School Notes: Hanover High Students Direct a Play

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/3/2017 10:00:13 PM

Under the direction of Hanover High School seniors Kate Budney and Henry Lang, students from Hanover High will perform the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown three times this weekend in the Richmond Middle School auditorium.

Stagings are scheduled for Friday night at 7:30, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 and Saturday night at 7:30 in the school auditorium. Budney and Lang joined forces to co-produce the show for their senior capstone project. In addition to performing such classic numbers as Happiness and The Book Report, the cast also will perform recently-added songs such as Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy.

While admission is free for general-admission seating, advance tickets are available by emailing by Thursday. Attendees who reserve seats should arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of curtain time.

All the Valley’s a Stage

Student actors from The Sharon Academy will perform Cut, a one-act play by Ed Monk, during the Vermont state drama festival at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park this weekend.

The cast qualified for the state contest with the top performance at the regional festival, during which TSA juniors Ella Atkinson, Joseph Campbell and Cal Hale were named to the all-star team of actors. Senior Tray Fisk is the student director of the play.

Grammy-winning jazz guitarist John Jorgensen will lead his quintet into Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall on Saturday night, for a performance that showcases work that Randolph Union High School’s teachers and students created in workshops with Jorgensen over the past year through the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative.

To reserve tickets and learn more, visit or call 802-728-6464.

The Mascoma Valley Guitar Orchestra raised more than $450 for Mascoma Valley Regional High School’s music department, through a concert the orchestra performed with the Chester, Vt.-based, country-rock-oriented DV8 Band at the Meadow Sports Bar & Restaurant in Canaan in March.

The Write Stuff

Isibeal Bohan, of Bradford, Vt., won Green Up Vermont’s recent student writing contest, with her essay about the 47-year history of the state’s annual Green Up Day.

“In our state people go on highways picking up trash that other people throw out their windows,” Bohan, a fourth-grader at Bradford Elementary School, wrote in her winning essay. “Trash on the roads may seem like not a big deal but it can be really unsafe depending on the trash. People make fundraisers to encourage other people to clean up Vermont, because we are good by ourselves but we are great together.”

While Bohan received $250 for her winning entry, Newbury Elementary School sixth-grader Calvin Carbee earned honorable mention and $50 for an essay in which he wrote, in part, “While greening up our Earth, we are performing a random act of kindness — for our Earth and our future.” To read the top three essays in their entirety, and to learn about this year’s Green Up Day (scheduled for May 6) visit

Starting tonight and running through May, AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon is offering a writing course that uses interactive media.

Quinnipiac University professor Robert Kalm is teaching the course, which covers the use of the worldwide web and social media to improve students’ facility with written language, and the use of writing to improve their navigation of the internet.

Tuition costs $220 for AVA members and $240 for others. To register and learn more, visit or call 603-448-3117.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Cells

Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering is inviting Upper Valley students and other residents to its annual open house and exposition in Hanover on Friday night.

Topics to be covered in the school’s lab and work areas, from 5:30 to 8, include engineering in medicine, energy technologies, humanitarian projects, laboratory research and exhibitions by representatives from tech industries. The event is open to all ages.

To learn more, email or call 603-646-3677.

High School Honors

The New Hampshire chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution chose Newport High School student Jacob Merritt from among 64 high school seniors vying for the organization’s Good Citizen award.

The award qualifies Merritt for the DAR’s Northeast Division competition later this spring. Merritt was nominated by the Reprisal Chapter of the DAR for his dependability, public service, leadership and patriotism.

Lebanon High School recently named senior Graham Chickering as its student of the month for April. In addition to playing a crucial role in Lebanon’s run to the New Hampshire Division II title in boys basketball over the winter, Chickering was cited for his mentorship of a Hanover Street School fourth-grader of limited means whom he’d met at their bus stop.

Educator Excellence

New Hampshire Project Learning Tree is accepting nominations of Granite State teachers for its Educator of the Year Award for commitment to and innovation in environmental education.

April 15 is the deadline to nominate teachers. To learn more, visit or call 603-226-0160 or email

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304. Education-related news and announcements also can be sent to


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