Three CBNA Students Commended In 2016
National Merit Scholarship Program
Headmaster David Smith of Coe-Brown
Northwood Academy announced today that seniors Molly Boodey of
Barrington, Billie Pingree of Northwood and Meredith Roman of
Strafford, have been named commended students in the 2016
National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation
from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation
(NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the
headmaster to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout
the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic
promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016
competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students
placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million
students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007
Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
“The young men and women being named
Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for
academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These
students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing
their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools
play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement
of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this
recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities
and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic
Leona E. Bunker
Leona E. Bunker, 87, died September 25,
2015 at her home in Northwood, NH after a long battle with
She was born March 2, 1928 in Exeter, NH,
daughter of the late Ralph Stillings Sr. and Margaret (Silk)
Leona grew up in Exeter, NH and was a 1948
graduate of Robinson Female Seminary . She married James E.
Bunker on August 29, 1948 and together they raised four children
As a teenager, Leona worked at the Exeter
Handkerchief Factory and later worked in the cafeteria at the
Exeter Junior High School. Leona was also employed at the
Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood for 10 years as a
certified nurse’s assistant. She had resided in Northwood for
the past 35 years.
Mrs. Bunker was a longtime member of the
United Methodist Church of Exeter.
Leona loved spending time with her family,
especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her
hobbies included, knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking,
gardening, canning, and making jams and jellies.
Leona was predeceased by her husband on
September 2, 2009, a brother Frank & sister Julia.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary
Wilson formerly of Exeter now of Raymond, daughter and
son-in-law, Margie and Hazen Wilson of Brentwood, and daughter &
son- in-law Millie & John Madelung of Exeter, one son and
daughter-in-law, Elvyn and Donna Bunker of Northwood, 8
grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, one sister, Doris St.
Amour, one brother, Ralph Stillings Jr. and several nieces and
Graveside services were held on Tuesday,
September 29, 2015 at the Exeter Cemetery followed by a
Celebration of Life at Northwood Congregational Church.
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