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Manchester students, teachers to be recognized at school board meeting

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 12. 2014 7:56PM

MANCHESTER — The Board of School Committee will begin tonight’s meeting by doling out a few overdue accolades for a Queen City teacher and students.

Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

School board members are expected at the outset of tonight’s session to recognize recent achievements by the Manchester Memorial High School Academic Challenge Team and Hillside Middle School Language Arts teacher Sue Hannan.

Manchester Memorial High School Academic Challenge Team was named the national winner for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) LEAD Conference Academic Challenge in Denver, Colo., in November. Only one team was selected as the national winner, from among 14 teams participating in an academic challenge held at the conference.

The Manchester Memorial team included students Jennifer Subler, Kathryn Jordan, Parker Leonard, Joseph Discua and Emily Micheloni.

“We are all extremely proud of our NHS officers who not only represented our school at the national conference but won the Academic Challenge,” said Memorial principal Arthur Adamakos.

The LEAD Conference Academic Challenge offered a unique academic competition for members of the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and the National Association of Student Councils, at both the high school and middle school level.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for students to compete against other students from around the nation and to have fun at the same time,” said NASSP Director of Student Programs Ann Postlewaite. “The ability to lead a group toward the achievement of a common goal is an essential skill for success in the 21st century. These high school team members from Manchester Memorial High School proved that they have indeed mastered this skill perfectly.”

Categories in the competition included science, math, social studies, english, leaders, leadership, and general knowledge.

Hillside Language Arts Teacher Sue Hannan will also be recognized tonight. She was chosen as the state winner for New Hampshire in the 2014 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Her entry was chosen for its approach to advancing interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) work among her students, as well as making an impact in the Manchester community.

“This is a unique opportunity for a Manchester school,” said Mrs. Hannan. “We will be collaborating with students, colleagues, parents, community members and the media to create a project that spotlights the salmon release project, and will spotlight the health of the Merrimack River as well. Students and community members will be involved in a service project that serves everyone.”

As a state winner, Hillside has already received two Samsung tablets plus a digital video camera, laptop and software to produce the video, along with $20,000 in additional technology products. The video she is working on will be entered into the national competition, with technology prizes ranging between $35,000 and $140,000 — and an invite to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. at stake.

“We are very proud of Mrs. Hannan’s efforts to bring this prize and these opportunities to Hillside,” said Hillside principal Brendan McCafferty.

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