Ten Regional High School Students Receive Scholarships from New Hampshire Local Government Center

Ten high school seniors have each been awarded a $750 scholarship from New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) as part of its Annual Scholarship Program. Funded by proceeds from LGC’s Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament, the scholarships specifically benefit children of New Hampshire municipal, school, county or village district employees and officials of any unit of local government that is a member of LGC or participates in its services.

Eighty scholarship applications representing 49 New Hampshire high schools were received this past winter by LGC for review by its Leadership Team. Applicants were judged on academic achievement, letters of reference, participation in school-sponsored extracurricular and community service activities and a short essay addressing What My City, Town or School Could Do to Save Money, according to LGC Executive Director John Andrews. “The caliber of this year’s scholarship awardees is extremely impressive," notes Andrews. “The New Hampshire Local Government Center’s employees and board members are gratified knowing that talented students from our local communities can further their higher education through our scholarship program," he adds.

Here are excerpts from essays written by this year’s LGC Scholarship awardees on the timely theme What My City, Town or School Could Do to Save Money:

“One simple thing could be for the school to buy used textbooks instead of brand new ones. . . . Another idea could be to have a shorter school year. Even a few days less than the usual 180 days of school would cut down in the costs for lighting and other utilities and for paying janitors and teachers for their work. It would also cut down in the paper usage by the students."

Sarah M. Ayer, Gilford, NH
Gilford High School senior and daughter of John Ayer, Director of Planning and Land Use, Town of Gilford

“I really do not think that we desperately need six plasma screen televisions in the cafeteria. . . . and I strongly believe that . . . painting over murals along the walls that have been with MHS for years, erasing all of those memories that students worked so hard to make, was profoundly a waste of money and time. . . . money that could essentially be saved . . . could go toward increasing our rank on the ‘Schools in Need of Improvement’ list."

Lindsey Cashell, Merrimack, NH
Merrimack High School senior and daughter of Jean Cashell, Para-educator, SAU #26

“I think that a good way to save money in a community is to actively support volunteer work. This can work well both in a school and in the city or town that provides funding for that school and for other services. For example, in my small town we have saved tens of thousands of dollars due to services by organizations such as the Boy Scouts. . . . the Town’s Selectmen and Boards have provided support by allowing older Scouts to organize service projects that involve town property."

Noah J. Glennon, Greenland, NH
Portsmouth High School senior and son of Stephanie Martin Glennon, Chair, Town of Greenland’s Zoning Board of Adjustment

“If a school started to recycle paper and bottles, it would be able to make money on both while also reducing waste removal costs. The school goes through hundreds of pounds of paper every day through all of the copying and printing that goes on. There is a huge amount of plastic and paper that is thrown away everyday . . . If the school recycles they are able to make money on it or at least have the cost of waste removal reduced if not offset."

Andrew Viking Hedberg, Plymouth, NH
Plymouth Regional High School senior and son of Kathleen Wood Hedberg, School Board Member, SAU #48

“It is relatively easy to program a power-down feature into both individual computers and a network. . . . My school has an IT staff member who could easily do it. Other schools do, as well. There appears to be a consensus . . . that if a monitor is not going to be used for 20 minutes, it should be shut down, and that if a CPU [central processing unit] is not going to be used for 2 hours, that should be shut down, too."

Eli M. Huebner, Exeter, NH
Exeter High School senior and son of James Huebner, Teacher, SAU #16

“[M]aking sure that technology for schools is purchased sensibly is important. Schools should plan ahead and be mindful of exactly how these new technological aids will benefit the students and faculty. For example, the teacher retirement rate is larger than the rate of teachers entering the field . . . With the same amount of kids, or more, school districts could invest in technology to maximize the efficiency of each teacher."

W. Spencer Klubben, Gilford, NH
Gilford High School senior and son of Judy Klubben, Teacher, SAU #73; and Bill Klubben, Director of Community Development, Town of Bow

“The town barn and fire station . . . have some areas where electricity is being wasted. For one thing, the entire fire station is being heated to keep only one fire truck warm. There are other fire trucks, but the others don’t need to be kept above freezing. If some sort of separate, insulated internal garage was built for that one truck, it could be kept warm and the heat could be turned way down or completely off in the rest of the station."

Oliver Mednick, Nelson, NH
Keene High School senior and son of Betsy Street, School Board Member, Town of Nelson; and Terry Mednick, Firefighter/Deputy Warden, Town of Nelson

“Newport, New Hampshire contains a downtown area that is nearly as well lit by streetlights at night as by the sun in the day. . . If the town were not to light some of the streetlights every night, surely a good deal of money could be saved. Also, the town should begin to phase out incandescent light bulbs in the public offices and streetlights, instead, [begin] using compact fluorescent bulbs."

Benjamin Robert Naylor, Newport, NH
Newport Middle High School senior and son of Robert K. Naylor, Water & Sewer Superintendent, Town of Newport

“[S]chools could shut off all the lights in the building before a certain time and reduce the number of appliances in the faculty rooms. Other city businesses and buildings might set a maximum for which thermo[stat]s could be set. Even just turning off the lights in a room that is not in use would reduce the city’s energy bill. Reducing the amount of energy that is used in the city of Manchester would also dramatically decrease its carbon footprint."

Brigit Quirk, Manchester, NH
Memorial High School senior and daughter of Martin Quirk, Ward Clerk, City of Manchester

“[I]t costs money for towns to supply water to our schools and to clean it after it is used. Leaky faucets and toilets waste water. We need to make sure the leaks are all fixed and we don’t leave the water running unnecessarily. Gas water heaters use less energy than electric water heaters. By replacing the current electric water heater, we could save electricity and money over time."

Skylar Marie Wood, Littleton, NH
Littleton High School senior and daughter of Lori Wood, Library Media Specialist, Littleton High School
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