Ethics Forum


The Hope for Gus Foundation was started by Souhegan High School faculty member, Steve Dreher, and his wife Tonya. Their son, Gus, has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). A terminal, debilitating disease that causes the muscles of young boys to weaken year after year. The boys who suffer from this genetic mutation’s lives are cut too short. Currently, everyone with DMD dies before proper adulthood. However, there is still hope! The foundation raises money for treatment research for DMD. We hope to find an effective treatment to potentially treat Gus and many other boys who suffer with him. With further donations, scientists working to cure DMD will be able to find more new possible treatments and find the cure. To aid in DMD research, Ethics Forum puts on a week-long fundraising event to raise money; which includes a Hope for Gus Football game at Souhegan High school. For more information, click here.

Operation Pumpkin is an event Ethics Forum holds every year during Halloween. It helps Elementary students and High school students interact, to bring our communities together. It allows the younger kids to have fun and learn from High school Students and is incredibly beneficial. It helps to prevent the elementary from having any fear of older kids, or fear of interacting within their communities. The Ethics Forum students go to the local elementary school, Mont Vernon Village School, and perform a skit and dance prepared earlier for all the Elementary students. The event is decorated with over 200 pumpkins, painted by our Ethics students.  After the performance, we spend the rest of the day with the children, and we teach them new skills and play with them during recess. This event brings the Amherst and Mont Vernon students of all ages together in a fun, exciting day for everyone. For more information, click here.

Each year, we are honored to be invited to the Southern New Hampshire Expo to exhibit what we do. We use our booth to hand out pamphlets and talk with the community, while also entertaining the local kids with face painting. The Southern NH Business Expo is an eye-opening experience. And shows to what extent small local businesses can achieve through hard work and passion for what they do. Being a part of the Expo each year gives us the opportunity to show how passionate we are about students and the community we live in. For more information, click here.

In today’s society where we have the absolute polarization of politics and a mindset that changing opinions makes a person weak, Souhegan High School sees a need for a conference that can teach students the skills required for engaging in healthy discussion or debate. Ever since its debut in 2009, The HYPE conference has been a safe environment for students to practice speaking in front of people they don’t know and maybe don’t agree with, and we press upon those students the importance of entertaining thoughts different or contrary to their own. We hope to get the message out to as many people as we can, and we hope that our exponential growth from 110 participants to over 1000 participants from over 30 different schools today shows not only a need but also an interest for better dialogue.  For more information, click here.

LEAP is a day-long conference that introduces the study and authentic work of leadership to high school students. It was founded in the spring of 2014, by the Souhegan High School Ethics Forum and the University of New Hampshire Manchester. LEAP is determined to make a difference in the lives of students. We give students the opportunity to refine their leadership skills and return those skills to their own communities and schools. For more information, click here.

Freedom Conference

In 2017, we received an incredible opportunity for a select few students to further their experience and give each of them a stage to interact with a few of the best minds in New England.

Sponsored by HYPE, the University of New Orleans and the University of New Hampshire Manchester. This conference was centered on the issue of freedom and policing.  Each participating HYPE Conference school nominated one of the best of their students to attend the conference. It was held at UNH Manchester on April 1. This conference was led by Crawford Crews (the University of New Orleans), Christopher Brooks (Souhegan High School and UNH Durham), and Souhegan High School Ethics Forum students.



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