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


CBNA Robotics Team Qualifies for States

CBNA Robotics Team from left: Alasdair Morrison, Cordelia Norris, Noah Sinnamon, Nick Dyer, Emily Buehne, and Austin Carrier

CBNA Robotics Team from left: Alasdair Morrison, Cordelia Norris, Noah Sinnamon, Nick Dyer, Emily Buehne, and Austin Carrier

On Saturday, January 19, CBNA’s Robotics teams, Ursa Major A, B, and C, competed against 42 other teams at ConVal Regional High School in the last tournament of the season. Competition was fierce as teams tried to secure a spot in the upcoming State Tournament. All three teams finished strong in the quarterfinals qualification rounds. Team members Austin Carrier and Emily Buehne had a 7th place finish heading into the quarterfinals. Noah Sinnamon and Nick Dyer finished 19th and Cordelia Norris and Alasdair Morrison finished 23rd. Emily and Austin then became Alliance Captains heading into the quarterfinals. Choosing Team C, Nick and Noah, for their alliance, the two teams faced off in the first elimination round against two Pinkerton Academy teams. After a solid win, Teams B and C advanced to Round Two of elimination were they were outscored by teams from Thetford, Vt. All three teams had superb performances. Team C (Ruby Carr, Emily Buehne, and Austin Carrier) moved on to States.  Team B (Noah Sinnamon and Nick Dyer) received the Judges’ Award.


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.


CBNA Among the Top Ten High Schools in NH

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is excited to announce that it was recently ranked in the top ten high schools in New Hampshire according to’s 2019 Best Public High Schools list.  The ranking is based on data received from the U.S. Department of Education, surveys from parents and students, assessment scores and information provided by the school. Further information about the ranking can be found at For more information about CBNA, explore this site. Congratulations to the CBNA community for this recognition.


CBNA Senior Named Semifinalist in 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program

Alice Ewing

CBNA senior Alice Ewing, Semifinalist in Merit Scholarship Program

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced that Coe-Brown senior Alice Ewing has been named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Miss Ewing joins approximately 16,000 other Semifinalists nationwide in this annual program who were the highest scoring students in their states on the 2017 PSAT which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  Miss Ewing along with these other academically talented students, has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements including submitting a detailed application and essay to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.  Congratulations to Alice Ewing on this achievement.