McLane Law Firm Presents Seacoast Students with the 2015 Harvard Prize Book Award

Attorney David Wolowitz of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association recently presented seven outstanding area high school students with the annual Harvard Prize Book Award on behalf of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of New Hampshire.

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 Kathryn Lanoue of Oyster River High School; Eloise Davenport of Newmarket Junior-Senior High School; Michael Thorpe of Spaulding High School; Kevin Zheng of Dover High School, Jessica Corriveau of Nute High School; Justin T. Carbone of Exeter High School and Isabelle Halle 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:

Kathryn Lanoue of Oyster River High School has excelled in both academics and athletics.  As a focused and dedicated student, Kathryn has received the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics “Outstanding Achievement in Math” award her freshman, sophomore, and junior years.  As a junior Kathryn also received the Bausch+Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Society of Women Engineers Highest Honors, along with the Harvard Prize Book Award. Kathryn has played Varsity lacrosse since freshman year as well as participating in indoor track and unified soccer.  Kathryn is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.  This summer, she volunteered at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.  Kathryn plans on pursuing a career in science.

Eloise Davenport has been a three-sport athlete since the start of her high school career, playing Varsity soccer, and running both indoor and outdoor Varsity track. She has demonstrated success in these pursuits, receiving coach’s awards for soccer and indoor track, and the most outstanding athlete award in both seasons of track. She has also been awarded Granite State Conference and All-State titles. Her leadership in athletics was recognized through an invitation to join her school’s Student Athletic Leadership Team, of which she is currently a member. Eloise has been a vocal member of Newmarket High School’s student government, serving as her class’ Vice President as well as a student council representative since her freshmen year. Eloise is also a member of the Lamprey chapter of National Honor Society, and Search, a group cooperating with students from other schools that attends seminars at UNH once a month. In addition to her academic and athletic interests, Eloise shows a passion for music and has played saxophone for her school band since 4th grade. This past April, she traveled to South Dakota on a mission trip to serve on an Indian Reservation.

Michael Thorpe of Spaulding High School is an active member in his community. He has been on the Varsity ski team for each year of high school. He has also been in Key Club and Latin Club for each high school year and was a Co-President of Key Club last year. Michael is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. He also participates in Project SEARCH, a program that provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life.

Kevin Zheng of Dover High School is entering his senior year at the top of his class. He is involved with the National Honor Society and is a member of the World Language Honor Society. He was on the Varsity math team all four years and this year he will serve as co-captain.  As a student ambassador, he also helps engage and calibrate underclassmen into high school life. For part of this summer, he attended Boys State to become more knowledgeable about local and state government. He has spent years working for his parents’ restaurant and continues to work in a second restaurant this summer. In his free time, he loves reading the news and playing basketball and Ping-Pong.

Jessica Corriveau of Nute High School was on the Varsity soccer and basketball teams for the first two years of high school, and volunteered her time in the unified sports program.  She also serves as an assistant coach for the Nute Middle School soccer program, and worked this summer at Nute’s enrichment program.   Jessica also volunteers at the local food pantry.  She is a member of the French club, receiving academic quarter awards each year in French class.  In her free time she enjoys distance running, currently racing in the Seacoast Race Series and training for her second half marathon.

Justin Carbone of Exeter High School is an outstanding student, athlete and member of his community.  The 18 year old senior runs cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for the Blue Hawks, representing the team in the distance events.  He has already established himself as one of the region’s premier athletes, being awarded All-State on four occasions, and All-New England for his 9:24 performance in the two mile at this year’s Indoor New England Championships.  Off the track, the five time NHIAA Division 1 state champion is involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities.  He has volunteered for his school’s student senate, the freshman transition program, and the Special Olympics Seacoast Track and Field Meet.  He is also a student representative on the Sean F. Kiley Legacy Scholarship committee, a character based scholarship given annually to two Exeter High School seniors who have positively impacted the culture of the school by making a difference in the lives of others.  In the classroom, Justin maintains a 3.98 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, and is the president of the school’s Spanish Honor Society.  After graduating in 2016, Justin plans to run collegiately and pursue a degree in materials engineering.

Isabelle Hallé of Portsmouth High School spent time this summer in France with the Dartmouth Rassias Summer Language Program. When she returns to Portsmouth High School this fall, she will continue to serve as a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a mentor to third grade students in the Portsmouth Amigos program and to freshmen in the S2S mentor program. For the past two years, Isabelle has been awarded the Haven Medal as the highest academically ranked student in her class. She has also been a violin student at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center for 10 years and is a first violin in the Strings Ensemble in her school. Isabelle has worked at the Portsmouth Public Library for nearly three years, and serves as a tutor during the school year. She is passionate about language and culture, and last year, she traveled to Japan and hosted a Japanese student as part of the Portsmouth-Nichinan exchange program.

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 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 25 years.

“This award recognizes students not just for their academic accomplishments, but for their acts of responsible citizenship and positive contributions to their communities,” comments David Wolowitz.

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About McLane Law Firm
Founded in 1919, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, as well as Woburn, Massachusetts.  Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.