Berlin High student competes in National STAR Event competition

BERLIN — Berlin High School representatives were among the more than 8,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered in San Diego, Calif., for the 2016 National Leadership Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “empowered,” which inspired attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA and communities.

The meeting provided members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with FCCLA power. Mathew Demers from Berlin High School, took part in Students Taking Action with Recognition Event competitions at the conference.

FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants. Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations and cultural influences.

“Competing in a STAR event was amazing. It gave me the chance to learn presentation skills as well as building up my confidence. Having the chance to go to nationals was something I will never forget,” said Demers.

FCCLA offers over 30 STAR Events. These events, which include early childhood education, job interview and sports nutrition, among others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in family and consumer sciences classroom. Members compete at the state and national level. This year, Demers was among over 4,500 STAR Event participants who competed in San Diego, Calif. Demers competed in the event National Programs in Action. His project focused on his and the chapter's work with the food drive for St. Vincent DePaul and working with other groups to start a food pantry at Berlin High School. Demers received a silver medal in the event.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with careers that support families as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in families, careers and communities. For more information on FCCLA, contact Elaine Connary at (603) 752-4122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Demers' attendance at the national FCCLA conference would not have been possible without the strong support from the school and community. They thanked everyone who donated at the road-toll on June 18. They also thanked the following business, organizations and individuals for contributing so that Demers could become “Empowered” at the conference to develop his skills to further help the community: Absolute Power sports, All Terrain Auto, Auto North, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Bob Chapman, Davis Tree Expert Company, Demers Property Maintenance, Kelly Logging, Tim Morin Construction, Verizon and H&R Block.

Mathew FCCLA San DiegoMathew Demers from Berlin High School, took part in Students Taking Action with Recognition Event competitions at the conference. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Become a STEM teacher in rural New Hampshire schools

Ever thought about becoming a teacher? The University of N.H. is recruiting individuals interested in teaching in rural New Hampshire schools with a background in math or science but who do not yet have a teaching credential for the new Teacher Residency for Rural Education Program (TRRE).

TRRE is a 15-month teacher residency program that prepares high quality teachers in either elementary or secondary education math or science. During their first summer, residents will take graduate coursework, observe in schools, and complete a community-based internship to learn about the resources of the communities in which they will teach. During the academic year, residents will complete a yearlong “residency” alongside an experienced master teacher in an elementary, middle, or high school classroom.

Residents receive a living wage to support their learning while earning a master’s degree and teacher certification. In addition, during the first two years as a new teacher, Residents receive ongoing support and professional development. Residents commit to teach in rural high need NH schools for three years following graduation.

TRRE includes many partners around the state including the Department of Education, North Country Education Services and school districts throughout the North Country: Berlin, Dummer, Errol, Milan, Gorham Randolph Shelburne Cooperative, Laconia, and White Mountains Regional.

The first cohort begins May 2017. An undergraduate degree in either a math or science discipline is recommended but not required. Those with related backgrounds may still be eligible.

Interested individuals should contact Leslie Couse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.

The University of N.H. is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in the state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.

Berlin Middle School held MVP Assembly for first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year

BERLIN — Berlin Middle School held its MVP Assembly for the first quarter marking term. MVP cards were issued to students that received High Academic Excellence Awards and Academic Achievement Awards. The following businesses support the MVP Program: Hallmark Hall of Greetings, Hair Improvements, Middle Earth, Maureen’s Unique Boutique, Rumorz, Supreme Pizza, Notre Dame Arena and Berlin High School Winter Sports Program.

The following students received the MVP card:

Grade 8 — Jace Arsenault, Grace Bradley, Lily Campbell, Aeris Costine, Emily Coulombe, Kaeleigh Hamlin, Jenna Laflamme, Kelly McCormick, Dominick Paradis, Becca Pouliot, Julieenne Provencher, Nicole Reynolds, Michailey Walsh, Sophie Wheeler, Kyra Woodward, Joseph Zimmer, Braylynn Alvarado, MaKenna Balderrama, Elijah Gilcris, Tia Landry-L’Esperance.

Grade 7 — Payton Bell, Madison Bergquist, Jonah Berthiaume, Brady Buck, Noah Burnside, Andrew Cole, Jillian Hallee, Brayden Landry, David McGloughlin, Jacob Mercier, Gwendolyn Pelchat, Isyss Remillard, Zeb Thomas, Jazmin Allbee, Zachary Brooks, Chloe Dagesse, Zachary Griffin, Jordan Lambert, Hayden Munce, Liberty Pardis, Joao-Vitor Pires, Bronsen Poulin, Carter Poulin, Cameron Reardon, Aurora Rymszewicz, Anna Salek, Brice St. Cyr, Bryce True, Adam Warner.

Grade 6 — Jacob Dalphonse, Jeremyah Dow, Emma Labelle, Jayse Law, Ella Bacon, Brody Duquette, Elizabeth Gilcris, Jonathan Leite, Alexis Perry.

Students with the highest grade point average were also recognized for their outstanding achievement. Recipients of the highest GPA were:

Mrs. Stever: Grade 8 Math: Braylynn Alverado, Julieenne Provencher.
Mr. Barth: Grade 8 English: Lily Campbell, Julieenne Provencher, Nicole Reynolds.
Mrs. Arguin: Grade 8 Science: Sophie Wheeler.
Mrs. Watson: Grade 8 Social Studies: Kaeleigh Hamlin.
Ms. Mather: Grade 7 Social Studies: Jonah Berthiaume, Noah Burnside, Andrew Cole.
Mr. Mullins: Grade 7 Math: Madison Bergquist.
Mrs. Kopp: Grade 7 English: Brayden Landry.
Mr. Welch: Grade 7 Science: Andrew Cole.
Ms. Boutin: Grade 6 Math: Jacob Dalphonse.
Mr. Bouchard: Grade 6 English: Emma Labelle.
Mr. Roberge: Grade 6 Science: Ella Bacon, Jewel Judson.
Mrs. Middleton: Life Skills – Cassidy Dana, Hunter Hudon, Ross Belanger.
Mr. Lauze: Grade 6 Social Studies: Jeremyah Dow.
Ms. Crosby: Art – Grade 8: Lily Campbell; Grade 7 – Payton Bell, Andrew Cole, Brianna Hawkins, Nakita Jenkins, Kyleigh Lang, Tiah Turmel; Grade 6 – Sara Danoski.
Mr. DeBlois: Grade 6 Health - Jacob Dalphonse, Emma Labelle; Grade 8 Physical Education - Grace Bradley; Grade 7 Physical Education - Ben Estrella, Carter Poulin, Bryce True.
Mrs. Poulin: Grade 6 Physical Education – Sara Danoski, Elizabeth Gilcris, Ellen Law, Erin McCormick; Grade 8 Health – Emily Coulombe, Sophie Wheeler.
Ms. Palmer: Family & Consumer Science – Grade 8: Colten Lapointe, Kelly McCormick, Kyra Woodward; Grade 7: Landon Boucher, Brayden Landry, Griffin Melanson, Joao-Vitor Pires, Brice St. Cyr; Grade 6: Abigail Stewart.
Mrs. Pouliot: STEM – Grade 8: Joseph Zimmer, Grade 7: Madison Bergquist, Noah Burnside, Brayden Landry, Grade 6: Makenna Peare.
Mr. Oberti: Chorus – Allina Chilafoe.

Berlin High School is set to participate in College Application Week Activities on Nov. 16

BERLIN — Berlin High School is participating in “I Am College Bound/I Applied” which aims to increase the number of high school seniors submitting college applications as part of the state’s “I Am College Bound” month celebration in November.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, seniors will have the opportunity to submit at least one college admissions application with the assistance of representatives from admissions offices from various New Hampshire colleges and universities during the school day at Berlin High School.
The “I Am College Bound/I Applied” campaign provides assistance to students who may be the first in their family to attend college, low-income students and others who may be unfamiliar with the college application process. As part of the initiative, students receive information about the additional components of a college application, college financial aid process and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Students will also be eligible to win a $500 college scholarship for participating in the program.
The program, part of a nationwide initiative through the American Council on Education, is sponsored in New Hampshire by the N.H. Department of Education, N.H. Higher Education Assistance Foundation, and colleges and universities of the N.H. College and University Council. Since 2014, nearly 800 high school seniors have over 1500 college applications.

Appointments are required. If interested, please call the BHS Guidance Office at (603) 752-4122, ext. 1504 no later than Nov. 3.