McLane Law Firm Presents Seacoast Students with the 2006 Harvard Prize Book Award

July 14, 2006, Portsmouth, NH— David Wolowitz of the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, recently presented five area high school students with the coveted Harvard Prize Book Award on behalf of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of New Hampshire.

The Prize Book is awarded to an outstanding student in the junior class who combines excellence in scholarship, high character, and achievement in other fields. Students are nominated by their school’s administration during their junior year.

This year’s Seacoast area winners are upcoming seniors Sarah Pease of Oyster River High School; Peter Glynn of Dover High School; Rhiannon Duke of Exeter High School; Katrina Trout-Haney of Nute High School and Elisa Loeser of Portsmouth High School. Each of the students received a copy of the book entitled, Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds.

About the Students:
Sarah Pease of Oyster River High School is an opera singer at the Bell Center in Dover. She takes voice lessons and is a member of the Youth Opera Workshop, with which she performs at nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the Seacoast. Sarah is a member of the Math Team, a member of the Jazz Choir, participates in the annual school musical and is an avid skier.

Peter Glynn of Dover High School attended the 2006 HOBY World Leadership Congress as an Ambassador for the State of New Hampshire. He is a member of the Varsity Baseball Team and a member of the Drama Club. He was the 2005/2006 Junior Class President, is a member of the Student Council and is a National Honor Society Member.

Rhiannon Duke of Exeter High School dances with Ballet New England where she is a member of the Junior Company, with which she performs around the Seacoast and at local hospitals, schools and fundraisers. She has attended summer dance intensives at the Festival Ballet in Providence, Rhode Island, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City. Rhiannon is a National Honor Society Member.

Katrina Trout-Haney of Nute High School is completing a prestigious summer program at St Paul’s School for Advanced Studies. Once completed, she will be spending the rest of the summer in Italy. Katrina plays the violin, and is a member of the Great Bay Senior Orchestra. She dances with the Elysium Dance Project Senior Ensemble and with the Arts Rochester Ballet and Jazz Ensemble. She is a member of the Nute High School Symphonic Band and the Nute Jazz Ensemble. Katrina is a member of the National Honor Society.

Elisa Loeser of Portsmouth High School is a volunteer for Gary Dodd’s Congressional Campaign. She serves as the student representative for Portsmouth High School on the Portsmouth School Board. She is also active in theatre, both acting and technical stage arrangements. Elisa is President of the French Club and plays Varsity Tennis. She is a National Honor Society Member. Her interests are in politics, broadcasting and advertising.

About the Award
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.

David Wolowitz, a Director at the McLane Law Firm’s Portsmouth Office, was the first to introduce the program to Seacoast schools, where he has been honoring students for more than twenty years. This year, 63 New Hampshire schools have had students honored with the award .

“This award is important as it recognizes not just academic contributions, but those students who are well-rounded and are a positive role model in the community and with their peers,” comments David Wolowitz.

Rolf Goodwin, a fellow Director at McLane’s Manchester office and Harvard alumnus added, “Through this program we are interested in encouraging New Hampshire students to apply to Harvard. Many students are not aware of Harvard’s generous financial aid programs.”

Comprehensive information about Harvard admissions and financial aid may be found at The College website may be found at

About the McLane Law Firm
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association, the largest law firm in New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, is committed to helping recognize outstanding abilities and achievements of young people in the community. For further information about the Harvard Prize Book Award, contact Attorney David Wolowitz at (603) 436-2818 or by email at