The Berlin high School Destination Imagination Team was given $2,500 from the city to compete in the global finals this month. They placed first in the regionals and second in the state competition. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 09, 2018BERLIN — At last Monday's city council meeting, the council showed support to some Berlin High School students by helping to fund their goals.
Students at the Berlin Regional Career and Technical Education Center's Welding Program, taught by instructor Dennis Carrier, swept the competition. At the New Hampshire SkillsUSA state welding championships at Manchester Community College, Noah Cornish, of Berlin High, took the gold medal placing first. Also Berlin High students, Jason Binette placed second and John Arquin placed third. Berlin will represent the state in Louisville, Ky. at the national championships in June.
Cornish wrote a letter to the city asking for financial support to attend the national championship.
In the letter, he wrote "To reach this point, I had to compete against 11 of my classmates to determine the top five in my class and who would move on to compete against alumni who have already participated at the national level in years past."
Cornish finished first in his class in the in-house competition and second place among his classmates in the Alumni Challenge. He went on to win the state competition and now plans to compete at the national level.
"This has been a goal of mine since I began the welding program in 2016," Cornish said.
At the council meeting, Cornish was represented by his father. The senior Cornish expressed that his son worked very hard and he applauded the welding program.
The council moved to give Cornish $1,000 for him and his teacher to attend the national competition.
Also, the council showed support to the Berlin High School Destination Imagination team, who will be competing in the nationals.
One of the D.I. team members, Kelsey Alimandi, said that the team has been working hard on their project. The team placed first in the regional competition and placed second in the states which qualifies the team to compete at the nationals. Alimandi said that the team would "love" to represent Berlin in the globals.
Another team member, Briana Bergeron, pointed out that "creative problem solving is a necessary skill to be successful when students get out of high school."
David Griffin, retired Berlin High teacher and team manager, mentioned that Josh Berthiaume, another team member, designed a new trading pin that will be used for the New Hampshire team.
The council moved to give the team $2,500 for their trip to compete in the global finals at the University of Tennessee this month.