Local students earn Thomas College Dirigo Award

Samantha Mercier, of Berlin High School, and Katlyn Coulter, of White Mountain Regional High School, were recently awarded the Thomas College Dirigo Award.

The Dirigo Award is a $2,500 per year scholarship for up to four years of undergraduate study at Thomas College. This in addition to other scholarships the student may have received from Thomas.

The Dirigo Award is an award that recognizes one student from each Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont high school, technology center or community college that exemplifies leadership in their school and community. Recipients are nominated by their guidance or career office on behalf of the school.

These students are among the 180 recipients throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.


Many free STEM learning opportunities in the North Country for educators this summer

GORHAM — From launching weather balloons to near space to building hovercrafts, there are several no cost professional development programs being offered to certified New Hampshire educators this summer through North Country Education Services. These free opportunities will take place in Gorham and are open to all New Hampshire educators.

The summer line up includes a two-day workshop, July 24-26, that will engage teachers in designing a payload container to be launched to 100,000 feet and then be retrieved through a radio tracking procedure. This workshop, led by Bill Church and Steve Roberts, will include design-and-build elements as well as experiments to be conducted in the payload such as temperature data logging, UV exposure data logging, wind speed, fast plant seed exposure to low temps and high radiation environment.

For those looking for experience with Lego robotics and coding, Bill Church will lead a workshop July 31 and Aug. 1. This workshop will give participants everything from a getting started experience through intermediate topics in programming, structures, and mechanisms. This program is ideal for beginner and intermediate robotics teachers interested in using Mindstorms in classroom projects, after school clubs, or First Lego League competitions.

Wrapping up the STEM content for the summer will be a two-day workshop on stem building skills on Aug. 3 and 4. Teachers will learn or review the use of STEM construction tools for cutting, drilling, fastening, gluing, soldering, and prototyping a range of STEM builds. They will also learn strategies for using low and medium risk tools with students (e.g. glue guns, soldering irons and power tools). Finally, they will put tool use into practice with fun, quick, medium and large scale projects from scratch such as stomp rockets, hovercrafts (small and human sized), pinewood derby tracks, rumble racer tracks, catapults and kiddie-pool-sized boats and submarines.

All the workshops are offered for free to New Hampshire educators. Pre-registration is required. For more information, including registration details, ncedservices.org/profdev or call (603) 466-5437.

College admissions summer boot camp offered at White Mountains Community College

BERLIN — High school seniors from northern New Hampshire are encouraged to prepare for applying to college by attending a Summer Boot Camp on Wednesday, Aug.2 from 1 to 5 p.m. or Thursday, Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Berlin’s White Mountains Community College. The workshop is presented by college counseling staff from Concord’s New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation network organizations.

“Participating in a one-day Summer Boot Camp workshop is a great way for college-bound high school seniors to begin the college admissions process,” stated Ken Proulx, a college outreach specialist with the organizations. “We provide helpful, practical tools and tips in a relaxed, small-group setting to help students get a jump start on their college applications.”

During the workshop, experienced college counselors from the Organizations help college-bound high school seniors begin the college application process by:
• Creating a personalized "application organizer."
• Starting the common application.
• Learning what colleges are looking for in your college essay.

The NHHEAF network organizations have 55 years of experience in helping families plan and pay for higher education. The organizations’ Center for College Planning (CCP) provides New Hampshire students and families with valuable information about the college planning process, from savings options and college admissions requirements to applying for financial aid and scholarships.

The cost for the workshop is $25. To register for a workshop or for more details, call (800) 525-2577, ext. 440.


Local students earn top ranking for state bicentennial poster contest

The governor and council recently held a New Hampshire State House Bicentennial Poster Contest for students across the state. In the North Country region for the age 5-11 category, Hillside student Kristian Bilodeau placed first, Aspen Langlois placed second and Christina Marshall placed third.

The top three from each region then went forward for judging at the state level where Hillside student Aspen Langlois placed first in the state and Kristian Bilodeau came in second.

The state winners were honored at a ceremony at Gov. Chris Sununu’s office at the State House on Wednesday, June 7. The student’s artwork will be on display at the state house throughout the summer.

gift to the governorPictured from the left, Hillside Principal Julie King, student Kristian Bilodeau, Gov. Chris Sununu and student Aspen Langlois. (COURTESY PHOTO)