Coe-Brown Announces Top Ten Graduates of the Class of 2020

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is proud to announce the top ten graduates of the Class of 2020.

Evan Lentz, Valedictorian

The Valedictorian for the class of 2020 is Evan Lentz, son of Lisa and James Lentz of Northwood.  During his high school career Evan has been a class officer and a member of the student council. He has also been a member of the Math Team, National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society, and Project Search. Evan has been accepted to Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of New Hampshire.  He plans to attend Northeastern University with a combined major in Chemical Engineering and Physics.

Hazel Dellario, Salutatorian

The 2020 Salutatorian is Hazel Dellario, daughter of Amanda and Christopher Dellario of Nottingham.  While at Coe-Brown, Hazel has been a member of Concert Band, Writing Center, Math Team and the Nottingham Computer Club. Hazel has been accepted to the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Simmons University, Colgate University, St. Francis Xavier University, Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has elected to attend RPI in the fall to study Biological Neuroscience on a Pre-Med track.

The remaining top graduates are listed in alphabetical order:


Codi Boheen

Codi Boheen, daughter of Erica Boheen of Strafford, has been a member of National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), the Writing Center, Peer Helpers, the Math Team, and the CBNA Swim Team.  Codi has been accepted to the University of Connecticut, the University of Rhode Island and the University of New England. She will be attending UConn in the fall entering the six-year accelerated pharmacy program there.

Ben Brieger

Benjamin Brieger, son of Mike and Karen Brieger of Northwood, has been a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, the CBNA Cross Country and Baseball teams and the CBNA Math Team.  Benjamin has been accepted to Bentley University, Bryant University, the University of New Hampshire, and Endicott College. He will be studying Finance at Bentley University when classes resume in the fall.

Addison Craven

Addison Craven, son of Chip and Cathy Craven of Strafford, has participated as a member of the Math Team, Project SEARCH, the Writing Center, National Honor Society, CBNA Today (school newspaper) and the Boys’ Volleyball team while a student at CBNA. Addison has been accepted to Wake Forest University, Bentley University, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, and the University of New Hampshire. He plans to attend UNH in the fall to major in Information Systems and Business Analytics.

Lauren Curtin

Lauren Curtin, daughter of Nancy and Michael Curtin of Strafford, has been a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, Writing Center, Student Athlete Leadership Team, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Basketball during her years at CBNA. She has been accepted to Seton Hall University, Sacred Heart University, Quinnipiac University, Worcester State University, the University of New England, Clarkson University, and the University of New Hampshire. Lauren intends to study Occupational Therapy at UNH in the fall.

Hunter DeCota

Hunter DeCota, son of Jason and Kendra DeCota of Strafford, has been a member of the CBNA Baseball Team during his years at CBNA. Hunter intends to pursue a career in construction and to continue his employment at Ag Structures, L.L.C. after graduation.

Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson, daughter of Jack and Andrea Jackson of Nottingham, has been a member of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Jazz Choir and the Writing Center. She has been accepted to McGill University, Wellesley College, Reed College, Brandeis University, Skidmore College, American University, Fordham University, and the University of New Hampshire. Shannon intends to study at McGill University in the fall, starting as a second year with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies.

Mirah Johnston

Mirah Johnston, daughter of Izabella Linsky and Daniel Johnston of Nottingham, has participated in the Jazz, Women’s and Select Choirs, Concert Band, French National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and the Writing Center during her years at Coe-Brown. Mirah has been accepted to Boston University with a full tuition scholarship and intends to study Vocal Performance at the BU College of Fine Arts and English at the BU College of General Studies.

Katie Messenger

Katherine Messenger, daughter of Greg and Michelle Messenger of Strafford, has been involved with the Varsity Soccer and Varsity Softball teams, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), the Writing Center, Peer Helpers, and the Student Athlete Leadership Team while at CBNA. Katherine has been accepted to the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Rhode Island, and Endicott College. She plans to study Biomedical Engineering at URI in the fall semester.

In addition, the CBNA Class of 2020 consists of 175 students scheduled to receive diplomas this year. Ninety-five of these students will be recognized as honor graduates and 30 are members of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the class of 2020.

CBNA Theatre Students to Present Radium Girls March 12, 13 & 14


CBNA Theatre Students to Present

 D.W. Gregory’s Radium Girls March 12, 13 & 14, 2020


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will present the drama Radium Girls March 12, 13 and 14, 2020 at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage – until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, the play offers an unflinching look at American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.  The company of 26 actors, playing more than 40 roles, is led by seniors Lauren Rose as Grace Fryer and Patrick Helm as Arthur Roeder, Grace’s former employer at the US Radium Corporation. Other cast members include seniors Katherine Blake, Ruby Carr, Emily Dallaire, Olivia Fontes, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, and Rylee Rogers; juniors Alex Davidson, Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Igor Stojkov, Darin Sweet, and Jordan Trahant; sophomores Mairead O’Shea and Calvin Swett; and freshmen Emberlynn Connor, Christopher Helm, Sam Marcotte, Sierra McGahey, Allie McGuigan, and Christopher Reed. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Reserved tickets are available at Contact or 603-942-5531 ext. 237 for more information.

CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Event


On Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym, twenty CBNA students will participate in this year’s Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Poetry Out Loud school contest as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the NH Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. This program is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The CBNA winner will advance to the regional competition. New Hampshire’s champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. This event is free and open to the public.

Senior One Act Plays

After the closing of their recent musical, Cinderella, the CBNA theatre program has promptly gotten back to work. Their new endeavor: Senior One Acts. The One Acts consist of one scene with up to six characters, all directed by seniors. Some are, in fact, senior projects.

I have had the pleasure to interview one of the student directors, Caitlin Reynolds, who’s piece is called Jumping by William Borden, and features a man (played by: Calvin Swett, grade 11) who has just been cheated on by his wife and is about to jump off a bridge when a woman (played by: Ruby Carr, grade 12) approaches him and tries to force her political views onto him, evidently causing them to fall in love. 

Caitlyn says she chose this piece because it, “Really speaks to her,” has a good message, and shows us that, “There is still love in this world.” She says she knows her actors very well and when reading the piece she saw them playing the characters. She says she can’t wait to see it all come together and is very excited for the final show. She also says that although she didn’t choose to do this as her senior project, she has wanted to direct one of the one acts since she was a freshman. Her stage manager, freshman Cassandra Clery, is equally as excited. 

Along with Jumping, there are four additional one acts. Medieval Medicine directed by Madison Bowen, The Meaning of Halloween directed by Patrick Helm, In the Waiting Room of the Ghost Placement Agency directed by Abi Pellitier, and Weekend Warriors directed by Mrs. Lent and assistant directed by Lauren Rose. 

All cast, crew and theatre friends are very excited for this newest endeavor. Please join us on December 11th in the Garrish Gym at 7pm to watch these wonderful and hilarious shows! 

Jingle Bell March

On December, 6, 2019, the freshman CBNA class government is holding a Jinglebell March up at the track. It is free admission and there will be free hot cocoa available to the people who participate. To participate in the walk we ask you to make a pledge of as low as 25 cents per lap, and  most of the profits are going to the Alzheimer’s community. It is going to be a fun winter event, there will be stringed lights all around the track, as well as your favorite Christmas music playing on the loudspeakers. We hope you’ll be there, it will be a fun event!

CBNA Career Fair

Coe-Brown has been experimenting with new activities for the past few years. The Career Fair is one of those experiments that they’ve been working on. It’s been two years since Coe-Brown started to host the Career Fair and this year it was better than ever. The Fair was hosted on September 11 and happened between 8:30-10:10 Am. 

The Career Fair has become an annual event at Coe-Brown and every year it gets bigger and bigger. “Every year we try to get more unknown jobs out there and show the students that would otherwise not know of their existence,”Co-organizer Ms.Cox. “There were people from sheriffs and members of the Navy, to folks working in agriculture and architecture”. 

This year’s sophomores were allowed to attend the fair with the juniors and seniors. “We wanted to start introducing them early to these job opportunities, so that’s why we allowed the sophomores to come,” Co-organizer Mr. Bassett said. When asked if they would allow freshmen next year they had this to say: “We have thought of it before and maybe we will do it next year,” Ms. Cox said. 

The fair lasted from 8:30-10:10 and was more successful than last year. When asked if they would host it next year they responded, “Oh yeah definitely,” said Co-organizers Mr. Basset and Ms. Cox. There are already plans for next year’s Career Fair. 

George Fasulo

CBNA Theatre Presents: Cinderella

The CBNA Drama Club presented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella over the weekend. The show opened on October 24th and concluded October 26th. 

Several seniors appeared on stage as well as behind stage in this production. Seniors Ethan Meeker, Kate Blake, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rodgers, and Lauren Rose appeared on stage alongside the lead actors Connor Nowak and Mirah Johnston. Not to be forgotten are the amazing seniors behind the magic of the set and tech, stage manager assistant Olivia Fontes, stage manager Madison Bowen, and projection designer Emily Dallaire. Mirah Johnston played Cinderella and Connor Nowak played Prince Topher and their outstanding duet of “Ten Minutes Ago (Reprise)” concluded the first act and left the audience wanting more.

Underclassmen in the cast were Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant, Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett, Caleb Yates, Christopher Helm, Savannah Laughlin, Sam Marcotte, Allie McGuigan, Christopher Reed, and Katerina Xanthopoulos. Their magnificent performances brought Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life before the audience’s eyes. The cast especially shone during their ballroom dance routines, choreographed by Ms. Hume. 

This production allowed the full talent of the costume crew to shine with all of the breathtaking dress transformations.The lighting crew created spectacular imagery and added to the beauty of the set. Stage crew helped with fast paced transitions that moved Cinderella effortlessly from one scene to the next. 

Accompanying the cast was a live orchestra consisting of  Mr. Ludwig, Mr. Baker; guest performers Ms. Amanda Ludwig and Mr. Eben Hearn; and CBNA students Sylas Aucella and Hazel Dellario. Often in the past, recorded music has been used to accompany the annual musical. The decision to use a live ensemble was appreciated by both cast members and the audience alike. Having student musicians share their abilities in this capacity served as a wonderful reminder of all the amazing talent the Coe-Brown community houses. Mr. Baker and Mr. Ludwig continue to prove their dedication to our music program by bringing in outside talent and sharing their own. 

Much to the delighted surprise of the audience, Mrs. Lent, beloved director and teacher, lent her own talents to the production. Appearing as Marie, Cinderella’s godmother, Mrs. Lent left the crowd smiling and applauding as she transformed from a mysterious old woman in the forest to a magical fairy donning a splendid ball-gown. The strategic costuming was made possible by Gay Bean. Mrs. Lent’s acting and singing abilities were on full display throughout the duration of the show, and reminded the audience why we are so fortunate to have her at the helm of our drama department. Mrs. Lent wished to be humble about her appearance in the show, even leaving her name out of the program, but her heartfelt performance and the obvious joy the students felt about sharing the stage with her proved to be two of the biggest highlights of the production. 

The CBNA Today staff would like to congratulate all of the cast and crew of Cinderella on a truly magical show! Make sure to see their next production, Radium Girls, in March 2020.


CBNA Theatre Students to Present: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless Cinderella on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 24, 25 & 26, 2019, in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. This production, the 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic musical, is a contemporary take on the classic tale which features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane as well as some new characters, and surprising twists.  The cast includes seniors Kate Blake, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Ethan Meeker, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers, and Lauren Rose; juniors Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Darin Sweet, and Jordan Trahant; sophomores Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett and Caleb Yates; and freshmen Christopher Helm, Savannah Laughlin, Sam Marcotte,  Allie McGuigan, Christopher Reed, and Katerina Xanthopoulos . Production stage manager senior Madison Bowen and able assistant Olivia Fontes will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with music direction by faculty member Colby Baker choreography by 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.


Homecoming 2019

“It’s a really fun experience even if you don’t get hypnotized, you get to see your friends dance around,” Olivia Fontes, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior, said when asked about the annual hypnotist show by Steve Wonker that kicks off Homecoming each year.

Homecoming has been an annual event at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy for several years now, experiencing a revival a few years back. Each year Coe-Brown’s sports teams hold events for spectators, this year starting on Saturday with the Bass Fishing Team at 8 AM. Cross Country competes with Bow and Portsmouth High School at 9 AM, followed by both the Girl’s Junior Varsity and Varsity at 12 AM against Hanover High School. Boy’s Junior Varsity and Varsity begins at 3 PM, competing against Kennett High School, as the Girl’s Reserve Volleyball begins at 2:30 PM, with Junior Varsity starting at 3:45 PM, and Varsity at 5 PM against Gilford.

When asked about whether the Boy’s Varsity Soccer game against Kennett would be a quality match, center defensive midfielder, Jarred Pelletier, said, “I would say that you can’t go into any game underestimating your opponent. You always have to be ready for anything, you don’t know what players could have possibly been pulled up, and on top of that the conditions aren’t looking very good for Saturday so any little bounce could change the game”. Spectators can expect a new playing formation from the boys this year, “For the game hopefully it will work in our favor, against theirs,” Jacob Radwan, center attacking midfielder, commented and when asked about the future prospects of the team he said, “Yes we have high hopes this year. But a lot of hard work in training has to be done first to get to those goals”.

Homecoming also hosts a variety of different events for those not interested in viewing sports. FCCLA has a pancake breakfast at 8 AM. Clubs from around Coe-Brown will be hosting different events throughout campus and concessions will be offered.

The Homecoming Dance will be hosted by the Class of 2021 in the Gerrish Gym at 7 to 10 PM. Snacks, water, and goodies will be sold. “The Class of 2020 is selling handmade scrunchies,” said Ally Wheeler, a class officer for the Class of 2020.


– Anna Principato

Comedy Hypnosis Comes to CBNA

Steve Wronker Comedy Hypnosis appearing at CBNA on September 13

Steve Wronker’s Funny Business, a comedy hypnosis extravaganza, will arrive at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Friday, September 13, 2019, 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 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 13!