By Michael A. Morgan
---- — EXETER - Serving on a school board today is no easy task. The commitment of time and energy is often more significant than one imagines at first. SAU 16 has been fortunate over the years to have capable and dedicated individuals devote some of their community service efforts to help the students, families, and staff members of their respective communities. As a result of the March 2013, Liz Faria (Brentwood – served 3 years on the Coop Board and 4 years on the Brentwood Board) will not be re-joining the Exeter Region Cooperative School Board. Her seven years of service are gratefully appreciated.
East Kingston Elementary School (EKES) has been selected as a Finalist in the 2013 competition for NH Elementary School of the Year by the EDies Selection Committee. In February, a team of students, teachers, parents and school board members traveled to Concord to make a presentation about EKES. As a result, the school was notified recently that it has progressed to the third and final stage of the process. The winner will be announced in April.
Kensington Elementary School (KES) fifth grade teacher, Amy Steinberg, has been selected as one of ten national finalists for the Great American Teach-Off, a national competition co-sponsored by the University of Phoenix and GOOD magazine. It is a voter-based contest that carries a $10,000 classroom prize for the winner. The winner will be announced in April.
Exeter High School (EHS) sophomore Zach Morris captured first place for the second consecutive year in the recent Poetry Out Loud contest at the school. He moves on to compete at the Eastern Regional Semi-Finals at the University of New Hampshire.
EHS junior Alex Rose recently submitted an essay on the topic of how the US Constitution is still relevant in today’s world. His essay has been chosen to be posted on the Constitutionally Speaking website, along with being submitted to several newspapers by that organization.
EHS senior and Wrestling Team Captain Ross Danner recently became a Division I State Wrestling Champion in the 160-pound weight class in competition recently held at Concord High School.
The EHS Gymnastic Team, which began only four years ago, recently completed their season at Salem High School and captured First Place. Led by Seniors Brittanie Clark (Captain), Taylor Todd, and Maddy Comley (Captain), who finished in 2nd place for the all-around competition, the EHS gymnasts topped 13 other teams in the competition.
National Merit Finalists - Two Exeter High School (EHS) seniors, Emily Avery and Nicholas Moutis, have earned the outstanding distinction of being named National Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Program.
State Championship: Swimming and Diving - Exeter High School Boys Swimming and Diving team captured its first-ever Division I State Championship when the meet was recently held at the University of New Hampshire. Led by team anchor, Collin Richardson, and the team’s only senior, Alex Frizzell, the Blue Hawks made an impressive mark on the competition. Congratulations to Head Coach Greig Cronauer and all of the members of the team! Together they brought another accolade to EHS!
State Championship: Alpine Skiing - For the third consecutive year, the Exeter High School (EHS) Girls Ski Team captured the Division I State Championship that was recently held at Mount Sunapee. Outstanding freshmen Keala Eichholz and Natalie Bruno led the way for the Blue Hawks under the excellent coaching of EHS teacher Joanne Pare. The undefeated season was a real tribute to the excellent success and sportsmanship displayed by the team once again!
Lincoln Street School (LSS) joined all of the schools in the SAU to celebrate March as “Music in Our Schools” month. LSS boasts an outstanding music program with its two exemplary music educators, Sue Noseworthy (General Music) and Beverly Perriccio (Instrumental Music).
Four fifth grade students (Maddie Gilmartin, Ashley Arcidi, Ashlyn Rice, and Julianna Perrella) from East Kingston Elementary School (EKES) recently formed the EKES Soles4Souls Team so that they could do something that would make a difference in the world. Soles4Souls is a shoe charity that refurbishes gently used shoes and then donates them where needed in the United States and around the world. The team collected a wide variety of shoes during February to support their efforts to help others and to expand their community service involvement.
Because the current GED (Graduate Equivalency Diploma) program ends in December 2013, the Exeter Adult Education Director, Leslie Haslam, and her staff have embarked on an aggressive campaign to reach out to the hundreds of area residents who had begun the GED over the past ten years, but never completed the battery of tests required by the program. This has included increased media and social networking coverage; at least three rounds of letters to past participants; telephone contacts; and word of mouth exchanges. The Adult Education staff is asking community members to “spread the word” that any NH resident who is 18 years of age or older and who has not earned a high school diploma may still take the current GED test in 2013. Beginning in January 2014, a totally new high school equivalency test will be unveiled. Contact with the Adult Education office may be made by calling 775-8457 or by accessing information through the SAU 16 website at http://adulted.sau16.org.