Exeter High School Students Excel at Latin Competition


New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16
Christine Rath, Interim Superintendent
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Exeter High School Students Excel at Latin Competition

EXETER — Interim Superintendent Christine Rath is pleased to congratulate the Exeter High School students who put on a strong showing at a statewide Latin quiz competition earlier this month.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 Exeter students traveled to the annual Granite State Certamen at Dover High School, where they earned multiple accolades while competing against fellow Latin students from throughout New Hampshire.

The event is hosted by the New Hampshire Classical Association, which is a group of teachers, professors and lovers of the Classics dedicated to promoting them.

In the intermediate division, Exeter claimed first and third place honors. The first place group included Tyler Silverwood, Noah Robinson, Andrew McElroy and Sawyer Rogers, while Barrett Su, Alayna Chichester, Julia Tennant and Sophia Rubens finished in third place.

Exeter students Loren Brooks and Weston Su placed third in the advanced division. In both divisions, a single tiebreaker question separated the second and third place winners.

“I’m proud of all of our Latin students for the effort and enthusiasm they displayed at this competition,” Superintendent Rath said. “Unique events like this help to pass on a love and passion for the classics on to the next generation.”


Town of Andover Responds after Swastikas Found Drawn on School Desks


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Town of Andover Responds after Swastikas Found Drawn on School Desks

ANDOVER — Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, Superintendent of Schools Sheldon Berman and Police Chief Patrick Keefe report that the Town of Andover is responding strongly after three swastikas were found drawn on a classroom desk at Andover High School on Tuesday afternoon, hours before the Jewish festival of Hanukkah was set to begin.

This is the third time in recent months that a swastika has been found at Andover High School, and this incident occurred in the classroom of a Jewish teacher, escalating the incident to a hate crime. The town is responding with a unified show of force.

“The moment we write these acts of intolerance and hatred off as mere ignorance we are admitting that we must live with hate in our community,” Town Manager Flanagan said. “Our community is much stronger than that. We are a vibrant, tolerant, welcoming community, and we will not allow hate speech or hate crimes to pervade in our schools, or anywhere else.”

The Town of Andover has a relationship with the New England Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and will be relying on it for guidance and for its vast resources and expertise in responding to hate speech and hate crimes.  The Andover Public Schools will also conduct faculty and staff training with the ADL. 

Additionally, the Andover Public Schools will shortly be reaching out to local clergy, including rabbis, priests, ministers, and other members of the area religious and civic community to lead a public forum at Andover High School sometime early in the New Year. 

“We must respond to the situation that presents itself to us, and we cannot ignore hatred and intolerance because they are uncomfortable topics of conversation. We must educate ourselves and our children,” Superintendent Berman said. “We seek to find those responsible for these acts, but we also know that we must educate our entire community if we hope to prevent these acts from reoccurring.”

The Andover Police Department is investigating these incidents as well as the Andover Public Schools. Those responsible, if and when they are found, could face felony hate crime charges. 

“We are actively and aggressively investigating these incidents at Andover High School, and the men and women of the Andover Police Department seek to become active participants in the learning and healing process with the schools, and our community,” Chief Keefe said. “Crime prevention happens in the community, and we are dedicated to preventing these terrible acts from happening again.”

Andover High School also reminds students of its core values and beliefs, which read in part:

  • All students will act with respect, integrity, and compassion
  • All students will demonstrate responsibility for their actions
  • All students will cultivate their awareness of contributing to the common good

“It had been my hope that we would be able to stop this behavior which, I believe, involves a small group of individuals. However, since this behavior continues to victimize members of our community and has created a pattern of hostility within our school, I feel that I need to shine a bright light on the situation and involve our entire school community so that we can stop this and all hate speech from occurring on campus,” said Philip Conrad, Andover High School Principal. “There is a need to recommit ourselves to providing a safe, supportive, and equitable learning environment for all.”

Incidentally, the Andover School Committee recently adopted a statement of tolerance. It states in part that the School Committee does “formally and unequivocally oppose bigotry, racism, violence, and hate, wherever such may occur and in whatever form such may take” and shall “maintain two-way communication with citizens of the community.”

If anyone has any information on these incidents, they are encouraged to call Andover High School at 978-247-5500 or the Andover Police Department at 978-475-0411.


Photos: Rockland High School Students Debut Production of “Moon Over Buffalo”

Rockland Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Alan Cron
34 MacKinlay Way,
Rockland, MA 02370

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Photos: Rockland High School Students Debut Production of “Moon Over Buffalo”

ROCKLAND — Principal John Harrison is pleased to report that the students of the Rockland High School Theater Guild debuted their production of “Moon Over Buffalo” last week.

The play is a comedy that tells the story of an acting company on tour in Buffalo, New York, in 1953 as they try to overcome chaos in their personal lives long enough to impress a famous film director who will be in the audience for their next performance.

The comedy production was held in the high school auditorium on the evenings of Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, featuring a cast and crew including: 

  • George Hay- Ronan McNally
  • Charlotte Hay- Megan Diver
  • Roz- Emily Gaboriault
  • Howard, Soldier 1- Ryan Struzziery
  • Paul, Soldier 2- John Ellard Jr.
  • Ethel- Kellie Berry
  • Eileen- Erin Field
  • Richard- Ryan Mott
  • Stage Manager- Madison Parlee
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Ali Landy
  • Lighting Operator- Seth Rosczewski
  • Spot Operator- Lara Glennon
  • Sound Operators- Philip Pattison, Bonnie Gasdia, Max Shepard
  • Stage Crew- Kerin Dalton, Morgan Wahlstrom, Jacob Leahy, Jenna Sullivan
  • Costume Crew- Molly Boggs, Olivia Janis, Michaela Sugrue, Paige Donnelly
  • Publicity- Philip Pattison, Emily Bugbee
  • Set Design- Barry Parker
  • Cover Art- Nevaeh Clara, Elizabeth Kelley

The production was assembled under the direction of advisers Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio.

“I am so proud of the hard work that each student on the cast and crew put into the production. They have been rehearsing after school every day since the end of September, and their dedication showed with each successful performance,” DiCanzio said. “Each student made valuable contributions and got out of their comfort zones, and I was so impressed with how they supported each other throughout the process.”


*Media Advisory* GLTS to Build Solar Lights for Those In Need as Part of Global Movement

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory*

GLTS to Build Solar Lights for Those In Need as Part of Global Movement

Students Work with Liter of Light and Enel Green Power North America on Project

ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that students at Greater Lawrence Tech will be building solar installations tomorrow as part of a global movement to provide those who have limited to no access to electricity with light.

The event is the only one of its kind in Massachusetts, and students will be working with Liter of Light and Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) to build solarized lanterns.


Greater Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Rd, Andover,


Tuesday, Dec. 12. Two 60-90 minute workshops will be held during the day — one at 8:30 a.m. and another at 12 p.m.


Through a network of partnerships that spans the globe, Liter of Light works to teach communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to illuminate their homes, businesses and streets.

As part of its “Journey of Light,” Liter of Light and the TV show “Lost and Found: Journeyman” are making their way through the U.S., partnering with schools and universities to educate people about sustainability.

Leading renewable energy company EGPNA, a sponsor of this project, reached out to Greater Lawrence Tech to host the Massachusetts section of this trip.

While educating the school community about sustainability, Journeyman representatives will work with students in GLTS’ engineering and electrical shops to build solarized lanterns to distribute to remote and under-developed regions of the world that currently do not have access to electricity.

“We’re honored to be working with Liter of Light on this important project,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “Not only will Liter of Light be providing students with a valuable educational lesson, but we’ll be contributing to such a worthy cause and illustrating how something as small as a solar powered lantern can make a vast difference in others’ lives.”

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Greater Lawrence Technical School and Liter of Light to help tackle one of the world’s greatest challenges, energy poverty,” said Marcus Krembs, Head of Sustainability for Enel Green Power North America, Inc., which is headquartered in Andover. “Through this partnership we are engaging students through hands-on learning focused on STEAM based learning, while also creating new ambassadors of light who can carry the message and the mission forward.”