---- — Astros take Challenge win
DERRY —The Pinkerton Academy Astros took an early lead against the Dover High School Green Wave during a recent Granite State Challenge event, winning in the end by a score of 335-170 in the quarterfinal match.
Pinkerton Academy was represented by Captain Ben Foley, Sara Tridenti, Jake Hudgins and Joe Ronca, and coached by Peter Crowell and Pam Griswold.
Pinkerton now advances to the semi-finals in the longstanding quiz contest.
Students honor military in purple
Students in schools all over the region honored the military during April wearing purple on April 15 as a visible way to show support and thank military families and children of military members for their strength and sacrifice. In New Hampshire there are approximately 4,100 military children.
Students in classrooms in Derry and Londonderry celebrated the day and wore purple.
Hood hosts career fair
DERRY —Gilbert H. Hood Middle School hosted a career/financial education fair April 10. Eighth-grade students participated in the fair, sponsored by Service Credit Union and St. Mary’s Bank. Each student received a folder detailing his or her own information, and specific career choice along with monthly income.
Students circulated among the booths set up to create a monthly spending plan and also learned about choosing apartments, car payments and other expenses.
International Club hosts event
LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School’s International Club hosts its annual International Fair May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the school.
The evening includes a celebration of many cultures with food, dance, ethnic displays and other activities. Admission is free but there will be a small fee for food and other activities.
Money raised from the event will support Heifer International, an organization providing livestock, seeds and training to families around the world struggling with hunger and poverty.
Fire Academy honors students
LONDONDERRY — The N.H. Fire Academy honored four Matthew Thornton Elementary students for their outstanding efforts in the annual Fire and Life Safety Calendar Contest.
Students were honored in a ceremony April 22 at the state Department of Safety. Students and their calendar categories are Emma Arnott, calendar cover; Dominic Hufford, Firefighters are Heroes; Nick Kotsakis, Safe Use of Candles and Holiday Safety; and Frank Thomas, Fireworks Safety.
Grad pays school a visit
DERRY — Pinkerton Academy and Harvard graduate Katie O’Brien returned to her alma mater recently with a message of encouragement and enlightenment about succeeding in school and life.
The Class of 2000 graduate along with colleague Hunter Maats came to Pinkerton to visit classrooms and talk about their new book “The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School.”
After speaking throughout the day with students and faculty, O’Brien and Matts went on to a book signing event at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Manchester.