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What’s Happening at Bishop Guertin?

2021-22

 

DECEMBER

 

BG Students and Staff Come Together for Annual Toy Drive

The Bishop Guertin community helped make the Christmas Season special for many children in the Nashua region. Advisories pulled the name of a local child from the tree during the Thanksgiving Prayer Mass and went shopping to get as many items on those wish lists as possible. On the first Friday of the month, an extended advisory period allowed for the wrapping of those gifts before they were collected and delivered to local organizations to be distributed to ensure that the holidays were special for those boys and girls.

 

Advisories Compete in Annual Door Decorating Competition

On the same morning that members of advisories wrapped gifts for local children, others participated in a friendly school-wide competition to see which advisory could decorate their door the best and with the most spirit. A tough competition to judge with so many festive and creative doors, the Band room was tabbed as the winner for its extensive decorations not only on its door, but cascading down the staircase that leads students and staff to the room. Rooms 219 and 11 rounded out the top three for their depictions of a fireplace and elves (advisory members) wrapping gifts.

 

Warren Chen ’23 Named to the 60th Annual US Senate Youth Program

It was announced on December 3 that BG junior Warren Chen had been selected to participate in the 60th annual US State Senate Program. The prestigious honor was announced by the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Commissioner Frank Edelblut as Chen was one of only two honorees selected from a pool of students nominated by principals from schools across the Granite State. Chen receives a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship and will participate in an intensive week-long study of the federal government.

 

NOVEMBER

 

Boys Cross Country Team Proves to be the Best in the State

In late October, the boys cross country team ran away with the Division I State Championship. The fifth in team history and the first since 2011, the title came in Manchester on a dreary day at Derryfield Park, but that did little to dampen the thrill of victory. Just a week later, the boys continued to add to the trophy case as Bishop Guertin won the New Hampshire Meet of Champions by the slimmest of margins, needing to go to the sixth-place runner for the tiebreaker.

 

Bishop Guertin Students and Staff Participate in Formation Day of Service

On Monday, Nov. 1, students and staff alike volunteered around the Nashua community. From raking the yards of neighbors, to building beds in the field house for local children with the help of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, to helping clean and organize at local food shelters, the Bishop Guertin community showed up in a big way as part of the founding principles of the Brothers on Formation Day.

 

Girls Soccer Team Wins Division I Crown for the First Time in Nearly Three Decades

The BG girls soccer team defeated Bedford, 1-0, to win the 2021 Division I State Championship at Bill Ball Field in Exeter. It was just the second state title for the Cardinals and the first under the Bishop Guertin name as the 1992 championship was won in the final year under the Mount St. Mary’s moniker and colors. The title was also the first in soccer for either the boys or girls team since 2004. Including the run to the title, the team finished the 2021 season with a 17-1-1 record.

 

Senior Tamara Golosarsky Has Research Paper Published in Scientific Journal

In early November, Tamara Golosarsky had her research paper entitled, “An Examination and Categorical Analysis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma” published in the Journal of Scientific Research: High School Edition, a national publication that highlights the best scientific analysis by students. In doing so, she became the first student from New Hampshire to have her work selected to be highlighted by the publication since its formation over a decade ago. 

 

Team 811 (Robotics) Competes in the Governor’s Cup

Team 811 — the Bishop Guertin robotics team — participated at Governor’s Cup, held at Prospect Mountain High School in Nashua the first weekend of November. The annual event featured 35 FIRST Robotics Teams from across New England. BG reached the semifinal round of competition and was presented with the Judging Award, given to the team that best exemplifies efforts in community outreach and gracious professionalism, core values of both Bishop Guertin High School and FIRST Robotics. 

 

BG Student-Athletes Make Their College Commitments

During the annual Fall Sports Awards ceremony, members of the Class of 2022 signed their National Letters of Intent, making their college athletic commitments known. Numerous members of the Cardinals athletic teams used the opportunity to sign their NLI alongside family, friends and teammates and in front of the Bishop Guertin community.

 

Musicians Earn Classical All-State Festival Honors

Four members of the BG Music community earned spots at the Classical All-State Festival to be held in April. After a rigorous audition process, BG saw the follow students earn their acceptance into the top high school band in the state: senior Thomas Bond (trombone), junior Sabrina Sterrett (clarinet) and freshman Zoey Gagne (alto saxophone) will play with the All-State Band, while junior Smrithi Menon (soprano) will sing with the All-State Mixed Choir.

 

 

OCTOBER

 

Walk-A-Thon Raises More than $100,000

Once again, the annual BG Walk-A-Thon proved to be a massive success for the school. In the month that followed the Oct. 6 Walk-A-Thon event through Mines Falls Park, returned mailers collected helped BG surpass its goal of raising $100,000. Students and staff spent the morning participating in the event that has proven to be the most engaging and successful fundraiser each year. Highly anticipated, the event falls in the middle of Spirit Week and provides a great bonding opportunity for classes, while also providing the school with an outstanding source of generosity from friends, families and alumni.

 

Students Show Their Support With Several Charitable Events

This fall saw students and staff give back in so many ways. Project Blackout shirts were sold to raise money for local pediatric cancer charities with students wearing them to a football game and players wearing special black jerseys with the names of loved ones affected by cancer to show support and raise awareness. Prior to the team’s 13-point win against Merrimack, fans also packed the minibus with canned goods and other non-perishable food donations as part of the NH Tackles Hunger campaign. Additionally, the entire BG community rallied around Vandebilt Catholic High School. The generosity of the Bishop Guertin community was able to provide our sister school with $9,000 to be used in providing immediate assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

 

Mock Trial Team Has Record-Setting Performance in Denver

The BG Mock Trial Team put together an impressive showing in Denver at this year’s Providence Cup. Abbey Linskey ’22 and Maddie Billings ’23 won outstanding witness awards, placing second and fifth, respectively, out of 78 witnesses. Lexi Martin ’22 and Catherine Hinse ’22 won outstanding attorney awards, taking home first and second place, respectively, in a field of nearly 80 competing attorneys. As a group, Bishop Guertin was awarded the Outstanding Team Award, presented for presence, character and demeanor both inside and outside the courtroom. No other team in the history of the event had ever claimed five awards in a year prior to Bishop Guertin in 2021.

 

BG Opens Piwowarski Sports Performance Center

Bishop Guertin officially opened the J. Richard Piwowarski Sports Performance Center on Saturday October 24 with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. The newly upgraded fitness center was named in honor of the first and longtime head coach of football and Athletics Director at BG. The improved facility features all new free weights, racks, cardio and training equipment and more. The room has also added several more video screens for instruction and other presentations as well as a memorial wall dedicated to the 45-year employee and school legend who passed in 2016. The project came together thanks to generous gifts of numerous donors who had their lives touched by “Coach P.”

 

Two Students Recognized for Their Musical Talents

Thomas Bond ’22 and Smrithi Menon ’23 were successful in their auditions for the NHMEA’s Jazz All-State Festival in October. Bond will play the second trombone in the Honors Jazz Band, while Menon will sing soprano in the Jazz Choir! The festival will be held at Pinkerton Academy from Feb. 3-5 and will feature the top high school jazz musicians in New Hampshire.

 

 

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

 

BG Welcomes Back Students With 100% In-Person Learning

After a year and a half of mixed-environment learning, Bishop Guertin students returned to campus for the start of a normal school year in August. Though classes remain equipped with televisions and zoom classrooms for the occasional absence, in-person learning within the confines of the building once again became the norm at BG for the 2021-22 academic year.

 

The Manchester Radio Group Names Bishop Guertin the Best High School in the State

Not long after returning to campus, students and staff were made aware that their school had been named the recipient of the Manchester Radio Group’s Best of the 603 Awards. The annual publication tabbed Bishop Guertin as the best high school in New Hampshire for 2021. The honor came thanks in large part to BG’s response to COVID-19 and its ability to pivot successfully from in-person to online learning and continue the seamless transition of high-level educational opportunities for students in the 2020-21 year and beyond.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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