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Let's take some steps toward peace and welcome refugees

To The Daily Sun,

Do you remember being in school and someone broke a rule and the entire class lost recess? It didn't seem right! There are thousands of persons who are without a home or a homeland. They are the victims of the terrifying behavior of a few. We are peaceful people.

No one wants to allow violence or terrorist activity in our nation. Let us continue to support the government, the non-government agencies, and organizations that protect us and keep us safe. This weekend I am reminded of a quote from President Kennedy: "Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."

Let's take some steps toward peace and welcome refugees to our refuge, a refuge built, developed, and protected by those seeking liberty and freedom.

Susan Wiley


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200 LHS student athletes compiled an average grade of 84

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia High School Athletics has a lot to celebrate here at the conclusion of the fall season. With one-third of the student body participating in a sport, we saw great effort, camaraderie, successes, and school pride.

The commitment started somewhere in the middle of August and finished in November.

The balance between family, school, and sport can be quite difficult. This is an important time in life where students are pressed into a chaotic time-management frenzy. They are quickly learning important life lessons on how to meet obligations by prioritizing and planning week to week, instead of day to day.

Data supports that students who are involved in a sport and are on a busy schedule fare better than those who are not. Higher grade-point averages, better attendance, lower dropout rate, and a stronger commitment to their school are the results. We have seen this all come to a head this fall.

The close to 200 Laconia High School student-athletes completed this fall marking period with an average grade of 84, a solid "B." The eight athletic programs offered were consistent in which team final averages all hovered in the "B" range. This success can be attributed to the effort of students, parents, teachers, and coaches. Mandatory study halls, teacher extra help, and review sessions before and after school, coaches' flexibility in making time possible and prioritizing school work, and parents for putting up with some of those late nights and early mornings to assist their child in getting work completed. Everyone working together in this community has resulted in the great successes of our student athletes in the classroom.

Competition is often a breeding ground for character. In an athletic department that preaches "Good people first, good players second," our goal is to teach our student-athletes to play hard and earn opponents' respect by giving our best effort while we exemplify sportsmanship. The NHIAA has an evaluation tool at the conclusion of the season in each sport where teams are rated as "meets expectations," "above expectations," or  "below expectations" in the categories of player behavior, coach behavior, fan behavior, and school climate.

Laconia High School scored at "above" or "meets expectations" in 365 out of 367 ratings. We are closing in on perfection. Once again, this takes commitment from all; the players, coaches, and fans. Thanks to all for your efforts in doing what is right. We all represent our community. Please, when you attend a sporting event, follow the NHIAA motto of, "Let the players play, the coaches' coach, and the officials officiate." We have the most beautiful sporting facilities in the state of New Hampshire, let's welcome our invited teams, officials, and fans and treat them with class.

School pride is at an all-time high in recent years. 2015 Homecoming was amazing. The student body engrossed themselves in spirit and pride. The alumni were welcomed back with open arms and proudly led the charge in Sachem Pride. Our parade was the biggest this city has seen in years. As we celebrate a great fall and move into the winter season Sachem Nation is prouder than ever. Go Sachems!

Craig Kozens

Athletic Director

Dean of Students

Head Football Coach

Laconia High School


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