, Kingston, NH

November 29, 2012

Students on the Rise

---- — The NHSA/US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program is a national identification and development program designed to promote and develop top youth soccer players throughout the country, to represent their state (NH) association, region and the United States in soccer competition. NHSA ODP is pleased to announce that the following New Hampshire players have been chosen for the Region 1 pool for the 2012 ODP season: Katherine Day of East Kingston, 1997 Region 1 Pool.

New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police presented scholarship awards to Briana Cantrall and Katharine Dodge of Epping on August 14 in Concord. Last year, the Association awarded twenty-two scholarships, and this year they are proudly boasting they have increased the number of awards to thirty. Generous donations from many law enforcement vendors, the community and membership dues make this scholarship fund possible.

Alexander Scola, a resident of Exeter, was among the close to 3,000 students from the University of Massachusetts Boston who made the Spring 2012 Dean’s List.

Middlesex Community College has released its 2012 Spring Semester Dean’s List. A total of 1,445 full-time and part-time students who have earned a 3.20 or higher grade point average (GPA) are acknowledged by inclusion on the Spring 2012 Dean’s List. Local students honored include: Atkinson - Jonathan J. Bakalyar, William P. Hamilton; Fremont - Amy E. MacNeill Rickey; Newton - Renee M. LeBlanc; Sandown - Kara L. Malenfant.

Regina Rogers, of Stratham, is participating in St. Lawrence University’s International Study Program for the fall 2012 semester. Rogers, a member of the class of 2014 at St. Lawrence, is studying in Denmark - DIS. Rogers graduated from Exeter High School.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School announces the following local students have been named to the Honor Roll for the first quarter. Grade 12: Principal’s List: Caitlin Porter, Kingston; High Honors: Natalie Saxton, Brentwood; Honors: Jay Carmody, Exeter; Carolyn Dillon, Exeter; Meredith Eib, Kingston; Katherine Fanning, Epping; Emma Gootee, Stratham; Emma Keane, Fremont; Kirsten Ryzewic, Brentwood; Timothy Tetreault, Stratham; Patrick Toomey, Exeter; Peter Yarosewick, Exeter; Nicholas Zottos, Epping; Grade 11: High Honors: Nicole Devaney, Stratham; Honors: Alexander Eib, Kingston; Magdalena Kenter, Kingston; Skylar Labbe, Danville; Grade 10: Honors: Hanna Gootee, Stratham; Meghan Morse, Kingston; Grade 9: Principal’s List: Veronica Carmody, Exeter; Joseph Grinde, Stratham; High Honors: Shannon Colford, Epping; Allison LeBlanc, Exeter; Brandon Ryzewic, Brentwood; Honors: Thomas Bouchard, Brentwood; John Fortescue, Kensington; Sara Henry, Stratham; Ekaterina Hultin, Kensington; Cassandra Jennell, Fremont; William Micali, Brentwood; Alexis Sweet, Stratham.

Michael William Roffo of Haverhill, MA, a high school sophomore at the Derryfield School, and just turned 16, is a talented member of two rock bands! Michael has been taking lessons and playing lead guitar for five years. He is a serious and knowledgeable musician who practices for hours every day and has performed at the Sad Cafe a few times. Check him out (at only age 13!) at

Saint Michael’s College men’s soccer announces junior Josh Vlasich (East Kingston/Exeter/Siena) earned Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference on November 1, and Vlasich was named to the second team. It was the first postseason honor of Vlasich’s career. Five players hail from the junior class, including midfielder Chris George (Stratham/Exeter), who joins Kingman as a captain. As the only field player to start every game last fall, George turned in a goal and an assist. Midfielder Omar Khartabil (Hampstead/Bridgton Academy) earned an NE-10 All-Conference selection, tallying four goals and an assist in thirteen games before suffering a season-ending injury.

This year’s ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Humane Awards Luncheon was held in New York City. The ceremony recognizes special animals as well as individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of animals during the past year. Ten-year-old Declan Gregg of Greenland was presented with the “Tommy P. Monahan” Kids of the Year award. After hearing about the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter, Declan decided to raise his voice and get involved. He started his own blog, Children 4 Horses, to spread the word about horse advocacy issues and worked diligently with the Million Horse March campaign to collect letters from children to inspire lawmakers to end the slaughter of American horses. Declan’s dedication to horse advocacy brought him to the nation’s capital twice, where he represented over 1,000 children from the United States and abroad by presenting the letters to legislators in Congress. In addition to his Washington visits, Declan testified at a hearing for a bill opposing horse slaughter at the New Hampshire State House in January. Declan’s blog, read by individuals in more than eighty countries, provides commentary on horse advocacy issues and also includes horse poetry, horse news, photos, Declan’s artwork and stories about other kids who have made a difference helping horses.