Student films showcase North Country assets

Over 150 students created films showcasing the North Country’s assets as part of a regional student film festival. Nine schools were involved in the annual festival coordinated by North Country Education Services. The theme was “Through Our Eyes” with the categories of “Innovation North of the 44th,” “Life North of the 44th” and “The Future We Envision North of the 44th.”

With all the region’s schools being located north of the 44th parallel, the film festival is an ideal event for sponsorship by the North of the 44th project. The project is essentially a movement aimed at fostering a positive mindset regarding the region, celebrating its assets and building upon its strengths.

A near capacity audience gathered in the 295 seat Rialto Theatre on April 8 for the public screening of nominated films.

According to North Country Education Services Executive Director Lori Langlois, the students embraced the topic, and the festival had a real exciting feel to it this year. She said this year's entries made up the best batch of films submitted in the seven years of the event, and added that the students knew they were up against more competition this year and there was “edge of your seat feeling” waiting for the winners to be announced in each category.

Fourteen films received awards. Among them, Groveton Elementary School tied for first place in the category Life North of the 44th, for the film "Coos County: Summer vs. Winter."

The participating schools were Bethlehem Elementary, Gorham Middle, Groveton Elementary, Lafayette Regional, Lisbon Regional, Mildred C. Lakeway, Monroe Consolidated, Stratford Public, and Woodland Community School. New schools are encouraged to contact Lori Langlois at North Country Education Services regarding participation for 2017-2018.

Photographs of each winning team and links to all the student films receiving nominations can be accessed via


Groveton Film Awards 2Groveton Elementary School students participating in North Country Education Services student film festival, from left: Halli Stockwell, Karli Chauvette, Davey Weagle, Keanna Fysh, Isaac Noyes, and Thomas Crain. Groveton tied with Lisbon Regional School for first place in the category Life North of the 44th, for the film "Coos County: Summer vs. Winter."


Denise L. Bilodeau earns honorary doctor at Endicott College

On May 20, Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., will honor Denise L. Bilodeau, formerly of Berlin and part-year resident, the daughter of Laurier "John" and Rita Bilodeau, with an honorary doctor of humane letters.
After 33 years of service to Endicott College, Denise Bilodeau retired in 2014 but continues in her roles as adviser and friend.
Bilodeau came to Endicott in 1981 when, as director of residence life, she was not much older than the students she served. Her ability to connect with students was recognized, and she was named associate dean and then dean of students, with all student services reporting to her.
Bilodeau's leadership and commitment to advance the college is best hallmarked by her student-centered focus. She took leadership roles in Endicott's transition to a four-year institution and was one of the principal authors of a proposal to the board of trustees, which outlined the advantages of opening Endicott to coeducation.
She also helped welcome the first group of male students to the campus in 1994.
Promoted to vice president for student development and vice president for administration, Bilodeau later served as vice president for special projects and college ombudsperson. In that role, she used her deep knowledge of the college, its academic programs and its many resources to help students navigate difficulties, devise solutions — both academic and personal — and find their way to success.
Denise Bilodeau

Gorham Middle High School announces high honor roll and honor roll for second quarter

Grade 6

High Honors: Aimee Bousquet, Aiden Corrigan, Adam Devoid, John Micucci, Alec Wydra.

Honors: Levi Bernard, William Carder, Madison Fillion, Ryan Johnson, Emma LaPierre, Alexander O’Brien, Kyle Pike, Anthony Pizzuto, Joseph Rafferty, Carson Roberge, Caelen Wade.

Grade 7

High Honors: Zoe Grondin, Katherine Laflamme, Teagan Leclerc.

Honors: Danika Daniels, Halery Desilets, Hannah Fox, Rachel Larivee, Alexander Mayerson, Cody Pike, Ava Watson.

Grade 8

High Honors: Libby Fortin, Bryanna Harris, Nicholas Wade.

Honors: Emma Bernier, Cheyenne Berube, Madisyn Buteau, Colbe Goudreau, Julia Langlois, Isobel Micucci, Jocelyn Paradis, Ean Steady, Ethan Taillon.

Grade 9

High Honors: Noor Akhter, Karly Cordwell, Karina DeCilla.

Honors: Trevor Doherty, Alexis Fortin, Noah Fortin, Aidan Fox, Joshua Godin, Olivia Halle, Benjamin Harmon, Sydney Leclerc, Madison Rivard, Anna Roberge, Amira Robertson, Emma Stephenson, Ella Watson.

Grade 10

High Honors: Sophia Allen, Isabelle Balch, Abigail Bernier, Bryce Gauthier, Alexis Kruskie, Hannah MacDonald, Robert Morehouse, Thomas Morehouse and Rachel Sturtevant.

Honors: Elizabeth Anderson, Declan Blair, Gavin Corrigan, Olivia Cyr, Trinity Downs, Jeffrey Harrington, Betty Johnson, Travis Lemieux, Brianna Taylor and Anthony Tompkins.

Grade 11

High Honors: Amelia Martin, Michela Ur.

Honors: Sabrina Connors, Kelly Galemba, Cassandra Hartshorn, David Hendrick, Delaney Holmes, Liam Lake, Jack Lambertson, Li Qi Li, Carley Roy, Maxwell Sjostrom.

Grade 12

High Honors: Hailee Arsenault, Kyle Berwick, Autumn Brown, Lauren Gralenski, Bronson Leclerc, Chelsea Pike, Emily York.

Honors: Hunter Desilets, Jeffrey Gerath, Jacquelyn Hallisey, Natalie Harmon, Caitlyn Malia, Colten O’Neil, Jana Oelofse, Hannah Rivard, Emma Schoenbeck, Felicia Voisine.

Berlin High announces end-of-year schedule

BERLIN — Berlin High School will be celebrating and wrapping up the end of the school year with a number of scheduled events beginning Thursday night, May 18, with a performance from the Berlin High School chorus and band. The events end with the final day and exams for students, June 13-14.
On Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Berlin Middle School Auditorium, Berlin High School chorus and band will perform in the 68th annual Spring Pops Concert under the direction of David Arsenault. In addition, Shockapella, the high school's a cappella group will perform at the show, where donations will be accepted.
Then Berlin's senior and Junior classes will host their "Rustic Romance Prom" on Saturday, May 20. The public is invited to attend the Grand March that begins at 6 p.m. at Berlin High School. Dinner and dance will then follow at the Brown Company Barn until 11 p.m.
Senior exams will begin on Friday, June 2, for Blocks III and IV.
On Sunday, June 4, Senior Athletic Awards will be distributed in the BHS gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.
Students will then be recognized for their scholastic triumphs on Monday, June 5, at 6 p.m. in the gym. Earlier in the day, senior in Blocks I and II will complete their exams.
The last day of school for seniors is planned for Wednesday, June 7. The senior graduation rehearsal will take place the next morning, June 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the BHS gym. Following the rehearsal is the senior picnic, sponsored by the Berlin High School Backers, at the field house.
All of this leads up to Berlin High's 2017 commencement ceremony in the school's gym on June 9 at 3 p.m. Barksdale Photography will take photos of all the graduates as they receive their diplomas.
The rest of Berlin High's classes will continue attending until their final exams, June 13-14. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: Block III and IV on Tuesday, June 13; and Blocks I and II on Wednesday, June 14.
Last day for freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be on Wednesday, June 14. Students will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m.
For a complete calendar for Berlin High, go to