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Pelham - Windham News | September 30, 2011 - 3

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Tickets on Sale for 11th Annual Common Man Charity Breakfast

Tickets are now available for the 11th Annual Common Man Charity Breakfast hosted by the Common Man Restaurant and the Windham Fire Department. Join us on Sunday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Common Man Restaurant on Range Road in Windham. We will be serving up all of your favorite breakfast items and raising money to benefit New Hampshire MDA and Windham’s Helping Hands. Meet and greet local celebrity Erin Fehlau of WMUR. Enjoy great family fun with everything from a clown twisting balloons to a fabulous chocolate fountain! In addition to great food and conversation, enter our raffle and win one of these phenomenal prizes: An EU2000 Generator donated by Nault’s Windham

Honda (a $1,200 value!), two night stay at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth, a $200 gift certificate to the Prime Butcher of Windham, two tickets to the New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins on December 24, and a Golf Foursome, 18 Holes and Cart at Windham Country Club! Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Te winner’s name will be drawn at the breakfast. You need not be present to win. At the breakfast, check out our Silent Auction. We

have over 40 items, something for everyone including: signed sports items, get-aways, gift baskets, jewelry, gift certificates for restaurants and stores, movie tickets, home furnishings, event tickets, free memberships, free exercise sessions, dinner for four at the Windham Fire Department prepared by Windham’s Finest Firefighters and so much more! You could even win a ride to school in a fire truck! Everyone attending the breakfast will be eligible to win five tickets to Canobie Lake Park’s Screemfest/Oktober Fest! Breakfast and raffle tickets can be purchased, prior to the event, at the Common Man Restaurant, the Windham Fire Department or through one of the

committee members of Windham’s Helping Hands. Breakfast tickets are $12 for adults and children under 10 are $6. If you cannot make the breakfast but would like to make a donation, please send a check to: WHH, PO Box 4073, Windham, NH 03087 (specify that it is a breakfast donation). Very few tickets will be sold at the door, if any, so please purchase tickets in advance.

Denise Dolloff - Windham

Annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Walk

Frank Sullivan is walking in the Annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Walk on Saturday, October 15, where the proceeds will go to Bridges, a nonprofit agency with offices in Nashua and Milford. Bridges was created in 1977 by a group of women in the Greater Nashua area. They offer 24 hour assistance at no charge to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Bridges provides a 10 bedroom emergency shelter, nine support groups, a trauma group and multiple education and outreach services to students and the community which includes Pelham, Hudson, Windham, Nashua, Milford, Salem, Litchfield, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, Merrimack and Wilton. Last year, they worked with nearly 2,700 victims, which included about 400 children.

Bridges has lost both federal and state aid due to budget cuts. Frank wants to help them so he is looking for pledges for his walk. Please make your check payable to Bridges and mail to: Frank Sullivan, 6 Waubeeka Springs Road, Hudson, NH 03051.

Frank Sullivan - Hudson Semifinalists Named in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for- profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and

by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Caution: Using numbers of Semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state. For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at

Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program Steps in the 2012 Competition

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/ nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest- scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and

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recommended by the high school principal, and earn sat scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. National Merit Scholarships Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2012.

Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college- sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title: • Windham High School: Brian P. Short

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