Dina Zhanatovna Abizaid of Exeter was among the more than 1,800 prospective candidates for degree who attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee commencement exercises in December in Milwaukee. Dina was graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science, School of Information Studies.

Keene State College placed a conference high 47 student athletes on the Little East Conference 2013 Fall All-Academic Teams. The conference honored a total of 227 student-athletes in its seven fall championship sponsored sports: men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and volleyball. Hannah Doolittle of Hampstead, a junior majoring in Exercise Science, was among those honored. Hannah is part of the Women’s Cross Country team.

David Harrison, a junior from Exeter, has been named to the Honor Roll for the Fall Term at The Loomis Chaffee School.

Worcester Academy proudly announces the Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List for the First Trimester of the 2013-2014 School Year. The honor represents the achievements that each student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth. Among the students is Quentin Bullen of Exeter, Class of 2015, who was named to the Honor Roll.

Christopher J. Rogers, son of Donna and Michael Rogers of Hampstead, a first year student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), recently participated in the College’s annual White Coat Ceremony to formally recognize the transition students make from lay persons to those assuming the responsibility of physicians.

Darby Hartford, daughter of Brad and Susan Hartford of Epping, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for student writers throughout the United States and Canada. Darby is in grade 5 at Polaris Charter School. Darby’s poem, “In My School Desk Drawer”, was selected from thousands of entries as one of the ten best in her grade division. The contest was held for students in grades K-12. The top ten writers in each division (grades 3-6, 7-9, 10-12) are receiving special recognition in the poetry anthology “A Celebration of Poets”. Each Top Ten winner receives a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $25.00 check. Poems are selected for their literary merit, creativity, and social significance.

Thirteen-year-old John Anthony Simmons, Jr. of North Hampton placed as a finalist in the Home School Legal Defense Association’s 9th annual Photography Contest. Homeschooled students nationwide ages 6-19 were invited to submit photos capturing one of three themes based on their age category. No advanced digital editing was permitted with the exception of cropping and specific basic edit features applied to the photo as a whole. John’s photo developed the theme “My World” and depicted a lilac flower on a warm June day. John chose this as the subject of his photograph because it was of a flower from a tree in his yard that was planted in memory of his younger brother, Myles. In recognition of the excellence of his photography, John was selected as a finalist in his category. Winners received cash prizes. Simmons also took part in a photography contest held in Kingston, in August, where he placed in each category for his age group consisting of anyone under the age of 17. He tied for first in the Wild Animal category, and received first place in Plants. He also captured both second and third place in the Landscapes/Waterscapes category. All pictures were taken in Kingston.

Epping Middle School had five winners in the annual Foster’s Daily Democrat’s Holiday Writing Contest. Maylee Gagnon, Everett Brown, Jr., Marisa Adams, Konrad Hodgman, and Ronnie Hackett were all named winners; Marisa, Konrad, and Ronnie all earned perfect scores..

Husson women’s soccer received the NSCAA Gold Ethics/Sportsmanship Award and three members of the team earned honorable mentions for the 2013 NSCAA College Division Women’s Scholar All-East Region Team. Women’s soccer captains Marcy Francoeur (Danville), Becca Jones (Newmarket), and Michaela Bicknell (West Addison, VT) received honorable mentions for the 2013 NSCAA College Division Women’s Scholar All-East Region Team.

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