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2 - October 28, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News Cougar Car Decorating Contest


submitted by Michael J. Boutselis, Campbell High School On Saturday, October 22, the Campbell High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) hosted their first ever, Cougar Car Decorating Contest in hopes of drumming up some school spirit and starting a new tradition. The contest was a success! As Cougar fans cheered on the football team during Campbell’s first game “Under the Lights” on Saturday night, students and community members enjoyed a delicious BBQ courtesy of the Senior Class and enjoyed the fabulous entries for the contest. Prizes were award in two categories, “Most Spirit” and “Most Creative,” and included gift certificates to Rocco’s Pizza of Hudson, and Cinema 12 in Londonderry. The night’s winners included the Perry Family as “Most Creative” for their Cougar Stadium float, and the Houston Family as “Most Spirited.” The members of S.A.D.D. were thrilled with the outcome and looking forward to next year’s competition!


At top, Most Spirited Winner went to the Houston Family


Middle photo, Most Creative Winner went to the Perry Family


At left, President Dominique Fiorentino and Vice President Lauren Gerand present Mrs. Houston with her prize for “Most Spirited” car.


AHS Participates in Purple Day


According to the National Education Association it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. On Thursday, October 20, the faculty, staff, and students of Alvirne High School joined millions of people around the world to wear purple and stand up


against bullying. The participation at AHS was astounding! The event was sponsored by the Ambassadors of HOPE, Gay Straight Alliance, Multicultural Club, Studio 19, Class Act, and Mr. Lane. Staff and available students posed for a Kodak moment after school.


Campbell Holds Red Ribbon Week


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Ribbon Week is the longest running drug awareness program in the U.S. The program was created after the death of a DEA agent, Enrique Camarena. He was assigned to investigate Mexico’s biggest drug smuggling in Guadalajara, Mexico. During his investigation, he uncovered another drug ring which angered the local drug cartel leaders. When he was close to completing his assignment, he was kidnapped, tortured and killed. After learning about his death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and the agent’s high school friend Henry Lozano wanted to do something in his memory back in Camarena’s hometown in Calexico, CA. Together they formed an organization named “Camarena Clubs” to keep his legacy alive. Members of the organization signed a pledge to stay drug free for their lives, they then brought the pledge to Nancy Reagan, and Red Ribbon Week began. The program started up during the Reagan administration back in 1988. CHS has been a part of this program for four years according to Mrs. Rothhaus, Assistant Principle, and Mr. Boutselis, S.A.D.D. advisor. Red Ribbon Week this year being run by Campbell’s S.A.D.D. organization. S.A.D.D. stands for Students Against Destructive Decision. This year, Campbell participated by


taking a group aerial photo, had a mother from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) talk about how drugs and alcohol affected her life, and had different contests around the school. The guest speaker was Eileen Guilfoy, a mother


who lost her son back in 2003 to a drunk driver. This year was the second year the school took a group aerial photo of the entire student body. Last year the picture was a giant red ribbon and this year’s design was a giant “C” with a ribbon looped through it. The school partnered with “Beyond the Influence” and the National Guard to take the picture of the school picture. The contests that happened around school were run by S.A.D.D. The contests were a t-shirt design contest, a door design contest between each advisory, and a poster design contest. The winners of the t-shirt design were Becca Arnone, Olivia Planty and Nicole Cordingly and the winners of the poster contest were Rhiana Desmaris and Owen Duffy. The winning t-shirt design were made into t-shirts by Embroidery of Londonderry and were worn by the teachers during the photo. What Assistant Principle Mrs. Rothhaus would like the students to take away from this week is that they would “respect their bodies and take responsibility for their life” and “Health is really important and take big steps forward to making the right decision.”


St. Francis First Graders get Antsy over Ants


submitted by Jeanne E. McNeill Mrs. McNeill’s first grade class has been


very busy learning about ants! It all began with an ant farm and 30 harvester ants. The students spent the last three weeks observing the ants and watching them dig tunnels and communicate with their antennae! They even watched them bury their dead carefully so as not to spread disease throughout the colony. The ant farm was designed by NASA and has a special clear gel that the ants can create tunnels and get all their food and nutrients out of. The farm also has lights that change the farm all different colors. The students also learned the life stages of the ant, as well as the ant structure. They also learned an ant song and created their own insect! They were so excited that they wrote a class book entitled: “If you give an ant an apple.” All in all it has been a wonderful ant adventure!


Mrs. McNeill’s first grade class with their ant farm


Fall Fun at Alvirne Farm


submitted by Lesley Bassett, AHS Wilbur H. Palmer Vocational-Technical Center On Friday, October 21, two kindergarten classes from Hills Garrison Elementary School toured the Alvirne High School Farm. The tour was led by Agriculture Business students and began with a visit to the big red barn where the cows are housed and milked. Then the students were off to the milk room to see where the milk is stored until the milk truck comes to pick it up. They learned that Alvirne’s dairy cows produce milk which is processed by Cabot. Next, the students had the opportunity to pet the cows, donkeys and sheep. Some kindergarteners even fed the cows a treat! For more information about Alvirne High School Farm or Agriculture Business program, contact Lesley Bassett at 886-1260 extension 2560 or e-mail her at lbassett@ alvirnehs.org.


Driver in Crash with Police Cruiser Identified


submitted by Hudson Police Department The Hudson Police Department has identified the driver of the


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pick up truck that had fled from Officer Roger Lamarche on October 13. Around 7:30 p.m., Officer Lamarche was attempting to stop the truck on Pelham Road. The driver of the truck did not stop, and while pursuing the vehicle, Lamarche’s cruiser crashed into a Ford Fusion. The occupants of the Ford Fusion and Officer Lamarche were all treated for non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle was identified as a 2006 Chevy 1500 pickup. At the time of the incident, it was operated by a 16 year old male from Hudson. The 16 year old operator is cooperating with the police. As of this date, there has been no arrest, but charges will likely be forthcoming. The incident is still under investigation. The crash is also still under investigation by NH State Police.


Photos courtesy of Michael Boutselis


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