CBNA Students Attend HOBY

HOBY Participants 2019

CBNA HOBY attendees

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy recently sent six sophomores to the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) 2019 Leadership Seminar at St. Anselm College: Carter Ford, Olivia Noni, Angelina Rene, Brenna Roy, Drusilla Szatko, and Mary Katherine Patteson. More than 100 sophomores from around the state gathered to think critically about leadership, benefit from a variety of speakers and activities, and partake in a community service project for the NH Food Bank. The students had an amazing time with their peers from all across New Hampshire and appreciated the opportunities presented at the weekend-long event. They can be seen in these pictures along with two current Coe-Brown 11th graders, Ruby Carr and Lauren Best, who participated as Junior Team Leaders as well as alumna, Jolene Levesque ‘16 who currently serves as the NH HOBY Director of Operations.



Coe-Brown Announces Top Graduates of The Class Of 2019

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is proud to announce the top graduates of the Class of 2019.

Emma Tobbe, Valedictorian's senior picture

Emma Tobbe, Valedictorian

The Valedictorian for the class of 2019 is Emma Tobbe, daughter of Jennifer and John Tobbe of Northwood.  During her high school career Emma has been a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team and the Math Team. Emma has also been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, the Science/Robotics Club and theatre. Emma has been accepted to North Carolina State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Lehigh University and the University of New Hampshire.  She plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

Kelsey Pine, Salutitorian's Senior Picture

Kelsey Pine, Salutitorian

The 2019 Salutatorian is Kelsey Pine, daughter of Ericka and Richard Pine of Strafford.  While at Coe-Brown, Kelsey has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), the Writing Center, and the Cross-country, winter and spring track teams. Kelsey has been accepted to the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Simmons University, Saint Anselm College, Colby-Sawyer College, and the University of New England. She has elected to attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study nursing.

The remaining top graduates are listed in alphabetical order:

Shayla Ashley

Shayla Ashley

Shayla Ashley, daughter of Sean and Susan Ashley of Strafford has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, FCCLA, the Writing Center, Poetry Out Loud and the International Thespian Society. She has also been a member of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. Shayla has been accepted to UNH, Hofstra University, Brandeis University, and Boston University, and will be attending Boston University in the fall to major in English Education.

Shaelyn Bedell

Shaelyn Bedell

Shealyn Bedell, daughter of April and Michael Bedell of Strafford, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), the Student Athlete Leadership Team and the Varsity Soccer team during her years at CBNA. Shealyn has been accepted to Rhodes College with a presidential scholarship, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of New Hampshire with a presidential scholarship. She will be attending Rhodes College with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish.

Alice Ewing

Alice Ewing

Alice Ewing, daughter of Emily and Nathaniel Ewing of Nottingham, has been a member of the Pep and Jazz Bands, Creative Writing Club, the Quiz Bowl Team, the Robotics Team, the Math Team, CBNA Today (school newspaper), the Debate Club, and Project SEARCH while a student at CBNA. Alice has been accepted to Colby College, Colgate University, American University, St. Lawrence University, and University of Vermont-Honors College. She plans to major in International Relations.

Ian Gollihur

Ian Gollihur

Ian Gollihur, son of Jeannine and Andrew Gollihur of Northwood, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society, the Boys’ Volleyball team, the Writing Center, Student Government, Amnesty International, CBNA Today and Project SEARCH during his years at CBNA. Ian has been accepted to McGill University, the University of Vermont, Saint Anselm College, UNH, University of Maine Orono and plans to double major in political science and psychology most likely at the University of Vermont.

Guilermo Alexandre Gomez

Guilermo Alexandre Gomez

Guillermo Gomez, son of Jennifer and Kenneth Sommerer of New Boston, has participated in CBNA school life by being a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Polyglot Club during his time at Coe Brown. He has been accepted at Georgia State University, Husson University, Michigan State University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the University of New Hampshire.  Guillermo has selected Husson University for his studies next year and is planning to major in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Colby Hoffman

Colby Hoffman

Colby Hoffman, son of Joanne Thomas Hoffman of Nottingham, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the CBNA Math Team, Student Government, and the Boys’ Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. Colby has been accepted to UNH, UMaine, URI, UConn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and intends to major in engineering at either UConn or Rensselaer.

Paige Marston

Paige Marston

Paige Marston, daughter of Christine and Philip Marston of Barrington, has participated in Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse, Select Choir, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Peer Helpers, All-State Music Festival, and All-State Chamber Music Festival during her years at Coe-Brown. Paige has been accepted to Worcester State University, University of New Hampshire, Sacred Heart University, Alvernia University and plans to study Occupational Therapy at Worcester State University in the fall.

Maria Ortiz

Maria Ortiz

Maria Ortiz, daughter of Melissa Gonzales and Juan Ortiz of Strafford, has been involved with Spanish National Honor Society, Chemistry Society, Project SEARCH, and Concert Band while at CBNA. Maria has been chosen to study mechanical engineering and has been accepted to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Norwich University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire.

Megan Wimsatt

Megan Wimsatt

Megan Wimsatt, daughter of John and Cathleen Wimsatt of Northwood, has been a member of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Student Athlete Leadership Team, FFA and was named a NH Student Athlete Scholar during her years at Coe-Brown. Megan has been accepted to the University of New Hampshire, the University of New England and the University of Maine. Her post-secondary plans are to attend UNH with a major in biology.

In addition, the CBNA Class of 2019 consists of 169 students scheduled to receive diplomas on Friday, May 26, 2019, at 7 pm. One hundred and thirty-five of these students will be recognized as honor graduates and 26 are members of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the class of 2019.


CBNA Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Noah's Flood - Oil on Canvas Board, by Fiona O'Shea

Noah’s Flood – Oil on Canvas Board, by Fiona O’Shea

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy junior Fiona O’Shea of Nottingham received top honors in the 37th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Second Congressional District.  Her oil on canvas board painting entitled Noah’s Flood will be framed and will be on display in the tunnel connecting the congressional delegation to the Capital in Washington, DC beginning in June, 2019 through May, 2020. Other CBNA Students participating in the competition were Madelynn Peabody of Barrington; Nicholas LaMontagne, Alyssa Hill, Brianna Jackson, Eva Roy and Megan Wimsatt of Northwood; Emily Dallaire of Nottingham; and Morgan Burnap, Christa Clery, and Sragvi Nomula of Strafford.

The exhibition, reception and awards ceremony for all participants in the Second  Congressional District was held at the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord. Congratulations to all participants for their amazing works of art.

CBNA FBLA Attends State Leadership Conference

Recently, members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 47th Annual State Leadership Conference in Manchester, NH, an overnight event which included workshops, activities and competitions in business, computers, economics, and communication skills. FBLA members from the CBNA chapter who participated include Alma Li of Nottingham, who competed in Business Calculations; Haillie Holland of Northwood, in Help Desk; Joseph White of Northwood in Introduction to Financial Math; Travis Carbone of Northwood in Public Speaking; Matthew Ramstrom of Barrington in Economics; Shane Cameron of Barrington in Global Business; and Evan Menard of Nottingham in Client Services. Students were accompanied by their advisor, Dr. Joann Zylak. Winners for the FBLA CBNA chapter were Joseph White and Evan Menard who placed third in their competitive events and Shane Cameron and Hailie Holland who took first place in their events. Hailie Holland also received a partial scholarship from the state FBLA chapter to attend the conference. The CBNA chapter received a number awards for different projects and competitive events, including receiving first place in the state projects “Helping Those Less Fortunate”, “Increasing Chapters in NH” and “Opioid Crisis in NH”. In addition, the CBNA chapter received the NH FBLA Honor Chapter award. Hailie Holland received the Who’s Who in NH FBLA award, and Joseph White’s award will enable him to attend National Leadership Conference in Texas this summer. Congratulations to all.

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 Student Named as National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Alice Ewing

CBNA Merit Scholarship Finalist Alice Ewing.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is proud to announce that senior Alice Ewing has been named as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Of the 1.4 million juniors from across the United States who took the PSAT test last year, the qualification process has narrowed down the participants to just 15,000 finalists nationwide.

From this select group, Ms. Ewing has earned distinction as a finalist. She is now part of the final round, where she may be named one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarship award winners this spring, sharing in some $34 million in scholarships and awards. Congratulations to Alice on this achievement.


CBNA Literary Magazine Receives National Recognition

Image of Paragon Issue 22 on a table with two awards on either side of it

National Recognition for CBNA’s Literary Magazine Paragon – Volume 22

Paragon, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Literary/Arts magazine has received two prestigious national awards for its 2018 edition.  The magazine received a Gold Medalist Certificate from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a designation of Excellent from the National Council of Teachers of English.  CBNA teachers Anna Hazen and Danielle Muir act as advisors for the club.  Last year’s staff included editors Alicia Baratier, Emily Cunningham and Hannah Halka, with staffers Taeva Ahern, Emily Buehne, Madison Cunningham and Jocelyn Gagnon.  Literary works and visual art were submitted by students school wide, then the student staff selected the pieces to be included and designed the pages for the 52 page publication. Congratulations to all of the talented CBNA students who contributed to Paragon’s success.


CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Contest

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym, twenty Coe-Brown 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.

CBNA Students Recognized for 2019 Scholastic Writing Awards

A number of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students were recently recognized by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a remarkable achievement and milestone for young writers at CBNA who were mentored by English department faculty.  A panel of writers, teachers, and literary professionals selected their work as being among the best works submitted by New Hampshire teenagers. Students are judged against other entries in the following categories: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, persuasive essays, humor, science fiction and fantasy.  Of the more than 700 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards that New Hampshire students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were honored:

Gold Key: Shayla Ashley (Strafford)

Silver Keys: Shayla Ashley (2) (Strafford), Meredith Gibson (Barrington), Skye Loto (Northwood), Madison Rollins (Northwood), Eva Roy (Northwood)

Honorable Mentions: Braelin Ash (Northwood), Hailley Brunner (Strafford), Alyssa Chalifour (Strafford), Carrie Colley (Northwood), Liby Downer (Strafford), Gabs Hendershot (Barrington), Seth Howard (Strafford), Kalli Linscott (Nottingham), Max Lupinacci (Barrington), Anya Marengo (Strafford), Sragvi Nomula (Strafford), Anna Principato (Nottingham), Madison Rollins (Northwood), and Joshua Warner (Barrington).

In May, all award recipients, including those whose work was selected as honorable mention, will be invited to attend the NH regional awards ceremony to be held at Plymouth State University. In addition, every piece of writing which received a gold or silver key or an honorable mention will be published in this year’s edition of Middle/High School Voices.  Congratulations to this next generation of writers.

Sixteen CBNA Students Representing 26 Works of Art Earn Statewide Recognition in The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire 2019

CBNA Gold Key Noah’s Flood (oil on canvas ) by junior Fiona O’Shea

CBNA Gold Key Noah’s Flood (oil on canvas ) by junior Fiona O’Shea

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Visual Arts Department is pleased to announce that sixteen students received recognition in The 2019 Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire – A Regional Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. Students from CBNA received seven Gold Keys, five Silver Keys and fourteen Honorable Mentions. The Gold Key works will continue on and compete in the national competition with national results announced in Mid-March. In addition, all of the pieces from Coe-Brown are part of an exhibit of 1074 pieces of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Award winning works from students statewide on display beginning Tuesday, January 22 through Saturday, February 10 at the Stockbridge Theater on the campus of Pinkerton Academy.  The exhibition is open to the public Mon. – Fri. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  An awards reception will take place in the theatre on Sunday, February 10.  Students in grades 7-9 will be honored at a ceremony beginning at noon, followed by grade 10-12 at 1:00 PM.  The exhibition will close at 3:00 PM on 2/10.

Coe-Brown student recipients are as follows:


Cole Perra (11)
Honorable Mention – Photography, Title: Boats

Marissa Trevino (12)
Honorable Mention – Photography, Title:  Circles


Mackenzie Anderson (10)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Wanderlust

Isabelle Allan (11)
Honorable Mention Award – Printmaking, Title: With the Flow

Morgan Burnap (10)
Gold Key Award – Photography, Title: Head in the Clouds
Gold Key Award – Photography, Title: Whirlwind
Silver Key Award – Photography, Title:  Waves
Honorable Mention – Photography, Title: I’m Fine

Sragvi Nomula (9)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Finding Wings

Fiona O’Shea (10)
Gold Key Award – Painting, Title: Noah’s Flood
Gold Key Award – Painting, Title: Fray
Gold Key Award – Painting, Title: Hyacinth
Gold Key Award – Painting, Title: The Fall of Icarus
Silver Key Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Me, 2018
Honorable Mention Award – Painting, Title: God Complex

Drusilla Szatko (10)
Silver Key Award – Printmaking, Title: Oh Brother


Sydney Neuman (12)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Wanderlust

Reegan Osborne (12)
Silver Key Award – Painting, Title: Creator of My Universe
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Angel


Alivia DiPrizio (12)
Gold Key Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Daingean Ui Chuis

Alyssa Hill (12)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Sustainability
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Flowing

Brianna Jackson (11)
Honorable Mention Award – Photography, Title: Bullying

Nicolas LaMontagne (12)
Honorable Mention Award – Painting, Title: Hill House

Jessica Sternberg (12)
Honorable Mention Award – Drawing & Illustration, Title: Frozen Memories

Isabel May (10)
Silver Key Award – Photography, Title: Chapoteo