LACONIA — On Thursday evening, April 10, at the Belknap Mill in Laconia, the winners of the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition Scholarships were announced following a presentation by Karen and Chuck Thorndike. The competition involved students from a number of area high schools, all of whom are planning to major in art or an art related field in the fall.
The evening began with a brief presentation about Annalee Thorndike, the benefactor of the scholarship. It focused on her life and the business she created in the Lakes Region, with an exhibit of some of her original dolls as well as later dolls made in Meredith.
Following this presentation, the judges announced the winners. First place went to Lydia Swedberg of Inter-Lakes High School, second place to Brandon Sheppard of Belmont High School and third place to Holly Smith, also from Belmont High School. The other six students in the competition included: Michael Xiao, Kelsey Jarvis, Emily Wernig and Kelsey Burbee from Gilford High School, James Horne from Moultonborough Academy and Alyssa Woods from Belmont High School. All of these participants received gift certificates for art supplies from the Frates Creative Arts Center in Laconia.
This is the thirteenth year that scholarships have been awarded with funds provided by the Annalee Thorndike Foundation. Over the years, the Annalee endowment has awarded over $28,000 to students planning to study art or something in an art related field. The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, to whom Mrs. Thorndike entrusted the funds for her endowment, administers the scholarship competition.