The Souhegan Scoop

February 17, 2023

Upcoming Events

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Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders

February is Heart Health Awareness Month!
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Conversation with Mike Berry

As you may have seen in our Souhegan Scoop newsletter last Friday, this month’s conversation with Mike Berry will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm. The focus of this session will be to solicit information from the parent perspective regarding Souhegan’s graduation requirements. The Graduation Requirements Committee first began its work during the summer of 2022 and has so far reviewed educational research, examined the requirements and practices of peer districts, examined post-graduation data of Souhegan students, and conducted student panel focus groups. The next step in our work is to conduct a parent panel focus group using a predetermined set of questions.

Linked in this message you will find resources regarding current graduation requirements at Souhegan as well as in the state of New Hampshire along with our SAU 39 Portrait of a Graduate. Also attached is a Participant Guide where you will find a copy of the questions to be posed with space to jot down notes in preparation for the meeting. Members from the committee reviewing Graduation Requirements will also be present to facilitate and take notes to inform the next steps of the committee.

While we know parents have valuable feedback on many aspects of the student and parent experience at Souhegan, during this session we are looking specifically for thoughts on our graduation requirements, not curriculum and instruction or other aspects of student life.

If you are interested in participating in this event please fill out the information via this Registration Link. Your RSVP will allow us to ensure that the feedback session is run as efficiently as possible. Once you have completed your registration you will receive an email confirming your participation with the Zoom link.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to hear from you. Please feel free to contact Dana Curran, Dean of Faculty, directly with any questions.

School Highlights

Mock Trial Team

The SHS mock trial team competed in the NH state tournament this weekend and placed fourth! They competed against teams from Bishop Guertin and Phillips Exeter Academy. This is a terrific achievement since we have one senior and eight freshmen on the team!

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The whole team: James Ahonen, Cali Perrin, Eva Stiles, Jenny Archambault, Trey Mariona, Logan St. Dennis, Juliet Qusenel, Marley Bacon, Evia Landvatter, Phoenix Cheney who was an alternate witness and timer.

Argentina Trip - February Vacation 2024

Souhegan is going to Argentina! Over February vacation in 2024, Aimee Gibbons and Matt McDonald will take a group of students to Argentina for the trip of a lifetime. This seven-day trip will feature tours of historical and cultural sites in Buenos Aires, a visit to a ranch (with horseback riding!), a ferry ride across the Rio de la Plata for lunch in Uruguay, a train ride to El Tigre, and more. The cost includes airfare, hotel, breakfasts and dinner, and a local guide. For additional information, go to or talk to Aimee Gibbons in room 131 or Matt McDonald in the Learning Commons.

Respect Week

This week Souhegan participated in Granite State Respect Week to support initiatives surrounding Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the week, we talked about how to recognize and interrupt unhealthy behaviors, understand Title IX rights, increase our ability to seek out resources, and stand together to eliminate harassment and disrespect at our school. We also created a RESPECT wall that is full of shout out to support healthy relationships! It was inspiring to see so many students, teachers, and administrators demonstrate their commitment to fostering these important discussions and upholding a positive climate in our school. At SHS, we will continue these conversations and will focus on how we can work together to continue to assure our school and community are kind, compassionate and respectful all year long.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from resources, please use these links. #RespectWeekNH

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Fang Fest

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Get To Know SHS

Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Dana Curran

What is your role at Souhegan?

Dean of Faculty

How long have you been with Souhegan?

This is my second year at SHS

What do you love about your job?

We have a really special community of staff and students alike and I love that my job allows me to fully focus on teaching and learning with such great humans.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I fully embrace my inner soccer mom.

If you were given one wish what would it be?

I'd love to be able to travel with my family as much as possible.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Give without remembering and receive without forgetting.

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Student Services

Attention Rising Juniors & Seniors

Dartmouth Health is offering summer paid internships. Earn while you learn! To find out more and apply to the program, go here Dartmouth Health. The deadline to apply is March 15th.


40 local scholarships have just been activated on Naviance! Whether you are applying to a 2 or 4 year college there are a wide variety of opportunities so please review them carefully to see which ones you qualify for!! Be sure to make note of the criteria as requirements are specific to each scholarship. All local applications are due into Student Services on March 16th ~ no later than 3pm.

Log into your Naviance account and go to College/Scholarship. Download the applications, print them off and fill them out. Completed applications should be delivered to Student Services by 3/16. We will attach transcripts and recommendations if requested.

There truly is a scholarship for everyone and most of these are exclusive to Souhegan seniors! I would be more than happy to help you identify which scholarships would suit you!

Finally - continue to update college decisions on Naviance. Acceptances are being recognized on the window of Student Services. Please help us share your good news with the Souhegan community!

If you have any questions – please stop in and see Maren in Student Services.

More detailed information will be shared with you soon.

If you would like help identifying which scholarships may suit you – please do not hesitate to come see Maren in Student Services!

Destination College

Saturday, March 25th 8:30-2:00

Registration for the 24th annual free statewide college planning event for high school juniors and parents is underway. NHHEAF and Plymouth State University is co-sponsoring this event. Register early as space is limited. For more information and to register, go to Destination College.

BAE Systems - FOCUS Program

BAE Systems will be offering another session of our FOCUS Program beginning in April 2023. FOCUS is an 11-week in person program which provides hands-on experiences in STEM fields to help grow students' interest in technical education and careers. The program takes place at BAE Systems Nashua Canal Street facility from April 5 through June 14 Students will participate on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

Students in grades 9 – 12 from schools within a reasonable driving distance from Southern New Hampshire are welcome to apply for the program through March 7. Our application is hosted on Tallo: (note: students will need to create a Tallo profile to apply, this is easy and free and compliant with NH student privacy standards).

You can learn more about FOCUS on our website:

Questions may be directed to our program team via or to Laurel Skiff, Pre and Early Career program manager.

Senior Year Notes

Senior Project News

Our next Senior Project checkpoint will take place on March 15. This checkpoint will be between the senior and their mentor. At this point all research should be complete, although students may continue to supplement their research after this checkpoint if they wish. The specific criteria for this checkpoint includes a complete Works Cited page, and evidence of research that draws from a minimum of 10 sources and includes a minimum of 10 pages of notes.

It is important to note that seniors can only pass one checkpoint at a time. Currently, there are students who have an Incomplete from the most recent Applied Piece Proposal Checkpoint. These students do not currently have off-campus privileges and must fulfill the expectations of their action plan that was designed at the checkpoint meeting and then the panel will determine if the student has passed the checkpoint. After passing, the student can then complete their research checkpoint. All family members should have received communication from the mentor, Kathy and Ryan about a student’s Incomplete status.

Community Service Opportunities

Babysitting During PTA Meeting at Wilkins School

WHAT: Babysitting for PTA parents

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 from 6PM TO 9PM

WHERE: Wilkins School Library


Amherst Lions Fire & Ice Chili and Ice Cream Social

WHEN: Friday, March 10 (Two Shifts: 4-6PM & 6-8PM)

WHERE: Amherst Middle School

WHAT: Scooping ice cream, serving chili, cleanup


The PTSA is hosting a concession stand for the Spring Musical and have plenty of space for students to earn Community Service hours!

WHAT: Concession Stand Assistance

WHERE: SHS Theatre


  • Thursday 3/16: 6-9 pm
  • Friday 3/17: 6-9 pm
  • Saturday 3/18: 1-4 pm
  • Saturday 3/18: 6-9 pm

CONTACT: Lisa Eastland at to sign up!

Community Council

The SHS Community Council passed the Cell Phone Policy proposal. A link to the proposal can be found here. Our next meeting will be Monday, February 20th from 3:05-3:45 pm in the Info Center.

Ethics Forum

The Winter Dance will be Saturday, Feb 18th at Souhegan High School from 7-10pm! Students should plan on wearing semi formal attire. The evening will kick off Fang Fest festivities which begin the following week!

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Performing Arts

Check out the latest edition of the Souhegan Performing Arts Newsletter!
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SHS Choir and Band performing at the POPS Concert.
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Yearbook Club is looking for Winter Sports and Club photos for the 2023 yearbook! Please send them to!

Don’t miss all of the great times at Souhegan High School that are in the 2023 yearbook!

Saber Spotlight

Click here to view information from the latest Saber Spotlight that was held on Monday, February 13 surrounding upcoming Fang Fest activities!



Please log into PowerSchool, click forms on the left hand side, then Athletic Registration-Spring to complete the process.

Start dates for tryouts/preseason are 3/20 for baseball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Softball, Unified Track, and Tennis. 3/27 is the start date for Boys Volleyball.

Spring Meet the Coaches night will be on Monday, March 13th at 6pm.


Boys team: The Sabers opened up the meet by winning 4x800M Relay in 8:32, their fastest time of the year. Dallen Noorda opened with a 2:06 leg to give Souhegan the lead, and Carson Behn (2:11), and Taloosh Anderson (2:09) battled through the next 2 legs giving Jaren Noorda a nice lead heading into the final leg! Jaren's 2:06 split brought them home with the win, and earned them All State honors. The Sabers quickly followed that up with Cole Henderson's impressive victory in the 55M hurdles. Cole has dominated the hurdles all season, and yesterday was no different as he won both his prelim and finals going away with a new personal best of 8.48! While these two events vaulted the Sabers into the early team lead, Coe-Brown was just beginning to amass a huge total of over 100 points to capture the team title. Souhegan battled several other schools for second place, as Owen Stine garnered points in the 3000M with his 5th place finish in an impressive 9:18! Owen also came back in the 1500 to take 6th place. The Sabers 4x200M Relay team closed out the scoring for Souhegan in the closing event as they raced to their fastest time of the season 1:37.64 to take 3rd! Finley Raudelunas, Aidan Eastland, Cole Henderson, and Carson Behn, all ran excellent legs, and

had near perfect handoffs! Final top 5 team scores were Coe-Brown 101, Oyster River 34, Hanover 30, Souhegan 29, and Lebanon 23.

Audrey Littlefield was the lone point getter for the Souhegan Girls team as her 3rd place finish in the 600 in a personal best 1:47 netted them 6 points, and 19th place out of the 26 teams that scored points.


Boys Swimming finished 3rd at their State Meet while the Girls team finished 6th. Braelyn Wilson took 1st in the 50 freestyle, Sarah Bryson took 4th in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Sebastian Aftanas took 5th in the 50 freestyle and 7th in the 100 breaststroke, Edward Barnes took 1st in the 500 freestyle and 2nd in the 100 butterfly, Hunter Daily took 3rd in the 100 butterfly and 5th in the 100 breastroke, Jonah Saunders took 9th in the 100 backstroke. The Boys 200 medley and freestyle relay teams took 1st while the Girls 200 medley relay finished 5th.


Freshman Sarah Shepherd was the lone gymnast representing Souhegan at the State tournament competing in the all-around. She received her highest scores of the day on the floor with an 8.4 and narrowly missed qualifying for the Meet of Champions by 1/10 or a point.

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