HASSAN DELIVERS KEYNOTE IN CONWAY

by Christian Mower on May 31, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE GOV. MAGGIE HASSAN WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER THURSDAY NIGHT AT GRADUATION CEREMONIES FOR THE 12TH GRADUATING CLASS OF EAGLE ACADEMY AT KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL IN NORTH CONWAY.

THE ACADEMY IS AN “AFTER SCHOOL HOURS” ALTERNATIVE TO REGULAR CLASSES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL TO EARN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. MORE THAN 150 STUDENTS HAVE GRADUATED FROM THE PROGRAM SINCE IT WAS STARTED IN 2008 IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE THE DROPOUT RATE AT KENNETT, THAT AUTHORITIES SAY HAS NOW BEEN ELIMINATED ALTOGETHER. THIS YEAR’S GRADUATING CLASS INCLUDES 15 STUDENTS AND FIVE GENERAL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (G.E.D.) TEST RECIPIENTS.

PRIOR TO HER REMARKS TO THE GRADUATES, THE GOVERNOR SAID SHE WOULD TALK TO THEM ABOUT OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, STICKING TO THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR FUTURES.

HASSAN SAID SHE WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE THE GRADUATES TO STAY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE TO ESTABLISH THEIR CAREERS AND BECOME PART OF WHAT SHE CALLS THE STATE’S “INNOVATION ECONOMY.”

OTHER SPEAKERS AT THE CEREMONY INCLUDED CONWAY BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRPERSON JANINE McLAUCHLAN AND RACHELLE COX, KENNETT’S DIRECTOR OF ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION AND EAGLE ACADEMY.

PRIOR TO HER ARRIVAL IN CONWAY, HASSAN SPOKE AND LAID A WREATH AT THE ANNUAL NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE VETERANS CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY IN BOSCAWEN.