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School Notes: Hanover student to play benefit concert

  • Pianist Stephen Wang, a junior at Hanover High School, will play a concert to benefit his high school class on Saturday at Norwich Congregational Church. (Courtesy photograph)



Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, April 22, 2019

Award-winning teen pianist Stephen Wang will play a recital at Norwich Congregational Church on Saturday, as a benefit for Hanover High School’s junior class.

Wang, a member of Hanover’s class of 2020, placed third among 76 pianists from 14 countries during the X Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Conn., on March 10. He also finished second at the recent Granite State Composition Competition, with his piano-solo piece, Journey.

Saturday’s recital starts at 2 p.m. Wang is scheduled to play Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Scherzo in B minor and Ballade in A flat Major, opus 47; Franz Liszt’s La Campanella; Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat major; and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C major, opus 53.

Admission is by donation.

Social studies

Weathersfield School eighth-grader Zed McNaughton placed seventh at the recent Vermont championships of the National Geographic GeoBee in Bennington.

McNaughton had qualified for the state competition by prevailing on Dec. 4 in the finals of his school’s competition. McNaughton then qualified for the Vermont semifinals through an online competition, and on March 29 advanced to the finals by correctly answering seven out of eight geography questions.

Scholarship-shape

Piermont resident Fiona Sweeney and Norwich’s Bryan Kable recently received corporate support toward their college educations through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Corporate awards, aimed at students planning to pursue careers in particular fields, are the first of several levels of scholarships that will be granted under the National Merit Scholar system this spring. As children of employees of Automatic Data Processing, Sweeney, a senior at St. Johnsbury Academy aiming for a career in surgical medicine, and Kable, a senior at Hanover High School with plans to pursue neuroscience, both qualified for scholarships named in memory of ADP founder Henry Taub. The grants cover the cost of tuition and books up to $20,000 a year over four years of undergraduate study.

Sweeney is one of New Hampshire’s seven recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit scholarships, and Kable is one of the four Vermonters earning such support, out of the more than 1.6 million students nationwide who took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors in the fall of 2017. The Upper Valley students were among 16,000 who reached the semifinalist round and 7,600 finalists nationwide.

Later this spring, the National Merit Scholarship program will announce awards sponsored by the colleges that the receiving students plan to attend, and then direct awards from the Merit Scholar program.

Community service

Meriden resident Mallory Schell spent spring break from Saint Anselm College co-leading a group of 11 students who volunteered on improvement projects on the Oglala Lakota reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D.

Schell, a senior majoring in nursing, oversaw the building of bunk beds and outhouses, and the installation of skirting around mobile homes.

High school honors

The faculty at Lebanon High School recently named senior Justin Rogers as student of the month for April. The nomination cites the outdoor nature trail and classroom that he designed and built for his former elementary school, and his humility amid his scholastic, athletic and community-service accomplishments.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304. Send education news to schoolnotes@vnews.com.