Hudson - Litchfield News
April 16, 2010 - 9
Alvirne Team is Academic Decathlon State Champion
submitted by JK Knowles
On Saturday, March 6, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, the Alvirne Broncos won the New Hampshire state championship in the Academic Decathlon—also known as ACADECA. The Alvirne team also won the right to compete at the national championships in Omaha, Nebraska in late April. The Academic Decathlon® is a
10-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Students are tested in 10 categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature,
Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech. Each high school enters a team of nine students: three “A” or Honor students, three “B” or Scholastic students, and three “C” or Varsity students. The theme for the 2009-2010 Academic Decathlon season was “The French Revolution.” In the Scholastic Division, the
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Overall Gold medal was won by Kasha Goal. In the Varsity Division, the Overall Silver medal was won by Cynthia Mugariri. In the Honors Division, the Overall Bronze medal was won by Meghan O’Keefe. In individual events, Akshat Goyal won five gold and
Alvirne Academic Decathlon team receives team gold medal. Back row: Akshat Goyal. Front row: Meghan O’Keefe, Cheyenne Tessier, Emily Gosselin, Cynthia Mugariri, John Knowles, Mary Ann Knowles. Not pictured: Nick Bunker
two silver medals, and one bronze medal. Cynthia Mugariri won two gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals. Meghan O’Keefe won one gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze medal. Cheyenne
Tessier won one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal apiece. Emily Gosselin won one silver and one bronze medal. Nick Bunker won two silver medals and one bronze medal. The team is coached by Mr. Alan Belancik. The medals were awarded by John Knowles and Mary Ann Knowles, NH State representatives.
Student Government Proves Effective at Memorial School
by Sue LaRoche
Civics lessons at Hudson Memorial School are
alive and well. Just ask the students serving on the Student Government Council. The Council, which was established at the end of the first quarter this school year, is comprised of 10 students from the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. They are advised by Principal Sue Nadeau, Mr. King, and Mr. Lozeau, and meet every other week after school.
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Principal Nadeau explained that “the students had to run on a platform; they gave speeches and were elected by the student body.” She continued, “This definitely was not a popularity contest.” The Student Government is made up of the following students: Tyler Lavoie, Juan Martinez, Christina Guessferd, Gurbir Kalsi, Alexys Gilcreast, Torrey Dickman, Heather Hotham, Dylan Robicheau, Kailee Darisse, and Hithardhi Duggireddy. The students ran on many different platforms, but one constant was the food served in the cafeteria. Tyler Lavoie and Alexys Gilcreast explained that they requested a meeting with Mrs. Anger and Mrs. Dauber. At the meeting, they expressed their concerns about the lunches, and asked for changes to be made in the cafeteria. Lavoie explained that “they listened and far exceeded what we asked for.” As an example, the kids
wanted to have salads, but they did not always like what was on the salads. So, together, Carla Anger, Hudson Food Services Director, and Elaine Dauber and Andrea Donovan, manager and assistant manager of the HMS kitchen, gave the kids what they requested. The kids now have the choice of what protein and carbohydrate they can have in addition to their vegetables, fruit, and milk. “Once we explained that they needed to have a protein, vegetable/fruit, and grain/bread with their meal, they understood,” explained Anger. So now when the kids order a salad, they can choose between cheese or meat for their protein, croutons, crackers or bread for their grain/bread, and there is much less waste noted at the lunches. The Student Council also helped to develop a gum- chewing policy at the school. There are certain no-chew zones, such as the computer labs and carpeted areas, but otherwise, the students can
chew gum. Recently, there was an increase in chewed gum found around the school, and the Student Council told the student body that they were about to lose their privilege, and the stray gum seemed to find the wastebaskets much more often. “The kids are self-policing,” explained Nadeau. The Student Council has taken on several other tasks as well, and most recently has requested to have a time capsule for the school, which is being considered. Ideas come from everywhere, including “listening to kids talking in the hallways,” explained Gilcreast. “It is great to have input into what is happening in your school,” said Lavoie. The young and talented team of budding politicians holds much promise for the future.
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