The Launchpad The Student News Site of Pinkerton Academy Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:38:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pinkerton Prepares Students for Their Futures Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:22:24 +0000 It is no secret that applying to college can be confusing and stressful. Pinkerton Academy graduates hundreds of students each year in which a large majority are pursuing greater education through college, trade school, or the military. Luckily, the Academy offers many resources for students when it comes to applying and attending college. 

Students, counselors, and teachers all use both Naviance and Common App for the college application process. Common App is a website where a majority of colleges can be applied for in one place. This is convenient because instead of filling out an individual application for each school, students can fill out one application through Common App that all the colleges will see once they submit their applications. Each college has a certain set of questions that corresponds to their particular expectations or requirements which can also be answered right on Common App. However, it is important to note that not all colleges are able to be applied to through Common App.

A school counselor, Ms. Krista Coufos, likes what Naviance does and its benefits for those using the program.

“Naviance enables students to research universities based on majors/academic offerings, location, enrollment size, athletic opportunities, acceptance rates, and more. This technology allows us to send transcripts to admission offices all across the U.S. both electronically and securely. This saves us a ton of money and time,” said Coufos.

Coufos also mentions that students can find scholarships opportunities through Naviance.

Another resource the school offers is college visits. This is when a college comes to Pinkerton Academy, and students can visit the college and learn about it during their school day. Pinkerton also schedules field trips to other schools in which students have the choice if they want to attend.

“This year, we held two tours to colleges in NH, SNHU and UNH. Roughly 30 students attended each field trip and thoroughly enjoyed their time on university campuses,” said Coufos.

College visits can be very beneficial to students. A 2019 graduate Jordan Weeden found college visits helpful because it introduced her to many colleges she would have otherwise not known about.

Weeden currently attends Colby-Sawyer College and is in her second semester as a freshman. She is pursuing a biology major with a pre-med advisor track. After completing her first semester of college, Weeden thinks Pinkerton prepared her well for college.

“Students who are academically competent in high school at Pinkerton are prepared for a college workload,” said Weeden.

The school provides a few other resources that juniors and seniors can take advantage of when looking into their future. The school counseling department hosts a college fair every spring where hundreds of admission representatives from colleges across the nation attend. The college fair is intended to expose students to post high school opportunities. Coufos recommends that juniors should start visiting college campuses over February and April break.

If students have any questions or concerns about applying or going to college, they are encouraged to see their counselor. Counselors and teachers are great resources for students to educate themselves on college. Most colleges require a letter of recommendation from either a teacher, counselor, or both. It is important to include teachers and counselors in this process.

Coufos said, “I believe that school counselors provide students with ample college application assistance. Between junior and senior one-on-one meetings and going into senior English classes to present to all upperclassmen, we have so many helpful resources, and tips and tricks to share.”

The school also offers courses that are geared towards careers to help prepare students for college courses. There is a large range of these classes including Animal Science, Cosmetology, Engineering, Woodworking, Culinary Arts, and so many more. Students can explore what they may be interested in during high school, so that they have an idea of what they may want to do after high school.

As a high school student, Weeden took advantage of the Health Science Technology (HST) course which she says the content in the course greatly contributes to discussions in her college classes and her pursuance in the medical field. She also notes that her HST class was very similar to her now college classes in terms of stricter deadlines and work intensity. 

A concern for many students is how college is different from high school. Students here have access to a large campus that is similar to a college campus. The size of the college each student attends is entirely up to them. Students should pick a campus size that works best for them.

Coufos said, “Students can use Pinkerton’s population size to gauge what size college campus they are looking for. If our campus seems too congested, especially in between classes, students may want to look at colleges with enrollment between 1,000 and 2,000 students. If you are a student who is looking to meet a new person every day or week, you may want to look at colleges with enrollment of 5,000+.”

Coufos leaves seniors with one last piece of advice.

“Try your best not to ‘senior slide,’ but enjoy the ride along the way as best you can. It’s all about balance. This may be your last year ever working with or seeing your classmates and teachers, so make the most of every minute,” said Coufos.

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Behind Closed Doors Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:09:07 +0000 After the conclusion of midterms, students were shocked to discover new signs posted in the English and science building bathrooms declaring that all doors must remain open. This change would be the first of several to prevent further vandalism. Many teachers reminded their students of established bathroom rules. Phones would have to be left in the classroom, and teachers’ initials recorded on the passes before students grab the color coded lanyards. 

Though the news of vandalism was new to some students, administrators have been dealing with a number of cases for over a year. Past damages vary from written graffiti on bathroom walls/stalls to ripping doors off their hinges and stuffing toilets, sinks, urinals and water fountains with paper towels or toilet paper. Further investigation shows that the most prevalent vandalism started last year and has continued to escalate into second semester. 

“Well, if we are talking about degree, it can range from paper towels being stuffed in the sinks or the toilets or the urinals– something that seems kind of not big but could cause problems like flooding; the most damage we’ve seen in the science building is door stalls being sheared off the hinges to the point where they need to be welded back on. The water bubbler on the 3rd floor of the science building was ripped off at one point,” said Mrs. Clute.  

Students are struggling with the newly enforced bathroom regulations. Many have shown their distaste by fighting back on social media and defying the rules by bringing their phones to the bathroom. Despite efforts of teachers and administrators, acts of vandalism and new graffiti continue to occur in the restrooms. 

Much of the students frustrations seems to stem from the fact that the regulations had seemingly increased drastically overnight. 

Connie Park (‘21) believes the regulations are a ”waste of time for the teachers and students” and Olivia Pavao (‘21) said that [the new rules] “feel overbearing, but I understand their [the administration’s] reasoning.”

J. Manrique
New bathroom signs posted on all student bathroom doors in many buildings across campus.

As of Feb 20, administrators had no leads as to the the identities of the students responsible for the vandalism. In order to bring the destruction to an end, Associate Dean, Mr. Walker said, “Students, if you see something, say something. This is your school, and we need your help.”

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Local Artists Join Efforts to Help Class of 2021 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:28:56 +0000 Families and friends gathered to enjoy live music and food in support of the class of 2021. On Friday, Jan. 24 the junior class office presented Bridgestock, a non-profit, student led fundraiser for the junior prom. Local bands, Sunday Ave( Warren Olson, David Dowd, and Aidan Landry), Stepping Stones(Ben Ferrari, David Gentile, and Eric Bourque), and Carleigh Mack and the Haze(Carleigh Mack, Lindy Snell, Nathan Pevear) performed the event at the Stockbridge theatre. 

Carleigh Mack and the Haze opened the show with songs that ranged from Creep by Radiohead to an original song, Lucifer written by lead singer Carleigh Mack. The Stepping Stones came out to perform a setlist that included songs from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. The night concluded with Sunday Ave performing a few songs off their EP White Noise including; Autopilot and Loose Ends.

“The Stepping Stones were good because they carried a nice lively energy and Ben Ferrari did solos behind his back which was impressive,” said Harley Bergeron 21’.

Both class office and band members of Sunday Ave, who worked closely with the class officers to bring this event together, believe this could be successful in years to come. 

“I was blown away by their talent and now have a whole new respect for them,” said Emma Johnston 21’

Sunday Ave. performs an original song “Autopilot” during their set at Bridgestock.

“When we’re seniors, maybe this could be passed down to the freshman class office, getting to work the generations through,” said Hannah Martenelli.  

Kyle Walker said, “We’d love to see this be carried out more. Some form of this, live music, I think it’s always fun!” 

The officers set forth with a goal to raise funds for prom, and they did just that. Raising over 1000 dollars, many would consider this a success.

“I thought Bridgestock had a lot of potential, and ran smoothly. Overall, I believe it was a successful event,” said Alden Hirsch.

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PA Journalists Attend Annual Conference Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:28:16 +0000

Laura Parady
NH GOP Vice-Chair shares with audience why she entered politics.

Laura Parady
NH Democratic Chair explains why it is important for young people to get involved in local politics.

On October, 1, 2019, student journalists from Pinkerton Academy and Dover High joined the Oyster River High School journalism students for the annual Student Journalism Workshop, sponsored by the Nackey Loeb Foundation and the NH Press Association held at Oyster River High. 

During the day, students attended informational sessions on multiple aspects of journalism: photography, audio and writing. The hour long sessions helped prepare the young journalists prepare for the newsmaker event, an informal debate between NH GOP vice-chair Pam Tucker and NH Democratic Chair Raymond Buckley. The hour long conversation sparked some tension between the two politicians while allowing the students to get a better look at New Hampshire politics and to hone their skills as journalists.

Journalism teacher at Pinkerton Academy, Timothy Cain, said,“Empowering student voices is crucial to our school communities, and ultimately, our democracy. To that end, I was excited to have brought six student journalists to the annual journalism conference. It is my hope that this workshop will be the spark to ignite more interest among Pinkerton students to express their voices in telling our student body’s stories.” As the event came to a close, the involved students left knowing the future of journalism would soon be in their hands.

Kathryn Anderson, co-EIC of the Critic yearbook, said, “I have gained many real world experiences, like working on a deadline and working with people I have never met before to create something that may possibly be published.” 

In the end, the student journalism workshop brought together students from a few schools in Rockingham County who possess an interest in learning various journalistic skills. Executive Director of Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, David Tirrell-Wysocki, said in his opening remarks that he hoped students would utilize the skills they learn within their own school communities.

The work now begins for Pinkerton’s student journalists to tell the community’s stories.


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