, Derry, New Hampshire

February 20, 2014


Derry News

---- — These art students are very talented

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy students were among art students around the region earning honors for their art. Pinkerton hosted the annual Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire program and students received awards for their talents in painting, ceramic, drawing and other media.

Pinkerton students recognized by the Arts Awards program include: Rebecca Arruda, Lydia Brecheen, Cyrus Champey, Kaila Cote, Erin Doble, Cassidy Hurley, Taylor-Rae Lancaster, Rebecca Lander, Denis Mwaura, Skyler Oliveira, Nicholas Papa, Jacqueline Pierson, Kaylin Porter, Shealyn Satagate, Jordan Taylor-Hayward, Melanie Viens, and Lily Zemelko.

Volunteers train for DI

LONDONDERRY — More than 200 volunteers entered Destination Imagination training at Londonderry High School. The session Feb. 1 gathered volunteers to learn all about being a judge in the annual student creative thinking program.

The annual Destination Imagination competitions begin in March with student teams representing schools all over the region taking on challanges. This year’s seven challenges are STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning.

For math team, four times a charm

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy’s math team has won its fourth meet of the year and there have been only four meets to day. The school remains undefeated after winning the most recent Tri-State Math League meet at Winnacunnet High School. Londonderry High School came in second.

Several Pinkerton students received high score awards including seniors Xin Zhang and Ian Vossoughi; juniors Rebekah Terry, Altai Perry, and Spencer Lynch; sophomores Adam DeMio, and Jake Hudgins, and freshman Antti Pihlajavesi.

The team has two more opportunities to score big in math with upcoming Tri-State meets on March 5 and April 2.

Students urged to enter state film contest

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is now accepting submissions for the 2014 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. All submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31, or arrive at the Film and Television Office at 19 Pillsbury St. in Concord by 4 p.m. on that date.

Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, fostering interest in filmmaking and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft.

The festival is open to students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14 to 18 are also eligible. Submissions do not have to have been created as part of a school project and there is no entry fee. To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits.

A panel of judges made up of New Hampshire film industry professionals will review all submissions. Select films will be shown at the festival at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 24.

Winning films will also be screened on New Hampshire Day and Night at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth in October, the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord in November and the Monadnock International Film Festival in Keene in April 2015.

Rules and guidelines, film submission forms and other information about the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival can be found at

DVD offers many help with stuttering

Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries in the form of a DVD. Some libraries have an older video format.

The DVD was produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.

David Wilkins, a high school student who stutters, narrates the DVD. It features students from junior high school through college talking about their experiences with stuttering and what they found to be helpful. They talk openly about the ridicule they faced from classmates and how their stuttering affects their lives.

Three experts answer questions about stuttering, refute myths and misconceptions, and present examples of therapy sessions showing how stuttering can be reduced.

Books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, email, or visit or

The DVD is available at Derry Public Library and at Leach Library.