Newtown VFW Post 308 is pleased to announce Newtown High School senior Brittany Pearson as this year’s winner of Voice of Democracy.
This is the first year that the Newtown VFW Post 308 has participated in a National Program called Voice of Democracy. This program is open to students grades 9 – 12. Students must write an essay and make an audio recording of themselves reading it. This year’s topic was Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future.
Brittany’s essay and recording have been submitted to Connecticut VFW District 1 for the next round of competition. District 1 winner will compete with five others for the honor of being the Connecticut State Winner. The state champion receives an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC to compete for a national scholarship of $30,000.
Brittany is pictured above with Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais, VFW Post Commander James Rebman, and VFW Post Officer of the Day, scholarships and Awards, Donna Monteleone Randle.
On October 12, 2013, the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard brought home the trophies for overall Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Guard in the 2013 Freedom Cup, held in the Philadelphia area.
Nineteen bands from across the Northeast competed in this prestigious US Bands competition, with Newtown taking home an armful of trophies for their great work under the direction of Kurt Eckhardt and Chris Carley. Joyfully bringing home trophies for Class V Open First Place, Best Effects, Best Visual, Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Guard, as well as overall Freedom Cup Best Music, Best Guard and Best Percussion are Woodwind Captain Bethany Dubois, Drum Major Sasha Nanavaty, Alternate Dum Major and Flute Section Leader Elizabeth Charash, Drum Major Annemarie LaRussa and Brass Captain Steve Anderau, and Color Guard Captains Paige Thanasoulis, Kelsea Morshuk-Allen and Camryn Gaudett.
On October 19, 2013, before competing at Shelton High School, the Newtown Marching Band & Guard will hold a Tag Sale, hosted by the NHS Band Parents Corporation. The event will be in the NHS cafeteria from 9am – 2pm; items for donation may be dropped off this Friday night, October 18, 2013, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
The Class of 2015 Executive Council would like to announce the date of the upcoming Junior Prom this year. It will be held Friday, March 28, 2013 at the Amber Room in Danbury. More details about tickets and other information will be released in the near future, but mark your calendars!
Seniors – A letter is being sent to all colleges explaining our situation. We are asking for some leniency in deadlines. If you experience any difficulty or complications in the college application process, please contact Mrs. Latowicki
The Class of 2014 came together for the April social with one their favorite games of Asteroids. The students bonded and enjoyed many laughs as they took part in this event. The winner of our Asteroid game was Matt Mossbarger, who outstandingly defeated his opponents and was the last one standing. The MVP was Ridhi Sahani, who had great game play and sportsmanship.
The Newtown Prevention Council and Parent Connection are presenting an evening with John Morello on April 11, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Newtown High School Cafetorium. Earlier in the day, Mr. Morello will be presenting to the eighth grade and sophomore classes.
The show, entitled Dirt, is one of the most popular theatrical shows for young people. “Through his raucous character study drawn from personal pain, actor and comedian John Morello gives voice to those who feel unheard and gives hope to those who feel isolated that they are not alone.” Touching on issues such as drugs, bullying, and personal choices, the presentation has garnered high praise as “a new weapon in the war against bad choices: laughter. Gloriously irreverent laughter.” (The New York Times).
Although the daytime student presentations are closed to the public, community, parents and students are encouraged to come to the FREE evening presentation. The presentation will be appropriate for middle school through adult audiences.
For further information, please contact Judy Blanchard (firstname.lastname@example.org or 203 426-2798).
Congratulations to the Newtown High School Girls Basketball team for their incredible comeback win over Hillhouse High School in the CIAC Class LL State Tournament Semi-finals at Sheehan High School on Friday, March 9, 2012. The Nighthawks battled back from a fifteen point fourth quarter deficit to stun the three-time defending state champions 65-60 in front of a large, loud Newtown crowd that made it feel like a home game. The girls basketball team will play Mercy High School for the Class LL State Championship on either Friday, March 16, 2012 or Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Connecticut Association of Schools’ Bandjam contest was held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at Darien High School. Eight top bands from around the state competed and Newtown’s very own Smokebomb Mondays won first place! Smokebomb plays ska music that combines reggae, jazz, blues and punk. They do both cover and original songs. The band has seven members, Liam Reynolds, Jonah McKeown, Harrison Buzzi, Pat Milano, Danny Bittman, Tim Eames, and Matt Spencer. All are sophomores and many have been playing together in the jazz band since 5th grade. The grand prizes for winning included (3) hours of professional recording studio time, gift cards from Sam Ash Music Stores, and an appearance at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas on the New Haven Green Elm Street Stage on Saturday June 25, 2011, where they will perform a 30 minute set in the afternoon. In addition, special outstanding musicianship awards were given to a handful of the musicians, including Smokebomb’s drummer, Matt Spencer. Smokebomb will be performing at the teen center this Friday night.
The Annual Football Weight Lifting Challenge took place this past weekend at Masuk High School in Monroe, Connecticut. Newtown High School placed sixth overall out of twenty-five area teams. In the 200-225 pound weight class, Lou Fenaroli took first place in the bench press with a lift of 295 pounds, first in the power clean with a lift of 275 pounds, and third in the squat with a lift of 425 pounds. His total weight lifted also earned him second place honors in his weight class. In the 220+ pound class, Mac Morlock placed second in the power clean with a lift of 305 pounds and second in the bench press with a lift of 315 pounds. Congratulations to the team. Your performance at the Challenge is a clear indication of the dedication and discipline that you have demonstrated in the weight room!
Congratulations to Gavin Scallon from Mr. Grady’s homeroom for winning this week’s Basketball Shootout Intramurals contest. After a single round Gavin was the only one to make his first shot…enough to secure breakfast for his homeroom!
It was a great turnout. Thanks to everyone who came to support their reps! The junior class will participate next week.
The Newtown Prevention Council would like to know your opinions so we can better serve Newtown and its residents. Our focus is to stop substance abuse before it starts and address the substance abuse needs in our community. Here is your chance to evaluate the NPC and suggest program ideas, concerns, and needs you may have that have not been previously addressed. If we don’t know about them, we cannot help, so please let us know through this survey! Please fill out the survey by March 4, 2011 . We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions, please contact Kim Killoy, Grant Coordinator, Newtown Prevention Council, at 203.610.2358. Click here to access the survey.
Mrs. Judy Blanchard, Health District Coordinator, spoke to Mrs. Lombardo’s Junior Health classes about making positive decisions by teaching the benefits of abstinence within healthy relationships. Students learned about the consequences and risks associated with not protecting themselves. The lesson is part of the Growth and Development unit in the Health Curriculum.