The Souhegan Scoop

December 9, 2022

Upcoming Events

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School Highlights

The main entrance received a little makeover! Make sure to check out the beautiful new sign the next time you stop by.
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Student Highlights

On Sunday November 20, the morning after playing in the state championship game, members of the Souhegan Football Team helped out the Milford Rotary Club in unloading 700 trees off the truck for the Holidays at Frederick's Pastries!

On Sunday November 27, members of the Souhegan Football Team helped Marie and Tom Grella distribute wreaths on the headstones of veterans at Meadow View Cemetery in the center of Amherst!

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Members of the Souhegan Jazz Combo and Souhegan Electric Band performed last night along with a few other groups too kick off our Jazz Night events. Souhegan students were joined by members of the Londonderry Jazz Ensemble as well as the Bedford Big Band and the group BCBop from Boston College. If you were unable to attend be on the lookout for invitations to Jazz Nights 2 and 3 as the year progresses.
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Get To Know SHS

Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Sarah Gilliam

What is your role at Souhegan?

Dean of Students

How long have you been with Souhegan?

Since August 2022

What do you love about your job?

The best part about being Dean of Students is that I am able to be a part of the student experience.

What do you like to do outside of work?

When not at work I enjoy meandering drives on back roads. When it's warm, I can be found in various waterways & when it's cold, downhill skiing fills my weekends.

If you were given one wish what would it be?

I wish that Virginia wasn't so far away.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

I'm what I am and I'm what I'm not. And I'm sure happy with what I've got. I live to love and laugh a lot. And that's all I need. ~Kenny Chesney

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Student Services

Junior Post Secondary Meetings

During the month of January, counselors and their juniors meet for their Post-Secondary Planning Meeting. Early next week, juniors will receive an email from their counselor with a scheduling link for the meeting. All juniors are expected to schedule a meeting with their counselor. Among the topics that will be discussed: PSAT results, post-secondary goal setting, and course selection for senior year. We look forward to meeting with our juniors during this exciting time!

New Opportunity

Friends Forever International is a nonprofit educational organization in Durham, NH who facilitate empathetic leadership programming. FFI has recently received approval from the Department of Education through their Learn Everywhere program that will allow them to offer credit bearing experiences for NH Public & Charter School students. In February of 2023 they are offering a Credit Earning Leadership Program with a Social Studies Focus at 100% scholarship (regardless of financial need). This first session will be a residential hosted at their campus in Durham from February 26th to March 4th and they will be accepting 10 students from across the state. The application deadline is December 15th. Students apply here: FFI LEARN EVERYWHERE

Feel free to check out our 2022 About FFI video to hear about the impact from some of past participants. If you have any questions, please contact, Alex DesRuisseaux 603.397.5301

BAE Systems’ FOCUS and Women in Technology Programs are currently accepting applications from high school students interested in participating in our Winter 2023 sessions.

Women in Technology details:

· Dates: January 17 through May 9

· Time: Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

· Locations: Southern NH BAE Systems facilities (Hudson, Merrimack, Nashua)

· Eligibility: Female identifying students in grades 11 & 12

· Application link:

· Application deadline: December 9

· Website:

FOCUS details:

· Dates: January 11 through March 22

· Time: Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

· Location: Nashua Canal Street facility

· Eligibility: High school students (grades 9-12)

· Application link:

· Application deadline: December 13

· Website:

If you have questions about either program, please reach out to Laurel Skiff at or to the respective program teams ( or

Community Service Opportunities

Mont Vernon Tree Lighting

When – December 10 – Various Times

What – Assistance Running Kids’ Events and Cleaning-up/Breaking down

Sign Up at -
Christmas Market on the Amherst Village

When: Saturday, December 10th – various opportunities between 10:00am-7:00pm
Where: Amherst Village

Event Help: Set up/work at the event/clean up after. Possibly some set up Dec. 9 & some clean up Dec. 11, but emphasis on the actual event date: Dec. 10!
(Tasks entail helping set up tents, arranging tables/chairs, help with Christmas decorations, hanging Christmas lights, assisting others as needed, acting as a cashier, shovel snow, and much more!)
-Dress as Santa's elves and assist Santa with photos, handing out candy canes, etc.
-Dress/act as the character Krampus
Singers: Sing Christmas carols (can dress in costume if they'd like)
Musicians: to perform Christmas songs and/or folk/European music

Senior Year Notes

Seniors - Those regular decision dates are almost here! Make sure to see your counselor if you need any assistance with your January 1-15th applications before the holiday break.

Senior Project News

At this point in the Senior Project process seniors should be determining what they will be doing for their applied piece. Their next panel meeting will take place after school on Tuesday, January 10. During this meeting they will present their Applied Piece Proposal Letter. Between now and this deadline seniors should continue their research and continue to meet with their mentors on a regular, weekly basis.

Community Council

The SHS Community Council recently passed Maddie's proposal to add a second student activity coordinator (SAC) to the executive committee of the Community Council. This means that more people will be working to plan more, and better events for the students at Souhegan High School! This will take effect in the 2023-2024 school year.

National Honor Society

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Spanish National Honor Society

Pulsera Project

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Starting on Tuesday, December 13th the Spanish National Honor Society students will be selling hand woven bracelets and handbags made from artisans from Nicaragua and Guatemala. The pulseras (bracelets) and bags are brightly colored with intricate patterns. They make great Christmas and holiday gifts. The pulseras are $7.00 and the handbags are $15.00. The sale will take place outside of the cafeteria during lunch and advisory until December 21st. 100% of the proceeds are reinvested in the communities of Nicaragua and Guatemala. You can find more information about the Pulsera project at this link. Thank you for your support!

Performing Arts

Winter Concert Exhibition of Learning

The SHS Winter Concert will have a new exciting format this year and will include interdisciplinary elements from our Visual, Performing and Media Arts students. The concert will still include music performed by Choir, A Cappella, and Band and will also coincide with installations from the AP/Advanced Art class. The posters for this event were created by the students in their Advertising class, and the programs will be made by the Marketing class. A documentary on the event film created by the Video Production class will also be features. During intermission, the audience is encouraged to visit the artists and talk about their work. We are also exciting to start a new tradition for the closing of our concert which featuring a combined number with the choir and band.

Check out the latest edition of the Souhegan Performing Arts Newsletter!


Yearbooks are on sale now! Please follow this link directly to the Souhegan page! Here you will see the yearbook and parent ad offers that you can click to make your purchases!

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Saber Spotlight

Click here to view information from the latest Saber Spotlight that was held on Monday, November 28!


We have 200 Winter Student-Athletes participating in our 12 winter sports programs! Full season schedules have been added to the school calendar. Dismissal times and bus times can be seen by clicking on the event.

Weekly Schedule can be found here. Hope to see you at some games!


Souhegan High School will be participating in the Penguin Plunge February 11th at Hampton Beach to benefit Special Olympics NH. Did you know that Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people? Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities. Athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They inspire their communities to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. The donations we collect will go to support this important work!

You can get involved in 2 ways:

  1. Join our flock by registering at and start collecting donations. If you’re not able to make the plunge on Feb 11th in person, you can make the plunge your own with a DIY kit!

  2. Donate to the Souhegan High School Flock

Community Events

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