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.

 

CBNA Freshman Wins Statewide Writing Contest

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that freshman Ian Gollihur has won first place in the One Pen Can Change the World writing contest which allows New Hampshire students the opportunity to submit essays about their ideas about justice. His moving essay titled American Hypocrisy placed first of all student essays submitted by students from throughout New Hampshire. This contest is sponsored annually by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire (NWPNH) which is based at Plymouth State University. Mr. Gollihur will be honored at a celebration which will be held on Thursday, April 7 at the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies. Congratulations to this very talented student writer.

 

Fernald Dairy Farm Visits CBNA

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CBNA FFA member Molly Detrude with Mr. Fernald and dairy calf

Recently, the CBNA Chapter of FFA hosted John Fernald of Fernald Dairy Farm, Nottingham, NH. Mr. Fernald, a 1999 graduate of Coe-Brown and former CBNA FFA spent three periods with the Animal Science classes at Coe-Brown sharing his experiences and thoughts on dairy farming.  Students learned about his family’s traditional farming style, feed for dairy animals and the biosecurity of milk products.  During his visit he also shared dairy products of milk and ice cream with the students and brought a two week old calf with him for students to visit with.  Mr. Fernald was with his wife, Heather, who has the distinction of being the 2015 NH Young Farmer of the Year award recipient.

 

 

CBNA Theatre to Present The Fantasists and The Tempest March 3, 4 & 5

Tempest Tshirt design finalCBNA Theatre will present two short plays, The Fantasists by Randy Wyatt and an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, on March 3, 4 and 5 at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy campus. In the first selection, The Fantasists, two young wizard-storytellers compete to become Fantasists—honorable illusionists whose stories come to life. In the stories there is a prince, an evil ice queen, a formidable snow lion, a rambunctious sun wolf and the Gnome-Who-Lives-in-a-Lake-but-Doesn’t-Know-Why. But as perky Floriad and win-at-all-costs Somnia, forced to work together in their final test, see their tale (hilariously) fall apart, it will take every storytelling twist the acolytes know—and a few smuggled in from their mentors—to get through this ultimate battle of magic and storytelling. The cast includes seniors David Coe, Jessica Cooper; and Isaac Guzofski; juniors Arianna Jones and Andrew Leas; sophomores Sandra Black, Erin Boodey, Zachary Helm, Nina Laramee, Alex Mercedes, Cailinn Monahan, Julia Sommer and Courtney Snow; and freshmen Braelin Ash, Mackenzie Flanders, Olivia Roach, and Madison Rollins. The other selection, The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last play, combines elements of mystery, romance, intrigue, broad comedy, magic, and music. A usurped duke named Prospero and his now adolescent daughter have made an almost-abandoned island their home, along with a fairy named Ariel and a half-human slave, Caliban. Prospero uses magic to conjure a storm to bring his usurping brother and his cohorts to the island, with magical and fantastic results. Included in the cast of this selection are seniors Janais Axelrod, Damian May, Jared Neal, Emily Therrien, and Ryan Wadleigh; juniors Cassandra Barnhart, Lauren Burrows, Joseph Guptill, and Kelsey Wallace; sophomores Kayla Pollak, Alyssa Reiff and Allison Rose; and freshmen Brian Downer, Ian Gollihur and Cooper Leduke. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance from faculty member Kolby Hume. Production stage manager is junior Kayla Cates. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available after February 29, by calling 942-5531 ext. 237, by email – elent@coebrown.org, or at the CBNA main office. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Twenty-One CBNA Students Representing 31 Works of Art Receive Statewide Recognition in The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire 2016

CBNA FCCLA Chapter Provides Holiday Cheer

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CBNA FCCLA President Nicole Hodgdon; Sandy Priolo, of the Northwood Fire Dept. Santa’s Helpers; and Jolene Levesque, FCCLA Vice-President fill stockings for local community members during the holidays.

During the month of December Coe-Brown’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), was very busy trying to give everyone a little bit of holiday cheer. To start, senior Lexi Arsenault, took the initiative and put together a Parents’ Night Out. This event was very helpful for parents, especially during the holiday season but it was also a great chance for parents to take a relaxing night out together. Lexi and everyone in FCCLA want to thank Cowabunga’s in Hooksett for letting the children and the FCCLA members use the facility. The FCCLA chapter also wants to thank Hannaford’s in Northwood for the donations of snacks for this amazing event. This was a great night for everyone!

CBNA FCCLA members were also involved with Santa’s Helpers for the town of Northwood this year. FCCLA teamed up with the Northwood Fire Department to put together stockings for less fortunate children in the community. Thanks go to Northwood Hannaford’s and Meyer Dentistry for their amazing donations and for being so supportive to this community endeavor. CBNA FCCLA would also like to thank Mrs. Priolo for providing us the opportunity to help local families in need.

Finally, FCCLA would also like to thank anyone that gives a donation to any type of cause. The size of the donation doesn’t matter, but the impact you’ll have on someone’s life will matter! Our chapter believes in the importance of strong families and strives to help our school and community in various ways throughout the year, because together we will make a difference! Be sure to watch for upcoming events as we are planning another Parents’ Night Out at CBNA in February! Feel free to contact Mandy Morales, FCCLA advisor at amorales@coebrown.org for more information or any needs in the community.

 

CBNA Chapter of FBLA Holds Induction Ceremony

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted its induction and officer installation ceremony at CBNA on November 4, 2015. Led by FBLA advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak, FBLA Officers welcomed guests and gave presentations regarding the Mission, Goals, Code of Ethics and History of FBLA. There was also information given about the CONNECT with FBLA project in which chapters are challenged to obtain sponsorships for their individual chapter activities. Members who were inducted or installed are as follows: President – Brittany Guilmette (senior); Vice-President – Meghan Percy (senior); Secretary- Nate Schroeder (sophomore); Event Coordinator – Derek Meyer (junior); Treasurer – Abigail Dupuis (junior); Historian – Ambar Mercedes (senior); Parliamentarian – Nicole Beaupre (senior); Reporters senior Kristina Mitchell and junior Caitlin Pitre as well as members at large seniors Megan Elwell, Brendan Fallon, Tayla George, Jared Nelson; juniors Summer Barnes, Steven Chase, Maddie Cillo, Emily Ketchum, Donald MacCallum, Chelsea McCallion, Mikayla Prina and Abby Zollman ; sophomore Amaya Newport and freshman Aiden Ahern. Refreshments were served. Congratulations to CBNA’s Future Business Leaders on their new members and on their enthusiasm for FBLA’s mission “to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”