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Alumni Stories

Elizabeth – 2019 Graduate

Elizabeth is passionate about theater and music. She chose to explore this through participating in the Triple Threat three-week singing, dancing, and acting intensive. She also explored her other passion of science through a conservation officer training camp. Elizabeth rounded out these experiences by interning in the administrative office at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School through which she developed stronger communication and people skills.

Jacob – 2019 Graduate

Jacob’s passion for sports and sports broadcasting is the reason that he’s pursued a Capstone internship with Derry Community Access Media. Derry CAM provides relevant local government and community programming broadcasts to the town of Derry. Jacob learned the technology around broadcasting, while developing a connection with the Derry Community Access Media staff and his local community. Jacob is currently pursuing a four-year degree in broadcasting at Southern New Hampshire University.

Dylan – 2019 Graduate

Dylan always had a knack for tinkering with things using his hands and tools. Dylan interned with Pugliese Contracting, working with and learning from a variety of people in the building industry and trades. Dylan found a joy in welding, and intends to work in this field.

Kira – 2019 Graduate

Kira loves everything to do with words, and her internship with Erin E. Moulton—an author of four books—entailed learning about and engaging in the entire writing process: reading books, writing stories, building confidence, interviewing authors, and more. Kira’s stories are very imaginative and interesting, and thanks to her Capstone with Mrs. Moulton they are getting better all the time. Kira is currently a student at the University of NH at Manchester studying linguistics.

Toby – 2019 Graduate

Toby is a creative thinker and builder. He likes to work on things he is passionate about. After taking woodworking classes in his beginning years of high school he became a passionate this craft. Toby knew he was naive to the field and this intrigued him to learn more. Therefore, it is no surprise that Toby sought an internship at American Pride Woodworking. American Pride Woodworking specializes in handmade custom furniture, custom fabricating and installation of cabinets, along with furniture refinishing and refurbishing. In his internship, Toby learned from talented skilled woodworkers, and he is currently seeking an apprenticeship with North Atlantic States Carpenters Union.

Destiny – 2019 Graduate

Destiny really enjoys photography and helping others. Destiny had these interests in mind when she partnered with Raeann at Annie Rae’s Photography and with first grade teacher, Cathy Mulready, at East Derry Memorial Elementary School. Destiny used these amazing internship opportunities to explore the finer business side of photography and the hands-on, one-on-one work with teachers and first graders. She says “I value the opportunities Next and my mentors have given me.” Destiny plans to apply to college and become an elementary teacher.

Aaron – 2019 Graduate

Aaron interned at Revelry Studios, a recording studio in Manchester New Hampshire.  There, he experienced what it’s like to be a musician and to learn how to record and produce music for his future music career. He continues to work with music, as a student at Recording Connection Audio Studio based in Boston, and writing, singing, and performing wherever and whenever he can. 

Jewel – 2019 Graduate

Jewel has a love for animals and would like to work them later on in life. Interning at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire allowed her to learn the basic of how to care for some common pets. ARL is a no kill shelter, with the primary goal of helping animals to become rehabilitated and re-homed. Jewel currently attends Nashua Community College, and is considering seeking a four year degree in one of the following areas: zoology, wildlife sciences, economic science, or another major involved with animals.

Santino – 2018 Graduate

Santino recognizes that baseline knowledge of computers, electronics, and communication technologies will be invaluable to him as he constructs his pathway in the tech field. At Staples in Londonderry, both at the front end of the store and in the Tech Support Department, Santino has developed a Capstone experience in which he can learn about the devices and technologies people rely on everyday in their personal and professional lives. Santino is currently enrolled at SNHU Advantage.

Mary Kate – 2018 Graduate

To feed her passion for marine biology, and help her begin to network in this field of study, Mary-Kate interned with NH Sea Grant and the UNH Cooperative Extension. Mary-Kate’s activities focused on field activities relating to coastal research and habitat restoration and communicating on these endeavors to stakeholders and volunteers in the community. Mary-Kate said “I hope that through my internship, I can gain a better understanding of how marine research is done, and what kinds of jobs people have working with marine life.” You can read about Mary-Kate’s first week here. Mary-Kate also explored her interests in horticulture with an internship at Shady Hill Greenhouses, a small, family-run greenhouse and nursery providing quality plants, shrubs, and trees since 1998. On her first day, Mary-Kate rolled up her sleeves to help with plantings that will result in spring annuals and perennials.” Mary Kate is currently enrolled at the University of New England, studying marine biology.

Molly – 2018 Graduate

Molly’s deep interest in politics and social issues inspired her to seek out an internship with Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s staff at her New Hampshire office in Manchester. This internship exposed Molly to the legislative, administrative, and communications activities of the Senator’s office. Through her work answering calls from constituents, drafting correspondence to local organizations, and interacting with the Senator’s staff, Molly developed skills that will support her interest in pursuing further study and potential career paths in political science.” Molly is currently enrolled at SNHU Advantage.

Janai – 2018 Graduate

Janai loves art and she is fascinated by psychology. These two interests are driving her goal of becoming an art therapist. To support her exploration of this field, Janai interned in Mrs. McMaster’s art classroom at Grinnell Elementary School in Derry. Janai is currently enrolled at Keene State College.

Amy – 2018 Graduate

Amy was so fortunate to have worked with the Technology Department for the Derry Cooperative School District, learning how to provide all levels of equipment, training, and tech support for the Derry school facilities. This experience was perfectly tailored to Amy, as she considers her post-secondary learning options for Computer Science. One of Amy’s goals is to develop strong problem-solving skills as she learns how an IT professional supports computer systems and users. Amy is currently enrolled at NHTI in Concord, NH.

JP – 2018 Graduate

JP enjoys cooking, and wants to become a chef someday. He enrolled in a cooking class at The Culinary Playground, which prepared him very well for his internship in the kitchens at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.  JP says “The school kitchen is a friendly environment where I can learn how to cook fast, and cook multiple foods at the same time. While here, I will serve up a good sense a humor, strong focus on the task at hand, and a friendly attitude towards others.” JP is currently enrolled in Job Corps in Manchester, NH.

Holly – 2018 Graduate

Holly loves birds and has several of her own, so a natural place for her to explore this passion was in the Bird Department of Woof Meow. Ornithology, the study for birds, is a unique branch of the zoological sciences. Holly enjoyed this hands-on experience learning about the general care and feeding appropriate for a variety of birds, as well as providing information and support to customers.

Emily – 2018 Graduate

Emily enjoyed her experiences interning at Ages & Stages Child Development Center in Hampstead. Emily observed and supported a qualified staff of early childhood educators as they provided programs and curriculum to nurture children from infant through pre-Kindergarten.” Emily has made plans to attend Manchester Community College to study early childhood education.

Nathan – 2018 Graduate

Nathan is a thinker, a tinkerer, and a maker. He also loves to ski and longboard. For these reasons, Nathan was so at home interning at Gnarbear. Gnarbear is a small company that designs and builds completely custom, high-quality snowboarding, skateboarding and BMX features on and off-site using a variety of metal, plastics, and wood. The Gnarbear team can conceptualize and create everything from your standard flat boxes & rails to “totally killer” custom setups. Nathan is currently enrolled at the University of Wyoming studying engineering.

Joe – 2018 Graduate

Joe is passionate about music, so it is quite fitting that he interned at Smash Music in Derry. Smash provides everything from lessons, instruments, repair services, and shared space for musicians to practice and perform. Joe’s focus at Smash was learning about instruments, repair, and planning and supporting the events hosted at Smash.

Logan – 2018 Graduate

Logan enjoys animals and working with animals. Logan’s internship at Blue Seal Feed and Needs gave him the opportunity to learn about the needs and care requirements for all types animals in this small, thoughtful community business. In addition, Logan acquired invaluable experience working with a team that is committed to Impeccable customer service and sound retail business practices.

Kenny – 2018 Graduate

Kenny spent his weekday afternoons and Saturdays interning at Midgard Comics and Games in Derry. Midgard sells premier comics, board games, and collectible trading cards, as well as provides a welcoming environment for casual and competitive players to regularly meet and play. Kenny learned the skills and habits that make for successful and rewarding employment, in a place that connects him to a community of people with similar passions and interests to his own. Kenny is currently enrolled at JobCorps studying hospitality.

Felix – 2018 Graduate

Felix believes in teaching children different ways to express themselves is. As a talented artist himself, he loves art and helping his peers with their artwork so they can learn to improve. At West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, Felix interned with art teacher Kellen Rattigan. Felix says “Having an art teacher as a mentor is really beneficial to me as he guides me to share my love of knowledge and art with the students.” Felix is currently enrolled at NH Institute of Art.

Kevin – 2017 Graduate

Kevin is fortunate to have interned with JSI Capital Advisors in Manchester, a company that provides strategic and financial advisory services to the telecommunications, information technologies, software, and digital media industries. Kevin said, “This invaluable experience is showing me what it is really like to work in a corporate office. I am learning a great deal about the nature of accounting and finance as well as the skills necessary to compete in the field. My internship is acting as an introductory course in finance, and I hope to take what I am learning and utilize it in the future by pursuing a career in this field.” Kevin is currently enrolled at SNHU’s Advantage Program.

Devony – 2017 Graduate 

Devony has so many interests driving her learning that she has chosen to explore two different career pathways through Capstone. Devony had an amazing experience in July and August 2016 interning at Analog Devices, Inc. in Wilmington, Massachusetts, a company that provides cutting-edge technological solutions for a large variety of industries worldwide. Devony described her work at ADI this way, “I worked at Analog Devices this summer, a tech company that designs and produces sensors for everything from your car to your tomato garden.  My job was to work with the other interns to make instructional videos and documents on some of the components they donate to FIRST.” In the winter of 2016-2017, Devony sought an opportunity to explore a very different experience, educating young people by interning at the The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, an organization committed to providing enriching educational and social programming to children ages 5-18.  Devony is currently enrolled at the University of New Hampshire where she is studying to become an engineer.

Tyler – 2017 Graduate

Tyler spent part of most school days working with the Technology Department for the Derry Cooperative School District, providing all levels of equipment, training, and tech support for the Derry school facilities. Tyler came to this internship with some personal experience rebuilding computers and computer components. He says it is fun being able to use this knowledge to repurpose older or spare components to again be useful. Tyler’s mentor says of Tyler, “He seems to like learning new things and has a passion for what he is doing.”

Dyllan – 2017 Graduate 

Dyllan spent September through November of the 16-17 school year interning in a Grade 6 Social Studies classroom at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry. At his Capstone Defense presentation in January, Dyllan shared takeaways from his experience. Dyllan recognized that teachers need to be knowledgeable in their subject area, well-prepared each day, able to think on their feet, and skilled at managing groups. Dyllan says his experience in the teaching-side of the classroom helped him to become comfortable speaking in front of groups and communicating with adults. Dyllan is currently enrolled at Rivier University where he is studying to become a teacher.

Callista – 2017 Graduate

Callista experienced what it means to be part of team of professional high school English Language Arts educators while interning this fall at Alvirne High School in Hudson. At her Capstone Defense in February, Callista identified this personal takeaway to her audience, “There are no bad kids, it all depends on how you work with them.” Callista believes her experience helped her to see that all students are unique and as a teacher you need to be prepared to adjust to different learning styles to help all students be successful learners. Callista is currently enrolled at Norwich College in VT.

Isobel – 2017 Graduate

Isobel has interned at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, an entertainment venue that hosts nationally acclaimed musical talent in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Isobel says, “Interning at The Tupelo Music Hall has been the most amazing opportunity. Being able to work with different people every time I am there and being exposed to awesome music is something I want to do after high school. Working at a music venue and even owning my own venue one day would be a dream come true. I can’t see myself doing anything else.” Isobel is currently working at Tupelo Music Hall while she plans her next steps.

David – 2017 Graduate

Last summer, David developed an internship opportunity for himself at American Pride Woodworking in Derry, a shop devoted to delivering custom woodwork, custom finishing, antique furniture repair and restoration, and wood carving for individuals and businesses. Since August 2016, David spends time weekly at the shop supporting the craftsmen in making quality pieces for their clients, as well as creating a few pieces to donate to organizations that serve youths in the community. David says this experience has motivated him to want to own his own woodworking shop some day. David is currently enrolled at JobCorps in Manchester, NH where is studying hotel and lodging and planning to begin study in manufacturing technology.

Jaiden – 2017 Graduate

Jaiden interned at Single Digits in Bedford, a company that provides high speed internet access globally to the hospitality industry. Jaiden commented on how this experience is unique from being in school. At Single Digits, Jaiden feels that the work he is doing in tech support is helping other people in the company do their jobs effectively, and this sense of purpose and contribution to the organization is very satisfying. Jaiden is currently making plans to attend a two-year college program.

Josh – 2017 Graduate

Josh is a comics enthusiast, and an individual who highly values being part of a community. For these reasons, interning at Midgard Comics and Games in Derry was a perfect Capstone experience for Josh. Midgard sells premier comics, board games, and collectible trading cards, as well as provides a welcoming environment for casual and competitive players to regularly meet and play. Josh learned what it takes to start and run a small niche business. Josh says, “This opportunity to learn something new outside of school is so important. To make the most of Capstone, you need to never be afraid to ask questions or for help, and be sure to keep your other school work moving forward so you can spend as much time in your site as possible.”

Thomas – 2017 Graduate

Thomas has always had a natural interest in vehicle mechanics. During his final school year, Thomas has spent over four hundred hours at a local autobody shop in Derry, a full-service garage that provides repairs and maintenance service on all types of cars. Thomas loves being at the shop, and the guys say no matter what the weather, and even on school vacations, Thomas always showed up at his scheduled time, eager to observe and assist on any job.

Phil – 2017 Graduate

Phil is a very industrious person who thrives on working and getting things done. Phil utilized this personal drive as an intern with Michael Carpenito Construction in Windham, a full-service home remodeling company that specializes in home additions, and bath, kitchen, and basement remodeling. Phil’s goal is to start his own construction business, and working with Mike has taught Phil that being organized, attentive to the customer, and working smart allows for an efficient and lucrative business model. Phil is currently working full-time as a landscaper.

Linda – 2017 Graduate

Linda began her Capstone experience by completing an LNA course over the summer. She used those skills working for Right At Home In-Home Care and Assistance, in Londonderry, a company that caters to the elder community by providing individualize in-home care to clients in Southern NH. Linda says, “The thing I value the most about my internship with Right at Home is that I get hands on experience. I also value the one-on-one client relationship and bond that is made.” Linda continued her internship at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry. Linda is currently planning to enroll in a two-year college program.

Jonny – 2017 Graduate

Jonny has had the unique experience of interning for two organizations partnering to serve our Derry community–Derry Community Television, providing relevant local government and community programing and the Community Alliance for Teen Safety (CATS), a non-profit organization dedicated to communicating and promoting safe teen habits. Jonny’s says of the Capstone experience, “As long as you commit and are professional, everyone will be on your side.” Jonny is currently working for Derry Community Television as he contemplates a move to Los Angeles to study acting.

Erin – 2017 Graduate

From a very young age, Erin has been fascinated with paramedicine. Erin designed her Capstone program to include her participation in ambulance ride alongs, thus far with Windham, Salem, and Amesbury fire departments. Erin also completed the first eight weeks of the New England EMS Institute Basic EMT Training, in Manchester, an entry-level and rigorous training program designed to prepare individuals to sit for the National Registry of EMT Examination required for eligibility for state licensure. Erin had this to say when asked why she is drawn to EMT work: “I like helping people, and the adrenaline rush from responding to unsecured scenes. This type of work makes me feel important.”

Jake -2016 Graduate

Jake transitioned to Next to begin his 3rd year of high school after completing two years at Pinkerton Academy and earned his diploma in the spring of 2016. Jake’s Capstone experience saw him intern with a master watch and clock professional at Mitchell and Bosworth, Inc., in Concord, New Hampshire. After graduation, Jake enrolled at NHTI to seek his Associates in Business Administration in addition to continuing his seven-year apprenticeship at Mitchell and Bosworth. In true entrepreneurial spirit, Jake also opened his own eBay company to sell parts and pieces specific to the field of horology.

Arielle – 2016 Graduate

Arielle transitioned to Next to begin her second year of high school after completing one year at Pinkerton Academy and earned her diploma in the spring of 2016. Arielle’s Capstone experience saw her investigate a law firm in Manchester, architecture at Northpoint Construction in Hudson, New Hampshire, and extensive time at Henry’s Jewelry and Awards in Lawerence, Massachusetts. After graduation, Arielle enrolled at NHTI to begin her general studies.

Bella – 2016 Graduate

Bella transitioned to Next to begin her second year of high school after completing one year at Pinkerton Academy and earned her diploma in the spring of 2016. Bella’s Capstone experience saw her spilt her time between two sites. First, she interned at Landmark Healthcare in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to investigate the nursing profession and second, Bella explored the role of a dental hygienist at Haas Dental in Derry, New Hampshire.  After graduation, Bella planned to enroll at Manchester Community College before seeking to transfer to Keene State College.

Sara – 2016 Graduate

Sara transitioned to Next to begin her third year of high school after completing two years at Campbell High School and earned her diploma in the spring of 2016. Sara’s Capstone experience focused on health care and early childhood education, interning at Grey Stone Farm in Salem, New Hampshire, and at Country Bear Preschool in Hudson, New Hampshire. While attending Next, Sara received her LNA and after graduation enrolled at Manchester Community College to begin her studies in early childhood education.

Brittany – 2016 Graduate

Brittany transitioned to Next to begin her third year of high school after completing two years at Pinkerton Academy and earned her diploma in the spring of 2016. Brittany’s Capstone experiences took her to Tufts University to audit classes and shadow a 1st year medical student, Concord Hospital to observe the medical practice, and finally to Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry, New Hampshire. After graduation, Brittany enrolled at Manchester Community College to study nursing.

Corinda – 2016 Graduate

Corinda transitioned to Next to begin her third year of high school after completing two years at Pinkerton Academy and earned her diploma in the spring of 2016. Corinda’s Capstone experiences were dedicated to a manufacturer specializing in screen printing to explore the use of art in this field as well as working at Groundhog Landscaping in Derry, New Hampshire, one of the largest full scale companies of its kind in the local area.  After graduation, Corinda began working full-time.