John Stark Regional High School

JSRHS Students Work with NH Institute of Art to Create Large-Scale Photo Installation

PHOTO CREDIT:  Cal Loos JSRHS Class of 2016

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PHOTO CREDIT FOR ALL EXHIBIT PHOTOS:  Gary Samson and Eli Tyrell-Walker, Class of 2016

Joint Project by Student Amnesty International Chapter and Photo Club

Ten large scale (4’x7’) portraits created through the collaboration of John Stark Regional High School’s Chapter of Amnesty International and Photography Club has been installed in the Atrium at John Stark. The project came after students watched a TED Talk by artist and human rights advocate JR and his Inside Out Project. JSRHS students worked with International Portrait Photographer and Chairperson of the Photography Department Gary Samson at the New Hampshire Institute of Art to create and print the photographs.

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Jump Start Summer School Registration Open

Registration is open for the 9th Grade Summer Jump Start, a high school transition program appropriate for any incoming 9th grader, and the 10th grade program supporting returning students in continuing to practice skills and build content background. 

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More information about all our summer school programs is available on our website or contact Melissa Muzzy, Summer School Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-428-3622.

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Teenage Alcohol and Drug Use Event for Parents, Staff, and Community High & Seek: An Early Detection and Intervention of Members of Henniker, Weare, & Stoddard Thursday, June 2

Melissa Fernald (pictured above), State Director of Sinfonia Family Services and High and Seek Presenter


SAU 24 is hosting the High and Seek program on Thursday, June 2 at John Stark Regional High School. This is an adult only (21+) event promoting the early detection and intervention of teenage alcohol and drug use.  The highlight of this presentation is a staged teenage bedroom with over 80 indicators of high risk behaviors of drug use in teens. Melissa Fernald of Sinfonia Family Services of NH is the presenter.  The program is free and open to all parents, staff, and community members within SAU 24 (Henniker, Weare, and Stoddard).  The presentation will be in the Café beginning at 7 PM.  DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30 pm.  (Arriving at 6:30 PM will allow you time to walk through the staged bedroom.)  SEATING WILL BE LIMITED and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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JSRHS Student Wins National Slopestyle Competition in Colorado

At the podium of the 2016 National Freeski Championships at Copper Mt., CO:  Willy Monje (left, 2nd place) Lake Oswego, OR; Matthew Denham (center, 1st place) Henniker, NH; Henrik deJounge (right, 3rd place) Fairfleid, CT

JSRHS senior, Matthew Denham took first place in the slopeside competition of the US Snowboard and Freeski Association's National Championships held April 8-12  at Copper Mt. in Colorado. Denham competed in the men's (16-18) division.  Denham's first place finish at Copper Mt. will likely garner him an invitation to the US National Ski Team training camp this summer.  As of March 8, which was the close of the  USASA's 2016 National rankings,  Denham was ranked # 2 for his division in slopeside.  His sponsor is Faction Skis.

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2016 Hill-Stark Music Festival

John Stark Regional High School music teacher Dan Williams rehearses with students during the Hill-Stark Music Festival.  Photo credit:  Heidi Welch.

The second annual Hill-Stark Music Festival, a collaboration between the music departments of John Stark and Hillsboro Deering High Schools, was held April 1.  Band and chorus students from both schools joined together with their music teachers for a full day of rehearsals.  The day concluded with a concert for the community in the evening. John Stark hosted the first festival; Hillsboro Deering High School hosted this year’s festival. John Stark Fine and Performing Arts teachers Dan Williams and Jayne Segedy where joined by Hillsboro Deering’s Heidi Welch and student teacher Amanda Williams from Keene State College for this year’s festival.

Mexico 2016

JSRHS Mexico Trip at Chichen Itza

Mexico 2016 was a wonderful global travel opportunity for John Stark students. During the trip, students visited  some of the Mayan archaeological sites that they learned about in the Mexico class including Ek Balam, Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Coba.  The itinerary also included visiting the cities of Izamal and Merida along with swimming at the Cenotes of Ik Kil and Xk Ken.  Students also visited the Celestun Nature reserve and a Spider Monkey sanctuary.
“It was wonderful to see students connect their classroom learning to their experiences in the field,” said JSRHS Spanish teacher Stephanie Harpring who coordinated the trip during February break.

John Stark College Composition Students Visit WMUR

Photo Credit: Jill Pinard

Students in John Stark’s College Composition class recently visited WMUR to explore careers in communications. Here, seniors Tammi Compagna and  Kayla Archambault (l-r) take their turn at the anchor desk.  While at WMUR, students were led on a tour of the offices and studios by Terry Murray, WMUR’s Commercial and Special Projects Producer.
College Composition is a year-long college-level English course designed to teach students to write clear, vigorous prose and analyze college-level readings. It is a Project Running Start course, a program that allows high school students to take Community College System of NH courses for high school AND college credit while still in high school.

John Stark’s Girls JV Soccer Team Ends Season with Tournament Win

Back row: McKinley Smith, Meg Johnston, Emily Patten (behind Meg), Team Captains Rachael Keon and Becca McLaughlin, Lexi Knapton (wearing green and black headband), Kaitlyn Brown, Quianna Willard, Autumn Nelson, Gillian McGirr (in front of Autumn), Campbell Johnson (#19), and Jalen Beliveau
Front Row: Sarah Nikias,  Hannah Marquis (#20), Ashley Beaulieu, Ali L’Heureux, Olivia Sohl (#8), Ali McKean, Hannah Bishop (behind Ali) , Mckenzie Nase, and Emma DePaula.  Missing from photo: Sarah Clark 

Team captains Becca McLaughlin and Rachael Keon led the girls JV soccer team to a second annual tournament win on Saturday, October 24. The team played back to back games for two and a half hours and won against Hopkinton, Belnap, Monadnock, and Pembroke to secure a place in the playoffs. They went into the finals with no break, facing  a rested Kearsarge.

By half time, John Stark was 1-0 down. Campbell Johnson equalized in the second half. The game continued into overtime and then double overtime, forcing a penalty shootout. Ali L'Heureux saved two shots, keeping Stark in the game, and with one more penalty to go, the
score was 3-3. Becca McLaughlin took the final shot, securing the win for John Stark.

The John Stark Girls JV Team  finished their regular season  with 13 wins, 2 ties, and one loss. Sixteen different players scored 73 goals throughout the season

“It was a fantastic season for girls' soccer,” said JV Coach Chris Pike.

Unfortunate Situation at Weare Middle and Center Woods Upper Elementary Results in Learning Experience

John Stark Spanish Teacher Stephanie Harpring and her IV Spanish students took 5th Grade students from Center Woods Upper Elementary School in their classroom for Spanish instruction.
Photo (standing l-4) from John Stark:  Kyle Clements,  Ethan Maskiell, Jack Graves, Benjamin Richard, Kierstyn Tower, Lindsey Brown, Sawyer Lemay, Spanish Teacher Stephanie Harpring, Kayla Archambault
Photo credit:  Matt Hammond


There was an unexpected field trip for students at the Weare Middle School and Center Woods Upper Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 23. Both schools were evacuated and students traveled by school bus to John Stark Regional High School for most of the day due to lack of water in their building related to an overnight power outage.  
“I am happy, but not surprised, to report that all the transitions  ran very smoothly. Lessons were taught, recesses occurred, and lunches were served to all students in the John Stark Cafeteria. I am so proud of all our SAU 24 students, teachers, administrators, and staff,” said Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore about the day.

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Classical Voyage Course to Greece

We are offering a Classical Voyage course to Greece for students during the 2017 April vacation. This trip will offer a half credit in Art History while students learn about and experience Greek art, architecture, mythology and culture.   A deposit of $15 upon registration (payment plans are available) made before OCT. 31 will avoid the coming price increases.  For more information, contact JS art teacher Erin Smart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students Attend NH Construction Career Days

Students from Mr. Owen’s Tech Ed classes recently attended the NH Construction Career Days; an event that promotes careers in construction.  Career Days, held on the fairgrounds in New Boston, began as a one day event in 2009 and now boasts attendance of over 1,000 students from 40 schools.
Students from John Stark participated in hands-on experience with heavy equipment, welding, small tools, plumbing, electrical wiring, surveying, waste water management, bridge construction, land clearing, and underground utilities.  Many of New Hampshire Community Colleges were also in attendance to offer information on additional educational and career training resources.

NHADA State Award of Recognition

Our Athletic Director, Mark Searles was the recipient of the NHADA State Award of Recognition.  The description of this award is; Presented to an Athletic Director who has made positive contributions to local and state levels of athletics.
Mark serves on the NHIAA Sportsmanship Committee, as well as the Volleyball Committee.  He has been instrumental in developing a Sportsmanship Rating System and Rubric for all Schools to follow.

Congratulations to Mr. Searles on this great honor.

US News Silver Award

2015 Best High Schools