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May 28, 2015

posted Jun 1, 2015, 11:57 AM by jmarcotte@sau4.org

Nashua High School

May 29, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This article is next in a series of recollections of my different school experiences. My time at Nashua High School had its ups and downs.  

During my high school career, the City of Nashua had only one high school—“the purple panthers of Nashua High”.  It was the largest public high school in NH.  It served students in grades 10, 11 and 12.  A typical college preparatory class had 28-31 students.

Due to its size, NHS was able to offer a variety of subjects and had an excellent selection of co-curricular activities.  As with any high school, competition and cliques were a major part of life.

I was (and still am) a very shy person.  So going to a school of over 3,000 students with 250 staff was very intimidating. For most of my day, I felt like I was just a “number” in the halls, classrooms and cafeteria.  I did not belong to a certain clique and felt like I moved right along with the bell schedule.  There were certain teachers and classes that were awesome and prepared me well for college life, but school was just “ok”.  

With my sports experience at Spring Street and through hard work, I was able to play varsity volleyball (2 years), basketball (2 years) and softball (3 years).  With each sport, I had great experiences and learned a ton from some outstanding coaches (Ms. Hughes, Mr. Fagula, Ms. Alger).  In volleyball, my memories include: playing in the final four, singing Billy Idol songs on the bus and having friends like Zeman and Jodi.  Basketball was a totally different experience!  I was the shortest person on a basketball team ranked 5th in the Nation. I had 5 teammates who later played basketball at division 1 and 4 teammates who played division 2.  I was a bench warmer who only saw action in the 4th quarter and only if we were up by at least 50 points.  But it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to play with such talented and hard-working athletes.  With softball, I started at second my sophomore year and was the starting catcher my junior and senior year.  Highlights include: being selected by coaches as the “all-telegraph” 2nd baseman my sophomore year, going to the state championship in my senior year, the softball dads on the hill and learning later in life about my dad’s (and Mr. Zeman’s) conversation with my coach, senior year.

I will be a purple panther for the rest of my life.  When I drive by the school on my visits home, I only think of the fun times and the different opportunities I experienced.

Have a great spring weekend!