CBNA Theatre to Present Peter and the Starcatcher

Molly (left) played by Braelin Ash and Boy played by Mairead O’Shea in a scene from Peter and the Starcatcher at CBNA this week

Molly (left) played by Braelin Ash and Boy played by Mairead O’Shea in a scene from Peter and the Starcatcher at CBNA this week

March 14, 15 & 16, 2019

“When I was a boy, I wished I could fly.” So begins the story of the ingenious musical Peter and the Starcatcher being produced by the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre Program on March 14, 15 & 16, 2019, at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. The play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker and based on the novel by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry,  tells the exciting story of a young orphan and his mates who are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. The talented cast is lead by freshman Mairead O’Shea as Boy/Peter and senior Braelin Ash as Starcatcher Molly Aster. The rest of the ensemble features seniors Brian Downer, Mackenzie Flanders, Cooper Leduke, Mason Lobello, Lily Marston and Cody Peck; juniors Ruby Carr, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Ethan Meeker, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers and Lauren Rose; sophomores Alex Davidson, Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Ben Poirier, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant and freshmen Calvin Swett, and Caleb Yates. The production stage manager is junior Madison Bowen. Faculty member Elizabeth Lent directs, with assistance and choreography from Ms. Kolby Hume. Music direction is by Mr. Colby Baker.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors and are available through For further information email or phone the school at 603-942-5531.



CBNA FBLA Volunteers

CBNA FBLA members serving at New Horizons Soup Kitchen - left to right: Riley Smith, Hailie Holland, and advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak

CBNA FBLA members serving at New Horizons Soup Kitchen – left to right: Riley Smith, Hailie Holland, and advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak

Members of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), along with their advisor Dr. Joann Zylak, recently volunteered at the New Horizons Soup Kitchen in Manchester serving food to homeless housed at the shelter over the holidays and were also able to donate five boxes of food donated by the CBNA community.  FBLA members were also able to donate a number of donated/collected items including clothes, blankets, toys, shoes and boots to Angie’s Shelter for Women in Manchester as part of the FBLA goal of helping the community.


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy High School Information Nights

Coe-Brown Northwood 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 parents make their decisions about where to send their children to high school. The night will include an information session presented by the Administration and Guidance, opportunity to ask questions, as well as a tour of the campus. The Northwood/Strafford Night will be Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 and the Nottingham/Barrington Night will be Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 in the Gerrish Gym (main building).

CBNA Forensics Students Remotely Access Electron Microscope

Students seated at lab tables learning about forensics

Students, from left Jacob Rich, Emma Tobbe, and Olivia Roach, looking at forensic samples on a conference call with Mrs. Nancy Cherim of the UNH Instrumentation Center.

Recently, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Forensics students had the opportunity to remotely access a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) courtesy of the University of New Hampshire’s Instrumentation Center through the collaboration of science faculty member Mrs. Tiffany Thompson and Mrs. Nancy Cherim, an Analytical Instrumentation Scientist at UNH. Forensic students and science faculty members had the opportunity to submit forensic samples to be analyzed. Through a video conference call with Mrs. Cherim, students were able to examine and measure the size of many different samples such as dog hairs, human hair, and other plant and animal specimens. From this opportunity, students were able to experience what is like to be a forensic scientist in the real world and see the difficulty in matching hair evidence to a single person or animal.


CBNA Theatre Students to Present Love’s Labor’s Lost October 25, 26, 27, 2018

From left – Ferdinand (Cooper Leduke), Berowne (Brian Downer), Longaville (Aiden Schutte), and Dumain (Connor Nowak) swear an oath for no fun, food or females in CBNA Theatre’s production of Love’s Labor’s Lost

From left – Ferdinand (Cooper Leduke), Berowne (Brian Downer), Longaville (Aiden Schutte), and Dumain (Connor Nowak) swear an oath for no fun, food or females in CBNA Theatre’s production of Love’s Labor’s Lost

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present William Shakespeare’s romantic romp, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 25, 26 & 27, 2018, at 7 PM, in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  One of Shakespeare’s early comedies, this adaptation is set in Navarre High School, circa 1999. The story concerns four students, led by Ferdinand, who swear oaths of no fun, no food and no females in order to focus on their studies, and ask a bunch of other students to do the same. However, when four young ladies led by the Princess of France, come for a visit, they (of course) break those oaths by falling in love, writing poetry and disguising themselves as Russians (What???).  Witty wordplay, misdirected love notes, tricks, the prom and the course of true love ensue.  The cast includes seniors Braelin Ash, Shayla Ashley, Brian Downer, Mackenzie Flanders, Cooper Leduke, Lily Marston, Paige Marston, Olivia Roach; juniors Emily Dallaire, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers, Lauren Rose, Eva Turcotte; sophomores Mary Katherine Patteson, Ben Poirier, Clayton Price, Aiden Schutte, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant and freshmen Sabrinalin Jeffers, Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett and Caleb Yates. Production stage manager junior Madison Bowen will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Love’s Labor’s Lost to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance and choreography from faculty member Kolby Hume. Reserved tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and are available at For further information, call 942-5531, ext. 237, or email Hope to see you there.



Comedy Hypnosis Comes to CBNA

Steve Wronker Comedy Hypnosis appearing at CBNA on September 14

Steve Wronker’s Funny Business, a comedy hypnosis extravaganza, will arrive at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Friday, September 14, 2017, at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  Steve Wronker is a unique entertainer with a unique slant on the most hilarious, the most outrageous, and the funniest form of comedy available in today’s entertainment market, and the SWFB comedy hypnosis show is extremely different from any other hypnosis show available. Audience members become the stars of the show. A true entertainer, Steve puts audience volunteers into his show and orchestrates a program of absolute hilarity! With over 300 family friendly routines to choose from, no two shows are alike! The show is being sponsored by CBNA Theatre and kicks off CBNA’s annual CBNA Homecoming. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at or at the door on the night of the show. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained when you attend Steve Wronker’s Funny Business at CBNA on September 14!



CBNA to Host Run to Fall 5K

Run to Fall 5K LogoThe annual Run to Fall 5K, a student-organized event that benefits the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Cross Country Program, will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 10:00 am. This race will held on the beautiful and unique championship  CBNA Cross Country course. Along with the 5K, there will be a 2.5K walk held at the same time, and immediately after the race there will be a 400-meter kids’ fun run. There are many great awards to be won. A number of door prizes and raffle prizes will also be offered throughout the day. Registration forms and more information about this event can be found at  Race day registration is also an option and will begin at 8 am at the track on the CBNA Campus. (Free shirts for the first 125 entries.) Hope you can join us for a fun filled day at the Run to Fall 5K.


Five CBNA Students Selected for 2018 Advanced Studies Program

CBNA Headmaster David Smith is pleased to announce that five Coe-Brown Northwood Academy juniors, Shayla Ashley, Brian Downer, Sydney Newman, Holly Magowan, and Cooper Leduke have been accepted into the highly selective St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program this summer.

Each year, St. Paul’s opens its doors to the most highly qualified juniors in New Hampshire’s public high schools for an intensive, five-week program of study. Through a competitive application process, students are selected to attend this program which runs for five weeks during the summer. Students live on campus and have an opportunity to study one topic in depth, as well as participate in a wide variety of activities and athletics during their stay.

Congratulations to these talented and highly qualified students.

Baccalaureate Awards 2018

The following awards were presented by the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Board of Trustees at Baccalaureate on Tuesday, June 22:

















THE HEADMASTER’S SCHOOL SERVICE AWARD: Emma Dubois, Brady Johnson, Danielle Landry, Isabelle Lupinacci, and Nicholas Sanderson.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE ALL FOUR YEARS: Isabelle Feenstra, Zachary Helm and Casey Szmyt.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE SENIOR YEAR: Taylor Bettencourt, Timothy Bowen, Emily Cunningham, Derek Elwell, Sydney Gast, John Grygiel, Joseph Herbert-Morello, Josiah Hinrichsen, Olivia Husted, Courtney Snow, and Hailey Stevens.

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS FOR ACHIEVING HONOR ROLL STATUS ALL FOUR YEARS: Emma Arsenault, Alicia Baratier, Raven Barnes, Maxim Begin, Taylor Bettencourt, Sandra Black, Jaelyn Brooks, Paul Colson, Emily Cunningham, Domminique Depianti, Emma DuBois, Sarah Dupuis, Derek Elwell, Isabelle Feenstra, Sydney Gast, Sydney Ho-Sue, Brady Johnson, Nina-Marie Laramee, Olivia Lee, Isabelle Lupinacci, Erik Nelson, Amaya Newport, Margaret Norman, Kayla Pollak, Alyssa Reiff, Victoria Sheridan, Garrett Skidds, Julia Sommer, Kathryn Spadafora, Hailey Stevens, and Caitlyn Ustaszewski.

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS FOR ACHIEVING HONOR ROLL STATUS FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE TERMS THEIR SENIOR YEAR: Emily Anderson, Bailey Arnold-Fuchs, Haley Arnold-Fuchs, Erin Boodey, Timothy Bowen, Suzannah Buzzell, Sydney Carney, Sarah Doiron, Aidan Fillion, Jocelyn Gagnon, Spencer Goad, Julia Greene, Jordan Haddock, Hannah Halka, Joseph Hebert-Morello, Cora Hodgdon, Danielle Landry, Emily Lentz, Kathryn Levesque, Jacob Lock, Shemrey Lussier, Trevor Massingham, Eleanor McDonough, Alexander Mercedes, Cailinn Monahan, Maxwell Nowak, Nicole Rogier, Caleb Rollins, Allison Rose, Nicholas Sanderson, Nathanial Schroeder, Faith Shiere, Courtney Snow, Jacob Spainhower, Drew Stevens, Evan Tanguay and Lindsay Wright.



Coe-Brown Announces Top Ten Graduates

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is proud to announce the top ten graduates for the Class of 2018.

The Valedictorian for the class of 2018 is Sandra Black, daughter of Tracy and David Black of Nottingham.  During her high school career Sandra has been a member of the Varsity Bass Fishing and Tennis teams. Sandra has also been a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society including both being both a Regional and State Thespian Officer, the Art Club, student government and she participated in Poetry Out Loud for all four years. Sandra has been accepted to Gordon College with a Presidential Scholarship, Simmons College with a Presidential Scholarship, and the University of New Hampshire with a Presidential Scholarship and the Hamel Scholarship. Sandra has decided to attend UNH with a major in social work.

The 2018 Salutatorian is Sarah Dupuis, daughter of Richard and Melanie Dupuis of Barrington.  While at Coe-Brown, Sarah has been a member of the National Honor Society, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and Peer Helpers as well as being a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams and a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team. Sarah will be attending Sacred Heart University in the fall to study nursing.

The remaining top ten graduates are listed in alphabetical order:

Raven Barnes, daughter of Daniel and Dale Barnes of Strafford has been a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, Peer Helpers, the National Art Honor Society, FCCLA the Writing Center and the Math Team. She has also been a member of the Varsity Cross Country team.  Raven has been accepted to UC Berkley, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Illinois Institute of Technology, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston University with an intent to study aerospace engineering,

Paul Colson, of Strafford, son of Casey Colson, Mary Broadstone and the late Burton Broadstone, has been a member of the CBNA Math Team during his years at CBNA. He will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall to study electrical engineering and computer systems.

Olivia Lee, daughter of Kenneth Lee and the late Sandra Lee of Strafford, has been a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the Math Team, the Swim Team, CBNA Writing Center, Project Search and the Russian/Greek Club while a student at CBNA. Olivia has been accepted to UNH and to Middlebury College where she plans to attend to study either Russian or Spanish.

Alyssa Reiff, daughter of Bonnie and Gary Reiff of Nottingham, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society, FCCLA, Peer Helpers, the Writing Center, and Student Government during her years at CBNA. Alyssa plans to attend Messiah College to study Sociology and Anthropology.

Victoria Sheridan, daughter of Kori and Max Sheridan of Barrington, has participated in CBNA school life by being a member of the CBNA Writing Center, Student Government, FCCLA, National Honor Society, the Ping Pong Club and the Vegetarian Club during her years at Coe Brown. She has been accepted at Hofstra University, Stetson University, University of New Haven, University of Tampa, Ithaca College and George Mason University.  Victoria has selected Ithaca College for her studies next year and will major in history with a minor in anthropology.

Garrett Skidds, of Barrington, son of Christine Skidds, Vilay Skidds and Steve Skidds, has been a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society, the CBNA Math Team and the CBNA Writing Center. Garrett will be attending the University of Rhode Island to study cellular and molecular biology in his post-secondary life.

Julia Sommer, daughter of Rhoda and David Sommer of Northwood, has participated in Project Search, the CBNA Writing Center and the International Thespian Society during her years at Coe-Brown. Julia plans to attend the University of New Hampshire to double major in acting/directing and women’s studies when she returns to school in the fall.

Hailey Stevens, daughter of Jamie and Harley Stevens, Jr. of Northwood has been involved with Peer Helpers, Project Search, the National Honor Society and the New Hampshire Scholars Program while at CBNA. Hailey has been accepted to Colby Sawyer College, the University of Vermont, the University of Maine, the University of New England, St. Joseph’s College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the University of New Hampshire. Hailey has chosen to attend UNH to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in the field of Nurse Practitioner.

In addition, the CBNA Class of 2018 consists of 149 students scheduled to receive diplomas on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 6:30 pm. One hundred and fifteen of these students will be recognized as honor graduates and 24 are members of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the class of 2018.