The Central High School Amnesty Club traveled to New York City on Friday, April 7, departing at 5 AM on a coach bus generously supported by Central Pride Foundation. The day began with speaker panels at Cooper Union 7 East 7th Street. The event focused on five issues: 1) Honduras: Justice for Berta Caceres - a Honduran environmental activist who was murdered 2) Sri Lanka: Justice for Ragihar Manoharan and the Trinco Five 3) Sudan: Ending the use of Chemical weapons in Darfur and the protection of civilians 4) Tibet/China: Release Tibetan writer and Blogger Shokjang Uighur and other prisoners of conscience held by the Chinese government 5) USA: Protest the administrations Muslim Ban and Wall between US and Mexico. After the speaker panel the group walked to the United Nations Plaza, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, The Permanent Mission of Sudan, and the Permanent Mission of the peoples Republic of China. Protests were held and all involved were accompanied by the NYC police department.
Additionally, the National Art Honor Society also traveled to New York to study and appreciate the great works available to them in New York City. Pictured below is the group on the edge of Central Park outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Twelve members from Central's Key Club attended the 68th Annual New England and Bermuda District of Key Clubs Educational Conference (Decon) over the weekend. Through hard work, dedication, and the heart to serve our school and community, Central's Key Club brought home 8 awards. Andy Vo won first place for the Video Contest and first place for the Essay Contest, which depicted the three components of Key Club. Natalie Rivera was awarded 3rd place for the Scrapbook Contest. Grace Lachance accepted the 3rd place award on behalf of the club for the Annual Achievement report, which outlines all projects that our club had participated in throughout the year. Jenny Nelson, nominated by Kaitlyn Martin, was awarded with the Sandy Nininger Award, which recognizes an individual who goes "above and beyond the call of duty."
Advisor Rosie Shaw, nominated by Holly Darby, was recognized and awarded with the Outstanding Advisor Award. Lastly, President Kaitlyn Martin accepted the Early Bird Award for paying membership dues early and the 2nd place award at the platinum level for membership growth. Central's Key Club has grown over a 40% this year, now consisting of over 125 members. Congrats to all Key Clubbers who were recognized and awarded at Decon and to all other members of Key Club for their willingness to participate in events and help the community.
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest “recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.” After participating in this essay contest on a local level, Aidan Ryan was recognized and awarded on the state level at a banquet in Concord. Out of every student who participated across the state, Aidan was named the contest's state-wide second place finalist at the award banquet in Concord.
Junior Gabriella Leonard was named the NH Association of School Principals Francis Wayland Parker Scholar of the Month for the state of New Hampshire in February. Gabby has found great success in the classroom, in athletics, and in the community. Gabby has lettered in field hockey, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, and lacrosse and she also serves as captain of the varsity lacrosse team. Outside of athletics, Gabby is involved in the communities of Central and greater Manchester. She is the President-elect of Life of an Athlete, an active Key Club member, a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, a writer for The Little Green Newspaper, and has served as Treasurer of the Band. Gabby values community service and has participated in a variety of activities from organizing a bicycle drive for elementary school students, to raking leaves for elderly residents, to volunteering with the Special Olympics.
To read more about Gabby's accomplishments and her essay, click here for the article in the Union Leader. Gabby is the third state winner from Central this year.
The Francis Wayland Park Scholar of the Month Program is an academic recognition award developed to promote academic recognition of students. A panel of seven judges chosen from prominent citizens and business leaders in the state make the selection of the Scholar of the Month. In May, all monthly winners and their families will be honored at an awards ceremony. At that time, the Francis Wayland Parker Scholar of the Year will be announced and awarded a $2000 scholarship. To learn more about the program, see your counselor.
n Saturday 3/11, the Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester held their annual Dr. Seuss breakfast. Kids of all ages were treated to breakfast, entertainment and arts and crafts with our own Central High School Art students. Our CHS students volunteered their time in order to help make this day a memorable one for local kids assisting them with a variety of activities. Natalie Rivera and Sonya Rousseau painted faces, Shania Potwin, Sarah Craig and Joselyn Warnock helped children create their very own Dr. Seuss hats, Molleigh Wyman and Summer Gagnon helped the children with visors and painting piggy banks, while Katelyn Parker and Shae Rix guided the students in creating murals. The day was a great success and fun was had by all!
Earlier this month, graduate students studying Neuroscience at Dartmouth College visited with some of Central High School’s Anatomy & Physiology and Biology students. Central’s students learned about the parts of the brain and nervous system and how they control the body. The Dartmouth students discussed the research they were completing and how their work may someday help us better understand Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and how electrical signals travel to and from the brain. Students were able to touch a real human brain and even had the opportunity to control a friends muscles with their mind!
Jenna Ryan has been named a National Scholastic Art Award Winner for her illustration "Talkin Bout My Generation", pictured below. Under the guidance of Mrs. Corey Doherty, Jenna's work was awarded as not only one of the best in the state, but the best in the nation. Past winners of this prestigious award include Andy Warhol, who was also a winner in high school.
On Saturday, March 11 students from Central's Life of an Athlete club, an NHIAA-sponsored organization, collected bicycles of all sizes and conditions. The Life of an Athlete students, in collaboration with QC Bike Collective, made organized efforts to advertise the event and collect the bikes for the event. The bicycles were collected for the fifth grade students of Beech Street Elementary and Gossler Park Elementary and their Earn-A-Bike program. The fifth grade students will have the opportunity to learn how to fix and build bicycles and after putting in work on the bicycles, in the classroom, and in the community, the students may keep the bicycles.
Students in Spanish classes researched the culture of Latin American countries as a class assignment. They then presented their findings to their classmates and informed them about major cities, animals that inhabit the area, important historical figures and influence people, major products in production, and other important features of the country they researched. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach to their learning, the students also created these visually stunning masks which incorporated the colors of the nation's flag upon which their project was based.
French 3 classes create gorgeous research projects about the different regions of France. Students wrote their projects and presented them all in French and tried to convince their classmates that their region was worth visiting. The projects were then put onto a bulletin board display with a giant map of France to put it all in perspective.
French class research projects
The Central High School Mock Trial Team #1 won the NH State Mock Trial Championship on Friday, February 24, 2017. The state victory came to the Little Green as they defeated Pinkerton Academy in the finals. 14 teams from around the state competed for the top position.
Central sent two teams to the competition and Central's Mock Trial Team #2 was eliminated in the preliminary round.
Four teams, Phillips Exeter Academy, Pinkerton Academy, Soughegan High, and Central High School Team #1, all worked their way into the semi-final round. Central's Team #1 competed in the Championship round in the Nashua Court House against Pinkerton Academy. Central's victory has secured their spot in the National Championship which will be held later this spring.
The teams are coached by local attorneys who volunteer their time to work with the students. The team is coached by Ashley Scott from McLane Middleton, Manchester and Jamie S. Myers from Bianco PA in Concord. Mrs. Margaret Burke, a Central teacher is the advisor for the team.
Students on the championship team include: Kristina Zimmerman, Gabi Roy, Maggie Delaney, Gabby Tayag, Julie Cotton, Lilly Hayward, Faith Hazelton, Angela Romilla.
The Mock Trial Team began at Central in the fall of 2014 and has grown to 18 active "future lawyers".
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