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 Students Compete in 2nd Congressional District Art Competition

Recently, a number of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students participated in the 35th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Second Congressional District.  They are as follows: from Barrington – Katherine Martel; from Northwood – Cassandra Barnhart, Ryu Kondrup, Lily Hunt, Sophia Menjivar, Billie Pingree, Julie Souryavong, and Sarah Turmel; from Nottingham – Kayleigh Bounds, Megan Elwell, and Kristina Seavey; from Strafford – Raven Barnes, Annabella Fasulo, Arianna Maker,  Jacob Pogorek and LilyGrace York. The exhibition, reception, and awards ceremony took place on Friday, May 6 at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord.  As a result of the competition, seniors Ryu Kondrup and Jacob Pogorek were recognized for their outstanding work by the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Ryu for his works Fluid Tricycle Dream, The Lost Roman and Phantom of the USS Squalus and Jacob for his works Frozen Fushia, Detachment and Neither Here nor There. Both students received scholarships of $1000 each to attend the Institute’s BFA program. Congratulations to all participants for their excellent work.

<em>The Lost Roman</em> by Ryu Kondrup, Gouache Painting

The Lost Roman by Ryu Kondrup, Gouache Painting

<em>Phantom of the USS Squalus</em> by Ryu Kondrup, Charcoal Drawing

Phantom of the USS Squalus by Ryu Kondrup, Charcoal Drawing

<em>Fluid Tricycle Daydream</em> by Ryu Kondrup, Acrylic

Fluid Tricycle Daydream by Ryu Kondrup, Acrylic

<em>Neither Here nor There</em> by Jacob Pogorek, Digital Photograph

Neither Here nor There by Jacob Pogorek, Digital Photograph

<em>Frozen Fushsia</em> by Jacob Pogorek, Digital Photograph

Frozen Fushsia by Jacob Pogorek, Digital Photograph

Jacob Pogorek, <em>Detachment</em>, Digital Photograph

Jacob Pogorek, Detachment, Digital Photograph

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.

 

Coe- Brown Students Recognized for 2016 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 these students’ 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 300 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards which New Hampshire students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were honored:

  • Gold Key: Brian Downer (Strafford)
  • Silver Keys: Braelin Ash (Northwood), Christie Clause (Barrington), Sydney Gast (Nottingham), Ben Healey (Nottingham), Ambar Mercedes (Strafford), Rachel Simmons (Barrington), Kennedi Stowell (Strafford)
  • Honorable Mentions: Kristina Seavey (Nottingham) (2), Nicholas Allsup (Northwood), Shayla Ashley (Strafford), Orion Clachar (Strafford), Christie Clause (Barrington), Alice Ewing (Nottingham), Sean Hooper (Barrington), Adah Keeney (Nottingham), Caroline Lavoie (Barrington), Katherine Martel (Barrington), Grace Mele (Northwood) Carter Rollins (Northwood)

On May 9, 2016, 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 Heritage Commons on the campus of Plymouth State University. In addition, every piece of writing which received a gold or silver key will be published in this year’s edition of Middle/High School Voices.  Congratulations to this next generation of writers.

CBNA to Offer College Credit for Entrepreneurship

Dr. JoAnn Zylak, a faculty member at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, has successfully completed the BizInnovator Teacher Certification and is now able to offer high school juniors and seniors University of Iowa college credit for completing the Entrepreneurship course, which can be transferred to other secondary educational institutions as necessary.

Developed by the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa, BizInnovator is a comprehensive online entrepreneurship curriculum that enables educators to teach the entrepreneurial mindset, encouraging creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving—and also to prepare students for success in their chosen career path.

This program is a key element in our initiative to promote Entrepreneurship to students at the local, state and national level. The University of Iowa tuition fee (over $1,000 value) has been waived and students simply pay a course fee of $150. The program is ideal for students who have a passion to pave new paths, create new things or solve problems. The Entrepreneurship course and Innovation software provides students with a framework to apply these interests to the world of business.

Local economies depend on an ongoing creation of successful new businesses. BizInnovator is a proven curriculum to provide our youth and young adults with the knowledge and confidence to be innovators for our community.

Another top priority is to boost student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.

BizInnovator compliments the STEM initiative, giving students the know-how to take achievements in STEM to market.

For more information about BizInnovator, please visit www.bizinnovator.com. Students seeking information about registering for the next Entrepreneurship course at CBNA, should see their Guidance Counselors or email Dr. Zylak for more information at jzylak@coebrown.org.

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

CBNA Students Earning College Credits

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy has established a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University through SNHU in the High School, a dual enrollment program allowing high school students to have the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Designated courses at CBNA have been aligned to meet the same content, rigor and learning outcomes as that of the University. The courses are taught by our high school teachers who have met SNHU adjunct faculty requirements and have been approved by the University. Presently, CBNA has four teachers, Walter Damon, Amy Usinger, Mark Struthers and David Zink-Mailloux, who are offering Calculus, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Science through this program. More teachers and courses are in the approval process.

In addition, Dr. JoAnn Zylak has completed the BizInnovator Teacher Certification and is now able to offer juniors and seniors college credit for Entrepreneurship through the University of Iowa. BizInnovator is a comprehensive online entrepreneurship curriculum that enables educators to teach the entrepreneurial mindset, encouraging creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving in preparing students for success in their chosen career paths.

CBNA is also in the process of allowing students to earn dual credit for classes through Great Bay Community College.

The advantage for students participating in these classes is that they are able to earn early college credit at a savings of more than 90% off regular college tuition. They also experience the academic requirements of university level courses, and establish official college transcripts that can be recognized and accepted by many other colleges and universities.