBNA FFA Horse Evaluation team of Emery Travers, (left) Molly DeTrude, Preston Bethke, and Ryan Graeme with their Bronze Award at the recent National FFA Convention.

CBNA FFA Horse Evaluation team of Emery Travers, (left) Molly DeTrude, Preston Bethke, and Ryan Graeme with their Bronze Award at the recent National FFA Convention.

During the weekend of October 18-22, 2016, members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-to-Do Chapter of FFA represented CBNA and New Hampshire at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The Horse Evaluation team of Emery Travers, Preston Bethke, Ryan Graeme, and 2016 graduate Molly DeTrude earned third place in national competition. In the Horse Evaluation event, students evaluate and rank horses based on breed characteristics, conformation and performance. As a team, students cooperatively solve problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production. In addition, 2016 CBNA graduate Sydney Wilson competed in Extemporaneous Public Speaking, speaking on the topic of the impacts of urban agriculture, earning a bronze medal. In this event participants are given 30 minutes to deliver a speech on one of three assigned agricultural topics. Students must learn to think on their feet and develop an argument quickly and persuasively. CBNA was also represented by NH flag bearer 2016 graduate Mariah Valerio who proudly carried NH’s flag in the FFA Parade and presented NH’s flag at the second general session. CBNA student Hunter Tetu was also in attendance to represent CBNA and NH at the national convention in which nearly 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the country participate in many activities such as general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, an expo and volunteer activities. It is one of the largest annual student conventions in the world. The National FFA Expo is the only Agricultural, Food Science and Natural Resource Education Show that brings 47,000 high school students and 4,000 agriculture teachers together all in one place, and all in just three days. No other event can deliver the future buying power of our more than 500,000 National FFA members, advisors and guests.

 

CBNA FFA Members Participate at the State FFA Dairy Evaluation

The CBNA Dairy Evaluation team at the recent NH FFA Interscholastic Competition.

The CBNA Dairy Evaluation team at the recent NH FFA Interscholastic Competition.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Dairy Evaluation team of Preston Bethke, Olivia Pittman, Bailey Travers, Madeleine Lounsbury, Nicole Anthony, Elizabeth Ward, Hannah Mattson, Anna Prescott-Nichols, Alyssa Ames, and Jordan Bell recently competed in the State FFA Dairy Evaluation event at the University of New Hampshire dairy barns. The purpose of the State and National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event is to provide a competitive event for agricultural education students which emphasizes skills in dairy cattle management and evaluation. This event helps to provide practical experience to students enrolled in agricultural education with an interest in dairy cattle to help prepare for industry positions or in management of a modern dairy herd. The event also helps to develop students’ skills in observation, analysis, communication and team collaboration as well as providing experience in the evaluation of dairy cattle type, production records and dairy herd management. As a result of this state event, the top four finishers from the CBNA FFA Much-to Do Chapter, the team of Preston Bethke, Olivia Pittman, Bailey Travers, Madeleine Lounsbury will travel to Indianapolis, IN to compete in Dairy Evaluation, representing NH in the fall of 2017.

 

CBNA FFA Students Compete in Events at the Deerfield Fair

CBNA FFA students Hunter Tetu (left) and Caleb Rollins celebrate their first place win in the Deerfield Fair Tractor Driving Competition.

CBNA FFA students Hunter Tetu (left) and Caleb Rollins celebrate their first place win in the Deerfield Fair Tractor Driving Competition.

The CBNA FFA Much-To-Do Chapter Forestry and Tractor Driving Teams competed at Deerfield Fair in the Forestry and Safe Tractor Driving Events on Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Annual Competitions against other FFA Chapters across the state.  The Tractor Driving teams did very well with the team of Hunter Tetu and Calen Rollins winning a blue ribbon for safe tractor driving and the team of Brenda Hayes and Paul Bane placing fifth in the same event. The event involved driving tractors through a course, using an excavator to dig and fill in a hole, tractor parts identification, and trouble shooting. In Forestry students competed in Log rolling, Cross Cutting, Bow Sawing, Tree Identification, Wood Split and Pulp Toss, with many students winning individual awards. The team of Ryan Graeme, Sam Whitehouse, Jacob McHugh, Wayne Libby, Devon Sullivan, Nick Jensen took home second place overall in Forestry events. Forestry Coaches are Vin and Nick Porcella and Much to Do Chapter advisors are Sarah Ward and Charles Whitten.