Local scholars honored with trip to Fisher Cats game

LACONIA — Nearly 5,000 students from all over New Hampshire were invited to spend the day enjoying a Fisher Cats game at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester yesterday for the New Hampshire Scholars graduation. New Hampshire Scholars urges students to pursue the more challenging classes and a broad course load with focus on physics, foreign languages, math and engineering. By completing these courses, students are better positioned to be accepted in the college of their choice and pursue their career dreams.

“Nearly 100 percent of these New Hampshire Scholars graduates head straight to college,” said Scott Power, director of New Hampshire Scholars. “Due to their dedication and hard work and devotion, a college degree is within reach. We are so proud of these young men and women, and they deserve recognition for their hard work.”

The founding organization for New Hampshire Scholars is the New Hampshire College and University Council, a consortium of public and private colleges and universities in the state of New Hampshire. “New Hampshire’s success relies on the hard work of our future generation,” said Tom Horgan, president and CEO of NHCUC. “These young people are proof that if you set high expectations, and provide the tools needed to reach them, anything is possible. I am honored to be a part of recognizing the New Hampshire Scholars Class of 2016.”

Speaking at the event were Tom Raffio, chairman of the State Board of Education and president/CEO of Northeast Delta Dental; Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, senior vice president of Easter Seals/Farnum Center; Bill Quigley, vice president of marketing and events for New Hampshire Motor Speedway; and Muji Karim, former UNH football captain and current Paralympic runner. MB Padfield, a local acoustic singer-songwriter performed live.

Students participating from Laconia High School were: Jocelyn Allain, Jordan Audet, Emily Bentley, W.Alexander Cammack, Kyle Chiasson, Charles Clarke-Mergenthaler, Natalie Compton, Dominic Cutter-Cannuli, Elizabeth Davis, Emily DeDucca, Alyssa, Desautelle, Joshua Emond, Robin Friend, Taylor Gagne, Raina Gately, Mariah Hawkins, Mackenzie Howe, Kyle Johnson, Robin Kaigle, Rachel Lowe, Erika Marchione, Jessica McDermott, Kaity-Anne Neylon, Kailey Nute, Griffin Nyhan, Kayla Phelps, Chance Privette, Daniel Romprey, Andrew Salta, James Salta, Samantha Sapier, Gabrielle Smith, Madeline Smith, Taylor Sullivan, Trevor Weeks, Matthew Westcott and Madison Wunsch.

Editor’s note: Names of students from other area schools were not available at press time. We hope to run those tomorrow in The Sun.

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Laconia High School scholars enjoyed a day at the ballpark yesterday in honor of their hard work. Students from other area schools also attended.  (Courtesy photo/Gil Talbot Photography)

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MB Padfield, a local singing star, entertained the students at the event yesterday. (Courtesy photo/Gil Talbot Photography)

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Former UNH football star Muji Karim, who lost his legs in a car accident but is headed to the Paralympic Games in Rio as a runner, inspired the crowd. (Courtesy photo/Gil Talbot Photography)

Two arrested on drug charges on Moulton Street yesterday

LACONIA — Two men were arrested on drug charges yesterday after the vehicle they were in was observed leaving a property that the Laconia Police Department drug unit was preparing to search.

Police released a report yesterday stating that the drug unit was preparing to search the home at 11 Moulton St. on Wednesday, when a vehicle was observed leaving the property. Patrol units stopped the vehicle, which was registered to and driven by Mark M. Sargent, 24, of Liberty Avenue in Franklin. Sargent was arrested on the charge of possession of a narcotic drug after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a syringe containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine. The report states that the vehicle was impounded and searched, leading police to find what they suspect to be methamphetamine under the passenger seat.

The passenger of the vehicle was Robert A. Polito, 48, of 11 Moulton St.. Police arrested Polito on two active warrants for sale of a narcotic drug, which were the result of prior investigations. Police allege that they found the drug Klonopin in Polito's possession; and at the home, suspected drug paraphernalia.

Man stabbed in city

LACONIA – City police are investigating a stabbing that could have occurred between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 12:30 a.m.

Police said they responded to Lakes Region General Hospital for a call for a man with a stab wound in the leg. They said it appears it happened somewhere on Winter Street.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Laconia Police at 524-5252.