EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 20, 2013

Local students nominated to attend military academies


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — High school students from Andover and Methuen are among 31 young men and women from the Third Congressional District who have been selected as nominees for appointments to the U.S. Military, Naval and Air Force Academies.

Brian Manning and Eric Wybenga of Andover High have been selected for the Military Academy at West Point; Sawyer Rogers of Andover and a student at Brooks Academy has been appointed to the Naval Academy; and Brian Finn of Andover, a student at Lawrence Academy and Andrew Bolduc of Methuen High, have been appointed to the Air Force Academy.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will hold a reception for the nominees tomorrow from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Lowell City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Room.

Each student was nominated following an evaluation of their academic records, extracurricular activities, and in-person interviews with Congresswoman Tsongas’ independent Academies Nomination Committee.

“These nominees have demonstrated academic excellence in their high school classrooms, considerable achievement in athletic and extracurricular activities, and a strong desire to serve their communities and country. This reception will offer the opportunity to honor these remarkable young men and women and recognize their dedication to the Third District’s proud military tradition,” Tsongas said.

Talk for teens and young adults

LAWRENCE — On Friday, March 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Memorial Parish Center on East Kingston Street, corner of South Broadway, Massachusetts State Trooper John Fanning,

Drug Recognition expert, will offer a talk for teenagers and young adults entitled: “THE WHOLE TRUTH, What You Should Know About Drug & Alcohol Abuse and its Consequences.”

Trooper Fanning has been a witness to dozens of fatal accidents and arrests due to drug and alcohol abuse by teenagers and young people. He will explain from a professional stance what the effects of drugs and alcohol are on the mind, body and behavior of young individuals and how to avoid falling into these pitfallsin order to have a clean, safe and well balanced life.

The event is free and open to all regardless of age. More info online at http://www.saintpatrickparish.com.

Latino high school seniors sought for NECC summer program

Northern Essex Community College is recruiting students for the NECC Bridge Program, a two-week summer enrichment program for Latino students who plan to attend NECC in the fall.

Running Aug. 12-23, the free program is designed to help ease students’ adjustment to college life and build a foundation for academic success. Participants will work on improving math and English language skills and be introduced to the resources available at Northern Essex.

“We want to provide incoming Latino students with a student success toolbox,” says Gisela Nash, NECC’s Title V director. “In addition to enhancing basic skills, we’ll cover note taking and study skills, stress and time management, and much more. When they start college in September, these students will be ready to hit the ground running.”

To be eligible for the program, students must be a 2013 Latino high school graduate with a 2.5 GPA or better and enrolled at NECC for the fall. The NECC Bridges Program is funded in part by a grant that NECC received from the United States Department of Education under the Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program and a Massachusetts Performance Incentive Fund grant.

Applications for the program are being accepted at the NECC Student Success Center, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence.

Peace poetry entries being accepted

Students in grades kindergarten through 12, both from public and private schools, as well as adults affiliated with the schools, and Northern Essex Community College students, are invited to participate in Northern Essex Community College’s Fifth Annual Peace Poetry Contest and Reading. Participants may create and submit original poems on the subject of peace.

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 15. Some 80 poems and accompanying artwork will be selected for publication in a small book of poetry to be published later in the spring. In addition, selected entrants will be invited to take part in a poetry reading from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 3 in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus.

Last year’s contest, the fourth annual, attracted over 1,000 entries from more than 48 schools. The contest is coordinated by NECC Professor of English Dr. Paul G. Saint-Amand, a Vietnam era veteran who is committed to peace. “As an educator, I want to fuel children’s imaginations toward peace,” he says. “A lot more has been written about war than about peace.”

NECC students are collaborating on the project and have designed posters and award certificates, participated in judging entries, and will host the public reading.

Entries can be submitted to peacepoetry@necc.mass.edu or NECC Peace Poetry Contest, 100 Elliott St., Spurk 317H, Haverhill, MA 01830-2399.

For additional information contact Dr. Paul Saint-Amand at 978-556-3307, psaintamand@necc.mass.edu or visit the webpage at http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/enrichment/service-learning/peace-poetry/

This contest is sponsored by the NECC Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department, and the Service Learning Committee.

New BoomerVenture season starting

ANDOVER - BoomerVenture Campus, Andover’s program for residents of the Merrimack Valley 50 years and older, will start a new session on Monday. Feb. 25 with a full roster of classes and activities. From Zumba to “Occupation Transformation”, this is a relaxed campus setting to get fit, relax or learn about the next phases of the boomer life and what Andover has to offer. Call for information on these or up-coming programs. Registration for the next BoomerVenture session starts this week. (978)623-8321. www.boomerventure.com

Energize With Exercise: Monday, Feb. 25 to May 13 at 3:30 p.m. $60; or Thursdays, Feb. 28 to May 16 at 6 p.m. $65. Feel great with aerobic, weight training & stretching workout. No class April 15.

Zumba Intervals: Thursdays, Feb. 28 to May 16 at 3:30 p.m. $65. Combine weight training and cardio fitness as you dance to Afro-Caribbean music and Latin beats, with flamenco, belly dance, rock and hip hop.

Serenity Yoga: Thursdays, Feb. 28 to May 16 at 7:30 p.m. $65. Enter a practice of gentle flowing postures that warm and open the body while quieting the mind. A soothing end to your evening for anyone looking to slow things down for an hour. No previous yoga experience required. Each class will conclude with meditation. Welcome new instructor: Sheila Wescott.

Boomer Bridge—Bridge Beyond the Basics: Stayman, Transfers and Big Hands. Feb. 25 to May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. $150. Nine classes. No classes on March 18, 25 or April 15.

Interested in a beginner’s bridge class? Let us know!

Live the Smart-sized Life: Three Thursdays in March at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration requested. Free of charge. Light refreshments.

March 14: “Downsizing” Starting to face the emotional ups and downs associated with downsizing. Discuss the how and the when to begin the process. Peggy Patenaude

March 21: “Staging your home” Tips to easily improve your property’s appeal to transform it into someone else’s welcoming, attractive home. Margaret O’Connor

March 28: “Moving On” – Whether it is a move to a 55+ plus community, a smaller home or condo, or perhaps helping a family member move on themselves, “Moving On” will give you resources to get started on your journey. Johanna Webster

Occupation Transformation. Re-imagining Professional Life After 50: Thursdays, April 11 to 25 at 7p.m. $12. Preregistration.

Call for information at 978-623-8321 or visit us at www.boomerventure.com. Pre-registration required for all classes. Newcomers are always welcome to try a class free. All classes held at “The Center at Punchard” 30 Whittier Court, School Administration Bldg. ground floor.