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Community Spelling Bee raised $9k for Scholarship Foundation

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To The Daily Sun,

"Our 13th Annual Community Spelling Bee raised over $9,100 this year to be applied to our Friends of the Foundation Fund, which helps us cover the expenses associated with administering our scholarship program." reported Paulette Loughlin, president of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. "This successful fundraiser involved over 200 donors and/or volunteers, in addition to an enthusiastic audience, who cheered on the participants. We are thankful to so many people from our community who helped to make this event a success. We would like to thank the Laconia High School Concert Choir, comprised of Ashley Gomez, Bryson Haddock, Marcus Hubbard, Keisha McCrea, Jessica McDermott, Jasmyn Murgatroy, Brittney Pond, Michael Tarling, and Maddie Wunsch, for opening the event with an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem, our Master of Ceremonies (and Hats,) Mr. Larry Frates, our stalwart enunciators, Sandra McGonagle and Scott Laliberte, and our illustrious judges, Marcia Hayward and Christopher Cornog, with special thanks to the Frates Creative Arts Center Dancers, who provided our halftime entertainment. Additional thanks to the Laconia High School and its Maintenance Crew for their hospitality, as well as to the Citizen, Laconia Daily Sun, and LRPA-TV for their publicity, and final kudos to Liam Weldon, who donated his 50/50 winnings to our coffers."

CONGRATULATIONS to First Place Team – Laconia High School "Pica Print Proofreaders: Marian Federspiel, Ashlee Neylon and Chris Ray, sponsored by Steven & Marlene Hodgdon and Runner-up Team – Belmont High School Destroyers: Samantha Mackes, Courtney Pelletier and Alyssa Woods, sponsored by Marcia Hayward. And our appreciation to all the other intrepid spellers and their team sponsors: Bank of New Hampshire: Roberta Fenton, Lynda Gettermann and Kyril Mitchell. Gilford High School Backstreet Boys, sponsored by DeCamp Team at Morgan Stanley: Desi Kirwan, Sean Mulcahy and Pat Scannell. GHS Destiny's Child, sponsored by Gilford Police Relief Association: Lindsey Corsack, Alyssa Hamberger and Alex Harris. GHS Downhillers, sponsored by Laconia Eye & Laser Center: Shane Byron, Zach Hancock and Bryce Hanover. GHS Interact, sponsored by Gilford Rotary Club: Noelle Benavides, Meagan Curran and Mikaela Wardrick. GHS It Ain't Easy Being Cheesy, sponsored by Faith, Hope & Love Foundation: Brad Bergman, Libbi Davies and Mike Madore. GHS Mariachis, sponsored by Thom Francoeur - Allstate Ins.: Hunter Anderson, Ryan Dubois and David Morrison. GHS Power Puff Squirrels, sponsored by Gregg & Sandra Caulfield: Lauren Barrett, Rachel Chase and Isaiah Oswald. Gilford Rotary Club: Don Clarke, Clara Jude, and David Zebuhr. Holy Trinity School "Lost in Wonderland", sponsored by Bianco Child & Family Therapy: Dominique Bolduc, Addie Dinsmoor and James Marceau. HTS SPELLcasters, sponsored by Ellis Family: Cathy Corriveau, Peggy Sica and Karen Sullivan. Huot Tech, sponsored by Irwin Automotive Group: Amila Hadzic, Cody North and RJ Pauley. Key Club Word Nerds, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Laconia: Kaity Neylon, Monika Pesa and Rebecca Sirois. Laconia Librarians, sponsored by Bob Merwin – State Farm Insurance: Randy Brough, Jamie Dalton and Natalie Moser. Laconia High School Band-aids, sponsored by Calvin Dental Associates: Scott Compton, Sabrina Desaulniers and Denis Zecevic. LHS Class of 1977, sponsored by Belknap Landscape Co., Inc.: Judy Ball, Ruth McLaughlin and Sherry Weeks. LHS Geriatric Gerunds, sponsored by Dana S. Beane & Company, PC: Tate Aldrich, Rick Crockford and Ramsay Eliason. LHS Solfeggios, sponsored by Mary M. VanderNoot: Ashley Gomez, Marcus Hubbard and Jasmyn Murgatroy. LHS Treblemakers, sponsored by Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A.: Quinn Davis, Sebastian Huot and Marissa McDermott. Lakes Region Community College: Nancy Eckert, Tim Moreau and Jay Plyler. NSISR (Not Sure It's Spelled Right), sponsored by Lawson Persson & Weldon-Francke, PC: Gary Francke, Liam Weldon and Susanne Weldon-Francke. Pleasant Street School, sponsored by Mary B. Orton: Noah Mousseau. Finnian Mousseau and Sullivan Mousseau. Senior Moments, sponsored by Taylor Community, was represented by: Doris Citron, Judy Dean, Mendon MacDonald and Jane Ross, Alternate. TapperMentals, sponsored by Frates Creative Art Center, was represented by: Jeanne Breton, Pat Chase and Joan Frates. The Three Wise Women, sponsored by Congregational Church of Laconia: Brenda Bouton, Jean Clarke and Kathy Giovanni. We really appreciate all the teams who "dressed up" for the event and made it more entertaining. Congratulations to first place costume winners: The TapperMentals (adults) and the Gilford High School Mariachis (students) and to all the runners-up.

We are grateful to our Corporate Sponsors: Allstate Insurance – Thom Francoeur, Owner, Bank of New Hampshire, Belknap Landscape Co., Inc., Calvin Dental Associates, Laconia Eye & Laser Center, Lakes Region Community College, Lawson Persson & Weldon-Francke, PC. And all who have supported our fundraiser as Program Sponsors or Direct Donors to FOFOF: Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists, Janet D. Allison, Director of N.E. Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., American Eyecare Express, Inc., Belknap County Sportsmen's Assn, Belknap Mill Quilter's Guild, Bianco Child & Family Therapy, Judy Bissonnette, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Company, George E & Barbara H Brixner III, Michael & Janet Brough, Janet & Gloyd Calley, CBH Landscape Contractors, Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Alcide O. Cormier Family Fund, Cybertron, Inc., DeCamp Team at Morgan Stanley, Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan, Thom Francoeur - Allstate Ins., Claire Giguere, Gilford Hannaford, Gilford Professional Firefighters, Scott & Rachel Gray, HRO Plus, J & J Printing, Beverly Jones, Kennell Orthodontics, Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Laconia Lodge of Elks, Laconia Rotary Club, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Laurent Overhead Door Systems, Paulette & Steve Loughlin, Malone, Dirubbo & Company PC, Martin, Lord & Osman, PA, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, NAPA Auto Parts, New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Normandin, Cheney & O'Neil, F. André & Margaret Paquette, Pike Industries, Inc., Katherine Reardon, Douglas & Alison Scott, Shaker Community Charitable Fund, Blanche Sleeper, Stafford Oil Company, Inc., Taylor Community, Tilton Trailer Rental , Travel Health of NH, Wedbush Securities, John & Patricia Weeks and Wilkinson-Beane Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services. And to those who gave Gifts-in-Kind: For water bottles to hydrate our hard-working spellers – Contigiani's Catering Service. For gift certificates for door prizes or team prizes: Awakenings Espresso Café, Capitol Center for the Arts, The Common Man, Fratello's Ristorante Italiano, Funspot, Gracie's Hair Salon by Donna Nedeau, Stylist, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Jazzercise, Magic Foods Restaurant Group, McDonald's, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, O'dus LLC, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Shaw's Supermarket Gilford, Squam Lakes Science Center, Tanger Outlet Center, T-Bones, Uno Chicago Grill, VISTA ShurFine Supermarket, and Wal-Mart.

Paulette Loughlin, President
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation