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Little Green Newspaper Wins Four Regional Awards

posted May 15, 2017, 5:34 AM by Central Webmaster

The Little Green Newspaper, Central's forum for student expression, visited the 69th Annual New England Scholastic Press Association Conference at Boston University on Friday, May 5, 2017, and was honored with 4 awards. Schools came from all across New England to learn the latest trends and share ideas in school journalism and to compete in the All-New England awards to recognize outstanding publications and individual performances. The Little Green was awarded Class I 2nd Place overall in the All-New England Printed Newspaper category, along with Highest Achievement for Class I, which is for schools with over 1,000 students. This is the second year in a row the Little Green has achieved second place overall in that category. Individuals were also recognized, including Aidan Ryan who was awarded Special Achievement for News Page Design for his layout of the Election 2017 article and Lily O'Connell who was awarded the Journalism award for Special Contest on Localizing for her article "The Central 'Stache." 

Ms. Michele Fontaine Receives Girl Scouts Honor Pin Recognition

posted May 8, 2017, 11:46 AM by Central Webmaster

The Honor Pin recognizes a registered adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.  Congratulations, Ms. Fontaine!

CHAOS Robotics Team Competes Nationally

posted May 4, 2017, 10:53 AM by Central Webmaster

After a successful run at the local and regional levels, CHAOS, Central's FIRST Robotics Team 131, traveled to St. Louis, MO to the FIRST Championship.  There were 6 divisions competing at the event and CHAOS seeded 20th of about 64 other competitive teams.  Two other teams selected CHAOS to be part of their alliance in the elimination rounds.  They worked their way through until they lost in the Quarterfinals.

Congratulations on an outstanding robotics season!

Roric Cunningham Wins Portsmouth Concerto Competition

posted May 3, 2017, 11:12 AM by Central Webmaster

Roric Cunningham, a cellist in the CHS Orchestra, recently won the Portsmouth Concerto Competition. This is a competition that consists of some of the best high school musicians in the state. Since he won the competition he will be a featured soloist with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra on June 11th at 3 PM in the Portsmouth Music Hall.

Congratulations, Roric!

Students Travel to NYC to "Get on the Bus" for Human Rights and Arts

posted Apr 13, 2017, 10:46 AM by Central Webmaster

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. 


Central's Key Club Recognized with 8 Awards at District Conference

posted Apr 3, 2017, 5:02 AM by Central Webmaster   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 5:09 AM ]

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. 

Aidan Ryan Selected for DAR Good Citizens Award

posted Mar 29, 2017, 5:28 AM by Central Webmaster

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. 

Congratulations, Aidan!

Gabriella Leonard Named NH Francis Wayland Parker Scholar of the Month

posted Mar 28, 2017, 5:17 AM by Central Webmaster   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 5:18 AM ]

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.

Congratulations, Gabriella!

Art Students Volunteer at Dr. Seuss Breakfast

posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:40 AM by Central Webmaster   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

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

posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:30 AM by Central Webmaster

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!

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