By Bruce Christie
---- — EPPING —Nine Epping Middle School students were honored for their submissions to the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards. EMS students received 13% of all awards; 13% of all Gold Key awards; 21% of the Silver Keys; and 27% of the Honorable Mention awards.
Emma Coolidge and Haley Mungia both earned Gold and Silver Keys in the Photography category. Abby Simard (Drawing), Stephanie MacDonald (Drawing), and Lily O’Connell (Painting) all earned Silver Keys. Honorable Mention status was achieved by: Keelin Berger (Photography), Kristin Davidson (Sculpture), Aletha Demarais (Photography), Maylee Gagnon (Photography) and Abby Simard (Mixed Media).
Student work was submitted by their teachers, Mrs. Booth and Mrs. Thompson, and will be on exhibit from January 21 through February 1, at the Stockbridge Theatre on the campus of Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. An awards ceremony, open to the public, will be held on Sat., February 1, at 1:30 p.m. The gallery will be open that day from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Geography Bee Winner: Eighth grader Conrad Hodgman knew that the Potomac River, which rises in the Allegheny Plateau, empties into Chesapeake Bay, enabling him to repeat as Epping Middle School’s Geography Bee Champ. He defeated runner-up Ryan Donovan.
Classroom bees were held over the past few weeks, generating the following list of finalists: Sharon Swanson, Jayson Brissette, Alexis Kailey, Anna Re, Evika Toth, Ryan Donovan, Tori Maestas, Cat Poulin, Konrad Hodgman, and Jordan Place.
Konrad will next take a written test which will determine the qualifiers for the State Geography Bee. The National Bee will be held in Washington, DC from May 19-21. Fifty thousand dollars in scholarship money is up for grabs at the National Bee.