School Notes: Three Hanover High Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/15/2017 10:02:06 PM

Three students from Hanover High School recently received $2,500 each toward their college educations through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Hanover residents Charles Chen, Teresa Snyder and Caroline Tally made the grade among New Hampshire’s 14 merit scholars, out of the more than 1.6 million high school juniors nationwide who took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors in the fall of 2015.

The Hanover trio were among 16,000 students reaching the semifinalist round and 7,500 finalists nationwide.

By Degrees

White River Junction resident Malkie Hematillake graduated from the University of Kansas on Sunday, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, during commencement ceremonies on the Lawrence campus.

White River Junction resident Ben Beidler recently received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Educator Excellence

Kristin Wilson, a former teacher and curriculum expert in the Lebanon School District and Mascoma Valley Regional School District, recently was named to the board of directors of the Upper Valley Educators Institute (UVEI) in Lebanon.

Now director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Fall Mountain Regional School District, Wilson taught high school math in both of her previous school districts, while designing and developing curriculum to match New Hampshire state standards. She also served as an assistant principal at Lebanon High.

Wilson is training at UVEI for certification to work as a superintendent of schools.

Dartmouth College recently named Sonu Bedi, an associate professor of government, as the first director of the school’s Hans and Kate Morris Ethics Institute.

Bedi began teaching in Dartmouth’s government department in 2007. He is the author of Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation: Legal Equality Without Identity, and of Rejecting Rights. He also co-edited the text Political Contingency: Studying the Unexpected, the Accidental, and the Unforeseen.

Collegiate Recognition

Lindsey Schell, of Randolph Center, recently earned induction into Ithaca College’s chapter of the Rho Phi Lambda Honor Society, for her academic achievements and leadership in Ithaca’s school of health science and human performance.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Cells

River Valley Community College is inviting applications to enroll in its new associate’s-degree programs in information technology (IT) and in computer science and global information.

Both degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the growing fields, and to allow them to transfer credits if they choose to pursue four-year degrees.

To register and to learn more, visit

Going the Extra Mile

Students from Woodstock Union High School will unveil their recent creations during the school’s annual art show starting next week.

The three-day exhibition begins next Tuesday night at 5:30 with a reception in the middle-school gymnasium. The artwork will be on view on May 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 25.

Hartford High School students on Thursday night will exhibit the results of work they’ve been doing beyond the classroom. Between 5:30 and 7:30 in the school gym, the students will present information about independent projects, internships and other activities.

Summer Enrichment

The Windsor Schools and East Corinth’s Waits River Valley School will host weeklong day camps on humanities topics for students ages 11 to 14 this coming summer, through the Vermont Humanities Council.

The themes from which students can choose include:

An examination of Brown Girl Dreaming, the poetic memoir that the humanities council chose as its Vermont Reads book for 2017

“It’s A Mystery,” delving into myths, legends and unsolved phenomena

“Food for Thought,” an exploration of food traditions close to home and around the world.

Each student receives a set of books related to the camp theme she or he chooses, to read during camp hours and to keep after the summer.

To apply for a camp and to learn more, visit

The Hanover-based STEM Robotix program will offer five one-week day camps in robotics over the summer.

Camps are open to beginners as well as to experienced students. The first camp runs June 26 to 30. To sign up and to learn more, visit

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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