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.



CBNA FFA Chapter Members Honored at Awards Banquet

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Chapter of FFA recently held its award banquet to honor recipients at the various levels of achievement in FFA. The recipients are as follows: Greenhand Degree Recipients: Alissa Ames, Colin Gollihur, Cole Hodgdon, Matthew Messenger, Patrick Murray, John Renner, Kelsey Pease, Meghan Wimsatt, Elizabeth Parece, Curtis Corson, Courtney Gervais, Hannah Mattson, Elijah Tomlinson-Burrell, Dakota McPhee, Daydrian Morin, Daniel Gallant, Jackson Boucher, Zac Fraser, and Cody Blades. Chapter Degree Recipients: Alissa Ames, Colin Gollihur, Cole Hodgdon, Matthew Messenger, Patrick Murray, John Renner, Elizabeth Parece, Curtis Corson, Hannah Mattson, and Daniel Gallant. Honorary Chapter Degree Recipient: Assistant Headmaster, Ms. Caryn Lasky. To earn a Chapter Profinciency Award, a student must excel in a particular area of expertise. Entrepreneurship means that they own their project and placement means that they work for someone else. Chapter Proficiency Awards were awarded to: Nicole Anthony- Small Animal Production- Placement; Luke BelbinForage Production- Placement; Preston Bethke Specialty Animal Production- Placement; Zac Fraser- Home and Community Development- Entrepreneurship; Joe Garcia- Sheep Production-Entrepreneurship; Daniel GallantAgriculture Sales- Placement; Courtney Gervais- Specialty Animal Production- Placement; Ryan Graeme- Home and Community Development- Placement; Nick Jensen- Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance- Placement; Madeleine LounsburyAgricultural Sales- Placement; Kelsie PittmanGoat Production- Entrepreneurship; Devin Sullivan- Diversified Horticulture- Placement; Hunter Tetu Forage Production-Placement; Elizabeth Ward-Specialty Animal Production- Entrepreneurship; Faith Wilson Landscape Management- Placement. Star Awards represent the best among FFA Degree Recepients. These students have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research. Star Awards went to the follpwing students: Star Greenhand Colin Gollihur; Star Chapter Farmer Joe Garcia; Star Agricultural Placement  Preston Bethke; and Outstanding Service Award- Ryan Graeme. Congratulations to all award winners.

CBNA FFA Much-to-Do Chapter Announces State Convention Award Recipients

Members of the CBNA FFA Much-To-Do Chapter attend the 2017 State Convention with their advisors Mrs. Sarah Ward (right) and Mr. Charles Whitten (left)

At the recent State FAA Convention held at held at the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH on April 6-8, 2017, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FFA’s Much-To-Do Chapter received a number of State Awards and Recognitions. In the category of SAE Recognition (second year members only),  Olivia Pittman received a Gold Runner up in Entrepreneurship; Joe Garcia received silver third place in Entrepreneurship; and Madeleine Lounsbury received silver third place in Placement.(In Entrepreneurship the student owns the project. In Placement, the project is in a workplace.) Proficiency Awards went to Faith Wilson, a Gold Runner up in  Nursery Landscape Placement for working for her father’s landscaping business and Sydney Wilson who was the State Winner in Agriculture Sales and Service for working at a Farmer’s Market. State Degree Recipients were Preston Bethke, Ryan Graeme and Hunter Tetu. In Career Development Events the team consisting of Faith Wilson, Ryan Graeme, Preston Bethke, Devin Sullivan, Nicole Anthony, Sarah Jensen and Madeleine Lounsbury placed third in Nursery and Landscaping. The team consisting of Joe Garcia, Olivia Pittman, Baily Travers, and Paul Bane received second place in Agriculture Sales and Service with the high individual on the team Joe Garcia in third place. In Forestry, the team consisting of Faith Wilson, Hunter Tetu, Ryan Graeme, Tyler Millette, Dan Gallant and Daydrian Morin took fourth place. In Career Skills- Freshman & Sophomore Level, freshman Colin Gollihur took third place individual. Students who also participated in Career Development Events who did well but did not place included Elizabeth Ward in Animal Welfare, Sarah Jensen in Creed Speaking, and Paul Bane in Chapter Display. Chapter Delegates that were selected are Sarah Jensen and Paul Bane, and Madeleine Lounsbury was selected as a Nominating Committee Member. Congratulations to all the state award winners.