Sunapee Student Art Show: Opening reception May 22

SMHA art showSunapee. N.H. – The Annual Sunapee Middle High School Art Show will be on display for a week with the opening reception on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show, which will be in the school’s Common area, will include a wide array of artwork from students in grades 6-12, but will highlight the work of seniors.

Both two and three-dimensional pieces will be shown, with the work of underclassmen grouped together in the center and seniors encircling the room with individual sections.

The exhibit will feature not only conceptual development pieces but also the expressive output of individual ideas and imaginations, said Gail Baade, the SMHS art teacher. One will see references to the elements and principles of art, art history, whimsical art and nature.

SMHS Artwork 004The show can also be viewed during normal school hours through the afternoon of May 29.

Photos show a panel of mixed student work (above) and an acrylic by Savannah Borelli, title: “The Squeal” – a parody of “The Scream” by E. Munch.

Sunapee Schools: On the bulletin board

Sunapee, N.H. – Sunapee schools return to class after holiday vacation on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. For the school calendar and other school news, visit the SAU 85 website:

Tuesday, January 8

  • Girls / Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Concord Christian, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium, Route 11.
  • Middle School Geographic Bee, 7 p.m., Sunapee Middle High School, North Road.
Wednesday, January 9
  • School Budget Hearing, SMHS Library Media Center,  6 p.m.
  • School Board Meeting, SMHS Library Media Center, 7 p.m.
  • Sunapee Central Elementary School Band / Chorus First Concert, 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium (1/10/13 Emergency Date)

Monday, January 14

  • Boys JV / Varsity Basketball vs. Moultonborough, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium

Sunapee High graduates 40 in class of 2012

Sunapee High School graduated 40 students this year. Commencement was held Friday, June 8, at the Sherburne Gym. Listed below are the 2012 graduates and their plans followed by a list of this year’s award recipients.

Congratulations, to all!

Class of 2012

Haley Jenna Armstrong – part time technical education

Dale Robert Barrington – workforce

Aaron Christopher Berube – Pace University

Samuel Joseph Borday – U.S. Marines

Liza Mae Bourdon – Ithaca College

Kylie Marie Brewer – Wheaton College

Brian Andrew Brewster – Southern New Hampshire University

Mary Louise Cabral – workforce

Alison Paige Cassidy Trinity College – University of Dublin

Daniel Dylan Chaves – Lakes Community Acting Internship

Scott Reed Coverdale – New Hampshire Technical Institute

Jenny Lois Cox – River Valley Community Technical Center

Connor Megan Denney – Middle Tennessee State University

Troy A. Fowler – University of New Hampshire

Amelia Mae Gallup – Keene State College

Alyssa Anne Goucher – Colby Sawyer College

John Albert Halsted – New England School of Hair Design

Martha Shotwell Howe – Green Mountain College

Chelsie Lorraine Hutchinson – workforce

Franziska Johanna Jarisch – home  in Germany

Samantha Rae Kimball – Bishop’s University

Alexandra Marie Lague – Keene State College

Sofia Wilhelmiina Likhter – travel

Cameron Drake Manson – U.S. Coast Guard

Victoria Jeanne Helen Markarian – University of Maine, Farmington

Cameron John Frost Meehan – The Landing School

Alexander Aaron Milewski – workforce

Dylan P. Modersohn – workforce

Marina Alexa Nekoroski – North Shore Community College

Kieran Michael O’Brien – Lyndon State College

Bradley John Preston – New Hampshire Technical Institute

Molly Elizabeth Puchtler -New England College

Hollie Nicole Reidy – Barnard College

Brett W. Simpson – University of New Hampshire

David L. Swinyer – Norwich University

Nathaniel James Tracey – Lyndon State College

Olga Valeryevna Vavenkova – home to Russia

Theodore Hubert Wacholtz Jr. – University of Tampa

Jacob Tyler Warkentien – University of New Hampshire

Heidi Kate Wiest – Syracuse University

Scholarships and award recipients

67 scholarships totaling $45,150 were awarded to the following students:

Mary Felicia Falzarano (post graduate award) – Ian Sartwell

Sonny M. Armstrong Memorial – Alexandra Lague

Murvin A Bailey Award – Hollie Reidy

Amanda Marie Burrill Memorial – Alyssa Goucher

Hank Carley Memorial Award – Cameron Manson

Charles & Carl Clement Memorial – Scott Coverdale

Community Alliance of Human Services – Victoria Markarian

The Kevin Scott Dalrymple Foundation Art Scholarship – Kieran O’Brien

John M. & Della U. Emerson – Aaron Berube

Mary Felicia Falzarano – Scott Coverdale. Troy Fowler, Aaron Berube, Hollie Reidy and Heidi Wiest

Charles K. Flint Memorial – Alison Cassidy, Heidi Wiest, Alexandra Lague and Jacob Warkentien

Catherine T. Harold – Jenny Cox

Highland Road Farm – Hollie Reidy

Lake Sunapee Bank Citizenship Award – Liza Bourdon

Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church Meacham Scholarship – Connor Denney and Molly Puchtler

Annie G. Leone – Alison Cassidy

Raymond W. Leone Memorial – David Swinyer

McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance – Martha Howe

Jack Milewski Memorial – Amelia Gallup and Kieran O’Brien

John P. Molloy Memorial – Troy Fowler

Sunapee Chapter of the National Honor Society – Liza Bourdon, Kylie Brewer, Troy Fowler, Amelia Gallup and Samantha Kimball

Michael Nemcovich Memorial – Cameron Meehan

New London Rotary Club, Service Above Self Award – Troy Fowler

New London Rotary Club – Kylie Brewer, Connor Denney, Troy Fowler and Hollie Reidy

The Robert and Joyce Oberkotter Family Foundation – Martha Howe and Hollie Reidy

Herb Ripley Memorial – Martha Howe

Herbert B. Sawyer Memorial – Molly Puchtler

School Board Association – Connor Denney

Karen Marie Schrader Memorial – Jenny Cox

John Segalini Memorial – Marina Nekoroski

David & Agnes Sherburne Memorial – Jenny Cox

Sugar River Bank – Liza Bourdon

Sullivan Family and Prospect Hill Antiques:  – Scott Coverdale

Sunapee Alumni Association – Amelia Gallup

Sunapee Firemen – Victoria Markarian and Brett Simpson

Sunapee Lion’s Club – Liza Bourdon and Hollie Reidy

Sunapee Seniors Thrift Shop –  Martha Howe, Connor Denney, Troy Fowler, Amelia Gallup and Marina Nekoroski

Sunapee Teachers Association – Kylie Brewer, Amelia Gallup, Victoria Markarian and Hollie Reidy

Tom & Judy Tuohy Memorial – Amelia Gallup

Universal Physical Therapy – Connor Denney

Herbert O. Williams Memorial – Kylie Brewer

Sunapee student art show opens May 23

Drawings STUDENT ART SHOW Paintings Photographs Mixed Media 3D

Did you know that the Sunapee school art show is an annual event? It’s held each spring, and began in 1994.

This year’s school-wide art show opens on Wednesday, May 23, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday afternoon, May 30. The public is invited to attend.

Artwork by students at the Sunapee Central Elementary School, School Street, will be on display (starting in the SCES lobby), from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

At the high school, individual areas will showcase the work of senior art students; the artwork of from the rest of the students will be displayed together. The exhibit includes:

  • drawings (with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, Conte crayon, inks and oil pastels)
  • paintings (in watercolor and acrylic)
  • three-dimensional pieces (composed of ceramics, plaster, wire and other mixed media)
  • photographs

Of special interest this year are ceramic shoes made by students in Art 1 class, which includes grades 9-12, said Gail Baade, the SMHS art teacher.

Yard sale! In Sunapee, for Nature’s Classroom, May 19

Helping out while cleaning out: Do your spring cleaning and support learning and environmental awareness at the same time.

>> A benefit yard sale for Nature’s Classroom will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sherburne Gym in Sunapee.

>> If you have items for the sale, drop-off is Friday, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym. Please, NO computers, microwaves, stereo equipment, tires, clothing or stuffed animals.

Your goods and your purchases at the yard sale will help next year’s sixth graders at the Sunapee Middle High School attend Nature’s Classroom, a residential environmental program held in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

“Sunapee has been attending Nature’s Classroom for many years,” said SMHS sixth grade teacher Corinne Levasseur. The graduating class of 1990 was the first class to attend when they were sixth graders.

Ellen Pysz and Anna Duke, retired teachers from the central elementary school, initiated the program in Sunapee, explained Levasseur.

Money raised at the yard sale combined with funds from participating families and the school budget pay for Sunapee’s enrollment.

In October, the students from Sunapee will travel to a YMCA camp on Point Judith Pond, part of Narragansett Bay. The camp is one of 15 program sites in New York and New England used by Nature’s Classroom.

“Students participate in team building activities and attend elective classes that involve all curriculum areas, with an emphasis on the outdoors and the environment. The students spend much of their time exploring the habitats of the marine life that is abundant in and around the salt pond,” Levasseur added.

The school encourages all sixth-graders to attend. Most years, participation is 100%, and depending on the year that means 35-40 students share the learning experience.

Sunapee Schools: Senior Project Night

It’s Sunapee Senior Project night: Thursday, April 12, with presentations 7 to 9 p.m., starting every half hour at the middle high school, 10 North Road. Projects range in subject from fine art and crafts and the performing arts, to massage therapy, business, restorations, and outdoor sports and recreation.

Sunapee Lion’s Club will host a spaghetti supper to benefit the Lion’s scholarship fund from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the middle high school cafeteria. Tickets available at the door. Cost: adult/$10, students/$8, and under age 6/free. For more information, see the Lion’s Club poster.

Here’s a preview, a list of this year’s projects: Jewelry Making, Memory Box, Investing in the Stock Market, Flower Arranging, Swing Dancing, Writing and Illustrating a Bilingual Children’s Book, Cooking Around the World, Producing and Directing a Play, 48 Four Thousand Footers, Paintings of Classic Literature, Theater Set Design, Stained Glass, Woodworking, The Art of Pottery Throwing, Fashion Design, Building a Custom Bike, Local Hikes and Winter Camping, Action Photography, Native Cooking, Blacksmithing, Maple Sugaring, Snowmobile Trail Maintenance, Adirondack Ski Chairs, 1999 Monte Carlo, Massage Therapy, How to Play the Guitar, A Custom Super Computer, Sunapee Fall Classic Soccer Tournament, Dance Choreography, Building a Fire Pit, Scuba Diving,  Restoring a 199 Boston Whaler Harpoon, Learning How to Basketball Referee, Starting a Business, and Hang Gliding.

Sunapee Schools: Pennies for Patients fundraiser

The Sportsmanship Council at the Sunapee Central Elementary School also says "thanks" to all that contributed to its Pennies for Patients collection. The two school groups raised $1,110 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Sunapee Middle School Student Council recently completed a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. The event benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and it emphasized compassion and character building.

With collection boxes in classrooms throughout the middle high school, students and staff raised $532.16 for cancer research, reports Rose Abendroth for the middle school student council.

“Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause.”

Pennies for Patients focuses on the idea that regardless the size of a monetary donation when we all work together we can make a positive impact.

For information about the middle school student council, contact advisors Joyce Gale or Dana Pruett.

Sunapee School District: On the bulletin board

Sunapee student is N.H. Geographic Bee semifinalist

Connor Fleury, a 7th-grader at Sunapee Middle High School, is a semi-finalist in the 2012 New Hampshire National Geographic Bee that will be held at Keene State College, on Friday, March 30. Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner.  School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

SPTO’s Children’s Clothing Sale accepting books

The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization is now collecting gently used children’s clothing and children’s books for a fundraising sale at the Sherburne Gym on Saturday, April 14. Collection boxes are at the Sherburne Gym.

“The goal is to provide each Sunapee Central Elementary School student with two to three appropriate reading level books for the summer.  Passing along the books and the clothing sale also support ‘green’ initiatives, reuse and recycle!” said Sharon Thielicke.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward interactive learning provided by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. See the event poster/read more.

Jodi Bergen selected new SCEC principal

The Sunapee School District SAU 85 selected Jodi Bergen to be the new principal of Sunapee Central Elementary School. On July 1, 2012, she will replace Alan Pullman, who is retiring after serving as principal for six years.

For the past five years, Bergen has served as the assistant principal at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School. For several years prior to becoming the assistant principal, she worked as a computer and classroom teacher at the same school. She also has taught at the elementary level in Virginia and Maryland.

Sunapee teams go to Mock Trial and Harvard Model Congress

On February 17 and 18, students from the Sunapee Middle High School Mock Trial team traveled to Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua to argue a case on arson and felony murder at the Mock Trial Competition coordinated by students from the Yale Mock Trial Association.

Students from Sunapee met teams from Derryfield and Phillips Exeter Academy. Sunapee was one of 10 teams participating in this year’s Mock Trial.

SMHS Social Studies teacher Marcia Spencer congratulated the students on their performance.

For the prosecution, the attorneys were Connor Denney, Victoria Markarian, and Aaron Berube, and the witnesses were Alison Cassidy, Conor Curry and Emily Whittier.

For the defense, Mariah Tenney, Troy Fowler and TJ Wacholtz took the role of lawyers. Aubree Kozie, Sam Kimball and Sam Nosenzo were witnesses.

Spencer extended “special thanks” to those who counseled the Sunapee team: attorney coach Judge Ed Tenney; State Trooper Joe Villers, who helped with arrest and lineup issues; Fire Department consultant Dan Ruggles, who answered fire-related questions for us; and David McCrillis of McCrillis and Eldredge Insurance for his advice on insurance issues. Attorney Michael Shklar provided extra legal advice.

Harvard Model Congress

Students on the Sunapee Harvard Model Congress Team spent February 23-26 at the Harvard Model Congress, Boston. It is the nation’s leading government simulation program for high school students.

All of the students performed very well, Spencer said.

The Sunapee team included, as U.S. Representatives, Riley Denney, Troy Fowler, TJ Wacholtz, Victoria Markarian, Kylie Brewer, Megan Brewer, Aaron Berube, Jesse Dewey, and Josh Drummond; as U.S. Senators, Aubree Kozie, Emily Whittier, and Addy Cain; as members of the press, Connor Denney and Sam Kimball; and, as National Security Council member, Chief of Naval Operations Alison Cassidy.

“Special congratulations to Connor Denney, who won an award from the presidents of Harvard Model Congress for excellence in committee. Fewer than 100 awards were given in a conference of over 1400 students,” Spencer said.

Sunapee School District: On the bulletin board

School calendar notes

March 12, 2012 – Sunapee Middle High School Winter Sports Awards at the SMHS Gym, 6 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee School Board meeting, Sunapee Middle High School (Media Center), 7 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization meeting, Sunapee Central Elementary School library, 6:30 p.m.

Voting and Election Day is March 13

Election Day and the second session of Town Meeting to vote on school (and town) warrants is Tuesday, March 13. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11.

The  school district’s Annual Report, which lists this year’s warrant articles, is now available at various locations around town and on-line at the SAU 85 website.

Four candidates are running for the Sunapee School Board. The five-member board has one position, a 3-year term, up for election.

Meet the candidates for the Sunapee School Board - Sunapee News

Dedication honors Judy Trow

Judy Trow, vice president of the Sunapee School Board, is retiring from the board.

The school district dedicated this year’s Annual Report to Trow.

Beginning with her leadership roles as a student at Sunapee High School, continuing through 20 years of dedicated teaching in the Sunapee School District and now concluding many years of active and enthusiastic service as  a member of the school board, Judy exemplifies the spirit of the small New Hampshire town that has been her home for all of her life. –  Sunapee School District 2011 Annual Report

Students put Sunapee on top in Great Backyard Bird Count

Sunapee topped all the cities and towns in New Hampshire in the Great Backyard Bird Count by sending in the largest number of checklists and observing the greatest number of species for the entire state. The GBBC was February 17 – 20, 2012.

Sunapee submitted 86 checklists reporting a total of 37 species of birds. In comparison, eight checklists came in from Sunapee last year.

Merrimack, Concord, Nashua and Manchester sent in a combined total of 81 tallies in 2012, and Concord reported 29 species, the next highest count after Sunapee.

So, how did Sunapee go from eight to 86 and top the list of reports for New Hampshire?

“This year, my 7th and 8th grade classes participated in the GBBC as a way for the students to be ‘citizen scientists’ and participate in real science,” said Sunapee Science teacher Brent Baker.

“The kids really got into this project, and it was exciting to see that our little town had the highest participation in the state.”

Preparation started a couple of months before the count. Taking three or four minutes before the start of each class, students learned how to identify local bird species. They also learned how to record an exact count.

After students tallied up their observations during the GBBC, they electronically submitted their totals and watched the bird counts increase.

This attracted notice. A volunteer regional reviewer of the GBBC, Benjamin Griffith, described it as “a spectacular level of participation from Sunapee.”

Upon returning from school vacation and finding inquiries awaiting him, Baker emailed Griffith about his students’ study plan and involvement, which boosted Sunapee’s numbers this year.

“I hope that this unravels the mystery,” wrote Baker.

Griffith offered encouragement by inviting continued participation in future years.

In 2013, the GBBC is February 15 – 18.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. With Internet access, you can view reports from across the United States and Canada and compare the counts from year to year.

The Polar Express to be shown in Sunapee Dec. 28

The Polar Express (soundtrack)

Image via Wikipedia

Tonight is movie night in Sunapee.  The Polar Express will be shown on the big screen at the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road, on Tuesday, December 28 at 7 pm. Courtesy of Sunapee Recreation and Gary Summerton Photography, Sunapee, the show is open to the public free of charge. Movie goers are asked to enter the building via the side door. For more information, contact Rec Department Director Scott Blewitt at

Independent Film Series Starts in Sunapee Jan. 8

On Friday night, January 8, an independent film series will get underway in Sunapee.  For My Father, nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards, is the first film to be shown. Eric Alterman, The Huffington Post, described the film as “Transcendent!… the most powerful and moving film I can ever remember seeing.” The screening location is the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road, in the music room. Time: 7 p.m. All showings are open to the public free of charge.

The series, funded by the Friends of Abbott Library and sponsored by the town library, continues on January 22 and February  5 and 19. The movies are award winning independent and foreign films selected by Film Movement, according to the library website, where one can find a listing and synopsis of each film scheduled. “All the films will be available for the loan from the library’s DVD collection following its screening,” said Library Director John Walden.

For more info, visit: Abbott Library, Independent Film Series

Update: Films are scheduled for every other Friday in January, February and March and possibly in April, if popular, according to the library director.

Frenzy in the Forest Trail Run in Sunapee July 11

The First Annual Frenzy In The Forest is tomorrow in Sunapee and registration ($20) is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Event organizers are preparing the course and say it’s coming along nicely. All will be ready for the 10 a.m. start. Frenzy In The Forest is a 5.1 mile trail run through Webb Forest and is the third of seven races in the Western NH Trail Running Series. Prior to the race there will be a 1 mile “Wander In The Woods” for those under 12 years of age (no cost). Medals will be awarded to all finishers and adults can chaperone their youngsters on this race. Prizes will be awarded for the top three in each age category and there will be a raffle of goods, as well.

Visit the official website for registration, a downloadable form and directions.

The event benefits the Sunapee Middle High School Athletic Leadership Council, a group of high school students that seek to foster leadership skills both on and off the field of play.  Those interested in being an event sponsor can contact Jon Reed.

Class of 2009 Graduates at Sunapee High

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Photo by Paul Howe. (Click on photo for larger image.)

By Emily Weinberger

On Friday evening, June 19, 2009, “Pomp and Circumstance” played as the seniors of Sunapee Middle High School marched down the aisle to start this year’s graduation ceremony. Just as the class had walked up to the tent on the school’s upper field, the rain had stopped and the sun had came out. It was perfect timing.

The tent was packed with family, friends, students and Sunapee fans. As the middle high school band played, the seniors…one by one…took their place on stage. All watched as the students in their caps and gowns took their first steps toward independence.

Valedictorian Chloe Fleming and salutatorian Nadia Chait spoke. Chloe, drawing on personal experiences, gave helpful hints to the underclassman, while Nadia discussed the power of finding one’s own center point to be balanced in life. Seniors Gina Gioldassis and Carolyn Stevens also moved the audience with speeches that emphasized that Sunapee’s class of 2009 is made up of a mere 31 individuals; it’s like a family. The small size makes every student feel close to each other, and bonds are created that are much stronger than in most schools. The speakers also stressed that despite the school size, it offered many opportunities and dedicated teachers.

It’s hard to believe how fast these students have grown and gotten to this point in their lives.

The individual strengths of each senior contribute and help to make the “family” that graduated on Friday. Now, with each other’s support, each senior goes in a separate direction, and down their own chosen paths. Maybe some of these paths will cross, but each has their own goals and exciting future in front of them. So, best of luck to the Class of 2009, and never give up on one’s dreams, your dreams!

Emily Weinberger is a student at Sunapee Middle High School and a contributing writer to

The following are the graduates of the Sunapee Middle High School class of 2009, and their future plans:

Samantha Adams: Plymouth State University
Timothy Anglin: New England College
Kristy Antoniewich: Coast Guard
Brian Bailey: Work
Whitney Bailey: Linden State College
Christy Benson: River Valley Community College
Nicholas Cain: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Nadia Chait: New York University
Chelsea Craig: Colby Sawyer College
Steven Curt: University of New Hampshire
Alexander Elder: Work and religious mission
Chloe Fleming: University of Miami
Gina Gioldassis: Drew University
Konstantine Gioldassis: University of New Hampshire
Meggan Gnoyo: Colby Sawyer College
Danielle Gregory: LNA program
Benjamin Henault: Manchester Community College
Thilo Herbert: Finish high school in Germany
Stephanie Larpenter: Colby Sawyer College
Andrei Likhter: Bunker Hill Community College
Garrett Longtin: Rochester Institute of Technology
Dustin Manley: Manchester Community College
Amanda Mathiesen: Wentworth College
Mary Kristen McDonough: Landmark College
Eric Nelson: University of New Hampshire
Phillip Parsons: University of New Hampshire
Hannah Preston: Daniel Webster College
Tyler Richardson: Lakes Region Community College
Cameron Sartwell: Work
Carolyn Stevens: University of New Hampshire
Pernille Swensson: Finish high school in Norway


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