National Merit Scholars (brag)

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by MattNH, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. MattNH

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    My oldest boy (far right) is one of 4 National Merit Scholars at our high school. It is actually an area high school serving 2 towns, Goffstown (about 220 kids per class) and New Boston (about 80 kids per class). We live in New Boston, but the 2 girls and Jack are New Boston kids. The girl is the red will be the valedictorian and is quite the volleyball player too.

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  2. greyhawk50

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    Congratulations. It's a wonderful achievement. Thanks for sharing.
     

  3. havasu

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    Outstanding!....
     
  4. MattNH

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    My sophomore daughter just got pulled up to varsity for volleyball. There are 8 seniors and 4 juniors on the team. She was one of 3 freshman on the JV team last year and the coach had her switch from middle hitter to outside hitter for this year and start the season on JV to get the serve receive experience. They run a middle hitter / libero rotation so the middle's never go in the back row, but the outside hitters are always there for all six serve receive rotations. She actually has the potential to play D2 or D3 in college.
     
  5. SHOOTER13

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    Congrats on a fine parenting job Matt...

    Kid did his part....but you and the wife guided him to success !!
     
  6. MattNH

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    Gotta put something about the up youngest boy too. He just finished his middle school soccer season. They made the playoffs but lost in the first round game 5-2 to the team that beat them iearly in the season 11-0. He plays defense and is fun to watch, he has a talent for judging the long passes and whether or not he can make a run up to clear it back to the offense. He has no interest in scoring goals just stopping the other team. It was comical when they would do a substitution, they had 9 subs, so the coach would just yell out "everyone but Kevin" He also plays the violin and made the strings section in the concert band.
     
  7. havasu

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    9 subs? Hell, in my area, they would ask that another team be formed and run the kids short.

    Congrats of your young soccer star. My daughter was selected to play "club" soccer for years, and now my grandkids are deep in it, and my 10 year old daughter is headed to playoffs again this year. I an really a fanatic soccer dad/grandpa!
     
  8. MattNH

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    Thanks, just found out his club team is doing indoor for the first time this winter, and starts Friday.
     
  9. havasu

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    I'd like indoor soccer. Do you get to watch many of the games?
     
  10. MattNH

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    I pretty much go to them all, for all 3 kids. We had 3 conflicts between school soccer and school volleyball this year, so I missed 2 soccer games and my wife missed 2 volleyball matches. She pretty much did the home games and I did the away games in the conflicts. School stuff is M-F, no weekends. Although I did miss 2 club soccer weekend games, one was during the IDPA State Match and the other I took my oldest boy to an Appleseed.

    My boss is in California, so I just make my own schedule. My wife also informed me tonight is the first week night night since August 20th that we will all be home for dinner by 5:30.
     
  11. MattNH

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    15 year old daughter is giving up school basketball and concentrating on volleyball. She went to an elite level tryout for club play. Please note, volleyball is not at the same level in the Northeast as it is in other parts of the county and as with most sports, the higher population areas tend to have higher level play. Regardless, it's the highest level available In New Hampshire. While we really won't be able to win the tournaments against the MA and CT teams, it will be competitive.

    We got an email from one of the coaches wanting her to play on the 17 year old team. To the extent that he met with us for over an hour this morning talking about the program and the visibility she would get for college play by playing at this level so young. My main concern, was that she would be a roster filler and not see much court time, but he went over the roster with us and for her position, she'll never leave the floor.

    We're pretty excited and although it will be expensive and time consuming she will get a lot of exposure. Now I need to invest is a HD camcorder and probably a MacBook to put together recruiting videos.
     
  12. MattNH

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    Last night was the Senior all star game and one of my daughter's good friend represented our school. At the "game" they also gave out the all state players awards and my daughters friend was selected as an All State Player as well. She is going on to play In college, but hasn't signed yet. One of the other awards is an a endemic award for combined GPA for the students in the schools volleyball program. Our high school was the recipient.

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  13. FOUR4D4

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    Congratulation's
     
  14. havasu

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    That is outstanding!
     
  15. MattNH

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    More Volleyball, we are at the 2016 Mizuno Winterfest tournament in Hartford, CT. My 15 year old daughter plays on the 17 year old team in the open division, which is the highest. We finished our pool play yesterday and today and finished a dismal 0-6. We didn't even win an individual game to 25 points loosing every match 2 games to zero. The big goose egg.

    The positive, my daughter got a text from her coach and we just got back from a face to face talk, a D2 college coach was asking about her and wants her recruiting profile. So we have to start that ball rolling.
     
  16. 28Shooter

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    All around congratulations Matt!
     
  17. MattNH

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    I'll revive an old thread instead of starting a new one. I guess we're a volleyball family. My oldest boy who is graduating high school next Thursday and will be matriculating at the Unversity of Maine (Orono) played varsity volleyball for the first time as a senior. So he earned his varsity letter. They are still alive in the playoffs and are the 7 seed playing the 3 seed tomorrow. The 4 seed is playing the 1 seed, winners meet for the state championship.

    The big thing was he was given the NHIAA Sportsmanship award for the team which makes me proud because it is a recognition of his character during practice, on the floor during the game and in general as a teammate
     
  18. MFAdmin

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    Congrats to you and him! That's a big deal. My sister played till she got to college then quit so she could concentrate on her studies. She still plays from time to time.
     
  19. MattNH

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    It's been a long time since I've been here, but I went back and re-read what I posted about the girl concentrating on volleyball. She now has a verbal offer to play for a D2 school in West Virginia and study Nursing. The offer amounts to a 1/2 ride for total college costs. She can't sign until a short period in November of her senior year of high school, which will be this fall. She loved the school, met the team, it's at a whole different level than the D3 schools we've been looking at.

    The older boy declared Civil Engineering at UMaine. And both boys and I should be shooting an Appleseed Winterseed mid-March

    Thanks - Matt
     
  20. havasu

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    Damn, that would make a dad gleam with pride!