CBNA Semi-Finalists in National Merit Scholar Program

CBNA Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program


CBNA seniors (from left) Ruby Carr and Shannon Jackson, Semifinalists in the 2020 Merit Scholarship Program.

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced that Coe-Brown seniors Ruby Carr and Shannon Jackson have been named Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  They join approximately 16,000 other Semifinalists nationwide in this annual program who were the highest scoring students in their states on the 2018 PSAT which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  Miss Carr and Miss Jackson, along with these other academically talented students, have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements including submitting a detailed application and essay to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  Over 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.  Congratulations to Ruby Carr and Shannon Jackson on this achievement.

Homecoming 2019

“It’s a really fun experience even if you don’t get hypnotized, you get to see your friends dance around,” Olivia Fontes, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior, said when asked about the annual hypnotist show by Steve Wonker that kicks off Homecoming each year.

Homecoming has been an annual event at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy for several years now, experiencing a revival a few years back. Each year Coe-Brown’s sports teams hold events for spectators, this year starting on Saturday with the Bass Fishing Team at 8 AM. Cross Country competes with Bow and Portsmouth High School at 9 AM, followed by both the Girl’s Junior Varsity and Varsity at 12 AM against Hanover High School. Boy’s Junior Varsity and Varsity begins at 3 PM, competing against Kennett High School, as the Girl’s Reserve Volleyball begins at 2:30 PM, with Junior Varsity starting at 3:45 PM, and Varsity at 5 PM against Gilford.

When asked about whether the Boy’s Varsity Soccer game against Kennett would be a quality match, center defensive midfielder, Jarred Pelletier, said, “I would say that you can’t go into any game underestimating your opponent. You always have to be ready for anything, you don’t know what players could have possibly been pulled up, and on top of that the conditions aren’t looking very good for Saturday so any little bounce could change the game”. Spectators can expect a new playing formation from the boys this year, “For the game hopefully it will work in our favor, against theirs,” Jacob Radwan, center attacking midfielder, commented and when asked about the future prospects of the team he said, “Yes we have high hopes this year. But a lot of hard work in training has to be done first to get to those goals”.

Homecoming also hosts a variety of different events for those not interested in viewing sports. FCCLA has a pancake breakfast at 8 AM. Clubs from around Coe-Brown will be hosting different events throughout campus and concessions will be offered.

The Homecoming Dance will be hosted by the Class of 2021 in the Gerrish Gym at 7 to 10 PM. Snacks, water, and goodies will be sold. “The Class of 2020 is selling handmade scrunchies,” said Ally Wheeler, a class officer for the Class of 2020.


– Anna Principato

Comedy Hypnosis Comes to CBNA

Steve Wronker Comedy Hypnosis appearing at CBNA on September 13

Steve Wronker’s Funny Business, a comedy hypnosis extravaganza, will arrive at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  Steve Wronker is a unique entertainer with a unique slant on the most hilarious, the most outrageous, and the funniest form of comedy available in today’s entertainment market, and the SWFB comedy hypnosis show is extremely different from any other hypnosis show available. Audience members become the stars of the show. A true entertainer, Steve puts audience volunteers into his show and orchestrates a program of absolute hilarity! With over 300 family friendly routines to choose from, no two shows are alike! The show is sponsored by CBNA Theatre and kicks off CBNA’s annual CBNA Homecoming. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at or at the door on the night of the show. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained when you attend Steve Wronker’s Funny Business at CBNA on September 13!