In Nashua, a banner year for scholars, athletes
Of all the success students in the district are having, Superintendent Mark Conrad said perhaps the best story is that of the South unified basketball team.
"This is the first year we have fielded a unified basketball team. It is a new program for us and a great addition. It pairs up students in regular and special education services into one team. It is the spirit of bringing diverse students together, and I found it very exciting that in our first year, we won the state championship," Conrad said.
For Athletic Director Tom Arria, his experience with the unified basketball team "was one of the most enjoyable, worthy experiences I have had in my 13-year career."
"It was such a tremendous experience for everyone involved," he said. "Coach Mike McQuilken did such a great job, and the kids worked so hard. Seeing their faces at the end of every game and when they won the state championship, everybody was pleased, excited and happy."
Arria said North also fielded a unified basketball team but did not qualify for the postseason despite performing well.
In academics, for the fifth year in a row the Nashua High School South math team finished first in its league, the Fairgrounds Middle School team won a Math Counts competition in Plymouth, and 125 high school students achieved Advanced Placement Scholar recognition along with a number of students being named Merit and/or Presidential Scholars.
"Overall, our sports programs have done very, very well this year, both our winter and fall teams competed at high levels, going to finals or semifinals for individuals and teams," Arria said.
The N.H. Athletics Directors Association (NHADA) and the N.H. Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) recognized more than 80 students at North and South as scholar-athletes, and both scholar-athlete scholarships were awarded to Nashua students in a ceremony last month.
Seniors Daniel Auger, who plays basketball and lacrosse for South, and Elizabeth Shuman, a three-sport athlete in field hockey, track and lacrosse from South, won the scholarships.
"It was a very proud moment for me and all of Nashua," Arria said.
Arria also said members of the swim and wrestling teams won individual championships.
Conrad and Arria didn't reserve their praise for individuals or teams that won, but also recognized teams that showed strength and commitment in their performance.
Conrad singled out the schools' robotics teams, which he said did very well despite not placing at the BAE Robotics Competition last month, and Arria said he was proud of the two high schools' spirit squads.
"In the preliminary round ... North placed seventh and South placed third, which is the highest either school ever placed. They went on to states, but injuries plagued us going into the last meet. But they had good seasons. The girls worked hard," he said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Middle school student's mom says principal used chokehold - 18
- School board suspends driver's ed program in Manchester, will probe source of $180k deficit - 2
- Manchester middle school principal placed on leave - 2
- Lebanon begins search for new school superindendent - 0
- Inventor excites Manchester fourth-graders with math, science possibilities - 0
- Nashua officals tour technical education center - 0
- City fourth-graders to meet entrepreneur Dean Kamen - 0
- No 3-day weekend for kids in Manchester school system - 5
- Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center in Windham a hit with schoolkids - 0
- Nashua caretaker wants evidence suppressed in sexual assault case - 0
- Former coach from Nashua charged in sex assaults claims confession was involuntary - 0
- NH highways have potentialy deadly guardrail end pieces, transportation commissioner says - 0
- Neighbor won't be charged in shooting death of Rumney chiropractor - 9
- Staples says it is probing possible payment card data breach - 0
- Manchester police: Ga. man stole truck in Mass. to visit mom in NH - 0
- South African Olympian Pistorius sentenced to five years in girlfriend's murder - 0
- Expect the unexpected in NHIAA field hockey tourneys - 0
- Giants' blueprint? There is none - 0
GT Advanced Technology attorney hoping for Apple agreement today to allow more openness in bankruptcy courtREADER COMMENTS: 0
A series of sharp exchanges at 2nd CD debate
Murder-suicide ruled in Fremont deaths
Keene police working to identify rioters, notify other colleges of students' participation
Locked in a dead heat, Shaheen, Brown spar