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Art Students Volunteer at Dr. Seuss Breakfast

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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!




Science Students Learn Hands-On with Dartmouth College Neuroscientists

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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 Wins National Scholastic Art Award

posted Mar 15, 2017, 7:01 AM by Central Webmaster   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 7:01 AM ]

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.  

Congratulations, Jenna!

Life of an Athlete Club Collects 65 Bikes for Manchester Elementary Students

posted Mar 13, 2017, 5:45 AM by Central Webmaster

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.




Foreign Language Classes Take Interdisciplinary Approach, Bring Culture to Life

posted Mar 10, 2017, 6:36 AM by Central Webmaster   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

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. 


Spanish class masks


French class research projects


Mock Trial Team Wins State Championship

posted Mar 5, 2017, 2:10 PM by Central Webmaster   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 5:16 AM ]

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".




3 Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

posted Feb 16, 2017, 7:57 AM by Central Webmaster

Congratulations to Chapin Greene-Waszkowski, Carl Harris, and Jenna Ryan for earning the distinction of National Merit Scholarship Finalist.  Their PSAT scores in the Fall of 2015 were in the top 2% nationally to determine them as Semi Finalists.  Now they have moved forward to become National Merit Scholarship Finalists.  Great Job and Good Luck!


9 Central Students Receive NHIAA Scholar Athlete Awards

posted Feb 16, 2017, 7:52 AM by Central Webmaster

NHIAA high school student athletes from throughout New Hampshire were recognized for achieving academic and athletic excellence.  Award recipients are nominated each year by their school principals based on criteria which require the high school seniors have a minimum 3.5 grade point average, letter and be currently active in at least two varsity sports, participate in community service activities and serve as role models to their peers.  At the awards ceremony, each student athlete received an award certificate.

9 Central students received NH Scholar Athlete recognition
Garret Seitz
Julia Chappell
Nicholas Kacavas
Allison Gamache
Ryan Leonard
Aidan Ryan
Zachary Minch
Jenna Chrabolowski
Carl Harris


19 Central Students Win at DECA State Career Development Conference

posted Feb 16, 2017, 7:09 AM by Central Webmaster

On February 8-10 Central High School competed at the DECA State Career Development Conference. Our students presented projects and participated in role plays related to business and marketing. Central walked away victorious with a total of 19 awards! Below are our winners:

Test and Role Plays (Mini Awards)

Sophia Ferro and Abbey Conrad: 3rd place in Hospitality and Tourism Role Play

Andriana Skaperdas: 2nd place in Hospitality and Tourism Test

Lilly Hayward: 2nd in Marketing Management Role Play Test

Liam O'Connell: 1st in Marketing Management Role Play Test

Lilly Hayward and Liam O'Connell: 1st in Marketing Management Role Play

Jack Kramer: 1st in Fashion Merchandising Test

Andriana Skaperdas and Grace Kiritsy: 3rd in Hospitality And tourism Role Play

Jennifer Nelson: 1st in Professional Selling Test

Aidan Ryan: 1st in Sports and Entertainment Test

Aidan Ryan and Bowen Biladeau: 1st in Sports and Entertainment Role Play

Overall Winners

Jack Kramer: 1st in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan

Aidan Ryan and Bowen Biladeau: 1st in Sports and Entertainment Role Play and 2nd in Innovation Plan

Andriana Skaperdas and Elias Kacavas: 2nd in Independent Business Plan

Grace Kiritsy and Andriana Skaperdas: 3rd in Hospitality and Tourism Role Play

Dhario Osman and Aislinn Low: 2nd in Public Relations Campaign

Liam O’Connell and Lilly Hayward: 1st in Marketing Management Role Play

Grace Kiritsy and Lilly Hayward: 1st in International Business Plan

Jennifer Nelson: 1st in Professional Selling

Taylor Ribeiro, Kate Biladeau and Ryleigh Cavanaugh: 3rd In Innovation Plan


Carl Harris Named NH Scholar of the Month in January

posted Feb 14, 2017, 6:02 AM by Central Webmaster

Senior Carl Harris was named the NH Association of School Principals Francis Wayland Parker Scholar of the Month for the state of New Hampshire in January.  Carl is highly accomplished in the classroom, the community, and in athletics.  Carl is co-captain of the varsity cross-country, winter and spring track teams, a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and National English Honor Society, News Editor of The Little Green, and an active member of Amnesty International.  Outside of Central, Carl volunteers for Inti Academy where he developed a STEM program for the children served by Inti.  In addition to his extensive extra-curricular schedule, Carl is the Class of 2017 Salutatorian.  To read about Carl's accomplishments, click here for the article in the Union Leader.  Carl is the second 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.

Congratulations, Carl!


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