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The sun sets during spring break in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 17, 2022.
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Nonnewaug freshman baseball player Ashton Elsemore bats during an April 8 game against Shepaug. Elsemore and most baseball players do not travel for spring break because the team has games and practices that week. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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Kelly Farrell, a junior tennis player at Nonnewaug, prepares before a match against Wamogo on April 1. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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Freshman Elliana Obolewicz runs during a track meet last week. (Courtesy of NHS Track and Field/Instagram)
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From right to left; Kaylee Jackson, Arabella Rosa, Christopher Pelletier, Lana Manganello, and Karisa Cizauskas setting up their new saltwater aquariums and learning how to control their coral lighting.
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NHS Dramas production of Once Upon a Mattress runs April 11-13 in the NHS auditorium. (Conor Gereg)
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Immersed in Everyday Aquaculture (PHOTOS)

Junior Karisa Cizauskas harvests the greens on the DWC bed that were planted by another aquaculture class.

WOODBURY — Engaged with hands-on tasks and exciting new experiences every day, there’s never a dull moment in Nonnewaug’s aquaculture class. 

Students take on the responsibility of a variety of daily jobs, including feeding the fish, routine water changes, checking the systems, and ensuring that everything is running smoothly. 

That’s not all that the class does, though. Field trips to the Sound School in New Haven, catching fish in the pond, and looking at organisms under microscopes are just a few of the unique activities students do in aquaculture class. 

The class equips students with practical skills and lays a solid foundation for future careers in marine biology, environmental sciences and more. 

“Being in aquaculture has helped me prepare for my future career in marine sciences,” said Mason Pieger, a Nonnewaug senior. 

The program also extends its learning experiences beyond just the classroom by regularly donating plants grown on each side of the aquaculture greenhouses to the local food banks, showcasing commitment to the community. 

“We’re able to contribute to the community and it’s a great teaching experience for the students,” said Leanne Golembeski, the aquaculture instructor. “They have a strong understanding of how much of an impact our produce makes and the circle effect of us growing the plants, then delivering them.”

About the Contributor
Jillian Brown
Jillian Brown, Reporter
Jillian Brown is a senior at Nonnewaug High School and writes for the NHS Chief Advocate as a reporter. She is a first-year journalism student. Jillian is a member of the Woodbury FFA, works at a plant nursery along with working on a farm, and spends her free time with friends. Her plan is to pursue welding after graduating from Nonnewaug. As a staff writer, she enjoys writing about agricultural pieces.
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