CBNA Scholastic Writing Awards 2020

CBNA Students Recognized for 2020 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 700 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards that New Hampshire students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were honored:

Silver Keys— Carrie Colley (Northwood), Emily Dallaire (Nottingham), Colin Gier (Nottingham), Samara Kern (Strafford), Emma Larson (Concord), John Zhang (2) (Nottingham)

Honorable Mentions – Hunter Adams (Northwood), Seamus Baker (Nottingham), Rowan Carr (Nottingham), Carly Clemmer (Northwood), Lily Dunagin (Northwood), Nathaniel Ford (Strafford), Allie McGuigan (Northwood), Angelina Rene (Northwood), Sydney Smith (Strafford), Elizabeth Weiss (2) (Deerfield)

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 Scholastic Art Awards 2020

Seventeen CBNA Students Representing 35 Works of Art Receive Statewide Recognition in

The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire 2020


The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Visual Arts Department is pleased to announce that the following students have received recognition in The 2020 Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire Competition – An Affiliate Partner of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. Thirty-five pieces of art work by 18 CBNA students are among the 1222 pieces of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Award winning student works on display beginning Tuesday, January 22 through Saturday, February 16 at the Stockbridge Theater on the campus of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.  The exhibition is open to the public during events in the theater (Check Stockbridge Theater website dates and times during the exhibit).  An awards reception will take place in the theatre on Sunday, February 16.  Students in grades 7-9 will be honored at a ceremony beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by grade 10-12 at Noon.  The exhibition will close at 2 PM on that day


Coe-Brown Student recipients are as follows:



Name (Grade) Award Title
Destiny Bartlett Blaisdell (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Internal Dialogue
Alexis Call (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Rusty
Honorable Mention Award – Photography Water
Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio Photography Portfolio
Madelynn Peabody (10) Silver Key Award– Printmaking Hugo!
Honorable Mention Award– Drawing & Illustration Tales
Gabs Hendershot (10) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Before the Leaves Fall
Honorable Mention Award– Printmaking Terracotta Orange



Name (Grade) Award Title
Carolina Colley (10) Silver Key Award – Mixed Media Losing Pieces
Natalie Groves (11) Honorable Mention Award – Printmaking Layers
Misaki Kondrup (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Dragon Fly
Mabel Mackey (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Chai
Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio Chicken Photography
Morgan McPhee (11) Silver Key Award – Drawing & Illustration Evil Heaven
Kiara Summers (10) Gold Key Award – Photography The Birth of Sarah



Name (Grade) Award Title
Emily Dallaire (12) Gold Key Award – Painting Always Burning
Silver Key Award – Painting Maddie, 19
Silver Key Award – Drawing & Illustration Ripple
Silver Key Award – Painting Okay
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing All Around Me
Silver Key Award – Portfolio Portraits
Anna Principato (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Gradient
Jordan Trahant (11) Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration Colors of the Mind



Name (Grade) Award Title
Morgan Burnap (11) Silver Key Award – Photography Low Tide Sunsets
Honorable Mention Award – Photography Gradient in Granite
Honorable Mention Award – Photography Tropical Waters
Amelia Edmonds (10) Silver Key Award – Photography Nebulous
Lillian Farley (12) Silver Key Award – Drawing & Illustration Reflective Cactus
Sragvi Nomula (10) Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration Braid of Flowers
Honorable Mention Award – Painting Blissful Summer Day
Fiona O’Shea (12) Gold Key Award – Painting LOVING
Gold Key Award – Painting Burning
Gold Key Award –Painting Cross Yourself
Gold Key Award – Drawing & Illustration Blinded
Silver Key Award – Painting Blood Oranges
Silver Key Award – Drawing & Illustration Hyacinthine Apollo
Silver Key Award – Portfolio Portraits with Plants


VFW Announces NH Voice of Democracy Scholarship Winner from CBNA

VFW Announces New Hampshire Voice of Democracy Scholarship Winner from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Concord, NH. – Ellie Wolthuis, a sophomore at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in Northwood, NH, was named the VFW Department of New Hampshire’s first-place winner in the 2019-2020 Voice of Democracy Scholarship program. VFW Post 7217 in Northwood, NH, sponsored Ellie. 

“The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school students with the opportunity to speak out on freedom and democracy,” says VFW Department Commander Christopher Peirce “The program has been popular and successful since its beginning in 1947, and we’re proud to keep offering it to America’s young people.”

 The Voice of Democracy is a worldwide audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on a patriotic-based theme. “What Makes America Great” was this year’s theme. 

As one of 53 finalists worldwide, Ellie Wolthuis will travel to Washington, D.C., and compete at the national level for the first-place prize of a $30,000 college scholarship. 

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves with regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2.1 million in scholarships every year.

Should I Get a Yearbook?

Whether it’s your freshman year or the last time you’ll ever be in high school again, school yearbooks capture multiple memories over the years. Here’s the top fourteen reasons you should buy a yearbook! 

  1. Remember your friends and teachers when you were at school.
  2. It’s a collectible; a piece of history.
  3. An entire year’s worth of memories are in one book.
  4. Look back at what you were wearing and what the biggest trends were–and maybe wonder what you were thinking!
  5. In years to come, you can prove that you went to school with a famous person.
  6. When you have a school reunion in the future, see if people followed their ‘In 10 years time I’ll be…’ ambitions.
  7. In the future, enjoy looking back and getting nostalgic. A yearbook is a memory book too.
  8. Future children will laugh at the changes in generations.
  9. A piece to smile, laugh and reminisce with down the road.
  10. A cherished piece if a life is suddenly lost.
  11. It can stand the test of time, unlike the digital world that changes consistently.
  12. It’ll be more valuable to you when you are older.
  13. It is about you; YOU are in it!
  14. Celebrate the achievement of finishing school with the excitement of receiving your yearbook!

The last day to order your CBNA 2019-2020 yearbooks is Friday, January 24. There is no guarantee that books will be available after this date. All yearbook orders automatically include the 32 page spring supplement, which includes spring sports, Prom, Spring play and concert, graduation and Baccalaureate. Supplements are completed over the summer. To order, use the link on the Coe-Brown website ( See Prof Clauss or Mrs. Biery if you have any questions.


– Lauren Best

Jumanji: The Next Level: A Review

Over vacation, my sister and I went to go see Jumanji: The Next Level, and I have to say that this movie was better than the first. Now, I’m not going to spoil any scenes or any big plot, I’m only to say that you should go see it for yourself. 

The first Jumanji introduces the magical board game that unleashes a world of adventure. When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of—Jumanji—they’re immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose; gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji—you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves—or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

The second movie has a twist to it. It’s years later and all the group is in college doing their own thing. All of the characters enter back into the world of their video game. When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, his pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken—and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there’s more obstacles and more danger to overcome. New characters are added into the mix, and help the new characters learn and develop personally. 

After watching the second movie, it’s pretty clear that people need to watch the first to understand some of the things that happen. Both movies are not separate, and the concepts and ideas are similar. The second movie doesn’t forget the first, but it also creates a new meaning for the characters with a fast-moving plot. 

Jumanji: The Next Level has already made $311.9 million in the box office since its release date December 13. In the local area, show dates and times can be found on,,, and


-Lauren Best

Why the Soda Can Design is Flawed

Imagine, you are at a party. Your mouth is dry and you feel a strong thirst hang over you. You decide to go to the party’s designated drink container and pick up a cold root beer. You pinch the oh so familiar tab and push down, hearing the crisp snap of the can opening. You purse your lips to the aluminum can and start to drink the sweet carbonated beverage inside.

This is a common scenario among many individuals. That urge to open a cold carbonated drink and taste your preferred brand or flavor. This is why the soda can has become a main staple in culture, since the invention of aluminum cans in 1959. But even if it’s the norm, it doesn’t prevent the design from being flawed. There are numerous problems with our modern day soda cans. This isn’t about how they are bad for the environment or if they have health drawbacks. This is about how from a design stand-point, soda cans are flawed. 

If you look over at the beer and alcohol industries, you will know the iconic beer bottle design. The long smooth cylinder body with the stalk at the top, covered with a bottle cap. If you don’t know by now, the stalk at the top is supposed to be held, not the body. This design choice was made to help prevent your hands from getting cold, but more importantly to keep the drink cool. Now you can start to see the soda can design start to crumble. Without the stalk or even a handle, you are forced to hold the can and deal with holding the cold beverage and your hand heating it up. Some would suggest wearing gloves or a piece of cloth, but not everyone has those readily available. 

There is also the issue of drinking the beverage. If you look at the top of the can, you will notice the hole from which you drink from is not on the rim of the can. Older cans do have their opening on the rim, so what is the issue? Well after drinking a sufficient amount of the beverage, the remaining liquid always gets caught swirling around the rim as you desperately try to drink what’s left. This is why so many cans always has a little bit of drink still left inside. 

There is also the issue of a soda can that has the top and bottom bulging outwards. This is caused by the soda freezing, causing the water molecules to expand and take up more space resulting in the two ends to bulge out. This causes a double-edge sword occasion to occur. If you want to keep you soda extra cool, you run the risk of making it impossible to place it down (bringing up the first problem) or having a much warmer drink instead.

Of course this doesn’t matter in the long-run. A soda is a soda, no matter the container. This is more of just an overview of how even the most iconic of objects can look silly from a design standpoint. No matter what way you drink your soda we can all agree it’s a perfect party-time drink and to be fair were not thinking about how poorly designed a drink can is. We just want a drink.

Ian Helm

Do you like the likes?: Opinion

Instagram is a very popular social networking site.  In June of 2018 Instagram had one billion active users (statista), and in November the company announced users in the US can expect to see likes soon disappear. This has caused some disagreement. Not everyone is happy with this decision, but I think it would  be kind of cool. You will be able to see your own likes, but no one else can see them. It shows that you’re not worth the amount of likes you get on your selfie. Now sure you may want to see how many likes Kylie Jenner is getting, but is it really that important? Didn’t think so. People are very opinionated when it comes to their social media and no one likes new updates. 

The only reason someone would be upset over Instagram getting rid of likes would be popularity. It is 2020, I thought we were past that, but I guess not. I do not think people really care and look at how many likes their peer gets on their pictures. I think it will be beneficial because some people get self conscious about their amount of likes on their pictures. I think it will look cool without the likes. It will definitely be something to get used to, but I know we can all do it. Change is hard and the new look will be different, but later down the road, everyone will be so used to it that they won’t notice it anymore. Megan Edgecomb, a senior at Coe-Brown did not know about this topic until I introduced it to her. She is impartial about Instagram getting rid of likes. She said, “I don’t really care about likes but I’m confused about what other people will see. Under the picture instead of saying the likes what will it say?” She doesn’t care about seeing people’s likes and she doesn’t care about people seeing her likes. 

Makayla DeButts, also a senior at Coe-Brown hates the idea. She said, “I think it will be weird. I don’t think it will look good. I don’t know why they would change it so drastically.  I think it will be good to get rid of the popularity factor, but other than that I am not a fan.” Many people do not feel very strongly towards Instagram getting rid of likes, but I honestly think it will be good to change it up. I think no likes will be good to make people feel more comfortable.

People will be willing to post more and feel more comfortable. And this is just because people will not see their likes. I think this is very good for people who have anxiety because only they  will see the amount of likes and no one can make fun of them for having a low number. I think Instagram getting rid of likes will be very beneficial and I think it is a good idea. Not many people agree but I believe it will ease some people’s minds. Even if people do not like the idea I think once it happens they will like it. 

Sydney Feenstra

Friends: The One Where They Leave Netflix

Hopefully you put finding a new series to rewatch endlessly as your New Year’s resolution because Friends  Netflix left on January 1, 2020. In the new year, Friends will only be available on HBO Max, the new HBO centric streaming service and a new rival for Netflix. HBO Max will have complete control over the 236 episode TV series and plans to launch sometime in the spring of 2020. 

This is not the first time something similar to this has happened, in 2018 it was announced that Friends would be removed from the streaming platform. “The Friends move from Netflix was expected after the streaming giant paid producers Warners $80 million to $100 million to continue to have the former NBC hit for all of 2019,” (Hollywood Reporter). 

If you are unfamiliar with Friends, the happy-go-lucky sitcom features six twenty-something adults played by David Schimmer who plays Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston who plays Rachel Green, Courtney Cox who plays Monica Geller, Matthew Perry who plays Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow who plays Phoebe Buffay, and Matt LeBlanc who plays Joey Tribbiani. The tune of “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, plays at the beginning of every episode. Set in the late 90s-early 2000s, this TV show is a fun spin on how young adults cope with relationships, jobs, and life in general. Launched on September 22, 1994, Friends is comprised of ten seasons, the last ending in 2004. With WarnerMedia revoking Netflix’s license to the 90s sitcom, the public outrage is culpable. 

I asked several Coe-Brown Northwood students about their feelings on the matter and I was not surprised to hear about their anger. “Heartbroken. Like my lifeline is being taken away and put on another platform. Its injustice.” Lily Libbey, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior, said when asked for her opinion. Adeline Leifer echoed her opinion when she said, “Friends is literally my favorite, (I) watch it everyday.” Many people have some extreme opinions on this move from Netflix to HBO Max,  “It sucks (because) my uncle changed his HBO password and we can’t borrow it anymore” said Emily Anderson, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior. She further elaborated her feelings on this matter by saying, “I tend to watch Friends when I do my homework, it’s not a distraction unless I want it to be.”

HBO Max will feature other classics such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pretty Little Liars, and several other HBO movies. Several other shows are set to be featured on HBO Max such as Game of Thrones, the fantasy drama series, Barry, the show about a hitman turned actor, and Euphoria, the glossy-teen drama. New movies such as A Star Is Born (2018), the reboot of the 1937 film, Joker (2019), the comic-book based origin story of the notorious villain Joker, and some old favorites like The Conjuring (2013) or Happy Feet (2006). Described on their website as “Original, groundbreaking & award-winning entertainment is yours, anytime, anywhere” (HBO Max), this platform will launch off May 2020.

Anna Principato