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Hudson~Litchfield News 12-11-2009

Hudson~Litchfield News 12-11-2009

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submitted by Dave Lecraw 
Introducing the 2009Manchester SuperstarWinner, SamanthaMigneault! Hudson’s veryown Samantha Migneaulttook home the trophy as the2009 Manchester SuperstarWinner! This is a singingcompetition, much like
 American Idol 
, held by theManchester CommunityCable station, MCAM TV23,and hosted by Donna Jackson and George Cox.Not only did Samantha takehome the trophy, but she also won the $1,000cash prize sponsored by Kas-Bar Reality Inc.,and will be recording an original song, writtenby Mr. Cox, in Boston, MA, where she willbe featured in a music video to be shown onMCAM TV23 sometime next year. Samanthaalso impressed a talent agent that was on thepanel of judges who showed great interest inworking with her. The talent agent loved herperformance and stage presence, and said thatSamantha “has great potential and talent” and“a sparkle in her eyes.”Her journey began on August 29, where sheand several dozen other hopefuls auditionedbefore a panel of three judges—Bethany Moore,Bernie Del Llano, and the Gekko. Samanthablew the judges away with her a cappellaversion of “Somewhere over the Rainbow”
and“On My Own,” granting her a spot as one of the41 contestants. In the next couple of rounds,Samantha moved throughto the Top 15, singing“Reflections” by ChristinaAguilera, and then to theTop 11 with Sara Bareilles’“Gravity.” In the semifinals,Samantha sang “Hero” byMariah Carey, which landedher in the finale with fiveother contestants. At thefinale on November 23,the panel of judges nowconsisted of eight—the threeoriginal and five new guest judges. Each contestantwas required to sing two songs: a song pickedfor them by the judges and a song of theirchoice. Samantha was given “IndependenceDay” by Martina McBride and chose the song“Love You, I Do” from the musical
. Her performance blew everyone awayand secured her place as the winner! Goto www.manchesterstar.net or http://vimeo.com/7826990 to watch her finale performances.Samantha’s list of accomplishments for 2009doesn’t end there! She is a freshman at AlvirneHigh School, where she is a proud member of the B Naturals select mixed choir.Samantha also recently auditioned for, andmade it into, the NH Classical All State’s MixedChoir and the NH Jazz All State’s HonorsChorus, in which she ranked the number-one
soprano in the state!
 Volume 20 Number 23 December 11, 2009 20 Pages
Supported Through Advertisers An Independent Weekly Newspaper 
submitted by Sarah Lacaillade
Ms. Landra’s Kindergarten class presented a Thanksgiving Show to their families the day beforeThanksgiving. All enjoyed listening to songs and poems. The children’s hard work was muchappreciated by all. What a wonderful way to begin the holiday!
by Doug Robinson
The first-grade students of Griffin MemorialSchool are making a big difference this holidayseason by creating specialized care packages forour troops serving in Iraq.“Paris Pruniers’s dad is serving our countryand fighting the in the war over in Iraq, and thechildren thought it would be a great idea to sendto Paris’ dad, as well as to his soldier friends, carepackages this Christmas to show their appreciationfor what they are doing” commented Paris’ first-grade teacher, Mrs. Johnstone.Paris’ dad was called to serve in the warapproximately six weeks ago, recalled Paris’mom, Nicole Prunier. “In a recent letter, myhusband, Chris, asked if we could send to himsome supplies, which are not available in Iraq,”continued Nicole. “Mrs. Johnstone has been greatand the kids have been unbelievable, as they havegone out and acquired a lot of needed supplies formy husband and the soldiers with whom he fights.”As a project for the previous month, the 17students in Mrs. Johnstone’s class have receiveddonations of gum, deodorant, games such as Uno,checkers, and chess, pretzels, books, games, candy,vitamins, granola bars, red licorice, playing cards,beef jerky, shaving cream, pens, Tic Tacs, nuts, airfresheners, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby powder,shampoo, conditioner, Cracker Jack, and evenartificial Christmas decorations. The donationsof supplies ran the complete length of the firstgraders’ classroom as it was stacked on the desks,ready for boxing and shipping.Paris’ dad, Spc. Christopher Prunier is assigned tothe 1st Engineer Battalion, 111th Sapper Company.He, along with his battalion, are responsible for thedismantling of the Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs) which have been set by the enemy to killAmericans. Each day, Paris’ dad ventures out insearch of the IEDs and deactivates the bombsbefore they detonate on any American soldiers.He, and his battalion, enter into enemy territory,and create safe roadways for fellow soldiers tofollow.“An IED can be almost anything with any typeof material and initiator. It is a ‘homemade’device that is designed to cause death or injuryby using explosives alone or in combination withtoxic chemicals, biological toxins, or radiologicalmaterial. IEDs can be produced in varying sizes,functioning methods, containers, and deliverymethods. IEDs can utilize commercial or militaryexplosives, homemade explosives, or militaryordnance and ordnance components.”Hanging on the wall in the class was written,“Good Morning Soldiers. Today is the day wewill send presents and smiles to Paris’ dad and hissoldier friends in Iraq.As the children sat belowthe sign, they all gave a thumbs-up as their way of saying “thank you” to the soldiers.“These children are full of dreams,” commentedMrs. Johnstone, “and they know that the holidaysare about giving. What they have accomplishedhere shows that they have the hearts of mountains.”
Little People with 
‘Hearts of Mountains’
 Alvirne Student Wins
Manchester Superstar Show 
Samantha Migneault Nicole (middle with the Santa Hat) leads the way, giving the thumbs-up for her dad and his soldier friends serving in Iraq 
Being Thankful  
at Early Start Children’s Center
by Len Lathrop
Members of the Hudson VFW Post 5791 assembled at11 a.m. to honor those who endured the attack on theUnited States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The Japanese had left 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes, anda crippled Pacific Fleet that included eight damaged ordestroyed battleships.Assistant Commander Mark Taylor read a salute tothose who served at Pearl Harbor and Chaplain MikeMondoux offered a prayer to those who made theultimate sacrifice.
Pearl Harbor
Hudson VFW Assistant Commander Mark Taylor reads the salute; Chaplain Mike  Mondoux offers a prayer Honor Guard from the Derry Veterans of Foreign War 
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Community Events 
Community Events 
Community Events 
Saturday, December 12
The Hudson Special Olympics will hold a
Holiday Pancake Breakfast
at Applebee’s,Amherst Street, Nashua, from 8-10 a.m.The breakfast will include all-you-can-eatpancakes, juice, coffee, tea, and milk, allfor a small fee per person. We will also havebasket raffles during the event. Hudson hasa growing group of athletes who compete allyear round in events such as track and field,basketball, soccer, floor hockey, volleyball,and other sports. These are no ordinaryathletes and this is an opportunity for youto meet these special individuals. SpecialOlympics is a non-profit internationalorganization, dedicated to empoweringindividuals with intellectual disabilitiesto become physically fit, productive, andrespected members of society. The athletesproudly represent our community at varioussporting events in Southern New Hampshire.It is time for us to show them our supportand how much we care! Tickets may bepurchased in advance by contacting TerrySavage at 881-8675 or Terry8675@msn.com,or at the door. All profits from this breakfastwill go to the Hudson Special OlympicsTeam.The Litchfield Women’s Club will hold theirannual
Santa’s Workshop
from 8-11 a.m. atthe Litchfield Middle School. This specialcommunity event features an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and lots of gamesfor the children, along with a craft tableand a bountiful basket raffle. Santa will beavailable for visits and photo opportunitiesfrom 9-10:30 a.m. Families may choose totake their own pictures or receive a Polaroidpicture for a small fee. There is a cost forbreakfast. The Litchfield Women’s Club is anon-profit community service organization,open to women of all ages and interests.Members meet on the second Tuesdayof each month at 7 p.m. at the LitchfieldMiddle School during the school year. Amembership table will be available at Santa’sWorkshop to learn more. Communityservice projects include food baskets forlocal families in need, financial donationsto the schools, library, and those in need,annual scholarships to graduating seniors,and more.
Saturday and Sunday, December 12, 13
Litchfield Lions will hold
Photos with Santa
 from 1-4 p.m. at McQuesten Farm Stand,located on Route 3A, Litchfield. All profitsof this event will be donated to the LitchfieldLions Charities.
Friday, December 18
Home Health and Hospice Care (HHHC)will host a
flu vaccination clinic
from10 a.m.-noon at Mission Pointe, located off Lowell Road in Hudson. The clinic is opento anyone age 18 and older who wouldlike to have a flu shot; no appointments areneeded. All minors must be accompaniedby a parent or guardian. HHHC cannotbill private or managed care insurancecompanies for this service. Individuals maypay the fees upfront at the clinic and thenapply for reimbursement on their own. Thosecovered by Medicare B do not have to paythe fee, but they must show their Medicareidentification card at the clinic for Medicarebilling purposes. There is a fee for the fluvaccination. The agency is also offeringpneumonia vaccinations during this clinicfor people at risk of contracting pneumonia.There is a fee for the pneumonia vaccinationas well. Please Note: This is only for theseasonal influenza vaccine, NOT the Swinevaccine. For more information, call 800-887-5973 or visit us at www.hhhc.org.
Saturday, December 12
The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 DerryRoad (Rte. 102, next to Alvirne High School),Hudson, will hold a
Christmas MovieDouble Feature
. The films being shownare
The Santa Clause
at 1 p.m., and
It’s aWonderful Life
at 3 p.m. Free movies at theRodgers Memorial Library are sponsored bythe Friends of the Library.
Sunday, December 13
Second Hand Prose Book Sale
will be heldat the Hills Memorial Library, 18 LibraryStreet, Hudson, from noon-3 p.m. The salewill feature books, DVDs, CDs, comic books,and a wide selection of material for children.Stop by and join the Friends of the Librarywhile you shop for great deals on books.
Thursday, December 17 
Alvirne High School Jazz band
willperform a mix of Jazz standards and holidayclassics at a concert at the Rodgers MemorialLibrary at 7 p.m. The library is located at 194Derry Road (Rte. 102, next to Alvirne HighSchool), Hudson.
Religious Events 
Religious Events 
Religious Events 
Starting Saturday, December 12
The Litchfield Presbyterian CommunityChurch, located at 259 Charles BancroftHighway, Litchfield, is offering a
freecommunity breakfast
to Litchfield residentson the second Saturday of every month,beginning Saturday, December 12. Thebreakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. andwill consist of bacon, sausage, scrambledeggs, home-fried potatoes, toast, home-bakedmuffins, coffee, and juice. All Litchfieldresidents are welcome and there will be nocharge. Donations will be accepted. Noreservations needed.
Saturday, December 19
The Londonderry Church of the Nazarenewill hold a
Christmas Coffee House
andChildren’s Pageant
at 5:30 p.m. in thechurch at 292 Derry Road, Hudson. Thechurch Worship Team will lead in songs of the season. The children of the “Little Lives”children’s church will present “Shepherds,Sheep and a Savior.” The event is free and thepublic is welcome. The church meets in thebasement of the Beginning Discoveries DayCare at 292 Derry Road, Hudson. For moreinformation, call Eryn Richards at 883-4382,Carrie Smith at 881-8424, or Rebecca Carlileat 437-2223. 
School Activities 
School Activities 
School Activities 
Through the month of December 
The Litchfield Middle School PTO is doinga holiday fundraiser and
selling limited-edition Litchfield, NH ornaments.
Only500 were made to commemorate the town’s275th anniversary. The ornaments can bepurchased at one of the following locations:McQuesten Farm, Litchfield Middle School,Noel’s Tree Farm, or Litchfield Town Hall.They also make great gifts for people whoused to live in Litchfield, college studentswho need a piece of home, or a keepsaketo send to a family member afar. Don’t missout!
Tuesday, December 15
The Hudson Memorial School will hold a
Holiday Concert
for the 6th, 7th, and 8thgrade Chorus, Swing Choir, Jazz Band, andWoodwind Choir in the school gymnasiumat 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16
The Hudson Memorial School will besending home
progress reports
for thesecond quarter.
School Activities 
School Activities 
School Activities 
Wednesday, December 16
The Hudson Memorial School will hold a
Holiday Concert
for the 6th, 7th, and 8thgrade Band, Swing Choir, Jazz Band, andWoodwind Choir in the school gymnasiumat 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday, January 12 – 15
Griffin Memorial School will hold
registration for Kindergarten and First Gradestudents
(who are not currently attendingGriffin Memorial School) for 2010 schoolyear on January 12, 13, 14, and 15, from10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, January 14,from 5-7 p.m. To register your student,please print and complete the forms availableon the Griffin website: www.litchfieldsd.org/schools/gms or the Litchfield SchoolDistrict website: www.litchfieldsd.org. Therewill be an additional form to completewhen bringing registration materials to theschool. You will also need to bring thefollowing documentation when registeringyour child: A physical dated betweenSeptember 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010; acopy of immunization records provided bythe child’s doctor’s office; proof of residence,such as a current utility bill, rent receipt, orpurchase/sales agreement; and an originalbirth certificate. A copy will be made at theschool and the original immediately returnedto you. If you are unable to print andcomplete the packet prior to the registrationsessions, there will be packets available atthe school on the above-listed dates.
Seminars & Courses 
Seminars & Courses 
Seminars & Courses 
Tuesday, December 15
The Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 DerryRoad, Hudson, will be hosting a seminar ontrusts, entitled
‘Trusts for the Average Person’
 from 10 a.m.-noon. Learn how you canprotect your assets by developing an estateplan. Topics include using the zero-percentcapital gain tax rate, avoiding the tax trapthat can devastate the finances of a survivingspouse, a major rule change affecting RothIRA eligibility, and creating an estate planthat can protect your finances from thecatastrophic financial effects of a nursinghome stay. Call 603-886-6030 to register.
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Sports & Recreation 
Martin Luther King Weekend, January 15-18
The Hudson Recreation Department willhold its
33rd Annual Basketball Tournament
 for boys and girls in grades 4-8. Thetournament will be held at four locations inHudson. It is a Round Robin format, with athree-game minimum in both the girls’ andboys’ divisions. There will be individualawards given to the first- and second-placefinishers, and an All-Tourney and MVPaward for each division. All registrations arefirst-come, first-served, and there is an entryfee per team. For more information, callDave Yates at 880-1600, or visit the HudsonRecreation Department website at www.hudsonrec.com.
Litchfield Regular Meetings & Events
Board of Selectmen
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., Mondays; second and fourth Monday (June – August)
Boy Scout Troop 11
, Litchfield Community Church, 7:00 p.m., every Monday during the
school year.
Campbell High Booster Club
, Campbell High, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday.
Conservation Commission
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., first Thursday.
Fire Department meeting
, Station House, 7:00 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday.
Friends of Aaron Cutler Memorial Library
, Library, 7:00 p.m., third Monday. (except
January & July)
Girl Scouts Adult Volunteers
, Litchfield Service Unit, Litchfield Middle School, ArtRoom, 6:30 – 8 p.m., second Wednesday. Anyone interested is welcome.
Hudson/Litchfield Rotary
, Hudson SAU Building,7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Library Events
: www.cutlerlibrary.blogspot.com
Library Trustees
, Library, 7:00 pm., second Monday.
Litchfield Area Garden Club
, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday, email
katharford@comcast.net for location.
Litchfield Budget Committee
, Campbell High, Media room, 7:00 p.m., fourth Thursday
of the month.
Litchfield Lions Club
, Litchfield Middle School, 7:00 p.m., second Thursday.
Litchfield Republican Committee,
Litchfield Tech Park, 480 Charles Bancroft Hwy,7:00 p.m., third Thursday. For info, call 424-5487.
Litchfield Women’s Club
, Litchfield Middle School, 7:00 p.m., second Tuesday. (July &August at member’s homes)
Planning Board
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., first Tuesday.
Recreation Commission
, Talent Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday.
Recreation Department activities
: www.litchfield.mv.com/commision/recreation_all.
The Club at LMS After-School Advisory Board
, Litchfield Middle School, 6:00 p.m.,last Monday, every other month during school year (Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May)
Zoning Board
, Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday.
Hudson Regular Meetings & Events
60 and Over Coffee Club,
Rec. Center, 9 – 11 a.m., every Tuesday.
Alvirne Booster Club
, Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., first Wednesday.
Alvirne Touchdown Club,
Alvirne Library, 7 p.m., first Monday.
American Legion Post 48 & Auxiliary
, Legion hall, 7 p.m., first Monday.
Awana Club
, New Life Christian Church, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday. (from Sept.23–May 26) Open to children age 3 to grade 5. For info or to register: 598-9000.
Beekeeping Association
, Rec. Center, 7:30 p.m., first Saturday.
Board of Selectmen
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., first, second, and fourth
Budget Committee
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Thursday.
Greater Hudson Business Network,
Valentino’s, 142 Lowell Road, Friday mornings, 8a.m. For information, contact Mike Falzone at 320-8020.
Cable Utility Committee
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Tuesday.
Conservation Commission
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., third Monday.
Fleet Reserve Association
, VFW Post, 7 p.m., third Thursday.
Free Movies
, basement of the New Beginnings Child Care Center, Hudson, 6 p.m. CallReverand David Bailey 895-9534 for more information.
Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey
, Alvirne High School, 7 p.m., every other Tuesday.
Friends of Alvirne Music
, Alvirne Band Room, 7 p.m., first Thursday.
Friends of Alvirne Swim Team,
Alvirne Library, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the
Friends of the Library of Hudson, NH, Rogers Memorial Library
, 194 Derry Road,7 p.m., third Tuesday, every other month (except June – August)
Friends of Hudson Natural Resources
, Town Hall, 7 p.m., second Monday.
GFWC Hudson Community Club
, Checkers Restaurant, 7 p.m., first Wednesday.
GFWC Hudson Junior Club
, George H. & Ella M. Rogers Memorial Library,7 p.m., second Wednesday.
Hannah Dustin Quilter’s Guild
, Hudson Community Center, 9 a.m., first Monday(except June through August)
Hudson Area Moms Club
, 10 a.m., Last Wednesday (except December)Hudsonareamomsclub@yahoo.com
Hudson Historical Society
, Alvirne Hills House, 7 p.m., fourth Wedneday.
Hudson Lions Club
, Valentino’s Restaurant, 6:30 p.m., second and last Monday.
Hudson Senior Council on Aging activities
, Community Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., everyWednesday and Thursday.
Hudson/Litchfield Rotary
, Hudson SAU Building, 7:30 a.m., every Thursday.
Hudson United Soccer Club Board Meetings
, Hudson Police Community Room, 7:30p.m., second and fourth Wednesday.
, Kiwanis Hall, 7 p.m., first and third Monday. (If Monday is a holiday, call 883-0374.)
Knights of Columbus
, St. Kathryn Parish Hall, 7:30 p.m., first Wednesday.
Library Trustees
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 7 p.m., third Wednesday.
Lions Club of Hudson Bingo
, Kiwanis Hall, 4 p.m., second Saturday.
Marine Corps League
, VFW Hall, 7:30 p.m., last Tuesday.
Movie Night
, Hudson Community Center, 7 p.m., first Friday of the month (October to
Nashua-Hudson Toastmasters
, Nashua Public Library, 6:30 p.m., first and thirdWednesday.
Nottingham West Lions Club,
Hudson Police Department Community Room,7 p.m., first and third Tuesday.
Open Space Subcommittee
, Town Hall, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday.
Planning Board
, Town Hall, 7 p.m., first, second, and fourth Wednesday.
Recreation Committee
, Rec. Center, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday.
School Board
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., first and third Monday.
Sewer Utility Committee
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:30 p.m., second Thursday.
Sons of the American Legion
, Legion Hall, 8 p.m., first Monday.
TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly),
First Baptist Church, Tuesdays, 3:45-4:15 p.m. forweigh in, and 4:15-5:00 p.m. for the meeting.
Tot Playgroup
, Rec Center (Merrifield Park during summer months), 9:30 a.m., every
Trustees of the Trust Fund
, Town hall, 3:00 p.m. fourth Thursday.
VFW & Auxiliary
, VFW Post, 7 p.m., second Monday
VFW Men’s Auxiliary
, VFW Post, 7 p.m., first Monday
Water Utility Committee
, Town Hall, BOS Meeting Room, 5:00 p.m., third Wednesday
Wattannick Grange
, Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m., first and third Monday (889-5575)
Zoning Board
, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Thursday
at 17 Executive Drive, Suite One 
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Do you know how many plastic water bottles areconsumed annually by Americans? Do you know how manyplastic water bottles are thrown in the trash each and everyday? The answers to these questions are shocking enough tomake you switch over to the Green Side o things.With basketball season getting into gear, we can take aglance at it this way. Basketball players reuse balls everytime they play, they don’t just discard balls ater one use andbuy another one because it would be a waste o a ball. Let’ssay the average person uses 40 disposable water bottles amonth, averaging one or two disposable water bottles a day.The weight o 40 disposable water bottles is equal to onebasketball. Thereore, throwing these water bottles away is just like a basketball player shooting a ball right into the trashater one month o use.According to earth911.com, recycling a single water bottlecan conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulbor up to six hours. In America,roughly 38 billion plastic waterbottles end up in landlls eachyear. That’s nearly 100 millionbottles each day! I you laid outeach water bottle end to end, itwould reach China and back eachday! According to lterorgood.com, in 2006, Americans drankan average o 167 bottles a day,totaling 50 billion bottles. O these bottles, only 23 percent wererecycled. Facts like these are nottaken into consideration whenpeople purchase disposable plasticwater bottles every day. These ewacts illustrate that people don’tthink about the negative eect thatdisposable plastic water bottles canand do have on the Earth.How long is 700 years? On July26, 1309, Henry VII is recognizedKing o the Romans by PopeClement V. I Henry VII celebratedwith a plastic wine goblet, itcould still be on the Earth today!According to allaboutwater.com,it takes over 700 years or plasticto decompose on the Earth. Theaverage American lie span todayis only 77 years. It takes plasticalmost nine times the averageAmerican lie span to decompose!As stated on ranklygreen.com, i everyone in New York City were touse a reusable water bottle or oneweek, or one month, or or oneyear, it would make a signicantdierence in reducing waste. One week would equal 24million bottles saved, one month would equal 112 million,and one year would equal 1.328 billion.Alvirne High School’s “school store,” The Bronco Barn, ismaking eorts to switch over rom the Dark Side to the GreenSide o things. The Bronco Barn is now oering reusablewater bottles called Bronco Bottles. Bronco Bottles are onsale or $8 and the Bronco Barn is open to the public Mondaythrough Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. I the Bronco Bottle ispurchased beore Christmas, the price will be reduced to $6.It may not be something you have ever really thoughtabout. How does plastic actually aect the Earth? Whatdierence does it make i I buy a disposable water bottleversus a reusable water bottle? Why should I recycle myplastic? It makes a big dierence whether you recycle or not,as the previously stated acts show. So, which side are youon? The Dark Side or the Green Side?
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On Saturday, November 21, seven Hudson Memorial SchoolStudents competed in a Regional Qualiying Tournament at DanielWebster College. These seven students, Thomas Woolsey, MaggieWoolsey, Giancarlos Gonzalez, Matt Moreau, Cameron Buckley, Jacob Elwell, and Eddie Truesdell, placed second in the ProjectPresentation portion o the competition. They went on to competein the State FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Competition in Bedord onSunday, December 6.These seven students have been working hard the past six weekson building, designing, and programming a robot using only Legopieces. They also had to nd a problem in our community, researchit, and come up with a solution. At the tournament, their robotcompeted in three matches attempting to gain as many o the 400possible points possible. Thomas Woolsey, one o the programmersor the team, said, “Figuring out how to getour robot over one o the obstacles was tough.Programming it to go around the obstacles tookmore creative thinking than I thought wouldbe needed. In the end, we weren’t able toaccomplish that specic task with our robot.I’m sure i we had another six weeks, we wouldhave perected it.”At the competition, they were judged onour areas: Robot Challenge, Robot Design,Teamwork, and Project Presentation. Twentyarea middle-school age teams were at the competition and sevenadvanced to the State Tournament. The team was coached by SherriWoolsey, Cheryl Truesdell, and Rob Bate, and had two high schoolmentors rom Alvirne: Ben Bate and Robbie Sweeney.The mission o the FLL is to inspire young people to be scienceand technology leaders by engaging them in exciting, mentor-basedprograms that build science, engineering, and technology skillsthat inspire innovation and oster well-rounded lie capabilities,including sel-condence, communication, and leadership. It wasounded by Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur, in 1989.
Hudson Memorial Students Advance in FIRST LEGO League Competition
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