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Pelham - Windham News May 20, 2011 - 13


Chamber Recognizes Scholarship, Interview Challenge Winners


within the healthcare field in order to continue my volunteer work in the community. Matthew Brady: Currently a junior at the


Matthew Brady, Sarah Greenlaw, Amy Desrosiers, Bridgette Kosek, Siobhan Roche, Nicholas Larochelle. Missing from photo is Katherine Ward.


The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce held a reception on Tuesday, May 10, at the Black Water Grill where scholarship and interview challenge winners were recognized. The scholarship winners win a $1,000


scholarship to either continue their education or to begin their education. The interview challenge winners have mock interviews at three different levels and they win prizes donated from local business. Scholarship Winners: Amy Desrosiers: I am a very busy student


and love to participate in community and school activities. Some of my athletic accomplishments include being a state champion discus thrower and holding the school record for the same event. I am also very passionate about theater and have participated in community, school, pre- professional, and professional productions around the area, most recently starring in Pippin at Salem High School and Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Palace Theatre. I am passionate about the Spanish language and culture and spent a month with a native family in Spain last summer. Next year I will attend the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as a Spanish and Musical Theater major.


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want to thank the Chamber for awarding me this scholarship and helping me reach for the stars.


Sarah Grrenlaw: I grew up in Salem where I spent my time playing softball and getting involved in various school activities, including National Honor Society, Key Club, and Health Occupations Students of America. I was an active member of Girl Scouts and earned my Gold Award through projects, which focused on promoting healthy habits and lifestyles among children. I graduated from Salem High School in 2005 and continued on to Villanova University for my undergraduate education. I was involved in many extracurricular activities while at Villanova, including many leadership roles within Pi Beta Phi, tutoring Philadelphia school children as a member of the Service Learning Community, and volunteering through Special Olympics. I graduated from Villanova in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minors in Ethics and Theology & Religious Studies. I am currently a member of the class of 2013 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. At Tufts, I have been able to get involved in my


school and community through many positions and volunteer opportunities, such as Class Secretary, Community Outreach Chairs, and a founding member of the Tufts Chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. As a dentist, I plan to use my knowledge and skills


University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Mathematics (with a concentration in Statistics and Probability) and minoring in Business Administration. In 2008, Matthew graduated from Dracut (MA) High School with high honors, being in the top 10 of his class. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and participated on the golf, basketball, and baseball teams. At UMass-Lowell, Matt is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society, and is a private mathematics tutor. He is also involved in intramural sports. Matt has been employed at the Meadow Creek Golf Course since 2007. Matt’s career goal is to become an actuary. Interview Challenge Winners: Bridgette Kosek: I am graduating from Salem High School this year and will attend college in the fall, where I plan on studying Business with a focus in Marketing. I am a member of the National Honors Society, Distributive Education Club of America, Key Club, as well as President of Salem High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. Outside school, I work three part-time jobs and tutor accelerated math students.


Katherine Ward: A senior at Pelham High


School (PHS) and has a grade point average of 3.8. She is currently enrolled in two courses, which are part of the Nashua Community College dual credit program. This semester, she has been interning at Pelham Elementary School in a third grade class. She participates in three sports: track, indoor track, and cross country. She is among 34 PHS seniors who have completed the NH States Scholar core curriculum. In the fall, Katharine will be attending Southern New Hampshire University where she plans to major in communications. At this time, she is not sure as to what career path she will take. Nicholas Larochelle: I am


graduating from Salem High School. During my four years at Salem I have participated in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) as well as Key Club. During my February vacations I have traveled to Louisiana to build houses for families whose homes were


John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722 to Hand Out Poppies in Pelham


submitted by Rita McCabe, President, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Day is the time of year when veterans and citizens around the USA gather to remember those who fought for our freedom. Many wonder why Red Poppies surface near Memorial Day and what they mean. It dates back to World War I when Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada’s First Brigade Artillery, wrote a poem called In Flanders Field inspired by his grief at seeing row after row of graves of soldiers who had died on Flander’s battlefields. He brings to life the image of bright red poppies growing among the graves as a symbol of the blood shed by those who had died. Since World War I, the Red Buddy Poppy has become a symbol of remembering and honoring those who have died in the service of their country during any war. In 1922, the VFW became involved and the Poppy became the official memorial flower for the organization. These Buddy Poppies benefit the disabled and needy


Pelham’s Nicole


Olson Wins Poetry Contest


submitted by Pelham High School The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) just announced that Nicole Olson was a winner in the recent PSNH annual student poetry contest in its High School Division. Winning poets receive a certificate, monetary award, and the poem will be published in The Poets Touchstone, which is the quarterly journal of the PSNH. Nicole’s poem was only one of 10 poems selected at the high school level to be recognized by the PSNH and the only poem selected that was written by a Pelham High School student. Congratulations, Nicole!


veterans who assemble them at various medical facilities. This helps these heroes to feel that they are still contributing to their country and promoting freedom. The VFW will be handing out


Buddy Poppies the weekends of May 21-22 and May 28-29 around Pelham at local establishments. When you see the men and women handing you a Buddy Poppy, try to make a small donation and wear it proudly to honor those who have given of themselves. Remember to thank the veteran who is passing these out and spread the word about what the Buddy Poppy means.


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School and has a GPA of 3.44. She is a member of the Technology Student Association, the National Technical Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, and the Drama Club. She has been the director, assistant director, lead actress, stage manager, costume designer, makeup designer, and props manager in her senior year alone. She is very involved in her community as an American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team Captain and the coordinator of the town-wide “Pelham’s Got Talent Event.” She will graduate with 10 college credits, which she earned through the Nashua Community College’s Dual Credit Program. Siobhan will be attending Keene State College in the fall and will major in Education.


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