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.

 

 

CBNA Theatre Students to Present Alice in Wonderland October 27, 28, 29

CBNA students Allison Rose (left) as Alice and Cooper Leduke as the Mad Hatter rehearse a scene from Alice in Wonderland

CBNA students Allison Rose (left) as Alice and Cooper Leduke as the Mad Hatter rehearse a scene from Alice in Wonderland

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present Alice in Wonderland, an adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, by Eva LeGallienne and Florida Freibus with music by Richard Addinsell, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 27, 28 & 29, 2016 in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  This production, which also includes text from Through the Looking Glass, stays true to the text of the novels, but occurs in a Wonderland that has an industrial, Victorian “steam punk” feel to it.  Junior Allison Rose, in the role of Alice, leads the cast of 41 students. Other students appearing are seniors Cassandra Barnhart, Nora Canepa, Teagan Folland, Marissa Gast, Joseph Guptill, and Arianna Jones; juniors Sandra Black, Erin Boodey, Zachary Helm, Nina Laramee, Jacob Lock, Shemrey Lussier, Alexander Mercedes, Kayla Pollak, Alyssa Reiff, Julia Sommer, Courtney Snow, and Casey Szmyt; sophomores Braelin Ash, Shayla Ashley, Mackenzie Flanders, Cassuarina French, Ian Gollihur, Cooper Leduke, Lily Marston, Paige Marston, Logan Morton, Cody Peck, Olivia Roach, Madison Rollins, and Emma Tobbe; and freshmen Patrick Helm, Mirah Johnston, Connor Nowak, Abbi Pelletier, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers, Lauren Rose, Sophia Sabina, and Ethan Wisminiti. Orchestra members include Lauren Burrows, Gwyn Norris and AJ Trembley. The production stage manager is senior Kayla Cates who will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Wonderland to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance from faculty member Kolby Hume. Music direction is by David Deardorff. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and will be available after October 20 by calling 942-5531, ext. 237, by email elent@coebrown.org or at the main office before or after school. Hope to see you there.

 

 

Ten Artworks From the Class of 2016 Added to CBNA Permanent Art Collection

Overwhelmed by Bille Pingree - Mixed Media

Mixed Media art work Overwhelmed by CBNA 2016 graduate Billie Pingree.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department is pleased to announce that ten members of the CBNA Class of 2016 have had their artworks added to the CBNA Permanent Art Collection.  Each year, senior students who have completed a prescribed course of visual arts study are invited to donate one piece of their two-dimensional artworks to the school’s collection.  The works by CBNA members of the Class of 2016 were displayed as a group exhibition during the summer at Barrington Family Practice and Walk-in Care and have returned to CBNA and will soon be on display in the upper foyer area in Pinkham Hall for 2016-2017 school year.  During the summer exhibit in Barrington, a special opportunity allowed patrons of the Family Practice to cast their votes for their favorite pieces.  Tammy Whitehouse, Office Manager, announced that Billie Pingree’s graphite and pen & ink drawing – Overwhelmed is the recipient of a $100 Visa gift card for receiving the most “People’s Choice” votes during the June to September exhibit.   Artists whose works have been donated include: Megan Elwell – the Lin Landscape – Gouache on Illustration Board; Arianna Gunderson – Wading for You – Acrylic on Canvas Board; Julia Harcourt – Xibalba – Digital B & W Photograph; Lily Hunt – Lush – Reverse Acrylic Painting on Glass; Samuel Koskela – Penni – Graphite on Paper; Ryu Kondrup – Disintegrating Island with Melting Red Tricycle – Acrylic on Canvas Board;  Hanna Marie – Emily the Flower Girl – Digital; Katherine Martel – Stairway of Mystery – Digital Photographs; Billie Pingree – Overwhelmed – Mixed Media – 20” x 16”; Julie Souryavong – Paper Adventures: A Self-Portrait – Digital Photographs.

Since the CBNA Permanent Art Collection started with the class of 1987, 288 pieces have been installed and are part of the school’s collection.  Congratulations recent graduates!

 

CBNA 2016 Graduate Places Second in Regional FFA Competition

CBNA 2016 graduate Sydney Wilson awarded second place at FFA Event at the Big E.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 2016 graduate Sydney Wilson recently received second place in the FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Event at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield. MA.  In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE, 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. Miss Wilson, a Nottingham resident, who is currently attending NHTI, spoke about the Impact of Urban Agriculture. She also won the state competition in the spring at the NH FFA Convention, and will be representing NH at the National FFA Convention in October.  Also attending the Big E from CBNA was the Horse Evaluation team of Preston Bethke, Molly DeTrude, Ryan Graeme, and Emery Travers, who also will be representing New Hampshire at the national level in October. The CBNA FFA chapter is advised by Sarah Ward and Charles Whitten.

 

CBNA FCCLA Attends Spring Conference

The CBNA Chapter members of FCCLA at the FCCLA State Conference and their advisors.

The CBNA Chapter members of FCCLA at the FCCLA State Conference and their advisors.

This year’s CBNA Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter worked very hard on many projects and it certainly showed at New Hampshire’s FCCLA Spring Conference at Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett, NH in April. A majority of CBNA chapter members attended state conference where several students competed, placed, and received recognition for completing Star Events. Mikayla Prina and Chelsea McCallion received bronze for Chapter in Review. Ashley Reiff and Nicole Hodgdon received silver in their Chapter Service Project. Callie Brochu received silver for Illustrated Talk.  Mackenzi Prina entered Focus on Child and received gold.  Lexi Arsenault and Julia Cormier received gold for their Promote and Publicize project. In addition, Jolene Levesque, along with Densi van Gerena, received gold in Life Event Planning for their Homecoming project.  Not only did students receive medals for their efforts, but they also qualified to compete at the FCCLA National Convention should they decide to attend.

Desiree Wentworth worked hard reporting the chapter efforts to the state as the Connection Team Reporter and received second place for her work.  The CBNA FCCLA chapter received first place in the state for Community Service with its clothing drive and second place in Chapter Participation for the year. Students who did not compete at the conference were active volunteers and helped to make this year’s state conference a successful event.  All students worked incredibly hard and their advisors Mandy Morales, Toni Canfield and Jackie Lambert are very proud of their achievements.

Finally, the CBNA chapter of FCCLA would like to take a moment to recognize the following seniors who worked throughout the year to be active members. These students wore FCCLA sashes at graduation to represent their efforts in many areas of FCCLA, including community service, fundraising, completing the Power of One, and demonstrating proficiency in Family and Consumer courses:  Lexi Arsenault, Callie Brochu, Julia Cormier, Nicole Hodgdon, Jolene Levesque, Kenzi Prina, Ashley Reiff, Kayleigh Sherman, and Densi van Gerena. The chapter will miss their effort and presence as CBNA FCCLA members and wishes them the best of luck with their future endeavors.

 

CBNA Student Receives 2016 Dekalb Agricultural Award

CBNA senior Sydney M. Wilson (left) the 2016 recipient of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award receiving her State FFA Degree and State Star Farmer Award in April of 2016.  Presenting the award is Manny Catala, State Parliamentarian.

CBNA senior Sydney M. Wilson (left) the 2016 recipient of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award receiving her State FFA Degree and State Star Farmer Award in April of 2016. Presenting the award is Manny Catala, State Parliamentarian.

Sydney M. Wilson, a senior at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, was recently presented with the CBNA’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by the Monsanto Company.

Wilson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Wilson of Nottingham, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience.  Some of Wilson’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included State Star Farmer, 2016, Big E Scholarship Winner, State Extemporaneous Speaking Champion, State Winner in Beef Production. Miss Wilson is under the supervision of Sarah Ward, agricultural education instructor at Coe-Brown.

For the past 69 years, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award has been received by more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country, which has become a symbol for excellence in agricultural education.  As the 2016 winner of this award, Brown’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Coe-Brown.

Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, has sponsored the DEKALB Award, named for its brand of seed, since 1998.  Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

 

CBNA FBLA Chapter Attends State Leadership Conference

CBNA senior Brittany Guillemette with FBLA advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak at the recent NH FBLA state conference.

CBNA senior Brittany Guillemette with FBLA advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak at the recent NH FBLA state conference.

Sixteen members of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, along with their advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak, attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference held on March 24 & 25 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.  The students competed in five chapter competitions and 16 individual or team events.  Senior Brittany Guillemette won the Who’s Who in FBLA award and placed second in the team competition for Business Ethics along with Nicole Beaupre and Meghan Percy. These three students not only won medals for this competition, but also earned scholarships to SNHU.  In chapter competitions, the CBNA chapter won first place in the largest increase in membership for NH (attributed to Brittany and all past members for their recruitment efforts), an Honorary Chapter award for achieving points for various activities (attributed to all the officers and members), second place in the Go Green Officer Project (with special thanks to Megan Elwell, Tayla George, Ambar Mercedes, Alexander Mercedes, Amaya Newport, and Aiden Ahern), and the NH FBLA State Chairperson’s Award for participation in ALL state-wide projects throughout the school year which included Green Schools, Red Cross Blood Drive, Make A Wish, Revealing Invisible Illnesses, and Save the Animals programs, along with tab collection for David’s House and Walking for a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis.  Congratulations to all the members and officers.

So how can you help?  The CBNA FBLA Chapter is always looking for more connections with local businesses and seeking more professional memberships. Community members are asked to bring in their tabs (from tops of cans) which are recycled at the end of the school year with proceeds donated to David’s House.  You may drop off your collection of can tabs at the CBNA main office for our local FBLA chapter.  The chapter will be walking for MS in Manchester on April 17, as they have done for the past 18 years, and are looking for sponsors to help find a cure for this debilitating disease. Please forward all donations to Dr. Zylak at CBNA before April 15 and with everyone’s help, we can make this disease disappear!  Contact Dr. Zylak at CBNA for more information about these meaningful and charitable activities.

 

CBNA Students Receive National Recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program

<em>Paper Adventures: A Self-Portrait</em> by CBNA senior Julie Souryavong, a Scholastic Art and Writing Award national silver medal winner

Paper Adventures: A Self-Portrait by CBNA senior Julie Souryavong a Scholastic Art and Writing Award national silver medal winner

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that senior Julie Souryavong from Northwood and freshman Brian Downer of Strafford were recognized in the 93rd annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.  Julie received a silver medal for her photograph entitled Paper Adventures: A Self-Portrait. This portrait was constructed by first capturing a beautiful sunset over a Goose Pond.  She then constructed paper boats and paper cranes.  Photographing each of these from the same perspective as the original sunset.  Finally she photographed herself in a confident pose and pull all the images seamlessly into one photograph.

Brian also received a silver medal for his essay entitled #PeaceforParis: Notes on the Realization of Personal Hypocrisy, which begins “If you have ever been afraid of yourself, perhaps you will understand. Not necessarily in a physical sense, not in the way that you’re afraid of beating yourself up, but in a different way. When you’re afraid of your own hypocrisy, afraid of your own prejudices, unsure of your own moral standings. You tell yourself you feel one way, and yet, with an increasing sense of dread, you notice yourself acting the other way on a daily basis…”

Three Hundred twenty thousand submissions from the across the country were received this year and just 2400 were recognized nationally.  Receiving silver medals in the competition places these talented students in the top one percent of all submissions nationally. Julie and Brian join the ranks of many notable artists and writers from this past century including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Paul Newman, Robert Redford and the renowned filmmaker Ken Burns who will receive the program’s Alumni Achievement Award this year, as well many, many other famous talented writers and artists. Congratulations to Julie and Brian for this national honor.