LACONIA — "I'm pretty vocal," said Madeline Maoriano of Gilford, who in her second year at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) was one of two students recently named to the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Community College System.
A graduate of Gilford High School, Maoriano earned the award for excellence in French and is pursuing a major in liberal arts at LRCC. She was nominated to the Board of Trustees by Scott Kalicki, the president of LRCC.
"I made myself pretty well known at the college," Maoriano said, noting that she enjoyed an edge since her mother is a member of the faculty who teaches anatomy and physiology. Apart from admitting to being "very talkative," she serves as a student ambassador, offering tours of the college to new and prospective students and visiting high schools to tout the opportunities the college offers.
Maoriano said that the administration and faculty at LRCC are "very student oriented. They do everything they can for students," she continued, explaining that teachers take the time and make the effort to address the specific needs of individual students. As a trustee, she said, that she intends "to bring the students' perspective to the board." She said that the trustees need "to understand how students really feel about the issues."
Meanwhile, Maoriano, who contemplated transferring to the University of New Hampshire to pursue a degree in computer engineering, has chosen to stay at LRCC once she completes her liberal arts degree and turn her hand to pastry arts. "I'm not one for other people telling me what to do," she said, explaining that rather than work for someone else she intends to manage her own business. "I've always loved cooking and baking since I was very young," she said. "I'd love to have a little pastry that grew into a worldwide business."
Although Maoriano studied French for six years in school, twice-planned trips to France were cancelled, once when there was rioting in the streets of Paris and again when priority for traveling abroad fell to the students of Spanish. She is hoping for an opportunity to use her fluent French and sharpen her baking prowess in France, but is equally determined to return to the Lakes Region, where she has spent her life. "It's a beautiful area and I definitely plan on staying around," she said.