CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Event


On Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym, twenty CBNA students will participate in this year’s Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Poetry Out Loud school contest as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the NH Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. This program is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The CBNA winner will advance to the regional competition. New Hampshire’s champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

CBNA Chapter of NHS Inducts New Members

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) recently inducted 41 new members to this prestigious national organization. In order to obtain membership into NHS, students must first have a cumulative GPA of 90 or above. Students who meet this rigorous scholarship requirement then have an opportunity to complete an application detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.  Once the application process is complete, students’ applications are reviewed by a panel consisting of administration and faculty members and then student scholars are invited to become members based on the panel’s recommendations. The 2019 Induction Ceremony was led by NHS President senior Elizabeth Libby and Officers seniors Celia Fogarty, Lauren Best and Mary Thoms.  Assistant Headmaster Caryn Lasky provided remarks as the guest speaker for the event and adviser Mr. David Daigle presented awards.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 2019-2020 National Honor Society.

New members include Jennifer Bettencourt, Katherine Blake, Amelia Brackett, Emily Buehne, Morgan Burnap, Aislin Burt, Hogan Cain, Ruby Carr, Charlotte Cleaver, Addison Cox, Corinne Fernald, Carter Ford, Madeline Griegel, Porter Heigis, Nathaniel Huckins, Shannon Jackson, Owen Judge, Raymond Lapiejko, Allison Mackey, Sarah Marsh, Hayleigh McNeil, Tessa Millette, Emily Morris, Robert Morrison, Angelise Moss, Riley Mulligan, Isabel Myers, Emma Naves, Kira NealBurk, Olivia Noni, Connor Nowak, Samuel Patteson, Matthew Ramstrom, Brenna Roy, Sarah Souliere, Darin Sweet, Drusilla Szatko Natalie Tate, Lian Welch, Valentina White, Jordan Whittier, and Emma Zollman. These inductees join the other NHS members Codi Boheen, Jaden Boulanger, Benjamin Brieger, Shane Cameron, Riley Colby, Addison Craven, Lauren Curtin, Thomas Daly, Madison Kriete, Evan Lentz, Katherine Messenger, Ryan Nester, Madison Tortorella- Lewis, Kathleen Roach, and Alexandra Wheeler. Congratulations to all of the members for their scholarship, leadership, service and character.

CBNA Students Selected in VFW Voice of Democracy Contest

2019 CBNA Voice of Democracy winners (from left) Amelia Brackett, Ellie Wolthuis, Heather Farley, Emily Buehne, Charlotte Cleaver, and VFW Representative Mr. Daniel Barnhart.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW.  Coordinated through Mr. Daniel Barnhart of the Northwood VFW Post 7217 and faculty member Mrs. Kathy Biery, students in several English classes submitted their audio and written essays based on this year’s patriotic theme “What Makes America Great”.   At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Charlotte Cleaver with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition.  Second and Third place winners Amelia Brackett and Ellie Wolthuis and Honorable Mentions Heather Farley and Emily Buhene all received monetary prizes.  Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual theme. Congratulations to our local winners.

Parent Information Night



Coe-Brown Academy will be holding Information Nights for parents who are interested in learning more about the school. Although these nights are focused on Strafford, Northwood, Nottingham, and Barrington anyone is welcome to attend either night. This is an opportunity to learn more about the curriculum and what programs are available at Coe-Brown as families make their decisions about where to send their children to high school.  The night will include an information session, an opportunity to ask questions, and a tour of the campus.  The Northwood/Strafford Night will be Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 and the Nottingham/Barrington Night will be Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 in the Gerrish Gym (main building).


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.

Coe-Brown Announces Top Graduates of The Class Of 2019

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is proud to announce the top graduates of the Class of 2019.

Emma Tobbe, Valedictorian's senior picture

Emma Tobbe, Valedictorian

The Valedictorian for the class of 2019 is Emma Tobbe, daughter of Jennifer and John Tobbe of Northwood.  During her high school career Emma has been a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team and the Math Team. Emma has also been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, the Science/Robotics Club and theatre. Emma has been accepted to North Carolina State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Lehigh University and the University of New Hampshire.  She plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

Kelsey Pine, Salutitorian's Senior Picture

Kelsey Pine, Salutitorian

The 2019 Salutatorian is Kelsey Pine, daughter of Ericka and Richard Pine of Strafford.  While at Coe-Brown, Kelsey has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), the Writing Center, and the Cross-country, winter and spring track teams. Kelsey has been accepted to the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Simmons University, Saint Anselm College, Colby-Sawyer College, and the University of New England. She has elected to attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study nursing.

The remaining top graduates are listed in alphabetical order:

Shayla Ashley

Shayla Ashley

Shayla Ashley, daughter of Sean and Susan Ashley of Strafford has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, FCCLA, the Writing Center, Poetry Out Loud and the International Thespian Society. She has also been a member of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. Shayla has been accepted to UNH, Hofstra University, Brandeis University, and Boston University, and will be attending Boston University in the fall to major in English Education.

Shaelyn Bedell

Shaelyn Bedell

Shealyn Bedell, daughter of April and Michael Bedell of Strafford, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), the Student Athlete Leadership Team and the Varsity Soccer team during her years at CBNA. Shealyn has been accepted to Rhodes College with a presidential scholarship, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of New Hampshire with a presidential scholarship. She will be attending Rhodes College with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish.

Alice Ewing

Alice Ewing

Alice Ewing, daughter of Emily and Nathaniel Ewing of Nottingham, has been a member of the Pep and Jazz Bands, Creative Writing Club, the Quiz Bowl Team, the Robotics Team, the Math Team, CBNA Today (school newspaper), the Debate Club, and Project SEARCH while a student at CBNA. Alice has been accepted to Colby College, Colgate University, American University, St. Lawrence University, and University of Vermont-Honors College. She plans to major in International Relations.

Ian Gollihur

Ian Gollihur

Ian Gollihur, son of Jeannine and Andrew Gollihur of Northwood, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society, the Boys’ Volleyball team, the Writing Center, Student Government, Amnesty International, CBNA Today and Project SEARCH during his years at CBNA. Ian has been accepted to McGill University, the University of Vermont, Saint Anselm College, UNH, University of Maine Orono and plans to double major in political science and psychology most likely at the University of Vermont.

Guilermo Alexandre Gomez

Guilermo Alexandre Gomez

Guillermo Gomez, son of Jennifer and Kenneth Sommerer of New Boston, has participated in CBNA school life by being a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Polyglot Club during his time at Coe Brown. He has been accepted at Georgia State University, Husson University, Michigan State University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the University of New Hampshire.  Guillermo has selected Husson University for his studies next year and is planning to major in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Colby Hoffman

Colby Hoffman

Colby Hoffman, son of Joanne Thomas Hoffman of Nottingham, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the CBNA Math Team, Student Government, and the Boys’ Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. Colby has been accepted to UNH, UMaine, URI, UConn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and intends to major in engineering at either UConn or Rensselaer.

Paige Marston

Paige Marston

Paige Marston, daughter of Christine and Philip Marston of Barrington, has participated in Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse, Select Choir, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Peer Helpers, All-State Music Festival, and All-State Chamber Music Festival during her years at Coe-Brown. Paige has been accepted to Worcester State University, University of New Hampshire, Sacred Heart University, Alvernia University and plans to study Occupational Therapy at Worcester State University in the fall.

Maria Ortiz

Maria Ortiz

Maria Ortiz, daughter of Melissa Gonzales and Juan Ortiz of Strafford, has been involved with Spanish National Honor Society, Chemistry Society, Project SEARCH, and Concert Band while at CBNA. Maria has been chosen to study mechanical engineering and has been accepted to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Norwich University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire.

Megan Wimsatt

Megan Wimsatt

Megan Wimsatt, daughter of John and Cathleen Wimsatt of Northwood, has been a member of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Student Athlete Leadership Team, FFA and was named a NH Student Athlete Scholar during her years at Coe-Brown. Megan has been accepted to the University of New Hampshire, the University of New England and the University of Maine. Her post-secondary plans are to attend UNH with a major in biology.

In addition, the CBNA Class of 2019 consists of 169 students scheduled to receive diplomas on Friday, May 26, 2019, at 7 pm. One hundred and thirty-five of these students will be recognized as honor graduates and 26 are members of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the class of 2019.


CBNA Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Noah's Flood - Oil on Canvas Board, by Fiona O'Shea

Noah’s Flood – Oil on Canvas Board, by Fiona O’Shea

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy junior Fiona O’Shea of Nottingham received top honors in the 37th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Second Congressional District.  Her oil on canvas board painting entitled Noah’s Flood will be framed and will be on display in the tunnel connecting the congressional delegation to the Capital in Washington, DC beginning in June, 2019 through May, 2020. Other CBNA Students participating in the competition were Madelynn Peabody of Barrington; Nicholas LaMontagne, Alyssa Hill, Brianna Jackson, Eva Roy and Megan Wimsatt of Northwood; Emily Dallaire of Nottingham; and Morgan Burnap, Christa Clery, and Sragvi Nomula of Strafford.

The exhibition, reception and awards ceremony for all participants in the Second  Congressional District was held at the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord. Congratulations to all participants for their amazing works of art.