PORTSMOUTH — Attorney David Wolowitz of McLane Middleton, Professional Association recently presented the annual Harvard Prize Book Award on behalf of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of New Hampshire to outstanding students from Seacoast high schools.
The Prize Book is awarded to students in the incoming senior class who combine excellence in scholarship, high character and achievement in other fields. Students are selected by their school's administration.
This year's winners are incoming seniors Collin Else of Dover High School, Thomas Richards of Nute High School; Jenna Marston of Exeter High School, Melanie Carolan of Portsmouth High School; Kyle James of Newmarket Junior-Senior High School; Paisley Garland of Spaulding High School; and Daniel Judge of Oyster River High School. Each student received a copy of the book, “Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds.”
Else is entering his senior year at Dover High as the president and a top ranked student of his class. In addition to the book prize, he was awarded the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Jae S. Lim Foundation Science Prize, both granted for excellence in high school science. Else has dedicated countless hours to his school’s music department as the drum major of the marching band, and a member of the concert, jazz and pit ensembles. He is an active member of his school’s National Honor Society, student ambassador program and men’s tennis team. Over the summer, Else completed an internship in the department of molecular, cellular, and biomedical sciences at University of New Hampshire. He is also a volunteer in the emergency room at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Richards is a member of National Honor Society at Nute High and has served as a student Senate member for the past three years. He has been a member of the Granite State Challenge team past three years and recently attended the NCAA Leadership Conference in Bretton Woods. He has been vice president of his class at Nute for two years. He has played varsity soccer for three years, acting as team captain for the last two years. Richards hopes to also pursue a career in medicine. As a volunteer at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, he shadows physicians. Richards currently works at Poor People’s Pub in Sanbornville, is an active member of his church and youth group, and in his spare time, enjoys exercising and traveling.
Marston is returning to Exeter High in the top decile of her class. She participated in student senate her freshman and sophomore years. She also participated in indoor track and field for two years and softball for all three years. She is a member of both the National Honors Society and the National Spanish Honors Society. At the end of her sophomore year, Marston was awarded the only Social Studies Writing award available to sophomore students.
Marston has been riding since age 3 and she competes on the hunter/jumper circuit on a horse she trained herself. She has represented New Hampshire 4-H at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up on the Quiz Bowl team and will be returning again this year on the Hippology team, demonstrating her breadth of knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive environment.
Marston is currently serving her third term as the president of her 4-H chapter, and will be representing New Hampshire in the National Conference of the Future Farmers of America this fall. The FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.
Carolan is one of the presidents of Portsmouth High School’s Environmental Change Organization. Her club recently won a $2,000 prize to build a living classroom. She also participated in the 2017 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge.
Carolan is a member of Epitome Club, PHS’s literary magazine. She also recently joined PHS’s Science and Engineering Club, in hopes of studying solar flares, in addition to having tested the "5 Second Rule" using agar plates.
Carolan has played the violin since 2013. In 2015, she was chosen to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" at a Manchester Fisher Cats game. She also plays the harp, piano, ukulele, kit violin and steel tongue drum. Also, an artist, Carolan was Copic Certified in April 2017.
James served as president of the junior class at Newmarket High. He plays on both the varsity soccer team and basketball teams, and enjoys hiking and computer programming in his spare time. James is taking part in Project SEARCH. He ranks at the top of his class academically and works part-time in the hospitality industry.
Paisley Garland and Daniel Judge were also awarded.
The national Harvard Prize Book Award program encourages Harvard alumni to conduct outreach to their local schools, to give students who may consider applying to Harvard a local contact and role model.
Wolowitz, a director at McLane Middleton’s Portsmouth Office, was the first to introduce the program to Seacoast schools, where he has been honoring students for more than 30 years.
"This award recognizes students not just for their academic accomplishments, but for their acts of responsible citizenship and positive contributions to their communities,” Wolowitz said.
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