CASL: These students will be great leaders one day

Kiana EvansPembroke AcademyHometown: PembrokeFavorite subject: English.What I see myself doing down the road: Nurse.Favorite movie: Rent.
Kiana EvansPembroke AcademyHometown: PembrokeFavorite subject: English.What I see myself doing down the road: Nurse.Favorite movie: Rent.
Ryleigh O’KeefeConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: German.Favorite role model: Ashley Graham.Favorite pastimes: Tap dancing.
Ryleigh O’KeefeConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: German.Favorite role model: Ashley Graham.Favorite pastimes: Tap dancing.
Morgan ParrishMerrimack Valley High SchoolHometown: LoudonFavorite subject: English.What I see myself doing down the road: Teaching English abroad.Favorite hobbies: Singing, writing, playing the cornet.
Morgan ParrishMerrimack Valley High SchoolHometown: LoudonFavorite subject: English.What I see myself doing down the road: Teaching English abroad.Favorite hobbies: Singing, writing, playing the cornet.
Julia Peabody-HarhighConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: History.What I see myself doing down the road: Anthropologist.Favorite activity: Horse-back riding.
Julia Peabody-HarhighConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: History.What I see myself doing down the road: Anthropologist.Favorite activity: Horse-back riding.
Andrew RalstonBow High SchoolHometown: BowFavorite vacation destination: Sebago Lake, Maine.I’m passionate about: Climate change.Favorite hobbies: Soccer, lacrosse and indoor track.
Andrew RalstonBow High SchoolHometown: BowFavorite vacation destination: Sebago Lake, Maine.I’m passionate about: Climate change.Favorite hobbies: Soccer, lacrosse and indoor track.
Abigail RochetteConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: Biology.What I see myself doing down the road: Pediatrician.Favorite read: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Abigail RochetteConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: Biology.What I see myself doing down the road: Pediatrician.Favorite read: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Peter SintrosHopkinton High SchoolHometown: ContoocookFavorite subject: Math.What I see myself doing down the road: Engineering.Favorite vacation place: Greece.
Peter SintrosHopkinton High SchoolHometown: ContoocookFavorite subject: Math.What I see myself doing down the road: Engineering.Favorite vacation place: Greece.
Olivia SohlJohn Stark Regional High SchoolHometown: WeareFavorite subject: Math.I’m passionate about: Traveling to new places.Favorite hobbies: Soccer, lacrosse and piano.
Olivia SohlJohn Stark Regional High SchoolHometown: WeareFavorite subject: Math.I’m passionate about: Traveling to new places.Favorite hobbies: Soccer, lacrosse and piano.
Julia TerrelConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: Biology.What I see myself doing down the road: Veterinarian.Favorite hobbies: Violin and track.
Julia TerrelConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: Biology.What I see myself doing down the road: Veterinarian.Favorite hobbies: Violin and track.
David VenatorConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: Math.What I see myself doing down the road: Engineer.Favorite read: “A Storm of Swords” by George R. R. Martin.
David VenatorConcord High SchoolHometown: ConcordFavorite subject: Math.What I see myself doing down the road: Engineer.Favorite read: “A Storm of Swords” by George R. R. Martin.
Madison VervilleMerrimack Valley High SchoolHometown: LoudonFavorite subject: Art.What I see myself doing down the road: Nurse.Favorite activity: Unified basketball.
Madison VervilleMerrimack Valley High SchoolHometown: LoudonFavorite subject: Art.What I see myself doing down the road: Nurse.Favorite activity: Unified basketball.
Clara WallingHopkinton High SchoolHometown: HopkintonFavorite subject: English.I’m passionate about: The history of Concord.Favorite pastimes: Library science and play writing.
Clara WallingHopkinton High SchoolHometown: HopkintonFavorite subject: English.I’m passionate about: The history of Concord.Favorite pastimes: Library science and play writing.

The Capital Area Student Leadership program encourages students to become active, effective participants and leaders in their schools and community.

This year’s group of 25 was announced in January, and last month the CASL students took part in a communications day, where they each answered a few questions from program organizers. (The answers from the 13 other student leaders appeared in the April 11 Insider.)

During the course of this year’s program, students enjoyed quality interaction with the likes of Gov. Chris Sununu, Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin, radio personality Arnie Arnesen, WMUR news anchor and political reporter Adam Sexton, Capital Center for the Arts Executive Director Nikki Clark and Red River Theatres Executive Director Angie Lane, along with other community leaders. Rock On Foundation Founder and Executive Director Luke Bonner was the guest speaker at graduation day on March 22.

The goals of CASL are:

To recruit sophomores from area high schools (Bishop Brady, Bow, Concord Christian, Concord, Derryfield School, Hopkinton, John Stark, Merrimack Valley, Parker Academy, Pembroke Academy and Pittsfield) who show leadership potential and young adults likely to assume greater community responsibilities. The CASL program has graduated more than 500 students over the last two decades.

To inspire students to develop, refine and utilize their leadership skills in order to contribute to the greater Concord community.

To educate students about local issues through the perspective of community leaders.

To demonstrate problem-solving methods when dealing with opportunities and challenges within the greater Concord community.

To create a dialogue and develop a network among the students and local leaders.

To encourage students to recognize and develop leadership styles, skills and roles.

For more info about the Capital Area Student Leadership program, visit concordnhchamber.com.

Author: Insider Staff

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