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A Teacher Rewarded: Lebanon’s Deborah Springhorn Receives Sabbatical

Lebanon High teacher Deborah Springhorn is the next recipient of the McAuliffe Sabbatical, which gives an educator time to  develop methods to improve classroom teaching. (New Hampshire Charitable Foundation - Cheryl Senter)

Lebanon High teacher Deborah Springhorn is the next recipient of the McAuliffe Sabbatical, which gives an educator time to develop methods to improve classroom teaching. (New Hampshire Charitable Foundation - Cheryl Senter)

The annual Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical has been good to Upper Valley teachers in recent years.

Hanover High School math teacher Greta Mills was the 2010 recipient of the sabbatical, which provides an outstanding New Hampshire teacher with a year to explore new methods of improving classroom teaching that could be applied at schools around the swtate.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which administers the award, has given the 2013 sabbatical to Lebanon High School English and social studies teacher Deborah Springhorn. She plans to develop a curriculum component to engage students in the study of global issues since the end of the Cold War.

“Based on the success I have experienced engaging students in discussions about contemporary and historic issues through the use of works of art, the curriculum will use photographs by award-winning photojournalist James Nachtwey to initiate each unit of study. Highly interdisciplinary in nature, the curriculum will provoke inquiry, engender compassion, and inspire change,” Springhorn said in a statement.

A West Lebanon resident, Springhorn has taught at Lebanon for 21 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master of arts in teaching in social studies from Colgate University.

The sabbatical was set up by Gov. John Sununu and the state Legislature in 1986 as a permanent fund.

∎ Lebanon High School graduate Enoch Mahama Holu received the Colby-Sawyer Award at Colby-Sawyer College’s recent commencement exercises. The annual award is presented to a graduating senior who exemplifies the college’s ideals of personal dignity, intellectual growth and contributions to campus life.

Holu, a native of Gwollu, Ghana, was a Wesson Honors scholar, dean’s list student and Alpha Chi Honor Society member and was awarded the James Duane Squires Book Award during his first semester in New London. Last summer, Holu retraced the “African trail of tears” from his home in Ghana to the coastal fortresses that housed slaves before their transport to the American colonies, a journey he documented for a campus presentation.

∎ A Plainfield School student’s essay has been selected as a New Hampshire winner in the 2013 Letters About Literature competition and will represent the state in a national contest.

Eighth-grader Jillian C. Perriello’s letter to Nicholas Sparks about his 2009 book The Last Song earned her a cash prize and the promise of further competition. All eighth-grade students in teacher Michelle Carlson’s classes participate in the Letters About Literature contest. Essays by Abby Chellis, Gabrielle Guarino and Greta Hazelton also advanced to the semifinals of the New Hampshire contest.

∎ A group of Lebanon High School students have organized a second annual “Walk-a-thon in Loving Memory of Natalie Perriello.” The walk-a-thon is planned for Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school’s running track. Registration forms are available at the school and on its website, lhs.sau88.net. Proceeds from the event, which also includes a yard sale, will go to the Perriello Children Trust Fund and the Natalie Perriello Hope Scholarship.

Perriello, 42, was shot to death in her Grantham home on April 26, 2012. Police have charged her husband, James Perriello, in her death.

∎ Original theater is fast becoming the rule, rather than the exception at area schools. The latest entrant is Thetford Elementary School, where fourth-graders will perform The Golden Rule , a new musical written by Thomas Chapin, a 2004 Thetford Academy graduate, on Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m.

The Golden Rule comprises skits and original songs on subjects that range from bullying and teasing to friendship and homework. Teachers Bren Bennett and Sarah Zack are the directors.

The performances are free, but donations are welcome. All donations will go to the Nkoaranga Orphanage in Arumeru, Tanzania, which houses around 30 children.

∎ Four graduates of Hanover High School were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Kelsey E. Pilchman, Sarah J. Riessen, Meredith M. Sawyer and Heather K. Wakeman maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

∎ The following Upper Valley students earned degrees from the University of New Hampshire: From Canaan: Daniel Joseph Evans, Caitlin Sinead Kivler, Currier Lee Neily, Duncan Innes Nelson and Carina Palma Pappalardo. From Enfield: Marissa Claire Marvin, Peter Anthony Maxfield, Amber Marie Morrill, Katherine Marie Neumann and Margaret Rose Salinas. From Hanover: Michael Loring Balch, Ana Maria Celaya, Kimberly Ann Estes, Andrew Joseph Hogue, Ryan Kendal Kolmeister, Trevor Brian Leeming, Sloane Danielle Schuchman, Yolanda Maria Tselepidakis and Christopher Bradford Wood.

From Lebanon: Laura Elizabeth Brown, Jacob Andrew Buskey, Alkier Villaluz Camonayan, Karyn Elizabeth Collins, Samantha Ryan Davis, Esteban Estrada, Garrett John Finn, Taylor Robert Fittro, Molly Katherine Jackson, Joseph Ernest LaBombard, Emilee Anne Martin, Bradley Lanzetta Maxfield, Ruth Elizabeth McBain, Elizabeth May Natola, Jenna E. Neth, Nicole Newton Schmidtke and Katherine Elizabeth Stockwell. From Lyme: Henry Kent Caldwell, Addie Belle Fisher, Anna Chloe Lornitzo and Cole Jacob Williams. From Orange: Matthew Michael Jones.

From Charlestown: Joseph Russell Cenney. From Claremont: Cassandra Rae DeValk and Jessica Rachel Phaneuf. From Cornish: Nicole Christine Annis, Alexander Edward Bourne, Allison Darthie St. Martin and Meghan Kelsie Young. From Grantham: Anna Hazel Berg, Erin Francetta Carey, Ashely Elizabeth Mortenson, William Joseph Roy and Merhawi Wells-Bogue. From Newport: Nicholas Ryan Bates, Jonathan Sterling Bishop, Brian Robert Earnshaw, Justine Nicole Fraser, Madeeha Ilyas, Miranda Corin Perkins, Raynalde Anne Schagen and Agnes Theresa Schissel. From Plainfield: Stephen David Goodrow, Alyssa Clare Reetz and Johanna Christin Ruppertberger. From Sunapee: Steven Sawyer Curt, Timothy Frost Meehan, Phillip Harrison Parsons and Robert George Titus. From New London: Hannah Winslow Arnold, Maisea L. Bailey, Carter Hale Bascom, Tyler Jeffrey Bascom, Matthew David Carroll, Robert Thomson Cole, Maxwell Alan Cooper, Robert Forrester Edmunds and Jessica Elaine Newkirk.

In addition to the many New Hampshire students who stuck it out at their state university, a surprising number of students from the Vermont side of the Upper Valley earned degrees in Durham last month. From Bridgewater: Kimberly Sue Kancir. From Hartford: Ryan John McGuire and Garrett Braxton Marker. From Newbury: Peter Andrew Hoffman. From Norwich: Brooke Katherine Flowers, Sonia Scherr and Garon C. Turcotte-Smail. From Randolph: Thomas Martin Paquet. From Woodstock: Kelly Ann Giller and Danielle Marie Lewis.

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Alex Hanson can be reached at ahanson@vnews.com or 603-727-3219.