The Souhegan Scoop

May 26, 2023

Upcoming Events

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Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders

Health Reminder
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NHSAS Family Portal

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 are engaged in NHSAS, our state assessment, throughout the month of May. Assessment results will be sent home to families at the end of the school year. In addition, parents are now able to directly access assessment results for their child through the NHSAS Family Portal.
Click here for directions on how to access the NHSAS Family Portal secure website.

End of the Year Happenings

Crew Team Graduation Raffle

Wanna know how to get the best seats for the Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony?!

Buy a $10 raffle ticket to win 4 VIP seats with a prime parking spot!!!!

Two winners will be chosen and announced on Tuesday May 30th!

This raffle supports the SHS Crew Team. Thank You for your support!

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PTSA - Project Graduation

Seniors and Senior Caregivers!

Graduation is a week away and that means Project Graduation is also in a week! This is a fun, safe, drug free event held at SHS on Friday 6/2 (rain or shine). The doors closest to the cafeteria open at 9:00PM with a fantastic hypnotist show starting at 9:40PM (attendees need to arrive by 9:30PM. There will be food, music, fun, yearbook signing, hanging with classmates one last time by the firepit, and it all culminates with a fireworks show at midnight! (Rain date for fireworks is 6/9 at 9:00PM). The cost of a ticket for this great night is $20. All attendees must be dropped off and picked up by a caregiver, sibling, carpool with another adult, etc. Here is the link to sign up digitally with cash or check (made out to SHS PTSA Project Graduation) handed into Lynda at the Welcome Center. Any questions? Contact Lisa Eastland at

We still need 9-11th grade volunteers the night of Project Graduation from 8:00PM until just after midnight! Please contact Sue McNamara at Come learn what the event is about and help celebrate our graduating seniors and their families!

Additionally, we need a volunteer or two to clean up the fireworks debris on the AMS baseball field on Saturday morning. Community service hours can be awarded. This should take no more than an hour, at most.

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Student Highlights

Class of 2023 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Congratulations to Erin Taylor and Lily Byers, who have been announced as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2023!
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Wilkins Memorial Day Assembly

On Thursday, May 25th, two Souhegan band students attended the Wilkins Memorial Day Assembly. Matt Cobleigh and Karl Leonardi, did a fantastic job representing our school as they played "Taps" during the ceremony. Thank you Wilkins Elementary for including us in this special event!
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School Highlights

Academic Awards Celebrations

In the month of May we recognized students for academic achievement during our academic awards celebrations. Awards were selected by various subject domains to honor students who have soared in the classroom and show much dedication to their academics. Students in grade 9-12 were recognized for their academic achievements. During their ceremony juniors were also awarded junior Book Awards. Book Awards are prestigious awards that are generally sponsored by a specific alumnus of a college or by the school’s Alumni Association and are presented to juniors who have demonstrated great academic achievement, leadership, service, and character. During the senior award and scholarship night seniors were presented with local scholarships. Over the next few weeks, the awards and recipients will be published in the Amherst Citizen.

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Souhegan High School is Seeking host families for 15 days in October 2023.

For the first time since the Covid pandemic, Souhegan High School is welcoming German exchange students to our community. We have a 16-year history of hosting students from university prep high schools in the Mannheim region of Germany. This venture is in cooperation with Nashua High School. Students will arrive on October 14, 2023, and stay with host families until October 30, 2023. They will attend three days at the high school and spend the rest of their time touring points of interest and history in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Visiting students will need the following:

  • A Souhegan student to be their host

  • Accommodations to include a bed/bedroom and meals

  • Transportation to and from school during the two weeks

  • Evenings and weekends spent with a host family

Souhegan students are then welcome to visit families in Germany during the April vacation of 2024 but that is not required. This tradition of cultural exchange has led to wonderful experiences and lifetime friendships for many Souhegan alumni.

For more information reach out to Marjie Hobbs and if you are interested in signing up please fill out the German Exchange sign-up form.

Info Center

All students in grades 9-11 should sign up for summer reading on the Souhegan Reads 2023 website home page. This year, students can select a book from a curated list of titles (browse by genre on the website) or a book of their choice. Signing up prior to the summer enables us to organize the fall programming based on student choice. Titles from the list are available in the Info Center until the end of the year, and then at both town libraries throughout the summer.

Senior Year Notes

Senior Week

Next week is a big week for the class of 2023! Graduation will take place on Friday, June 2nd at 5:30 PM (click here for additional details). Please note, students must be up to date with all graduation requirements (e.g. community service, computer portfolio, senior project, passing required courses) to participate in senior week activities. Students or families with questions about graduation requirements should contact Souhegan principal, Mike Berry.Below is the schedule of senior events next week. Click here for additional details.
Tuesday 5/30: Yearbooks, Breakfast, Cap + Gown, etc… - arrive by 8:30am
Wednesday 5/31: Class Trip to Six Flags! - arrive by 7:30am
Thursday 6/1: Graduation Walk + Graduation Rehearsal - arrive by 8:30am
Friday 6/2: Graduation Rehearsal, BBQ, and Graduation - arrive by 9:30am
From Student Services

Following graduation your final transcripts will be prepared and sent to the college that you have designated in Naviance as the school you will be attending. These will be sent by the registrar and you do not need to do anything further for this final step. Please be sure to update your Naviance accounts. If you need a copy of your transcript to be sent to another organization - workplace, training program etc., please contact Maren.

From the Info Center

Graduating seniors should stop by the Info Center to settle up their library accounts, returning all library materials and instructional texts and taking care of any outstanding costs for lost books ASAP so they can receive their caps and gowns next week.

Senior Project

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Senior Project days a great success. The building was abuzz with excitement and nervous energy as our seniors made their final presentations to audiences comprised of seniors, parents, grandparents, underclass students, alumni, outside experts and more. We appreciate everyone who joined us during these two days and lent their support to our seniors!

Here are just a few photos of some of the students that received Honors or Tenacity awards for their Senior Project.
From the Yearbook Club
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Community Service Opportunities

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES (read entire post as there are several opportunities)

Interested in helping rescued dogs who will be trained to be veteran service dogs? Operation Delta Dog needs you! We are hosting our largest annual event called The Power of Ten- an anniversary fundraiser on Friday June 16th. at Nashua Country Club.

Various volunteer opportunities including:

1. Video editing- we are creating a video celebrating 10 years of service dogs and veterans. We need a few volunteers who are willing to work with us to craft a message that shows just how powerful service dogs can be for their veteran

2. Set up of the event space on 6/16 at NCC- 7am-12pm.

3. Evening of event 6/16-5:00pm-11pm at NCC. Various positions including silent auction staff, games, registration and more. Based on your skills, we will find you a spot.

4. Are you an artist, craftsperson or business owner who would like to donate an item or service? Do you babysit and want to donate hours? Fill out our online donation form here:

Can’t help with this specific event, we still need your help at our training center in Hollis. Please contact Emily Mangiaratti at or 603-921-5253

Get To Know SHS

Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Erika Lillis

What is your role at Souhegan?

I am a math teacher, volleyball coach, and community council staff representative.

How long have you been with Souhegan?

This is my first year working at Souhegan.

What do you love about your job?

There's a lot of things I love about my job at Souhegan but I am gonna settle on a top five.

1) I love when I can help a student become more confident in themselves.

2) I love the way that when I ask students "comments, questions, concerns, or fun facts", I have one student that tells me a fun fact every single day. (Did you know that Q is the only letter that is not used in all 50 states.)

3) I love walking into the unified basketball game and seeing the largest student section of the year!

4) I love the way I am allowed to participate in the staff dance even though I am the self proclaimed worst dancer.

5) I love the way that you cannot walk down a hallway without someone saying hello!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to play volleyball in my free time. This summer I am going to travel to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to play in some of the biggest grass volleyball tournaments in the country. If it's a gorgeous day, and I have a little free time, you might be able to see me throwing javelin, another one of my pastimes. Other than that, I love to bake and play disc golf with my friends and family.

If you were given one wish what would it be?

I wish that I was not allergic to dogs. That way I could have a corgi of my own!

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Practice makes progress not perfection.

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Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Lisa Eastland

What is your role at Souhegan?

Substitute Teacher; Parent volunteer

How long have you been with Souhegan?

10 years

What do you love about your job?

I met almost all of our students in K-2 and I have so thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow into amazing young people! I love that I have been given the opportunity to be a small part of their lives!

What do you like to do outside of work?

Knitting! You will also find me outside whenever I can be—not like hiking because that is too much nature for me but hanging outside. :) I also love to travel and taking road trips!

If you were given one wish what would it be?

I wish for world peace AND to be able to do Tik Tok dances at the first try! ;)

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

We can do difficult things.

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Performing Arts

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


Anyone still looking to purchase a yearbook can do so beginning June 2nd. Sales will be on a first come first serve basis! There are limited copies available. Please reach out to Kelli Bailey Lazarte to arrange your pickup and purchase time. Thank you!
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Saber Spotlight

Click here to view information from the latest presentation that was held on Monday, May 22.

Community Events

Football Golf Fundraiser

Sign-up for the Sabers Golf Tournament! Help support the Saber Football program.

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The Souhegan Crew Team had amazing success at the Granite State Fours Championship Regatta this weekend taking third place as a team.

• Maeve Allen, Charlotte Wyman, Phoebe Faucher, Alex Hallett, Brielle Berube rowed in the Girls Second Varsity 4+ race and earned a Bronze medal.

• Ben Walulik, Sam Dube, Eric Fulton, Charlie Snoke, Daniel Hallas rowed in the Boys First Varsity 4+ race and earned a Bronze medal.

• Michael Jacobs, Jaeger Mann, Carl Berlack, Stiles Cotton, Griffin Smith rowed in the Boys First Novice 4+ race and earned a Silver medal.

• Phoebe Faucher, Maeve Allen, Vidya Nandakumar, Megan Bolduc, Jackie MacIntosh rowed in the Girls First Novice 4+ earned third place as an exhibition boat.

• Griffin Smith, Jaeger Mann, Michael Jacobs, Tucker Lund, Noah Dewilde rowed in the Boys Second Novice 4+ race and earned a Silver medal.

• Charlotte Wyman, Morgan Hallett, Veronica Castell, Maeve McNamara, Morgan Kipp rowed in the Girls First Varsity 4+ race and took 4th place earning the team a point for our overall score.

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Weekly Schedule can be found here. Please note these are tentative pending weather conditions and may be updated. Coaches will notify you of any changes.