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.

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.

 

 

CBNA Sophomores Selected in VFW Voice of Democracy Contest

CBNA Voice of Democracy winners from left to right: third place winner Alice Ewing, second, place winner Taeva Ahern, first place winner Olivia Farrar with Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW.

CBNA Voice of Democracy winners from left to right: third place winner Alice Ewing, second, place winner Taeva Ahern, first place winner Olivia Farrar with Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW.  This year 64 Coe-Brown students participated in this annual VFW speech and writing competition.  Coordinated through Mr. Daniel Barnhart of the Northwood VFW Post 7217, sophomore students in Mrs. Biery’s English classes submitted their audio and written essays based on this year’s topic “My Responsibility to America.”  At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Olivia Farrar with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition.  Second and third place winners Taeva Ahern and Alice Ewing also received monetary prizes.  Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

 

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.

 

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.