To The Daily Sun,
We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our 14th Spelling Bee: The Laconia High School Chorus, comprised of Sabrina Desaulniers, Emily Paronto, Tim Maczko, Michael Tarling, Gabby Melvin, and Maddie Wunsch, opened the event with an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem. Master of ceremony, Pat Kelly; enunciators, Rhetta Colon and Rick Crockford; judges, Marcia Hayward and Marilyn Lynch each added a special flair to the Bee itself and the Laconia High School administration and facility crew provided us with all the support to make the venue inviting and workable. Photographer, Steve Loughlin, Lakes Region Public Access TV, (Denise Beauchaine and Bob Daniels); the Citizen of Laconia and The Laconia Daily Sun, all worked to provide coverage for the event.
Final thanks to all who attended the event to cheer on the spellers and purchased 50-50 raffle tickets (with special thanks to the 50/50 winner Karen Bianco who re-gifted her prize to the Scholarship Foundation.
We were able to raise over $9,400 this year, to benefit our "Friends of the Foundation Operating Fund," which helps us cover the expenses associated with administering our scholarship program. In addition to the above-mentioned, we extend our appreciation to all the following companies or individuals, who generously donated funds or volunteered their services:
Corporate Sponsors Belknap Landscape Company Inc., Calvin Dental Associates, Lawson, Persson & Weldon-Francke, PC, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and F. André Paquette in honor of Margaret Rose Paquette.
Team Spellers and Sponsors Congratulations to No. 1 Winning Team. Laconia Librarians: Randy Brough, Jamie Dalton and Natalie Moser, sponsored by Bob Merwin State Farm Insurance, who have been faithful participants in our Bee since its inception.
Spelling Teams, who won costume prizes, and their sponsors students: First-place team, Gilford High School Fantastic Fishermen: Keegan Coons, Nate Davis and Tommy Hart, sponsored by the DeCamp Team at Morgan Stanley; second place, GHS "SUPER" Spellers: Cassidy Bartlett, Kylee Drew and Emily Parker by Lawson Persson & Weldon-Francke PC; Adults: First-place team, DWS "Not Just # Nerds": Michelle Dean, Ben DeMark and Dawn Dragon by Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan; Second-place team: Laconia High School SemiConscious SemiColons: Natasha Reiner, Amy Scott and Chris Ulrich by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Third-place team: Seniors Raise Cain: Joan Allison, Doris Citron, Judith Dean and Sue Williams by Taylor Community.
Other intrepid team spellers and supportive sponsors ABC You at the Finish Line: Finnian Mousseau. Noah Mousseau and Sullivan Mousseau by Mary B. Orton; Belmont High School KMP: Malia Lundahl, Paige Norkiewicz and Karl Wieck by Bank of New Hampshire; BHS Wanna Bees: Taylor Becker, Alexa Robbins and Nicole Rosas by Marcia Hayward & Meredith Village Savings Bank;, GHS Charlie's Angels: Kathryn Andrews, Jessica Currier and Kassidy Morris by Gilford Police Department; GHS Interact: Christian Karagianis, Patrick McKenna and Mikaela Wardrick by Gilford Rotary Club; GHS Ugly Sweaters: Koral Bickford, Niki Bogdan, Helen Jude and Kris Shepard by Gregg & Sandra Caulfield; Gilford Rotary: Nancy Carsen, Don Clarke and Clara Jude by Gilford Rotary Club; Hip-Bees: Lisa Bianco, Jackie Gogolen and Karen Soucy by Bianco Child & Family Services.
Also: Holy Trinity Surfin' Squad: Christina Beane, Samuel Cooney, Allison Jope and Cheyenne Wright Team by F. André Paquette in honor of Margaret Rose Paquette; Huot Center Careers in Education: Robin Friend, Skyla Mooney and Cierra Pinkney by Thom Francoeur - Allstate Insurance; Laconia Clinic Scrubs: Judy LaFrance, Arnie Miller and Erica Russell by Laconia Clinic; LHS Class of 1977: Judy Ball, Ruth McLaughlin and Sherry Weeks by Belknap Landscape Co. Inc.; LHS Key Club: Lily Chanthasak, Anne Dionne, Becky Olewine and Becca Sirois by Kiwanis Club of Laconia; LHS Quarter Note Triplets: Taylor Gagne, Mariah Hawkins and Emily Huckins by The Ellis Family; LHS Sopranos: Sabrina Desaulniers, Emily Paronto and Michael Tarling by Steven & Marlene Hodgdon; LHS Sweet Adelines: Tim Maczko. Jessica McDermott and Gabby Melvin by Mary VanderNoot; Soul Sisters: Brenda Bouton, Tammy Emond and Kathy Giovanni by Congregational Church of Laconia.
In addition to our Corporate and Team sponsors, we give thanks to the following donors who sponsored ads in our program or donated gifts-in-kind: Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists, All My Life Jewelers, Janet D. Allison, American Eyecare Express Inc., Applebee's, Beane Conference Center, Belknap County Sportsmen's Assn., Belknap Mill Quilter's Guild, Bianco Child & Familiy Services, Judy Bissonnette, James & Carole Boehle, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Company, George E. & Barbara H. Brixner III, Michael & Janet Brough, Gloyd & Janet Calley, Capitol Center for the Arts, Gregg & Sandra Caulfield, CBH Landscape Contractors, The Common Man, Contigiani's Catering Service, Cybertron Inc., Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan CPA, Edgewater Academy of Dance, The Ellis Family, Sue-Ann Fecteau, Realtor, The Fogarty Family.
Also: Thom Francoeur - Allstate Insurance, Fratello's Ristorante Italiano, Funspot, Claire Giguere, Gilford Hannaford, Gracie's Hair Salon, Florence Guilmett, Hackett & Hill Jewelers, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Steven & Marlene Hodgdon, HRO Plus, Irwin Automotive Group, J & J Printing, Jazzercise, Kennell Orthodontics, Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Laconia Lodge of Elks, Laconia Police Department, Lakes Region Community College, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Laurent Overhead Door Systems, Paulette & Steve Loughlin, Malone, Dirubbo & Company, PC, Martin, Lord & Osman, PA, McDonald's.
Also: Atty. Scott D. McGuffin, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Normandin, Cheney & O'Neil, PLLC, O'dus LLC, Mary B. Orton, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Pike Industries, Inc., Katherine Reardon, Sal's Pizza, Shaw's Supermarket Gilford, Georgianna Silva, Blanche Sleeper, Squam Lakes Science Center, Stafford Oil Co. Inc., Joni Stover, Tanger Outlet Center, Taylor Community, T-Bones, Tilton Trailer Rental, Travel Health of NH, Uno Chicago Grill, Mary M. VanderNoot, VISTA ShurFine Supermarket, Wal-Mart, Wedbush Securities, John & Patricia Weeks, Whittemore Florist & Greenhouse, and Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Crematorium.
Paulette Loughlin, President
Joan Cormier, Executive Director
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation