School Notes: Five Mascoma choral students perform in NE festival

  • From left, Mascoma Valley Regional High School students Hannah Gove, Shoshawna Charles, Joseph Burris, Alicia Campbell and Gillian Lenihan participated in the All New England Choral Festival at Plymouth State University. (Courtesy photograph) Courtesy photograph

Published: 11/28/2021 9:55:55 PM
Modified: 11/28/2021 9:55:27 PM
EDUCATOR HONORS Orange East Supervisory Union names teachers of the year

Kelley Houde and Jennifer Dube have been named teachers of the year for the Orange East Supervisory Union for the 2020-2021 school year. They will be honored at a ceremony at the University of Vermont in March 2022.

Houde has been a teacher at Newbury Elementary School for more than 20 years, according to a news release from the supervisory union. Before working in special education at the elementary school, she worked as a special educator in Warren, N.H. In 2002, she started to split her time between teaching second and third graders and as a special educator. Houde leads the school’s in-school theater program and is the head coach of the school’s “Finding Our Stride” Running Program.

“Her co-workers describe Kelley as being kind, hard-working, detail-oriented, helpful and professional (Noting that she always takes the high road!),” according to the release. “Most importantly, she has strength in differentiating learning for all students, is loved by her students and colleagues alike and utilizes her flexible, positive, easy going attitude to be a true cheerleader for Newbury!”

Dube teaches art to students in grades K-12 at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt. During the 2020-21 school year, she was a class advisor, Unified Arts Team leader and a teacher mentor, among other roles.

“Jennifer is truly a dynamic educator and always keeps the whole child in perspective,” according to the release. “She strives each day to deliver top-notch instruction and perseveres for her student’s best interest, which then sparks high engagement and performance outcomes.”

Champlain College to offer personal finance courses to NH educators

Champlain College’s Financial Literacy Academy at the Center for Financial Literacy is offering two free online sessions to middle and high school educators in New Hampshire.

The first session runs from Jan. 17 through March 11, and the second session runs from March 14 through May 6. The first 20 educators accepted for each of the two will receive full scholarships for the graduate-level course, which can be completed in the timeframe at the educators’ own pace. The application deadline for the first session is Dec. 10 and the deadline for the second is Feb. 11. For more information or to apply, visit

“New Hampshire requires that an economics course be taken by each student as a high school graduation requirement and further requires that this course contain some personal finance content,” John Pelletier, director of the Champlain center, said in a news release. He cited research from Next Gen Personal Finance that 9% of New Hampshire high schools require high school students take a standalone personal finance course to graduate and that another 74% offer it as an elective, but not a graduation requirement. “There is a clear need for more qualified personal finance experts in New Hampshire.”

STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS Hanover teenager earns $25,000 music scholarship

HANOVER – Maxine Park, of Hanover, has won a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program.

Park, a pianist who is a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, earned the scholarship for her project titled “Why Journeys and Not Destinations: A Framework for Approaching Life’s Goals.” She is one of 20 students from around the country who won a scholarship from the Davidson Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports young people who want to further their talents to make a difference in their communities.

“I have been passionate about music and psychology since I was young,” Park said in a release from the institute. Her project, “explores the importance viewing one’s goals as journeys rather than fixed destinations, building a framework of commitment, connection, and communication to provide a lens to make goals more attainable and the process of achieving goals more meaningful,” according to the release.

Five Mascoma choral students perform in New England festival

WEST CANAAN — Five students from Mascoma Valley Regional High School recently performed in the All New England Choral Festival at Plymouth State University.

Joseph Burris, Alicia Campbell, Shoshawna Charles, Hannah Gove and Gillian Lenihan were part of a group of more than 100 students from all over New England who took part in the performance, according to a release from Mascoma Valley Regional High School. After an audition, Lenihan was chosen to open the choir portion of the concert as a solosit and performed Baba Yetu, the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili.

The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Plymouth State student Zi Liang, and several Plymouth State percussionists provided musical accompaniment. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was onhand to give opening remarks and discussed the important role music plays in eduation.

In the weeks leading up to the performance, the five students worked with Director of Music Amy Morse to prepare pieces for the concert, titled “Within Us,” which featured music from several different cultures.

“It was energizing and uplifting for all of us to hear Secretary Cardona highlight the importance of music education,” Morse said in the release. “I am very proud of my students and the work that they have done and continue to do every day to bring the joy of music to our community.”


Katie Knippler, of Hanover, who is majoring in English and German studies at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., has been inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915.

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