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Nonnewaugs Scott Meyer, left, was honored as the recipient of the 2024 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award at the CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet on May 5 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. (Courtesy of the CIAC)
Nonnewaug’s Meyer Wins Prestigious CIAC Perseverance Award
Gianna Lodice '24, Senior Editor • June 10, 2024
Nonnewaug boys soccer coach Toby Denman, left, and assistant coach Josh Kornblut address the team after a game last season. Denman says hes tried to learn how to be an effective coach by observing the ones hes played for and coached with. (Kyle Brennan)
Crocker: Coaches Can Have a Positive Impact — or a Negative One
Anna Crocker '26, Junior Editor • June 10, 2024
Nonnewaugs Ellie McDonald dribbles the ball during a game last season. McDonalds nickname is Smellie -- one of many Chief names that exist on the girls soccer team. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
The (Nick)name Game: Teammates Bond Over Inside Jokes
Audrey Doran '27, Reporter • June 10, 2024
Kyle Viveros is ready on his toes, awaiting the ball. Viveros and Landon Parks took home the BL doubles title. (Courtesy of Sophia Cenatiempo)
Nonnewaug Repeats as Class S State Runner-Up in Boys Tennis (PHOTOS)
Addison Bushka '27, Reporter • June 10, 2024
Chief Advocate editor-in-chief Izzy DiNunzio bids farewell after four years in Nonnewaugs journalism program. (Courtesy of Izzy DiNunzio)
DiNunzio: Journalism is More Than Just Words
Izzy DiNunzio '24, Editor-In-Chief • June 10, 2024
Deme Jones looks at students orphan portraits at Nonnewaug’s art show on June 6.
Artists 'Shine' at Nonnewaug's Annual Art Show (PHOTOS)
Brynn Clampett '26, Reporter • June 7, 2024
The memorial for Chester Carruthers. (Courtesy of Find-a-Grave)
The Chief Suspect Podcast: Chester Carruthers
Izzy DiNunzio '24, Editor-in-Chief • June 7, 2024
Nonnewaug girls tennis seniors, from left, Maggie Keane, Skylar Chung, Maylan Hardisty, Kiley Stampp, Sam Duncan pose on their senior night. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
Senior Athletes Feel Mixed Emotions as High School Careers End
Ava Hirleman '27, Reporter • June 7, 2024
Lets Talk Nonne: Year-End Wrap-Up
Let's Talk Nonne: Year-End Wrap-Up
Katie Savulak '26 and Morgan Willis '26 June 7, 2024
Nonnewaug freshmen discuss their worries about the testing, including potential AP exams, they have to take next year.
Savulak: AP Tests Aren't That Stressful
Katie Savulak '26, Reporter • June 6, 2024

It’s Back: Anything But a Backpack (PHOTOS)

Nonnwaug not only raised thousands of dollars for LLS research and treatment, but its theme week days added excitement to campus.
Brooke Akerman shows off her traffic cone on Anything But a Backpack Day.

WOODBURY — With all the spirit going around Nonnewaug High School, Anything But a Backpack Day on Feb. 8 was another hit with all the participating students competing to see whose “backpack” was most amusing.

“It started three years ago and everyone thought it was awesome,” said junior Samantha Kostka. “It dwindled in popularity, but it’s definitely the best day out of spirit week by far.” 

“Anything But a Backpack day is very involved,” said junior Karisa Cizauskas. “Everyone plays a part to participate, and it’s fun to see what everyone brings.”

There were rules for the day’s activities, including bans on oversized objects that couldn’t easily fit into a classroom, large objects with wheels, and human beings — although some people missed these previous features.

“It’s so fun when students bring people and kayaks,” said Brooke Ackerman, a junior. “It’s such a big event during spirit week.”

This theme day was one of the finale events as part of NHS’ winter red-out spirit week. Funds raised throughout the week benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

About the Contributor
Lana Manganello '25
Lana Manganello is a junior at Nonnewaug High School who is a first-year journalist for the Chief Advocate. She is from Naugatuck and is part of the Nonnewaug agriscience program, studying aquaculture, which she loves. She looks forward to writing and interviewing students and staff and hopes to publish articles. Most of all, she loves working with her animals outside of school.
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