By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — For most of the top 10 graduates of Belmont High School, band, chorus, math, French and physics are some of the things that held this academically tight-knit group of seniors together.
Sarah Thayer explained that while not all of them were close outside of school, they all worked together academically to get the most out of their high school education.
"Like physics – we worked together and we cried together," she said, to nods and laughter around the table.
But physics is behind them now and this is a group of students who know what they want and how they're going to get it. And they're not afraid to share their opinion.
When asked about the arts, most of them said band was something that bound them together. Some played sports but most didn't. They all agreed that Laconia is making a big mistake by moving band to after school and complimenting them on how good their band is. Many of these students participated in the national championship in Florida last year.
While many of them love drama, they bemoaned the lack of a good working space for plays. Shakespeare fans all, they said they are looking forward to performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" outside this year for their final performance.
"The whole class dresses up," said Carol Lipshultz, who is the class valedictorian.
"Yeah, it's so much fun to dress up," said Michael Sanborn who is the class salutatorian. "Everybody should do it."
For the most part, they're all going to different colleges and seven of the 10 plan to major in some kind of science and/or engineering. All of them said they are grateful to Allan Sheehy, who made them love and understand calculus, and to science teacher Aaron Hayward and history teacher Michael Foley.
For the half of the top 10 took French, they said "Madame," or in real life, Edith Takantjas, taught them much about world culture while teaching them French. All of them said they had some desire to get at least part of their education overseas and many of them credited that desire to her.
For many, band and the band trips are something they said would miss most.
There were a number of athletes in this group. Sanborn played a variety of sports primarily golf and track, Emily Ennis will be attending Elizabethtown College on a soccer scholarship, and most of the remaining students played either soccer, lacrosse or participated in track.
The top 10 graduates of Belmont High School, from left, are Michael Sanborn, who will attend Clarkson University in its honors program for chemical engineering; Anna Scott, who will attend The New Hampshire Technical Institute; Emily Ennis who will attend Elizabethtown College for international business; Sarah Thayer, who will attend Salve Regina University for biology; Emily Ashey, who will attend UNH for psychology and legal studies; Veronica Harris, who will attend UNH its honors program to study chemistry; Tayla Jacques, who will attend Plymouth State College and study psychology and criminology; Carol Lipshultz, who will attend Colby College and study biochemistry and neuroscience; and Alise Shuten, who will be taking a gap year to work as an LNA after getting her certificate from the Huot Technical Center and who wants to be be a chiropractor. Not pictured is Eric Osgood, who will attend NHTI. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)
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