'Back to the 80’s' takes the stage Thursday

CONWAY — The Kennett Drama Club will be opening its annual musical entitled "Back to the 80's" this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kennett High School's Loynd Auditorium.

Additional performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical "Back to the 80's." In the style of movies such as "Back to the Future," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Karate Kid," "Back to the 80's" is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

"Back to the 80's" tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now 30-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around.

Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a "Star Wars" dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, 20 cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse you.

Wear your best 80s costume and enter the "Best Dressed" costume contest!


KHS HOSA students shine at Dartmouth

CONWAY — Three members of the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program placed in the 37th annual NH/VT Spring Leadership Conference at Dartmouth College in Hanover on March 16.

Eight students attended the two-day conference and "were outstanding representatives of the MWV Career and Technical Center," according to director Virginia Schrader. "Students who studied and prepared for their competitive events and presented themselves professionally were Sam Ducker, Aleecia Dodd, Mykala Merrill, Emily Fournier, Lily Lash, Gabby Shackford, Erin Curran and Rebekah Eldridge."

The team of Eldridge and Curran captured place overall for Community Awareness, a service project designed to raise community awareness of a health related issue of local, state or national interest. Their efforts to promote awareness of the Let's Go 5210 program and childhood obesity prevention with the Winter Carnival event earned them this recognition.

Fellow Eagle, Ducker garnered second place accolades for Nursing Assisting, which comprised of a first round written exam and second round clinical test in skills related to the role of the LNA (Licensed Nursing Assistant).

"With close to 300 competitors in attendance this is an outstanding success for MWVCTC students, HOSA and the Health Science program," Schrader said.

The conference brings HOSA chapters representing schools from Vermont and the Granite State together to attend workshops, experience leadership and professionalism in the field of healthcare, and to compete in their chosen events.


The Waldorf Way — Waldorf School’s memorable cross-country ski trip


By Hunt Barclay

ALBANY — Early on the chilly morning of Feb. 27, Waldorf students from grades fifth through eighth met in the school parking lot for the 2 plus hour ride to Kingston, Maine, central location for the non-profit organization, Maine Huts and Trails.

"All aboard" with cross-country skis, lots of warm gear and six adult chaperones/guides; parents Denice Tepe, Amy Rogers, Michael Baptista and faculty/staff Bruce Cooper, Louis Bullard and Heather Burnell.

DAY ONE. Four miles of skiing. The group headed off. It was largely uphill going and icy to boot. After a hard slog they finally arrived at the Stratton Brook Hut, a large, comfy retreat with a roaring stove around which the collective chowed down on chicken pot pie, Caesar salad, veggies and bread...let's not to forget ample, yummy cupcakes for dessert.

After dinner, Mr. Cooper regaled all with tales of King Arthur. Mr. Cooper reflects back a week later, "Our ski trip was a three-day Arthurian Quest to discover the winter landscape of central Maine." Charades ended the perfect day and then the tired skiers piled into their sleeping bags, drowsy and content from a day well spent.

DAY TWO. Ah, the challenging day two; seven miles of skiing! It was bugle call at 7 a.m., the smell of pancakes, eggs and bacon filled the hut while our young adventurers struggled into their gear and prepared themselves for what was to come.

Apprehension turned into wonder as the first four miles presented an easy downhill under a sunny sky, between rolling hills, in the pristine northern Maine environment.

The remaining terrain was mixed and easy. They all finally arrived at their warm 'n cozy hut in mid afternoon.

Heather Burnell reflects, "It was a truly amazing feat to witness these students overcome a challenging terrain with smiles on their faces, and pride in their hearts, really priceless. This was the perfect situation to help guide these pre-teens into a more secure feeling of confidence."

Spirited chess and monopoly jousts were followed by a casserole, sweet potatoes and cornbread. Then Mr. Bullard led the group in songs that reverberated through the cathedral ceilings. Take home memories included the passing of a massive icefall/waterfall earlier in the day, easily the most dramatic sighting on the trip so far.

DAY THREE. Once again reveille at 7 a.m. Today's skiing would take the group back to their cars at the end of the three-day loop. The run included a super long downhill and a gathering rain storm as right of passage. All agreed that the trip was a "10."

Classroom activities resumed the following day but few students were yet mentally off their skis. Louis Bullard reflects, "In total, the students skied about 14.5 miles. For some, the challenge was only the distance, for others, it was their very first time on skis. It was great to bring the two classes together, grades 5-6 and 7-8. They had to work together to support each other."

Our thanks go out to Maine Huts and Trails, whose generosity helped make this trip possible. The students are already planning another trip next year that will reach a hut that has an 11-mile ski day.

Hunt Barclay is a White Mountain Waldorf School parent.

The White Mountain Waldorf School helps raise children from nursery to grade eight. Located 2 miles south of Conway Village in Albany. Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour (603) 447-3168 or go to www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org


SAU 9 Umbrella: There’s heaps to do at JBES after school

By Danielle Nutting

Welcome to the SAU 9 update.

"What are you doing after school," inquired Susie. Well, if you're at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, you're going to have a hard decision to make because there are so many activities to choose from: sports, Nordic skiing, dance team, outdoor explorations, high school art connections, Kiwanis K-Kids and Builders Club, technology club, editing/writing/photography for the school newspaper, National Junior Honor Society, student council, knitting club or girls' leadership club.

After a fun-filled collaborative day, the students can take all those skills they've learned right into the classroom and also connect it to their theme for this year, kindness.

In fact, talking about kindness, a group of fifth-and sixth-graders set up a kindness table in the library. The table's purpose is to spread kindness around the community. You can make cards, write letters or draw pictures and give them to someone to brighten their day. You can customize your messages with stickers, markers, pencils and construction paper.

The talented students have also been providing our community entertainment throughout the school year: a very moving Veterans' Day tribute, the December tree lighting musical extravaganza, the K-4 holiday concert and the evening 5-8 holiday concert. It is wonderful to see so many families attend these fun, heartwarming events.

Kennett High School has also been a busy place. The KHS Wellness Committee hosted the student and community workshop on the impact of the digital age on children, with the sharing of the film "Screenagers" on the evening of Feb. 8 for the public and on Feb. 9 for high school students. There was a diverse panel of community members and leaders to help facilitate constructive conversation following the movie.

Other noteworthy mentionings are that six KHS students were accepted to have their artwork on display at a juried art exhibit at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University. They were Eilidh McKinnon, a junior, in acrylic painting; Amelia Severy, junior, in pen and ink on paper and watercolor on paper; Rhiannon Hacking, a junior, in watercolor on paper; Brady Anderson, a junior, in watercolor and ink on paper; Cassidy Daigle, a senior, in watercolor; and Abby Taylor, a senior, in ink on paper.

The winter sports teams are not only performing well, but are also giving back to our community. The boys' and girls' basketball teams raised over $2,000 for Angels and Elves at their shoot-a-thon fundraiser. The ice hockey team collected 136 stuffed animals for their third annual Teddy Bear Toss. These bears will be donated to the children at Boston Children's Hospital.

At the MWV Career and Technical Center students from health science classes and the teacher education program joined forces to host a winter carnival for families of elementary-aged children on Feb. 3 at the North Conway Community Center. There were fun activities, games, giveaways, a smoothie bike, and popcorn and more. Community partners included: The Memorial Hospital, MWV Let's Go, UNH Cooperative Extension, local yoga instructors and the Conway Public Library.

There is lots of buzz in the building trades and it's not just the sounds saws and drills, it is the highly anticipated completion of the tiny house. The projected completion date is March 10, this tiny house is only one of two in the state that is slated to be at 100 percent completion by the New Hampshire Home Builder's Association Home Show on March 17. In addition, 12 students from building trades have recently earned their OSHA 10 certification.

From artists, to builders, to learning about health and human services, to spreading kindness and community outreach projects, our K-12 students are having exciting and meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom daily.

SAU 9 is composed of five elementary schools, a middle school, high school and a career and technical center. This column will highlight three to four schools per column. This week will focus on Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, Kennett High School and the MWV Career and Technical Center.