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November 23, 2012

Islamic Academy students win geography bee

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Students said they not only learned about history, people and places, but the importance of teamwork and how to manage their time wisely.

Principal Fatima Mezdad could not be more proud.

“It starts at the top. We have teachers who are very dedicated, passionate and tireless about their work. The parents also play a major role in preparing the students for the competition and of course the students are confident, dedicated and kept challenging the judges,” Mezdad said.

Geography is not the only subject students from the Islamic Academy for Peace excel in.

Samina Mian, 8, was a finalist in the Constitution Day Essay Contest sponsored by the New Hampshire State Supreme Court and The Eagle-Tribune. Samina’s essay was about privacy laws and the Bill of Rights and if they applied to social media. Samina was honored at an awards ceremony and reception at the courthouse in Concord.

The Islamic Academy for Peace is located at 125 Oakland Ave. The private Islamic school opened in 2001 with prekindergarten through eighth grade. In addition to math, science and English, students learn Arabic and Islamic studies. Children recite the mid-day prayer at school daily and middle school students go to Selimiye Camii Mosque for Friday prayers.

Celtic concert raises money for mission trip

METHUEN — An evening of live Irish music featuring Brian Kingsley and the Celtic Cross Band takes place Dec. 1, from 7-10 p.m., at St. Theresa Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 22 Plymouth St.

Tickets available at the door. Donations accepted to benefit the mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Natalie Slabcynski, Elizabeth Friedrich and Colleen Braga will go on Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.

The young women, all members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, will work at an orphanage for children with disabilities and distributing food to Haitian refuges.

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