CBNA FFA Much-To-Do Chapter Attends Annual State Convention

CBNA FFA State Convention Delegates 2018

CBNA FFA State Convention Delegates 2018

Mr. Charles Whitten receiving the FFA Connor Memorial Outstanding Teacher/Advisor Award for 2018

Mr. Charles Whitten receiving the FFA Connor Memorial Outstanding Teacher/Advisor Award for 2018

Twenty members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do Chapter of FFA, and their advisors Mrs. Sarah Ward and Mr. Charles Whitten recently attended the 88th State FFA Convention for student recognitions in CDEs (Career Development Events), SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experiences), Proficiencies (excellence in a particular field or area of agriculture done on their own time), Scholarships, State degree recipients and other special recognitions, held at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. The convention, themed “Activate Change, Spark Passion” featured a speech by National Central Region FFA Vice-President, Piper Merritt and a keynote address by Glenn Lucas of Northwoods Law who shared what his life is like as NH Game Warden. He also talked about the importance of communication and leadership. The following recognitions were awarded to CBNA students: Chapter Delegates: Madeleine Lounsbury and Colin Gollihur; Chapter Nominating Committee Member: Joe Garcia; Chapter Courtesy Corps: Ashely Gatchell and Ben Peverly; Chapter Representative: Madeleine Lounsbury. State Officer Candidate Sarah Jensen was elected FFA State Treasurer for the upcoming school year 2018-2019. Samantha Schroder was awarded the Eastern State Exposition Scholarship of $1000, as well as the $500 FFA Foundation Scholarship.

The SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experiences) Awards were as follows: Star SAE, Entrepreneurship – Matthew Messenger – Gold, 2nd place and John Renner-Silver, 3rd place; Star SAE, Placement Gold, 2nd place to Courtney Gervais, Silver, 3rd place to Colin Gollihur and Bronze, 4th place to Patrick Murray. An Outstanding Chapter Officer Award went to Sarah Jensen.

Proficiency Awards went to the following students: in Dairy Production, Entrepreneurship – Winner Gold – Olivia Pittman. In Nursery Operations – Winner Gold – Faith Wilson; in Ag Sales – Gold, 2nd place – Madeleine Lounsbury; in Div. Livestock Entrepreneurship – Gold, 2nd place – Joe Garcia; and in Equine -Silver, 3rd place Jordan Bell.

The CDE (Career Development Event) results were as follows: the Ag Sales and Service Team consisting of Breanna Demerritt, Molly Swansburg, Patrick Murray, and Tucker Hill received second place overall; in Demonstrations Senior Division Devin Sullivan placed first overall; the Floriculture-Team consisting of Sarah Jensen, Molly Swansburg, Breanna Demerritt and Madeleine Lounsbury placed fourth overall. Sarah Jensen received first -first place individual in Floriculture; in Floral Design Mixed Media Design, Sarah Jensen earned Best in Show and Molly Swansburg was in second place overall. The Forestry Team consisting of Devin Sullivan, Elizabeth Parece, Daydrian Morin and Tyler Millette placed third overall. The Nursery/Landscape Team of Devin Sullivan, Matt Messenger, John Renner, and Colin Gollihur was second overall with Devin Sullivan in second place high individual. In the Impromptu Speaking-Novice Division Kirin Asselin placed second overall. In addition to all the student recognition, Mr. Charles Whitten was recognized with the Connor Memorial Outstanding Teacher/Advisor Award. Congratulations to the CBNA FFA Much-To-Do chapter for its outstanding showing on the state level.

 

CBNA FFA Much-To-Do Chapter Students Recognized at Banquet

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do Chapter of FFA, active for more than 60 years, held its annual banquet on Friday, March 30. This event, presided over by Sarah Jensen current FFA President, was a banquet for members and their families to celebrate FFA achievements by members during the school year. CBNA student members of FFA, a co-curricular student organization for those who are interested in agriculture and leadership, and one of the three components of agricultural education, were honored with the following awards: Greenhand Degree: Eric Taylor (Nottingham), Ryan Bane (Strafford), Eden Yurek (Deerfield), Jared McHugh (Northwood), Mason Shoup (Strafford), Celia Leighton (Strafford), Makayliah Waterhouse (Strafford), Ben Peverly, (Northwood), Sydney Jacques (Strafford), Kody Bates (Northwood), Ashley Gatchell (Northwood), Tucker Goodwin (Strafford), Kirin Asselin (Candia), Samantha Schroeder (Strafford), Kieran Taylor (Barrington), Kennedi Stowell (Strafford), and Jacob Hobart (Northwood). Chapter Degree: Willow Tritter (Northwood), Tucker Hill (Northwood), Molly Swansburg (Strafford), Luke Belbin (Strafford), Joe Whiting (Northwood), Jackson Boucher (Strafford), Elijah Tomlinson-Burrell (Northwood), Daydrian Morin (Nottingham), Dakota McPhee (Northwood), and Courtney Gervais (Northwood). Honorary Membership: Mrs. Amanda Morales, Family and Consumer Studies Teacher. Leclerc FFA Jacket Recipients: Sydney Jacques (Strafford), Olivia Pittman (Northwood) and Ashley Gatchell (Northwood). Proficiency Awards: Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Maintenance: Ben Peverly (Northwood); Agricultural Sales and Services: Madeleine Lounsbury (Northwood); Beef Production: Matthew Messenger (Strafford); Dairy Production Entrepreneurship: Olivia Pittman (Northwood); Dairy Production Placement: Courtney Gervais (Northwood); Diversified Horticulture: Devin Sullivan (Northwood); Diversified Livestock: Joe Garcia (Strafford); Equine Science Placement: Jordan Bell (Nottingham); Nursery Operations: Faith Wilson (Loudon); Outdoor Recreation: Patrick Murray (Northwood); Small Animal Care and Production: John Renner (Strafford). Star Awards: Star Greenhand: Samantha Schroeder (Strafford); Star Farmer: Joe Garcia (Strafford); Star Placement: Madeleine Lounsbury (Northwood); Star Agribusiness: Olivia Pittman (Northwood). The new officer team for the 2018 – 2019 school year is as follows: President: Bailey Travers (Deerfield); Vice-President: Joe Garcia (Strafford); Secretary: Jordan Bell (Nottingham); Treasurer: Colin Gollihur, (Northwood); Reporter: Courtney Gervais, (Northwood); Sentinel: Patrick Murray, (Northwood); Historian: Tyler Millette (Barrington). Congratulations to all of these award winners for their accomplishments and for keeping FFA alive at CBNA.

 

CBNA FFA Greenhand Ceremony (L to R) President Sarah Jensen, Vice-President- Madeleine Lounsbury, Member Celia Leighton, Secretary Bailey Travers, member Ben Peverly, Kody Bates, Ryan Bane, Eric Taylor, Jerod McHugh, Kirin Asselin, Sydney Jacques, Samantha Schroeder and Ashley Gatchell.

FFA State President and CBNA Alum Sydney Wilson presenting Patrick Murray with his proficiency in Outdoor Recreation.

FBLA Week at CBNA

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will be celebrating FBLA Week during the week of February 4 through the 10th. FBLA members are America’s future leaders in our community. The group participates in five activities throughout the year -Professional Development; fundraising for attendance to workshops, socials/networking, and State Leadership Conferences; civic activities locally; social/networking activities to connect education with businesses/government; and service—helping local businesses with getting THEIR work done while learning at the same time. Activities through the week will include awareness about wellness & fitness on Monday, Feb. 5. Students can pay $5 to enter and get a chance to win a gas gift card at the end of the week, get fit and help the Make a Wish Foundation at the same time. Members will also be collecting unperishable items for a food drive to help those in need, even though the holidays are over. Items can be dropped off during the week at CBNA to help with this effort. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, some FBLA members will be going to area schools to talk about the “Future” Future Business Leaders of America and how younger students can get involved with the organization. Wednesday, Feb. 7, will bring a presentation on the Opioid Crisis and awareness in CBNA’s Library from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm. All Career and Technical Student Organizations will be in attendance. On Thursday, Feb. 8, the group will celebrate FBLA Awareness Day. Members will wear blue and gold and distribute FBLA flyers and applications, and on Friday, Feb. 9, the winner of the Wellness/Fitness Challenge will be announced and members plan to end the week with a pizza social. If you have any questions about this organization, want more information, or just want to learn more about FBLA, contact Dr. Zylak –
jzylak@coebrown.org at CBNA or our State and Local Officer, senior Nathaniel Schroeder for details.

CBNA FFA Chapter Attends FFA Winter Leadership Camp

CBNA FFA Members stand together at the FFA Winder Leadership Camp

CBNA FFA Members at the FFA Winter Leadership Camp. Left to right: Front Row: Courtney Gervais, Bailey Travers, State President Sydney Wilson (CBNA Class of ’16), Elizabeth Parece, Ashley Gatchell
Back Row:  Tucker Hill, Patrick Murray, Colin Gollihur, Tyler Millette, and Joe Garcia

Members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do FFA chapter, along with advisors Charles Whitten and Sarah Ward, recently attended FFA Winter Leadership Camp, a two day camp focused on Personal Growth and Leadership Skills, presented by Corey Flournoy, former National FFA President and the New Hampshire State FFA Officer team. Located at Camp Brookwoods in Alton, NH, FFA members from across the state gathered together to learn more about themselves in order to learn the skills necessary to grow to be better agriculture leaders.  Students participated in individual, small group and large group activities and to learn life skills in cooperation, sharing, role modelling and more. The students truly enjoyed this experience because it gave them an opportunity to meet with other FFA members across the state in a non-competitive atmosphere helping to foster friendships and future agricultural connections.

 

CBNA Landscaping Class Plants Donated Tree

CBNA Landscaping students (left to right) Matt Messenger, Colin Golihur, John Renner, Devin Sullivan, and Sarah Jensen plant tree donated by Patuckaway Nursery.

CBNA Landscaping students (left to right) Matt Messenger, Colin Golihur, John Renner, Devin Sullivan, and Sarah Jensen plant tree donated by Patuckaway Nursery.

Mark & Carol Davis of Pawtuckaway Nursery in Lee, NH recently donated a Japanese Maple to Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The tree, which was planted in the Science Building entry way garden by the CBNA Landscaping class on December 5, 2017, is a “Spring Delight” which has cascading threadlike leaves with soft green leaves and pinkish red margins in the spring, turning vivid green in the summer and assorted orange hues in the fall.  It will be approximately 7-10’ when mature. For the last two years, the Davis family has also donated interesting specimen trees – a weeping hemlock and a weeping tamarack – which are planted on the grounds of Smith Hall on the CBNA campus. Thank you to Mark and Carol Davis for their generosity, and for helping CBNA maintain and sustain its beautiful grounds.

 

 

CBNA FBLA Attends Fall Leadership Workshop

CBNA FBLA students at State Leadership Conference left to right: Sarah Souliere, Matthew Ramstrom, Jacob Bisson and Jiaxuan (Alma) Li.

Members of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), along with their advisor Dr. Joann Zylak, recently attended the annual Fall Leadership Workshop held at Southern New Hampshire University.  There were many presentations including an address from an entrepreneurial student from Franklin Pierce University and presentations by NH State FBLA Officers, including CBNA senior and state officer Nate Schroeder, speaking passionately about their statewide projects for the year. There was also a presentation of chapter awards, installation of state officers, and a workshop that allowed all New Hampshire members to network with each other. The keynote address was given by Manchester fire fighter and paramedic Chris Hickey, whose successful Safe Stations project in Manchester is leading the fight against the Opioid crisis on both the local and national levels.

 

CBNA FFA has a Successful Day at the Deerfield Fair

#1 CBNA FFA Forestry Team shows off their awards at the 2017 Deerfield Fair

#2 The CBNA Dairy Judging Team after winning third in the state at the 2017 Deerfield Fair.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do FFA Chapter had a very successful day at the recent 2017 Deerfield Fair Career Development Event. This is an annual event that FFA Chapters from all over New Hampshire attend to compete in areas such as Forestry, Safe Tractor, Floral Design and Dairy Evaluation. The CBNA Forestry team took first place overall with top individual recognitions going to students in the following categories: Cross Cut: First Place:  Riley Gadtke, Tyler Millette, Joseph Whiting and Elizabeth Parece; Second Place: Dakota McPhee, Faith Wilson, Jacob McHugh, and Patrick Murray; Third Place: John Renner. Cole Hodgdon, Danny Gallant, and Daydrian Morin. Log Rolling: First Place:  John Renner and Cole Hodgdon; Third Place: Ryan Bane and Collin Gollihur. Wood Split: First Place:  Luke Belbin. Bow Saw: Second Place: Devin Sullivan and Luke Belbin. Pulp Toss: Third Place: Patrick Murray and Jacob McHugh. The Safe Tractor Team did well with Ben Peverly taking Fourth Place in individual and the team of Peverly, Caleb Rollins and Paul Bane taking Second in the state in that event. The Horticulture Team also did well, with the team of Molly Swansburg and Faith Wilson in Second Place, Anna Prescott-Nichols and Madeleine Lounsbury placing Third and Sarah Jensen and Kennedi Stowell placing Fifth. Rounding out the awards was the Dairy Judging Team of Samantha Schroeder, Eden Yurek, Molly Swansburg, and Ashley Gatchell, which took Third Place in the state. Congratulations to all.

 

 

 

CBNA Students Work With Spectrometers in Conjunction With UNH

CBNA students Lindsay Wright (Right), Sydney Ho-Sue (Left) work with a spectrometer on loan from the University of New HampshireRecently, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students had the opportunity to use two UV-Vis Spectrometers on loan from the University of New Hampshire’s Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education Advancing Science Program through the collaboration of Ms. Tiffany Hatstat and UNH professor Dr. Stephen Hale. Using this instrumentation, Ms. Hatstat’s and Mr. Gregory Samuel’s Chemistry students were able to perform two experiments. The first experiment was a forensic spectroscopic analysis of simulated crime scene samples to determine the hypothetical cause of death for student written murder mysteries. In the second experiment, students synthesized aspirin samples and spectroscopically determined the purity of their aspirin products. As a result of having access to this type of instrumentation, students were able to experience what is like to be a scientist in the real world and how science does not always have predicted outcomes.

 

CBNA Student Receives 2017 DEKALB Agricultural Award

CBNA senior Ryan L. Graeme the 2017 recipient of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment AwardRyan L. Graeme, 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.

Graeme, the son of Rebecca Gowitzke of Northwood, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience.  Some of Graeme’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included National Bronze Placing Horse Evaluation Team, Chapter Vice-President, and award winning Forestry team for three years at CBNA. Mr. Graeme is under the supervision of Sarah Ward and Charles Whitten, agricultural education instructors at CBNA.

This year the, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 70th anniversary. Over these 70 years, more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence in agricultural education.  As the 2017 winner of this award, Graeme’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 Participate in Congressional Art Competition  

 

Congressional Art Award winning photograph Naturally Formed Bottom Half of Frosty by CBNA senior Curtis Lashon to be displayed for the next year in Washington, D.C.

Congressional Art Award winning photograph Naturally Formed Bottom Half of Frosty by CBNA senior Curtis Lashon to be displayed for the next year in Washington, D.C.

The following 16 Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students recently participated in the 35th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Second Congressional District: from Barrington – Sarah Doiron; from Northwood – Nicolas LaMontagne, Curtis Lashon, Mabel Mackey, Emily Marie, Aimee Mason, and Sarah Turmel; from Nottingham – Shannon Jackson, Raven Barnes, Maeve Kibbie, and Serena Poulin; from Strafford – Emelia Cronshaw, Rebekah Hinrichsen, Olivia Lee, Brielle Macleod, and Fiona O’Shea . The exhibition, reception, and awards ceremony took place on Friday, May 12 at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord.  The first place award was presented to CBNA senior Curtis Lashon for his photograph entitled: Naturally Formed Bottom Half of Frosty.  The color digital photograph will be framed and will be on display in the tunnel connecting the Congressional Delegation in Washington, DC. beginning in June, 2017 through May, 2018. In addition, several students received scholarship offers from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  Seniors Emelia Cronshaw, Sarah Turmel, and Curtis Lashon were offered BFA Scholarships, while junior Sarah Doiron, and sophomore Serena Poulin each received summer workshop scholarships. Congratulations to all.