Graduates Celebrate Biennial Alumni Day

On Saturday, June 23, over 175 alumni returned to campus to celebrate the Academy's Biennial Alumni Day. The day, which officially began in 1866, is celebrated every two years, and features the nomination of new officers, a catered luncheon, the presentation of awards, and of course, plenty of time to socialize and reminisce. Colorful class banners were hung to recognize each class' colors and spark memories of Pinkerton traditions. The next Alumni Day will be celebrated in 2014, which also coincides with Pinkerton's 200 year anniversary!

Relay For Life -- Greater Derry-Londonderry

Over 800 participants from more than 75 teams, including six Pinkerton teams, walked all Friday night into Saturday to benefit the annual Relay For Life. The Relay was held on the athletic track at Pinkerton; Mary Anderson, Headmaster, served as Honorary Chairman.

Master of Ceremonies Mike Morin from WZID 95.7 told the crowd they were participating in the largest Relay for Life in New Hampshire. Click on the accompanying picture to see scenes from this year's event.

Walkers raised funds for the American Cancer Society, lasting 16 overnight hours to honor the memory of those impacted by cancer. Participants were seeking to raise over $200,000 this year. The Relay For Life featured entertainment, bake sales, hot food, sales of arts and crafts, and a canned food drive. Pinkerton teams included Team Carpe Diem: Doreen Hutchins, Captain; Team Believers: Brewster Bartlett; Captain; Team Miracle: Peggy Cunningham, Captain with Co-Captains Davida Brule and Sarah Louie; Team Lall: Sharon Lally, Captain; The Pink Believers: Jennifer Estes, Captain; Jessica Hickey, Co-Captain; and Pinkerton Academy Class of 2014: Natalie Fabrizio, Captain.

New Trustees

Two residents of Auburn, NH have been elected to the Board of Trustees at Pinkerton Academy. Kimberly Smith and Mark Wright join the Board to represent Auburn after the community voted to enroll its high school students at Pinkerton starting in fall of 2013.

Wright is Director and Chair of the Intellectual Property Law practice group of McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton Professional Association. He is recognized as a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property with a practice representing regional, national and International businesses including numerous educational institutions.

Smith is Regional Talent Acquisition Manager of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Her career includes substantial partnerships, board memberships, and speaking engagements with colleges, universities and education-related organizations.

“Pinkerton’s new board members extend our commitment to the students and communities we serve,” said Harry Burnham, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Pinkerton Academy. “They will help us foresee, create and develop strategic opportunities for our school and area youth.”

Senior Steps Tradition

Many Pinkerton seniors follow an informal tradition of posing in cap and  gown on the steps of the Pinkerton Building. Before and after the 2012 graduation ceremonies, seniors in their red or white regalia visited “The Senior Steps” to record the moment.


Until about the 1980’s, The Senior Steps were traditionally only to be used by seniors; if an underclassman was “caught” on the steps, they might have been subject to washing them with a toothbrush. Until very recently, Pinkerton graduation was held on-campus and seniors descended the Pinkerton steps on their way to receiving diplomas. In 2011, ceremonies were held at the Verizon Wireless Arena for reasons including weather, attendee comfort and other logistics.

Pinkerton Academy 2012 Graduation

Pinkerton Academy honored over 700 seniors in graduation ceremonies at Verizon Wireless Arena on Monday. Renee Hensiek of Hampstead, Valedictorian, noted “You will one day live in the house that you built, so make it your best work.” John Kiesling, Jr. of Hampstead, Salutatorian, called on classmates to give each other a “high-five” and a “self-five” for achieving “the biggest day of your life.” In welcoming the Class of 2012, Nicholas McNeill of Chester thanked the people who solved “academic, social and logistical problems of the last four years.” Mary Anderson, Headmaster, called on students to “contribute to solutions; not problems,” to be “smart on Facebook,” “make good decisions,” and to be “healthy” and “kind."

Graduation Honors

Pinkerton’s greatest honors and awards were announced and revisited during Graduation 2012 ceremonies.

A record $8.37 million in scholarships and awards were awarded to Pinkerton students at Graduation 2012, including these top honors:


Principal’s Leadership Award
Colleen Dooley (pictured)

National Merit Commended Students
John Keisling, Jr.
Tannistha Pramanick
Nicholas Woodward
Drew Zeiba

President’s Educational Excellence

Pinkerton honored 46 students with President’s Educational Excellence Awards. This program recognizes the outstanding scholars of the senior class according to criteria including a 90 G.P.A., 4 years of Math and Science, College Board combined scores of at least 1200, and positive citizenship and character over four years of high school. The winners are:

Anthony Anzivino, Britney Bernard, Kyle Cahill, Briana Capistran, Rory Cohoon, Caitlin Dale, Christopher DeCarlo, Matthew Dennehy, Christina DiSalvo, Colleen Dooley, Calvin Evans, Evelyn Gaines, Christopher Gray, Ryan Guest, Ryan Hall, Alex Hamilton, Amy Hanlon, Melinda Harte, Renee Hensiek, John Kiesling Jr., Michaela Kiley, Kaylene King, John Kirk, Anne Lewis, Joseph Locore, Patrick Mayea, Nicholas McNeill, Katie Parent, Kelcey Raymond, Christopher Reschberger, Jennifer Roche, Branden Rodgers, Jose Roman, Gabrielle Russell-Ward, Dylan Sessler, Benjamin Shriber, Canada Stewart, Austin Suszek, Drew Sutherland, Nicole Taglilatela, Sean Themea, Joseph Thuillier, Holly Wamsley, Adrienne Weishaar, Nicholas Woodward, and Drew Zeiba.


Leo J. and Eva R. Bousquet Scholarship
Callie Ficek, AnnMarie Pinard

Pinkerton Academy National Honor Society Scholarship
Anthony Anzivino, Briana Capistran, Anna Lee, Nicholas McNeill, AnnMarie Pinard, Linnea Testa

Justin Drabant Memorial Dollars for Scholars
Meagan Covey; Melanie Konstant; Kelcey Raymond; David Benedict, Jr.; Lauren LaMonica

Robert P. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
Andrew Curran, Amber Greeley, Kenneth Preval, Kara Williamson

Roy Feinauer Derry Rotary Club Scholarship
Ryan Guest, Sean Themea

Derry Village Rotary Student of the Year
Miranda Ronan

Derry Village Rotary Jason Schenker Memorial Music
AnnMarie Pinard

Pinkerton Academy Campus Corner/DECA Scholarship

John Publicover, Deanna Verringia, Olivia Fagone, Rebecca Woodes

Pinkerton Hall of Fame

Brian Balke, Class of 1990
Matthew Jordan, Class of 1994
Matthew Newcomb, Class of 1997
Captain Christopher Ramsden, Class of 1985
Ralph Van Nostrand, Honorary Alumnus
Rolfe Voltaire, Long-time Faculty Member

Pinkerton Trustees Meritorious Service Awards

William Blaine, Class of 1967

Richard West, Class of 1959

Pinkerton Top 10 Students

Pinkerton announced the “Top 10,” academically for the class of 2012. (Pictured: Renee Hensiek, Class Valedictorian.)

1. Renee Hensiek, Hampstead
2. John Kiesling, Hampstead
3. Nicholas McNeill, Chester
4. Amanda Gagne, Derry
5. Matthew Dennehy, Hampstead
6. Amy Hanlon, Chester
7. Drew Sutherland, Derry
8. Briana Capistran, Derry
9. Anthony Anzivino, Derry
10. Samantha Goldsmith, Derry

Class of 2013:

Book Senior Portraits Now

Pinkerton seniors (class of 2013) should schedule senior portraits NOW to get the time slot that best fits your summer schedule.

Photo sessions must be scheduled by October 15 to be included in the Critic, the Pinkerton Academy yearbook.

To arrange for your sitting with BKM, the official Pinkerton photographer, visit

Basic yearbook sessions are FREE!

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