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Greater Meredith's "Bringing It Back to NH" Event draws many students to think about careers

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School's freshman class and other students received great insight into different careers by listening to a panel of speakers last week. The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program focuses on economic development through job shadows, internships, a guest speakers' bureau, volunteer and community services and a one-day Job Fair.

This year's speakers were: Brian Swan, 2008 Inter-Lakes graduate and one of the first students to take advantage of the Career Partnership Program; Carmen Lorentz, Director of the NH Division of Economic Development; and Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, owner of Giuseppe's Restaurant in Meredith. Each panel member had time to 'share their story' of their life to the students.

Brian Swan's interest has always been in the automotive industry. He had an internship at Lovering Volvo of Meredith while in high school which really opened his eyes to this industry. He went away to Southern NH for college and found himself graduating and working in the industry at Irwin Automotive for six years. He recently landed another position at Holderness School as their main mechanic.

His advice to the Inter-Lakes students is, "Use all of the resources available to you here at ILHS, such as the Career Partnership Program, it proved to be very beneficial for me".

Carmen Lorentz received her Master's Degree in Public Policy and lived in DC for a while, but found herself missing her family in NH very much. There is something about NH that keeps bringing people back! She then lived in NY for over 5 years and enjoyed a consulting position in Sarasota Springs, NY with her main focus on Economic Development. After having her son, she realized that she wanted more than ever to get back to NH with her family so with her husband and son, they moved back to the Lakes Region. She acquired a great position with the Belknap Economic Development Council where she was the Executive Director for 3 years. Recently, she was asked to head up the NH Division of Economic Development for the state.
​Carmen's advice to the students is: "Do what makes you happy. There are a lot of opportunities right here in NH, especially trades. Learn all you can and don't be afraid to take a chance on an opportunity". ​
Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois is the owner of Giuseppe's Restaurant in Meredith.  Julie is from York, ME. Her dad opened up 2 restaurants in that area (one in Old Orchard Beach and one in Brunswick), which were the old Giuseppe's. The whole family worked there serving, cooking and entertaining. Julie worked for the family business and learned from a young age and had many other interests, including photography and singing. She also studied Health Physiology and switched to become a music major. She traveled and went 'on the road' to Alaska with her brother and his band and was the lead singer. After one year, the band broke up and Julie found herself home again, but with the greatest experiences. When she was age 25, her dad asked her if she wanted to manage and work at a new Guiseppe's Restaurant in Meredith. From that point on, Julie has ​grown her business.

Her advice to our students is, "Follow your dreams. I did. I have been involved in many things but always came back to what made me happy".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:21

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Sant Bani School holds awards celebration

SANBORNTON – Sant Bani School recognized achievements of high school students at its end-of-year awards on June 5. Head of School Kent Bicknell welcomed and introduced scholarship presenters from a variety of business and civic organizations to the event, as well as the heads of several academic departments.

Paulette Loughlin and Joan Cormier of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation presented three awards. Harrison Evans, Meredith, received the Lawrence & Nancy Smith Award for $2,500; Raianna Krahn-Burke, Ashland, received the Mallorie Roux Memorial Award, for $675; and Giullia McDonald, Laconia, accepted the Gilford Academy Trust Award for $825 and the Lucille & George Guild Memorial Award for $275. Harrison will attend Ithaca College, Giullia plans to go to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Raianna will enter Becker College.

David Savastano from Franklin Savings Bank presented Javin deMello-Folsom, Sanbornton, with a scholarship for $1000. Javin will attend Clark University. Chris Fenn, Student and Volunteer Services Coordinator at Speare Memorial Hospital, recognized Sarah Steenbergen, Hebron, for her extensive volunteer work. Sarah will be attending Muhlenberg College. In addition, Harrison Evans and Raianna Krahn-Burke received $1000 each from the Meredith Rotary Club.

Awards from Sant Bani department heads followed. Debbie Asbeck presented Javin deMello- Folsom with the award for Excellence in a Foreign Language for his achievements in five years of Spanish. Karen Bicknell awarded books for Excellence in English to seniors Breslin Bell, Concord, who will attend Wellesley College; Jenna Sutcliffe, Plymouth, who will attend Clark University; and Sarah Steenbergen. Also recognized were eleventh graders Marin Smith, Hill, who received the Smith Book Award, and Teresa Dancewicz Helmers, Hill, who received an award for Excellence in Junior English.

Robert Schongalla presented awards for Excellence in Science to seniors Jenna Sutcliffe and Raianna Krahn-Burke, and juniors Teresa Dancewicz Helmers and Zhenglin Yu, from China, hosted by Rodney and Maurajean Pitman of Franklin. Kirsten Wilkinson presented an award for Excellence in Math to Breslin Bell, and an award for Most Improved to senior Caio Thielen, from Brazil, hosted by Dan Fife and Cathy Donahue of Concord. Caio will attend Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (Argentina) after a gap year.

Richard Danahy, Head of Technology, recognized freshman Brennan Macaig, Franklin and Concord, for service through technology. Brittney Peterson, Athletic Director, presented Scholar-Athlete and New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association awards to Joyce Hamel, Sanbornton and Franklin, and Javin deMello-Folsom. Joyce will attend Franklin Pierce University.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:14

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Meredith Rotary Club Presents 34 Scholarships

MEREDITH —  The Meredith Rotary Club presented 34 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Meredith, Moultonboro, Center Harbor and Sandwich. The combined value of the scholarships was $32,000 compared to a combined total of $20,000 awarded to 22 winners in 2013.

Scholarships were awarded to 17 graduating seniors from Moultonborough Academy at a school ceremony at Geneva Point on May 27. Scholarship committee co-chair Roger Kosits made the presentations assisted by Moultonborough Academy Guidance Director Jennifer Chapmann.

On June 4, 14 scholarships were awarded to high school seniors from Inter-Lakes High School at a ceremony conducted at the Meredith Community Center. The Meredith Rotary Club was represented at the event by Miller Lovett, recently retired Meredith Selectman and long-standing member of the club, and Rick Ippolito, past Rotary Club president.

Additionally three scholarships were announced at the June 11 Rotary meeting for high school seniors living in our community but attending private schools.

Since 1982, The Meredith Rotary Club has donated almost $2 million dollars through scholarships and sponsorships to many groups in the communities of The Lakes Region.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:10

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Rumplestiltskin to be staged at PSU on July 3

PLYMOUTH — The Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University hosts professional actors from Jean's Playhouse Children's Theatre in Lincoln throughout the summer, presenting their repertoire of children's stories adapted for the stage. Performances are 2 p.m. each Thursday.

The production for July 3 is Rumpelstiltskin. Locked away in a tower room, the lovely miller's daughter has been ordered by the King to turn straw into gold. Impossible? Not with the help of one strange little man with a very peculiar name. But the man has his own list of demands in exchange for his help.

Additional Thursday afternoon performances include The Princess and the Pea performed on July 10, Beauty and the Beast on July 17, Excalibur! scheduled for July 24, Rikki Tikki Tavi shown on July 31, George and the Dragon performed on August 7, and Cinderella on August 14.

Jean's Playhouse's Children's Theatre Company has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years, with original adaptations of fairytales and folktales produced and created for children of all ages. Shows are approximately 40 minutes long and appeal to adults, and children three years and older. Characters greet the audience in the Silver Center lobby after each show.

All seats (including babes in arms) are $7 and usually sell out early. A group rate of $5 per seat is available for groups of 15 or more. For more information (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or call (800) 779-3869 for tickets, or shop online at http://silver.plymouth.edu. Convenience fees apply to online orders.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:07

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