Accomplishments 2016-17

Year in Reflection: 2016-2017

The 2016 – 2017 school year was a very successful one.  With the continuing support and interest of everyone involved in the school community, Winnacunnet High School has been able to achieve the accomplishments listed below:

Faculty & Staff

Winnacunnet High School was recognized as the 2017 New Hampshire High School of Excellence.

School-Wide embedded professional development focused on direct instruction and modeling of tech tools, independent unit creation, solicitation of student feedback and performance data to support student learning. This professional development opportunity allows teachers to expand their capacity to implement several best practices for improved achievement and provides teachers the opportunity to work collaboratively across departments, exchange ideas and create a shared ownership of the initiatives being implemented.

As part of the Technology Plan, Winnacunnetl provided Acer c740 Chromebook devices to every member of the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2020. Like a textbook, these computers will be signed out and collected by the school, but remain in the possession of students during the school year (as well as after their graduation). For every subsequent year, the school will continue to purchase a technology device for incoming freshmen. According to this schedule, Winnacunnet will be a 1:1 (1 device deployed to every student) school by 2018-19 school year.

Winnacunnet High School sponsored the eighth annual Junior Class Career Fair. Since their freshman year, our juniors have been exploring career options, and it is time for them to have the opportunity to speak with representatives from all of the career clusters. The fair represents the students’ natural progression for choosing a potential occupation to pursue upon completion of high school.  This year there are representatives from over 45 different businesses and companies for students to speak to and gather information about future potential opportunities.

Winnacunnet High School hosted the fifth annual Young Alumni College Networking Fair. Recent alumni representing several colleges and universities returned to Winnacunnet to share their post-secondary education search experience, decision-making process, and information about their current school and major college with our current students.

Winnacunnet hosted the initial meeting of the New Hampshire League of Innovative Schools In-State meeting. The New England Secondary School Consortium’s League of Innovative Schools (LIS) offers a supportive and collaborative environment to share ideas, network as instructional leaders, and gain valuable insight into best practices and the implementation of initiatives

Winnacunent High School represented NH at the New England Secondary School Consortium’s a regional conference, High School Redesign in Action, and presented Liberating Learning Through ELOs: Providing Authentic Demonstrations of Learning Through School and Community Contexts. Staff members making the presentation included Donna Couture, David Hobbs, Karen Schweizer, Aaron Abood, Caroline Arakelian, Mike Handwork, and student Matt Long.

English Teacher, Gabrielle Borden, continued the program where Winnacunnet students in her reading lab made bi-weekly visits to Seabrook Elementary School to model good reading habits.  Students were assigned to 1st-grade classrooms and were able to build relationships with the 1st-grade students.

School Social Worker, Talley Westerberg, spoke at the New Hampshire School Nurses Association to do the training for their School Nursing Essentials. This is a two-day conference for new school nurses. The topics covered were: Working with Homeless Children and Families, Mental Health in Schools, and DCYF Reporting.

Winnacunnet Video Production Students along with teacher Derek Roberts, and our new Student Tech Help Desk along with Educational Technology Coordinator, Jenn Lowton, were chosen to be the official tech support team and video production team for the large Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference this year. Jenn Lowton presented a day-long touchscreen Chromebook session and Derek Roberts, Donna Couture, David Hobbs and the students alternated throughout the conference to provide tech support, photography and videography.

Teachers Kara Seager and Carl Printzlau took our newly created Hiking Club on two successful hikes this year.  Each hike we took six Winnacunnet students.  The first was Mt. Major, and the second was Mt. Morgan.

Student Assistance Counselor, Tarnya Miller-Fegan, earned both the NH Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and the NH Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor qualifications. Currently, there are approximately twenty individuals in the state with both Licenses.

Nurses Laurie Cook and Tine Svanholm administered the yearly Secret Santa project, supporting112 students a small gift to brighten their holidays.

Math teacher, Susan Blake was approved as a Running Start instructor by GBCC and developed a proposed syllabus to offer TAC Math next year through Running Start at Great Bay CC.

Math teacher Peter Sorrentino initiated the Technology & Physics Lecture Series was kicked off with a presentation by Derek Kane of Deka Research of Manchester, NH.   Mr. Kane presented several Deka product development efforts that require the extensive use and integration of computing technology and physics.  The highlight of the lecture was a demonstration of the iBot, an advanced mobility system designed to restore freedom and dignity to people traditionally wheelchair bound.  The goal of the lecture series is to offer students insight into exciting products being developed by local companies that require extensive understanding of physics and computer technology.  Trimester 3 speaker was iRacing in Bedford, MA.

The AP Computer Science class has been approved for Running Start.  This Running Start certification affords students to earn up to six college credits when successfully completing the AP Comp Science class.  Additionally, the Project Lead the Way, PLTW, Digital Electronics course is also now a Running Start certified class.  Students are eligible to earn three college credits for successful completion.

Spanish teacher Chinca Jimenez created a Summer Spanish Immersion camp held at the North Hampton library, and also an after-school program. Spanish Immersion program (songs and short stories in Spanish) for third to fifth-grade students through the Hampton recreational department. Additionally, her poem “Whistle” was published in the

NY literary Magazine ( and won second place in Life category.

The Girls Advancement of Sports Award has been renamed the Carol A. Dozibrin Advancement of Girls Sports Award. This award recognizes an individual who has spent over 35 years as an Athletic Administrator; promoting athletics for all student-athletes and the increased number of opportunities for females.

Winnacunnet received the NHIAA/National Federation of State High School Associations Award of Excellence for exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship for the year.

The Winnacunnet community, led by the Guidance Department, continues to participate in a massive Thanksgiving basket campaign. Students and staff worked together to put fill baskets for families in need in our district that include all of the items necessary for a Thanksgiving feast.  Approximately sixty baskets were delivered to families throughout the community.  This endeavor would not be possible without the faculty, student groups, and community partners working together.

Class of 2017

One-hundred and ninety-three (193) seniors graduated in the class of 2017.  Graduates were accepted into over 170 colleges and universities as listed below.  Approximately Sixty-three percent will be attending four-year colleges, seventeen percent will be attending two-year colleges, three percent will be attending technical schools, and 5% will be entering military service.

Agnes Scott College, Allegheny College, Appalachian State University, Assumption College, Auburn University, Bennington College, Bentley University, Binghamton University (School of Management), Boston College (College of Arts & Sciences), Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Bryant University, Bryant University, Cazenovia College, Central Michigan University, Champlain College, Christopher Newport University, City College of New York CUNY, Clark University, Clarkson University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Colby-Sawyer College, College of Charleston, College of the Holy Cross, College of William and Mary, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Columbia College, Columbia College Chicago, Concordia University – Montreal, Connecticut College, Cornell University, Creighton University, Curry College, Dalhousie University, Dartmouth College, Drew University, Drexel University, East Carolina University, Elon University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Florida Atlantic University, Fordham University, Framingham State University, Franklin Pierce University, George Mason University, Goucher College, Great Bay Community College (NHCTC-Portsmouth), Green Mountain College, Guilford Technical Community College, Hawaii Pacific University, High Point University, Hunter College of the CUNY, Husson University, Ithaca College (School of Business), Johnson & Wales University (Denver), Johnson & Wales University (Providence)Juniata College Keene State College Lakes Region Community College (NHCTC-Laconia) Lesley University Loyola University Maryland Lyndon State College (Northern Vermont University) Manchester Community College (NHCTC-Manchester) Marist College Marymount Manhattan College Massachusetts Institute of Technology MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Merrimack College Miami University, Oxford Michigan State University Mount Ida College New England College Newberry College Newbury College NHTI – Concord’s Community College Nichols College North Carolina State University Northeastern University Norwich University Pace University, New York City Pennsylvania State University Plymouth State University Point Park University Providence College Purchase College State University of New York Queens University of Charlotte Quinnipiac University Regis College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Roger Williams University Rutgers University-New Brunswick Sacred Heart University Saint Anselm College Saint Joseph’s College-ME Saint Leo University Saint Michael’s College Salve Regina University Savannah College of Art and Design Seton Hall University Siena College Simmons College Southern Connecticut State University Southern Maine Community College Southern New Hampshire University Springfield College St. Bonaventure University St. John’s University – Queens Campus Stetson University Stonehill College Suffolk University Susquehanna University Syracuse University The College of New Jersey The George Washington University The University of Alabama The University of Arizona The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The University of Oklahoma The University of Tampa Thomas College Tulane University Union College (New York) University of Bridgeport University of Colorado at Boulder University of Connecticut University of Delaware University of Denver University of Hartford University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Maine University of Mary Washington University of Maryland, College Park University of Massachusetts Dartmouth University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of Miami University of Miami (School of Architecture) University of Mississippi University of New England University of New Hampshire at Durham University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Northern Colorado University of Oregon University of Rhode Island University of San Francisco University of South Carolina University of Southern Maine University of Southern Maine University of Utah University of Vermont University of West Florida Ursinus College Vermont Technical College Villanova University Virginia Tech Wake Forest University Wayne State College Wells College Wentworth Institute of Technology West Virginia University Western New England University Wheaton College MA Wheelock College Whittier College Winthrop University Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Winnacunnet student, Brian Coffen was named a Semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S high school seniors and include the highest scoring students in each state who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The senior class ran the fourth successful battle of the classes basketball tournament, raising over $1000 to help fund senior week. It was a spirited school event where all students were energized and respectful. Definitely a tradition worth keeping.

Trimester 1 economics students (seniors) participated in an interactive budget workshop with the Concord Coalition. This was an in-school ELO/performance assessment where they had to address the budget crisis that faces our nation over the next 10 years.   All groups, through debate and collaborative discussion, handled some really complex issues/decisions facing our nation’s leaders. They all agreed that the consequences of large deficits were too risky for the future and cut the deficit by 2 billion or greater amounts over the next ten years.

Latin Club’s Novice Certamen team won 1st place (15 schools participating) at the Granite State Certamen Tournament on Nov 19th at Dover High School. The two students on the team were Grace Baker and MacLean Baker.

Students in the JAG program hosted a basketball shoot-out fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds was used to create gift bags for the first 8 residents of Hope on Haven Hill, a new residential treatment center for pregnant women addicted to heroin.  This community service project was led by Lily Dore, with help from Alyssa Perzanoski (class of 2016), Meghan Spaulding, Kayleigh Brown, and Melanie Spainhower.

JAG students Rayyan Awlia, Josh Avery, Derek Bollotta, Maria Menas, Lily Dore, Madigan Souther , and Michael Stocker excelled at the annual JAG competition.  Competing against twelve schools, Winnacunnet students received First Place: Chapter Manual (scrapbook) – the work of Maria Menas; First Place: Quiz block (job/career questions); First Place: Giant Volleyball; Second Place: Basketball; Third Place: Mixed Relay; and Third Place: Scavenger Hunt.  The students were also awarded the high point trophy for the second year in a row.

The team placed 2nd out of 12 schools for their community service project with S.A.F.E.R. Alec Students Rayne Hollett was the recipient of a $1000 scholarship and Asia Pena was the recipient of a $1500 scholarship.   Kaylee Ravell received the 2017 Outstanding Leader Award

ROTC students supported Wreaths Across America which stopped in Hampton to honor some of our local fallen heroes.

Cycling Team finished the fall racing season. Competing at the championship at Highland Mountain in Tilton, NH in cold muddy conditions. Racers completed 3, 4, or 5 laps depending on their division of a 2.5-mile course. Congrats to Tanner Valhouli and Zieke Lucht who both competed. to Tanner Valhouli finished 2nd in the B division and Zieke Lucht in his first season of racing finished 10th and 28th.

The following seniors received the NHIAA/NHADA Scholar Athlete Award for their academic and athletic success as well as their community service commitment: Krista Scibisz, Mark Fagan, Anna Cady, Phillip Antonio, Callan Kennedy, Kelly Arsenault, Jessica Vogel, Carly Birch, Allison Giacalone, Dylan Taylor, Madeleine Allen, Bailey McDaniel, and Matthew Havey.

At the Division 1 track meet in Dartmouth, NH, junior Billy Powers (55 hurdles) and senior Phillip Antonio (long jump)finished 1st in their events.  Additionally, the boys 4×200 (Phillip Antonio , Billy Powers, Matt Gigliotti, Brandon Hanley) placed 2nd. Billy also placed 2nd in high jump and 4th in the 300m. Brandon placed 4th in the 55m and 6th in the 300m.   Overall the boys team placed 3rd.  For the girls, Kelly Arsenault placed 4th in the 1500m and 6th in the 3000m.