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July 3, 2014

EDUCATION BRIEFS

Students jump into shark tank

DERRY — Students representing six high schools in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts competed for the chance to make their ideas a reality at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics June 7.

Pinkerton Academy had two teams present their inventions to a panel of “shark tank” judges, hoping their ideas would win a cash award.

The ideas were well received, but the Derry students did not take any top prizes.

Pinkerton student ideas included a better “selfie” camera and a set of Teflon headphones.

The eight Pinkerton students competing were Cassandra Wright, Jessie Thompson, Ryan Cox, Sam Mitchell, Samra Silva, Taylor Connolly, Joey Dumais and Andrew Cunningham. They all represented the sophomore class.

Grinnell selected for flight training

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy Air Force JROTC cadet Shawn Grinnell is one of three New Hampshire JROTC cadets to participate in the Daedalians-sponsored Cadet Flight Indoctrination Program.

The program consists of supervised individual and group study activities in preparation, leading up to a successful solo flight in a general aviation aircraft.

Shawn will be a senior at Pinkerton in the fall, her fourth year participating in the JROTC program.

South Range volunteer honored

DERRY — South Range Elementary School honored its top volunteer at a Derry School Board meeting May 27.

Jane Gagnon was named the school’s Volunteer of the Year. She came to South Range through the volunteer grandparent program and has spent many hours in the classroom and around the building helping with a multitude of jobs.

Principal Matt Olsen said Gagnon “went above and beyond” to help others. She received a certificate of appreciation.

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