Goffstown student wins Peace Poster contest

Stella Belanger, left, winner of the statewide Lions Club Peace Poster contest, holds her poster with Georgia Sousa, the Pinardville Lions Club’s contest committee co-chairman.

Pinardville Lions Club honors contest winner

GOFFSTOWN — The Pinardville Lions Club recently celebrated Stella Belanger, a seventh-grader at Mountain View Middle School, whose artistic talent won her the statewide Lions Clubs’ “Peace Poster” contest.

“Stella’s poster beautifully depicted this year’s theme ‘Kindness Matters,’ ” the club wrote in a news release.

Her poster placed first among 72 entries in New Hampshire.

Stella, the daughter of Sarah and Ken Belanger, was invited with her family to the Multiple District Lions Convention and Lions Youth Services award ceremony in January and a Pinardville Lions’ award ceremony this month. She received cash prizes of $250.

Her original poster has now been sent to compete internationally.

Pinardville Lions’ poster committee co-chairmen Georgia Sousa and Moe Tremblay were at Stella’s school to congratulate her on this achievement. Each year, the co-chairmen add a nameplate to a plaque in the Art Department that has the school’s Peace Poster winners.

Lions International hosts the annual Peace Poster contest, which is open to children ages 11 through 13 worldwide. Next year’s Peace Poster contest theme is “Journey of Peace.”

For more about the club, call Gloria Proulx, president, at 703-2791.

Merrimack High defeats Portsmouth in quiz show

DURHAM — Can you name the British explorer who has an obelisk at Rye Harbor State Park dedicated to him?

The players from Portsmouth and Merrimack high schools couldn’t name him, but they did know the answers to most of the questions in their “Granite State Challenge” match, which aired Saturday on NHPBS.

Merrimack led Portsmouth by a score of 130-60 at the end of round one. Portsmouth closed the gap in round two, trailing by just 30 points. But Merrimack came back in round three to lead 400-290. In the final round, Portsmouth came on strong to narrow Merrimack’s lead to just 10 points with a little over two minutes left. Both teams played well in the final minutes, but Merrimack held on to the lead and won 560-450.

Playing for Merrimack High School were Alex Jobin, Sophie Kim, Troy Church, captain Scott Peyton and alternates Andrew Peyton and Nick Gacharna. Sara Campbell was the coach.

The Portsmouth High Clippers were represented by captain Samantha Kelley-Derzon, Ezra Schrader, Francis Powell and Jacob Allen. Alternates were Melanie Carolan and Lucy Heisey. The team was coached by Hannah Dul.

Merrimack will next face Nashua High School South in the quarterfinals. The first quarterfinal game between Hanover and Littleton high schools will air at 6 p.m. Saturday on NHPBS.

That English explorer with an obelisk at Rye Harbor State Park? It’s Captain John Smith, who is famous for being saved by Pocahontas at Jamestown and for mapping the New England coast.

For more about the academic quiz show, go to nhpbs.org/gsc.