CBNA Freshman Wins Statewide Writing Contest

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that freshman Ian Gollihur has won first place in the One Pen Can Change the World writing contest which allows New Hampshire students the opportunity to submit essays about their ideas about justice. His moving essay titled American Hypocrisy placed first of all student essays submitted by students from throughout New Hampshire. This contest is sponsored annually by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire (NWPNH) which is based at Plymouth State University. Mr. Gollihur will be honored at a celebration which will be held on Thursday, April 7 at the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies. Congratulations to this very talented student writer.


Fernald Dairy Farm Visits CBNA


CBNA FFA member Molly Detrude with Mr. Fernald and dairy calf

Recently, the CBNA Chapter of FFA hosted John Fernald of Fernald Dairy Farm, Nottingham, NH. Mr. Fernald, a 1999 graduate of Coe-Brown and former CBNA FFA spent three periods with the Animal Science classes at Coe-Brown sharing his experiences and thoughts on dairy farming.  Students learned about his family’s traditional farming style, feed for dairy animals and the biosecurity of milk products.  During his visit he also shared dairy products of milk and ice cream with the students and brought a two week old calf with him for students to visit with.  Mr. Fernald was with his wife, Heather, who has the distinction of being the 2015 NH Young Farmer of the Year award recipient.



CBNA Theatre to Present The Fantasists and The Tempest March 3, 4 & 5

Tempest Tshirt design finalCBNA Theatre will present two short plays, The Fantasists by Randy Wyatt and an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, on March 3, 4 and 5 at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy campus. In the first selection, The Fantasists, two young wizard-storytellers compete to become Fantasists—honorable illusionists whose stories come to life. In the stories there is a prince, an evil ice queen, a formidable snow lion, a rambunctious sun wolf and the Gnome-Who-Lives-in-a-Lake-but-Doesn’t-Know-Why. But as perky Floriad and win-at-all-costs Somnia, forced to work together in their final test, see their tale (hilariously) fall apart, it will take every storytelling twist the acolytes know—and a few smuggled in from their mentors—to get through this ultimate battle of magic and storytelling. The cast includes seniors David Coe, Jessica Cooper; and Isaac Guzofski; juniors Arianna Jones and Andrew Leas; sophomores Sandra Black, Erin Boodey, Zachary Helm, Nina Laramee, Alex Mercedes, Cailinn Monahan, Julia Sommer and Courtney Snow; and freshmen Braelin Ash, Mackenzie Flanders, Olivia Roach, and Madison Rollins. The other selection, The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last play, combines elements of mystery, romance, intrigue, broad comedy, magic, and music. A usurped duke named Prospero and his now adolescent daughter have made an almost-abandoned island their home, along with a fairy named Ariel and a half-human slave, Caliban. Prospero uses magic to conjure a storm to bring his usurping brother and his cohorts to the island, with magical and fantastic results. Included in the cast of this selection are seniors Janais Axelrod, Damian May, Jared Neal, Emily Therrien, and Ryan Wadleigh; juniors Cassandra Barnhart, Lauren Burrows, Joseph Guptill, and Kelsey Wallace; sophomores Kayla Pollak, Alyssa Reiff and Allison Rose; and freshmen Brian Downer, Ian Gollihur and Cooper Leduke. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance from faculty member Kolby Hume. Production stage manager is junior Kayla Cates. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available after February 29, by calling 942-5531 ext. 237, by email –, or at the CBNA main office. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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

CBNA FCCLA Chapter Provides Holiday Cheer

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CBNA FCCLA President Nicole Hodgdon; Sandy Priolo, of the Northwood Fire Dept. Santa’s Helpers; and Jolene Levesque, FCCLA Vice-President fill stockings for local community members during the holidays.

During the month of December Coe-Brown’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), was very busy trying to give everyone a little bit of holiday cheer. To start, senior Lexi Arsenault, took the initiative and put together a Parents’ Night Out. This event was very helpful for parents, especially during the holiday season but it was also a great chance for parents to take a relaxing night out together. Lexi and everyone in FCCLA want to thank Cowabunga’s in Hooksett for letting the children and the FCCLA members use the facility. The FCCLA chapter also wants to thank Hannaford’s in Northwood for the donations of snacks for this amazing event. This was a great night for everyone!

CBNA FCCLA members were also involved with Santa’s Helpers for the town of Northwood this year. FCCLA teamed up with the Northwood Fire Department to put together stockings for less fortunate children in the community. Thanks go to Northwood Hannaford’s and Meyer Dentistry for their amazing donations and for being so supportive to this community endeavor. CBNA FCCLA would also like to thank Mrs. Priolo for providing us the opportunity to help local families in need.

Finally, FCCLA would also like to thank anyone that gives a donation to any type of cause. The size of the donation doesn’t matter, but the impact you’ll have on someone’s life will matter! Our chapter believes in the importance of strong families and strives to help our school and community in various ways throughout the year, because together we will make a difference! Be sure to watch for upcoming events as we are planning another Parents’ Night Out at CBNA in February! Feel free to contact Mandy Morales, FCCLA advisor at for more information or any needs in the community.


CBNA Chapter of FBLA Holds Induction Ceremony

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted its induction and officer installation ceremony at CBNA on November 4, 2015. Led by FBLA advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak, FBLA Officers welcomed guests and gave presentations regarding the Mission, Goals, Code of Ethics and History of FBLA. There was also information given about the CONNECT with FBLA project in which chapters are challenged to obtain sponsorships for their individual chapter activities. Members who were inducted or installed are as follows: President – Brittany Guilmette (senior); Vice-President – Meghan Percy (senior); Secretary- Nate Schroeder (sophomore); Event Coordinator – Derek Meyer (junior); Treasurer – Abigail Dupuis (junior); Historian – Ambar Mercedes (senior); Parliamentarian – Nicole Beaupre (senior); Reporters senior Kristina Mitchell and junior Caitlin Pitre as well as members at large seniors Megan Elwell, Brendan Fallon, Tayla George, Jared Nelson; juniors Summer Barnes, Steven Chase, Maddie Cillo, Emily Ketchum, Donald MacCallum, Chelsea McCallion, Mikayla Prina and Abby Zollman ; sophomore Amaya Newport and freshman Aiden Ahern. Refreshments were served. Congratulations to CBNA’s Future Business Leaders on their new members and on their enthusiasm for FBLA’s mission “to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”

CBNA Science Club Has Successful Balloon Launch

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CBNA science students prepare the payload for their recent successful balloon launch.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Science Club, working in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire Project SMART summer program, the Project SMART outreach program (CBNA, Londonderry High School and Timberlane High School) and Dr. Tony Phillips’ Earth to Sky Calculus program based in California had successful balloon launches on Saturday, November 23, 2015. The East Coast Project Smart and the Earth to Sky Calculus program have developed a cooperative venture to launch balloons simultaneously from the West and East coasts carrying payloads to measure difference in the radiation levels at the edge of the atmosphere between East and West. East Coast students and their advisors launched two balloons near New London, NH starting with the first release at 10:37 am on Saturday, November 23. The flights lasted about two hours reaching 102,000 feet – the edge of space.  CBNA’s team recovered the California team’s payload near Steep Falls, Maine on Saturday afternoon. CBNA also recovered its payload near Freeport, Maine on the afternoon of Sunday, November 24, caught high in a tree, making recovery difficult. The chase for recovery involved over 500 miles of driving throughout the weekend. This novel flight was commissioned by Dr. Peter Bloser from UNH for the purpose of flying a prototype scintillator that is being developed for use on spacecraft. The results from that part of mission are still being processed by the group from Londonderry High School.  The CBNA team did an outstanding job on the flight line. The camera bay design, release mechanism, and flight vehicle were CBNA’s primary responsibility. This flight resulted in some of the highest quality images of the edge of space obtained yet by a CBNA mission. Congratulations to all of these talented student scientists.

We invite you to watch the following video with captioned images and video clips that highlight the experience:

CBNA Chapter of FBLA Attends Fall Leadership Workshop

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FBLA Chapter members attend Fall Leadership workshop at SNHU

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FBLA Chapter members attend Fall Leadership workshop at SNHU

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) connected with other FBLA chapters in NH, at the 44th Annual Fall Leadership Workshop, an all-day event, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University on October 22, 2015.

Students attended a presentation on FBLA Leadership, as well as a presentation by Kent Julian, President of who encouraged the students there to take 100 percent ownership of their lives. Students also participated in team building activities and a workshop with Robin Organ who started an organization called Project Green Schools, a group that encourages schools to “go green” and help to make the Earth a better place to live.

FBLA members from CBNA who attended were seniors Brittany Guillemette, Megan Percy, Nicole Beaupre, Brendan Fallon, Megan Elwell, Tayla George, and Jared Nelson; juniors Steven Chase, Caitlyn Pitre, Derek Myers, Summer Barnes, Abigail Dupuis, Amanda Bolduc, Mikayla Prina, Chelsea McCallion, Emily Ketchum, and Maddy Cillo and sophomores Drew Stevens, Nate Schroeder, and Amaya Newport.


CBNA FCCLA Chapter to Host Parent’s Night Out

Attention all busy parents needing to get some Christmas shopping done! Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) chapter will be hosting a “Parent’s Night Out”, on December 12,, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Cowabunga’s Indoor Playground in Hooksett, NH. The members of FCCLA are qualified for childcare, and are planning fun activities for all the children. The cost is $10 which includes a $2 donation going towards the FCCLA Chapter. Senior Alexis Arsenault is organizing the event as her Senior Portfolio Project. Please RSVP as soon as possible to either or Mandy Morales at (603) 942-5531 ext. 141.

CBNA FFA Members Help Clean up Land in Northwood

CBNA FFA chapter members and town volunteers prepare to clean up town property on Olde Canterbury Road in Northwood.

CBNA FFA chapter members and town volunteers prepare to clean up town property on Olde Canterbury Road in Northwood.

On November 5, 2015, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FFF “Much-To-Do” Chapter members, along with local volunteers and town officials helped to clean up a town owned piece of property near Olde Canterbury Road in Northwood, NH that was heavily littered with tires, trash, wood and other debris. The town is trying to clean the land to improve the environment in the area, as well as so that the property can be sold. One of the missions of FFA is to do community service that benefits the community in regards to its natural resources. Students learn valuable lessons in recycling, land value, personal skills in community responsibility with regards to safety, as well as helping restore aesthetics to their community. FFA members involved with the project included Sydney Wilson, Anna Prescott-Nichols, Shayne Henry, Jason Palmer, Clayton Canfield, Emery Travers, Ryan Graeme, Sam Whitehouse, and advisor Sarah Ward. Volunteers from the town of Northwood included Town Administrator Joe Gunter, Town Representative Tim Jandebeur, the Porcella Family and employees of North Ridge Construction and Tucker Docko of Docko Excavation. Students will be returning at a later to continue to help continue the process as there is still a great deal of work still to do.