The 10th annual New Hampshire Film and Television Office took place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 20, with up-and-coming filmmakers from around the state taking home prizes in several categories. Twenty-four films were selected from 66 entries submitted by students from 16 high schools and career and technology centers. They span a variety of film genres, including animation, comedy, drama, documentary, music video and public service announcements/commercials.
This year’s winners are:
Jury Award (Best in Show): “Bisque”; Briana Demers, Jenna-Rae Macy, Nathanial Magoon, Grace Lumley; Salem High School
Jury Award (Runner up): “Disconnect”; Samuel Ebner; Plymouth Regional High School
Jury Award Finalists:
“Dear Brother”; Chloe Pacocha, Austin Small; Pinkerton Academy
“The Life of Stephen Dominko”; Carly Storro; ConVal Regional High School
“Spaceman”; John Morin, Lubomir Rzepka, Ryan Bellarose, Jack Readman; Bedford High School
Public Service Announcement Award: “Someone is Waiting”; Zaq Rivera, Hailey Hicks; Pinkerton Academy
The festival is an opportunity for students to have their films seen before the public at a professional venue. For more information, visitnhstudentfilm.com. The New Hampshire Division of Film and Digital Media, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film and media production industry and an established network of government agencies, the state's film industry workforce, New Hampshire businesses and local property owners. The Division is responsible for location assistance, public relations, and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural, educational, and economic impact of film and media production in the state.
Fourteen members of the Plymouth Regional High School Chapter of the Technology Student Association attended the TSA State Conference on March 23-24 at the Attitash Grand Summit Conference Center in Bartlett, NH. TSA is a student run organization devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. TSA offers competitions for individuals or teams in areas such as digital technology, robotics, debate, programming, and design. This year, over 210 students competed in both middle and high school events. Among the high schools participating were the Academy for Science and Design, Bedford High School, Kingswood Regional High School, Lisbon Regional High School, Littleton High School, Nashua High School North and White Mountains Regional High School.
After two days of competing, PRHS walked away with seven trophies for the twelve events entered. In System Control Technology, the robotics competition using Legos Mindstorm components, Rowan Boyer, Troy Tedeschi and Alex Pinto placed first while the team of Jocelyn LaClair and Isaiah Riverra placed second. Rowan and Troy also placed second for Animatronics with their “Stegosaurus” entry which had multiple sensors, movement and sound effects. In addition, Rowan Boyer, Alex Pinto and Austin Sanders competed in Coding and not only received a third place trophy, but also individual $500 scholarships to Johnson and Wales University. In Structural Engineering Ben Parsons and Jasmine place first and were commended for their portfolio and project completion. The team of Arianna Mortenson, Troy Tedeschi, Lydia Mardin, Cora Mardin, Erek Bickford, Jocelyn LaClair, Isaiah Rivera, and Mary White developed a short one minute mystery video for TSA during the first day and secured first place in On Demand Video. In a new event for PRHS, the team of Troy, Mary, Jocelyn, Ben, Lydia and Cora secured third place for their command of parliamentary procedure in Chapter Team.
Earlier in the year, our chapter participated in the VEX robotics challenge called “Starstruck”. Rowan Boyer, Troy Tedeschi, Alex Pinto, Isaiah Riverra, and Jeffery Stewart worked together to develop a robot that moved star and box shaped objects over a barrier. As a result of a grant obtained through the RC Foundation, our chapter received a competitive kit that allowed for the production of larger robots made of durable metal. The team then competed at Pembroke Academy in February as part of their experience. Although the team didn’t place for State competition they learned how to build and modify programming for future challenges.
One of the tenets of TSA is to promote service learning in areas of technology recycling. To help with the costs of obtaining equipment and attending the State Conference, the Plymouth chapter collected empty ink cartridges and personal electronic devices that were returned to The Funding Factory. The amount received by PRHS for each item varied; however, one empty HP61 cartridge was exchanged by the club for one dollar. This collection process will continue throughout the year to help defray costs for the fall events. Future donations can be dropped off in the Main Office addressed to Mrs. Tedeschi, the advisor.
On Tuesday March 21th, the 45th Annual NH State High School Mathematics Contest was held at Plymouth State University. There were over five hundred students from fifty-one different high schools competing at this elite mathematics competition.
The Plymouth Regional High School Math Team squared off in the highly competitive Medium Division against twelve other high school teams. PRHS was crowned State Champions by achieving a first place finish with 197 total points ahead of the second place team Lebanon High School, and third place Bow High School. Plymouth’s cumulative score earned the team a 7th place finish overall out of the entire state.
Each team consisted of ten students comprised of up to four seniors, four juniors, and two underclassmen. All students competed in a Team category which included three short answer problems and an extensive open ended real-life application. Additionally, students participated in the following individual categories - Recreational Mathematics, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Advanced Mathematics.
During the regular season, the PRHS Math Team participated locally in the Lakes Region Math League. The league consisted of ten area high schools competing in five events during the school year from October through February. PRHS fielded two varsity teams and a junior team at each event. Over forty different students participated in at least one competition this year. The top varsity team captured first place in Lakes Region League over second place Gilford and third place Laconia. Special recognition goes to Plymouth senior Antti Pihlajavesi who finished in first place as the top individual scorer of the league with 86 points. Peter Templeton was tied for 2nd place with 68 points, and Reid Leclerc took 4th place with 64 points. Additionally, ninth graders Rhys Harris and Joselyn LaClair earned top ten finishes overall for the league as well.
This is the fifth year that Plymouth Regional High School has had a competitive math team advised by mathematics teachers Mrs. Stefanie Miller and Mr. Gareth Peters.
Congratulations to the following 20 students who have been recognized by the NHIAA (New Hampshire Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association) and the NHADA (New Hampshire Athletic Director’s Association) as recipients of the 2017 Scholar Athlete Award. This award is presented to high school seniors who have excelled in athletics as well as academics while demonstrating outstanding school and community spirit and leadership.
The awards were presented on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Again, our school community would like to extend our sincere congratulations on this great accomplishment.
The recipients are:
(Back Left to Right) Karnar Ueland, Garrett Macedonia, Matthew Rossner, Austin Appleby, Chad Merrill, Philip Green, Dylan Donahue, Samuel Untersee, Aidan Temperino
(Front Left to Right) Jenna Morrison, Jordan Meier, Janessa Terry, Taylor Eaton, Lilly Friedman, Nicole Uhlman , Caitlyn Irish, Isabella Wingsted
Absent from photo are Hannah Bancroft, Gordon Hoyt and Angel Jandoc
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